Yes, there's what we technically classify as a "shit-ton" of great shows going on this weekend — from Lee Ranaldo, Fool's Gold, the East Nashville Underground Fest and Everydayfest to Umbrella Tree, Ttotals and Mayhem doing Controversy. And we ran it all down for you in our weekend round-up. But if you survive until Sunday, there's a strong gathering going on at Drifters in Five Points that ought to pique the interest of vintage bike aficionados and rock 'n' roll fans alike.
In addition to some bitchin' pre-1984 motorcycles, the Ton Up soiree will also feature performances from the following: stuck-in-the-'60s, laid-back and groove-oriented psychedelic Cream faves Ranch Ghost; punk rocker Cy Barkley's grungy, less-Sex Pistols, more-Dino Jr. rock outfit King Karl; eardrum-bursting, slacker ethos-embracing, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-on-a-bath-salts-binge, hard-boozin' rock 'n' roll outfit The Ultras S/C (nee The Black Faces); record-spinnin' Sparkle City contributor DJ David Bermudez; and the only act I'm entirely unfamiliar with, the damn-near-impossible-to-Google Double Barrel. The bands in question — at least, the ones I'm familiar with — are pretty much the sonic equivalent to a faceful of exhaust fumes and a rough-knuckled sock to the kisser from your brawny biker step-dad. Just about right.
There's a Facebook event page, if that's what you're into. Happy weekending, and play it safe out there.