Corey Smith Buster’s, 899 Manchester St., $20-25, 18+, 8 p.m. Country/blues guitarist and singer Corey Smith returns to Buster’s.
Sunstreet; Driftwood Gypsy Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone, 9 p.m.
Chuck Cannon Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade, $15, 9 p.m.From the venue website: “Chuck grew up in the South Carolina low country. He’s a Southern boy whose music echoes the R&B, Rock & Roll and Gospel music he heard from the cradle. Chuck’s songs have been recorded by an incredibly diverse array of mega-stars from around the world logging over 20 million airplays. His critically acclaimed solo projects deliver songs that are quite simply stunning. His live performance is funny, thought provoking, riveting.”
Palisades and Big Fresh Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+
Flashback Secret Bar & Grill, 841 Lane Allen Rd., 9 p.m., free.
The Swells Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 9:30. New Orleans-inspired jazz trio.
Casino Versus Japan Griffin’s Modern Motel, 199 East Loudon. 7 p.m., free. Lexington-via-Milwaukee ambient electronic artist Casino Versus Japan will perform in conjunction with the group art show encre rouge blanc noir, a series of drawings organized by Ed Franklin and Georgia Henkel.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Drive-By Truckers Buster’s, 899 Manchester St., $25-28, 18+, 8 p.m. These alt-country superstars regularly pack the house at Buster’s when they stop through.
Lexington Lexington presents BlocktoberfestAl’s Bar and Al’s Sidecar, 601 N. Limestone, 7 p.m. Featuring Attempt, Oh My Me, The Payback, Candy, Reva WIlliams, Ed Sunspot, Fleece and DJ Jesse Saxon. Local music showcase.
Downtown Arts Center Short Music Series presents The Happy Maladies Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main St., 7:30 p.m., $5. “Django Reinhardtesque, gypsy-bluegrass, chamber folk.”
Joel Henderson Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade, $5, 9 p.m.From the venue website: “Heartfelt lyrics and wit are at the core of many singer-songwriters, but the ability to translate feelings to others is where Joel Henderson sets himself apart. With true-to-self lyrics and timeless melodies, Henderson combines folk, country, blues, gospel, and classic pop with equal reverence.”
Tom Petty Tribute with the Other Brothers Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+
Branded Blue Band Secret Bar & Grill, 841 Lane Allen Rd., 9 p.m.
Tee Dee Young Parlay Social, 257 W. Short St, 9:30. Recent and classic rock, R&B and dance.
Live at Birdland with Tommy Igoe Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. $25-40. Directed by Tommy Igoe, this show recreates the experience and ambience of a night at the iconic New York City jazz club Birdland, founded in 1949 and named after Charlie “Bird” Parker. The night will feature fresh treatments of Parker compositions as well as innovative arrangements from composers such as Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Herbie Hancock, Lennon/McCarntey and more.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Micky & The Motorcars Buster’s, 899 Manchester St., $8/10, 18+, 7 p.m.
Infected/ Capitalist Kids/Nato Coles/Hey Driver Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+
Crushed Out (Fromerly Boom Chick) Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 21+, $5.
Open Mic Secret Bar & Grill, 841 Lane Allen Rd., 7 p.m. – close
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour presents Bill Evans and Kayla Bender Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St., 6:30 p.m., $5-10.
Chris Darby; Small Batch; Big Disaster Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone, 9 p.m.