ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

ryan’s forecast

upcoming shows you should check out


Bands from all around the world will come together this weekend in Chapel Hill to show you just how fast and technical they can play without any regard for actual substance or feeling whatsoever. Well, that’s not entirely true, but that is generally what comes to mind when someone utters the words “progressive rock festival.” ProgDay 2009 will celebrate its 15 th year this weekend on Saturday and Sunday at Storybook Farm. Yeah, I had never heard of it until now either, but there are some rather interesting acts to be seen. There’s a complete dearth of local acts to be found, mainly since North Carolina isn’t exactly a hotbed for progressive acts, but four international countries are represented on the bill. Though names like Japan’s Qui (www., Italy’s La Maschera Di Cera ( and France’s Mörglbl ( will surely leave many thinking “WTF,” there’s a band from UK that a lot of jam fans should be foaming at the mouth the check out. One of the great British experimental bands of all time, the Ozric Tentacles will close this thing out on Sunday with their first show in the southeastern US in more than five years. There was a time when they were scarce stateside altogether, but having relocated to Colorado within the past year, their mind-bending space-rock style will be a little easier to come by. Weekend passes are $90 in advance or $100 the day of the show, while individual passes are $60 each.


Remember Phil Anselmo? Of course you do. He was only the deep, throaty growl behind one of the greatest metal bands of all time in Pantera. So what’s he been up to these days? He’s been back with his super-heavy stoner-metal outfit Down ( full-time since 2006, the hardcore all-star band that he started with Corrosion of Conformity guitarist Pepper Keenan way back in 1991, which also counts ex-Superjoint Ritual drummer Jimmy Bower and Pantera bassist Rex Brown among its membership. They’re playing the brand-new, shiny Fillmore Charlotte, the same one operated by the company formerly known as Clear Channel, on Saturday, along with their sludge metal forefathers the Melvins ( The band hasn’t put out an album since 2007’s Down III, but rumors are swirling that Down IV is imminent and new material will be debuted on the current tour. Thrashers Evil Army ( and funk band Space Medicine ( will open the show. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25.


If there was ever a good time to invest in patchouli, rolls of hemp and glass, uh, paperweights, now would be it. Someone threw together a crapload of interchangeable jam bands and plopped them down on a 30-acre plot of land this Labor Day weekend just north of Chapel Hill for a whole lot of whatever it is jam bands and fans do when a lot of them get together, and you have the Getdown Music & Arts Festival. Let me just throw some of the possibilities out there. Drum circles? Check. Bonfires? Of course. An eclectic array of vendors selling homemade goods and heady eats? Certainly. Okay, how about a place to play disc golf? Sure, all of the hippie stereotypes are covered. Now onto the music. Could there be an assortment of reggae, funk, roots and groove music? It wouwldn’t be a jam fest without it. Our own Mantras ( receive top billing, alongside the Afromotive (, the Roots of Creation (www. and the Movement ( Tickets for the three-day fest, which runs from Friday through Sunday, are $60 after fees.