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Rock Picks: Bar stories and live music at The Regulator Bookshop

UNC-Greensboro professor Emily Edwards’ “Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drink House” is an oral history of Southern race relations in the context of bar-band nightlife.
UNC-Greensboro professor Emily Edwards’ “Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drink House” is an oral history of Southern race relations in the context of bar-band nightlife. University Press of Mississippi

The big-sized theater and arena shows tend to get most of the attention, and we’ve got some this week including Cyndi Lauper at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium on Saturday night. But more colorful tales tend to emerge from smaller rooms where the spirits flow, which is the subject of UNC-Greensboro professor Emily Edwards’ “Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drink House” (University Press of Mississippi) – an oral history of Southern race relations in the context of bar-band nightlife. The book collects anecdotes from across the South, including local blues musicians Mel Melton, John Dee Holeman and Tim Duffy. Friday night, the scene moves to Durham’s Regulator Bookshop, where some of those stories will be told and Melton will team up with Max Drake for an acoustic jam.

It starts at 7 p.m. and there’s no cover. See regulatorbookshop.com for details.

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