• If you think you might get stuck shopping at, say, Mole’s or Everybody’s on Record Store Day and you don’t think you’ll make The Seedy Seeds in-store show, you have another chance to catch them for free Thursday. The band, along with expert Pop crew The Newbees, play this week’s edition of the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Tunes & Blooms” series, which presents two local acts each Thursday in April.
Bands play 6-8:30 p.m. and admission to the park is free after 5 p.m. (It is $7 to park in a Zoo lot.) On April 22, Gypsy Jazz crew The Faux Frenchmen and Cincy Pop legends psychodots are slated to appear. The series closes out April 29 with the superb Roots stylings of The Turkeys and Jake Speed and the Freddies. (www.cincinnatizoo.org)
• A fundraising concert for the Play It Forward organization (which assists musicians with dire financial/medical issues) takes place Saturday at the Madison Theater in Covington. Play it Forward founder/figurehead (and retired Cincinnati radio legend) Gary Burbank will perform along with The Sonny Moorman Group, Twelve-Eight and Columbus’ Long Tall Deb and the Drifter Kings. The show is being dubbed “It Came From Memphis” in honor of the performers’ Memphis connections — Burbank is a Memphis native, while the three other artists participated in the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis this past January. Showtime is 8 p.m. and admission is $8. Keep an eye out for news on more Play It Forward shows throughout the year. The next one is a Country-flavored affair at Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Ky., April 25, featuring performances by the Danny Frazier Band, the Dallas Moore Band, Scotty Anderson and many others. (www.pifcincy.org)
• Humble “supergroup” Kry Kids (“humble” as in they wouldn’t call themselves that, but we will) play a free show Saturday at Northside’s Mayday. The Electro-fused Indie/Post Punk group — which features current and/or former members of bands like Chalk, The Woos, Dark Maven, Culture Queer and a few dozen others — is currently working on an EP they hope to unveil this summer. Saturday’s show also includes a set from Hearts of Palm, between-set DJing by dj who cares (aka Kry Kid Jeremy Lezniak) and, according to the band, a possible “phantasmagorical light show by the mysterious and mustachioed Dave Garza (from Tokyo Rose Records)” to accompany the Kids’ performance. (www.myspace.com/krykids)
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