- RICHARD SMITH
Acoustic Sounds Cafe’s June 9 concert, “Prodigious Phenom,” features British fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and fiddle/guitar partner Aaron Till.
The Smith-Till duo will showcase a wide range of musical compositions, from classical Mozart and Chopin to rousing Sousa and the unstuffy country of Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins. “Out of Nowhere” is the duo’s latest album.
Opening at 7:30 p.m. is Charlottesville, Va., native Jan Smith, who will perform with guitarist/mandolin player Jeff Vogelgesang.
Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. The venue, at 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, is non-smoking and alcohol-free.
Parachute Woman will land at White Water Tavern on Friday, June 9, starting at 9:30 p.m. The quartet, fronted by the versatile Michael Goodrich, hasn’t played in several months, and we’re glad to see them back.
For the uninitiated, the group is one of the best live acts around, with smarty-pants rock and blues, like Tom Waits and Jimmy Page and Junior Kimbrough sharing a pre-noon swig of Night Train. Parachute Woman’s shows vary according to what they feel like, but the guys are consummate performers, with a great original song, “I Used to Live By the River.” Admission is $5.
Alternative rock band Anberlin from Orlando, Fla., will be at Vino’s Brewpub on Monday, June 12, starting at 8:30 p.m. Anberlin’s latest album, “Never Take Friendship Personal,” was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (who has also produced Pedro the Lion), and was named one of Amazon.com’s top 100 Editor’s Picks. Also appearing on the bill: Blackpool Light, with former members of Get Up Kids, Cute is What We Aim For and Jonezetta. Admission for all ages is $12.
Cornerstone Pub will have award-winning funk, R&B, hip-hop act Free Sol from Memphis on Saturday, June 10. Admission is $5, with music starting at 10 p.m.
Starving Artist Cafe isn’t exactly a club — more like and art, music and food venue— but it’s bringing in occasional live blues music on the weekends .On Friday, June 9, SAC will feature Mark Simpson (who has played with John Weston and Richard Johnston), and Bluesman Jag, on Saturday, June 10. Jag jams on the traditional cigar-box hybrid in the vein of Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell. He’ll also be selling the “guit-boxes” at the show.
Cover is $5 for both shows, which start at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.