Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday) through Saturday (March 3-5)
Don't miss Cuba's beloved "Gentleman of Son," Adalberto Alvarez (formerly of the influential Son 14), with his cookin' 16-piece orchestra when he kicks off his highly-anticipated three-night stand at Lula Lounge. It'll be smokin'!
Steve Earle, Allison Moorer
Palais Royale (1601 Lakeshore West), Friday (March 4)
Reeling from the shock of his first Grammy win, Steve Earle will still need to bring his A-game to the Palais Royale to avoid an upstage by his hot opener, Allison Moorer. Believe that.
Herbie Hancock w/ Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Friday (March 4)
Fireworks might be too much to hope for when Herbie Hancock gets together with Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove, but you can count on a little more excitement than your typical smooth jazz blather from these three masters of group improvisation.
Zoobombs, Gentleman Reg, Femme Generation, Shikasta
Comfort Zone (480 Spadina), Saturday (March 5)
Tokyo titans the Zoobombs end their three-night reign of jamming terror at CMW with a climactic blitz on the Comfort Zone. Stand back! See feature, page 45.
Keren Ann, A Girl Called Eddy
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Sunday (March 6)
Parisian chanteuse Keren Ann may be getting loads of hype, but don't be surprised if everyone leaves talking about the amazing opener, A Girl Called Eddy. See cover story, page 50.
Bob Wills's 100th Birthday Barn Dance w/ Bebop Cowboys, Tom Wilson, Danny Marks and others
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Sunday (March 6)
Join the Bebop Cowboys, Col. Tom Parker, Alex Pangman, Dan Kershaw, Oh Susanna and other Toronto roots music stars in saluting the music of western swing king Bob Wills on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A real humdinger! See feature, page 48.