ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder


As if there weren’t already enough reasons to make the short trek out to Silk Hope for some great music in gorgeous surroundings, the fine folks who bring us the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance have put together a one-night-only event to benefit the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center. Happening this Saturday, NC Stars in the Round will feature artists like GrassRoots favorite and Greensboro residents Holy Ghost Tent Revival and local surf/country rockers Jack Maverick & his Wild Rebels, but the real treat comes with the solo spots. Hobex front man Greg Humphreys will play an always-enthralling set, while Two-Dollar Pistols lead and former Tift Merritt collaborator John Howie, Jr. brings Rosewood Bluff for a show. It keeps getting better, with Katharine Whalen of Squirrel Nut Zippers and Justin Robinson of the Carolina Chocolate Drops all making their own imprint on the evening. Also performing will be Mary Johnson Rockers, Alex Hall and Randy Whitt, with a few unannounced surprises. Food from Shakori Hills Pizza and beer from Carolina Brewery will be on hand, as the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. As for the Fall festival in October, headliners this year include the Marshall Tucker Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops in whole, Toubab Krewe, Sarah Jarosz, Samantha Crain and Peter Rowan. Should be another great time.


If you’re still sailin’ the seas of smile on the gentle breeze of rock, or you just really love the “Yacht Rock” series on YouTube, then you’ll be pleased to discover that three of the biggest names in jazz-rock and blue-eyed soul are uniting under one banner for a fall tour of the United States. Smooth rock icons Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers and Boz Scaggs of Boz Scaggs are currently on tour under the banner the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue. The trio will perform in Charlotte at the Roadrunner Mobile Amphitheatre, formerly known as the Uptown Amphitheatre before Live Nation realized there was no tacky corporate piggybacking going on, next Wednesday, Aug. 25. The Rhythm Revue will feature selections from the catalogues of Steely Dan (of which Fagen and McDonald were members) and post-1975 era Doobie Brothers, as well as tracks from the musicians’ solo careers and jazz/soul/blues standards. According to Fagen, those standards are “the kind of R&B tunes that made us want to be musicians way back when.” On the road, the iconic musicians will be backed by a full rhythm-oriented rock band, as well as the horn section that Paul McCartney should have had. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and the show starts at 8 p.m.