Glenn Tilbrook @ Smith’s Olde Bar
Mention Glenn Tilbrook and most people may immediately think of Squeeze. After all, with his writing partner Chris Difford, Tilbrook was responsible for Top Ten hits all around the world such as “Tempted”, “Hourglass”, “Cool For Cats” and “Up The Junction”. Ever since their first EP in 1977, Squeeze has delighted audiences with their brand of honky-tonk new wave and pithy lyricism, while their stock in the music world has seen the likes of Jools Holland, Paul Carrack and Elvis Costello all contribute to their work. Clearly, for Glenn Tilbrook playing is about enjoying the moment, and it’s that desire and enthusiasm that sets him apart from so many of his peers. Whether he’s playing to a room of 50 people or to a festival crowd, either with Squeeze or solo, Glenn Tilbrook still gets the buzz from playing and making music that is all too rare among his peers or those he has inspired, and marks him out as a performer to be cherished. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Online, phone, and outlet sales end at 2pm TODAY.
Dexateens with The Bohannons and Tedo Stone@ 529
For the better part of the last decade, a band of Alabama garage rockers under the moniker the Dexateens has been bringing their self-styled “skillet rock” to an audience of music lovers that hunger for something that feeds the spirit, sets the soul ablaze, and gives the body the inspiration to jump up and dance, to witness, to testify, and sing along. Doors open at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $8. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6:00 pm TODAY. 21+
Cas Haley with Haley Dreis and Shannon Labrie @ Eddie’s Attic
Cas had been on the road much of the time in the three years since the release of his last album, Connection, playing some 150 shows a year in just about every U.S. state as well as overseas and releasing a holiday EP (Gifts to Give). Now that he was back in the studio, as he explains, “I wanted to capture a moment. If I died tomorrow, and my kids had only one musical statement through which to know me, what would I want that record to be?” His answer: “I wanted them to feel their father in this music. I wanted it to be a recording that really is alive and I’m really present in; a true, pure, honest take of what happened.” Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 at the door. Online, phone, and outlet sales end at 5pm TODAY.
Alkaholiks with Cali Agents @ The Earl
Party rappers from the West Coast, the Alkaholiks, are a trio who worked with King Tee. Their debut album 21 & Over released in 1993 was a lean 10-track set that spawned the singles “Make Room”, “Only When I’m Drunk” and “Likwit”, as well as establishing them as one of the most distinctive artists on the West Coast at a time when the vast majority of Californian artists were subscribing to the G-funk gangsta rap sound popularized by Dr. Dre. 21 And Over remains highly regarded by critics such as Allmusic’s Nathan Rabin, who calls it “perhaps the quintessential West Coast party album”. While their second, Coast II Coast, saw the trio working with East Coast heavyweight Q-Tip even while they maintained a West Coast party vibe throughout. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are $10. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm TODAY.
Spunk @ 14th Street Playhouse
The first of Spunk’s stories, “Sweat,” tells of a young washer woman who is abused and betrayed by her estranged husband, and her ultimate triumph over him. The second story, “Story in Harlem Slang,” is told in 1940′s Harlemese. It is the tale of two street lotharios trying to out-hustle each other. The third and final tale, “The Gilded Six Bits,” is a bittersweet story of an adoring husband’s betrayal by his loving but innocent wife. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $20. Online, phone, and outlet sales end at 4:00pm on the day of the show.
The Guys @ The Balzar Theater at Herren’s
Based on playwright Nelson’s own story, we meet Joan, an editor, as she receives an unexpected phone call from Nick, the fire captain. He requests her help on composing the many eulogies he must deliver at memorial services for the men he lost on 9/11. As the afternoon wanes, a friendship grows while the two navigate the emotional landscape of grief, drawing on humor and the bonds of a common humanity. Here is a blog we wrote to learn more about this show.