It’s a brand new year and Kathy’s Pub is wasting no time making sure that it gets off to a strange start by bringing two genre-mashing acts to their stage over the weekend.
Tonight, the pub will play host to the Evergreen Grass Band, a quartet from Wisconsin who play a melange of folk, punk, and bluegrass. The group’s website, evergreengrassband.com, has a handful of songs to stream off of their latest release, “For Sheriff.” “Rusty Nail” shows off the band’s fast-as-light strumming and low-key vocal delivery, while the instrumental “Flies” is a prime example of their ability to craft mind-easing melodies and compelling tempo-shifts.
On Saturday night, the Midwest Jam Collaborative will invade the stage at Kathy’s to bring the assembled masses there a dose of funk, rock, soul, EDM and jam music. The group is led by Mark Joseph and features members of bands like The Big Wu, Wookiefoot, Steez, and Historonic. The collective doesn’t have an official website and its membership seems to change with each new stage they play, but you can definitely expect long hair, long improvisational jams, and an even longer line to get onto the dancefloor.
Elsewhere on Saturday night, the Bill and Kate Isles Band will play Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota on Saturday night. The duo, who double as a couple offstage, compose and perform their own material, trading vocal duties and playing a range finely honed styles.
Their website, billisles.com, features a handful of tracks to stream. “Public Radio (A True Story)” recounts the story of how the pair first encountered each other over the radio. It features fiddle and guitar and an upbeat rhythm that’s indicative of the energy they bring to the stage.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. To order online, head over to crossingsatcarnegie.com/concertpages/billandkateisles.html
Speaking of acoustic acts, Don Harvey, a La Crosse, Wisconsin artist with guitar, harmonica and vocal abilities, will take up residency at the Redwood Room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
Harvey’s style meanders between folk, jazz, reggae, blues and acoustic rock, with a dash of country thrown in for good measure. According to his website, dondharvey.com, he is also a captivating whistler and likes to incorporate innovative dance moves into his shows. With any luck, he’ll be comfortable enough to show them off by the time Sunday night rolls around.
Finally, on Friday evening, former American Idol finalist and St. Paul native Chris Lawrence will play an acoustic set at the Wicked Moose. Expect to hear R&B and vocals worthy of the national stage. Lawrence is signed to Pitbull’s Mr. 305 record label and his single, “Withdrawal,” surfed the airwaves over the summer, so this could be one of your last chances to hear the St. Paul native in an intimate venue like the Moose. For more about him, check out his Facebook page, facebook.com/ChrisLawrencemusiq.