Ryan’s Forecast

by Ryan Snyder

Hip hop safe for moms and dads Often, those in pursuit of higher learning are the ones tearing down the most egregious stereotypes, like Vikings wearing horned helmets or white men not having jumping ability. Credit to the NC A&T University Aggies for destroying the notion that college students, by and large, have elevated sensibilities toward music. Of all the great hip-hop acts in the world, they booked former child star and prefab celebrity Drake to headline the A&T Homecoming Concert this Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum. He’s is at worst an affront to hip-hop culture with his pedestrian mic skills and silver-spoon upbringing, and at best a testament to the truth that one doesn’t need to come from a violent background to be wrung through the hip-hop hype machine. For one of the most amped-up debuts in music for the entire year, Drake sure did spend a lot of time complaining about fame on his debut Thank Me Later. That said, his live effort makes his studio effort sound like the second coming comparatively. He’ll be joined by a guy who got sued for copping a drug dealer’s name in Rick Ross, who chooses style over substance every time, R&B singer Chrisette Michelle, Fayetteville’s own J. Cole and serviceable hip-hop group Cali Swag District. Tickets are $47.70 and $42.25, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Fiasco at the LJVM You can find the “real hip-hop,” as local rap radio likes to call it, this Friday at the LJVM. That’s right, the LJVM. It is, in fact, still there, even if it feels like the last concert that booked there was Primus in 1995. Well, reports of the once-venerable coliseum’s demise are a bit premature it seems, as rapper Lupe Fiasco taps his inner G to give it some energy. Food & Liquor was a classic and The Cool was a good enough follow-up, but early tracks from the double release he has in slate for the end of the year — Lasers and Food & Liquor II — sound like it could be one of the better hip-hop releases of 2010. Lupe’s good enough that he doesn’t need a bunch of filler acts to beef up his bill, so expect a solid and lengthy set from him, but he does have young buck DJ Lil Boy on hand providing beats. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Oh yeah, Dylan is gonna be here next week. High Point Theatre plugs in the ec-lectric/Acoustic The winner of the cutest tagline of the year goes to the High Point Theatre for their “Ec-lectricity” campaign, and their 2010/2011 concert season opens real quiet like this Saturday with a Grammy-winning, 7 million album-seller that most likely haven’t heard of. Acoustic Alchemy have carved out quite a niche in the smooth jazz world, despite sporting two different frontmen from the duo that took them to prominence in their circuit. Guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderale lead a group that plays cool and loose, with a mix of 4/4 and 7/4 times despite their soft sound. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30 for orchestra and $25 for balcony.