What more appropriate way to celebrate Labor Day than with the hardest working man in show business (in Nashville, anyway)? Dave Cloud hosts a Muscular Dystrophy benefit Friday night at Springwater, featuring the instrumental madness of Character, the rootsy chamber pop of Lyla, and Cloud's Gospel of Power, who, as their name suggests, surely deserve a TV show following Woodmont Baptist's Sunday morning broadcast. Cloud & Co.'s heady brew of wry, offbeat humor and raucous musical assault never fails to shatter the ennui.
♦ If swampy country-blues and R&B is more your thing, Jonell Mosser and Etta Britt, two of Music City's most soulful vocalists, take the stage at 3rd & Lindsley Friday. Even better, they're joined by guitarist Dan Baird, who first rose to prominence in the Georgia Satellites before embarking on a solo career. Baird knows how to serve up the Southern rock grits, and this is sure to be a barnburner. Get there early if you want to get a seat.
♦ Saturday brings a pair of jazz festivals to town. The Music City Jazz & Heritage Festival runs through Sunday at Riverfront Park and features Chuck Loeb, Kim Waters, The Wooten Brothers (performing a tribute to Rick James), Kirk Whalum, Gerald Veasley, Sherry Winston and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.nbl4u.com/events.htm.
♦ The Franklin Jazz Festival hits The Factory at Franklin Saturday and features local stalwarts Diane Marino, Joe Silva, Trio San Rafael, Jim Williamson and more.
♦ Viktor Krauss hits The Basement Saturday night, performing music from his Nonesuch release Far From Enough. Though perhaps best known for his long stint as Lyle Lovett's bassist, Krauss has spread his musical wings in recent years, lending his supple bass work to a string of albums by Bill Frisell.
♦ Also of note Saturday: Los Fabulosos featuring Raul Malo at Mercy Lounge; The Alcohol Stunt Band at Radio Cafe; The Floating Men & Jeff Black at 12th & Porter (also playing Sunday); Imaginary Baseball League/Aireline/Glossary/David Schultz at Wall Street in Murfreesboro.
♦ Centennial Park hosts a free Labor Day celebration, noon-7 p.m. Monday at Lake Watauga (next to the Parthenon), featuring live music by James Nixon Trio, Serenatta, the Western Swingers and more, along with booths selling art, jewelry, pottery, woodwork and glass art. For more information, call 862-8400. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.
♦ Plowhaus in East Nashville hosts an opening for Ben Cabtingan Vitualla's mixed-media exhibit, "Sticks and Stones Break My Bones," 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Third Coast Clay at The Factory at Franklin hosts an art show titled "8 Girls, 1 Guy, 1 Show," 5-8 p.m. Saturday during the Franklin Jazz Festival. And Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery has recently opened "A Year in the Life of Andy Warhol: Photographs by David McCabe"; the gallery's weekend hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.