by Ryan Snyder


Bob Margolin rolls steady into Zion Bar & Grille

If you’re like me and have seen The Last Waltz more times than Martin Scorsese has, then you’re probably a fan of Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin ( bobmargolin) and don’t even know it. Margolin was a member of Muddy Waters’ band from 1973 to 1980 and appeared in the Band’s allstar farewell performance along with Waters. Since those days, he has won the WC Handy award for guitar in 2005 and was nominated again in 2006. He currently writes for several blues publications and recently released In North Carolina, an album where he played all of the instruments from his own home rather than in studio. He’s touring once again and he’ll be doing a show right in his hometown at the Zion Bar & Grille in Greensboro this Friday. A few of his friends will be along for the ride as well, as bassist Matt Hill and drummer Chuck Cotton are coming to provide rhythmic support. It’s a free show, but you

might as well check out the bangin’ curry chicken that Zion has going on while you’re there.

Widespread Panic offspring rock the Blind Tiger

It’s coming up on seven years since Michael Houser played his final show with Widespread Panic before succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Born in Boone, the “silent genius” behind Panic not only gave the psychedelic Southern rockers their trademark sound, but his penchant for panic attacks gave them their name as well. But then there was the man behind Houser himself and that man was guitar technician Sam Holt. Holt long admired Houser before having the opportunity to work under him for the final three years of his storied career and undoubtedly pick up a few things from the master of the volume pedal along the way. Just before his death, Houser encouraged Holt to take up his own career in music and from those words sprang Outformation (, who will be performing at the Blind Tiger on Friday. Much in the vein of their forefather, Outformation is a crunchy, groove-heavy, Southern-styled rock troupe in the trippy hippie mold. They’re fresh out of Mitch Easter’s Kernersville studio Fidelitorium — Easter recorded Murmur and Reckoning for REM — and they have a whole slew of new material that they’re test driving on their current tour. The new album, Fastburn, is available for download free on their web site. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $8 at the door.

Hooray for festivals! Thursday at Shakori Hills

The biggest complaint among music festival lovers with kids is that the scene inherently attracts some road-worn unsavory types. The good news for them is that there’s a great one right outside the Triad and it’s proud to be wookie-free. The Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival ( runs from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19 in Silk Hope, and is a great weekend of laid-back folk, world-beat and good people. Though the first day is light on the music compared to the rest of the weekend, there are still some great nuggets to be mined. After the 2 p.m. opening ceremony, Aimee Argotee of Des Ark kicks off the jams with an intense solo set. Immediately after, Greg Humphrey’s funk connection Hobex gets the dance dust kicked up on the Meadow Stage, before giving way to festival luminaries Donna the Buffalo. Meanwhile at the Dance Tent, local favorites Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Orquesta GarDel make life difficult for the indecisive types. For the late-night lovers, island-blues band Rootzie keeps the opening night party going until past your bedtime. Though you’ll be able to drop the little ones off at the Kid’s Tent the rest of the weekend (they get in free, by the way), most of those activities are won’t begin until Friday. Thursday-only tickets are $22, but you can come back the entire weekend for $85 before April 13.