Today is the first of May, which in recent years has come to mean that Chattanooga is about to be inundated with an almost absurd amount of fantastic music.
Between New York-based Brazilian group Forro in the Dark kicking off the Nightfall series tomorrow night and Track 29 following up its outstanding schedule last year with another stellar May lineup, it's probably going to be tough in the coming weeks to decide where your musical loyalties lie.
Here are some solid options for the first weekend:
■ Tonight, Rhythm & Brews will host the second in its monthly "Weird Thursday" series featuring up-and-coming electronic dance music acts. This time around, it's a collective of Middle and West Tennessee synth/remix/dubstep ninjas, including Calibr8nCronic, Demi Dio G, Gill Yum and Cronic Music.
EDM is a genre you don't see much of in Chattanooga, and venue manager Mike Dougher describes this evening as a "look-see kind of thing" to judge the genre's drawing power. If you're an EDM fan and have been feeling neglected lately, don't make him regret going out on a limb. Tickets are just $5, and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.
■ Next up, Nightfall starts tomorrow. It's free, and headliner Forro in the Dark could make a statue dance. Go there. Moving on.
■ When Nightfall wraps up, head down M.L. King Boulevard to JJ's Bohemia and check out power-pop gurus The Features, a frequent visitor to Scenic City stages and one of my favorite bands out of Nashville.
Ticket prices aren't available online, and I couldn't reach venue management by phone, so let's just say $10 is a safe bet for tickets. The show will probably start at 10 p.m., but this is JJ's, so don't expect Swiss-like adherence to a timetable.
■ If EDM isn't your thing and you want something that's pretty much its polar opposite, check out English-born, Nashville-based guitarist Richard Smith Saturday night at Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse on McBrien Road.
As far fingerstyle pickers go, he's hard to beat, unless you traveled back in time to before Chet Atkins died in 2001. As a matter of fact, there's a YouTube video of an 11-year-old Smith playing with The Country Gentleman, who described him as "amazingly talented."
Smith was just here at Barking Legs in February supporting Annie Sellick as the leader of The Hot Club of Nashville. See him this time around for a suggested donation of $10, which will nab you a delicious, free, homemade cookie. Downbeat is 8 p.m.
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Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, young adults, technology and people of interest. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German. He previously worked as the features editor for Sidelines at Middle Tennessee State University. Casey received the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Award of Excellence for Reviewing/Criticism in ...