Forecast: A look ahead at what to do

by Ryan Snyder

Jazz iconoclast In the mood for something just a wee bit different? Saxophonist Ornette Coleman ( will make the last of four US stops, and the final stop of his world tour, at Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall on Thursday. The 78-year-old jazz legend was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his most recent work, Sound Grammar, which he’s featured heavily since February in Asia, Australia and all over Europe. This may be one of the last opportunities to see him in North Carolina, especially as there are no immediate plans after the Chapel Hill performance. In the meantime, this is a wonderful opportunity to see one of the most influential musicians of the 20 th century. Some words of warning, however: It takes a developed ear for music to truly appreciate some of Coleman’s compositions. Kenny G, he is not. As one of the prime movers of the ’60s free-jazz scene, he is well-known for being liberated from such nuisances as chordal structure and, on occasion, harmony. Still, he possesses one of the most recognizable timbres in all of jazz, thanks in large part to his preferences for plastic and metal saxophones. His 1959 album The Shape of Jazz to Come was oddly prophetic, as it enacted an explosion of avant-garde jazz and blues in the following decade. Tickets start at $30 for the general public and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Sunny at Greene Street Club Looking for a good show with an environment conducive for guzzling a ton of beer and making a fool of yourself with the bare minimum repercussion? Look no further than Mooresville’s own Sunny Ledfurd ( at Greene Street Club this Friday. With his “bad ass drummer and DJ” in tow, he sounds a little like a cross between G. Love and Jimmy Buffet with a splash of Kid Rock for good measure. The man himself says that he “sings about drinking, girls and drinking and that’s about it,” so you should arrive with reasonable expectations. It’s certainly not Mozart. In fact, you probably won’t ever hear the name in any music appreciation class. But it is still a good time and good for what ails you. With songs like “Red Bull and Vodka” and “I Don’t Remember Last Night,” how could you really go wrong? Southern rockers the Piedmont Boys (www.myspace. com/ open up the evening. Tickets are $10 and the fun starts at 9 p.m. It’s listed as a show for 16 and up, but just ignore everything you hear about booze if you aren’t of drinking age.

Dead guitarist in Greensboro Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart, you just got to poke around. Whatever place the song referred to, there will most definitely be something shaking at War Memorial Auditorium on Sunday. Bob Weir, Grateful Dead co-founder and the peanut butter to Jerry Garcia’s jelly, brings his band RatDog ( to Greensboro to help us all cut a little rug. Well, if you don’t mind dancing in your seat, that is. There’s no general admission for this one unfortunately. For more than 30 years, guitarist Bob Weir was the rhythmic force to Jerry Garcia’s virtuoso lead in the Grateful Dead. Though he spent that time somewhat in the shadow of one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Weir is a fantastic axeman in his own right. To top it off, he brings a great band with him. Drummer Jay Lane was a founding member of Primus and keyboard player Jeff Chimenti is a

veteran of the reunited Grateful Dead lineup, simply called the Dead. You can expect plenty of his old band’s classics to get down to, but RatDog also implements a healthy mix of great covers in grand Dead fashion. Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” surfaced at recent shows. Tickets are $35, but you can also cough up $50 for the really good seats. You know it’s worth it.

Sunday, December 7, 2008, War Memorial Stadium To register your Walk Team or for more information, visit, or call 336-275-1654 1:00pm, Registration/Entertainment Begins 2:00pm, Opening Ceremony / 2:30pm, The 3 mile Walk Begins