The frontman for regional alt-rock stars Drivin' æ' Cryin' for 18 years now, Kevn Kinney introduced a new band this fall with the album Kevn Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival, and he'll bring them along for his show at the Hi-Tone Café Thursday, October 21st. The record, a mix of anthemic roots-rock, front-porch country-gospel, boogie blues, and shaggy folk, sounds more like Bob Dylan & the Band than Bonnaroo. Opening the show is local fave Cory Branan, who's been playing regularly at the P&H Café and has a new record on the horizon.
Los Angeles' Starlite Desperation, a self-described "smog-psych" band, plays the Hi-Tone Monday, October 25th. The genre appellation apparently refers to a middle ground of indie acid-rock (think Spaceman 3) and contemporary garage-rock. The band is touring with the likes of the Ponys, the Dirtbombs, and the Von Bondies this fall but will be breaking off for the solo show at the Hi-Tone.
Since it's neither January nor August, you might be perplexed as to why El Vez is in town, but the world's most famous Mexican Elvis impersonator is apparently in a campaign mood. He's billing his show at the Hi-Tone Saturday, October 23rd, as El Vez for Prez!
As for locals, The Reigning Sound will play their first Memphis show in months and debut a new drummer with a gig at the newly hoppin' Buccaneer on Friday, with New Orleans pals The Royal Pendletons in tow. (See Music Feature, page 44.) Former Pawtucket and former Tennessee Boltsmoker Mark McKinney will play a solo gig at the Hi-Tone Friday, October 22nd, with Kudzu King Bryan Ledford and African musician Guelel Kumba rounding out the bill. The Glass lead a big bill at Young Avenue Deli Saturday, October 23rd, with Jerusalem, The Starbaskets, and Low Flying Owls. And The Central Standards play the Brookhaven Pub Saturday, October 23rd.
-- Chris Herrington
A beloved -- but much-maligned -- public venue, the Overton Park Shell, made the news this month when city officials threatened to put it on the chopping block. When will the powers-that-be realize the potential of this rock-and-roll landmark located in the heart of the city? Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and, yes, Elvis Presley have all graced the Shell's stage. Recently, the space has been used as an entertainment venue for community organizations such as the Humane Society and local churches.
On Saturday, October 23rd, and Sunday, October 24th, the Save Our Shell organization will host a fund-raiser called Wrongs of Fall ("instead of Rites of Spring," explains Victoria Willis, a volunteer with the group). Bands including Halfacre Gunroom, The Secret Service, Organ Thief, and Thingamajig will join musicians Holly Cole, Emily Sheperd, and others for the two-day concert, which is free, although concerned citizens can make donations to S.O.S. For more info, go to OvertonParkShell.com. --