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
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
.   — Sarah Hammill

WEALTH OF WISDOM: Can’t imagine a more upbeat
version of Counting Crows? Check out Michael
. 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
, Jesse Rhodes, and Drew
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
, Kip Brown, Dan
, 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
, reggae/punk band Paint the Town,
and Logic. Rocks presents a weekend lineup
featuring James Peel, Orlando
, 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
, Fremata, Entoven,
Aroarah, and Dry Conditions on
Friday night, the Shiny Toy Guns, Taxi
, Daylight, and Clear
on Saturday, and Del tha Funkee
, Mike Relm, Motion
, 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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