I may not be able to post this next week but really want you to know about some shows next week. For several years I have been following and supporting an incredible jazz band with a unique sound. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is an example of musical sincerity. Weaving together collective and individual influences without compromise, they are as much themselves as they are a unit—a crucial trait of landmark instrumental ensembles. Steel pannist and founder Jonathan Scales’ compositional skill mixes with tasteful, avant-garde improvisations to form a totally unique approach to an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical music. Driftwood Magazine says “Scales is to steel pans ….what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator.”
I’m sure you know I didn’t write that. What I’d say is this is a band that performs at a level of Kenosha Kid or Odd Trio, masters of their craft. Definitely check them out.
They will finally be back in Athens Oct 23rd for a late night GA Theatre Rooftop show. A real Don’t Miss. (You don’t know how much it bums me that I’m not in town then). I still haven’t figured out how to clone myself, I’d love it if someone would record it for me.
The same goes for Caroline Aiken’s shows the next day Oct 24th. Caroline will be on UGA’s It’s Friday with her full band Catch a C.A.B. (Eddie Glikin, Michelle Castleberry, Adam Poulin, Doug Peters, Ron Crescenti, Richie Jones) with Betsy Franck opening. 8 p 8 adv
It will also be the launch of her Indigogo campaign for BROKEN WINGS HEAL, her new recording with John Keane to be released in Europe in Feb and USA in March.
There will be an Electric Gibson guitar and other cool stuff for a silent auction to benefit Guitars Not Guns (www.guitarsnotguns.org) music program for kids at risk.
BTW Caroline also has an open mike at New Earth every Weds. 7-9 pm.
Also bummed I’ll miss Kenosha Kid doing a psychedelic surf-jazz show this Thurs.
I guess I’ll just have to party harder to make up for all the losses back home. I think I’m up to it. Look for me at:
Wednesday, October 15
Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE!
MRJORDANMRTONKS Collaboration between longtime Athens musicians Tommy Jordan and William Tonks, featuring rootsy guitar picking and paired vocal melodies.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $19. www.georgiatheatre.com
TUNE-YARDS Eclectic, critically acclaimed, rhythm-centric indie act fronted by singer-songwriter Merrill Garbus.
JAMES TILLMAN Soulful, New York City-based singer-songwriter.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com
FABULOUS BIRD Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Alvanos (Elf Power) soars with his ’60s British, folk and psych-pop influenced sound. Every Wednesday in October!
New Earth Athens 7-9 p.m. www.newearthmusichall.com
Open Mike hosted by Caroline Aiken.
Caroline has spent the last 45 years taking her sensual voice, masterful songwriting, expertise with 6 and 12 string guitars, adding in her love, heart, wit and intelligence and has honed it into a living treasure. Every Wednesday.
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742
YADDATU Four-piece band from the foothills of North Carolina.
Thursday, October 16
Caledonia Lounge 9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www.caledonialounge.com
WILLIE AND THE GIANT Nashville, TN-based Americana/rock outfit.
BEAUTY AND THE BEARD Kelly Hoyle Fuller and Ty Manning play country-tinged folk-rock.
TWO DOLLAR PISTOL New local alt-country band.
Georgia Theatre On the Rooftop. 10 p.m. FREE! www.georgiatheatre.com
THE PUSSYWILLOWS New rock and roll duo featuring local songwriters Hannah Zale and Carly Gibson.
Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $17. www.georgiatheatre.com
THE WAILERS Legendary reggae crew best known as Bob Marley’s backing band. The group is touring in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the album Legend, which it will play in its entirety.
MIGHTY MYSTIC Reggae collective from Boston, MA.
DJ AFRIKA SELECTA Playing a mix of roots and dancehall from various eras.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com
KENOSHA KID Centered around the instru-improv jazz compositions of guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid also features bassist Robby Handley and drummer Marlon Patton. Tonight’s show features two sets of “psychedelic surf-jazz” with special guest Rick Lollar on guitar.
The Tasting Room at Jittery Joe’s Roasting Company
Four Athens Benefit. 5 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www.jitteryjoes.com
FUTUREBIRDS Athens country-rockers play to celebrate the release of their new coffee blend.
