For years, Tony and Gary Williamson have entertained Triangle area bluegrass fans as members of various combos, notably the Green Level Entertainers. With Tonys world-class mandolin chops and Garys high lonesome tenor, theyve also recorded several albums evoking memories of such classic brother duet acts as the Monroe Brothers and North Carolinas own Blue Sky Boys. Now, they front the Williamson Brothers Bluegrass Band, a first-rate sextet that plays straight-forward bluegrass in the spirit of the pioneers. Joined by Don and Marty Lewis, Don Wright, and Bert Sprye, the band performs Thursday at the ArtsCenter to celebrate its newly-released CD, Bluegrass! The album includes such old-time and bluegrass favorites as Wreck of the Old 97, Dont Let Your Sweet Love Die, and John Hardy, along with original compositions. www.artscenterlive.org
Other highlights: • Peter Ostroushko and Danny Gotham perform tonight at Saint Matthews Church in Hillsborough, and Sunday at Chapel Hill’s Community Church. Also tonight, the Red Clay Ramblers appear at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro and Tommy Edwards performs a free, solo set at the Roost at Fearrington Village from 5 to 8. On Saturday, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road play bluegrass at Tir na nOg. Sunday, Donna Ray Norton will sing old-time ballads at the NC Museum of History’s Danielle’s Auditorium. Thursday, Carolina Lightnin’ is at Blue Note Grill and Grass Street plays Tir na nOg, while Keller Williams and the Traveling McCourys are among the performers who kick off the Grassroots Festival at Shakori Hills.