This week's musical menu is a true hodgepodge of genres, from reggae and indie rock to bluegrass and jazz, all wrapped around a monumental solo show by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Jackie Greene Sunday night at the Golden State Theatre.
Then things tail off a bit in the next couple of weeks, all heading into the big year-end finale on Monday, Dec. 31.
The California Roots Festival, on the heels on its announcement of the Memorial Day 2013 weekend lineup that includes Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu, is holding a birthday bash Friday night in the Monterey Room at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
It's a celebration of California Roots Festival founder Jeff Monser and features four bands, Seedless, Haleamano, Wasted Noise and Keepitlit.
The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12, available at eventbrite.com or at the door.
In addition to the Weir/Greene show Sunday night, Golden State also has the return of the jazz quartet Aporia on Friday night and L.A. indie rock "beach goth" band The Growlers, with the Cosmonauts opening, on Tuesday night.
Aporia, with Julie Capili on vocals, Stu Reynolds on saxes and clarinets, Billy Jones on drums and Heath Proskin on bass, was a mainstay at the old Alternative Cafe in Seaside, which moved its operations into the venerable theater in downtown Monterey.
Aporia expands on the piano-less trio concept in jazz by adding the sultry vocals of Capili, re-imagining songs to fit that new geometry.
The show is from 8-10 p.m. and it's $10 at the door. Get more at aporiajazz.com.
The Growlers are harder to pin down, even after a listen to their new album "Hung at Heart," lo-fi boozy, psychedelic indie rock with singer Brooks Nielson singing like he's been in bed witha cold for several days.
"Their retro vibe isn't fetishized nostalgia — it's dumpster-diving freegan collage: pitchy organ and plunky, country-western bass are punctuated by faux-dub echoes that hang like tapestries in a chill-bro den while vocalist Brooks Nielson's crooked flow plops down atop the hodgepodge as though he were delivering a side-eyed mantra," says
Spin.com. Got it?
As for the Cosmonauts, LA Records describes them as, "if the Velvet Underground had turned to the MC5 at their Boston Tea Party concert in 1968 and, instead of insulting them, had turned and made love to them."
Sounds like a great double-bill, and for only $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 324-4571 to reserve those ducats.
Singer-songwriter Nancy Jones does her solo thing (she's also in the band The Wharf Rats) Sunday night at the Stardust Playhouse in Monterey.
The North Carolina native has been playing music for most of her adult life and has books and books of original songs that dip into blues, Southern rock, country, folk and gospel.
She performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the theater, located at 2115 N. Fremont St., across the street from Planet Gemini. Cost is $10 at the door or at stardustplayhouse
Singer, guitarist Andrea Carter will join her bandmate in Andrea's Fault, guitarist and singer Darrin Michell in a duo show Friday night at Jack's bar in the lobby of Portola Hotel & Spa in downtown Monterey.
"We're covering a wide range of styles and anything that tickles our fancy from Delta blues, Stones, Eva Cassidy, even Joni Mitchell, toss in a standard or two...you get the idea," she says.
There's no cover and they'll play from 5:30-
Bluegrass/Americana band Scarlett Road plays Friday night at Plaza Linda in Carmel Valley.
The band features Melinda Moore on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Bill Rawson on banjo, Chip Wittpenn on mandolin, Randy Marks on lead guitar and dobro, Tamilla Swanson on double bass and Dean Chapman on harmonica.
The band plays from 7-
9 p.m., $10 donation at the door, full bar and menu.
There's a show Saturday night at American Burger in New Monterey featuring The Audio Waltz and Pipsqueak, but the flier I got didn't have a whole lot of information on the bands, in fact, none. But it starts at 8 p.m. if you like surprises.
And finally, men about town and local party-scene movers and shakers Chad North and Jordan Caballero are taking their NuSol Concepts to L.A. and will be throwing a "Come Party With Us One Last Time" party Thursday night at 9 at Planet Gemini in Monterey.
There's a $5 cover and a number of things planned, including karaoke, drinking games and dancing to DJ Darth Nasty.
Good luck in L.A., guys!GO!
· The Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo plays Monday night at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz for two shows, at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 adv / $25 door, info us at 427-2227 or www.kuumbwajazz.org. Guitarist Hunter and drummer Amendola's new album, "Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead," is Hunter's first recording of original compositions in three years.
· Dragon Smoke, a New Orleans supergroup that features drummer Stanton Moore and bassist Robert Mercurio of Galactic, plus keyboardist Ivan Neville and guitarist Eric Lindell, plays Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz on Thursday night. Show time is 9 p.m., tickets are $20 advance, $25 door, with special guests Jelly Bread opening. The band, which gets its name from the intimate New Orleans club The Dragon's Den, is a true representation of the Big Easy funk, R&B and soul tradition.