ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


One their first three albums, The Felice Brothers went off in search of America. They found it’s essentially a culvert riddled with vice, jealously and despair, but still a place where a good time can be had. On their fourth album, Celebration, Florida, they went off in search of the New Weird America, and what they found was just weird. The programmed beats and dancehall rhythms found within are a severe departure from the ultra charming urchin-folk that they’ve some to be known by. When I say severe, I mean I’m severely pissed at them for this album. It’s awful. They deserve some credit for trying to build a concept around the first murder in the Disney-engineered town of Celebration, but not for the result. The Felices are still a show worth seeing, and they’ll perform at Ziggy’s this Thursday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets will open.


Violinist Marta Richardson may have left Songs of Water, but her work bringing stimulating music to the community continues through a project called Classical Music Across Cultures. She currently teaches violin to nearly 200 children at Peeler Open Elementary, the majority of which are African-American or Latino, and the goal of CMAC was to bring the Sphinx Organization’s internationally renowned all black and Latino chamber orchestra Virtuosi to town. Well, mission accomplished. She’s hosting the orchestra, which features the Catalyst Quartet, for a welcome reception at the International Civil Rights Museum on Thursday, a master class and free concert at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium on Friday and a free Saturday morning workshop for string students at Greensboro’s Cultural Center. For the concert, the conductorless ensemble will perform a program featuring well-known composers in addition to works by African-American and Latino composers including Bach, Bartok, Juan Bautista Plaza, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and others. For more details, visit


If the weather forecast holds out, it’s going to be a picturesque fall weekend at the Shakori Hills Festival in Silk Hope, and the music is not too bad either. This weekend marks one year since the death of the great Solomon Burke, so it’s only appropriate that there be some great soul and gospel on the bill. Church comes early on Saturday morning with a show by Plum Branch, SC’s golden-voiced minister of soul Lloyd Canady with the Flying Clouds. The Ithaca, NY pipeline to Shakori brings the Irish fiddlers the Grady Girls followed by the mesmerizing Indo-Persian sounds of Nawal. The music of Mali is at the forefront on Saturday with songwriter Sidi Toure, no relation to Ali Farka Toure, and Asheville’s Toubab Krewe playing late night. Collaboration is almost guaranteed. Saturday night belongs to Donna the Buffalo, but the pre-headliners Locos Por Juana are a little more exciting. Sunday brings several repeat sets, but also the pre-closing spot by the original lineup of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, featuring pianist Howard Levy in place of the permanently DMB’d Jeff Coffin. Visit for ticket info.