ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


On the list of the greatest live soul records of all time, Donny Hathaway’s Atlantic Records issue simply called Live has to rest near the top. Across eight tracks stretched out to nearly an hour, Hathaway bends and stretches his voices masterfully to meet the urgency of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” and instill a sultriness in Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend.” Hathaway took his own life when his daughter was only 11 years old, but talent-wise, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. On the front cover of Lalah Hathaway’s second album for Stax Records, Where It All Begins, she replicates all of the album sleeves of her legendary father Donny with her face cleverly inserted in place of his on most. Like her father, Hathaway is a rich, soulful vocalist and over the course of two decades and six albums, she’s finally starting to be recognized for own musical legacy than simply being a legacy. On Where It All Begins, Hathaway brilliantly personalizes the music like few contemporary soul and R&B singers can do. On “I’m Coming Back,” a song that could be inferred as an exchange between Hathaway and her father, she sings, “There’s a part of me that lives in you.” If that’s any indication, then her legacy is safe. Hathaway comes to Ziggy’s this Sunday for an early show with Philly soul singer Leah Smith in support. Like her father, she always brings a stellar band in tow, and this time it will include the versatile guitarist Jairus Mozee and incredible backing vocalist Scruggs.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with the music starting at 6 p.m.


For anyone who’s ever wished that Shakori Hills Festival happened more than twice a year, it’s been granted via the Shakori Hills Holiday Roadshow, happening this Saturday at the Haw River Ballroom. The show is a fundraiser for the Shakori Hills crew to finally own the land that they’ve been partying on for the last several years, and the lineup includes a list of Shakori familiars. Old Crow Medicine Show guitar slinger Willie Watson leads the bill with his more traditionally-minded two- or three-piece Tractor Beam, the captivating Charly Lowry of Dark Water Rising, the new baroque-folk outfit of ex-Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson and Mason’s Apron, which features members of Big Fat Gap, Mandolin Orange and Hammer No More the Fingers. As for the space itself, it’s a renovated mill that retains the rustic character of its old use and is arguably is the coolest music venue to open in the state this year. It’s certainly booking great shows, with Chatham County Line rounding out the weekend with their Christmas tour on Sunday. Tickets to the Shakori Hills Roadshow are $20 in advance and $25 at the door with a 7 p.m. start time, while tickets to CCL are $15/$17 and the show’s at 8 p.m.