ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


There’s something to be said for knowing the right people. Not that Five Gallon Groove needs to fill out their roster with big name musicians to put on a hell of a set, but it can’t hurt. With Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Artimus Pyle and renowned jazz flautist Kofi Burbridge in tow, Sam Robinson and company will have firepower to bear for their Friday set at Greene Street Club. Pyle, of course, is the original drummer for the band that was once Lynyrd Skynyrd. As one of the few survivors of the plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines and others, he’s often credited for saving the lives of those who did make it. Some affiliated with the band in its current incarnation (with an axe to grind) will claim he abandoned everyone else, but as a USMC vet, it’s a dubious argument. Burbridge is most known as a member of the Derek Trucks Band, brother to Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil (who appeared on Five Gallon Groove’s album with Pyle and Kofi), and frequent jam-scene collaborator. He can hold it down equally well on keys and flute, so expect contributions on both ends. The night will also feature sets from the Deluge, the Badderlocks and Stickers For Cigarettes. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.


Only six solo artists have more No. 1 hits on the Billboard US Country music chart than Alan Jackson, and one of them is named Merle Haggard. For all his Ford Truck commercial-ness, it’d be short-sighted to liken Jackson to the other flag-waving, no-song-writing prettyboy country entertainers that dominate CMT. For one, he’s written more of his own No. 1 hits than George Strait, who has 44 of them.

“Chattahoochee,” “There Goes” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” all carry his imprint, but most impressively is his acumen as a live performer. Jackson is a rare breed in contemporary country in that, for the past 21 years, his eight-piece backing band has remained unchanged. When Jackson hits the LJVM on Friday, it’ll be lead guitar, steel guitar, acoustic guitar, multi-instrumentalist, bass, keys, harmonica and drums; everyone has stayed the same since before his debut, Here In the Real World.

Jackson will be joined by the Band Perry and Chris Young, but you’d be better off supplementing your buzz in the parking lot. Tickets range from $33.60 to $71.90 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.


Punch in Camp Lo on Pandora and you’re bound to have a stream of near-forgotten jams come back on you. Pete Rock, Missy Elliot and De La Sol are all listed as contemporaries. It’s amazing to think that the duo of Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede have been around for 15 years, but they’ve been surprisingly prolific in recent years after a mid-decade lull. They’ve put out two solid records since 2007 with beats by one of Greensboro’s favorite sons, Ski Beatz, and the smooth beats that made records like Uptown Saturday Night classics are still the centerpiece. The duo will perform at Greene Street Club Tuesday night, Nov. 23 with a lineup that’s a veritable Who’s Who of up-and-coming young emcees. Greensboro’s Afika Nx and Chapel Hill’s KO Kid are two guys making serious noise, so early arrival for their sets is mandatory. Not enough? Stalley and Terry Urban will perform also. Yeah. With production creds on Stalley’s mixtape, there’s a good chance Ski Beatz makes an appearance in his hometown also. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and the show starts at