R Y A N ‘S F O R E C A S T

by Ryan Snyder


No layoffs coming from this Boss

A few might recall the time he played the tiny downtown Greensboro watering hole the Rhinoceros Club way back in 1985, while others will remember his two-night stand here before more than 30,000 at the Greensboro Coliseum only a few years later. The Saturday evening show will mark Bruce Springsteen’s ( seventh appearance at the coliseum and nothing has changed about his popularity since then. He’s already played the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year and is holding down top billing at the biggest music festival in the country, so it’s safe to say that the Boss is on a roll right now. His gargantuan tour extends for five months over 15 different countries and has featured guests like Mike Ness of Social Distortion and Jay Weinberg. His show’s set lists have been more or less consistent thus far, so you can expect a “Badlands” opener and “Born to Run” as the closer. The four- or five-song encores, however, are where the diversity lie, as “Rosalita,” “Thunder Road,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and, when time permits, “Glory Days,” have all popped up. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $65 to $95.

Buddy Guy, coming to a theater near you

We absolutely love us some Buddy Guy ( around here at YES! Weekly, and why not? If he’s good enough for Jimi Hendrix to have idolized, he’s worthy of anyone’s adoration. The 72-yearold master bluesman has aged like a fine Stilton, taking on a richer and more intense profile as the years pass without losing a bit of his appeal. It’s almost embarrassing to hear bands like the Eagles make jokes about being old while in their sixties, when Guy possesses more youthful vigor than most teenagers. He’s always one to make a spectacular stage entrance and can emulate countless blues styles on top of his own incomparable playing. With a career spanning more than 45 years, Guy is still adding feathers to his hat. He recently graced the cover of Rolling Stone as part of the magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitar Songs” issue and stole the show in Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones concert film, Shine A Light. Guy will play the Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte on Thursday and any time he’s within 100 miles, it’s worth checking out if you’ve never seen him. He’s a showman through and through. The performance will begin at 8 p.m., with tickets priced at $33, $47 and $64. Songwriter, producer and drummer Tom Hambridge will open the show and most likely perform with Guy.

Jimmy Herring Band to play three NC gigs

For such a humble, unassuming guy, Fayetteville-born Jimmy Herring sure has held down an important role in some huge bands. In the past, he’s played a pivotal role for the Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Allman Brothers Band, and currently holds down lead guitar for Widespread Panic. He’s said himself that he’s never really wanted to be a bandleader and prefers just to be a sideman, where you could say he’s been more than adequate. With the first release of his newest project the Jimmy Herring Band entitled Lifeboat upon us, it appears his time in the spotlight is now. He didn’t exactly bring along any chumps for the ride either. Former ARU bandmates Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and Jeff Sipe (Leftover Salmon) join him and prolific jazz sax player Greg Osby and keyboardist Scott Kinsey. On top of his outstanding new jazz-fusion solo material, the band will also cover influential tracks from the ’60s and ’70s, along with select favorites from the catalogues of the individual band members. His tour is making three stops in North Carolina, including two nights at Charlotte’s Visulite Theatre on Friday and Saturday before heading to Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre on Sunday. Both Charlotte dates are $25 and begin at 9:30 p.m., while the Raleigh show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets priced at $20 in advance and $22 at the door.