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Wednesday, May 25,2011

Athens Music Scene (5-26-11)

By Eric Leighton
Photo Credits: Sarah and the Tall Boys play Uncle Buck's on Friday
Photo Caption: Sarah and the Tall Boys play Uncle Buck's on Friday
I woke up one Saturday and said, "So when are we going to go to the dog shelter to get a dog?" It turned out to be that very day, and a good thing, too. The dog that called me out there, let's call him Bobo (I do, anyway), was apparently scheduled to be put down three days later. He's absolutely one of the most intelligent, unique and best friends a fellow could have. We've been together almost 12 years now.
Jesse went with a friend to go help him pick out a pup at the dog shelter and ended up getting one herself (a danger I have every time I go there, too!). Leica is a beautiful girl of mixed heritage who has been a blessing to our lives in so many ways for several years.

Bitty (nee, Little Bit) was abandoned in a house for three months with two other dogs. Due to an ensuing legal case surrounding this, she spent five months in the shelter. We've had her for two years now. We first had her as foster dog, but could not bear the thought of her not being with us, so we adopted her (the other two dogs were also successfully adopted).

This week (or any week) is a good time to adopt a dog. The folks at Friends of the Shelter Dogs are going all out this week to raise awareness and money to help our fine and neglected canine pals. Their website ( shows you what dogs are available for adoption and gives you some information about the dogs.

I know that it's desirable to get a puppy (they often have puppies at the shelter), and people think that they want a purebred dog (they need homes, too), but I can tell you that there are many beautiful, unique animals, most of them mixed breeds of uncertain parentage, that make the best of pals. Ask anyone who has a shelter dog; there are none more loyal. The dogs know what you have done for them and they do not forget.

The Friends of the Dog Shelter have wristbands for sale all over town, the purchase and wearing of which will result in discounts at many local businesses. I've got mine. The week's events culminate Saturday night with a benefit show at Jackie O's that begins at 8 p.m. (More details on the wristbands in an entry under Thursday's "Miscellaneous" listings in "What's Happening" in today's issue.)

FOSD are always looking for volunteers (hint, hint, you students who need to do some sort of public service project), but mostly they are looking for homes for dogs. When the shelter is full, dogs have to be put down. If you have space in your home and in your heart, take a trip out toward Chauncey (Ohio Rt. 13) and bring a bit of joy into your life and the life of your new best friend. Woof.

Casa Cantina

The raucous effects of Mind Fish will rattle the windows of the Casa Cantina tonight. This free show also features Gold and The Vibe.

Friday night there will be a free All Request Night with DJ Party Bus.

Saturday night features a free edition of Cantina Karaoke.

Shank Bone is back ripping it up at the Cantina in a jamalicious fashion with a proper touch of the Dead in their pockets for a special Sunday night show. Elemental Groove Theory will share the stage as they continue to pack the clubs with bodies and funked-up tunes.

Rattletrap makes Memorial Day memorable with their free Old Timey jam session in the Cantina Monday night.

Jackie O's

The Rumpke Mountain Boys come back to Jackie O's Public House tonight for a rejoicing of the faithful. These guys are one of the most beloved bands I have ever seen. Everywhere you go, everyone loves them. It's impressive, and band members' dedication to their "infamous trashgrass" music is worthy of respect. Well played boys. See you there.

Tubby Lion meets Barticus in Jackie O's Brewery tonight with an Uptown Reggae Party. They'll be spinning all kinds of fun stuff for free, so get in there and shake that thing.

In the mood for some music while you eat? Stop into the Public House Friday evening (6:30) and listen to The Porters and their fine bluesy music as they perform to help raise money for United Campus Ministries.

Later Friday night, the Suffering Moses Blues Band returns for another night of fine and funky music. These guys are really steaming, and they're happy to have their friends Atom Lax and SPLANK! join in on the fun.

Saturday night in the Brewery you can help out ownerless dogs by attending the Friends of the Shelter Dogs Benefit. This worthy event begins at 8 and features the talents of The Paranormals, Whip & Tickle, Supertape, Bonzai! and Zach Oden. Let's have a little paws for the cause!

