Noname delivered one of 2018’s best albums in the fluid, saucy and intoxicating Room 25, and the Chicago rapper and her crew are out to back that up with her second night at Royale on Friday. The same night, Berklee-reared funk machine Lettuce — whose members have played with John Scofield, Lady Gaga and Kanye West — gets into the groove at House of Blues in the wake of the group’s Miles Davis homage Witches Stew. And folk troubadour Steve Earle, who just headed a tribute album to onetime mentor Guy Clark, plays the first night of a City Winery residency that sporadically continues through the winter.
But Friday’s most special show is Not Another Wasted Night, a benefit for Gang Green frontman Chris Doherty, who’s rehabilitating from a stroke. The lineup includes the Dogmatics, the FU’s, the Lemonheads’ Evan Dando, Slapshot, SSD’s Springa, the Outlets, Unnatural Axe, White Dynomite, Tree and the Skate to Hell Band, which includes former members of Gang Green. That local ’80s hardcore institution’s best known for its telltale song “Alcohol” and a roughshod cover of ’Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry.” Here’s a link to a Gofundme donation page as well.
Saturday brings singer/songwriter Marc Cohn (best known for his hit “Walking in Memphis”) to City Winery for the first of two nights. On Saturday, Once Ballroom sports a local bill with glammy Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, flamboyant garage-rockers the Gala, Maine’s all-female pop-rockers Tiger Bomb, and Detroit-reared instigator Smitt E. Smitty (ex-Figures on a Beach), whose band features members from the Bentmen, Orbit, Uzi and Cul de Sac. And the same night, 40 local musicians (from groups including STL GLD, Party Bois and the Sheila Divine) randomly shuffle into five bands that each perform three originals and a cover to benefit music education nonprofit Zumix in One Night Band at the Sinclair. And Sunday rounds out the weekend with New Orleans’s funky, spirited blues-jammers the Revivalists at House of Blues.