OK, we've all had a breather after the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the merry flood of music that came with it. Now it's time to get back in the swing.
The fall has a chorus or two left in it and will be sounding loudly throughout November. Next weekend is the killer, with Branford Marsalis, Mindy Smith and the Dresden Dolls all heading our way. But the rhythms start accelerating this weekend and the week ahead. Here is what we can expect:
■ My recommended road trip of the weekend is for fans of the defunct Knoxville band The V-Roys, a unit that served many a fine show at Lynagh's Music Club during the late '90s.
Two of its cornerstone members will team for a bill Friday night at Southgate House, 24 East Third Street, Newport. Scott Miller, a frequent regional visitor — although he has been absent from Lexington for some time — performs with his band The Commonwealth and probably will preview a few treats from a new holiday EP disc, Christmas Gift. It offers recent Miller originals and adaptations along with somewhat seasonally themed favorites by Neil Young (Star of Bethlehem) and John Prine (Christmas in Prison).
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Fellow V-Roy alum Mic Harrison and his fine band High Score share the bill with songs from a strong new recording of Americana-laced rock 'n' roll titled Great Commotion. Look for tunes including the album-closing Jellico, which comes across like The Band in a country-soul mood, to sound especially sharp onstage. (9 p.m. $15. (859) 431-2201. Southgatehouse.com.)
■ Just a reminder that Lexington-turned-Chicago-turned-New York jazz violinist Zach Brock's homecoming concert with his new trio, The Magic Number, is Saturday at Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade.
I spoke to Brock (see Sunday's Life + Arts section) about how the trio came to life and the independent financing he used to record and release his new album, also titled The Magic Number. What we didn't have ample room for, though, was telling you much about the music itself. The album, with six originals and two covers, offers a consistently arresting repertoire. It shifts from the rockish melodic sweep of Summer Dance to a ballet of acoustic bass and pizzicato violin plucks that lead into the light, lyrical sway of Brooklyn Ballad. These are but a few highlights of an indie album that, in terms of instrumentation and instinct, is richly intuitive and mature. The Magic Number is an authoritative view of where jazz violin has been and the path it seems almost destined to follow.
Brock will bring the music of The Magic Number to life Saturday with bassist Matt Wigton and drummer Frederick Kennedy. (9 p.m. $15. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.)
■ Also heading back to the region Wednesday are two folk and pop favorites. Folk veteran David Wilcox returns to Natasha's to promote his 17th and newest album, Reverie.
It's a curiously designed record. The songs were recorded in front of an audience, but it features no applause or any other telltale signs of a traditional live recording (8 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 at the door. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.)
■ Also Wednesday, we have the first area concert in ages by Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan, who will perform works from her lushly emotive new album, Laws of Illusion, at the Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati. There will be ample time for older epics from her 22-year recording career as well. The concert will be split into two sets and will not include an opening act. (7:30 p.m. $65.84, $74.44. Ticketmaster, 1-800745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.)