Soul Rebel Brass Band, Jon Dee Graham tonight (6/8/11)



Soul Rebel Brass Band Rising from the rich second line and jazz funeral traditions of its hometown, New Orleans, the Soul Rebel Brass Band has brought its brand of funk, soul, soft rock and reggae to audiences all over the world. Opening for a diverse group of stars from James Brown, Green Day, A Tribe Called Quest to Counting Crows, the group is as authentic New Orleans jazz as you can get without traveling 700 miles west to the Crescent City itself. $10-12. Visulite Theatre. (Mike McCray)

Jon Dee Graham Too many Texas troubadours are vastly overrated performers relying on Townes Van Zandt’s desiccated, plucked-clean songwriting corpse to peddle “authentic” hokum about hard times and harder living. Thankfully, Jon Dee Graham isn’t one of the poseurs, but a gravel-voiced veteran and top-notch guitar slinger (he cut his teeth with Alejandro Escovedo in the seminal ’80s roots-punk band, True Believers) whose body of roots-flavored solo work speaks for itself — and eloquently so. With Sam Baker. $10. The Evening Muse. (John Schacht)

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