Thanks to the Heebie Jeebies, you don't have to wait until 10 p.m. to get your folk-rock on. The duo of Debbie Goldberg and Rick Frydman will perform an early show on the patio of the Gaslight Tavern from 7-9 p.m. With covers spanning Neko Case to Gram Parsons and a few originals peppered in, the Jeebs will get you nice and loose and ready to take on the night (or bed — either is cool).
Tommy Ferrari and The Future Motor Machines
Tommy Ferrari and the Future Motor Machines play "biker pop" — it's violent, but it's also entirely possible to dance along. Citing primary inspirations like fist fights, forest fires, alley cats, and slashed tires, the group brings Motor City rock to Larryville with every drunken spectacle of a show. Tonight they'll be joined at the Jackpot Saloon by rowdy out-of-towners Everything, Now! and Casper and the Cookies.
Opening reception for “Artistic Expressions: the Photography and Digital Paintings of Robbin Loomas”
Robbin Loomas of Sterling Image Photography will be showing a body of work that includes traditional photography along with her photo-impressionist paintings. Her paintings feature a unique blending of photography, painting, and digital media. Her technique is not simply applying filters to an image, but painting each stroke by hand. Tonight's opening reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Unity Gallery in West Lawrence.
This one-night-only event of music and dance features performers from Sevilla, Spain, including: Melinda Hedgecorth (dance), Lisandro Gonzales (voice), Beau Bledsoe (guitar), and Fernando Achucarro (percussion). Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door; the performance starts at 8 p.m.
Peter Bjorn and John
This Stockholm-based trio is best known for their whistle-tastic hit single "Young Folks" from their solid third album, "Writer's Block." It showcased their knack for poppy, bouncy rhythms, jangly guitars, and a solid chorus. While their fourth album, "Living Thing," released earlier this year lacked the cohesiveness of "Writer's Block," it still had plenty of memorable — albeit strange — tunes. PB and J make a stop through Lawrence tonight at the Granada as they have a break from their national tour with Depeche Mode.
Lawrence homeboys Cowboy Indian Bear set the stage.
Brent Berry Band
Brent Berry offers up a seamless platter of roots reggae, rocksteady, and folk music tonight at the Bottleneck. As entertainers for some of Lawrence's chillest parties, Berry and his "Roots Crew" became one of the top local draws before he split for Taos, New Mexico. Nowadays, Brent and his band lay down their own goodtime blend of Afro-Coastal-Americana-Grass. Berry kicks a bass drum while playing a guitar, blowing a harp, and singing or shouting his songs.
It's been more than a decade since Brody Buster was anointed a harmonica prodigy and dished props from the likes of B.B. King and Jay Leno. Now that he's done grown up, Buster is a decidedly different personality - one who favors rock and roll as much as the blues. His band featuring bassist Chris Handley and drummer Tommy Dimmel gigs relentlessly, loosening up crowds with fiery originals and a deep list of covers. They'll play an all-night set at the Jazzhaus beginning at 10 p.m. tonight. Be sure to check out our podcast interview with Brody.
And new in movies...
Traumatic events transpire with exquisite delicacy in "Summer Hours," the latest film from Olivier Assayas ("Demonlover"). The French writer-director observantly explores the nature of life and death, identity and family, and the value of material objects with his story of three siblings coping with the loss of the family matriarch. ***
Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Christopher Hampton reunite with their "Dangerous Liaisons" star Michelle Pfeiffer, but this effort has none of the same irresistible meat or bite. Although Pfeiffer is luminous as ever as an aging courtesan in belle epoque Paris, the romance in which she finds herself is totally implausible. **
Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" is a coming-of-age comedy that roams the backstage and the back-story and sees that epic concert through rose-colored glasses. It's got every '60s cause and '60s movie cliche. Even as Woodstock gets the mud and the mess, it sugarcoats the drugs and the generational/cultural divide. ***
Also new today is Halloween II and Final Destination, but we figured you wouldn't want to see those either. If you haven't seen District 9, yet — well, let us recommend that VERY much for big screen viewage.
All of today's movie listings are at — as always — lawrence.com/movies and m.lawrence.com on your phone.