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by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER, THE PARTY NEVER ENDS

A man who, up until a few years ago, received a negligible amount of attention from the mainstream country-listening world has penned some of the greatest country songs of the past 25 years. Nearly every up-and-coming country singer worth their beans has covered “The Road Goes on Forever,” but the rest of Robert Earl Keen’s (www.robertearlkeen.com) discography could keep a Waffle House rocking all night. And don’t even get me started on the awesomeness that is “Merry Christmas From the Family,” though there’s little chance that he plays it in March. The Texas great will perform at Greene Street Club this Friday, a show that was only announced a couple of weeks ago. It’s his first Triad performance since a fantastic showing at the Carolina Theatre in October of 2008, but the same band that opened for him then is still gigging with him. Maybe this is REK’s way of telling his fans that they ought to arrive a little bit early and catch the opening act. Tickets for the show are $22 in advance and $25 on the day of. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is at 9 p.m.

HATE THE PLAYER, NOT THE PLAYER

News flash: John Mayer (www.johnmayer.com) has said some really stupid stuff in the media in the past month. I’m surprised you haven’t heard about it. Did you know he’s also a good guitar player? He was good enough to share the stage with Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters for an entire tour without seeming completely overmatched by the likes of heavyweights Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett and Lionel Loueke. Mayer was consigned to the side of the stage then, but he’ll be at the forefront when his Battle Studies tour visits the Greensboro Coliseum this Monday, March 15. Don’t expect Mayer to have an apologetic breakdown at this show, however. That already happened at his Nashville performance, though it would make for great theatre is he could pull it off again. Maybe we could get a tearful apology to supporting act Michael Franti (who will be featured in his own YES! Weekly interview in May) for using the no-no word in a recent Playboy interview. Tickets for the show are $37, $46, and $66 and doors open at 7 p.m.

PERPETUAL GROOVE WEDNESDAY AT THE MILLENNIUM CENTER

Looking for a place to get down on St. Patty’s Day? The Athens, Ga. jam band Perpetual Groove (www.pgroove.com) will bring their experimentations in live 5.1 concert surround sound, an intensely retina-blinding light show and strong band/fan connection to the Millennium Center next Wednesday, March 17. Fronted by guitarist Brock Butler, this eclectic foursome draws from a diverse array of influences such as traditional Southern rock, funk, jazzy improvisation and indie rock. You can practically trace the band’s explosion in popularity to an electric nighttime performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2006 that drew more than 20,000 fans into their tent. The buzz started when the festival sent attendees home with its sampler CD in 2003, which included P-Groove’s first single “TSM2” and their popularity ballooned from there. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure, but don’t miss their amazing cover of the Talking Heads’ “Na’ve Melody (This Must be the Place).” Gates open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

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