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by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

JOHN COWAN NOT ROLLING WITH THE DOOBIES FOR THIS HAYRIDE

You can’t blame John Cowan for skipping out of his MerleFest gigs at the last minute a couple of weeks ago. When the Doobie Brothers come a-callin’ in need of a bass player, you don’t think twice about it. While Cowan skipping out unexpectedly left a gaping hole in the midday schedule at MerleFest, another chance to see the revered bassist and cornerstone of jamgrass pioneers Newgrass Revival will come this weekend at the Jomeokee Campground for the annual Foothills Hayride Festival happening in Pinnacle. Cowan is joined on the bill by fellow headliners Grasstowne, a bluegrass group featuring the amazing mandolinist Alan Bibey, and the Steep Canyon Rangers, sans Steve Martin for this one unfortunately. Also performing is Rich In Tradition, Blues Creek and Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice. The Foothills Hayride will take place on Friday and Saturday, and tickets are $20 per day, which can be purchased at www.foothillshayride.com.

GREENE STREET UPDATING OSHA CERTIFICATIONS AS WE SPEAK

As you already didn’t find your fair share of tools at a typical psychobilly show, the sinister San Diego crew known as Deadbolt have raised the bar. Calling themselves “The Scariest Band in the World,” Deadbolt showers the audience with red-hot metal sparks from their plethora of power tools while also showering them with a surfeit of low end. Their signature “Wall of Thunder” sound comes from their rare dual bass guitar arrangement. If it sounds a little more than unconventional to sport two bassists, take a look at the list of departed members, and these are indeed their stage names: the Phantom (bass and guitar), Claymore Mines (bass), the Coroner (bass), Coffin Boy (bass) and Moose Cutter (bass). Clearly Gary “3 rd Degree” Burns is no walk in the park to perform with. Deadbolt will be at Greene Street Club tonight, Wednesday, and the Tremors and Transylvania Transport Co. support. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12.

AK1200 SPINS AT THE AQUARIUS MUSIC HALL

Drum and bass heads are in for a treat this Friday night, as the veteran Florida-based producer and DJ Dave Minner, also known as AK1200, will make an appearance at the Aquarius Music Hall in High Point. Minner has been on the circuit for nearly 20 years and during that time has been instrumental in the surge of popularity that Jungle beats experienced from the mid-’90s to today. Along with being the first American DJ to play on UK pirate radio, his reputation for impressive live performances and prolific remixes have earned him collaborations with Aphrodite, DJ Dara, Danny Breaks, Dieselboy and MC Navigator, as well as with hip-hop artists such as a Tribe Called Quest. If there’s any venue in the Triad more perfect to host a massive electronic freak-out than the cavernous interior of Aquarius Music Hall, it’s yet to be found and that’s where you’ll find AK1200 this Friday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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