by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out

Avoid High Point Road; the Starship Superjam lands on Friday

With Bonnaroo having successfully and thoroughly conquered the hip-hop Superjam concept, it might be time for the annual 102 JAMZ event of the same name to rebrand a little bit. Where the potential for collaboration is usually strong, rarely is there potential for the unexpected — 2008 was the last time an off-bill curveball was thrown when Three 6 Mafia showed up unexpectedly. This Friday’s show, however, has promise. Headliner 2 Chainz, who was forced to cancel last year after the death of his father, is one of the most notable features on undercard heavyweight A$AP Rocky’s hit “Fuckin’ Problems,” while rapper Future dropped the money verse on Ace Hood’s inescapable “Bugatti.” But what about Drake? Well, he’s not on the lineup, but his tour ends in Raleigh the night before and he’s made a hit with everyone on the Superjam lineup. That is to say, the actual Superjam lineup of 2 Chainz, Future, Wale, A$AP

Rocky and Ace Hood, not the original lineup that had French Montana and Trinidad James in place of Wale. Mind you, this is pure speculation, but the stars are lining up, hopefully literally. Tickets range from $15 to $45, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The words, pictures, and music of Bill Payne

For 40 years, Bill Payne has built a legend. He’s one of rock’s most talented keyboardists, an icon among peers. A founding member of Little Feat, he’s appeared on hundreds of studio albums and toured with the likes of Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor and the Doobie Brothers. Payne has spent countless hours among hall of famers, but unlike many of his peers, he’s used his position to pursue his other loves: writing and photography. It was only recently that Payne took his solo show on the road for the first time, but now he’s taking the rest. Payne’s Tracing Footsteps: A Journal of Music, Photography and Tales from the Road will visit the Cat’s Cradle this Monday, June 24 with an intimate exploration of some of rock’s best keyboard melodies, and the images and words that accompany them. Tickets for the show are $25 in advance and $28 at the door, and the show begins at 8 p.m.