And another thing … : Randy Newman/Coralee and the Townies/Skullhead/Tim Eriksen

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Randy Newman is returning to the Opera House on Aug. 9.

Welcome to the inaugural installment of And Another Thing , a just-the-facts-ma’am mid-to-late week update of live music doings in the area that will surface periodically here in The Musical Box.

+ Just confirmed for the Troubadour Concert Series: a return engagement with the great Randy Newman at the Lexington Opera House on Aug. 9. The only detail we know so far is that showtime will be 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices and on sale date info haven’t been announced. Maybe the bat that flew around the stage during Newman’s last Opera House outing (in February 2011) will make a return appearance. The two seemed to get along famously.

+ The spirit of punk rock past lives at the Green Lantern on Friday (April 5). The Lexington troupe Skullhead – Elwood Francis, Will Parker, Will Pieratt and Mike Joyner – will play its first local show since New Year’s Eve 1997, with Gnarly Love opening. Founding members Francis and Parker have pursued music outside of Kentucky in recent years, so this is probably a one-shot deal for a night of self-described “old school punk.” (10 p.m., $5).

+ There has been a lineup shuffle for Thursday night’s bill at Willie’s Locally Known. Homegrown honky-tonk faves Coralee and Townees will perform with its full lineup (not the previously announced trio version) ahead of the Knoxville band Black Lillies. Coralee and company are up first, thanks to the cancellation of a third act. The Black Lillies formed in 2011 out of the remnants of the popular Americana/jazz/blues-based Robinella and the CCstringband. The CC stands for Black Lillies chieftain Cruz Contreras (8 p.m., $10).

+ Speaking of Willie’s, the North Broadway club has two killer shows on tap next week: The David Mayfield Parade (which has just been confirmed for this summer’s Master Musicians Festival in Somerset with headliner Willie Nelson) on April 10 and folk-roots stylist Tim Eriksen on April 12. We will post a full interview piece on Eriksen next week. But please keep in mind that on April 11, he will also present a noontime concert and a 7 p.m. shape note singing workshop. Both events will he held at the University of Kentucky Niles Gallery. Both are free.

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