ryan’’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

ryan’s forecast

Upcoming shows you should check out

Freaks! Geeks! Floosies! Punks! Heavy rebel!

If you’ve been looking for the right place to give a test run to those badass steampunk goggles you picked up for Comic-Con, then this weekend’s Heavy Rebel Weekender ( is just the ticket. Otherwise, you can also feel free to slick your hair back with used motor oil, chain your wallet to your tightest black jeans and break out that brand new white T-shirt (or for the ladies, the polka-dot dress and fishnet stockings) for what has become Winston-salem’s yearly greaser hoedown. The pre-party kicks off Thursday night at the Garage, where the Fairlanes, sidna Allen, the Darnell Woodies and Diamond Jim & the Ace will play for only $5. The real deal takes place at the Millennium Center with a lengthy list of acts playing on three stages all weekend long (see extended Play on page 55). The music kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. and goes until late sunday evening, but there’s plenty of other sights and tastes to keep your attention. The always tasteful Wet Wifebeater Contest will surely draw the biggest crowd saturday night at 9, but get there right after church on sunday and you can participate in the ‘Nanner Puddin’ and Beer Drinking Contests (those are separate events, mind you). You can get a three-day pass for $70 in advance or $90 at the door, but single-day tickets are also available for $35 each.

Festival on tHe eno celebrates 30 years

Those looking for a “family-friendly” (read: alcohol-free) alternative this Fourth of July weekend may want to consider the 30 th annual installment of Durham’s Festival on the eno. It began as a fundraiser by the eno River Association to protect the river and surrounding lands and has since evolved into one of the most anticipated yearly live music events in the Triangle. The original mission is still in place, however, and because of it, the eno sports some of the finest water quality of any aquatic body in the state. This year’s festival features headliners Peter Holsapple & Chris stamey of the dBs fame (www., Greensboro’s own Holy Ghost Tent Revival (, si kahn (, American Aquarium (, lightnin’ Wells ( and Hammer No More the Fingers (www., among dozens others. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on sunday, so there’s plenty of time to get back home for some hardcore grilling and fireworks shooting. Tickets are $13 for single day and $30 for weekend passes in advance and $15 and $35 at the gate.

Unlimited beer and wine at tHis Festival? wHere do i sign?

If a “family unfriendly” (read: getting lit up like a roman candle) kind of Fourth of July weekend is more your bag, then the Floyd Fandango Beer and Wine Festival (www. might be just the place for you this July 4 – 5. There’s a full roster of awesome craft brew and wine vendors on handle ready to get you in the mindset to celebrate our nation’s 233 rd birthday, in addition to a stellar lineup of bands playing almost nonstop on the festival’s three stages. The sizzling swamp funk of JJ Grey & Mofro ( takes the saturday night headlining slot, with New Orleans’ legend Buckwheat Zydeco ( playing the early afternoon on the main stage. Folly Beach’s Dangermuffin ( dangermuffin) will play four one-hour sets on saturday, while folk singer Robin Aigner ( practically has her own stage all weekend long with six sets. Those still standing and semi-coherent at the end will be treated to the heavy dance grooves of electro-funk fusionists Basshound ( Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate for two-day passes (with camping included), while single days will cost you $25 and $30 respectively.

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