ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


Think you can eat more ‘nanner puddin’ and drink more beer than the next guy? Like looking at boobies and slapping on the upright bass? Then slick your hair back with used motor oil, chain your wallet to your tightest black jeans and cruise your modded ’68 Dodge Charger to the Millennium Center on Friday for this weekend’s Heavy Rebel Weekender ( Fair warning: If you’re idea of a muscle car begins with M and ends with –ustang, then you may as well just stay the hell away, or risk being run up the flagpole by your drawers. The pre-party kicks off Thursday night at the Garage, where Playing With Guns, Face Down Presley and King Sasquatch will play for only $5, but the real good, scummy stuff starts late Friday afternoon with a lengthy list of acts playing on three stages all weekend long. Kelley & the Cowboys are the big Friday night draw, but there’s no good reason you should miss seeing a band called Filthy Rotten Sex Machine. If you’re going for the music, Sasquatch & the Sickabillies bring it as hard as anyone and play the midnight show on Saturday. The music goes until late Sunday evening, but there’s plenty of other sights and tastes to keep your attention. The always tasteful Wet Wifebeater Contest will surely draw the biggest crowd Saturday night at 9 p.m., but get there right after church on Sunday and you can participate in the ‘Nanner Puddin’ and Beer Drinking Contests (those are separate events, mind you). You can get a threeday pass for $72 in advance or $90 at the door, but single-day tickets are also available for $35 each.


In search of a family-friendly Fourth of July this weekend? Groove to ’80s rockers Nantucket and the beach-y Extraordinaires at Fun Fourth in Center City Park. But if a “family unfriendly” (read: getting lit up like a roman candle) kind of Fourth of July weekend is more your bag, then the Floyd Fandango Beer and Wine Festival in Floyd, Va. might be just the place for you. There’s a full roster of awesome craft brew and wine vendors on tap ready to get you in the proper mindset to celebrate our nation’s 234 th birthday, in addition to a stellar lineup of bands playing almost nonstop on the festival’s three stages. This year boasts one of the most eclectic lineups in the festival’s history, with mandolin great Sam Bush taking the Saturday night headlining slot and the awesome Missy Raines & the New Hip playing the early afternoon on the main stage. Folly Beach’s Dangermuffin ( return to play multiple sets all weekend, while DJ Williams Projekt and Bruce Robins Imagicnation play both days. Those still standing and semicoherent at the end will be treated to the ethereal jazz and folk sounds of Goose Creek Symphony. Need I mention again that there will be a virtually unlimited amount of beer and wine available for “tasting?” Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate for two-day passes (with camping included), while single days will cost you $25 and $30 respectively.