If you haven't been to this city, you haven't seen The City.
This isn't an established touring rock band or a bunch of skinny kids hoping to become a touring rock band. The City formed in 2008 as an alliance of established business professionals who wanted to play some funky, jazzy rock 'n' roll and raise money for local charities — but not quit their day jobs.
Their ranks include guitarist Gene Woods, the chief executive of St. Joseph Health System; keyboardist Tom Martis, editor of Business Lexington; and attorneys Chris Goode on trumpet and Mike Meuser on trombone.
The lineup recently expanded to include vocalist Jessie Rose Pennington, who has some big-time band experience in her blood: Her father is Exile's J.P. Pennington. Joining The City on Monday night at Courthouse Plaza will be Lexington guitarist Tee Dee Young.
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The band recently recorded a self-titled album, which just goes to show you that even if they aren't budding rock stars, that doesn't mean band members aren't serious.
Like most of its gigs, The City's album has beneficiaries, with proceeds going to Lexington Area Music Alliance, the Lyric Theatre program fund and the Simple Dreams Anti-Substance Abuse Foundation.
If you're visiting, you might want to get the CD as a keepsake. Because even if you like the band a lot, The City probably will not be coming to a city near you.