ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

ryan’s forecast

upcoming shows you should check out


This is what a multi-million dollar arts endowment at a private educational institution will get you. Duke University’s Performing Arts series continues to humble all others with another great billing of Americana that probably wouldn’t answer to the name. Allmusic called Lambchop ( “arguably the most consistently brilliant and unique American group to emerge during the 1990s” and likewise, it’s pretty hard to classify them. There are elements of Nashville alt-country intermingled with Stax soul, post-rock and even a hint of lounge music. The pseudo-orchestral lineup is rarely stable, though the grungy baritone of Kurt Wagner is the lone staple. Joining them will be one of Bruce Springsteen’s favorite artists, Alejandro Escovedo ( The acclaimed Mexican-American songwriter recently lifted a self-imposed ban live performance ban on one of his most beloved songs “Castanets” after discovering in 2005 that it was on George W. Bush’s iPod playlist. Go figure. Both bands will be performing this Fridayat Reynolds Industries Theatre and tickets are $22 and $28. The show starts at 8 p.m.


He may not have been the first person to ever take a riding lawn mower to the liquor store, but few musicians living or dead can match the remarkable pace at which country legend George Jones (www. consumed alcohol during his peak years. He wrote in his autobiography that he was so drunk during the recording session for his number one single “White Lightning” that it took him more than 80 takes to get it on wax, but not before his bass player threatened him with violence after playing the skin off of his fingers. Those days, of course, are long past him, but his classic country ballads are still as good as the day he recorded them. The 78-year-old Jones will be performing at the War Memorial Auditorium this Saturday, and after the life he’s led, you never know when the next chance to see him will be the last. Tickets are $55, $40 and $35 and the show starts at 8 p.m.


Straight from the greatest show that the Golden Era of MTV ever reared (that would be 120 Minutes) came the post-grunge heroes Jimmie’s Chicken Shack ( Sure, they had a great, even if fleeting, moment in the sun with the late ’90s classic Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope and many might be surprised to learn that they’re even still together. They are, they’re still awesome and, since they made plenty of hay in the Tar Heel State during their prime, they’ll come through Greene Street Club this Saturday. They actually have a fairly recent album out, entitled Fail On Cue, which represents the band’s fourth lineup in five albums. The only constant, of course, is vocalist/guitarist Jimi Haha, whose stage show is just as much vaudeville comedy as it is hard rock. Joining them will be Wilmington hard rock band Medusa Stone ( medusastone) and locals Chris Stanfield & the Naturals (www.myspace. com/csandthenaturals). The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.