ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


If you want a job in the field you love in this economy, sometimes you just have to make it happen yourself. In collaboration with CFBG owner/operator Max Benbassat and vinyl aficionado Harley Lyles, former WUAG general manager and local show promoter Jack Bonney has done just that after getting caught in the undertow of UNCG’s sweeping staff cuts last year. CFBG is still serving as one of Greensboro’s most dedicated venues to showcasing local artists, but starting this Saturday, it will also become the city’s largest independent purveyor of brand-new vinyl. In addition to more than 8,000 pieces of used vinyl and DJ sets by Adam Thorn, WUAG’s Prez Parks and Lyles and Bonney themselves, CFBG will be stocked with awesome selections from indie labels like Daptone, Stones Throw, Dischord, Merge, Matador, Drag City, Numero Group, Kill Rock Stars, Secretly Canadian and more. The grand rededication will kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and last until 9 p.m. with adult beverages served and records spinning all day.


The White Family doesn’t actually play a lot of music, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t rock and roll as all hell. The subjects of Johnny Knoxville’s hilarious and tragic documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, are known far and wide for their epic drug consumption, penchant for unfathomable and unpredictable violence, and their unrivaled gaming of America’s social welfare system. But what exactly they’re going to do on stage Friday night at Johnny and June’s

Ultra Saloon is anyone’s guess. It’s almost certain that there will be a lot of drinking and cussing, and a betting man will take the odds on multiple fights. Unfortunately, America’s Last Outlaw Family won’t actually be appearing in its entirety — there’s not a venue made to contain that level of hell-raising. There’ll be no Jesco the Dancing Outlaw or Sue Bob “The Sexy One” or Kirk the post-partum pill sniffer. There will be, however, Mamie White, the biggest, baddest and meanest of them all; former jailbird Mousie; and Derkie, maybe the sanest of them all, though the bar is quite low. Tickets are $10 with doors at 8 p.m., just don’t expect The Pirates of Penzance, more like The Pirates of Percocet.


“Nothing lasts forever and we find out who we are,” Bryon McMurry on the Shelby jam-folk oufit Acoustic Syndicate’s song “It Was Good While It Lasted.” There was no better way to sum up the pre-hiatus outlook of the band in 2005 at the time as the band prepared to take time off to commit themselves to being family men. The great thing about kids, however, is that they grow up, and that afforded Acoustic Syndicate the ability to gradually return to performing and songwriting. One of their short treks happens this weekend, starting Friday night at Ziggy’s, and I’ve got a pair of freebies to give one lucky YES! Weekly Twitter follower. Just follow and tweet @YESRyan or @YESWeekly to enter. It’s easier than getting a DUI! Otherwise, tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. The fantastic Asheville bluegrass band Town Mountain will open.