upcoming shows you should check out
CHARLIE WILSON UPSIDE YOUR HEAD
You know you’re a player when Snoop Dogg calls you “Uncle,” but as the frontman for one of hip hop’s most sampled band of all time, Charlie Wilson is more like a Godfather.
As the voice of the Gap Band, Wilson was at the helm of a 12-man funk juggernaut throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s. Now at age 57, Wilson is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance as a (still funky) solo artist. His 2009 album Uncle Charlie featured hooks by T-Pain, Jamie Foxx and Snoop himself, and Wilson was rumored to be signed to Kanye West’s label GOOD music after lending his vocal’s to West’s track “See Me Now.” It’s hard to say that Uncle Charlie is making a full comeback when he really never left, but regardless, his Saturday performance at Winston-Salem State’s Williams Auditorium should be a hot one. His live shows are grooving explorations into his full catalog, from the loud and funky to the Quiet Storm, with a six-piece band, backup singers and dancers in tow. If his music hasn’t already done enough to keep your bedroom funky, Wilson has been a leading advocate into prostate cancer research after both losing his father to it and announcing in 2009 that he had also been diagnosed with it. Tickets to the show are $34.95 in advance, $40.95 at the door, and $10 for WSSU students. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
NOBODY BEATS THE WIZ
If there were a vote on the Nov. 2 ballot for rapper with best mixtapes, it might be a two-horse race between Lil’ Wayne and BOB, but Pittsburgh emcee Wiz Khalifa might just be the dark horse. The man who has co-opted Devin the Dude’s stoned-at-all-costs mindset has been as consistent as he has prolific since his 2005 debut. Consistent in that he’s been rapping a lot about smoking weed lately. He seemingly found his niche in 2009 and has since released Burn After Rolling, the highly-praised Kush and Orange Juice, and most recently, Half Baked. His Waken Baken tour comes to Winston-Salem at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 10 with the like-minded Big KRIT; two years from now, saying you saw him when he was nobody will be a feather in your cap. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door.
ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA…
There are a lot of big shows happening this week, just not necessarily in your backyard. If you can suffer a short drive, MGMT tonight at Progress Energy Center in Raleigh might be worth your time. There’s no question that the Felice Brothers are, however, and they’re at Kings Barricade in Raleigh on Thursday. Hot Rize are prepping for their first album in 20 years, and they’ll be at the McGlohon Theatre in Charlotte on Friday. Make it a weekend in the Queen City and go see the legendary NOLA songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint at Knight Theater on Saturday. He’ll also be at Page Auditorium in Durham on Sunday, and no two shows are the same. Some say that Ariel Pink is the only thing that matters in music right now, so your chance to find out what the fuss is about comes next Wednesday at the Cat’s Cradle. He’s co-headlining a set with the near-mythic Brazilian tropidelic group Os Mutantes, so there’s a solid chance this one’s a sellout.