The Skeetones are back in Jackie O's Public House Saturday night. These guys work within the modern jam band paradigm and their star is on the ascendant. Helping them to expand your minds are their friends in Pharaoh Loosey and Eumatik.

The Union

It's time for another Final Friday at the Union. These downstairs events are fun and feature free music, free pizza and drink specials. It's a Happy Hour kind of thing with an Open Stage feel to it, hosted by Scott Winland and Nate Brite. This month's installment will feature Shelby Carter, Zach Oden, JJ Reed, Madeline Jackson and more.

Friday night's show features some of the finest of the contemporary funk bands that are currently working in our region. First Street Heat, Mojo Flo and the Pin Stripes are all high-energy, horn-heavy bands with talent to spare. This special showcase starts at 9 p.m. and is a good way to sample some great bands.

Boxcar Burlesque will be hosting a Peekaboo Pinup Revue at the Union on Saturday night. There will be two shows hosted by Mel O'Collie, at 7 and 10, and both will feature the talents of Dolly Derringer, Arizona Fury, Priscilla Swift, Coco Levine, Rena LaMarr, Midnight Ivory and Vicki Von Doom.

Sunday, The Vibe (formerly Funk U) will hit the Union for a Memorial Day Weekend show with special guests The Great American Challenge, a Steely Dan tribute band (attention: Lowell) that features members of First Street Heat, The Vibe and Mr. Got Heat.

Smiling Skull

The Skull keeps it quiet this weekend so as to leave lots of room for all of the bikers who run through there Memorial Day weekend.

Monday night, however, they rip it open with a show of punk-rock proportions. The Snarlas are back at it, growling their way through a set, and they are joined in the fun by Street Legal, Rowdy Downstairs and Beck Less. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Donkey Coffee

A "Serious as Cancer" Comedy Benefit Extravaganza (to benefit the Children's Cancer Association) is set for Friday night at Donkey. This will be an evening of "fast-moving, mini-sets of comedic entertainment" brought to you by Dan Zimmer, Kent Butler, Christopher Pyle, Sarah Filipiak, Dan Dreifort, Kaitrin McCoy, "Rockin'" Reggie Robinson, Rosie Haney, Scott Thompson, Jim Phillips, Dawn Parker and Max Cothrel. There will be bonus entertainment from hula-hooper extraordinaire Hannah Stanton-Gockel. Though this event benefits children, it is not intended for them.

The Tailwinds make a rare appearance in an even rarer form: acoustic. Well, mostly acoustic. They assure me that they will rock it out Saturday night and that their all-original set is being beefed up with new tunes, so be sure to catch 'em while you can. Jacob's Trio, the newly formed vehicle for the ukulele aficionado Jake Loew, will open the evening.

Court St. Grill

The Muggs return to the Court Street Grill on Saturday night. This hard-rocking trio hails from Detroit and wallows wonderfully in the guitar-rock traditions of Joe Walsh, Peter Green and MC5. They are a really good band and certainly worth the short drive to Pomeroy to hear them.

Albany VFW

A new classic-rock band has jumped on the scene, but you'll recognize some of the players from past conglomerations (Willie & the Poor Boys, D&R Studio Band, etc.). Evolution is their name and they will have folks up and dancing to their favorite tunes at the Albany VFW on Saturday night. They usually have a fish fry or some-such before the show, which begins at 8:30.

Uncle Bucks

Uncle Buck's has a special Friday show this week. Sarah & the Tall Boys hail from Chicago and have a unique blend of Americana and blues music. Lead singer Sarah Potenza is a powerhouse vocalist who will no doubt have the hills ringing with her voice. This is a really cool band, and it would be awesome if folks could go and check them out. All of the shows are under roof, so weather be damned! Sally forth and listen! (and try the BBQ before the show).

That's about all I'm aware of for this weekend, and it's still more than I'm gonna be able to get to. Do us all a favor and go out and listen to some live music this long holiday weekend!

Submitted in Bb by the Articulator 1500 from AMS-HQ.


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