ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

Yet another great thing that’ll make You go blind

It’s official declaration calls it “a celebration of the legacy of moonshine in the carolinas and its impact on the cultural fabric,” but you can call it another good reason to tie one on. The carolina ‘shine Fest takes place this weekend in the heart of downtown madison, and pays homage to that clear liquid responsible for so many good times, great albums, arrest warrants and cases of acute blindness. The festival, happening saturday and sunday, is built around the state’s only legal distillery and a great lineup of country, Americana and blues. The lineup is heavy in North carolina acts, though there are a few interlopers sprinkled in for flavor. one of those is Detroit’s Whitney morgan & the ’78s, whose namesake frontman you’d swear was a young Hank Williams, Jr. Also from the motor city and headlining Friday night is the Deadstring Brothers, a band of stones clones planted firmly in the Exile On Main Street era, and Greensboro’s own Pat “mother Blues” cohen. of course, no Nc moonshine festival would be complete without an appearance from Junior Johnson, so yeah, pretty cool, huh? The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and admission is free.

emFfringe saves the best For last

The eastern music Festival has given the Triad one of its most fertile months of live music since, well, the last eastern music Festival, and its last weekend will only help to secure it. You can read all about the Joe krown Trio, performing at Triad stage on Friday, in the music lead and on the YES! Weekly blog (, but two more acts of incredible magnitude are set to blow your mind in their own rights. on Thursday, North carolina native and arguably the greatest flatpicking guitarist alive, Tony Rice, will perform with his band the Tony Rice Unit in front of what will almost assuredly be a capacity crowd. Rice’s jaw-dropping abilities span the spaces between jazz, blues and bluegrass to leave listeners in awe of what can be done on a guitar with a single point of contact. The weekend gets progressively funkier and more rocking, culminating in one of the fieriest big bands in all of New orleans, as Bonerama takes on the empire Ballroom on saturday. Three refugees from Harry connick, Jr.’s Big Band come together with four other NolA compatriots to create a fusion of deep vintage funk, classic rock and bone-crushing improvisation the likes of which few hear outside of the festival circuit. Tony Rice takes the stage at 8 p.m. and tickets are $31, krown’s Trio plays at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20, and Bonerama plays at 8 p.m. for $22.