The Twilight Sad play the Hi-Tone Café tonight with MONO. The show starts at 10 p.m. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
This Sunday, June 6th, presents two unique opportunities for local devotees of cult icon Jesco “the Dancing Outlaw” White to delve further into the Appalachian wild-man's bizarre and, at times, comical world.
White, 53, originally achieved notoriety as the subject of the 1991 PBS documentary Dancing Outlaw, which chronicled White's devotion to the dying art of mountain dancing (his father, D. Ray White, is regarded by some as the greatest mountain dancer who ever lived), as well his many criminal exploits, regular drug use, and troubled family life. Yet the film played like a comedy, and took on a life of its own thanks to word of mouth and relentless bootlegging.
In 2009, actor and Jackass creator Johnny Knoxville produced a new film about White and his large and equally rambunctious extended family, titled The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. The film serves as both an update on the life of Jesco White, and a culture study on the depressed, poverty-ridden West Virginia community that helped shape the Whites into a hell-raising bunch of misfits and tap-dancers.
"All the People who Died," which opens at the Jack Robinson Gallery on Friday, June 4 and runs through July 19, doesn't just include shots from Postal's punk days. It also includes artists as diverse as Alex Chilton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
This Saturday, June 5th, the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center will host its third annual “Bands Not Bombs” music festival and community event on the grounds of Lifelink Church, 1015 S. Cooper at Walker.
The day-long, family-friendly event will feature a diverse music line-up (headlined by local pop favorites the Magic Kids), as well as food and drink vendors, children's activities and games, and performance artists. Admission is $10 for adults (free for kids 12 and under), and all proceeds will be benefit the work of the Peace and Justice Center.
Former Memphian and current East Nashville resident Todd Snider — who plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night — is one you probably know. After rising out of Memphis as a comical folkie troubadour nearly two decades ago, Snider hit his stride with 2004's East Nashville Skyline and 2006's The Devil You Know. His concert at the Shell last year was packed, and I'd expect no different this time.
The Texas-bred Hayes Carll, who plays tonight at 7 p.m., you may not be as familiar with. Mixing Snider's sly sense of humor with a harder Texas country sound reminiscent of early Steve Earle, Carll came into his own with 2008's Trouble in Mind, a major-label debut that stands as one of the past decade's best alt-country/roots-rock records.
Here's a clip of Carll performing his irreverent "She Left Me For Jesus":