Upcoming shows you should check out


April 16-19, multiple venues, Winston-Salem

For the past few weeks, Winston-Salem has been obsessively preparing for its 5th annual PhuzzPhest. On Thursday, Luna Lounge & Tiki Bar will be hosting a kickoff party to get everyone loosened up and in the mood for the festival. Local (possible) vampires Spirit System will be preforming as well as lead singer’s solo project Mauve Angels. Coming from Raleigh to complete the night is Octopus Jones who, well, just plain rules. A night of mellow vibes and $1 PBRs makes for the ultimate calm before the storm. Did I mention that it’s free? Show starts at 9. Also, Get your Phuzzy Sunday started and come hang at Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. with some babely bands that will be giving previews of what’s to come at FemFest 2015. Winston-Salem’s veteran Jill-of-all-trades Billie Feather will be starting the day off on the right foot with some of her solo material. The Girlfriends, unlike most FemFest contributers, are three dudes who just wanted to show some love for the cause. Don’t worry, though, they’ll be rising to the occasion by squeezing into their finest dresses. And last, but not least, coming to share the stage is the vulgar powerhouse punk trio Pie Face Girls from Raleigh. Free show, buy beer and bask in lady rippers and dudes getting in touch with their feminine side. Show’s slated for 1:00-5:00 PM. – Bryn Hermansen


Thursday, April 16, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

One, two, three and to the fo’, Snoop Doggy Dogg playin’ Ziggy’s now you know. You read that correct: The day has arrived for Snoop to come to Winston-Salem and lay siege to the outdoor stage that is planned for the show. With the capability of 5,000 people to see the show, it’s a safe bet that this could be one of the biggest shows of the year – Greensboro Coliseum and all other major venues included. Although big rap shows like this garner a lot attention from local law enforcement (we’d love to have you back, Wiz Khalifa and Riff Raff, but you must understand that smoking marijuana is still illegal in this state), but that won’t affect the concert at all. Instead, Snoop is going to come out on stage and rock the microphone like pro that he is. You might hear a “Gin and Juice,” and you might also get a “Who Am I (What’s My Name),” but no matter what you’re getting the chance to see Snoop Dogg in Winston-Salem. Aside from the headliner, there are a host of acts playing in and around Winston to celebrate the occasion. Fat Cheek Kat (formerly The Heritage) is playing the official after-party in the Rockhouse Tavern – Fat Cheek Kat also just won Band Together’s “Last Band Standing” contest down in Raleigh. Monetary reward aside (the band donated some of the winnings back to the charity), Fat Cheek Kat will also play the Red Hat Amphitheater with a national headliner in the coming months. Openers for the night include Ballyhoo! and DJ HEK YEH.