Here's a few for the weekend ...
Besides the previously mentioned Celebration of Life for Jim Miller at Duff's Garage, there's a couple of shows you might check out.
A roots/bluegrass weekend at the Alberta Rose kicks off with Jim Lauderdale tonight. The prolific Mr. Lauderdale is comfortable being a country artist, bluegrass picker, singer-songwriter, jam-band collaborator, and Nashville "A-list" writer. This year he's a Grammy nominated artist for Best Americana Album for Buddy & Jim a wonderful collaboration with Buddy Miller. This fall, Jim released three more recordings - one traditional bluegrass, the other two are sets of songs co-written with Robert Hunter (another long-time collaborator). Plus, he's a really down-to-earth guy and gracious host at his shows. Jim has hosted the annual Americana Music Association awards show 11 years running. Oh, and Lewi Longmire and Anita Lee Elliot open ... 8 pm, $22
Ritchie Young (Loch Lomond) continues a week long residency at Al's Den at the Crystal Hotel ... 7 pm, no cover
Chris Miller and James Sasser will be at the White Eagle. Jake Ray opens ... 9:30 pm, $8
An excellent bluegrass band from North Carolina, Chatham County Line, park their pickin' at the Alberta Rose for two nights. Portland's The Wild Wood opens Saturday's show, Calico Rose on Sunday ... 8 pm (7 pm on Sunday), $15
Dante's will rock with the North Mississippi Allstars! Luther and Cody Dickinson continue to ply the deep groove of Mississippi Hill Country blues with attention to tradition and an ear to the future. Opening the show is Lightnin' Malcolm ... 9:30 pm, $18
Lloyd Jones and the big band (with Dover Weinberg back on the keys, horns and everything) are at Duff's ... much dancing will ensue ... 9 pm, $??
The Secret Society has the Midnight Serenaders and the Barndoor Slammers ... 9 pm, $12
The Goodfoot has Danny Barnes with Ty North and Carlton Jackson ... 9 pm, $10
Guitarist James Clem is at the Muddy Rudder ... 8 pm, no cover
... and the Devin Phillips Quartet is at Wilf's ... 7:30 pm, $10