ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


Between their two wildly successful solo careers, Amy Grant and Vince Gill have sold more than 50 million records. She’s one of only two Christian artists to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he’s one of the most respected country music artists of the past 25 years and one of the few major voices of the genre to never succumb to gimmicky, schlocky songwriting that dominates today’s country airwaves.

Together, they’re celebrating their 10 th year of marriage with a tour of some of their favorite Christmas classics and pop standards, the 12 Days of Christmas tour, which comes to Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium this Saturday. They’ll perform a select few of their own hits and newer seasonal fare from Grant’s catalog, though most of the show is built around standards from the ’30s to the ’50s. Gill calls a very romantic era for pop music, which he summed up nicely in a recent interview with Naples Daily News: “Think about ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ “ Gill said. “It was written during World War II and it makes you think it could be a soldier fighting at war wishing to be home if only in his dreams. It takes on a little bit of a melancholy tone that is beautiful. There was an innocence in our culture and our country and everyone believed.” Indeed. Tickets are $55.00 and $75.00, and the show starts at 8 p.m.


If it weren’t for “A Prairie Home Companion,” the art of the radio play might be lost to us entirely. Good luck getting tickets to that though.

Fortunately, arguably the all-time greatest holiday movie ever will be presented in a similar forum, as the High Point Theatre will present the Joe Landy radio play interpretation of Frank Capra’s classic tale It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s happening as a one-time performance this Tuesday, Dec. 22. A small group of actors out of Asheville will portray over 30 of Bedford Falls most beloved characters to the tune of live sound effects. Pack your imagination and prepare to feel like a kid again, so long as you were born between 1930 and 1940. The performance begins at 7:30, but you should definitely arrive early. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $1 for kids under 12.


‘Tis the season of giving, and there’s no better recipient than needy kids. For over 50 years, Toys for Tots has served lessfortunate youngsters who might not otherwise experience the joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning. To benefit the charity, the Boiler Room is holding the Christmas Means Giving event this Friday night, with a host of excellent musicians providing an extra dose of Christmas spirit. Former everybodyfield Sam Quinn brings his new outfit the Japan Ten to headline a night that includes blues by Logie Meachum, sets by Kasey Horton and Molly Miller of Amelia’s Mechanics, Walrus front man Ray Loughran, Jeff Hinson of Doby, Ranford Almond and the Weaver Academy Trio featuring Sam Fribush. The show starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are $15 for general admission and $50 for VIP. Proceeds benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.