ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


Thanks to the Great GoogaMooga in Brooklyn, music festivals in the next 10 years might take on a dual identity as foodies who happen to love music look to stimulate both of their fancies. This Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m. in Festival Park in downtown Greensboro, there’s a mini-mooga of sorts that intends to shine a light on Greensboro’s wonderful ethnic diversity via exotic sounds and flavors. On top of more than 15 food vendors from all over the world, the third annual event’s music lineup includes a return performance by the amazing Senegalese kora master Diali Cissohko and his band Kairaba!, along with funkified African roots by Mamadou’s Fantastic Band, searing Latin rock by Braco, klezmer jazz by the Sinai Mountain Ramblers and impassioned gypsy/baroque fusion by Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands. A side stage will play host to several members of our city’s refugee and immigrant population as they perform native dance and music between sets. The event is free and open to the public, while food and beer are cheap and delicious.


GroverFest plugs along into its sixth year this weekend and in between the snaky grooves of Charlotte’s Case Federal & the Agents on Thursday and the ballistic blues of Sam Robinson & the Groove Elators on Sunday afternoon, the tiny little jam festival offers its most diverse lineup yet. The four-day festival at the High Country Motorcycle Campground in Ferguson brings 31 bands to three stages over four days that rolls until sunup on Friday and Saturday nights, with abbreviated schedules on the bookend days. There’s jazz fusion by Vertigo Jazz Project and psytrance by Matiq on Friday, funk by Doby and fast-picked roots by Larry Keel & Natural Bridge on Saturday, among really late-night electronic and hard rock. Tickets to GroverFest 6 are $65 in advance, with camping included this year.


There’s an extra special feeling that accompanies seeing your favorite artist right around the time of an album release, but if you’re a fan of New Orleans rapper Curren$y, it’s probably a feeling that never goes away. Since 2010, the perpetually smoked-out rapper has been responsible for six albums, two EPs, four mixtapes with another on the way, five bootlegs and a live album. And who says weed makes you lazy? On June 5, Curren$y will make it seven albums with the release of The Stones Immaculate. On June 6, Spitta will hit the same Greene Street Club on which he performed exactly one year ago to lay out those smooth-as-silk rhymes and jazzy beats. Curren$y will be joined by his backup crew the Jets, along with the legendary ex-D-Block and -G-Unit emcee Styles P, protégé Smoke DZA and more. Tickets to the show are $20 in advance and $23 at the door, which opens at 8 p.m.