Upcoming shows you should check out


Saturday, May 2, Cone Denim Entertainment Center, Greensboro, 336.378.9646

At 75, David Allan Coe seems to be kicking up dust in the same way he was back in the ‘70s when he released Penitentiary Blues. Riddled with scrutiny by some of the biggest writers in his time, Coe maintained moderate success through the years with sporadic releases and collaborations. His fusion of country and metal garnered the interest of some of heavy metal’s finest, namely the likes of Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell (let us hope this Cowboy From Hell is still shredding his ax in the afterlife), which saw Coe releasing 2006’s Rebel Meets Rebel.

Although the musician’s earlier works have been described as perverted, racist, and ultimately obscene, his shows now tend to lean heavier on the country-side of things, and less on the drug-addled days of his youth. His last appearance at Ziggy’s found the musician on stage sitting with his guitar in the middle of an audio kerfuffle, which didn’t actually stop the artist from continuing, but instead had him playing nonstop for the entirety. That’s ballsy, but when you’re nearing 50 years in the music industry, and you’ve already had multiple number one hits, songwriting credits for some of country music’s best, and countless tours, you can pretty much do whatever you want. He’s still rockin, and he’s still rollin’, just with a less hyperactive cocaine induced stamina. Or, hell, maybe he still is huffing up the white stuff, but either way, he’s David Allan Coe and he’s still willing to share with you the story of how Mona Lisa lost her smile.

Tickets for the start at $35 and go up to $65 depending on where you want to take in all of what Coe has to offer. The show starts at 9 p.m. 


Saturday, May 2 and Sunday May 3, Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte

Fans of hard rock and metal have had no qualms about making the journey to Charlotte (or Rockingham in 2012) for this annual two-day headbanger’s holiday since 2011.

From the headliners to the undercard, there’s a wide range of music from something old to something new. Slipknot and Korn are the big draws here — Slipknot has been surging since the release of its latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, last fall and Korn finding new life after the reunion with guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. This year, the festival has expanded from three to four stages, meaning there’s room on the undercard for a wide range of musical styles. Aside from Korn, Saturday’s attendees can also find Marilyn Manson, Sammy Hagar & The Circle (Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham included) playing plenty of Van Halen hits, classic rockers Cheap Trick, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and his Wildabouts along with newer metal outfits Beartooth and Of Mice & Men. Sunday is just as unrelenting with Slipknot capping off a day that features Big Four member Slayer, Slash with Miles Kennedy, a reconstituted Breaking Benjamin, the theatrics of In This Moment and the old-school metal of Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies and Testament. Single-day tickets are $104.50, with weekend passes available for $159. (Jeff Hahne) !