Newby's is the place to be for local music fans this weekend as the Highland Strip club hosts a couple of special local bills. Friday night, January 28th, Newby's welcomes the second of what will be a weekly showcase at the club. "Memphis Rocks," sponsored by Response Records and the Baraka Group, began last Friday with performances by Yamagata and Surreel Music and continues this weekend with a double-bill of eclectic blues-rockers The Carlos Ecos Band and Southern-rockers The Clergy.
The series will largely showcase local bands included on the recent Response/Baraka compilation album Memphis Music Today Vol. 1, with later concerts featuring Crippled Nation, Deep Shag, FreeWorld, Halfacre Gunroom, and Free Sol, among other bands.
The Carlos Ecos Band hits the stage this week on the strength of not just an appearance on Memphis Music Today but with their own debut EP, the recently released Hola Day, which ranges from arena-sized rock to Hendrixian guitar to salsa references to jazzy flourishes.
The next night, Saturday, January 29th, Newby's hosts the second in an ongoing series of local showcases sponsored (and filmed and recorded) by Memphis music Web site extraordinaire Live From Memphis. After getting the series started at Young Avenue Deli last month with a punk-oriented lineup, this second installment will feature longtime Memphis power-pop stalwarts Crash Into June, singer-songwriter Cody Smith, and up-and-coming alt-rockers This Is Goodbye, who have a debut album in the works.
Other local shows of note this week include former Porch Ghouls frontman El Dorado Rey with his new band, The Ruckus, at Murphy's Thursday, January 27th; the CD-release party of hip-hop trio Tunnel Clones (see Music Feature, page 37) at the Hi-Tone Café Friday, January 28th; major-label-signed hard-rockers Egypt Central, with Chosen View and Crippled Nation, at the New Daisy Theater Saturday, January 29th; and roots-music master Alvin Youngblood Hart at the latest installment of the Coffee House Concert Series at the Church of the Holy Communion Sunday, January 30th.
It's a slim week for touring shows, outside of the collection of garage and punk bands descending on town for the Goner Fest (see Feature, page 35) all weekend and Latin rockers Los Amigos Invisibles at the Plaza Club (see Local Beat, page 43) Friday, January 28th. Look for modern-rockers Shinedown and Theory of a Deadman at the New Daisy Sunday, January 30th, and Texas roots musician Monte Montgomery at the Hi-Tone Wednesday, February 2nd. n --