looking to fall: buster’s

sharon jones and the dap kings.

sharon jones and the dap kings.

We continue our look at the many sounds heading our way this fall by visiting the Distillery District where the spacious Buster’s Billiards and Backroom at 899 Manchester St. will be celebrating its first anniversary next month.

Buster’s will have the distinction of several firsts this fall – specifically, local debut concerts by Sharon Jones, The Hold Steady and Citizen Cope. More shows will be added to the club’s calendar regularly. But here’s the roundup of what will be on tap as the fall sets in.

For more info, go to www.bustersbb.com or call (859) 368-8871.

September 1 – Disco Biscuits – The Philadelphia based jam band specializes in blending modern shades of electronica (trance, ambient and more) with organic indie rock grooves and, in the case of its recent Planet Anthem album, hip hop.

September 4: Chris Knight – The Pride of Slaughters, Kentucky is a consistent local draw with a devout Americana music following and a knack for dark, rural storytelling that puts him in the league of Steve Earle and John Mellencamp.

September 16: Big Head Todd and the Monsters – The veteran Denver rock troupe has shown remarkable staying power ever since its Sister Sweetly album became a staple of rock radio in the early ’90s. The band’s newest monster is the groove savvy Rocksteady.

September 17: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – For my money, this should be the hit of the fall. Jones is the new-generation voice of old-school soul with the horn-happy Dap Kings and a killer new album, I Learned the Hard Way, backing up her boasting.

the hold steady

the hold steady

September 29: The Hold Steady – Also out of Brooklyn is another Lexington debut. Hold Steady singer Craig Finn’s character-driven songs helped make Stay Positive a breakthrough album for his band in 2008. The new Heaven is Whenever is more studiously wistful, though.

October 12: Citizen Cope – Hey, is there a trend starting here? Renegade folkster Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, hails from Brooklyn, too. Mostly, though, he has been a favorite of Louisville audiences and is just now getting around to playing Lexington.

robert randolph

robert randolph

October 1: Dave Barnes – A modern pop-soul stylist from the South (Nashville by way of South Carolina and Mississippi), Barnes’ popularity runs from indie pop to contemporary Christian circles. The title tune to his What We Want, What We Get album typlifies Barnes’ summery songs.

October 17:  Robert Randolph and the Family Band – Finally, the master of sacred steel music returns to Lexington. Randolph’s spiritual weapon is the pedal steel guitar, which he transforms into an instrument of pure electric jubilation.

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