upcoming shows you should check out
ZIGGY’S? NEVER HEARD OF IT.
So what’s big going on this weekend in music? Hmmmm. :checks Facebook: :scratches self: :makes a Spotify playlist: :spits: Oh! Isn’t Ziggy’s finally opening this weekend? It is indeed patient reader. So who do they have for the grand reopening? Robert Plant? Chris Daughtry? Kajagoogoo? Not quite. Area players have been given the honor of christening the new venue’s soon-to-be-hallowed stage, and the reopening on Friday will have 19.5 hours worth of them when Winston-Salem cuts the ribbon at the new location on 8 th and Trade. Starting at 4 p.m., singer/songwriter Jamie Carroll has the official honor of being the first artist to perform at the new Ziggy’s when he plays the Tavern Stage, but the big stage opens an hour later with a set by Mocksville funksters Fuhnetik Union. It’s a diverse lineup, with no real rhyme or reason applied to the order — the the best dance band, Love Craft, bats third on the main stage and Old Southern Moonshine Revival closes it out in the Tavern. But the point seems to be to get folks acquainted with the new venue through a variety of sounds, not to mention the whole family/class/bar reunion angle to it. The first weekend has a whole is chock full of goodness, as old Ziggy’s mainstay Mother’s Finest plays Saturday night and there’s already a big ready show on the slate for Sunday night. Opening night tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, same for the reggae show on Sunday, and Mother’s Finest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
ANOTHER GREAT FESTIVAL, ANOTHER GREAT MILESTONE
One of the best, and simultaneously most unsung, festivals in the southeast hits a major anniversary this weekend. FloydFest (July 28-31) turns a whole 10 years old, and unlike some other summer festivals that hit their 10 th year this year, FloydFest kinda went all out for this (in an economy-of-scale kind of way). For a festival that draws only about 7,000 people annually (and that’s a good thing), this year’s lineup can easily compete with some of their bigger brethren. Near the top of the lineup is something of a legendary act, though not many will immediately recognize the name. Seun Kuti is the son of the legendary Nigerian musical and political icon Fela. To put it in context, imagine a hybrid of Miles Davis, Stokely Carmichael and Wilt Chamberlain and you might come close to what a mythic figure the elder Kuti was. Seun carries on his father’s legacy by not only playing his music, but by fronting the same band his father once deployed to spread the Afrobeat propaganda and social activism across Africa and beyond. Seun takes the main stage Saturday night in what will be one of the best shows of the weekend, but in actuality, the entire festival is loaded to the gills. Thursday night, especially, has multiple reasons to make it a long weekend, including Old Crow Medicine Show and two shows by one of my favorite live acts, Yard Dogs Road Show. The 13-person burlesque, circus, vaudeville and psychedelic rock troupe features the fiery former Frog Brigade guitarist Eenor on guitar and enough skin to warrant an R-rating. They’ll play a third set Friday night opposite gospel rockers Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Really, it’s just a ridiculously full weekend that includes Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Cyro Baptista, a wee-hours set by the incredible Brooklyn dancepop outfit Rubblebucket and a Sunday itinerary that will feel like a day at MerleFest. Just see for yourself at floydfest.com.