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by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

HE’S GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES

If Jamey Johnson’s opening set for Kid Rock’s Born Free tour was your first experience with the burlap-voiced country singer after hearing something like, “He’s here to save country music,” consider giving him another spin. The cavernous Greensboro Coliseum was without a doubt not the most ideal spot for the Grammy-nominated country star’s rumbling, mumbling baritone. His show at Ziggy’s this Thursday, however, more than likely will be. He didn’t have the chance to do his infamous “second set” on back in February either — the one where he plays Merle Haggard, Don Williams, Willie Nelson and Vern Gosdin tunes along with his radio unfriendly deep cuts. Tickets for Johnson’s show are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m.

I HOPE THEY PLAY “GROOVE IS IN THE HEART”

Think about this for a minute: we’ve been dancing to “Love Shack” for 22 years. Kids have been born and attained drinking age in that time, a right they then exercised to sing drunken karaoke renditions of it. But whether “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster” or “Roam” is your ’roke guilty pleasure, sing it with the confidence that your voice and stiff dance moves are probably ruining someone’s night out. You don’t sound like Fred Schneider or Kate Pierson, but after five appletinis, all that matters is that you think you do. The Athens, Ga. new-wavers are performing at the White Oak Amphitheatre this Saturday, and the B-52s may all be in their 60s, but they still know how to party out of bounds. Tickets for the show are $20, $45 and $55, and the music starts at 7 p.m. with music by the Mark Kano Band.

FREE P-GROOVE TIX RIGHT HERE, BRAH!

Buried on the second disc in volume four of Bonnaroo’s now-defunct sampler series The Sweet Sounds, right in between tracks by then little-known rock bands the Drive-By Truckers and My Morning Jacket, Perpetual Groove’s “TSM2” became the buzz of the jam circuit during the summer of 2003. And why not? Its laid-back vibe mixed with Brock Butler’s silky, jazzed-out guitar made it the perfect soundtrack for the long ride home from festivalville. Perpetual Groove, or P-Groove if you’re nasty, has been through waves of growth in the past eight years, exploring everything from trance to arena rock. They’ll rekindle a long history with Ziggy’s next Wednesday, Aug. 17 when their current tour hits Winston-Salem. Being the magnanimous group of fellows that they are, the Savannah jam band has been generous enough to put up a couple of pairs of guest-list spots for this one also. They simple ask that you follow and tweet @YESRyan to be entered to win. Considering the few folks who actually will do this, the chances are looking good for the four people who follow through. Otherwise, tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and the show starts at 9 p.m.

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