Laura Reed, Rascal Flatts and Summer on Trade in W-S

by Heather MacIntyre

tunes. Laura Reed, Rascal Flatts and Summer on Trade in W-S

It seems like Independence Day was just yesterday. How is it already the beginning of August? Might as well start it off right — at the Blind Tiger (www. on Friday night. Asheville’s funk/soul R&B lady Lauran Reed & Deep Pocket ( will be belting out some Southern soul tunes, likely her recent single “Happy” (check it out This female vocalist has played with fellow dreadlocked musician George Clinton and opened for Dr. Dre and Erykah Badu. This is a very special opportunity to see her live

in such a small, intimate Triad setting like this bar on Walker Avenue. Be prepared for a soul-uplifting stage presence and a diverse array of solo-worthy instrumental pieces not limited to percussion, keys, harmonica and sax. Greensboro’s funk/jazz piece, Hot Politics (, will be setting the mood for the evening as part of their summer North Carolina tour.

Rascal Flatts & Taylor Swift

What would 2008 be without at least one guilty-pleasure mid-summer country concert? Saturday evening, if you’re willing to pitch in with friends for the gas, head to Raleigh’s Alltel Pavillion for Nashville’s double-hit tour of Rascal Flatts ( and Taylor Swift ( These Southern gents have sold out a good portion of their tours for the last six years. Did I mention they’ve played private performances for the president and first lady, not to mention CMA and CMT awards and a growing album sell-out more than12 million records? If they aren’t reason enough, Taylor Swift’s insanely adorable catchy songs and persona should give you some youthful motivation. This young country pop artist recently had a special on MTV where she took a lucky fan to prom because she missed her own while on tour. Yes, I watched it. Yes, it was cute. And don’t deny

the radio hit that’s been stuck in your head all week, “Our Song.” Other plans Saturday night? No worries. They’re playing the following day in Charlotte at the Verizon Amphitheatre. Tickets are available at Summer On Trade event

Not feeling the country-vibe? Downtown Winston-Salem will save your weekend with another installment of their “Summer On Trade” series ( held on weekend evenings at 6 th and Trade streets at 7 p.m. This Saturday, a one-time special collaboration effort has been put together with some of the Triad’s most talented local musicians, known as the B-String All Stars (www.bstringguitars. com). Assembled by the Winston music guitar shop known as the B String in the Arts District, there is little room for letdown. Need more motivation? It’s free free free — a word that isn’t very common this summer. All musicians and artists performing are top secret. You must attend to find out for yourself who will be revealed in the event — oh, how mysterious….