ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


The free, local neighborhood festival tradition started long ago with Tate Street Festival and was continued earlier this summer with WalkerFest, but now they seem to be proliferating like Wings stores in a beach town. The latest and last addition of 2011 to this local trend will be the CoHill Fest, happening this Saturday in the College Hill neighborhood, or roughly one street over from where Tate Street Festival and WalkerFest both took place. The set-up is the same: free admission, local artists and vendors, cheap booze and a ton of local and regional music to see over nine hours. There’s foot-stomping dirtfolk by Megan Jean & the KFB and Moonshine Rooster, garage rock by the Hot Ropes and the Leeves, baroque chamber by UNCG’s Present Continuous and dark vaudevillian by Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, among several others. It’s free and it’s happening all day, so drink one for (in) Greensboro’s oldest neighborhood.


Anyone who first got into rock music in the early ‘90s knew the voices of Evan Dando and Stephen Malkmus like they knew how many videos MTV could squeeze into an episode of “120 Minutes.” The Lemonheads and Pavement were in constant rotay of those seeking refuge from the sounds of Seattle and 20 years later, hearing “It’s a Shame About Ray” can give a reformed slacker fuzzies. At least that’s what the Lemonheads hope. While Malkmus’ tour comes to the Haw River Ballroom this Saturday on one of the best indie rock albums of the year in Mirror Traffic, the Lemonheads are jumping on the play-the-classic-album meme and bringing It’s A Shame About Ray to the Cat’s Cradle on Sunday. Though in the case of the latter, the only current Lemonhead from IASAR is Dando himself. Juliana Hatfield is absent for this, as is anyone from any perceived “classic” lineup. Tickets for either show is $17 in advance and $20 at the door.


Shakori Hills is turning into a major heartbreaker for anyone who can’t get out of work on Friday morning. Every spring and fall there’s a Thursday night act that hedges closer and closer to being the best on the bill, and next weekend that might actually be the case when Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings come to the tiny Silk Hope Festival on Oct. 6. The Georgiaborn firecracker has a voice sweeter than homemade caramel and her band might sound familiar: They used to back Amy Winehouse. Thursday is getting off to a late start this year when upstate NY Americana troupe Driftwood kicks things off, though sets by the Brand New Life and And the Moneynotes sideman Mike Quinn’s collaboration with Holy Ghost Tent Revival are worth catching. Friday brings a who’s-who of returning acts, though Brett Dennen sticks out not simply because he’s a gigantic redhead. Thursday and Friday tickets can still be had for $20 and $30 respectively, and four-day passes are $90 until Monday, Oct. 3.