WAMM Recommends: Week of Nov. 21

Each week, the team at WAMM chooses our must-see live music events for the week. There’s plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week, including several holiday related shows.

Black Lips w/ Bloodshot Bill and Los Psychosis

7 PM, Tuesday, November 22nd

Growlers

$20

When Goner Records calls your city home, you’ll never have a shortage of excellent Southern-flavored garage rock bands to choose from. That said, Atlanta’s Black Lips have established themselves as one of the genre’s biggest names and should still garner a high level of excitement, even in a town that produced Reigning Sound, the Oblivians, and the Compulsive Gamblers. Joining the garage rock veterans are rockabilly badass Bloodshot Bill, who has been aptly described as “Roy Orbison with a head wound,” and Memphis’ own Latinx psychobilly band Los Psychosis. Rock is dead, you say? Well, thankfully nobody told Growlers.

Friendsgigging with Cyrena Wages & Friends

8 PM, Tuesday, November 22nd

B-SIDE

$10

It’s not Friendsgiving, it’s “Friendsgigging”, see what they did there? Who doesn’t love a good holiday pun? College students are home on holiday break, and expats are back in their hometown for the holiday week and this show is the perfect meet up spot. Memphis-based Americana singer and songwriter Cyrena Wages hosts a bevy of her fellow folk inspired singer-songwriters including Bailey Bigger, Wylie Bigger, Mark Edgar Stuart, Lacy Blevins, and Houston Wages. Think of it as a front porch jam, inside the comfort of B-SIDE, Memphis’ favorite grown up dive bar, and with the addition of Wages’ A-team band, Pat Fusco, Danny Banks, Landon More, and Joe Restivo, Wages may be hosting one of the most memorable Memphis music shows of the year.

JACKSGIVING

9 PM, Thursday, November 24th

DKDC

$10

Continue celebrating after whatever your holiday holds this Thursday at JACKSGIVING. Garage and punk legend Jack Oblivian starts at 9:00 PM at DKDC. Oblivion of the Tennessee Tearjerkers, the Oblivians, and more has a reputation for rocking your face off on nights when it may be hard to find live music around town, i.e. family holidays. It is his gift, and we are grateful! The show starts at 9:00 PM at DKDC, but the band may play into black friday if you’re lucky.

North Mississippi All-Stars with Sons of Mudboy

8 PM, Friday, November 25th

Railgarten

$20

Once you’ve had your fill of food and family, then head on down to Railgarten for another family affair of sorts as brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson return home with another highly-anticipated performance from the North Mississippi Allstars. After 25 years, twelve albums, four GRAMMY Award nominations, and sold out shows everywhere, North Mississippi Allstars have clearly emerged as one of the region’s most successful bands, and for good reason. Joining them is another family act of sorts, the Sons of Mudboy, which is composed of the children of the original members of the avante garde roots band Mudboy and the Neutrons. -EW

The North Mississippi Allstars are the quintessential southern rock band, but even invoking such powerful genre tags as ‘southern rock’ never tells the whole tale. The brothers Dickinson have been perfecting their precise blend of rock, traditional blues, and bluegrass elements since the mid-nineties, and slowing down hasn’t been on the agenda since. Fitting, then, for them to join forces with the beloved Delta institution Sons Of Mudboy for a Black Friday set at Railgarten, another Dickinson family affair piloted by the offspring of the legendary Mudboy and the Neutrons. Genre descriptors never do anyone much justice, so throw around ‘roots rock’ and the like if you must, but sometimes there’s no substitute for simply saying ‘this is good music, go just see it’.-ZC

Al Kapone

8 PM, Saturday, November 26th

Minglewood Hall

Free w/ three or more canned goods

Even in a legendary hip-hop scene still spoken of with hushed reverence like the 1990s in Memphis, underground kingpin Al Kapone stands tall. The cult hero may be best known these days for his contributions to the soundtrack of Oscar-wining indie favorite film Hustle & Flow, but Kapone’s been spitting pure Memphis fire since ’92 and continues to do so, even as collaborations with the likes Lil’ Jon and E-40 have considerably raised his profile. This night’s performance at Minglewood is an ‘Old School Party’ and benefits the Mid-South Food Bank – admission is three or more canned goods, be advised. With a worthy cause benefitting from Kapone’s looming presence, there’s no excuse for not spending your chilly Saturday evening in the company of this local hip-hop giant.

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