ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


What is there in common when you “take these broken wings,” “give peace a chance” and “hear the secrets that you keep/when you’re talking in your sleep?” Other than being the karaoke queue at ladies’ night, it’s a part of the amazingly transporting set list of the most imaginative post-Beatles’ projects of all. When you look at the lineup, it’s easy to see that there’s no hyperbole involved when Fab Four drummer Ringo Starr dubbed his band the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band. Now in its 11 th incarnation, the band features a whirlwind of blasts-from-the-past. How do names like Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter and Gary “Dream Weaver” Wright strike you? Throw in Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, the Romantics’ Wally Palmer and famed session drummer Gregg Bissonette (who played on Pat Boone’s infamous In a Metal Mood album), and you’ve got more guilty pleasure than Lionel Richie playing in a Krispy Kreme. Ringo will bring his show, which includes a survey of Starr’s greatest Beatles’ work and just about all of the hits of his bandmates, to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Sunday. It’s going to sell out, so grab your tickets ASAP. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $59.00 to $98.00.


Sometimes music is born of experience, at least that’s the case for Swedish-born rocker Anders Osborne. After leaving home at the age of 16 to trek his way through Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Osborne finally found himself at home in New Orleans, where a musical career that has craftily blended blues, rock, soul and classic R&B for the last 20 years was born. Since then, he’s drawn comparisons to Van Morrison, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, but clearly without the name recognition of any. That doesn’t necessarily mean his music hasn’t been heard by millions of people, however. Osborne relocated to Nashville in the early ’90s where he’s worked as a songwriter for names such as Brad Paisley, Jonny Lang, Tab Benoit and, most notably, Tim McGraw, for whom he wrote the No. 1 hit “Watch the Wind Blow By.” Osborne will perform at the Empire Ballroom this Friday as a part of the EMFfringe series, with funky 15-year old local Sam Fribush on in support. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $23, available at the Triad Stage box office.