The Reverend Horton Heat
9 p.m. Sept. 3 at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Ave. $10. (859) 309-9499. Cosmic-charlies.com.
Looks like Labor Day weekend is saving its biggest party favor for Monday. That's when the psychobilly kingpin Jim Heath, better known to fans as The Reverend Horton Heat, returns to town.
Heath has been infusing rockabilly tradition with punkish gusto for more than a quarter-century. The milestone is marked by a new three-disc recording titled 25 to Life. It boasts CD and DVD chronicles of a 2010 concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco along with a 23-song anthology covering 22 of those riotous 25 years.
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The live recordings are a true blast, offering white-hot psychobilly brawl versions of I'm Mad and 400 Bucks, which date back to Heath's first two albums with the Sub Pop label from the early '90s; twisted variations of roots music tradition like Please Don't Take the Baby to the Liquor Store, from his most recent studio album, 2009's Laughin' and Cryin' With the Reverend Horton Heat; and oddities like the renegade country gut-buster Where the Hell Did You Go With My Toothbrush?, from 1999's Holy Roller.
Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival: Hunter Hayes, Casey James, The Lauren Mink Band
5:30 p.m Sept. 2 at Lykins Park, Winchester. $7. 1-800-298-9105, (859) 744-0556. Danielboonepioneerfestival.com.
Traditionally, one of the summer's final hurrahs for major label country music has been Winchester's Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival. The event runs through Sunday, but it is with the finale country concerts at Lykins Park — shows, that in previous years have presented acts like Sugarland just before their arena-level stardom hit — that the festival truly ignites.
Topping the Sunday bill this year will be Hunter Hayes, a Louisiana singer and multiinstrumentalist whose 2011 self-titled album scored two major radio hits, Wanted and Storm Warning. Hayes' Winchester appearance will preface an extensive fall and winter tour as opening act for Carrie Underwood that includes a Sept. 22 date at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville.
Also performing will be Texas-born Casey James, a top three finalist from the ninth season of American Idol. Winchester's own Lauren Mink, who also appeared on Idol, will open the evening.
For a full schedule of festival events, go to Danielboonepioneerfestival.com.
Labor Day Central
They kicked off the season with a Memorial Day cookout and pumped up the downtown Fourth of July celebrations with the annual Independent Music on Independence Day fest. Now, CD Central, 377 South Limestone, will close out the season Monday with the CD Central Labor Day Party.
The store will be open for business, but its back parking lot will play host to free local music performances by the Asylum Gypsies Surf Band (noon), Ellie Herring (1 p.m.) and Nativity Singers (2 p.m.).
For more info, call (859) 233-3472 or go to CDcentralmusic.com.
Get ready for a different kind of tribute concert. On Tuesday, students and faculty members from the University of Kentucky School of Music will celebrate the 100th birthday of composer and sound stylist John Cage — and, perhaps not intentionally, the 20th anniversary of his death. From his compositions for prepared piano that were often adapted by dance companies to avant-garde experimentation to his so-called "chance controlled music" inspired by Eastern philosophical studies, Cage was regarded as one of the most innovative, if not outright revolutionary, figures in 20th-century musical composition.
But what makes the UK Cage tribute so different is the design. It will be in a cabaret-style setting at Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, with participants playing percussion, electronics, toy pianos and more onstage and within the audience. (9 p.m. $10. Reservations: (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.)