upcoming shows you should check out
JASON & THE SCORCHERS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS
It was only a few years ago that Jason Ringenberg was calling himself “Farmer Jason” while entertaining the wee ones with cutesy sing-alongs about animals and tractors. With his seminal cowpunk band Jason & the Scorchers on an interminable hiatus, Ringenberg all but disappeared from razing down crowds with the furious blend of country, punk and hard rock he helped to create. They lasted only three albums spread over a decade, but their imprint was permanent. Well, the band won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Conference in 2008, which might have been the poke they needed to get going once again. They made the comeback official in early 2010 with the awesome and underrated album Halcyon Times, their first since 1996, and this Friday the band will visit the Garage as a part of their 30-year celebration tour. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m.
AIN’T NO HALF-STEPPIN’ AROUND BIG DADDY KANE
“All you haters in the game you could block if you like/ but you couldn’t see the Kane with a binocular mic,” Big Daddy Kane spat in “The Man, the Icon.” That Alchemist-produced track hit 10 years ago and was never released on a proper Big Daddy Kane album, but even well past the indomitable prime of his recording years, Kane swung a massive lyrical hammer. He simply couldn’t be touched in the ‘80s and Kane was so revered among emcees that he utilized a then-little-known hype man named Jay-Z as his career started to wind down. Simply put, Big Daddy Kane was a bad motherf**ker. In fact, he still is. The legendary rapper and current North Carolina resident will hit the Ziggy’s stage this Friday to prove it. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m.
QUEEN OF COUNTRY STILL KICKIN’
You have to hand it to Loretta Lynn. Even at 76 years old, the Coal Miner’s Daughter refuses to stop touring. She might look a little frail in those gigantic ball gowns and she may have to sit for extended periods after having multiple surgeries over the past few years, but the old gal can still belt out the feminist anthems that turned country music on its head more than 40 years ago. Her planned date at the Durham Performing Arts Center last fall was postponed due to one of those surgeries, and she managed to beat a bad case of pneumonia during the recovery time, but she plans on making good on that Durham date this Sunday. She can’t remember a lot of her 54 album strong discography and don’t be surprised if she gives a little too much of the spotlight to her decidedly less talented kids and grandkids, but every moment with the real Queen of Country Music is one to be relished. Tickets for the show start at $35 and Kacey Musgraves will open the show at 7 p.m.