ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


You ever blow off going to a mediocre bar with your friends, only to find out that they all went and partied with models later that night? Yeah, me neither. But thanks to one band on the Jamestown Swing Festival lineup, that’s how you’re going to feel if you write it off because of where it takes place. Simply put, Charles Walker & the Dynamites throw down. The 60-something frontman can belt out the soul with the best of them and his dapper backing band oozes funkiness. Consider them the middle-class man’s version of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. If you’re planning on dragging your drunken self from the Summertime Brew Fest (responsibly, of course) over to see the show, you’re in luck: they don’t start until 8:30 p.m. If you’re invested in Jamestown Swing for the day, the options still look good, with sets by Amelia’s Mechanics, the badass Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos and the Firecracker Jazz Band on one stage, while the other opts for rock over funk with Tim Betts Trio and the Tremors. Walrus, however, has the dubious honor of playing opposite the Dynamites. The Jamestown Swing website has stated that ticket information is “Coming Soon!” for weeks now. You might as well visit and hit F5 in hopes that someone will get their act together.


While golf and funk are only a couple of the four-letter words that will be prevalent at this year’s Wyndham Championship, the latter is making a strong case for top billing. While Jamestown Swing makes it available for everyone, The funk is cost prohibitive at the tournament’s opening concert on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m. I’m sure Kool & the Gang are a fine band still, but using them as bait for $1,500 party packages is like fishing for catfish using Meow Mix. Of course, when that price also gets you into see Edwin McCain later on in the week, it seems like a steal. From scouring the tournament’s website, it’s unclear whether there’s any proletarian access to the show. If you do decide to pony up the cash, take solace in knowing that the unlimited beverage ticket gives you license to discover even more four-letter words.


Julia Roberts certainly must have been impressed by Lyle Lovett and His Large, uh, Band, especially with those four Grammy Awards under his belt. A lot’s been said about him not being the best-looking dude, but his voice has been known to melt a few female hearts. The musician, songwriter and actor is one of the most distinctive and original artists in all of country music, though he delves deeply into folk, big-band swing and traditional pop with the help of his phenomenal eight-piece backup. His music may have been hard to categorize, but acclaim and a cultlike following has come easily to the reluctant celebrity and terrific storyteller from Texas. Lovett and His Large Band will perform at The Durham Performing Arts Center next Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37, $47 and $57.