by Ryan Snyder

FORECAST A Look Ahead At What’s Coming Up.

Is it time for Christmas music already?

Well, they’re making the North Carolina rounds over a month before Christmas, so we may as well get it out of the way. Trans-Siberian Orchestra ( will be at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday at 8 p.m. and for those unfamiliar, it’s basically a mix of classic and original holiday tunes on steroids. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing, however. It’s a little cheesy, but still a performance of very high quality and outstanding musicianship that both young and old can enjoy. I’ve even heard some describe it as “a life-changing experience.” To those, I say you might want to get out more. The orchestra is a 36-strong ensemble of classical musicians, vocalists, narrators and face-melting ’80s hair-metal guitarists. Yes, you read that last part right. Alex Skolnik, formerly of Savatage, leads the cast through the rock opera/symphonic metal renditions of “Hark the Herald Angels,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and their own original, similarly-themed work. You might remember the YouTube video that caught fire a few years ago of the house with the ridiculous lighting array perfectly synched up with TSO’s “Wizards of Winter.” For one, the guy responsible for that had far too much time on his hands and two, there’s no telling how many death threats he received from his neighbors. Tickets for the show range from $20 to $58 and all seats are reserved.

You got my birthday present?

Put it in a brown bag Hey, it’s the Trans-Siberian Orchestra after-party! Well, not really. But it is Brown Bag Special’s late show at Greene Street Club. Check out Ed E. Ruger & the Iconoclast Crew (www. along with a whole mess of rap guys as they rock the Friday night latenight thing out on Friday night. It’s guaranteed to be a great show, especially considering the seemingly endless cast of underground hip-hop heads slated to perform. Rapper William Zaybiane ( will be the guest of honor, as Ed and the entire Brown Bag Special entourage will be throwing down for their man’s birthday. Slated to perform are Ty Bru (www.myspace. com/tybru), smooth soul singer Jeremy Johnson ( jjjthemovement), J. Bully ( and really, too many to name here. I swear that this piece would be nothing but MySpace links if I did. I will mention that the evening is hosted by Metaphor the Great ( of Adult Swim’s Boondocks mixtape fame, which can be downloaded from hiphopdoktrine. Check it out if you haven’t heard it. It’s pretty tight and best of all it’s free. The evening’s all-ages early show features the War ( and starts at 6 p.m. The aforementioned 18-and-over late show kicks off at

10:30 p.m. and is $8 at the door.

So is this Eastern NC or Lexington-style?

It’s been more than 30 years in the making, but the Garage Rock Revival teeters ever onward. UNC-Greensboro’s fine radio station WUAG 103.1 FM is serving up a big plate of ’que this very Thanksgiving week by bringing one of the garagiest, rockingest bands of all into town for some stuffing and cranberry sauce. The King Khan & BBQ Show ( will make its way into Square One on Monday night and it’s not one to be missed. Square One has a nasty habit of attracting some of the most unruly, uncouth and downright sadistic performers on the lighter side of GG Allin, and this duo is no different. Other than playing loud, ferocious music, King Khan (a pseudonym for his normal pseudonym, Blacksnake) and BBQ (Mark Sultan) are likely going to commit obscene acts onstage and off, leave the venue in shambles and possibly be blacklisted from the Greater Greensboro area when all is said and done. So yeah, you’re going to want to be able to say that you were there when it all went down. The show is completely free of cost to attend, but be a good citizen and offer your kind hosts a donation. They’re probably going to need money to cover the cost of the inevitable destruction afterwards.