Upcoming shows you should check out


Friday, August 7, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

La di da di, we likes to party, Slick Rick comin’ Winston so bring everybody. Slick Rick is cooler than you. Weighted down by gobs of gold chains, pendants, and clocktowersize watches, the tenured rapper still delivers buttery lines, even if he’s been delivering the same ones since the 1980s. his signature eye-patch (the result of a childhood injury), Slick Rick takes on any stage with a casual swagger like that of a prizefighter accepting applause simply for his/her attendance. Known for a lyrical style that is more poetically narrative than street-primed, Slick Rick’s verses tell stories from start to finish, and are typically void of the arbitrary slang and braggadocio often found in modern hip-hop. This is because Slick Rick is from the era where storytelling through rap was a way to share experience, and not just a means to pay the bills. It’s lost on so many of the an evening with modern rappers gracing stages for moments and getting paid for repeating hooks over simple beats – Slick Rick’s voice can sooth even the most savage beast, and probably create an empath or two in the audience. Keep your ears tuned for “Street Talkin,” Slick’s collab with Outkast, and of course the timeless classic, “La Di Da Di.” Tickets to the show start at $20 and go up to $40 for VIP. Doors open at 7 p.m. – Britt Chester


Saturday, August 8, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

Over the past few years, local music entrepreneurs the Estrangers have made a name for themselves, especially in Winston-Salem. April 2015 marked the fifth year of the annual music festival Phuzz Phest, which was organized by founding member of the Estrangers, Phillip Pledger. With the help of numerous volunteers and support from local venues (including, but not limited to, The Garage, Reanimator Records, Krankies Coffee and Luna Lounge Tiki Bar) they managed to bring together hundreds of bands from all over the world. In 2013, Phuzz Records was established by Pledger and bandmate Drew Braden, signing North Carolina’s T0W3RS (Raleigh), The Tills (Asheville) and Estrangers. That being said, wouldn’t you trust that a cool show is in store when these guys are behind it? On Aug. 8 you can catch the psych pop band returning to the stage at The Advance Tickets @ Garage for a night of feel-good synth pop. Joining the line-up will be Carrboro’s DAD & DAD & Schoolkids for the first time Records back in town since Phuzz Phest. Winston-Salem’s own Make All Shows All Ages Light will complete the bill to balance out the energy with chill electronic vibes. – Bryn 126 E. Cabarrus St. Hermansen 919-821-4111 !