Next Week Today is a selection of our picks from the upcoming week’s events, published every Sunday at 11 a.m. We’ll give you juuuuuust enough detail to whet your whistle, and then let you do the digging. In other words, these are the events we recommend giving a second, perhaps even third glance as you wend your way along the path to entertainment.
It’s a music-filled week, so put your listening ears on and let’s get into the groove.
Bulging / Mighty Menace / Dogg / B. Sonnier (The Firehouse Community Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.) — Bulging have punk in their hearts, but what they’re doing with those hearts is textured and dynamic enough to make me want to avoid simple definitions. What I will say is, it’s a lot of fun. Riff-laden, toe-tapping, a little bit angry, a little bit raw. Also, check out the spaced-out electronica of B. Sonnier. It’s worth putting into your headspace.
Goldpark / Rude and True / Ranger (Avondale Brewing Company, 7 p.m.) — Nashville-based trio Goldpark traffic in soaring, anthemic indie pop-rock, and they’re quite good at delivering the goods, held aloft by singer Wes Hunter’s expressive output. Backing them up are a solid pair of local acts.
Taylor Hunnicutt (The Fennec, 7 p.m.) — A little bit bluesy, a little bit soulful, and a whole heck of a lot of country, Taylor Hunnicutt is a real-deal, grit-and-grace kind of singer, and her storytelling game is strong.
Art On The Rocks ft. Eric Bellinger (Birmingham Museum of Art, 8 p.m.) — Art on the Rocks is back (back again, seeing as this is a re-scheduled date). Headlining this evening of music, drinks, dance, interactive art and drag is Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Eric Bellinger. There’s plenty of fun to be had at the museum this evening, so come celebrate the return of a Birmingham institution.
Ham Bagby / Chris Ivey / Rebecca Egeland (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — Ham Bagby has the perfect name for the tongue-in-cheek funny country he makes, and he’s celebrating the release of his third album, All Filler, tonight at Saturn, along with comedian Chris Ivey and musician Rebecca Egeland. Rebecca is in Wednesday’s featured show too, as part of Rude and True, and is also playing at The Nick this week. Go get ’em, Rebecca!
Trigger Happy / Gary Nichols (The Nick, 9 p.m.) — Originally featuring Joan Osborne on vocals and Jackie Green on guitar, Trigger Happy has been through a bit of a line-up change, but they’ve still got bassist Nick Govrik and former Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman with them. Their brand of Southern rock is of the relatively harmless variety and follows the formula pretty closely, but it’s still a good time.
Rebirth Brass Band / Shaheed and DJ Supreme (Saturn, 9 p.m.) — New Orleans-based Rebirth Brass Band probably don’t need much of an introduction at this point, but if you haven’t caught their Grammy Award-winning blend of traditional NOLA brass with hip-hop, funk, jazz and soul, then you really ought to treat yourself.
Biketown Viewing Party (Cahaba Brewing Company, 5 p.m.) — Cahaba is hosting this one-off showing of the documentary film Biketown, which explores the mountain biking community and the trials they face trying to create the infrastructure they need to practice the sport. Admission is a donation to Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers.
The Marshall Tucker Band, Outlaws, and Kentucky Headhunters (Avondale Brewing Company, 5 p.m.) — The Marshall Tucker Band are headed to Avondale, and I don’t imagine there will be a lot of surprises. They’re gonna play “Can’t You See.” They’re gonna play “Fire on the Mountain.” Everyone will sing along and have a grand ‘ol time. If that sounds like your jam, then mosey on down.