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by Ryan Snyder

The heat is gone and the weather forecast is going to be unbelievable this weekend, so where better to take it all in than the breathtaking scenes of the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival? The fun starts Thursday night with the great Marshall Tucker. Until then, the Martha Bassett Band makes for a long lunch at noon in Center City Park. Hip-hop heads and wanna-be turntablists can learn the trade from Mr. Invisible, who’ll be at Greene Street Club with Quantum Foundry, Stereogram and JJ Bass. If you need it a little weird, Kosha Dillz and the Sugar High Gang at the Garage might be for you.

Five Gallon Groove lays down the jams with their new singer at the Blind Tiger on Thursday, while Marshall Tucker Band heard it in a love song at Shakori Hills. American Aquarium and Brian McGee put the rock in the Garage, and there’s the folk-y and fun pairing of Now You See Them and the Smart Brothers at the Green Bean.

Speaking of fun, it doesn’t get much more so than Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at the Blind Tiger on Friday. By the Beard of Zeus! Grizzly men of all ilk hear the call to Beardtobefest at Greys Tavern. Music provided by Brambling, Quiet Brace, Todd Vertical, Seymour’s Whirlygig, the Fabulous Foliculators and others. Possible name for future events: Beard Farm Aid. Country fans, Walker Hayes has some skills and he’ll play Johnny & June’s.

This Saturday night, former Emma Gibbs sideman Will Straughn brings his new band Red June to the Garage with guests Efren. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band funks out at the Blind Tiger, while Haste the Day metals up at Greene Street Club with Sleeping with Sirens, Mswhite and Get Rude. The Raving Knaves and David “All Night” Long play three sets at the Lindley Park Filling Station.

Last but not least, the surfy and psychedelic Ketman performs with Angie Matson at the Garage.

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