Trombonist, vocalist and bandleader Roland Barber has been a prolific session player. His impressive list of credits includes backing such vocalists as Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, and playing with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Trombone Shorty, plus the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Now a mainstay on the Music City scene since returning here from New York City, Barber has a forthcoming debut album called Heat Expressed, Art Finessed, which features him heading a group that also includes premier bassist Jim Ferguson, Barber’s outstanding saxophonist brother Rahsaan, and drummer Ulysses Owens. Autographed copies will be available at tonight’s album release party, and special guests include organist Charles Treadway, bassist Jon Estes, saxophonist Cord Martin and drummer Jennie Hoeft.
Roland Barber & Friends [including Charles Treadway (B3 organ), Jennie Hoeft (drums), Jon Estes (bass), and Cord Martin (saxophones)] will be performing at 3rd & Lindsley Thursday, July 17, celebrating the release of Barber’s “Heart Expressed, Art Finessed” album. 3rd & Lindsley is located at 818 3rd Ave S., Nashville, TN 37210. Doors are at 9:00pm; cover is $10.
Charles Butler & Associates will be performing at The Building Thursday, May 22. This is a free show, which will also feature Kai Welch. For more information, click through to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.
This time last year, we were referring to these local groups as “newcomers” and “fresh faces,” but now it seems like we’re bumping into them every time we turn around. That’s perfectly OK, though, as they leave us with a big ol’ grin every time that happens. Surfy, poppy post-punks Repeat Repeat released their debut full-length Bad Latitude in March, but they’ve been too busy touring the Southwest to have a proper hometown release party. They rectify that tonight with help from their friends, starting with lady rockers Churchyard, who enhance the grungy bounce of ’90s alterna-pop with interlocking guitar parts and unusual vocal harmonies. Next up, Bonnaroo-bound big band El El makes a seamless, infectiously danceable blend of Afrobeat and electro-pop. Rounding out the bill is Blank Range, who flavor their scrappy rock concoction with alt-country and a tastefully applied avant-garde sensibility, and who are also headed for the big field in Manchester this June.
— Stephen Trageser
Saturday, April 19, AJ & the Jiggawatts will be hosting a release party at Mercy Lounge for the band’s debut full-length album. They will be joined for the event by Kansas Bible Company & Roots of a Rebellion. Tickets for the show (which starts at 9) are $5, and the event is 18+.
The March 17 episode of the Fringe Radio Show with Al-D features Dj Chozen as the in-studio guest. The duo will be performing at Meant for the Milk Crate Vol. 9, which will be taking place Friday, March 21 at Boheme Collectif. The event will also feature Comedy Mafia, Dutchess (Memphis, TN), Ricache’ (Memphis, TN), Pops tha Pha’raoh and Rain.
By day, Jack Silverman is the Scene’s mild-mannered managing editor, assigning coverage here, repairing a split infinitive there. But when darkness falls, he takes up his ES-335 and unites with a rotating cast of badass local players — tonight he’ll feature Alison Krauss’ brother/Lyle Lovett’s longtime low-notesman Viktor Krauss on bass — bringing us space odysseys, hot crime jazz, and other instrumental selections that might make you question the funkiness of the proverbial mosquito’s tweeter. Starting the evening off is virtuoso violinist Tracy Silverman (no relation — we knew you were going to ask), a stylistic chameleon whose six-string electric fiddle and looping pedal lend themselves to Hendrixian theatrics as easily as the pieces composed for him by minimalist maestros like Terry Riley and John Adams. One question remains: Can a cozy West End eatery contain the cosmic power unleashed when Tracy sits in with The Ordeal, morphing them into … The Silvermen?
— Stephen Trageser
For four years, Whit Hubner’s Mando Blues Show has been rollin’ and rockin’ on the airwaves of Radio Free Nashville. Recorded at Omega Lab, a full-service recording studio in an army tent tucked away in the wilds of western Davidson County, the show treats the blues as a thriving free-range critter rather than a sawdust-stuffed bit of musical taxidermy. This special birthday celebration brings the gutbucket out the woods and plops it down right at the gateway to Music Row. The festivities will feature 16 bands on two stages for a daylong jumpin’ juke of hittin’, gittin’ and 12-bar blues.