Lucero at Nanci RaygunIn Memphis, country and rock got in a fight with Lucero, and at last count, rock has come out ahead. Which doesn't necessarily yield Southern rock in Lucero's case, but whatever happened, the conflict has had its effect on Ben Nichols' voice, which in a glorious Southern way sounds like it's being dragged in the dust behind the guitars. Lucero plays two shows, one for all ages Friday, May 17, and one 18-and-older show Saturday, May 18. Both shows are at 7 p.m. $8. 353-4263.
Increase the Peace Hip-Hop Festival at Canal Club
Smoothdirty Productions and Iseemusic Entertainment have put together a showcase of underground hip-hop in order to spread a little love in the River City. With turntables and stuff. Headlining is rising voice (and Richmonder) Big Sty, joined by Nickelus Fury, Canayda, Joey Gallo, Cess, Kleph Dollas, Divine Profitz, Shiloh, Aynjul, DJs Rerok, Barnacles, Ragz and others. The show starts Saturday, May 20, at 9 p.m. $12. 643-2582.
A Patchwork Collective Pop Show
The avant-jazz collective will be the first to admit that pop music isn't in its regular thing, but then again, its regular thing isn't very regular. This five-band pop show is: The Old Haunts do rough-and-tumble punk rock; These United States bring alt-country down from the mountains; Seattleite singer Johanna Kunin inspires love; Paleo is more along the lines of Patchwork's usual experimental noise; and Anousheh Khalili reminds us what a nice voice Richmond can have. The show is Thursday, May 18, at Gallery5 at 7 p.m. $5. 644-0005.
Positive Vibe Turns 2
Another collection of do-gooding musicians playing for a cause, this time to celebrate Positive Vibe Café's second year of South Side tomfoolery. Are the roots-rock set, the blues musicians and the folkies better people for supporting the cause? Probably, but they like to play too. Just ask Big City, The Marna Bales Band, Billy Ray Hatley and the Showdogs, Page Wilson with Reckless Abandon, The Gary Gerloff Band, Chicago Cy and others Sunday, May 21, noon-6 p.m. in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. 560-9622.
Orange Goblin, Scissorfight and Throttlerod at Alley Katz
Or maybe you like to support the chest vibrations coming from Orange Goblin, what the members' fellow Brits call doom rock, what we generally know here as stoner rock. They're touring with the agile guitars and quick-change voices of Scissorfight, Richmond's Throttlerod, which just may not play enough around here, and Beaten Back to Pure. Saturday, May 20, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. 643-2816.
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk at Friday Cheers
Yes, Ivan is one of those Nevilles, Aaron's son, and while his band name isn't quite as smooth as The Neville Brothers, it nevertheless carries their pedigree. New Orleans funk is spiced with the influences of musicians coming from partnerships with Harry Connick, Jr. and Trey Anastasio, so it's a big family sound in that way: large, unruly, but accepting of the differences in the mess. Dumpstaphunk plays Brown's Island Friday, May 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free. Call 788-6466 or visit www.citycelebrations.org.