ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out

High Point Theatre gets down to the Nitty Gritty

Some bands can have their original lineups remain virtually intact for their entire lifespan. Those are the fortunate ones. Other bands can have their membership roles read like the cast of Cats, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are one of those bands. With only Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden as remaining original members, the current incarnation of NGDB nonetheless will feature two members from their second era in John McEuen and Bob Carpenter when the band comes to the High Point Theatre this Thursday, October 13. NGDB are virtually the only holdovers from the Southern California country rock renaissance of the late ‘60s and their sound still possesses the same rough-hewn, yet comforting charm that they displayed on their masterpiece Richochet. The foursome display a near-virtuosic level of versatility and are equally comfortable exploring the blues of All the Good Times to the more bluegrass-heavy Speed of Life. Tickets for the show are $25, $30 and $35, and the music starts at 7:30. 

Phunk straight from the Dumpsta at Jamestown Swing

Like their name implies, Dumpstaphunk is funkier than a bag of spent coffee grounds, discarded baby diapers and rotting fruit. They’re funkier than the garbage cans behind a fish market. Headed by the famed Ivan Neville — son of Aaron — on keyboards, the New Orleans funk apostles more closely resemble the gritty, psychedelic sound of Parliament- Funkadelic than the slick grooves of their progenitors the Meters. Along with players like Trombone Shorty and Big Sam Williams, the band heralds the second wave of New Orleans funk, and they’ll be in action at the Jamestown Swing Festival this Saturday on Main Street in downtown Jamestown. They’ll be joined by local bluesman Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin and Jackie Gore’s Legends of the Beach for an event that will benefit the Ragsdale YMCA. Tickets are $15 in advance at $20 at the gate, and the music starts at 3 p.m.

Peter Rowan and Tony Rice back for LandJam 3

The next time you’re tubing down the Dan River with a Dale’s Pale Ale in hand, take a moment to think about how it’s remained the scenic wonder that it is. A lot of credit for that experience goes to the Piedmont Land Conservancy, who’s helped to enact protections for more than 2,200 acres of the river’s watershed. For the most part, private donations have helped to enable those protections and one yearly concert has been a big boost to those efforts. It happens once again at the Carolina Theatre this Friday, with an all-star lineup of bluegrass pickers taking part in a benefit for the PLC, the third annual LandJam featuring the legendary Tony Rice and Peter Rowan. Of course, they’ll have help. Joining them are the Grammy award-winning Bobby Hicks on fiddle and Craig Smith on banjo, local mandolin master Tony Williamson, and versatile bassist Bert Sprye. Songwriter Laurelyn Dossett will host and perform as well. Tickets are $22.50 and the music starts at 8 p.m.

Bonus item: Rock for a really good cause

Anyone who’s ever seen Lee Wallace poking around establishments at The Green Bean, doing the occasional gig, knows he loves to entertain. Well, Lee needs a double lung transplant, so a few of his fellow artists will get together this Sunday at The Blind Tiger to try and make that happen. It’s six great bands—Filthy Bird, Ronnie Levels & His Genius Band, Lake Isle, The Numbers, and The Tremors—one ticket, and a great cause. The music starts at 4 p.m.