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Legendary folk poet, guitarist returns to Acoustic Sounds Cafe

Poeboy Society reforms, plays Sticky Fingerz Aug. 16.

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It would be fair to call contemporary acoustic finger-style guitarist Jack Williams a bona-fide beatnik, considering he was playing trumpet and speaking words at a Seattle coffeehouse in the late 1950s.

But Williams, who is headlining the show Friday, Aug. 11, at Acoustic Sounds Cafe, much more than an old-time daddy-o. His near-legendary status on the contemporary acoustic folk circuit comes from 45-plus years of performing here and overseas — during the Civil Rights era of the ’60s, doing country and rock in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s — and working closely with guys like Harry Nilsson and Mickey Newbury. Many albums adorn his discography, and his latest is “Laughing in the Face of the Blues.”

Opening at 7:30 p.m. is bluegrass folk artist Jay Clark, whose background involves running with both the roughnecks and the reverent.

Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 seniors and students.


Blues lovers will NOT want to miss the Saturday, Aug. 12 appearance of blues drummer/vocalist/songwriter Doyle Bramhall. A cohort of Stevie Ray Vaughan (he wrote the single “Change It”) and blueswomen like Marcia Ball and Bonnie Raitt, his latest album is “Fiitchburg Street,” on Yep Roc. An act to be announced starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $8.


Yes, it’s true, the guys of the Poeboy Society, the well-loved local rock quartet, have regrouped — plus one — and the celebration of their rededication to rock ‘n’ roll will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Sticky Fingerz. Original members Sean Lindsey, Matt Mathews, John Neal and Jeff Dunman have added keyboardist/vocalist Daniel Robertson, formerly of Reverend Appleby. We checked them out at www.myspace.com/poeboysociety and they have a few new ditties that sound like they recorded them old-school, Beatles-style on a four-track. That’s not a bad thing. It’s a free show, so there’s no excuse.


They’re this many: The six-year anniversary of Under the Ground hip-hop alliance will be marked Saturday, Aug. 12, at Vino’s Brewpub with a long list of local talent: 607, Lucio, Mr. Morbid, Jason the Hater, Mob Kra-Z Kuhpeish, Juggernaut Glitch, Phonographics Turntablist Crew, and DJs Dirtbag, Swift, Discipline, g-force and P-Flow. It starts hoppin’ at 8 p.m. The all-ages admission is $5.


The fire’s not out for Baton Rouge, La., Christian-hardcore band As Cities Burn. The bandmembers had previously announced they were splitting up after a final show in August, but according to their web site they decided to stick together and record a new album.

They’ll appear at Vino’s on Sunday, Aug. 13, along with Jonezetta, Lorene Drive, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, all starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for all ages are $10.


Don’t miss these shows this weekend: Local and by Memphis way indie-soul (and folk) rocker Chase Pagan at Vino’s on Aug. 11, along with Tin Fire Radio and Snowglobe, starting at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $7 … Chris Denny, who soon will be blowing this popsicle stand, and the Box Social at White Water Tavern at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Admission is $5.

The following week is full of stuff to go to, so here’s a list to help you plan a little in advance. The Lee Boys (sacred-steel, rock as only members of the House of God can produce), Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Revolution Room (ticket prices to be announced) ... Ray Wylie Hubbard at Juanita’s, Aug. 24 ( 9 p.m.; $15).

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