upcoming shows you should check out
ZIGGY’S REOPENS, FOR REAL THIS TIME
So maybe Ziggy’s having a postponed grand opening six weeks into its existence feels like a bit of a moot point, particularly when Codeseven’s reunion show handled the christening duties in rather remarkable fashion. At least come Friday it will all be official. The lineup has been pared down pretty substantially, however, with Fuhnetik Union and Love Craft the most notable absentees from the retooled lineup. The set-up is still the same though, with music on the main stage and music in the tavern. The latter starts at 4 p.m. with country singer/songwriter Sean Mettler, followed by Kent Dunn of Mabe Dunn Goode. Last year’s Rock the Block winners Salem Speaks, a fine quintet of multi-talented roots players, open up on the main stage and make for one of the most intriguing draws. They’re followed up by PLONK!, a band that doesn’t seem to have need for an internet fingerprint, and Charlotte bro-rockers Simplified. Admission for shows is $10, and all tickets bought for the original event will still be honored.
FREE. LOCAL. GOOD.
Three free festivals over the next three weekends in Greensboro begin on Saturday, with a veritable institution of street entertainment. Tate Street Festival will hit Greensboro for its 38 th year, happening — where else? — on Tate Street. The festival originates from the day street people — hippies, drug users and the homeless, otherwise known as ’70s-era musicians — congregated in the area to do what they do. The gatherings evolved into what you see today: a free open air
crafts and music exhibition featuring locals artists of several media and a fine assortment of local musicians taking to the streets. Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday with blues and R&B band House of Dues, this year’s event will expand to a second stage inside of the Maya Art Gallery with sets by percussionists Sandy and Joe Blocker, kora player Will Ridenhour, the practically-legendary Eugene Chadbourne and the wunderkind Ranford Almond. As they seem to do nowadays, members of the Brand New Life had a big hand in organizing this year’s event and will play the outdoor stage in the midafternoon, followed by the increasingly jazzy electro outfit Casual Curious and a somewhat rare set by Greensboro greats the Leeves to close it out. Come early, come often, and bring a bag of pet food to be entered in the raffle for cool local goods.
YOU’LL REMEMBER DANCING IN SEPTEMBER
There’s no time like the present for an Earth, Wind & Fire revival. The discography of the 90-million-plus-selling funk group goes far deeper than hits “Shining Star” and “September” and if you check out mixtapes by DJ Kraz and Zero 7, you’ll find that the deep cuts are what make EWF everlasting. The band is currently enjoying its 40 th anniversary with a tour that affirms that they can still throw down with the best of them. They’re coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Sunday with a set list made up primarily of the classics, though there are a few B-side gems and instrumental freakouts in there for the hardcore fans. Their two-hour set starts promptly at 7, so arrive early.