nights out with jay, kenny and whitey

jay flippin

jay flippin.

The weekend is at hand with a wealth of fine music that includes a pair of shows at Buster’s (Shooter Jennings on Saturday and Black Stone Cherry on Sunday) and the 3rd Annual Bunbury Music Festival (with Lexington’s Big Fresh and The Fanged Robot on the bill) invading Cincinnati.

But The Musical Box wanted to also clue you in three other not-to-miss events here at home over the next few evenings.

Thursday: The ongoing Jazz at the Library Series has a massive tribute in store for composer, arranger, pianist and all around jazz scholar Jay Flippin, who has been battling cancer for much of the year.

The series will present a reunion of The Dynasty Band, a collective of Morehead State University students, alum and area jazz players that played throughout the region for over four decades (Flippin is a MSU Hall of Fame member). The band will include Flippin, an expanded rhythm section, a six-member horn section and a team of four vocalists.

The free performance begins at 7 p.m. But as a bonus, the band’s afternoon rehearsal (12:30-3:30 p.m.) will also be open to the public.

The concert and rehearsal – which will draw upon horn driven jazz, pop and fusion works by Chicago, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire and others – will be presented at the Central Library Theatre, 140 East Main.

Saturday: It’s the return of Kenny Vaughan to Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway.

Vaughan’s notoriety stems largely from his connection to traditional country music and his ongoing role as guitarist in Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives band. But he is, quite simply, a guitarist’s guitarist

On his own, Vaughan can fly with scholarly ease through Buck Owens-style country roots music but also easily slip down a soul-blues side road with a Freddie King tune or a Chuck Berry staple. Or he might color his playing with a dash of psychedelia, surf or rockabilly. The ace-in-the-hole of past Vaughan shows at Willie’s has been his set-closing, no-holds-barred cover of Ghost Riders in the Sky.

This will be at early show at Willie’s (8 p.m., $10). Lexington’s own Fifth on the Floor will then host a late set at 10:30 for the nite owls.

Sunday: Wrapping up this run of fun is Whitey Morgan and the 78s, probably the most rustic pack of country outlaws to storm out of Flint, Michigan. This one will also be at Willie’s.

The first tune I heard by Morgan was a cover of Waylon Jennings’ Waymore’s Blues done as a roughcut shuffle with Sneaky Pete-style pedal steel and vocals that sit somewhere between a knowing wink and a clinched fist. But Morgan unloads a merry batch of vintage country muses on his 2010 self-titled debut album for Bloodshot Records. Highlights include the Dale Watson-penned Billy Joe Shaver saga Where Do Ya Want It? with Morgan displaying the vocal confidence of a young Waylon at the wheel and the 78s’ cover of Johnny Paycheck’s broke spoke swing gem Meanest Jukebox in Town. (8 p.m., $10).



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