A jaw-dropping display of finger-style guitar at its best, featuring Guitar Champion Michael Chapldelain, and World’s Premier Kalimbatarist, Trevor Gordon Hall. With world-class exquisite technique and artistry of composition, these two artists impress, inspire and leave their audiences spellbound. A show not to be missed! $12 ADV / $15 DOOR
THE WOGGLES Formed in Athens, Ga., in 1987, The Woggles are essentially a four-piece living-breathing-singing-jamming Nuggets box set impervious to the passing of time. From the matching outfits and preponderance of 7-inches to the stage-names — Professor Mighty Manfred, Flesh Hammer, Montague and Zorko — the mid-’60s are still the font of all things swinging. That also means there’s little difference in the garage-friendly blend of soul, big beat R&B, rock and surf from the band’s 1993 debut TeenDanceParty to its latest, this year’s The Big Beat. It’s all good fun, especially live in a packed sweaty club with a beverage or two under your belt. But, at least on record, it’s equally impossible not to sometimes wonder why you’re not listening instead to the early progenitors (“Maximum R&B”-era Who, Mitch Ryder, The Yardbirds, et al.) who did it first. So, you know, point being, see ’em live and quit thinking about it so much; better to just let the rock wash over you for the night and cleanse the bullshit away. With Temperance League, Modern Primitives and more as part of the 6th Annual Snug 600 which runs through Sunday; Vroom-Vroom!
Venues in the Elizabeth neighborhood sure know how to team up for a good party. The third annual Memorial Day Block Party stretches from Jackalope Jacks, Kennedy’s Premium Pub, and the Philosopher’s Stone and offers live music, drink specials, corn hole tournaments and more.
When it comes to playing the role of an overbearing couch potato, Kevin James need not sweat. The actor/comedian who plays Doug Heffernan — a blue-collar worker who makes mountains out of mole hills in his average life — on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, delivers (and we’re not talkin’ packages). There’s humor to his hysterics. Morphing into other dumbfounded characters in the film world (his latest part is in Grown Ups 2, to be released in July), it’s safe to say that when James goes solo for stand-up, he does it with the same exaggerated enthusiasm. As long as he puts his usual melodramatic spin to whatever random shit — jet skis, banks, airports, and greeting cards were past targets — crosses his mind, his upcoming gig at Ovens Auditorium is going to be a hoot. $49.55-$71.15