In mid-1980s Murfreesboro, you had limited choices of weekend entertainment: go to a beer bust, try to steal somebody's girlfriend, cruise Jackson Heights in your pickup, or hit the music clubs (all four of 'em). The last was more my speed. My favorite group was Shamalam, and I was bummed when the band broke up. Hell, nobody else would let me on stage to sing "White Lightning."
Well, buck up, Shamalam fans. For one night only, 9 p.m. Friday at East Nashville's Radio Cafe, Shamalam frontman Richard DuBois and bassist Collin Wade Monk (yes, host of the Scene's podcast) will appear on the same bill for the first time in at least a decade. To make it even more of a reunion, DuBois' punky group the Forget-Me-Nots boasts drummer Jason Brooks, who played many a date at the late 'Boro club Jabb's with his group At the Dumpster back in the day. Ernie Gray rounds out the 'Nots' lineup, which promises to "connect the dots between Paul Westerberg and Eddie Cochran."
Show up and holler extra loud for "Jukin'" and "Northfield Boulevard," and maybe your still small voice will be heard. Hitchcock Circus follows at 11:15.