AmyB's got the plan, and here it is, after the jump:
I know I mostly talk about whats going on in the bars around town, but here's a few things to check out if you're not a barfly:
Mediums Gallery has been hosting Reggae Nights on some Thursdays; tonight from 8-11 p.m., they'll have Fire and Brimstone, a band that takes classic reggae in 5/8 time and runs with it, bringing in R&B, rap, calypso...yes, calypso. Practice your watusi and get on out there. Wine is served, and admission is $5.
I've seen a lot of blues acts in my life, and Mark Simpson has played with the best: the Burnsides, the Kimbroughs, John Weston, Willie Foster, Blind Mississippi Morris, Richard Johnston. Never mind who he's played with, the man is a slide-guitar genius. He does all that trance-bluesy North Mississippi Hills blues style, but can also do a meana version of "War Pigs" by Ozzy. He'll be at Straving Artist Cafe tonight from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. He has a cigar box/silde guitar instrument that is a sight to behold, in and of itself.
Then you scoot right over to Sticky Fingerz on Commerce and President Clinton Avenue, because Michael Burks WILL kick blues ass there tonight. W.C. Handy awards and all that jazz highlight his career; but really, all those accolades aside, step back, sit down and enjoy a smoking hot power guitar player that conjures up Alberts Collin and King. He can also do henhouse/back-porch blues that would shake a shack to the ground. "I Smell Smoke" is his lastest album. He starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $8.Elvis T. Busboy and the Blues Butchers are at Cajun's tonight, and also tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. with a $5 cover. Elvis does 12-bar blues and rock. More rock than blues. Anyway, it's at 8:30 p.m. with a $5 cover charge.
Vino's has "Fresh Blood" night, which is excellent for local unsigned band to have a chance to get a chop or two in, or at least play for family and friends. Tonight, it's The Moment Later, An Autumn to Remember and Slide Stage Left starting at 8:30 p.m., with a $5 all ages admission charge.
For something more low-key: The Afterthought has jazz tonight with Tonya Leeks and Carl Mouton at 8 p.m. with no covr.
We still call it BJ's Star Studded Honky Tonk and we need to get out of that
habit. It's the Electric Cowboy (8323 I-30) and has been for a while. Whatever you call it, and whether you're a Shark or a Jet, you can rock around the clock there tonight with former Bobbisox DJ Donnie Davis. Underground Pub also has a goes back in time tonight, a decade or two later, with its '80s retro party starting at 8 p.m.
Budding Wedding Singers can test their pipes at Rock City, 8115 Arch St. starting at 7 p.m.
Nasty Abbott, with the Abbott brothers plus Kristen Goodwin will be at Midtown late-night tonight, starting around midnight. I did a writeup on them in this weeks "intheclubs" section; check them out tonight with the rest of the ghosts and ghoulies that frequent the place.
If you're down Conway way:
Rodney Block will be tootin' jazz trumpet from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the fabulous restaurant Mike's Place for no cover charge,
Soundstage (1008 Oak St.) hosts all ages rock shows and tonight it's Kingsdown, After the Tragedy, Edinburgh, and the New Ending at 8 p.m. All ages; $5.
And try to get some rest if you can, as this weekend will be a big one for local and regional music.