From my family’s table to yours, happy Thanksgiving. If you’re still recovering from Suite’s set at Kathy’s last night, pour some gravy on your wounds and get ready, because this weekend’s offerings are sure to keep you moving.
For anyone craving back-to-back evenings of feasting, check out Kinney Creek Brewery on Friday night from 7 until 10. The brewery is teaming up with The Lost Cajun restaurant and the Swamp Kings for an evening of Southern sensations for your ears and taste buds.
The Swamp Kings couldn’t be a more fitting accompaniment for the food; the first song available for streaming at their website, theswampkings.com, is a poppy tune titled “Momma’s Cajun Food.”
The Fabulous Armadillos hit the State Theatre in Zumbrota on Friday night with their new show, “Lucky 7s,” which exclusively highlights songs created in years that end with the number 7. Significant cuts from 1957, 1967, 1977, and 1987 are eligible for play, which robs us of the potential for a comparison study of George Michael’s 1987 smash “Faith,” and its 1997 counterpart, the Limp Bizkit cover.
However, the band has indicated that Motown classics and cuts by The Doobie Brothers and The Eagles will make the playlist. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open an hour earlier. Tickets are $34 in advance and $38 at the door. You can learn more, and grab your tickets, at crossingsatcarnegie.com/concertpages/fabulousarmadillos_stadiumrock.html.
Unnatural, a local metal band, sets up shop at the North Star Bar on Friday and Saturday night. The band plays metal covers ranging back to the beginning of the genre with cuts by ’70s rippers like Black Sabbath, but also incorporates modern sounds. The band’s Myspace page, myspace.com/unaturalrocks, features multiple photo tributes to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, as well as a pair of original songs you can stream before going to the show. “Generation X” reminded me of Machinehead’s cover of the Police’s “Message in a Bottle.”
Fans of soul and blues music will want to make their way to The Wicked Moose on Saturday night. The Moose has enlisted Johnny Rawls and Tweed Funk from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Rawls’ resume of working under other artists is impressive (he was O.V. Wright’s band director in the mid-’70s), but he’s played around the country as a solo act since the 1980s, winning friends and influencing people the whole way. You can read about his history in the music industry and sample a few tunes at his website, johnnyrawlsblues.com.
Rawls’ opening act, Tweed Funk (tweedfunk.com/home) is coming fresh off a summer that included performances at the Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, Beyfront Blues Fest, and Blues at the Crossroads Fest. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, which opens at 6:30 p.m.
As is fitting for the biggest run-into-people-you-never-thought-you’d-see-again-after-graduation weekend of the year, Reunion Band is playing Boomer’s Lounge on Saturday night from 8 until midnight. Expect a litany of familiar tunes and get ready to shed some post-feast blubber on the dancefloor. For more, check out the band’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ReunionBandRochester.
On Tuesday night, you can catch Thomas and the Rain at Forager Brewery from 8 until 11. Guitars, vocals, violin, and upright bass augment the band’s soup of folk, bluegrass, and ’90s-alt-rock. Claiming inspiration from acts like Andrew Byrd, Bob Dylan, and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, come prepared to hear novel twists on old sounds. A handful of recordings are streaming for free at their website, thomasandtherain.com.
The next night, Wednesday, Miriam Halleen brings her deep-thinking acoustic folk stylings to Forager from 8 to 11. If you do enough poking around on her website, miriamhalleen.com/music.html, you’ll find the option to stream her latest album, “The First Slice of Earth Pie,” which explores the concepts of gratitude and connectedness through human relationships.