FISHY FEELINGS: This Saturday’s sky brings us a full supermoon in the sign of Pisces, promising emotional breakthroughs with a chance of troublesome turmoil. Its luminous influence shall, in the parlance of our times, allow us all to feel every feel we feel, and shall cast a sentimental shine upon every show we show ourselves at. And while this piscine pull of lunar light may challenge us to confront some inconvenient truths, it also welcomes to town some strong musical acts to buffer the tempestuous tides of temperament.
Against this sea of swaying sensibilities, SOhO Restaurant & Music Club erects a cabin on Thursday, August 27, for the continuation of their Cabin by the Sea series (1221 State Street, 9pm, $10). Sheltering us within walls of harmony are headliners The T Sisters, a band of sisters whose siblinghood is strengthened through song. Arriving from Oakland, these Sisters pattern nicely within the fabric of young renaissance, carpeting the East Bay with their California country cool, and stand out with their powerful vocal performances. Having played before at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the High Sierra Music Festival, they are among the most celebrated of young additions to the West Coast folk circuit and may be a familiar comfort to fans of A Prairie Home Companion, on which they have also performed. Opening will be Cabin by the Sea founder and UCSB chanteuse Erisy Watt, whose tender voice shall clear the air nicely for an evening of soothing vocals.
If you are in a mood to wallow, Velvet Jones brings the tears that same night with Sad Robot, Sleepercub, and Gingger Shankar (423 State St., 8pm, $10). Sad Robot sings power ballads of sorrow and fear and are on tour in support of their newest album, Aprés Moi, Le Déluge. Coming within the light of a potentially sad sky, these Robots shall feel right at home, and quite well timed.
Not all feelings, of course, prompt tears — some inspire celebration. On the other side of the mountains, funk’s ambassador to the stars himself, George Clinton, lands his Mothership Connection at the Chumash Casino, and funk shall reign for the night (3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, 8pm, sold out). Clinton is simply one of the greatest musicians of all time and nowadays wears a dignified new look as funk’s elder statesman/CEO; seeing how he restyles his music after all these decades shall be interesting to say the least. I know I’ll be there, grooving to Clinton’s intergalactically renowned funk explosion; may it transmit a message of good vibes to all the moon men.
On Friday, August 28, Jerry Douglas welcomes the watery wonder and woe of this weekend’s supermoon with his stirring, relaxing, goose-bumping dobro playing at the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St., 8pm, $39-$105). I had the great opportunity to speak with Douglas when he came into town with Alison Krauss & Union Station, and he’s not only a great guy, but he’s also the rare musician who is so skilled at his chosen instrument that the two are indissociable from each other; one does not speak of contemporary use of the single-cone resonator guitar without also mentioning Douglas. Hearing the man play solo will be a certified sweet treat.
And last but not least, should Saturday’s supermoon swell in you feelings of immense pride (or fellow-feeling for your brothers and sisters, if not within you yourself), consider attending a night of drag at Blind Tiger (409 State St., 9:30pm, $10 at the door). Titled #ItAintOvah, Blind Tiger’s first-ever drag night will feature The Santa Barbara Drag Divas and DJ Hollywood performing in support of Pacific Pride Foundation’s 25th Annual Heart & Sole AIDS Walk. Who knows what slings and arrows this moon shall aim upon our hearts, but thankfully, Blind Tiger reminds us that no matter what, we will survive.