Joel Ward gets the weekend started at 8 tonight at Forager Brewery with his ongoing Therapeutic Thursdays, but you already knew that. Ward’s aura-brightening voice and bluesy-folk acoustics make for a great primer for the free time to come. If you’re unacquainted, check him out at reverbnation.com/joelward.
Starting at 6 on Friday evening, blues fans will want to congregate at the Wicked Moose, where the “Bad-Ax Ball,” featuring Bobby Messano, Ken Valdez and Squishy Mud is being held. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Buy them online at wickedmoosebarandgrill.com.
At 9:45 on Friday, Kathy’s Pub welcomes Dellacoma all the way from Australia. They will be joined by Cannon Falls rippers Fire at the Falls. You can get a sense for Dellacoma’s heavy alt-rock sound at the band’s website, dellacoma.com, where songs off their debut album, last year’s “South of Everything,” are streaming. Meanwhile, recent Kathy’s mainstays Fire at the Falls play a catchy mix of pop, punk, and radio-friendly alternative styles. Give them a listen at fireatthefalls.bandcamp.com.
On Saturday, Dark Side of the Moose returns for its final installment at the Wicked Moose. The Pink Floyd tribute kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
On Saturday night at the North Star Bar, Shotgun Wedding locks and loads for an evening of pop and country hits from throughout history. The band’s songbook is perusable on their website, shotgunweddingmn.com.
Kathy’s Pub has two floors of partying Saturday night — a record release party and a skater fundraiser. The Keep Pushing Forward Skatepark Foundation has the pub’s second floor reserved for its Summer Benefit Bash. Proceeds from the event go toward repairs and upgrades at the Silver Lake skate park. In a nice instance of band names matching up with the charitable cause they are playing for, Push & Turn (reverbnation.com/pushandturn) leads the charge with an acoustic show. The Modern Era (themoderneramusic.com) will also be on hand for some punishing alt-rock, and DJ Rav is scheduled to spin some heat on the 1s & 2s.
At 6 p.m., weather permitting, a rooftop-patio beanbag tournament is scheduled in conjunction with the function, though I’m almost certain the event organizers would have rather planned a shred session on the tantalizing transitions just one rooftop over …
Downstairs, Circle of Heat holds their album release party at 9:45. The band’s new single, “Adios,” is streaming at their website, circleofheat.com. It comes from their new studio album, “Some People Say.” The fusion-y rock n’ roll act rolls up jazz, progressive rock, classic rock, and funk with sounds from the 90s and Seinfeld-level bass-slapping.
• At 8 tonight, The Loop brings Jeremy Jewell to the stage for some acoustic fireworks.
• Starting at 7:30 Friday and Saturday evening at the Canadian Honker, you can find Fernando Ufret singing and strumming.
• At 6 on Friday evening, Cole Allen heads back to Thyme Restaurant.
• Cole Allen continues his reign of terror on Saturday night, with a 7:30 p.m. set at Five West.
• From 9 to midnight on Saturday at the Wicked Moose, Root River Jam plays the acoustic stage.