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by Ryan Snyder

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upcoming shows you should check out

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NOT THAT FIREFEST, THE OTHER ONE

Like the summer movie season, festival season is frontloaded for mass consumption; only the most hardcore stick with it through the dog days. This weekend’s FireFest on Ling Farm in Reidsville is one of those festivals, but the faithful will be rewarded. A co-presentation of bass-party auteur Jason “Crewless” Honeycutt, landowner Kevin Ling, and his band Coast Ghost, the two-night festival — not to be confused with the Trace Adkins-headlined festival of the same name — blends rock improv and speaker-busting bass. The lineup probably won’t be firm until the first band hits the stage — some sources have Revolution Mill opening up on Friday afternoon, others say Jump Buffalo. In fact, there’s not a lot of evidence that some of these bands exist, while others have changed their name more than Andy’s band on “Parks and Recreation.” But who needs predictability? Tickets for the weekend are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, and the music starts at 6 p.m. on Friday evening. Probably.

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SIMPLY A-MAZE-ING FEAT. FRANKIE BEVERLY

The fact that Maze brought more people out than the Beach Boys to the White Oak Amphitheatre in June is evidence enough that Frankie Beverly and his band are as terrific live as they’ve ever been. His voice has been the catalyst for a more moments of joy than pain in their 35 years, and with an underrated discography that includes one of the all-time great live records in Live In Los Angeles, the Philly funk/soul band will return to North Carolina this week with a performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Friday. Beverly’s cognac-soaked voice is at its best there, which is to also say that 25 years later, it’s hardly diminished. These days, Maze features the great young drummer and Winston-Salem native Calvin Napper, whose Gospel-trained drum work is better than a month of Sundays. Tickets start at $45 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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SEE THE WAILERS, FEED ASTON BARRETT’S KIDS

Call me a purist, but something about a white dude singing for the Wailers just didn’t feel quite right, especially when singing “Exodus,” a song that’s an allegory for black liberation. Exit Elan Atias and enter Danglin and Yvad, the band’s newest and… more authentic vocalists, tag-teaming on a more expanded look at Bob Marley’s catalog than the near-endless Exodus tour they were on for their last four Triad stops. They’ll be at Ziggy’s next Wednesday, Aug. 24 with a new goal in mind rather than simply repeating the classic-album meme. A large chunk or proceeds from nearly every show are going to the United Nations World Food Programme, and the band is feeding nearly 1,000 children and mothers with every gig they play. There’s an Aston Barrett joke in there somewhere because, you know, that’s about how many kids he has himself. Tickets for the show are $17 in advance and $20 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m.

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