upcoming shows you should check out
SADE MARCHES INTO GREENSBORO
Institutional memory of what the Sade concert experience is like has waned at least some in the 10 years that the British R&B diva has been dormant. Other than a few clips of her Live Aid ‘85 performance and the occasional ’90s show, there was little out there leading up to her 2011 world tour. She’s one of a dying breed — an artist who releases music only when she feels like it, not when her label needs a third-quarter pick-me-up. She runs on Sade time. But just a friendly reminder: She’s also pretty amazing live. Whereas contemporary pop and R&B stars like Rihanna or Beyonce slather their shows in gaudiness from outfits to stage props, the 52-year old “Smooth Operator” is the epitome of elegance. With a large, but tastefully arranged band at her command, she has the uncanny ability to transform a packed arena into an intimate lounge. It’s been suggested that this may in fact be her final tour, and if her methodical pace of the last 10 years is any indication of her next step, it just may be. She’s coming to the Greensboro Coliseum this Saturday with John Legend in tow, a performer whose own considerable talent is abated by his pursuance of mediocre material. Tickets range from $29.50 to $129.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BUCKCHERRY IS A SPOONERISM OF CHUCK BERRY?
Ask any Buckcherry fan: Douchecore isn’t just music, it’s a way of life. Sleeves of arm tats and T-shirts that look like tattoos obfuscate where exactly one ends and the other begins. Shiny shaved heads mix harmoniously with erratically spiked coifs. Devotees consume loud, bland music about drinking and screwing in hopes of inspiring actual drinking and screwing. The Rock Allegiance Tour, coming to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum this Friday, is a celebration of all of these things. There’s little to be said about a lineup of Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd and Crossfade that hasn’t already been said about thirdworld hunger though, but what is an unsolvable social epidemic to one man is straight up rock and roll to another. The Rock Allegiance Tour’s promise to offer loud riffs and cheap tix is at least a sincere one, with a single ticket coming in at just over $25 after fees.
TOUSSAINT AND STAPLES ON ONE STAGE
The name Allen Toussaint carries with it an almost mythical gravitas — he’s about as important to the course of popular music as the guitar itself. Much is owed to the 56-year-long career of the illustrious New Orleans pianist, songwriter, producer and arranger. His fingerprints are everywhere, from “Working In a Coalmine” being a hit for Lee Dorsey and Devo to having the melody to “A Certain Girl” being surreptitiously lifted by Amy Winehouse for “Rehab.” Toussaint joined fellow New Orleans luminaries the Meters and Dr. John onstage at the Bonnaroo Music Festival earlier this summer, and he’ll pair up with another iconic name next Wednesday, Sept. 14 when he joins soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples for a performance at the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. This is one of only two performances the two are collaborating on, and tickets range from $29 to $64. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.