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[RYAN’S FORECAST]

by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check outGOOD TIMES, PRETTY OKAY OLDIESThe Stylistics. Gene Chandler. CarlCarolton. The Chi-Lites. Not a single one of these Philly and Chicago soul acts are ever mentioned in Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, the rather comprehensive memoir of Roots drummer and certifi ed soul authority Ahmir Thompson, and he’s Philly born and raised. That’s not to say that they weren’t important acts; he gives his readers a sort of disclaimer early on that his exhaustive discussion on the litany of acts that infl uenced him is by no means comprehensive, but he doesn’t leave out the really important ones. This not some random sampling of secondand third-tier pickled soul, but an actual bill that’s taking the stage on Saturday at RJ Reynolds Auditorium. They were obviously important to someone, because collectively their music has been sampled approximately 400 times, almost entirely in hip-hop. Philly soul favorites the Stylistics are of particular interest to producer 9th Wonder, as their hits always seemed to fi nd a way into his productions, particularly those from Love Spell, an underappreciated, non-charting release that was a half-hearted stab at disco. Airrion Love and Herb Murrell are the group’s remaining founders, which is more than can be said for the Chi-Lites, whose principals are all but passed on. Gene Chandler is still kicking, and so are J. Dilla’s “Last Donut” and Cypress Hill’s “Hand On the Pump,” both of which heavily sample him. As for Carl Carlton, he’ll always have “She’s a Bad Mama Jama.” The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $39.50.NICKI BLUHM PREPARED TO STEAL THE SPOTLIGHTThere are few more consistently quality performers on the roots, blues and funk circuit than JJ Grey & Mofro, one of the longest tenured crossover acts on Midwest blues linchpin Alligator Records’ roster, but their return to Ziggy’s on Saturday comes with the threat that they just might be outshined. Nicki Bluhm’s husband Tim Bluhm wields pretty considerable clout in San Francisco songwriting circles, but she’s quietly becoming the one who’s breathing new life into a scene perpetually in danger of going stale. Her Grace Potterclass vocal chops put supper on the table with her 2013 breakout record Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, but it’s her ability to rein it in when she needs to that will keep her — and her fans — from burning out on it too quickly. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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