upcoming shows you should check out
YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC WRITER’S FAVORITE RAPPER COMES TO TOWN
Since serving his time as a soldier for Master P and busting out of Lil Wayne’s shadow, New Orleans’ emcee Curren$y has without question been one of the most prolific artists in all of hip hop. If you don’t count retweets, he’s rivaled only by Lil B in terms of output over the past few years and even then the edge has to go to Curren$y. He’s released seven studio albums full of hip-hop gems and almost a dozen mixtapes since 2009, and the impending release of Pilot Talk III and its swarm of accompanying release will only add to it. His recent EP with producer extraordinaire the Alchemist Covert Coup is the Top 5 hip-hop release so far this year. His rhymes are real and his beats are soulful. In short, he’s my favorite rapper. It’s too bad I’ll be covering a festival this weekend where he won’t be playing, making it your duty to get rocked by this man when he comes to Greene Street Club on Friday. He’ll be joined by local upstarts Mean Teens, and his own padswans Trademark and Corner Boy P, and the always dependable Ed E. Ruger and Ty Bru. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 day of show, and doors open at 8 p.m.
CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF BOOZE IN MUSIC
We’ve come to not only expect a certain degree of excess from our favorite musicians, but we often celebrate it. From Hank Williams to DJ Screw, getting blotto has been as much of a part of popular music as the Moog or the Les Paul. This weekend, you can celebrate the legacy of the man who arguably started all that mess. The hard-drinkin’, hardpickin’ Charlie Poole was one of the most influential and unsung voices in all of early 20th century music, providing the musical template for not only Williams, but Bill Monroe and every picker that came after him as well. His legacy is celebrated every year in his hometown of Eden (then known as Spray) at the Charlie Poole Music Festival, which will happen this weekend from Friday to Sunday. The festival is unique in that it doesn’t specifically focus on performances — though there are plenty to be seen and heard. This festival is a bit more competitive and academic in its pursuits. Those who want to show themselves to be the best clawhammer or finger-pickers in the old-time tradition only need sign up to prove their worth. While you can come to see great musicians from all around perform — including Riley Bauguss, Kinney Rorrer or the Supertones — this is really the place to be for anyone who simply wants to learn more about the history of country and bluegrass music; Poole was the cornerstone in both of their developments.
Tickets for each day are $15, or $25 for a weekend pass. On-site camping is only $10 per night.
THE NICKELBACK OF JAZZ COMES TO GUILFORD COLLEGE
Real quick, take all the criticisms you’ve ever heard about Nickelback, Hawthorne Heights, Kenny Chesney and Ke$ha, and they still don’t approach the lambasting that Wynton Marsalis has received from his peers. It’s some ugly, ugly stuff, really, and not totally undeserved. When he comes to Guilford College with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as a part of the Eastern Music Festival this Friday, take this opportunity to see the man who roundly rejected anything remotely exciting in jazz. This is the guy who gave a middle finger to Davis, Coleman and Dolphy. Tickets can be had at easternmusicfestival.org.