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LITTLE FEAT PIANIST JOINS LEFTOVER SALMONFor the past 40 years, Bill Payne has built a legend. He’s one of rock’s most talented keyboardists, an icon among peers. A founding member of Little Feat, he’s appeared on hundreds of studio albums and toured with the likes of Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor and the Doobie Brothers. All those countless hours spent among hall of famers, positioned him to pursue his other loves of writing and photography, which he proudly presented on a short tour last year. With the full Little Feat unit on hiatus through at least the end of the year, Payne has found a new means to indulge his creative interests: touring with jam heroes Leftover Salmon, a band that’s maybe drawn more direct influence from Payne and Little Feat than any other. It’s like the Black Angels touring with Roky Erickson, or Dawes serving as Jackson Browne’s backing unit, or the Pixies offer to become David Bowie’s backing band should he ever decide tour. The whole is greater than its already substantial parts, as Payne sitting in on keys for entire shows adds an element to Leftover Salmon that hasn’t always been there, while Payne gets to work with a group that can explode Little Feat tunes in ways every night. And there will be a few Little Feat songs when the band comes to Ziggy’s this Saturday night — “Fat Man In the Bathtub”, “Willin’”, and “Atlanta” have shown up in their sets, along with the normal kitchen sinking Leftover Salmon brings to their sets. If that’s not enough Feat, then just wait for Fred Tackett and Paul Berrere’s duo show there in July. Jon Wayne & the Pain (not the Payne) open, and the music starts at 9 p.m.
BOLD FLAVORS, BOLDER SOUNDS AT TWIN CITY RIBFEST
Winston-Salem’s Twin City RibFest has made some interesting programming decisions over the years (and subsequently overcome them), but now in its 10 th year, it has settled in as one if the Triad’s most anticipated annual events. Recall in 2009 when it brought on Vanilla Ice to headline its main stage, along with a few random members of Digital Underground not named Shock G to precede him — a cute, gimmicky ploy, but not the moves of an event that wants to stick around. The food offerings have always been tasty, but the entertainment has gotten considerably better since the Iceman cometh, and most importantly, last year it moved away from the punishing heat of the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds blacktop to a slightly less punishing parking lot in downtown Winston-Salem. It’s worth enduring the heat for the music lineup the $7 daily ticket will get you, particularly on Thursday for the barrelhouse Heartland rock of Hammer No More the Fingers, or the clever psych-pop of Bombadil and the footstomping rock-bluegrass mashup of Seven Handle Circus on Friday. Saturday brings out the illustrious Jim Avett as opener for the red dirt country of the Damn Quails and the powerful, whiskey-drenched baritone of classic country troubadour Whitey Morgan. The Sunday finale is an especially good one with homegrown blues-rock quintet Marvelous Funkshun, led by guitar shredder Sam Robinson. The band not long ago released its self-titled debut record, a quirky eight-song set of old school jam-banding, high on Hammond, pedal steel and soaring guitar licks, with guest appearances from longtime Robinson associate Kofi Burbridge of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band on masterful jazz flute. True to Robinson’s previous work with Five Gallon Groove, he has a lot of fun with the lyrics — “I don’t need no fancy dinner for two/Just give me two tickets to the next Bonnaroo” on “Hippie Girl” or “The hooch can make ‘em crazy/But it keeps the lovin’ hot” on “Between the Lines”. See the full lineup at twincityribfest.com. !