With a full slate of jammy, improvisation-inclined, reggae-around-the-edges acts, Kathy’s Pub is focused on creating positive vibrations this weekend.
The happiness begins its emanation from the pub’s stage on Thursday, when local crew Push & Turn (facebook.com/PushandTurn) open a bottle of reggae, funk, and positive energy from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.
The vibes continue into Friday evening with Minneapolis-based Frogleg, who go on around 10. The band mashes together jam, rock, blues, soul, funk, and a heaping helping of improvisation to arrive at their singular sonic sound. For an idea of what to expect, check out their reggae-tinged single, “Valentina,” which is streaming on the band’s Reverbnation page, reverbnation.com/frogleg.
Finally, Goodcat, a band that fuses folk’s raw expressiveness and mixes it with groovier elements of other genres, will round out the Kathy’s funky streak on Saturday night starting at 10. You can check out their music, like the orchestral “Time and Space,” on their Bandcamp page, goodcat.bandcamp.com.
For darker entertainment on Friday, look no further than the North Star Bar, where metal band Slow Children will shed their worldly burdens and scream into the rafters from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. According to the band’s Facebook page, facebook.com/slowchildrenmn, they’re influenced by acts like Pantera, Alice in Chains, and Slayer, so expect an onslaught of tight guitar work and furious drums.
The metallic hymns soften up a bit at the North Star on Saturday night, when classic rockers Pastel Black (pastel-black.com) play starting at 9.
Meanwhile on Saturday, North Star regulars Next to Nothing take their talents to Byron for the Byron Firefighters’ Dance in the Byron Fire Hall from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.
In what may be the coolest pairing of venue and artist this week, the Douglas Saloon in Oronoco will welcome Johnny Rogers for his “Buddy and Beyond” show starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Rogers plays through a set that pays homage to the titans of mid-20th century American music like Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash. A devoted student of Buddy Holly, Rogers has performed his renditions of Holly’s music for scores of audiences, some of which have included members of Holly’s own family.
Rogers has also played gigs with Tommy Allsup, Holly’s lead guitarist from 1958 to 1959, who lost the coin toss to decide who would take the last seat on the plane ride that killed Holly & his bandmates. For more, head over to Rogers’ website, johnnyrogersband.com. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Finally, on Sunday night, Kathy’s has organized a special rooftop performance by Kristen Ford from 5 to 8. Ford’s music careens between alternative rock and danceable pop, with lots of stops at other genres along the way. You can check out some music videos at her website, kristenfordmusic.com.
• On Friday, Lost Faculties will play on the patio outside Rochester Civic Theatre as part of the theatre’s Free Concert Fridays series. The patio and grill open at 4 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m.
• Mojo Monks will rip through their list of rock and country covers on Friday night at Boomer’s Lounge from 9 until midnight.
• Kinney Creek’s taproom will have music on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 11. On Friday, Mixed Invasion brings rock and country covers, while the D’Sievers will show up to play jazz on Saturday.
• On Sunday night, the Jason McKenzie Band (jasonmckenziemusic.com) will open for Firefall at this week’s Down by the Riverside concert.