Blue Man Group
8 p.m. Nov. 22-23 at Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College, Danville. $45-$75. (877) 448-7469. Nortoncenter.com.
Of the many curiosities surrounding Blue Man Group, one trait trumps them all: that three performers, all donning greasepaint and latex to simulate a hapless alien profile, utter not a word during the show that nonetheless creates a merry onstage racket.
Calling Blue Man Group a music ensemble paints only part of its performance picture. Granted, the trio has collaborated on percussion-heavy dance-pop tunes with Dave Matthews, Gavin Rossdale, and during a Rupp Arena performance a few years back, Traci Bonham.
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But the three Blue Men revel in a sense of discovery in their shows, whether it's with drums that send generous doses of paint into the air or sounds emitted on tube instruments of their own design.
Still, keep in mind the group's recommendation on its Web site about its current touring production, which visits the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville on Monday and Tuesday. With all the paint and confetti flying, it's best not to dress too formally for their shows, especially if you're seated near the stage: "We do strongly suggest that you do not wear clothing that you consider nice or valuable. ... Jeans and sneakers are ideal."
■ If you caught Sharon Jones' wildfire soul show last month at Buster's Billiards & Backroom, then you probably were warmed up by the nine-member Los Angeles funk and groove brigade known as Orgone.
After introducing itself to club audiences in 2002 with a cover of the 1971 Afro-pop hit Funky Nassau, Orgone has grown to incorporate elements of psychedelia with Time Tonight, which also highlights the soul singing of Fanny Franklin, and the brassy '70s groove of Watch It.
Orgone returns, with Lexington's The City as opener, for a performance Saturday at the Lyric Theatre, 300 East Third Street. (8 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 day of show. (859) 225-0370. Lexarts.tix.com.)
■ A little more than 10 years ago, he was a performance regular at college bars in the Athens, Ga., area. Since then, Corey Smith has become something of a grass-roots warrior with viral popularity on the Internet for his collegiate-friendly folk-pop songs. Smith was selling out The Dame and even the Singletary Center for the Arts before many pop patrons even knew who he was.
On Saturday, Smith heads to Buster's, 899 Manchester Street, to showcase his new album, Keeping Up With the Joneses. Ingram Hill and Kenny Owens will open. (9 p.m. $18 advance, $25 day of show. (859) 368-8871. Bustersbb.com.)
■ What do The Reel World String Band, Carla Gover, Randy Wilson, Kentucky Wild Horse and storyteller Octavia Sexton have in common other than a mutual love of Appalachian culture?
They all bailed from playing under a banner promoting "clean coal" on an Alliance Coal-sponsored stage at the recent Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
On Saturday, those performers, and famed Kentucky writer and essayist Wendell Berry, band together as Artists for a Sustainable Future, for a concert at the University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall. (8 p.m. $12, $5 students. (859) 257-8427.)
■ Her name is Robinella Bailey. But the East Tennessee song stylist simply goes by Robinella.
She was introduced to bluegrass audiences outside her Knoxville home base through several daring string band recordings for the Columbia label. But Robinella is equally adept at covering jazz and traditional pop in a way that often recalls such classicists as Billie Holiday.
The singer was last seen in Central Kentucky augmenting a fine dobro/piano duo assembled by Blue Highway's Rob Ickes for a WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour show.
On Saturday, however, she gets the stage to herself for a performance at Kentucky Coffeetree Café, 235 West Broadway, Frankfort. (8 p.m. $12. (502) 875-3009. Kentuckycoffeetree.com.)