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Dwele, Tony Rice and Shakori Hills Festival

by Ryan Snyder

Say there fellas, have you done something in the recent past to get yourself in the doghouse with your special lady friend? More than likely, it was football related and occurred on any of the past few Sundays. It’s entirely possible that you have and just don’t even know it yet. That’s alright, though. Dwele (www.myspace.com/dwele) is going to give you the chance to fix whatever stupid thing that you said, did, did not do, thought, et cetera this Thursday at the historic Carolina Theatre. Appearing as part of the Soul in the City tour, Dwele (pronounced dweh-lay) is a soulful r&b crooner in the mold of Donnie Hathway and Marvin Gaye who was nominated for both song of the year and male vocalist of the year at the Soultracks 2008 Reader’s Choice Awards. After his

self-released 2000 debut album The Rize, he’s appeared on records of artists such as Kanye West, Common, Boney James and Slum Village and is currently touring the East Coast in support of his 2008 release Sketches of a Man. So if you want to watch some pigskin this Sunday instead of a “Jon and Kate Plus 8” marathon, maybe you should pencil in seats for two at the Carolina Theatre this Thursday. Tickets for Dwele with special guest Javier (www.myspace.com/javiermyspace) are $32 for Orchestra seating and $25 for the Mezzanine. •••

Speaking of the Carolina Theatre, they have a ridiculously good schedule on tap that will suite all musical tastes. It includes a true maestro of American folk and bluegrass the following Sunday with a performance by Tony Rice (www.tonyrice.com). Rice will be appearing as part of the Outback Concert Series with the heavily rock-influenced bluegrass troubadours Mountain Heart (www.mountainheart.com). Rice’s illustrious music career, spanning more than 35 years, includes leading the Tony Rice Unit and work with bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs. Some of his most memorable work, however, came as a member of bluegrass all-star band Old and in the Way. OAITW also featured luminaries such as Jerry Garcia and David Grisman who, along with Rice, were responsible for one of my favorite albums of all time, The Pizza Tapes. It is an unrehearsed collaboration between Rice, Garcia and Grisman that features a great mix of traditional music and originals by each musician. Rice has recently released Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection and an instructional guitar DVD with Rowan. Supporting act Mountain Heart boast several virtuosos in their own right, with mandolin player Aaron Steffey, bassist Jason Moore and fiddle player Jim VanCleve all receiving award recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Tickets are $23.50 with a $1.50 Restoration fee added to each.

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I’ve got a bit of bad news to report: Festival season is almost over. Conversely, I also have a bit of good news to report: Festival season is not over with quite yet. The Fifth Annual Fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (www.shakorihills.org) is one of your few remaining opportunities to get your weekend camping and music fix. And it once again features an incredible lineup. The fest will take place from Thursday 9 until Sunday in Silk Hope, about an hour southeast of Greensboro. This fall edition’s 60 acts include the legendary Del McCoury Band (www.delmccouryband.com); Asheville’s Toubab Krewe, an Afro-Folk fusion group that has built an outstanding live reputation that I’m particularly looking forward to seeing; and Shakori staple Donna the Buffalo (www.donnathebuffalo.com), who will be performing all four days of the festival with plenty of special guests. Shakori will feature performances from morning to late in the night on two large stages, a covered dance tent, an intimate cabaret tent, a coffee barn and an instructional workshop area. There will also be plenty of crafts, food, vendors and displays for all interests. Weekend passes are $85 for adults and $45 for youths ages 13 to 15, but individual day tickets range from $22 to $37. Kids 12 and under are free all weekend long.

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