Until Wednesday brings afternoons in the park, the weekend remains the best part of the week for most people. There is always something musical going on in the weekend from jam sessions in a garage on 43rd Street to the stages of Berkeley. Here are a couple of things to keep on the radar this weekend.
Friday July 29 –Birthdays and Karl Denson
Hot Buttered Rum continues their journey from string band to electric and percussion at The New Parish Hall. Friday’s show is a special event as it is a celebration of bassist and vocalist Bryan Horne. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The doors open at 9 p.m. Big Light, who is opening for Hot Buttered Rum, will be playing an acoustic set.
For a slightly higher cost, tickets are still available for the Slightly Stoopid show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Slightly Stoopid is by itself an entertaining band, but throw in Karl Denson and you’ve got yourself a jamming night. Tickets are $40 and the show begins at 7 p.m. Also performing are Rebelution, Shwayze, Cisco Ader and Khris Royal.
Saturday July 30 – Don’t be a punk, just listen to it
A little punk/rock can go a long way, especially when Kim Shattuck is behind the microphone. Check out the video of The Muffs official video of “Sad Tomorrow.” The Muffs along with TurbonegrA, The Bruises and Talky Tina are performing at The Uptown. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Should you want to head to the city on Saturday, stop by Bottom of the Hill to catch Those Darlins. If you haven’t checked out Those Darlings before do yourself a favor and buy their 2011 album Screws Get Loose, featuring their popular song “Be your Bro.” Those Darlins are the middle band in a three band lineup that features White Arrows opening and Motopony headlining the evening. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12 for this all ages show.
Sunday July 31 – Banjo anyone?
It’s the end of the month and August is literally hours away. Cap off the summer month with some relaxing bluegrass music by Dehlia Low. The Asheville, NC band is in town opening for Rita Hoskins and Cousin Jack at Freight and Salvage.
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