What better way to toast the passage of time with a band that looks to the past as provocatively and as entertainingly as Old Crow Medicine Show? Old Crows raucous take on old-time music captures the spirit of the wilder Depression-era string bands rather than the buttoned-down bluegrass that grew out of it. Leaders Ketch Secor and Willie Watson update the sound with songs about pretty hustlers, meth freaks and the fleeting qualities of modern love. Theyre joined by veteran Chuck Mead, longtime co-leader of BR549, who earlier this year released a fine contemporary country album, Journeymans Wager. In the coming year, Mead will commute to Manhattan as musical director of the Broadway-bound Million Dollar Quartet, a theatrical take on the famed impromptu jam session between Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2009