This Friday night at Kathy’s Pub is a big one — so big, in fact, that it requires two of the pub’s three floors.
Soul reigns supreme on the first floor stage, as pub regulars the Charles Walker Band bring their funky, saxophone-played-from-the-floor, soul party to the writhing masses. If you’re unfamiliar with Walker & his crew, head over to their website, walkerband.com, where you can get a taste of the top-tier musicianship and flair for showmanship they bring to the stage. They have yet to disappoint with one of their Kathy’s appearances, and it’s a safe bet that the band won’t start blowing it now. Ali & The Scoundrels (aliandthescoundrels.com), a Minneapolis-based funk and soul crew, will open for them, starting around 10 p.m.
Upstairs, the pub will facilitate a three-band buffet of early-aughts punk and metal sounds for your listening pleasure starting at 9:45 p.m. Two of the bands, Odds of an Afterthought and To Be A Man, play pop-punk styled after bands like The Get Up Kids and Something Corporate. Certainly, the pop-punk chords and harmonizing vocals found on Odds of an Afterthought’s “Fading Fast,” available to stream at oaaband.bandcamp.com, are echoes of those mid-decade luminaries. The resemblance is no accident; To Be A Man, a local crew, cites Taking Back Sunday and Blink 182 as primary influences on their Reverbnation page, reverbnation.com/tobeaman.
The third band on the docket, Fail to Decay, is a metal band from Rochester that will no doubt turn the darkness knob up to 11 let it rip once they hit the stage. Their bandcamp page, failtodecay.bandcamp.com, features songs like “All Seeing Eye,” which trades in precision guitar-work, lightning-fast drums, and gutteral, Cannibal Corpse-like vocal stylings.
If you’re hoping to catch something earlier in the evening, Annie Mack’s blues set at the Rochester Civic Theatre’s patio might be just the ticket. Mack will perform her patented blues tunes from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., but for those of you who knock off of work early, the patio space and grill will open at 4. If, somehow, you’re unfamiliar with Mack’s music, head over to anniemackblues.com to get acquatinted.
On Saturday night, local phenoms Thomas & the Shakes will play Boomer’s Lounge from 8 until midnight. The band’s self-described “deep, dynamic” grooves draw from influences like Van Morrison and Bob Marley, with an emphasis on percussion. Their website, thomasandtheshakes.com, provides plenty of material for perusal — the live video of their floaty performance of “Sugar Daddy” is where I’d recommend starting.
Finally, Kathy’s Pub is hosting a special Sunday set with Austin, Texas-based musician Mrs. Glass from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Mrs. Glass, who is a man, plays a style of rock that’s heavy on guitar strumming and informed by both pop and blues. His Reverbnation page, reverbnation.com/mrsglass, has several tunes available for streaming. Among them is “I Give You Evil,” which shows off Mrs. Glass’ emotive guitar riffs while his voice does its best Tom Waits impression.
• The Doggery brings back the smooth jazz tunes of the D’Sievers Quartet from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursday.
• Jagged Ease will provide post-Thursdays on First comedown tunes at Kathy’s Pub on Thursday from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.
• Jeremy Jewell will play the Redwood Room from 7 p.m. until midnight on Thursday.
• Fernando Ufret plays from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Redwood Room on both Friday and Saturday night.
• The CBB Jazz Combo plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Canadian Honker on Saturday.
• If you’re not enjoying the Warped Tour’s stop up in the Cities, you can check out Freekbass on Saturday night at Kathy’s Pub, starting around 10.