by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


It’s not hard to imagine that the early to mid 2000s were a difficult time for Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival. The powerful antisynergy created by the popularity Dave Chappelle’s “A Moment In the Life of Lil’ Jon” sketch and the fact that every music festival in the country was being penetrated by gangs of popped-collar Chads probably made things more than a little uncomfortable for its regular crowd. But any festival that’s hung around for 35 years has seen its share of unwelcome trends, and the annual Memorial Day weekend shindig returns in secluded Snow Camp starting Thursday for another weekend of traditional bluegrass. Coincidentally, this year’s headliner, Dailey & Vincent, are back to that as well, releasing their first pure bluegrass record in four years this month — and first since welcoming BJ Cherryholmes on to play fiddle — with Brothers On the Highway. Its name and title cut are derived from the George Strait recording, and the record itself also includes a take on the Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming,” both of which Dailey & Vincent bring over to the bluegrass realm. Also on the bill are powerhouse bluegrass gospel group Russell Moore & III rd Tyme Out, seven-time winners of the IBMA’s vocal group of the year award, but check out Little Roy & Lizzy, the progeny of one of bluegrass’s finest families with the golden voice of Lizzy Long. The real fun happens ’round midnight when the Lil’ John All-Stars take the stage. See the full lineup and schedule at Tickets are $80 for the weekend, though individual day tickets are available as well. Yay-uh!


Uncertainty is the only certainty in the quasi legal DIY venue business. See the cautionary tale of Winston-Salem’s Black Lodge, for instance. It had a good, low-key thing going until an ALE cop posing as a raver in JNCOs and a T-shirt “infiltrated it” and got it shut down, which begs the question: Did ALE learning everything they know about young adults from the episode of “Workaholics” where Adam goes back to high school? There’s not a complete parallel with Legitimate Business, which stopped having shows because of structural concerns, but it’s a case where external forces can become insurmountable. LGT BIZ is holding ultra-heavy shows again, at least this Sunday, when Florida crust punks Centuries return alongside local post-grunge outfit Torch Runner and Richmond’s Sea of Storms. The show’s at 8 p.m. and cover is $5.


It was rather intuitive for steel-pan savant Jonathan Scales to call his four-piece Fourchestra upon forming it. The musical vapors that swirl in Scales’ mind tend to manifest themselves as something much more complex than most quartets can muster: in tightly stratified melodies and rhythms, either component capable of assuming either role — the luxury of building a band around an idiophone. His music is derived from the complexities of percussion styles native to Trinidad and Tobago, and his quartet drew heavily upon influences from banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to rapper Jay-Z. Scales’ Fourchestra is now three after deep-pocket drummer Phill Bronson joined alongside bassist Cody Wright, but the fourth element will remain in a more impulsive sense for his upcoming selftitled album. Flecktones Victor Wooten and Howard Levy, along with violinist Casey Driessen and members of Michael Buble’s band all make appearances as the fourth element. Scales will bring his trio to the Blind Tiger next Wednesday without any of the all-star guests on the album, due in July, but he’s the caliber of player that can carry a show by himself. Tickets are $6 and the show starts at 10 p.m. with Monkey Mind.