This weekend brings a dose of nostalgia with '90s MTV regulars G. Love and Special Sauce at The Vogue, a Sam Cooke tribute at Legends, and of course, Huey Lewis and the News. But if you're not interested in looking back, check out something totally new: RAPS @ YATS brings local artists to the well-loved Cajun restaurant. See you at the shows!
Through the years, G. Love and Special Sauce — the Philly-based duo which draws together blues, R&B, hip-hop and funk influences — just keep on trucking, parlaying early '90s success (MTV single in heavy rotation; spot on the H.O.R.D.E.) into an endlessly successful touring career. The group is swinging by Indy this year at the Vogue. G. Love has had an active solo career, but will be performing at this show with Special Sauce. 7 p.m., $20 advance, $25 door, 21+.
Created as a sort-of house band for the world-renowned SFJAZZ Festival in 2004, SFJAZZ Collection tackles the work of a different contemporary jazz or popular music artist each year, including, in the past, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk. This year, the eight-piece ensemble, which is made up of members from all over the globe, is taking on the oeuvre of Stevie Wonder at the Palladium. 7:30 p.m., $15-110, all-ages.
Time for Three, the ISO's ensemble-in-residence, will present an hour-long concert starting at 6:30 p.m. The string trio, whom British conductor Simon Rattle has called "monstrous," is worth seeing at any opportunity— ISO concertmaster Zach de Pue plays one of the violins with his cohorts, violinist Nick Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer. Their appetite extends to indie rock, classical, and American folk and pop music of several flavors. 6:30 p.m., $25 adult, $12 student, all-ages.
RAPS @ YATS
NUVO cover dude C-Rayz Walz will host the first edition of his RAPS @ YATS series this Friday, turning the restaurant into his performance space, if you will. Rayz will host the show, which will feature an eclectic lineup of local and regional talent, including Freddie Bunz, Scoot Dubbs, Sleeper Cell, Ace One, African American Zombie Lawyer. With DJs Rusty Redenbacher and Kyle Long. Co-presented by Walz and the Hip-Hop Congress. 10 p.m., $7, all-ages.
Drive Somewhere: The Saga of the Vulgar Boatmen is structured supposedly around the band's final show (needless to say, it was not the last show). The doc, while a little rough, does give a nice sense of the band's history and significance, including how it got its start when members started working on songs long-distance. A screening the film will precede music by the Vulgar Boatmen and the Lovemeknots. 9 p.m., 21+.
NYC band Cymbals Eat Guitars got the Pitchfork bump back in 2009, when the taste-making site gave an 8.3 to their debut, Why There Are Mountains, proclaiming it an "indie road trip" album par excellence and hailing their creation of “that lonesome crowded sound.” Their follow-up, Lenses Alien, was released by Barsuk in August; this one is a little darker and wearier than their bouncy, see-the-world debut. 8 p.m., $8 advance, $10 door, 21+.
Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) on Huey Lewis and the News: “Their early work was a little too New Wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. [It] has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.”
Variety has described Joshua James as "a young Midwestern singer-songwriter who writes hard-bitten songs of family tragedies and sings them in a voice that’s as sun-bleached and wind-battered as a Nebraska cornfield." Coming from Provo, James is often compared to Neil Young, Bright Eyes, and Ray LaMontangne, three other artists with intimate, confessional lyrics. James has supported artists like David Grey, Ani DiFranco, and Brett Dennen on tour. 8 p.m., $8 advance, $10 door, 21+.
Saturday and Sunday
Joshua Nelson says it isn't much of stretch to transform a Jewish prayer into what he calls a "Kosher gospel" song. It's all about adding a little soul, a little syncopation; swinging the words to a certain extent. About taking cantorial chant — that high-register reach towards the heavens; sharp and ecstatic and ancient — and marrying it with another ancient tradition. October 22, 7 p.m.; October 23, 3 p.m.; $20 public, $15 member, children (18 and under) $10.
October 22, 7 p.m.; October 23, 3 p.m.; $20 public, $15 member, children (18 and under) $10
Sam Cooke is more than just the King of Soul; he could also belt out straight-up gospel. The Indy native Carlton Lewis III knows something about gospel groups with plenty of history: He's currently lead singer for The Dixie Hummingbirds, a Greenville, S.C.-born gospel quartet that's been around since 1928. Lewis's tribute to Sam Cooke will feature songs from both Cooke's gospel and soul catalog. 6 p.m., $15, 21+.
"Bring ya' lungs with ya'!" urges the Smoker’s Club website, highlighting the impassioned marijuana advocacy that will fill the Egyptian Room Sunday night. The Smokers Club has hosted a couple nationwide pot-themed tours in the past couple years. Sunday’s is headlined by Method Man, who has always had his mellowed-out side, the ying to his somewhat menacing, intimidating, perhaps sober yang. With Curren$y, The Pricks, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and Fiend. 7:30 p.m., $27.50 (plus fees), all-ages.