by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out WE BUILT THIS NEIGHBORHOOD ON ROCK N’ ROLL

Take a stroll down Walker Avenue on any given summer day and you’ll experience one of the most colorful communities in Greensboro. When the weather’s right, there’ll be full patios at Sticks N’ Stones, the Lindley Park Filling Station and Fisbones; people will be spilling out of Wahoo’s and Walker’s Bar; and growlers and six-packs will flow from Bestway. It’s among the more underrated entertainment hubs in town, and that fact is being celebrated this Saturday with the second Annual WalkerFEST, a free, daylong event organized in similar fashion to the current incarnation of the Tate Street Festival. From 12 to 8 p.m., the intersection of Elam and Walker will be home to crafts and specials at all community establishments with a full roster of great live music on two stages. There will be a side stage with performances by Bruce Piephoff & Scott Sawyer and Ranford Almond in between a brass- and rock-heavy main stage lineup. Starting with Virginians the No BS Brass Band, there’s a lot of new music to be heard by Hammer No More the Fingers, the Brand New Life and Holy Ghost Tent Revival, all of which either have released something new in recent weeks or have something on the horizon.


There are some who can appreciate the shades of color between cowpunk and thrashabilly; others just want to swill PBR to loud, abrasive music with a ’50s B-movie bent and then crush the cans on their girlfriends’ heads. There’s a home for both at the yearly Heavy Rebel Weekender, happing this Friday to Sunday at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem and parts thereabouts. From the mellow country twang of Kelley & the Cowboys to the zombified death growl of the Recently Deceased, there’s as much variety inside as there is horsepower at Saturday’s car show outside on Trade Street. Fifty-plus bands that could have been pulled from a Quentin Tarantino or John Waters film score spread across about 24 hours kick off promptly at 5 p.m. with Atlanta garage rock quin tet the Cogburns, who take cues from Iggy Pop and the Ramones (there’s even someone pseudonymed “DD”). Friday’s checklist includes loud, angry speed metal by the aptly named American Speedway and headliner the Dexter Romweber Duo, who’s music more or less epitomizes this festival: dark, brooding and cool on a level that most will never realize. Heavy Rebel’s sideshows include mud wrestling, wet wifebeater and doughnut-eating contests, and while there’s no bare-knuckle brawling as of yet, the namesake of Friday night closer Izzy & the Catastrophics would be the favorite if there were. There are some pretty gruesome photos online of the whuppin’ the former Wayne Hancock guitarist laid on an ex-bandmate, so nice booking Fun Fourth! Along with said mud wrasslin’, Saturday’s bill sees Brooklyn burlesque queen Labretta Suede early on, with the fantastic Charlotte scuzz-punk trio Paint Fumes later. Pee Wee Moore closes out Saturday, who’s not to be confused with the Raleigh-born Dizzy Gillespie sideman who died a few years ago. Highlights of an abbreviated Sunday include Carolina-grown roots punk by Cutthroat Shamrock and modfathers the Raving Knaves. The full schedule can be found at


The review of Roger Waters’ North Carolina performances of The Wall that I’m going to file in a couple of weeks are likely to be an exercise in futility. There’s not a single sound, image or account of the triumphant live show that the Pink Floyd founder has created around his legendary album that’s not available for full consumption online. His Melbourne show has been on YouTube in 1080p with pretty good sound for the past four months, but his management isn’t about to force it or any of the other hundreds of videos down. Why? Because they know full well that nothing can genuinely convey they majesty of Roger Waters in concert like actually being there. If anything, spending time watching them only inspires a burning desire to see it for yourself. Waters offers two chances to see him early next week when he visits the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center) in Raleigh on Monday and the Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets start at $55 plus fees for Raleigh and $37 plus fees for Charlotte.