The annual monster-sized motorcycle rally Bikes, Blues & BBQ roars into Fayetteville, with drinking and eating happening all along Dickson, 10 a.m. Every Thursday, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio does the damn thing at Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Chicago alt-rockers the Fold headline at Juanita's, with the Wedding and House of Heroes, 9 p.m., $8. Nashville indie-rockers Autovaughn headline Sticky Fingerz with the Effects and Kyoto Boom, 9 p.m., $5. More than 600 wines from around the world will be paired with hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants at a benefit for the American Heart Association at Dickey-Stephens Park, 6 p.m., $50.
Garry and Cedric Burnside, son and grandson of legendary North Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside, form the core of Burnside Exploration; the band plays Cornerstone Pub at 9:30 p.m. Popular Texas singer/songwriter Charlie Robison brings his country crooning to Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv./$15 d.o.s. Atlanta's Gringo Starr plays Southern-tinged psychedelic rock, first at White Water, with Big Boots, 10 p.m., $5; and later at Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $3-$7. Local soul queen Tawanna Campbell belts it out at “1st Friday” at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $10.
Local party band the Gettys come to Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $5. At Sticky Fingerz, the Fayetteville Funk Ensemble tries to put butts on the floor, 9:30 p.m., $5. Weakness for Blondes, a local jam band, plays White Water, 9 p.m., $5. Big John Miller goes soul-deep at Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. The Hogs take on another cream-puff, Tennessee-Chattanooga, at War Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m.
The Firehouse Hostel and Museum's The Five Alarm Frenzy fund-raiser is set for noon to 4 p.m. at Mac-Arthur Park, with a giant cakewalk, music by the Partial Poe Boys, free rides on a ladder truck, food, games and more. The event celebrates the 90th birthday of historic Firehouse No. 2.
TUESDAYThe Oxford American magazine hosts a listening party for its 9th annual Southern Music Issue CD, 5 p.m., free. HFU! presents dance-crazed one-man band Totally Michael at Vino's, 8 p.m., $5.