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Tonight: The Hot Club of Cowtown performs at Jammin’ Java at 7 p.m. I saw these guys open for Bob Dylan in the summer of ’04 and loved every minute of it. They swing, they lope, and they cook.
Also on Friday: The Sketches at the 9:30 Club (6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show) with the Dreamscapes Project and Honeychuck; Tab Benoit at the State Theatre; Fools and Horses at Iota with the Sometime Favorites and Secret Pop Band.
Saturday: Tommy Cecil at Blues Alley, 8 and 10 p.m.; KRS-One with Kokayi at the Black Cat, 9 p.m.; The National Memorial Day Concert featuring Gladys Knight and a host of others–catch the dress rehearsal on the Capitol’s West Lawn at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Sea Wolf at the Rock and Roll Hotel with the Jealous Girlfriends; the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at the Birchmere.
Speaking of which: Here’s Grisman with Jerry Garcia in a freakishly noir music video for their cover of “The Thrill is Gone.” (When’s the last time you saw Jerry in a tie?)