Local rockers The Chubs usher in the weekend with a set at Kathy’s Pub on Thursday night. They play classic covers like “Reeling in the Years” by Steely Dan and seem determined to keep the vibe correct wherever they play. You can sample their sound on drummer Devin Farlow’s Soundcloud page, soundcloud.com/devin-farlow, including the band’s take on Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.”
On Friday night, Salute Wine Bar is hosting an end of summer “wine-down” party with musical guest Joel Ward from 5 to 8. The party’s excellent title and Salute’s extensive drink menu notwithstanding, Ward is the big draw here. His Reverbnation page, reverbnation.com/joelward, is rife with examples of how he’s perfected an old-school, soulful, and weary-around-the-edges sound that brings new life to the songs he covers, like Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man.” His original material, like the mournful, slide-guitar-assisted “Don’t Want You Around,” brings elements of soul, blues, and folk together in a potent mixture that is sure to hit you where you can feel it.
Elsewhere on Friday evening, Kathy’s Pub hosts the Gas House Gorillas, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based rockabilly group who start playing around 9. The band’s website, thegashousegorillas.com, features a handful of songs available for streaming, like the swanky “Kidney Stew Blues,” that hints at the prowess possessed by the band’s horn section.
The North Star Bar provides the city with an ample dose of metal on Friday night with a double-header featuring Metallica tribute act Acillatem and metal cover band Detrametal (facebook.com/Detrametal) from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Acillatem’s Facebook page, facebook.com/AcillateMofficial, promises an epic night of metal with Detrametal ripping through a 75 minute set, then Acillatem burning through 2 hours of Metallica’s greatest hits and deepest cuts.
On Saturday, the North Star gives its pedal a slight release from the metal by hosting ’80s rock and metal cover band Shadow Company (facebook.com/shadowcompanymn) and alt-rock cover band Before Chaos (reverbnation.com/beforechaos) for a full moon bash.
Kathy’s Pub gets in on the rock wave on Saturday as well, with Minneapolis-based Kick, who show up to the pub for an evening of supersonically energetic rock starting around 9 p.m. The band’s website, officialkick.com, has a promo video up that should give you all the context you need about this straight-forward rock outfit with a wild stage presence.
If you feel like getting out of town for some tunes on Sunday, I recommend pointing yourself toward Wabasha, where Thomas and the Shakes will play the patio of Slippery’s from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The local crew’s deft handling of percussion and acoustic poppiness are a perfect compliment to the bluffside views and coasting eagles overhead. You can check out their music at reverbnation.com/thomasandtheshakes4, but if that’s not enough to convince you, hear this: Kyle Truex, bassist of Push & Turn, and his soulmate, Saniya, trusted these guys enough to play their wedding ceremony.
LP & the 45s bring their old-school rock n’ roll sensibilities to the patio at the Rochester Civic Theatre on Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
JT Thompson’s straight-shooting lyricism gets a platform on the Wicked Moose’s acoustic stage on Friday night from 9 p.m. until midnight.
The Redwood Room has flamenco and pop guitarist Fernando Ufret playing on both Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until midnight.
Trevor Marty and friends play the Kinney Creek Brewery on Saturday from 8 p.m until 11 p.m.
Gopher Tones play Boomer’s Lounge on Saturday night starting at 8.