Wheels of Soul Tour featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II
6:30 p.m. June 26, PNC Pavilion, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati. $44.50, $74.50. Call (513) 232-6220, Riverbend.org.
Given how Lexington already has a prominent country music marathon and the sold-out return of master songsmith John Prine on the weekend books, it would take one mighty concert booking to suggest you actually leave the Bluegrass Friday night. But the PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati makes a strong case for doing just that.
The smaller of Riverbend Music Center's two outdoor venues, plays host to jam band scholars of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the brassy new generation soul of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and the guitar-centric music of Doyle Bramhall II.
Tedeschi Trucks Band is a rock-and-soul orchestra that usually boasts 10 members and takes its cue from 1970s-style revue acts like Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and Joe Cocker's famed 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishman Tour. The latter was so influential that TTB has a Mad Dogs concert tribute planned for mid-September in Virginia that will include two star veterans from that seminal tour: Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge.
TTB's own music, however, is an amalgamation of Southern fried rock, soul and blues with Trucks' Duane Allman-inspired guitar work and Tedeschi's robust R&B singing leading the charge. But the band operates in very orchestral terms with a wildly textured ensemble sound that pares down into numerous and equally intriguing sub groups.
The musical might of TTB should not for an instant take away from the potent old-school soul of Jones and the Dap Kings. Their extraordinary recordings for the Daptone label, the newest of which is 2014's Give the People What They Want, conjures reflections of the Memphis and Muscle Shoals informed recordings created just under the commercial radar during the late 1960s.
Guitarist Bramhall has long been one of rock's most prominent hired guns. Aside from his own albums, he has backed everything from the historic blues-rock of Eric Clapton to the more prog-ish adventures of Roger Waters.
What may prove to be the most enticing aspect of this tour, though, is the likelihood these three acts will combine forces during Friday night's mammoth show.
10 p.m. June 27 at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Ave. $10, $12. Cosmiccharlies.com.
The Illinois troupe Local H has been a local favorite pretty much since its late '80s inception through a series of club dates emphasizing a potent, punkish, yet modestly poppish sound.
Guitarist and vocalist Scott Lucas remains the only member still on board from a founding roster that has seen numerous personnel changes.
Local H returns to Cosmic Charlie's Friday night to show off a fan-funded recording called Hey, Killer that is barely two months old.
The record — the duo's first full studio effort with Harding — is a fun, brash and ultra low-fi delight fortified by garage-rock spunk, crunchy guitar mayhem and plenty of irreverent themes that manifest in tunes like John the Baptist Blues and Age Group Champion.
Two very different string music summits complete the regional weekend concert offerings.
Saturday brings an all-acoustic bill featuring Punch Brothers and the husband-and-wife banjo duo of Bela Fleck and Abgail Washburn to the Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th Street in Cincinnati (8 p.m.; $32.50-$52.50). Go to Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.
Then on Sunday, the strings plug in for the electric-guitar saturated blues-rock teaming of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang at the Kentucky Center for the Arts' Whitney Hall, 502 West Main Street in Louisville (7 p.m., $35-$55). For tickets, go to Kentuckycenter.org or call (800) 775-7777.