Upcoming shows you should check out


Thursday, June 25, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

SQUAD-D-D-D-D-D! The big tracks that put Juaquin James Malphurs, perhaps better known as Waka Flocka Flame, have become acceptable clichés to use in modern conversation. If someone is doin’ the damn thing on the dance floor, they are going hard in da paint. Strippers dancing? No hands. But those are the tracks that solidified his stardom, and now the Atlanta rapper has turned his focus onto the EDM side of things, having worked alongside Steve Aoki and Borgore. Borgore seems more in line with Waka Flocka, but those Aoki tracks helped put Flocka on EDM stages all over the country. Thursday night is going to get rowdy. Waka Flocka has the stage presence of circus ringleader able to captivate every single person in the venue with roaring vocals and ferocious engagement. His recent release with DJ Whoo Kid, “Turn Up Godz,” is pretty heavy on the EDM side of trap music and repetitive hook, but damn does Flocka know how to get people in the place go crazy. But then you’ve got tracks like “Rage the Night Away” produced by Aoki and it’s really just Flocka commanding you do just that. If there is one way to party these days, it’s mixing up the hard trap styles of the rap game and tossing them in the mix with the big room dance tracks taking over the airwaves. Flocka does this flawlessly, albeit with a side of cheese on occasion, but one can’t fault the guy for exploring. And he’s also made note to run for President in 2016. Vote for Waka. Tickets to the show are $22 in advance and go up to $30 at the door. Show starts at 9 p.m., and for $55, you can do a meet and greet. That’s a $25 charge for an Instagram, by the way.


Saturday, June 27, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

Old timey rock and blues gets the spotlight when Stacey Rinaldi begins belting vocals over a waltz. The Circus is made up of siblings Stacey, Joseph, Robert and Michael, and Aaron Cummings. Based out of Greensboro, the five-piece rockabilly act leans on the vintage sounds of 1950s southern rock influences to create sultry, jazzy vibe in the room. There is little music these days that revives days of old Advance quite like Tickets the merging @ of blues, rock and jazz, but Rinaldi Flying Circus manages to capture the era and deliver it in with & Schoolkids Records proper All form. Shows Tickets All to Ages the show start at $8 and go up to $10 day of 126 the show. E. Cabarrus Doors open at St. 7:30 p.m. with music scheduled to begin around 919-821-4111 9 p.m. !