All Cracked Up
Alter egos and mullets
By Kevin Elliot Reynolds

The horses are still running at Keeneland, though it seems most of the club lovers have given away enough money to the betting booths, and have decided to go back to their favorite pastime, giving away their money to the bartenders, as was seen by the large turnouts in most area venues. Thursday night's musical exhibition began with local favorites Green Genes whom brought their time-tested jam formula to The Dame with opening act The Shanti. The Starlight Lounge Live at A1A offered up a trio of great local acts including The Middle Fork, Lucid Grey, and the stylings of Circle Four. The Debellefuille Brothers played Cheapside, while Digby and The Ill Logic pleased the crowd at High On Rose.

Cowboy hats, boots, leather fringes, short skirts, and a new demographic was introduced to Lexington's hottest new music venue Friday as Kentucky native and rocking country artist Chris Knight twanged The Dame. At times more rock than country, Knight set a melancholy tone that perfectly matched the outlaw desperation of his songs. Opening act The Asylum Street Spankers also put on a show to remember. Their musically inventive lunatic brilliance ranged from 1920s jazz to hillbilly gangsta rap.

And lets not forget Alabama's Friday night concert at Rupp, where the classic troupe put on a spectacular show!

While the steps were in twos at The Dame, the hips and lower quarters were oscillating at The Library Lounge where the G-Funk All-Stars executed their funk cover supremacy. The trio of Triad and their funk rock sound filled High On Rose Friday night, while Peace in the Jones vibrated the monster on Main. By Saturday, some chose house parties, others opted to bump and grind to the spinning of a DJ at Club Heaven or A1A's Club Y2Krazy, many others however, had made their party plans weeks in advance. These clairvoyants knew the perfect way to top off a perfect week, and that was to spend a night with national recording artists Cracker at The Dame. Promoting their sixth and latest release Countrysides, Cracker brought another sold out show to The Dame. This album is a bit different for the troupe, and contains compositions from the band's alter ego Ironic Mullet. Ironic Mullet is the country band that lurks within Cracker, the band-within-the-band that manifests itself in a song or two on every Cracker record. The Mullet would appear in sound checks and occasional live performances until the alter ego was booked for a show which led to a tour of small biker bars across the country. A lot of Countrysides drew from this experience which includes covers of Merle Haggard's "The Bottle Let Me Down" and Dwight Yoakam's "Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room." But plenty of the Cracker we had all grow to love was still rocking their hits including everyone's favorite, "Low." A stellar show that was definitely the highlight of the past month.

So what about this week? How about starting it off with L.A.-based national recording artists Maroon 5 at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts? The band will be promoting their breakout album Songs About Jane. Tickets are $20 for general public and $15 dollars for UK students. What a great way to start your weekend.

The Starlight Lounge Live will once again take over A1A Thursday night with featured guests South 75, while Elvis Smith will perform at the Library and Mr. Qunitron at The Dame.

The Homegrown Jamboree presented by UK Greenthumb will take place at the Memorial Hall Amphitheater from 6-10 Thursday. This free concert will feature Green Genes, Chitara Rhythm Section, and Vu Ja De.

Do you love that jam band culture? Then stop by High On Rose Friday night to check out Lexington's own Orange Whip, with Louisville's Bloom Street. Patty Butcher will bring her blues band to Cheapside for a night of smooth melancholic sounds, while Big Tasty will do their thing at the Library. Also, drop in on Voo Doo Symphony who will be demonstrating how they have become a staple on our scene.

The jam bands motif continues Saturday as local jam kings Green Genes will perform at the Library. Rarely seen local hidden treasures Universal Frequency will entertain audiences with their jam jazz funk/rock mélange at High On Rose with guitar virtuoso, the legend in making himself, Ben Lacy. Just a few blocks down stop by A1A to see the rhythmic slant rhymes and ever perfecting drop beats of Lexington's premier rap stars The Wordsmiths.

MUST SEE NOTICE! Widespread Panic will be at Rupp Arena performing in an intimate theater type setting Sunday night. Tickets are still available but are going fast! Get to your local Ticketmaster ASAP, and prepare for a up close and personal night with one of the greatest touring bands in the world today!

How about this Lexington music scene? Only six months ago it was dead, it's now alive and well, thanks in large part to new venues with owners, publicists and bookers whom had a plan in place before even buying the lease. The scene has risen from the dead, and there is plenty more to come. I hope the past week helped unconstipate your music bowels, and worry not friends, more relief is coming, and hopefully will continue to do so. And remember as alwaysSupport Local Music!