ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


The weather is warming, but the blues are hot, and it just doesn’t get any hotter than the annual Greensboro Blues Festival. The latest installment happens this Friday after inclement weather left it iced out in February, but still features the biggest names in the business of blues. Well, maybe not. You’ve probably actually never heard of most of these names unless you possess an exhaustive knowledge of the genre. This year’s event features musicians J. Blackfoot, Mel Waiters, Roy C, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Shirly Brown and Calvin Richardson. All bring their own take on blues and soul to the table, after some careful digging long-time listeners might most recognize the names of J. Blackfoot and Mel Waiters. Blackfoot fronted the reformed lineup of the Bar-Kays after they were killed in the same plane crash as Otis Redding, before score over a dozen R&B hits as the lead singer of the Soul Children and eventually having his own in the ’80s as a solo artist. Mel Waiters lent his inimitably smooth voice to his hits like “Suki Suki Man,” “Hit It and Quit It,” and “Got My Whiskey,” while the rest of the bill ranges from deep blues to gospel. Be sure to check out Richardson, who’s latest release is a tribute to the great soul singer Bobby Womack. Tickets for the night are $39.50 and $49.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m.


Do you like the Beatles? Of course. Do you like Radiohead? Probably more than me. Do you like both at the same time done in a trippy dub fashion? Hellz yeah! Then pay a visit to Greene Street Club this Tuesday night, as New York City’s Easy Star All Stars take on both bands and maybe a little Pink Floyd with heavy island flair. With album titles like Dub Side of the Moon, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band and Radiodread, what else does one need to know about these guys? Automatic Loveletter plays the early show for the emo crowd at 6, but doors open for Easy Star at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. Hypnotic Conquest is set to open.


How do you describe Ween to someone who’s never heard them? We’ll they’re a rock band… who plays country music and, er, heavy metal. And maybe some lounge and dub for good measure. Most importantly, they do it with tongue planted firmly in cheek. How else could their keyboard player get away with performing wearing only a burlap sack? Primaries Gene and Dean Ween have staked their claim as the clown princes of rock with albums like GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, 12 Golden Country Greats and their most recent, the brilliantly wry La Cucaracha. To them I say, “Just go to the Millennium Center next Wednesday, April 7 and see them in all their glory.” Ween visits Winston-Salem for the second date of their current tour and by the looks of Gene (Aaron Freeman) these days, his taste for contraband could keel him over any day now, so time is of the essence. Tickets for the show are $26 in advance and $30 at the door at the show starts at 9 p.m.