WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 

CHUCK BRODSKY, FELIX MCTEIGUE -- Asheville-based acoustic guitarist and storyteller Chuck Brodsky ambles into town to sing and make a few wise comments about the world. Sara Hickman, Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox and others have covered his witty and observational tunes. Currently touring to support his Last of the Old Time album, Brodsky is one of the few songwriters on both the Dr. Demento and Mountain Stage radio shows. Imagine a young Bob Dylan crossed with an older, grouchier Mark Twain. Opening is Felix McTeigue, son of Maggie Roche of the Roches. Like Rufus Wainwright, McTeague was born with quirky and literate folkie genes but writes sharp, wonderfully catchy acoustic pop. Jeff & Vida also open. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

HOT AUGUST KNIGHTS, CADILLAC JONES -- An unlikely and hilarious success story, Atlanta's Hot August Knights make punk rock mincemeat out of Neil Diamond's cheesy repertoire, while also managing to attract large, eager audiences at the same time. Opening act Cadillac Jones gets the crowd's motor running with a warmup set of equally theatrical glitz 'n' glam rock. Smith's Old Bar (Nicoll)

THE HISSYFITS -- A delightful all-female punk trio offering sugary, jangly, harmony-filled pop. Not overly cute, but not scary, either, the New York-based Hissyfits manage to balance the sweetness and energy of the Go-Go's with the harsh tension and release of early Nirvana. The Earl (Smith)

DAVID SANBORN, JOE SAMPLE -- Sanborn, 55, has an instantly recognizable sax tone and more than a quarter century of R&B/dance/jazz recordings. He began in blues, though, working with Albert King and Paul Butterfield in the '60s. He's also worked with everyone from David Bowie to the Brecker Brothers. Pianist Sample, 61, by contrast, is more strictly a jazz player. He was a founding member of the early-'60s ensemble, the Jazz Crusaders, but evolved from his hard-bop origins into a more lyrical approach, particularly after launching a solo career in 1978. Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Powell)

DEBBIE DAVIES -- L.A.-born blues guitarist Debbie Davies synthesized her style chiefly from Eric Clapton, and her mentor Albert Collins. Davies backed up Collins in the late '80s, and his chilly style continues to inform hers. Davies has always lacked flash, and has always made up for it in authenticity. Blind Willie's (R. Kelly)

APACHE CAFE: Al Smith

BAYOU ROOM: Motor City Josh

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: Debbie Davies Band

BRANDYHOUSE: Field Trip with Nine Miles

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Live entertainment

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Pursuance with Lee Hogan & Dan Furman

CLUB GENO'S: The Brethern

COMEAUX'S: Sal Gentile and Rick Bell

COSMOPOLITAN: Wes Yoakam

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Kickback

DARK HORSE TAVERN: New Talent Night with Soft trap, Swerv Love, Jeniphoria

DEUX PLEX: Neo-Soul Wednesday with Funk Transcendental

D.T.'S DOWN UNDER: Nathan Sheppard

THE EARL: Hissyfits

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Bonaventure Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Chuck Brodsky, Jeff & Vida, Felix McTeigue

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

FUZZY'S: Seminole Jackson

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: New South Jazz

KARMA: Cream

KAYA: Wind Down Wednesday - live jazz, spoken word, poetry

LOCA LUNA: Latin Jam Session with Andre Rievers, Juan Bonini, David Bass

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

9 LIVES SALOON: Bitch, Fallen Cherub, Pop, Fydollaho

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Reunion - featuring dark wave, ether pop and trance

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Donnie McCormick

POPPER'S: Karaoke with Brian Green

RED LIGHT CAFE: Open mic

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Hot August Knights, Cadillac Jones

STAR BAR-L5P: Rock*A*Teens, Har Mar Superstar; Vinyl Lounge with J-Stroke, Gnosis, Dr. Fu Man Ju, Rasheed

THAD AND JOES: Trivia ($60 first place)

VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher

VIOLETTE RESTAURANT: Jus Jazz featuring Dave Wallis, Eddie Taylor, Dan Coy, Shack Lewis, Rita Graham

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Derrick St. Holmes

Contributors to this week's Menu are Charles Bethea, Tray Butler, Hal Horowitz, James Kelly, Regan Kelly, Omar Khalid, Gregory Nicoll, Rosemary Noelzine, Bryan Powell, Justin Robertson, Hobart Rowland, Roni Sarig, Lee Smith, Randy Trammell, Tony Ware.

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