The Greg Figgs Band/The Dave McWhorter Trio
2 p.m. April 25 at Natasha's Bistro. 112 Esplanade. $10, $15. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.
Keefe Jackson Quintet
8 p.m. April 28 at the Farish Theatre of the Lexington Public Library. Free. (859) 257-4636.
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The first show is an anniversary celebration honoring one of the longest running jazz organizations in Lexington. The second marks the seasonal resurgence of a concert series that has brought a sterling level of improvisational artists to our doorstep for more than 12 years. Despite their mutual visibility, both projects are benefiting this spring from the promotion of some youthful supporters.
On Saturday, the Jazz Arts Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary with an afternoon concert at Natasha's featuring a performance by the Lexington/Louisville-based Greg Figgs Band and a jam session led by Jazz Arts Foundation founder and president Dave McWhorter and his trio.
The performance is being produced and promoted by students enrolled in the University of Kentucky's Music Industry Management program overseen by Jazz Arts Foundation board member John Clark.
Tuesday finds the long-running Outside the Spotlight Series of underground jazz and improvisational music performances in the midst of a hearty spring renaissance. On tap will be the second of six concerts the series will stage through mid-June.
The performance features a new quintet led by saxophonist/clarinetist Keefe Jackson, an alumnus of OTS concerts over the past decade by the Chicago Luzern Exchange, Fast Citizens and the Festival Quartet, among others. The band he brings to the Lexington Public Library's Farish Theatre will include another OTS frequent flyer, saxophonist Dave Rempis. The latter will return to Lexington as soon as May 15 for a series performance of his own.
Both OTS concerts continue a production and promotion alliance that began two years ago with WRFL-FM, UK's student operated radio station. The spring run of OTS/RFL concerts will also include visits by guitarist and former Lexingtonian Ross Hammond (May 18 at the Morris Book Shop), the 12 member, all-European Large Unit led by drummer and OTS mainstay Paal Nilssen-Love (June 17 at Moondance Amphitheater) and Party Knucklers featuring cellist and OTS returnee Fred Lonberg-Holm (June 20 at a venue to be announced).
Time to take a road trip
Several recommended road trip concerts commence next week with a rare regional visit by David Lindley. Perhaps best known for his extended alliance with Jackson Browne, the guitarist and multi-instrumentalist has recorded extensively with such West Coast celebs as Warren Zevon, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Linda Ronstadt, as well as his own El Rayo X band.
But Lindley's solo work has led him to collaborations with such off-the-radar innovators as guitarist Henry Kaiser and string music styles (and instruments) from around the globe. Lindley performs April 28 at the Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St. in Newport. (8 p.m., $20). Call (859) 431-2201 or go to Southgatehouse.com.
Ryan Adams hasn't played Lexington since his fabled mid '90s shows with the then-little known Whiskeytown at Lynagh's Music Club. But he has made Louisville a regular stop as a solo artist. There his concert history includes several Americana-rich outings with his former band The Cardinals (no wonder he felt so at home in Louisville) and a solo acoustic show performed in conjunction with his fine 2011 recording Ashes & Fire.
On April 30, he returns with a new band to highlight the grungier sound of his 2014 self-titled album. Jenny Lewis, whose 2014 release The Voyager was produced in part by Adams, will share the bill at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd. (7:30 p.m., $47.50). For tickets, call (502) 368-5865 or go to Iroquoisamphitheater.com.