Give Into the Groove
8 p.m. April 27 at Buster's Billiards & Backroom. 899 Manchester St. $5. Bustersbb.com.
Few annual benefits have maintained the level of local visibility, accessibility and outreach as Los Angeles/Lexington song stylist Ellee Ven's Give Into the Groove.
For the past five years, the event has brought together rock, electronica and assorted multimedia artists as a way to spotlight the work of numerous local charities and support groups.
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The event's structure will remain the same as it heads to Buster's on Friday night. Instead of charging a massive ticket price that benefits one specific cause, it will use a minimal cover charge as an invitation for patrons to connect with numerous local organizations. The idea is for them to then contribute directly to those causes.
Performing with Ven will be Prodeje, No Excuse, The Swells, Ellie Herring and the March Madness Marching Band. Among the participating organizations sending representatives to the event will be the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Chrysalis House; Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; Local First Lexington; Susan G. Komen for the Cure Lexington; Moveable Feast; Bluegrass Conservancy; Lexington Humane Society; and 500 Faces, 500 Paintings, 500 Hours.
For more information on the history and work of Give Into the Groove, go to Giveintothegroove.com.
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Count this as one of the busiest concert weekends of the spring. Besides Give Into the Groove, Friday night's show by country-rocker Eric Church at Rupp Arena (see Page 4) and Sunday's performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leon Russell at Buster's (see Page 13), we have these treats in store during the next three evenings:
■ You know things are crazy busy when it takes this long to mention that Aretha Franklin is heading our way. The Queen of Soul, now in her sixth decade of music-making and showing no signs of slowing down, will perform Saturday at the EKU Center for the Arts, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond. (8 p.m. $85-$110. (859) 622-7469. Ekucenter.com.)
■ Hit with the blues this weekend? Do you want to be? Then be on hand at the Grand Theatre, 308 St. Clair Street in Frankfort, on Friday night for the return of The Deana Bogart Band. A versed keyboardist, saxophonist and singer, Bogart plays a brand of the blues that includes elements of soul, boogie woogie piano and jazz. (7:30 p.m. $15-$25. (502) 352-7469. Grandtheatrefrankfort.org.)
■ At Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, we have a very inviting double bill Sunday featuring David Berkeley, a modern folk stylist who has been compared to Nick Drake, Wilco, Ryan Adams and even Donovan, and Garrison Starr, the fine songsmith who has shared local bills with the likes of Steve Earle during the past decade. (8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 day of show. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.)
■ Finally, we have the road trip pick of the weekend: your last chance to witness the reunited original lineup of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The banjo-led fusion ensemble ends its current tour Sunday at the Brown Theatre, 315 West Broadway, Louisville. The band will then go into what its Web site refers to as "hibernation." Even though we haven't had the Flecktones on Lexington soil for some time, this will be a fitting tour finale: The band played its first-ever concert in Louisville in 1989. (8 p.m. $25-$38. 1-800-775-7777. Kentuckycenter.org.)