In 1994, at the tender age of 60, Don Walser retired from the Texas National Guard to pursue, at last, his lifelong dream of country singing. His style is as old-fashioned as it gets: He twangs and yodels like he's at a country dance in the 1940s. Against all probability, the results, as demonstrated on his Watermelon CD Down at the Sky-Vue Drive-In, are marvelous--a gutsy country neoclassicism that shows up most of the stuff that now passes for country on the radio for the thinly disguised pop pablum that it is. Walser performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5. 265-4842.
It's just the way some of us would most like to see Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: without Michael Flatley. The Flatmeister's 19-year-old understudy John Carey stars in this tour of the colossally popular folk-dance show. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19; and the same time Wednesday, May 20, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. The run continues through Saturday, May 30. Tickets, if any remain, range from $40 to $65. 965-3434 (Gammage), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Even though the country rockers of The Marshall Tucker Band have more than a half-dozen gold records to their credit and have been covered by the likes of Waylon Jennings, it's just possible that their greatest claim to fame is Butt-head's hypothesis that Beavis was sired by one of their roadies (the movie Beavis and Butt-head Do America, however, seemed to suggest that both lads were the fruit of Mstley CrYe-roadie loins). Anyway, the Tuckers--who take their collective name from the owner of a rehearsal hall where they used to jam--take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Red River Music Hall, Mill and Washington in Tempe. Tickets are $18 and $22.50. 829-6779 (Red River), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Portland, Oregon-based bluesmen Curtis Salgado and Terry Robb, touring behind their Lucky CD Hit It and Quit It, perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Singer-harmonica player Salgado, who has worked with Roomful of Blues and Robert Cray Band, is reputed to have been John Belushi's inspiration for The Blues Brothers act, and Robb, a guitarist, has both produced and played the albums of John Fahey. 265-4842.