7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center New Barn in Renfro Valley. $30, $40, $45. 1-800-765-7464. Renfrovalley.com.
From the time he opened an early '90s show in Louisville for Kentucky country star Dwight Yoakam through several headlining concerts later in the decade at Rupp Arena, Clint Black has been a regional performance favorite.
Recent years have taken the singer in different directions: to acting roles for films and television. Likewise, his stature as a chart-topping artist has receded to make room for a new generation of country stars who lean far more in pop and rock directions than the traditional preferences that made Black a top award winner with the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music at the dawn of the '90s.
But Black's appeal with Central Kentucky audiences remains solid. Friday night, he returns to Renfro Valley Entertainment Center to share such traditionally flavored, Texas-accented country hits at Killin' Time and A Better Man.
Black's performance kicks off a very full weekend of concert activity at Renfro Valley. Fellow '90s country-rock sensation Travis Tritt performs there Saturday. Tritt's performance is sold out, but tickets remain for Friday's "Black-out."
The Musical Box meets The Musical Box
Tribute bands have become, collectively, one of the most popular contemporary music trends of the past decade. Sure, the movement began with the standard hotel lounge Elvis Presley impersonator and assorted touring Beatles tributes. But look how it has spread in recent years.
Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead and numerous defunct classic rock figureheads all have various bands hitting the road to re-create their music. Such is the fate when a band's music outlives the band that made it. But the trend doesn't stop there. Even established acts that haven't disbanded — The Rolling Stones and Rush, for instance — are represented by tribute bands that tour far more frequently than the artists they are saluting.
This brings us to England's The Musical Box, a band that for years has re-created the music of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. The band's performances have won many fans over the years, including several ex-Genesis members. Among them are Gabriel, Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett.
On Tuesday, The Musical Box visits The Brown Theatre, 315 West Broadway, Louisville, to offer a very specific Genesis tribute. (8 p.m. $35, $42.50. 1-800-775-7777. Kentuckycenter.org.) It will play Genesis' 1974 double-album prog-rock opus The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in its entirety. The performances will be dressed with the types of elaborate costuming and film projections Genesis employed when it toured in 1975. Coincidentally, Gabriel left Genesis at that tour's conclusion.
■ While not exactly a tribute band, Knoxville's King Super and the Excellents will be in town Monday for a Halloween performance of the 1979 Pink Floyd epic, The Wall, at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Avenue. (10 p.m. $5. (859) 309-9499. Cosmic-charlies.com) Don't expect the garish puppets and bricks Pink Floyd carted around the few times it toured the piece in 1980. No matter. The music alone should suit the Halloween mood.
■ The road trip recommendation of the weekend: a drive to Louisville on Saturday to hear two Bluegrass pros, multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien and guitarist Bryan Sutton, team up to explore sounds, songs and styles that extend to every corner of string band tradition and beyond. They will perform at the intimate Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. (8 p.m. $21, $23. Cliftoncenter.tix.com.)