From the We Are Memphis Music team, here’s a mix of live music picks we think you can’t afford to miss out on this week.
The MDs performing “McLemore Avenue”
9 p.m., Friday November 26, B-Side
$10 at the door
In 1970, Southern soul legends (and Stax Records house band) Booker T & the MGs released “McLemore Avenue,” a funkified instrumental cover version of the Beatles’ classic “Abbey Road.” Forty years later, the album is being performed again in full by another Memphis instrumental outfit, the MDs, who will also be performing some Booker T classics such as “Green Onions.” Following the chaos of Thanksgiving, some laid back and familiar grooves might be just what the doctor ordered.
Ghost-Note at Railgarten
8 p.m., Sunday November 28, Railgarten
Combine Texas’ jazz-funk ensemble Snarky Puppy with homegrown bass superstar MonoNeon and you get Ghost-Note, a dynamic band that combines jazz, hip-hop, and funk into an irresistible wall of sound. The band is composed of some of the finest individual musicians around, representing members of iconic acts such as Prince, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, and Erykah Badu. Unsurprisingly given their many outside ventures, the members of Ghost-Note do not go on tour very often, so take advantage of the opportunity to see them at an affordable price while you can.
6 p.m., Tuesday November 23, Lafayette’s Music Room
Graham Winchester and Seth Moody are considerable figures of influence in the Memphis music scene, and for good reason, as these two cohorts basically bleed passion for our city’s sounds. Turnstyles is one of a vast number of band configurations they’ve taken part in, and it’s certainly one of the most flat-out fun. Moody and Winchester kick up traditional garage-rock dust and hose it down with fiery, fast-moving assaults of surf and a touch of rockabilly. The guitar-drums dyad might call to mind the early years of The White Stripes, but Turnstyles carry a creeping menace that says ‘Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s’ more than ‘The Grande Ballroom’. Your mission is this: catch them early at Lafayette’s on Tuesday night, where it’s absolutely free, and head into the holiday abuzz and aglow.
Jacksgiving: Jack Oblivian & The Sheiks w/ Friends
9:30 p.m., Thursday November 25, Bar DKDC
Thanksgiving has more than earned its reputation as a typically awkward, tense decathlon of family togetherness. Aside from the comfort food and hastily improvised naps, one might choose to seek out a musical balm for their soul at DKDC Thursday evening, where another traditional night of Jacksgiving revelry is planned. Jack Oblivian, his pals in The Sheiks, and any number of surprise special guests will be stomping their iconic garage-punk growl all over your angsty, drunken-uncle misgivings, and who could ask for more? Tryptophan’s overrated, the Macy’s Day Parade is only slightly more fast-paced than the proverbial drying paint, and catchy backyard-punk fury awaits you in Cooper-Young. It’s also free. Put all those feels in a bag and haul them along, then cast them aside.