Music: Blackberry Smoke 

Sat., Aug. 16

When they're not out on tour with ZZ Top, performing on a Rock Boat cruise, or maybe even lending their cars and backs of heads for CL Summer Guide cover photos, the men of BLACKBERRY SMOKE sometimes find the time to come back and rock their hometown. And that's their plan for Sat., AUG. 16, at the Star Bar. The band bills itself as "too country for rock, too rock for country." The banjo that trickles into songs such as "Son of the Bourbon" from its latest CD, New Honky Tonk Bootlegs, indeed helps blur the lines between the two genres in the same way as Lynyrd Skynyrd – Blackberry Smoke's anthemic "Freedom Song" evokes the classic "Freebird." Memphis kindred spirits Jocephus & the George Jonestown Massacre, who add a dose of speed metal to the proceedings, open the show. $10. 9 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. www.starbar.net.

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