Dave Rempis and Tim Daisy
6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Farish Theatre of the Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main. Free. (859) 257-4636. WRFL.fm. Free.
Let's see if we have this straight.
On Saturday, competing for your attention, we have the conclusion of the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland; the final evening of its accompanying festival downtown at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, with The Wags and The Twiggenburys, and the football rivalry of the year between Kentucky and Tennessee at Commonwealth Stadium.
Did we miss anything? Oh, yes — it's Halloween.
Well, if you don't mind, let us fill out your dance card even further on Saturday with a WRFL-FM sponsored Outside the Spotlight jazz performance by two Chicago bandleaders, composers and improvisers who have been mainstay visitors to Lexington throughout the series' 13 year history.
Tucked away at the Farish Theatre will be a duet concert by saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tim Daisy. The two have played together for OTS shows by at least five ensembles: The Vandermark 5, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Engines, Triage and Audio One. Separately, you can factor in roughly two dozen additional OTS outings.
Saturday, though, marks a rare instance of the two playing strictly as a sax and percussion duo — a configuration introduced on the 2005 album Back to the Circle and exquisitely reinforced by the 2014 release of Second Spring on Rempis' Aerophonic label.
Sometimes the Second String duets are loose and spacious, as on Numbers Lost. In other instances, they are coarser and more urgent, as on Three Flags. There also are moments of boppish immediacy (the album-opening Impasto) and quieter, comparatively intimate conversation (Gerosten and Gesalten).
In other words, there are considerable dynamics within these improvisatory works, just as there will be when Rempis and Daisy meet for this early-evening respite from a Lexington Saturday poised to be the equivalent of a city-wide Mardi Gras.
It has become a bit of a Halloween tradition at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Avenue. Dubbed Halloweezer, the annual bonanza enlists Lexington bands to masquerade as their favorite pop heroes/rock celebs by performing an entire set of their music.
On Saturday, the Halloweezer lineup has Fuzzwood playing a set of Nirvana tunes with Palisades, and Big Fresh teaming up to honor the songs of Cheap Trick (the set is being advertised as Cheap Trick or Treat).
Needless to say, costumes are encouraged. (10 p.m., $10).
For information and tickets, call (859) 309-9499 or go to Cosmic-charlies.com.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Hughes Auditorium, Asbury University, 1 Macklem Dr., Wilmore. $10. (859) 858-3511. Asbury.edu/christhile..
Here's a fine concert offering that hasn't received much notice: a solo outing by Grammy-and International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolinist Chris Thile.
Notice that we said "solo." There will no Punch Brothers, no Nickel Creek and none of the myriad all-star collaborators (Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall) with whom he has shared the stage regionally in recent years.
What does that ,mean when the multi-genre stringman takes the stage next week at Asbury University? Well, it means at least a portion of the concert probably will be drawn from Thile's outstanding 2013 album of Bach Partitas and Sonatas arranged for solo mandolin. His unaccompanied shows last year also tossed in a few Punch Brothers tunes and cover songs by artists hailing from opposing musical plateaus — specifically, Fiona Apple and The Louvin Brothers.
Sort of summons the urge for a Tuesday trip to Wilmore, doesn't it?