Night & Day

May 14 - 20, 1998

may 19
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).

may 20
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.

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