Dailey & Vincent
8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, Danville. $18, $26, $35. (859) 236-4692. Nortoncenter.com.
Dailey & Vincent, the bluegrass express fronted by guitarist Jamie Dailey and bassist Darrin Vincent, just keeps rolling.
The duo has released four celebrated albums in a little more than two years. The newest is 2010's country-savvy Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, which earned Dailey & Vincent its first Grammy nomination after a handful of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Of course, Dailey and Vincent were at home with Kentucky audiences long before they formed a band. Dailey was a prominent member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for more than a decade, and Vincent (brother of, and producer for, bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent) spent just as long performing as a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder.
Veterans of sold-out concerts the past two Decembers at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Dailey & Vincent move over to Danville on Friday night to play the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College.
The Big Beat
1 p.m. Nov. 6 at Oleika Temple, 326 Southland Dr. $5, $10. (859) 276-1827. Drumcenteroflexington.com.
Consider the almighty drum: the bringer of the beat, the great musical timekeeper, the driving force behind every sound from the most swing-savvy jazz grooves to the most volatile rock 'n' roll.
But when it comes to the spotlight, the drummer and his drums usually have to make do with the occasional solo, and an exhibition that routinely succumbs to indulgence and technical prowess is favored over a distinctive rhythm.
This weekend offers a different way for the drums to take charge. In an annual event called The Big Beat, drummers from all over the country — including as many as 100 from Lexington — will lock in to a single, unified groove. And it's all for charity.
Last year, The Big Beat enlisted the participation of more than 1,650 drummers nationwide, raising more than $54,000. This year, Lexington gets in on the fun. The Drum Center of Lexington on Southland Drive has joined the event and, as of early this week, had signed up more than 60 local drummers; a store representative said that number should increase significantly by Sunday.
The meat of the event is at 5:45 p.m., when groups of drummers signed up by drum stores in 16 cities will be linked by a single conductor in Seattle via an online video connection to play a collective groove.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which donates new and refurbished musical instruments to needy students, schools and community music programs. Although The Big Beat is a nationwide event, all of the proceeds raised locally will be distributed locally.
But what about those of us who aren't drummers and can't keep a beat? Not to worry. The Big Beat's Lexington activities, which will be at the Oleika Temple (Southland Drive neighbors of the Drum Center of Lexington), have been designed as a spectator-friendly, afternoon-long event that will feature live music from The Tall Boys, Intersecting Horizons and Beatus.
Want to participate? Bring your drums and a $10 admission, but sign up first at the Drum Center of Lexington's Web site, Drumcenteroflexington.com. Want to watch? A $5 admission gets you in. The festivities should last until about 6.
A Brother at 'WoodSongs'
Scan the list of the three guitar greats to be featured at Monday's taping of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street, and you will come across the name of Jack Pearson.
Although he has performed alongside the likes of Delbert McClinton and Vince Gill, the guitarist is probably best known as a member of The Allman Brothers Band during the '90s, a time when the landmark Southern rock band's lineup was in flux. No studio recordings were issued during Pearson's tenure with the band, but he was featured prominently during its final tours with co-founding guitarist Dickey Betts.
Pearson will appear along with fingerstyle/harp guitarist Muriel Anderson and acclaimed multi-stylistic guitarist Vicki Genfan. (6:45 p.m. $10. For reservations, call (859) 252-8888. Woodsongs.com.)
Beirut and moe.
What will be the best night for live music in the week ahead? Try Wednesday.
That evening at the Kentucky Theatre, you will find indie-rock sensation Beirut. Boasting freshly orchestrated songs accented by trumpet and antique keyboards on its new album The Rip Tide, Beirut favors a sound that often recalls the less-frenzied music of Arcade Fire. That's not surprising, given that Beirut brass man (and Lexington native) Kelly Pratt toured with Arcade Fire after the release of Neon Bible. (8 p.m.; $27.50. (859) 231-7924. Cosmic-charlies.com.)
Then at Buster's, we have the return of moe., a jam-band favorite that has played local clubs and theaters for much of its 21-year history. Coming of age in a jam-band world that saw the demise of the Grateful Dead and the ascension of Phish, moe. has incorporated numerous styles into its sound, from groove-based improvisation to prog-ish guitar interplay. Its newest album is the 2010 anthology Smash Hits, Volume 1. (7:30 p.m. $18 in advance, $20 day of show. (859) 368-8871. Bustersbb.com.)
In this weekend's Living Sunday section, we will speak with Beirut founder and chieftain Zach Condon and with longstanding moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey.