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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).

And another thing … Tatsuya Nakatani/Paul Giallorenzo/Billy F. Gibbons

tatsuya nakatani

Tatsuya Nakatani

‘And another thing…’  is 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 a few quick items this time around, two of which come to us courtesy of Ross Compton’s Outside the Spotlight of improvisational/free jazz-oriented concerts.

In what is essentially a first for OTS, the series will present shows on two consecutive nights next week.

+ Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani returns to town on May 6 for a concert at the Mecca studios (948 Manchester), with French reed player Michel Doneda (8 p.m., $5). By Compton’s count, Nakatani has played roughly a half-dozen OTS shows over the past decade, including a 2005 appearance with Doneda.

paul giallorenzo

Paul Giallorenzo

+ Then on May 7, the series presents its first show at Willie’s Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway. The main attraction will be Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGO. Pianist Giallorenzo is largely new to OTS, but several of his GitGo-ers are not. The lineup will include trombonist Jeb Bishop, who played OTS just last month as part of The Engines, and OTS mainstay Anton Hatwich on bass. Saxophonist Mars Williams and drummer Quin Kirchner round out the band (8 p.m., $5).

billy f. gibbons

Billy F. Gibbons

+ Finally, we’ll post our interview with ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons in a few days as a preview for the band’s Sunday concert at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond. But we really felt the need to include here his parting remark, which didn’t make it into the story. Of Sunday’s performance , the guitarist made this promise: “It’ll be a good ’un.”

And another thing… David Peterson and 1946/St. Paul and the Broken Bones/Janiva Magness/Randy Newman

david peterson

David Peterson and his band 1946 perform Friday at Willie’s.

‘And Another Thing…’ is 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.

+ Willie’s Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, has a pair of intriguing, roots-driven shows on tap this weekend. On Friday, David Peterson and 1946, a vintage bluegrass-inspired troupe that has made regular regional rounds at the Festival of the Bluegrass and at Clay City’s Meadowgreen Park Music Hall over the past decade, makes a rare local club appearance (8 p.m., $10). Then on April 20, the sounds turn to revivalistic Southern soul with the Birmingham, Ala., outfit St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Bethesda will open (8 p.m., $10). For more info, call (859) 281-1116 or go to

+ Blues-rock diva Janiva Magness has been a favorite of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour since an association with Chicago’s Alligator label greatly widened the visibility of her music and career. Magness continues to celebrate the release of 2012’s Stronger for It, her third Alligator album in five years, with another WoodSongs visit. She will be featured at the show’s April 22 taping at the Lyric Theatre, 300 East Third Street, along with Tennessee-born, Arkansas-bred poet, storyteller and songstress Minton Sparks (7 p.m., $10). Call (859) 252-8888 for reservations.

+ Finally, tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 26 for Randy Newman’s return solo concert at the Opera House on Aug. 9. Tickets will be $66.50, excluding service charges.

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

randy newman

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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