At 8 Thursday, March 31, the Doggery brings in Fred the Bear. The quartet of alt-rockers rips through originals and covers alike, including cuts like “Can’t Hardly Wait” by the Replacements, “The Weight” by The Band and “Foregone” by the Decemberists.
From 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, Cafe Steam has the Nodding Wild Onions in for some crossover blues. The band treats its genre as a philosophy, so expect a level of unseen depth to permeate your skull.
Kathy’s Pub takes a rare Friday off and has no music tomorrow night, April 1.
April Fools! The Fattenin’ Frogs hit the Pub at 9:45 p.m. for some foot-stompin’, blues-liftin’, rootsy rock ‘n’ roll. A music video for “Where Have You Been” is up on their website. Co-lead vocalist Amanda White does her best Buster Keaton impression with a melodramatic twist while the band’s renowned harmonies and dynamic instrumentation swirl around her Winehouse-esque delivery.
At 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, the North Star Bar nabs Diesel Drive to score more April Fools’ Day hijinks with their true-blue country tunes. The band’s website reports some good news: the band’s premiere single, “Bed of My Truck,” is on sale now on Amazon. They also dabble in Southern Rock and love vocal harmonies. What more could you want?
Well, if it’s more options for country that you want, check out what’s going down at 8 p.m. on Friday night, April 1, at the Wicked Moose. Hitchville, an up-and-coming country act who has opened for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood, is all set to bring their harmonious melodies and honky-tonk sensibilities to your eardrums for just a $10 cover. If you want a more specific idea of what to expect, head over to their website where you’ll find a wealth of streamable audio.
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, the Wicked Moose presents the world famous Johnny Holm Band. Good times seem to follow this crew around the Midwest, as their website claims that over a million people have been blessed enough to soak up some of their earnest party tunes. Cover for this show is also $10, payable at the door.
At 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, Kathy’s brings Crooked Dice to the stage for a smattering of new-age blues. The band mines the styles of players like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan for its raucous approach to the genre, while paying respect to the Muddy Waters school of groove.
• Starting at 6 tonight, March 31, The Loop presents a set by Jeremy Jewell.
• As always, 8 p.m. on Thursdays sees an installment of Joel Ward’s Therapeutic Thursdays at Forager Brewery.
• Greg Boerner hits the Canadian Honker on Friday and Saturday nights, April 1 and 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 with his blues, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll stylings.