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Walter Tunis: After Thanksgiving, local and regional acts ready to entertain

Matt Duncan, who contributed to the 10 in 20 project, plays Cosmic Charlie's on Saturday.
Matt Duncan, who contributed to the 10 in 20 project, plays Cosmic Charlie's on Saturday.

By Friday, Thanksgiving will have come and gone. The thanks will have been given, the feast consumed. Now it's time to get out of the house and enjoy some fine locally and regionally grown music. Here are a few of the plentiful holiday weekend sounds at hand:

■ One of Lexington's finest pop stylists, Matt Duncan, performs at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Avenue, on Saturday. A veteran of the fine 2010 EP Beacon, Duncan is also featured with a slice of brass-accented pop called All Sails on the new 10 in 20 compilation of local artists. You may view the tune's construction at Shangri-la studios on a video posted at the project's website, Or better yet, watch it unfurl live on Saturday. Street Gnar and Fanged Robot will open. (10 p.m, $5. (859) 309-9499.

■ Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has the Kentucky folk bases covered this weekend. On Friday, Appalachian folk stylist, groove merchant and activist Mitch Barrett holds court, with daughter Zoey Barrett as show opener. (9 p.m. $8. (859) 259-2754. On Saturday, Tall, Dark and Handsome, the long-running spinoff of Reel World String Band, performs with help from bassist Ricky Baldwin and mandolinist George Neel. (8 p.m. $8.)

■ I would love to tell you Neil Young is playing in town this weekend. Instead, let's shoot for the next best thing. On Saturday, a full roster of local and regional acts heads to Willie's Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, to perform, hootenanny-style, their favorite of Young's songs. The music will be all Neil all night, but the artists will be Central Kentucky faves Ancient Warfare, Killer Meteor, The Swells, The Blueberries, The Kentucky Hoss Cats and The Other Brothers. (9 p.m. $10. (859) 281-1116.

Jazztet release show

Even more than its stellar instrumental drive, what has remained most striking about the jazz sounds of Lexington's Osland/Dailey Jazztet has been its compositions.

Unlike the more traditionally structured large-ensemble swing that has long been a specialty of saxophonist/flutist Miles Osland, the jazztet is a pared-down quartet boasting a concise, contemporary sound, often reminiscent of bands like Yellowjackets, built around the compositions of pianist/keyboardist Raleigh Dailey.

The group's new album, The Mendoza Line, offers 13 Dailey tunes that shift from Beulah Road, a bright shuffle with a modest gospel feel that places piano and alto sax at the forefront of its sunny mix, to The Linden Walk, a tune with an obvious local reference and a playful melodic bounce, to Jules Verne, on which the warm lyricism is enforced by flute and Rhodes-style keyboards.

Osland, Dailey, bassist Danny Cecil and new drummer Paul Deatherage celebrate the release of The Mendoza Line with a performance Tuesday at Natasha's. (9 p.m. $8.)

Black Friday blues

In all likelihood, the last thing you need this weekend is another endorsement of that black hole of holiday commerce known as Black Friday. But hear us out.

Black Friday also has been utilized in the past few years as a sort as autumn ally of Record Store Day, the spring celebration of limited-edition recordings sold only through independent record stores. It's all part of an effort to boost awareness of the neighborhood record shop, a cornerstone of regional music communities that has become an endangered species in the digital age.

Locally, CD Central and Pops Retail will be participating in Record Store Day's Black Friday offshoot. For sale during the event will be limited-edition vinyl releases from My Morning Jacket, Lucero, John Mayer, The Grateful Dead, Skrillex and more. The complete list is available at

In true Black Friday fashion, Pops will be opening early. Instead of the usual 11 a.m., the store says on its website that it plans to open at 10:57:17.