hammers and upshots

If June indeed sees the end of The Dame as we know it, we can take solace that the club will go out swinging and rocking in true prize fighter fashion. Just look at the typically diverse fare on tap for the holiday weekend.

Tonight, Nine Pound Hammer is back to bust things up with blitzkrieg cowpunk tunes from its new Sex, Drugs and Bill Monroe album. Singer Scott Luallen and guitarist Blaine Cartwright have been fronting various Hammer lineups for over two decades. But don’t think their music has settled down any. Everybody’s Drunk, one of the highlights of Bill Monroe, ups the country factor a notch to give the band’s still-thunderous guitar attack a meatier and, dare we say it, more homespun intensity. I’m Your Huckleberry, on the other hand, sounds like Sons of the Pioneers meeting Black Flag. The band also revs up the early ‘80s John Anderson country hit Black Sheep.

Veteran Lexington drummer Brian Pulito and former Taildragger bassist Mark Hendricks complete the current Hammer crew. (From left, in above photo: Hendricks, Pulito, Luallen, Cartwright.)

Hammer heads should also the band will warm up for tonight’s show with a free 5:30 p.m. in-store performance at CD Central, 337 S. Limestone. Call (859) 233-3472.

Then on Saturday, the tone cools at The Dame for the local jazz and groove music of The Upshot Trio. Since opening there two summers ago for Brian Auger, the veteran British keyboardist who has made a career out of forging new groove possibilities out of jazz and pop fabrics, the Trio (guitarist John Arstingstall, bassist James Ross and drummer Patrick Creel) has built a solid repertoire of lyrically based jazz-funk originals and occasional covers.

The original music was neatly spotlighted on last year’s Cocktail Funk album, a crisply performed sampler of lean instrumental exchanges that are pretty jazz-savvy compared to the band’s more spacious and groove-dominate live shows. A personal favorite from the album: a lively bit of modest but frenzied trio funk called Man Eating Plant.

Those checking out Najee’s Saturday’s show at the Opera House might want to stop by The Dame for a nightcap after his concert concludes. The smooth jazz saxophonist’s music steers closer to sleekly produced R&B. But the modern jazz link is still there. And for a $3 Dame cover charge? Shoot, you’ll pay more than that for a cocktail at the Opera House.

Nine Pound Hammer performs at 9 tonight at The Dame, 156 West Main. Tickets are $7. Snakeout and Ponty’s Camper will open.

The Upshot Trio plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Dame. Admission is $3. Call (859) 226-9005. Tommy and the Try Tones will open.

OpenTable Names Diners’ Choice Award Winners

Wireless News April 2, 2012

Wireless News 04-02-2012 OpenTable Names Diners’ Choice Award Winners Type: News

OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, announced the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States.

In a release, the Company noted that these awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Winning restaurants are scattered throughout 18 states and Washington, D.C.

California is king of the hot spot restaurants, taking 25 places on the list of winners. New York comes in second, with 20 winning restaurants. Florida places third with 15 winners. Illinois accounts for 11 honorees, followed by Nevada with seven standouts and Texas with six. Georgia restaurants earned three places while Tennessee boasts two. Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington D.C. are also represented.

“Going to any of these dining hot spots feels like you’re at the hippest party in town, only you don’t need an invitation just a reservation,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer. “Beyond the buzz of innovative food and cocktails, each restaurant has electricity in the air that creates communal excitement. Diners feel like they’re part of an exclusive experience.”

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants,, comprise the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at opentable.com/ hotspots.

Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants (listed in alphabetical order)

-25 Lusk San Francisco

-Abe and Arthur’s New York

-Asellina Ristorante New York here beauty and essex nyc

-B.B. King’s Blues Club Memphis

-The Bazaar by Jose Andres Los Angeles

-Beaumarchais New York

-Beauty and Essex New York

-BOA Steakhouse West Hollywood, Calif.

-Bond Street Social Baltimore

-Broadway by Amar Santana Laguna Beach, Calif.

-Buccan Palm Beach, Fla.

-Buddakan New York

-Burlap San Diego, Calif.

-Campo Reno, Nev.

-Catch New York

-Chino Latino Minneapolis

-Cleo-SBE Los Angeles

-CO-OP Food and Drink New York

-The Darby New York

-Del Frisco’s Grille Dallas

-Departure Restaurant and Lounge Portland, Ore.

-Do Restaurant at the View Atlanta

-Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa Dallas

-Drunken Fish Kansas City, Mo.

-Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar Charlotte, N.C.

-Fig and Olive West Hollywood, Calif.

-Geisha House Hollywood, Calif.

-Gilt Bar Chicago

-Girl and the Goat Chicago

-GT Fish and Oyster Chicago

-Hub 51 Chicago

-The Hurricane Club New York

-Imperial No. Nine New York

-Ink Los Angeles

-Jaleo-The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas

-Katana West Hollywood, Calif.

-Katsuya-Brentwood-SBE Brentwood, Calif

-Katsuya-Hollywood-SBE Los Angeles

-Katsuya-LA LIVE Los Angeles

-Katsuya-Laguna Beach-SBE Laguna Beach, Calif.

-Koi West Hollywood, Calif.

-Lavo Las Vegas

-Lavo NYC New York

-Linger Denver

-The Lion New York

-Lost Society Washington, D.C.

-Lulu California Bistro Palm Springs, Calif.

-Manhattan Beach Post Manhattan Beach, Calif.

-Marble Lane New York

-Maudes Liquor Bar Chicago

-Meat Market Miami Beach

-Mercadito Chicago

-Mercato di Vetro West Hollywood, Calif.

-Mr. Chow-Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, Calif.

-Mr. Chow-Miami Miami

-N9NE Steakhouse Las Vegas

-Nada Cincinnati

-Nikko Japanese Restaurant Charlotte, N.C. see here beauty and essex nyc

-Nisen Woodbury, N.Y.

-Nobu Miami Miami Beach

-The Office Delray Beach, Calif.

-Paris Club Chicago

-Picca Los Angeles

-Prato Winter Park, Calif.

-Prime Italian Miami Beach

-Private Social Dallas

-The Pump Room Chicago

-Red Ginger Traverse City, Mich.

-Red Lantern Boston

-Red Rooster Harlem New York

-Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar Boca Raton, Fla.

-Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

-Roka Akor Chicago

-Searsucker San Diego, Calif.

-Sino Restaurant and Lounge San Jose, Calif.

-The Standard Grill New York

-The Stanton Social New York

-STK-Los Angeles West Hollywood, Calif.

-STK-Miami Miami

-STK-NYC-Meatpacking New York

-STK-The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas

-Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill Miami

-Sunda Chicago

-Sushisamba Dromo Miami Beach

-Sushisamba Strip Las Vegas

-Tao New York

-Tao Restaurant and Nightclub Las Vegas

-Tavernita Chicago

-Toku Modern Asian Manhasset, N.Y.

-Triniti Houston, Texas

-Trio Restaurant Palm Springs, Calif.

-Twist Atlanta

-Two Urban Licks Atlanta

-Uchi Houston

-Uchiko Austin, Texas

-Virago Nashville

-Wang’s in the Desert Palm Springs, Calif.

-Yardbird Southern Table and Bar Miami Beach

-Yolo Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

-Zuma Japanese Restaurant Miami

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