We Be Clubbin'

Well, if you didn't get out this week, you missed one of the best weeks of music Lexington has seen in a while. The week was full of nationally signed recording artists performing in intimate venues and outdoor extravaganzas. The city was rocked and the Best of Lexington were formally awarded. If you were bored this week, then there's probably no hope for you.

The week kicked off in Ace Weekly fashion with the Best of Lexington party and after party at The Dame. The winners' cocktail party was followed with performances by "Local Band Due for a National Breakout" Club Dub and Nashville's own Bonepony. Bonepony mix country, folk, bluegrass and rock in an intricate weave of high-energy music.

Other Thursday night highlights included performances by funk/rock ensemble Barn House Effect at Cheapside, while Starlight Lounge Live returned to A1A with Lucid Grey, Green Theory, and Psycho Bitch Magnet.

Without a doubt, Friday night's highlight was a double headlining show at The Dame featuring new rock specialists The Features (due to have an album out on Universal in a couple of months), and Atlanta based old rock enthusiasts The Forty-Fives.

Friday also featured Louisville's own Chitara Rhythm Section at the Library Lounge, while Three Wheel Motion rocked A1A and money was raised for charity at Common Grounds during the Jimmy Hendrix Tribute Food Drive.

Saturday was the night of Z103's Rock the City featuring Double Drive with Manmade God, Stego, and Fiveskin. The free for all ages concert festival was emceed by DJ Fish and the turnout was great. Let's hope for more of these type of events-allowing fans of all ages to enjoy great music in Lexington.

Saturday also brought Austin based post rock trio Drums and Tuba to The Dame. Their intriguing sound combines elements of punk, jazz, rock and a traditional marching band. Latin gurus Cordero played The Starlight Lounge, while Larry Redmon did his thing at his club.

Tuesday night saw Missoula, Montana based Signal Path bring their jazz and funk inspired electronica to The Dame, while Club Dub jammed at High On Rose and VuJa De played the Library.

Local faves Stego brought their very original and marketable sound to the Library Lounge on Wednesday, while Maktub returned to downtown to play at The Dame.

So what's in store for you this week?

More great music of course, starting One King Train Thursday night at A1A. Or, you may opt for a night of Latin rock with Big Maracas at High On Rose or garage rock with The Murders, The Crunchies and the American Werewolves at The Dame.

Friday night will feature funkadelic cover specialists G-Funk at A1A, while Lexington strange days originals The Apparitions will play The Dame. Travel to High On Rose to catch Roger Whites Electric Heat, oddly enough not playing with Chitara Rhythm Section.

Saturday brings 25-year-old prodigy Erin McKeown to The Dame. McKeown has just dropped her third full length album entitled Grand, and comes downtown to promote it. Young Ms. McKeown played guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and sang her little heart out on her latest release. Her Bjork-meets-Liz Phair sound combines intricate arrangements with charming wit, a definite must see.

Other Saturday night notables include performances by high energy cover specialists The Menus at A1A, and Big Fresh with The Elephants and Pezhed at High On Rose.

Tuesday night brings legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield to The Dame. With thirteen albums under his belt, this classic staple in jazz culture shows no sign of slowing down. His latest album Up ALL Night is yet another jazz/rock masterpiece. Definitely check this show out, its one you can tell your kids about!

How's that for entertainment?

Be safe and enjoy yourselves, and until next weekSupport Local Music!