by Ryan Snyder

FORECAST Upcoming events that are worth checking out

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Here’s some huge news for the drum & bass fiends out there or just fans of electronic music in general. One of the biggest names on the DnB circuit will be performing right here in town. Damien Higgins, better known as Dieselboy (, will be playing to what will surely be a packed house at Club Rain this Saturday. One of the most popular DJs of his genre worldwide, Dieselboy as outsold every American-born drum-andbass DJ and has ranked in the UK-based Drum & Bass Arena Top 10 DJs 2004 online poll. His music has been featured in video games such as Gran Turismo 4, Need for Speed Underground and Saint’s Row. He has also played shows on six continents, though don’t expect to see that Antarctica date on his calendar any time soon. Global warming is a slow process. Oddly enough, the Greensboro date is sandwiched right in between performances in New York City and Miami. Care for a game of “one of these cities is not like the others?” The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $15. Club Rain is an 18-and-up venue. It’s the reason for the season, as they say

If the spiritual sterility of Trans-Siberian Orchestra is insufficient to rile up your Christmas cheer, I can’t say I blame you. Never fear, as Westover Church may have just the thing for you. Prolific singer/songwriter and author Andrew Peterson ( is bringing his popular Christmas concert to the area on Tuesday, Dec. 16. The concert features music from his critically acclaimed Christmas song cycle Behold The Lamb Of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ.and features special guests Bebo Norman, Jill Phillips, Andrew Osenga, among others. This tour will mark the 9 th year of the show and has featured numerous popular Americana and folk artists in the past such as Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, David Wilcox, Phil Keaggy, Mindy Smith, Pierce Pettis, Matt Slocum and members of Nickel Creek. Nine years ago, Peterson composed his musical rendition of the Christmas story to remind people of the holiday’s true significance. Since then, he and a remarkable band have performed the songs each holiday season to sold- out crowds nationwide. Responding to demand from music, but by exposing younger generations to one of fans of his Christmas concert, in 2004, Peterson recorded the most influential musicians in American history. One the songs on an album titled Behold the Lamb of God. of those bands, Ugly Radio Rebellion (www.uglyradio- The album received the 2004 best album of the year,, invites you to Sheik Yerbouti at the Blind World Christian Music’s Editors Choice Award. Tickets Tiger ( on Thursday, Dec. 18. for the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, That is to say, unless the lawyers of Gail Zappa, Frank’s though a special group rate is available. Show time is at wife, have something to say about it. She’s developed 7 p.m. Call 336.299.7374 for ticket information. One Zappa is only in it for the money

One of Frank Zappa’s last requests before passing was act other than son Dweezil’s Zappa Plays Zappa. Most for others to “Play my music.” He recorded a message recently, a Project/Object show in Boston was canceled making that very wish known on his personal hotline in after venue owners received threatening letters from her December 1993, the month that he passed away. Never attorneys. Let’s hope this show goes on, as a very special was there a caveat to it adding, “But you have to pay my guest will be joining URR. Guitarist Ike Willis, a staple of wife ridiculous royalties to do so, even then risking legal Zappa’s band in the ’80s, is making a guest appearance action against venues who book you.” Unfortunately, the on the band’s current tour and, well, he’s dynamite, so latter part has been a daily truth for bands who seek to check him out. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the honor the great Zappa not by making a living playing his door and the show starts at 10 p.m.