Friday, October 17
40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door). www.40watt.com
BOBBY COMPTON The first Redneck Idol, Bobby Compton sings hard-rockin’ country.
SEAN THOMAS No info available.
Georgia Bar 10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-9884
JOHN BOYLE Singer-songwriter in the vein of Willie Nelson, John Prine and Bob Dylan. He’ll be joined by Adam Poulin.
Green Room 9 p.m. $5. www.greenroomathens.com
SUMILAN Technically proficient musicians playing progressive jam rock.
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar 8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com
VAN MORRISON TRIBUTE An all-star cast of local musicians pay tribute to the music of legendary songwriter Van Morrison.
Nuçi’s Space Space Jam. 7 p.m. $5. www.nuci.org
WIEUCA A fuzz-heavy, slightly countrified alt-rock version of the sort of wistful slacker-rock pioneered by Pavement and Dinosaur Jr.
THE WELCOME HOME Local four-piece indie rock band.
SATURN VALLEY Local progressive jam fusion band.
The Office Lounge 6 p.m. 706-546-0840
REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Newly relocated back to his old stomping grounds of Athens, Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture.
The Office Lounge 9 p.m. 706-546-0840
COUNTRY RIVER Local classic country group that has been together for 25 years.
Saturday, October 18
Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net
SCOTT & PAMELA BAXENDALE Guitar dynamism from the owners of Baxendale Guitars. Classic bluesy riffs and a lot of soul. (8 a.m.)
WHISPER KISS Acoustic project featuring multi-instrumentalist Michael Wegner (Abbey Road LIVE!, Fuzzy Sprouts) and Shelley Olin (DubConscious, Grogus). (10 a.m.)
Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com
SILENT & LISTEN Three-piece alt-rock band from Atlanta.
THE STARLITE DEVILLES Local, passionate country-rock outfit.
Green Room 9 p.m. $5. www.greenroomathens.com
UNIVERSAL SIGH Athens-based jazz-fusion/funk-oriented rock band that strives to create a unique musical experience with each and every performance.
COLD RIVER CITY Six-piece high-energy funk band.
New Earth Athens 10 p.m. $10. www.newearthmusichall.com
STOOGES BRASS BAND Prominent New Orleans brass band.
THE PO BOYS An all star jamtasm comprising of musicians from Lazy Locomotive, Fuzzbucket and Dr. Willis.
New Earth Athens 12:45 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www.newearthmusichall.com
BOOT STRAP MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL Enjoy sounds from Grant Cowan, Southern Bred Co., Futo, Walden, Satsuma, The Kinky Aphrodisiacs, Big Morgan, Monsoon and Stereo Reform
Sunday, October 19
Hendershot’s Coffee Bar Experimental Night. 7 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com
EXPERIMENTAL NIGHT Regular experimental showcase, featuring local artists.
The Melting Point Pickin’ For Peace. 7 p.m. $20 (adv.), $23 (door). www.meltingpointathens.com
CHECK THE SIGNS Uplifting local family band.
MICHAEL GUTHRIE Local singer-songwriter whose sound is a melding of folk, jazz, pop, blues, flamenco, country and rock.
Monday, October 20
Nowhere Bar 10 p.m. 706-546-4742
JAZZ FUNK JAM WITH MASON DAVIS Local jazz player Mason Davis hosts a jam session.
Tuesday, October 21
The Classic Center 8 p.m. $28.50–$49.50. www.classiccenter.com
BLACKBERRY SMOKE Southern rock quintet that mixes elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country.
The Melting Point Terrapin Tuesday. 7 p.m. $5. www.meltingpointathens.com
RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes.
BRUSH FIRE Formed in 1977, this Georgia-based bluegrass band is known for its onstage energy and superb vocal harmony.
New Earth Athens MYRIAD Tuesdays. 9 p.m. FREE! www.newearthmusichall.com
FEATHER TRADE This local band plays lush, moody post-pop.
MYRIAD HOUSE BAND Members of Partial Cinema, Monsoon and Saturn Valley lead an open jam session.
Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. 706-546-4742
TUESDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONAL This weekly series showcases a series of acoustic solo sets from some of the most talented singer-songwriters in town and across the country.
I hope to see y’all at the shows.
Peace and Love,