The Lee Boys at Friday CheersSacred steel has all the appeal of the blues with none of the guilt. No cheatin', no drinkin', no sinnin' because it's gospel, after all, led by the fine wail of the pedal-steel. The Lee Boys have brought it up from Florida, a place definitely in need of some salvation. When you're listening to the inspired jams and the arena-sized sound, it becomes obvious that this is a band that got started in a church where dancing was encouraged, where the hymns weren't the painful dirges of other, less steely houses of worship. The Lee Boys play Brown's Island Friday, May 18, with DJ Williams Projekt, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Call 788-6466 or visit www.venturerichmond.com.
Tulsa Drone at Hyperlink CaféIf you were to freeze Ennio Morricone (the composer responsible for, among other musical highlights, giving the myth of the West a soundtrack in the Clint Eastwood outlaw movies) and thaw him out again in the near, possibly post-apocalyptic future, the music he came up with might sound a lot like Richmond's Tulsa Drone. Meditative, wordless, lost out on some great musical plane, Tulsa Drone has put the future sounds of the Old West on a second album, "Songs From a Mean Season," which it will deliver Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m. 254-1942.
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