upcoming shows you should check out
GET CRUNK AT LIL’ JOHN’S MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
It’s tempting to turn a space talking about something called Lil’
John’s Mountain Music Festival into a printed call-and-response of
WHATs and OKAYs, but the only grills at this one have pigs spinning
on top and the only purple drank to be found is made in a bathtub.
Starting Thursday in secluded Snow Camp, the annual Memorial
Day weekend shin dig takes to the hills for another weekend of hard
liquor and easy picking. The mini-MerleFest-without-the-overbearing-
classism will be headlined by bluegrass greats old and not so
old, JD Crowe & the New South, Dailey & Vincent and the Grascals,
but the real fun happens ‘round midnight when the Lil’ John All-
Stars take the stage. See the full lineup and schedule at littlejohnsmountainmusic.
com. Tickets are $75 for the weekend, though individual
day tickets are available as well.
OLD SCHOOL PARTY COURTESY OF THE FIVE FOOTA AND FRIENDS
This Memorial Day, take a moment to remember some other
fallen heroes who have help to shape our country in so many ways:
Tupac, Biggie, X1, Left Eye, Big L, Eazy E and every other pioneer
of the new school of hip hop and R&B who was taken too soon.
Kyle Santillian and ToshaMakia from 102 JAMZ, along with host
Skibo and DJ SK, are taking over the Blind Tiger this Saturday for Red Cup Classics, an evening to call upon a Memorial Day tradition
that you won’t find in any official holiday standards and practices:
the rocking out of classic hip hop and R&B. How rocking to a Tribe
Called Quest, Nine, Paperboy, etc. became synonymous with this
specific three-day weekend in May isn’t completely codified, but
thinking about Memorial Day weekend as the gateway to summer
and its evocation of all jams nostalgic is a good starting point.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and the party starts
at 10 p.m.
BEST BEFORE AUG. 25, 1998
There’s not a hint of irony in stocking an R&B ensemble tour with
performers who haven’t had hits since The Miseducation of Lauryn
Hill put ’em on blast and calling it the Fresh Music Tour. No sir. Let’s
pretend it’s 1996 all over again and Busta Brown has Keith Sweat,
Guy and K-Ci & JoJo on medium to heavy rotation. Also ignore that
SWV currently look like they might have had MoKenStef for dinner;
these wafts from the past have been cobbled together for said festival,
which sounds even less exciting upon remembering that Keith
Sweat didn’t sing “Pony.” That was Ginuwine, and he’s not even on
this tour. The Fresh Music Festival comes to the Greensboro Coliseum
this Sunday with host Doug E. Fresh on the mic, but not Jody Watley
who only joined the tour for a handful of dates. Tickets range from
$29.50 to $75, and the music starts at 7 p.m.