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This is gonna be Euge

Euge Groove

7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom, 430 W. Vine St. $45. (859) 255-2653.

The stage was set in August at Equus Run Vineyards. On a midsummer Saturday night, saxophonist Euge Groove was ready to kick off the latest installment in the African American Forum's series of smooth jazz concerts.

Then, three songs into the show, the generator powering everything electric onstage — including the music — went kaput.

This weekend, Lexington gets its Groove back. The saxophonist born Steven Eugene Grove will perform a rescheduled show in Lexington Center's Bluegrass Ballroom. It will be his first Lexington concert as a headliner.

Ironically, the saxophonist performed just across the hall from the ballroom at Rupp Arena nine autumns ago as a member of Tina Turner's band. Opening that night was Joe Cocker, with whom Grove had toured several years earlier.

Although the August date fizzled for Groove, the rest of the summer sure didn't. He toured amphitheaters as part of a smooth-jazz triumvirate called Guitars and Saxes with Jeff Golub and Jeff Lorber. He also completed sessions for his sixth album, Sunday Morning, which hit stores four weeks ago. The recording is a mesh of sleek instrumentals (Say My Name, Babylon, and the Tom Scott-ish All For You) and contemporary R&B (Yes).

Tickets bought for the August concert will be honored at Saturday's show, although patrons were asked to RSVP to the African American Forum by Oct. 5 if they were planning to attend. Otherwise, general admission seats still remain for the performance.

Holiday homecomings

■ Home for the Thanksgiving holidays will be Mark Heidinger, better known to the indie-folk world as Vandaveer.

Well, as U2 says, it's a sort of homecoming. We know Heidinger from his years as a Lexingtonian, pounding away in clubs with The Apparitions. But Heidinger has made the Washington, D.C., area his home in the past few years. That's where he fashioned his Vandaveer alter ego and a pair of meditative acoustic albums — meaning they're plenty melodic and poetic but aren't afraid of getting a little trippy at times. The second and newest record is Grace & Speed. Heidinger recently shot a video in Paris (France, not Kentucky — although that would have been cool, too) for one of Grace & Speed's more jovial spins, A Mighty Leviathan of Old.

Heidinger performs as Vandaveer on Friday night at Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade. Los Angeles acoustic pop stylist Joe Firstman, the former leader of the house band on Last Call with Carson Daly, will open. (8:30 p.m. $7. Call (859) 259-2754.)

■ Over at the Red Mile Round Barn on Saturday, Lexington/Louisville cellist Ben Sollee and Elizabethtown/Cold Spring guitarist and songsmith Daniel Martin Moore will team for a concert to benefit the North Limestone art space known as Institute 193.

Although both are established solo artists, the duo of Sollee and Moore began making some quiet noise around town last year at a concert at The Dame headlined by Sollee. They also performed together in Seattle as recently as last week. But the big music will come in February, when a joint album titled Dear Companion hits stores on the epic indie label Sub Pop.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Round Barn. The music begins at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, go to

Go blues

The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour will host one of today's more audacious contemporary blues artists, Corey Harris, at its taping Monday at the Kentucky Theatre.

At the heart of recent albums, including Zion Crossroads and the new, blues mingles generously with reggae to form the newest chapters in a panoramic sound that has previously employed influences from Mali, the Caribbean and even Appalachia. Monday's program also will feature Grammy-winning Ashley Cleveland, whose new album, God Don't Never Change, mixes blues, spiritual and folk inspirations. (6:45 p.m. $10. Call (859) 252-8888.