Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a moniker that flirts with onomatopoeia; his name really does evoke his sound. An Austin, Texas solo performer born of troubadour campfires and often supported by a lone guitar, he's mastered the one-man band gittup, pounding out beats while he strums in an open G tuned especially for his bluesy style.
Jazz at the Bistro regularly welcomes some of the biggest names in jazz to its intimate, listening-room stage, but on Wednesday the crowds filed into the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz to a new level and intensity.
Poet, singer and actor Saul Williams showcased his gift for mixing art, music and politics in a show that was part rock but all hip-hop and heart.
Saturday is Record Store Day, a nationwide celebration of the cool joints where many have learned much about music (Euclid Records is making a weekend of it, per usual).
A very, very busy weekend; in addition to everything listed here, there's Record Store Day, which I'll cover separately.