by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


For a man known as the Red-Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson sure does have a lot of friends. His new album Heroes boasts guest spots from Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson and Billy Joe Shaver, while also covering Pearl Jam and Coldplay. The guest spot from Snoop Dogg and the weed anthem “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” almost ensures that it won’t be available as a part of the Cracker Barrel chicken-pastry special, but it’s classic Willie: unconventional to the core. He’s touring in support of it right now and his lone North Carolina date comes in an oft-forgotten little spot just north of Winston-Salem at the Jomeokee Park Amphitheatre in Pinnacle this Saturday. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the gate, and $85 for VIP. Big Daddy Love will open the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m.


Personnel upheaval in the world of Greensboro groove-rock staples the Mantras aside, the band has put together an excellent lineup for the return installment of their once-annual throwdown MantraBash, happening the weekend of June 21–23 at the High Country Motorcycle Campgroung in Ferguson. They swing for the fences of the jam revival and connect with Brothers Past and Particle, who despite not having released an album since 2004 maintain a vital following via their live performances. The Mantras themselves will maintain a steady presence throughout the weekend with sets every day at the festival which culminates on Saturday night with a marathon set by Particle. The can’t-miss set, however, is Friday night headliners the Robert Walter Trio. It’s the super-heavy Hammond guru’s only trio show of the summer in the South, which will be rounded out by Greyboy Allstars drummer Aaron Redfield and Tea Leaf Green’s Reed Mathis. Fri./Sat. tickets are $55, while three-day passes are $80 in advance and $95 starting June 15. YES! Weekly, however, has a pair up for grabs. Simply give us a Like or Follow on either of our social media —, @ YESWeekly or @YESRyan — and let us know you want them. We’ll announce the winner of the MantraBash tickets on Tuesday, June 19. Apologies to those still posting event fliers on our MySpace wall. We don’t do MySpace anymore. In any event, as Robert Earl Keen would say, it’s easier than getting a DUI.