Ricky Skaggs at Toad's Place
Veteran performer Ricky Skaggs won his 12th Grammy this February, when he took home the award for Best Bluegrass Album alongside his band Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs started his career in the 1970s, offering a couple of bluegrass albums before switching his focus to country. It wasn't until 1996 that Skaggs returned to his roots, following the death of bluegrass icon Bill Monroe. Skaggs plays Friday, July 13, at Toad's Place. Doors at 7:30 p.m. $40-$45. Call (800) 514-3849 or visit www.toadsplacerva.com. Sarah Mogin
Big Lazy at The Expansion Joint
They call themselves "trashphisticated" and "twang noir." Others just call them Big Lazy. Their music has a roadhouse quality to it a certain sleazy sophistication that falls somewhere between polyester suits and dry martinis. The grungy guitars and spare arrangements wouldn't be out of place in a Tarantino film or in the next "Sin City" flick. In fact, Big Lazy's first album, "Amnesia," was featured as the gritty soundtrack to an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Streets." Big Lazy appears alongside local experimental band Tulsa Drone at The Expansion Joint (211 W. Seventh St.) Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. $10. 651-6047. Colby Rogers
"A Friend of Mine" at Woodlake United Methodist Church
Composed of local students in grades six through 10, the Rock Gospel Show Choir of Woodlake United Methodist Church has performed at churches, shelters and other organizations up and down the East Coast. The choir is focused on community service as well as singing, and finds time for both while on tour. True to its name, the Rock Gospel offers a mix of both genres, along with scripture and choreography. The choir performs at Woodlake United Methodist Church in Midlothian Saturday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. Free. Call 739-4535 or visit www.woodlakeumc.org. S.M.
Hendrix Xeroxed at Alley Katz
There are tribute bands and there are tribute bands. And then there are tribute bands that go all out to make themselves as close to the real deal as possible. Jimi's Image is fronted by guitarist and vocalist Jimi Taylor, who may very well be an escaped Hendrix clone from some secret government project (probably funded by Rolling Stone). Taylor mimics the look and sound of Jimi Hendrix almost perfectly, right down to the commanding voice and fringy white outfits. But is his dedication level up to playing a guitar with his crotch? Join the "Purple Haze" at Alley Katz Friday, July 13, at 10 p.m. $8-$10. 643-2816. C.R.
Jubeus at Alley Katz
According to the band, the name Jubeus is "derived from a nectar-bearing tree in South America, from which an intoxicating spirit is prepared." The name and its exotic history certainly fit the bill. Jubeus has a sound as smooth as the finest wine or nectar-bearing tree of your choice. Blending global grooves with a mellow, strummy guitar vibe, Jubeus will be celebrating the release of its new album, "Natural Mood," at Alley Katz Saturday, July 14, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., $7. 643-2816. C.R.Click here for more Calendar Events