This weekend’s music scene is stocked with an array of options that ranges from traditional bar rock to country to jazz guitarists and back-to-basics blues. Despite what your snobby friends from the Twin Cities might tell you, there is no shortage of entertainment styles floating around town over the next few days.
The Chubs, an old-fashioned, no-frills bar rock band, start the weekend off with the basics when they take the stage at the VFW at 8 p.m. Friday. This is a band that’s proud to play accessible bar tunes.
Their Facebook page features a handful of their cover songs to listen to. I found their rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together” sight on target, while “Pride and Joy,” originally sung by Stevie Ray Vaughan, sounds like the epitome of what I’d like to hear inside the VFW on a hot Friday night.
Friday also finds the Wicked Moose hosting Rochester Revival, a country band that has been making noise around the area since 2011. The group plays covers of current country smashes by artists like Kenny Chesney and Randy Houser. For a taste of their sound, head over to their website.
The show starts at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge at the door, but that just means the band will be playing extra hard.
For those of you in search of less traditional sounds, Kathy’s Pub is the place to be this weekend. On Friday night, The Bug, a funky cover band from Eau Claire, Wis., hits the stage at around 8 p.m. They cover and improvise over songs by artists like Erykah Badu, Parliament, and Steely Dan. Their website features a few samples of their live shows.
On Saturday night, Kathy’s plays host to Alex Rossi and Root City starting at 8 p.m. This group, which also plays at the Hambone Music Festival on Friday, plays a tremendous blend of rock and R&B music that just might be the musical highlight of the weekend.
Rossi has a soulful, earnest voice that takes songs like “Live a Life You Love,” which features lyrics that creep perilously close to cheesy territory, and turns them into celebratory odes that even the crustiest of music snobs will have a hard time not nodding along to.
Rossi’s voice is only part of the equation, though. Luckily, his bandmates have more than the necessary chops to back him up. For an idea of what the group brings to the table, head over to their website.
Just down the street, Sontes will host the musical stylings of Nick Haas, a guitarist from Minneapolis who plays classical and jazz standards.
His website has a handful of his songs up to stream. I found myself replaying “Solar” a few times over. He normally plays with a trio, so it will be interesting to see how he crafts an ambiance all on his lonesome come Saturday night.
Finally, a piece of good news for hometown hero and Post-Bulletin favorite Annie Mack: She has been nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine award in the new artist debut album category for her album, “Baptized in the Blues.” Voting for the award is done by Blues Blast subscribers and the winners will be announced on Oct. 23.
Mack is a mainstay at venues across the city, but if you’re somehow unfamiliar with her sound, you’ll get a chance to acquaint yourself on Tuesday at noon, when she’ll be playing at the Peace Plaza as part of the UMR Connects concert series.