Over the past year or so, local roots-rockers John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives seemingly have spent more time on the Hi-Tone Café stage than anyone. But when Keith and his ace band plug in at the Midtown club this week for a Fourth of July show, it won't be just another night.
The show will be recorded for a possible live album, Keith says, at the behest of the band's label, the Mississippi-based Big Legal Mess, which gave the One Four Fives' debut album Spills & Thrills a national release earlier this year.
Keith says the idea for the concert record is to have a document of the band's live sound to send to club bookers and media people when the band tours this fall.
"The label's feeling is that we're a live band, first and foremost," Keith says. "It might be just a promo album. I'm hoping [the recording] will come out good enough to release it."
The band, which also features Kevin Cubbins on guitar, Jon Argroves on drums, Mark Stuart on bass, and Al Gamble on keyboards, has gone out on mostly regional weekend trips but hasn't toured widely yet. Now, with a booking agent in place, Keith says the band hopes to change that.
"I don't think we're ever going to be like Jay Reatard and live on the road," Keith says. "But we want to get out there."
Opening the Fourth of July show will be Gamble's jazz/soul instrumental band The City Champs. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
A downtown summertime institution, the Peabody Rooftop Parties, is having a big holiday weekend. On Thursday, July 2nd, there will be a $5 Cover-themed rooftop party with three stars from Craig Brewer's web/MTV series performing: rapper Al Kapone, rap-rock prankster Muck Sticky, and country/folk singer Valerie June. Brewer — who is currently in California filming the pilot episode of Terriers, a new comedy for the FX network — won't be able to make it, but apparently the other $5 Cover stars will be there.
Later, to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Peabody will give attendees a great view of the downtown fireworks while listening to rockers Ingram Hill.
Brumski's at the Hi-Tone
Music and movies collide at the Hi-Tone Café Friday, July 3rd, as longtime concert/event booker Chris Walker screens his debut film, the 20-minute short Brumski's. Walker drew on his entertainment-world connections to populate the film with some semi-notable names, including comedian Gregg Turkington and writer Jim Goad.
The film, which follows the plight of an Everyman office drone ashamed to admit his attraction to, um, large breasts, was rooted in an argument Walker had with his sister about the biology versus choice origins of homosexuality.
"I told her I was attracted to large breasts and couldn't help it," Walker says with a laugh. "So I dreamt up this alternate universe where liking large breasts is a taboo. Instead of gay bars, there are boob bars."
This theme in mind, Walker imported another out-of-town star, porn actress Brandy Talore. Unlike Goad and Turkington, Walker had not worked previously with Talore.
"I was just a fan of her work," he says.
Talore's performance in Brumski's is not as, um, thorough as it presumably is in her other films. But the film's tagline is truth in advertising: "It has boobs in it."
Walker will screen Brumski's at the Hi-Tone at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Between screenings, local rockers Oracle & the Mountain will perform. Following the last screening, Helsinki-via-Nashville cult sensation The Mattoid will perform. Admission is $5.