Legends and Lyricists

FRIENDLY FOLK: A Colorado resident with a history of sharing the stage with some of folk rock’s brightest, Michael Lille brings a certain credibility to his folk-rock stylings that most musicians would envy. Having opened for the likes of Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, and Alison Krauss, Lille promises the kind of quality that has in the past led him to victory at the Kerrville New Folk Festival and the Telluride Troubadour Competition. This guitarist and vocalist recently took a break from his folk trio, the Sherpas, and traveled back to his old stomping ground in Nashville to produce a solo effort, Suitable Disguise, on which Lille dabbled in everything from covers of legends like Steppenwolf to pop to South American rock. Expect the new tracks to be played in his laid-back, personable style when Lille visits Trinity Backstage on Saturday, September 23, at 8 p.m. — Drew Mackie

DIDDLEY’S HOT: The Lobero stage will be graced by a legend Monday, September 25, when Bo Diddley and Friends roll through town on Diddley’s Golden Anniversary Tour. The rock ’n’ roll and bluesman began performing on the streets in the 1950s, and a mere decade later his songs were being covered by the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, and Diddley himself was lionized in the Animals song “The Story of Bo Diddley.” The 8 p.m. show will also feature Grammy-winning blues musician Alvin Youngblood Hart and vocalist Ruthie Foster.   — Sarah Hammill

WEALTH OF WISDOM: Can’t imagine a more upbeat version of Counting Crows? Check out Michael Tiernan. The alt-rock singer/songwriter has a slew of awards under his belt, including the AAA 2005 Album of the Year and the 2004 Male Singer/Songwriter of the Year Award, and is coming to SOhO for an evening of guitar-centric original music. Nowadays it seems harder and harder to find a singer who will speak to you on a level other than raw angst, feigned emotion, or worst of all, ambivalence. As a cancer survivor, world traveler, and student of languages, philosophy, and religions, Tiernan has more to sing about than your average suburban homebody. He blends his life lessons as a proper artist well and paints a landscape in your mind as vivid as other professionals twice his age. So head down to SOhO at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday, September 26. Bruce Goldish, Jesse Rhodes, and Drew Gasparini open the show.   — Hudson Hornick

A CAUSE FOR CONCERN: We all know rock is rarely without a cause — be it teenage angst, social change, or the throes of love — and the tunes at SOhO this Sunday are no different. The singers-in-the-round lineup, featuring S.B. faves and a few newcomers, includes Antara and Delilah, Sara Bareilles, the Kinsella Brothers, Kip Brown, Dan Navarro, Crosby Loggins, AM, and Paul Cartwright. And their cause is a worthy one. The concert is being held by the Glendon Association in honor of Suicide Prevention Month and proceeds will benefit future programs. A no-host dinner will be served at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.   — SH

THE ROUNDUP: Onstage for Wildcat’s live music night this Tuesday will be alt-rockers A Transitory State, reggae/punk band Paint the Town, and Logic. Rocks presents a weekend lineup featuring James Peel, Orlando Napier, and the Cats and Dogs this Thursday; and Stephanie Croff, the Hoagland Conspiracy, and Whispertrip on Friday night. Saturday’s stage will hold the tunes of Shannon Ward, MAGiSTiR, and Area 51. For those jonesing for Velvet Jones, check out One Side Zero, Fremata, Entoven, Aroarah, and Dry Conditions on Friday night, the Shiny Toy Guns, Taxi Doll, Daylight, and Clear Static on Saturday, and Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Mike Relm, Motion Man, Bukue One, A Plus, and Rebelution next Thursday, September 28. And SOhO’s got The Repo Men, playing late-’70s and early-’80s punk and new wave covers on Saturday night at 10 p.m.   — SH

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