Kicking it off at 6 p.m. is Ms. Caitlin Rose, fresh from a U.K. tour promoting her stellar new long-player The Stand-In, which dropped this week (peep Jewly Hight’s conversation with Rose about said album). If you’ll be stuck at work, don’t fret — tix are still available for Rose’s Saturday night show at Mercy Lounge with Andrew Combs and Steelism. The latter lauded instrumentalists pose a triple threat as the backing group for both singers.
You’ll want to stick around for the 7 o’clock set, as well: Andrew Bird will drop in, on his way to play a sold-out set in Cumberland Caverns’ Volcano Room on Friday, which will be taped for a future Bluegrass Underground program on PBS. Bird’s latest, Hands of Glory, is an intriguing collection of live-to-one-mic recordings made in Bird’s barn with the help of Louisville producer-engineer Kevin Ratterman, who’s worked with groups as diverse as Maserati, Wax Fang (for whom he also served as drummer), and local funnyman Chris Crofton (whose Thelema! was tracked by Ratterman). See what The Spin had to say when Bird paid a visit to the Ryman last March.
Both sets are all-ages, and are freebies! If you haven’t been to G2 yet, stroll in early to cruise around the new digs. In addition to housing all of Grimey’s used stock, the expansion includes Jessica Kimbrough and Gwil Owen’s Howlin’ Books, and a second location of 12South’s Frothy Monkey coffee shop.