by Jac Kern
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Having a case of the Mondays is usually a bad thing/really annoying phrase, but not when there's actually fun stuff happening! Forget what your calendar says; tonight is full of weekend-worthy events.Experimental Electro-Pop musician Zola Jesus performs tonight at the Contemporary Arts Center. This one-woman noise machine is known for commanding a room, despite her tiny stature. The unique architectural aspects of the venue should be a perfect match to Jesus' (real name: Nika Roza Danilova) individual sound and performance style. Doors open at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show, with Talk Normal as the opening act. $10 for CAC members, $15 for everyone else at the door. Read Leyla Shokoohe's interview with Jesus here.Afterwards, stop by Milton's Prospect Hill Tavern for their Monday night vinyl club. Record-collectors and music lovers alike can bring their favorite albums to play, or have resident DJs J.Zang, DJ Mowgli and DJ Dirty C play them for you. Go here for more information, including a list of popular music genres and guidelines. Enjoy a wide variety of vinyl tunes alongside a couple beers. It's only 4 days 'til Friday, right?There's also a fair amount of live music tonight. Bluegrass-"citybilly" hybrid Oakhust plays Stanley's Pub at 9 p.m.; Sparrow Bellows continues its residency at MOTR Pub, playing at 10 p.m.; Monday = Mad Frog for many as Tropicoso presents its weekly Salsa night at the Clifton Heights club. For more news about live shows and concerts, CD releases and daily music history notes, follow our music blog.Saving your partying for tomorrow (Mardi Gras)? Stay home and tune into PBS for the first half of a two-part series on former president Bill Clinton. Check out more television tidbits here.
by Mike Breen
Bluegrass hybrid brings its 'citybilly' swagger to Stanley's Pub
Coming into Stanley's Pub tonight, straight out of the Bluegrass hybridization capital of the world (Denver), is dynamic five-piece Oakhurst, fresh off a tour jaunt with fellow hard-touring Progressive Bluegrass ensemble Greensky Bluegrass. Oakhurst is no "Newgrass" newbie, fine tuning its genre collage of Americana, trad Bluegrass, AltCountry, Rock, Funk, Jazz and "Citybilly swagger" at clubs and tests across the country for an increasingly fervent fan base. The "Rocky Mountain Guerilla Grass" group (so diverse they've been nominated in five different categories in their hometown music awards program) is out now supporting its three-song EP, Barrel, a preview of Oakhurst's forthcoming full-length due this spring. Click here to download the EP for free, then head to Stanley's tonight for the group's 9 p.m. show. Admission is $5. Here's the EP's title track for a teaser taste: