Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber
7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Kentucky Coffeetree Café, 235 W. Broadway in Frankfort. (502) 875-3009. Kentuckycoffeetree.com.
Great opportunities seldom repeat themselves. But this weekend offers a second chance to hear two exemplary instrumentalists in one of the region's most inviting and intimate performance settings.
Local audiences might know Bert Lams as one-third of the acclaimed California Guitar Trio. A classically trained, Belgium-born player, he long ago mastered the fine art of genre-jumping. He showcased his classical prowess with a superlative solo album of Bach Preludes (Nascent), but Lams has stylistically leap-frogged with the CGT from classical to surf to accomplished original compositions to prog-rock covers.
Tom Griesgraber is versed on the versatile electric gizmo known as the Chapman stick, an instrument that creates everything from bass-like tones to orchestral ambience through taps on its strings. In a coincidental twist, Griesgraber's first Lexington performance was a show-opening set for a 2004 CGT concert at The Dame.
The duo's 2010 show at the Kentucky Coffeetree Café offered a wonderful evening of musical thrill-seeking in a prime and appealing listening environment. Expect no less when Lams and Griesgraber perform there again Sunday.
Still on the Skid
To the list of '80s and '90s arena-rock outfits that have performed this summer at Buster's Billiards and Backroom, 899 Manchester St., add the name of New Jersey metal-tinged thud merchants Skid Row.
The band ruled MTV and pop charts decades ago with the hits 18 and Life, Youth Gone Wild and Monkey Business. Star frontman Sebastian Bach has long been gone from Skid Row, though. Singer Johnny Solinger has handled vocal chores since 1999. Guitarists Dave "The Snake" Sabo and Scotti Hill remain from the old days, as does founding bassist Rachel Bolan. Drummer Rob Hammersmith joined in 2010. Skid Row's most recent album is 2006's Revolutions Per Minute.
Skid Row will play Buster's on Saturday. (9 p.m. $20, $25. (859) 368-8871. Bustersbb.com.)
A quick reminder: The classic horn-driven soul ensemble Tower of Power (of What Is Hip? and You're Still a Young Man fame) will play Buster's on Thursday with mainstay members Emilio Castillo, Doc Kupka, Rocco Presita and David Garibaldi still on board. An added bonus: TOP trumpet alumnus Lee Thornburg has rejoined for the band's current tour. (8:30 p.m. $28.50, $30.)