by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


Sometimes it feels like you can’t walk from the Green Bean to Center City Park without tripping over a Laurelyn Dossett performance. The sylvan-voiced songwriter has reached a near omnipresent state of being within local folk and bluegrass circles; her ensemble show “The Gathering” returned for another weekend at the Triad Stage in November, and only a few days later she was opening for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at the Carolina Theatre. Then there are the regular sets at Lucky 32 and the generous NPR rotay, and you have a rather plentiful resource. Her music staves off oversaturation, however, by practically reinventing itself with nearly every presentation and a new iteration will come this weekend with a pair of gigs. Joining her are longtime associate Scott Manring on guitar, “Gathering” vet Jason Sypher on bass and Big Bang Boom’s Eddie Walker on percussion, but the show’s centerpiece might just be mandolinist Eric Robertson. Most know him from the off-again, on-again bluegrass group Beaconwood, but his playing style in his psych-roots project the Boston Boys is writing a brand new chapter for the mandolin. Laurelyn Dossett and Friends will perform on Saturday at Mack and Mack Clothing at 8 p.m. and Sunday at High Rock Outfitters at 7 p.m. Tickets for Saturday are $25 in advance, while Sunday’s tickets are $10.


Few contemporary groups within the Afrobeat idiom come close to matching the utter ferocity that Brooklyn’s Antibalas bring to the sound that Fela created. They’re as raw as a 10-piece band can be with gritty horn arrangements propelled by daggering polyrhythm and funked-out guitar. Since 2010 and their last release, the eponymous 2012 album, their revolving-door drum chair has been occupied by Miles Arntzen, a guy with his own ideas about Afrobeat that are revealing themselves through his work with his own band, EMEFE. Like Antibalas, the 11-piece EMEFE weaves dense, propulsive sounds, but without the imposing presence of their Daptone Records hive brothers. Through two records, their sound dabbles in the soulful side of funk and rock, delivering more delineated, danceable sections than the sometimes chaotic groove made by their comrades. EMEFE will come to the Broach Theatre in downtown Greensboro this Saturday on the tail end of a tour where they’re joined by Greensboro worldbeat crew the Brand New Life. The Brand New Life will be featuring new tunes of their own, having just released a track from their forthcoming album entitled “Gigs/$$$,” a song that ironically finds them moving away from rock-influenced songwriting into Antibalas-style psychedelia. The show is presented by WUAG 103.1, with tickets set at $5 for students and $7 for the general public. The music starts at 9 p.m.