John Jorgenson Quintet
7 p.m. July 5 at The Dame, 367 East Main St. $15.(859) 231-7263. www.dameky.com.
Near as we can tell, the last time John Jorgenson played in Lexington was 1993. He was on a big stage with an even bigger star at the time — in Rupp Arena as co-guitarist for Elton John.
Before that, you would have to go back to late-'80s shows around town as one-third of the triumvirate that fronted the vintage country music troupe known as The Desert Rose Band (Herb Pederson and onetime Byrd/Flying Burrito Brother Chris Hillman were the other co-pilots).
On Sunday, we get Jorgenson playing music that has little to do with the big-league pop and country that previously brought him to Lexington. The quintet that bears his name specializes in the gypsy jazz pioneered nearly 70 years ago by guitar giant Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Well, at least that's the starting point for the music of the John Jorgenson Quintet. During a rapturous outdoor performance at last summer's WorldFest in Louisville, Jorgenson's music also incorporated elements of Eastern European jazz and classical music, Nordic and Latin inspirations (especially Argentine) and even contemporary jazz fusion. The late-'70s music of guitarist Al DiMeola was recalled more that once during the speedier passages of Jorgenson's acoustic playing.
Conversely, Jorgenson also devotes at least one tune each evening to traditional New Orleans music by doubling on vocals and clarinet. At the Louisville performance, it was Dr. Jazz.
Curious? Then track down a copy of Jorgenson's recent album Ultraspontane, the title tune of which was served up as a generous gypsy jazz dance suite at the end of the Louisville show.
On Sunday, as the holiday weekend comes to a close, Jorgenson shows off his band and his hearty gypsy jazz heart at The Dame.
Indie Independence Day
Few businesses throw open their doors for live music during summer holidays quite the way that our pals at CD Central do. For the Fourth, the festivities head downtown to Phoenix Park for the store's annual Independent Music on Independence Day celebration.
This year, the predominantly local lineup includes the electronic soundscapes of Casino Versus Japan (10:30 a.m.), pop stylist Matt Duncan (noon) and pop-rock fave Chico Fellini (1 p.m.). The music takes a break at 2 p.m. for the parade, then resumes with Nashville jam band Moon Taxi (3:15 p.m.). Independent Music on Independence Day concludes with the neo-minimalist sound sculptures of Lexington's Tiny Fights (4:30 p.m.).
WRFL-88.1 FM and The Morris Book Shop are co-sponsors of the event. For more information, call (859) 233-3472. www.cdcentralmusic.com.
The Jenny and Erika show
It probably would take quite a show to make you hit the road to Louisville on a Monday night. Well, we have one for you. How about Jenny Lewis with Heartless Bastards?
Rilo Kiley singer Lewis is still touring behind last year's wonderful pop- Americana solo album Acid Tongue. Heartless Bastards, still led by Cincinnati-turned- Austin songsmith Erika Wennerstrom, serves up nicely brutish roots-inspired trio rock on one of the year's strongest albums, The Mountain.
Both team for a Monday performance at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road in Louisville. (8 p.m., $18). Call (502) 584-8088. www.headlinerslouisville.com.