ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


So long as Trigger can ride, so can Willie Nelson. The red-headed stranger’s Martin N-20 might be the most famous single guitar still in constant use today, and the gaping hole in the body where the pick guard should be is a testament to the amount of work it’s put in. But when Trigger can no longer twang, Nelson hangs up his bandana and his lifelong celebration of the American songbook comes to an end, he’ll leave behind one of the most immense musical catalogs in all of music. That’s not going to happen anytime soon, however. Nelson will play the Durham Performing Arts Center this Thursday in a performance that will focus on not only his own classics, but songs by some of the greatest in all of country music lore. His 2010 album Country Music found Nelson covering standards by the likes of Merle Travis, Hank Williams, George Jones and Billy Talmadge. Tickets for the show start at $48.50 and showtime is 7:30 p.m.


What if someone told you there was a show on every week that featured by bands like They Might Be Giants, Basement Jaxx, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Mates of State, the Flaming Lips, Mix Master Mike and Black Kids, and not have to endure interminable, unfunny Kristen Wiig skits? Anyone who’s put aside their kids’ show bias and gotten down with “Yo Gabba Gabba!” knows where this can be found. Co-created by Aquabats frontman Christian Jacobs, the show is directly reflective of the So-Cal ska band’s own irreverent brand of humor. Naturally, good music is at the forefront, exposing the wee ones to something a little more challenging (and ‘rents something more tolerable) than “The Upside-Down Show” or “Oobi.” The Yo Gabba Gabba! Live tour hits Greensboro this Sunday with musical guests Biz Markie (two weekends in a row with the Biz!) and Leslie Hall. Got no kids, but still want to roll? No worries, there will undoubtedly be a section full of lightly toasted college kids laughing harder than anyone at the “late” show. Tickets are $28 and $38 and show times are 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.


If a reggae artist’s worth is measured by the nattiness of the dread, then Steel Pulse’s David Hinds is made of gold. There’s zero evidence of chemical interference in those tubes; the giant coil at the back of his dome is like a volunteer growing in an unattended corner of a backyard. The Grammy-winning British reggae band is also one of the finest units in all of rastadom and currently celebrating 36 years in that role when they perform at Ziggy’s this Sunday. Rooted in the ‘70s English punk scene, their music is more closely aligned with the confrontational, socially judicious ethos of Black Uhuru than the feel-good, one-love mantra of Marley. The music starts at 9 p.m. with openers Lion Tracks, and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.