On Friday night, Hitfaced brings their mile-long catalog of cover songs to the North Star Bar starting at 8. Their website, gethitfaced.com, claims that the band’s retinue contains rock-solid classics like Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69,” Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl,” among others, so they’re bound to play something you can shout along to.
Speaking of music almost guaranteed to get people moving, the Charles Walker Band is back at Kathy’s Pub on Friday night starting around 9.
You’ve probably heard about this neo-funk and soul crew before — Walker is a force of nature who sings, dances, and rips saxophone solos from his back, while the rest of the band is comprised of musicians at the top of their respective games. Their grasp of funk and everything it came from is uncanny; for an idea of what to expect, head over to walkerband.com to check out some of their music videos. While you’re at it, throw them a few bucks for their eighth and latest album, “Ghetto Prophet.”
Saturday night finds Kinney Creek Brewery awash with the blues from 7 to 10, thanks to Doghouse Jon & the Misbehavers. Bandleader Jon Lackey is a multiple-decade veteran who sings and plays the harmonica, while guitarist Tom Kochie ranks among the finest players in the state. You can learn more at doghousejon.com.
Some cover band called Some Sh***y Cover Band plays the North Star Bar on Saturday night starting around 9. The band is comprised of members from fairly successful original bands, like Quietdrive, who really seemed to have a following here about 10 years back. SSCB plays “Creep” by Radiohead, “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters, “Party In the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus, and, crucially, “What’s My Age Again” by Blink 182. Find them online: tinyurl.com/h7dmd67.
They normally play the Pourhouse up in Minneapolis on the weekends, and now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I caught part of a set a few months back and approved of what I heard, which isn’t always the case in that establishment (I’m referring to you, DJ plays-many-poor-Daft-Punk-remixes).
Gravel road rock n’ rollers Cedar County Cobras hit Kathy’s Pub on Saturday from 9 p.m. until midnight. They play an acoustic brand of rockabilly complete with mandolin and fiddle. Learn more at cedarcountycobras.com.
Now, for your reminder regarding recurring acts for the week: On Monday night, Jordan Van Hook and Forager Brewery’s Vinyl Mondays continue from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m., Thomas and the Rain keep up with their Tuesday night slot at Forager from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., and Wednesday night finds more bluegrass at Charlie’s Eatery from 7 to 10.
• Joel Ward’s Theraputic Thursdays continue at Forager Brewery tonight from 8 to 11. Ward infuses his blues and folk with a pinch of soul for a sound that is hard to forget. You can listen at reverbnation.com/joelward.
• The Canadian Honker welcomes Matthew Griswold’s ASCOIJSA to the stage on Friday from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
• On Saturday, the Canadian Honker welcomes the CBB Jazz Combo for dinner tunes from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
• County Line Drive plays the Wicked Moose on Saturday from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.
• Striker’s in Stewartville recruits Nite Shift for some classic and modern rock from 8:30 p.m. until half past midnight on Saturday.
• Inject your Whiskey Wednesday with some jazz music on Wednesday night at the Half Barrel, courtesy of the D’Sievers.
Bryan Lund is a Rochester freelance writer.