Fischer's Fab Five

After spending some time on the road with his sister, Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Mayfield, a first-rate picker, writer, producer and performer, is back out on his own, under his assumed moniker The David Mayfield Parade.

The parade route includes a Friday, April 5, stop at The Basement. Paper Planes and Tom Evanchuck open.

Tickets are $12. Visit


The return of The Mavericks is much more welcome than a western movie redux that might bear the name.

In the early '90s, the Miami-based quintet helped define alt-country, blending retro sounds borrowed from Buck Owens to Roy Orbison with influences as broad as R&B and punk. The band's smart, new In Time has it back on record and on the road, with a planned stop Saturday, April 6, at the Newport Music Hall. Seth Walker opens.

Tickets are $27/$30. Visit


There's something sweet about husband-wife musical combos.

And it's easy to suggest that the something sweet for Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis is Ms. Willis. Beautiful, affable and blessed with a signature voice, Willis, if you recall, was on the cusp of being a major player in the country resurgence of the early '90s, eventually taking a break to focus on raising a family.

But don't be fooled by Robison's 6-foot-7-inch frame and classic, outsized, Texas demeanor. Guy can coax sweet sounds from a guitar, and knows a pretty fair melody when he writes one, too, like he's done for artists such as George Strait, the Dixie Chicks and Tim McGraw.

The duo's Cheater's Game has spent recent weeks atop the Americana radio charts, so it's a great time to catch them live, like, say, Sunday, April 7, at the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom. Tickets are $25. Visit



Need more singer-songwriter stuff? Winsome and bold Texan Carrie Elkin joins with Sam Baker for a show Friday, April 5, at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. Baker's life includes a tale worthy of song, as he was on a train in Peru when it was bombed by terrorists, leaving him deaf and with a damaged hand and leg, not to mention brain damage affecting speech and memory.

Tickets are $20/$23. Visit


Tristan Prettyman can be, not inappropriately, described as a female Jack Johnson or Howie Day, making economical yet luxurious, smart yet accessible music for grown-ups.

That said, she wears the oft-bitter years between her 2008 record and the brand-new Cedar and Gold with both weariness and wisdom -- as she dealt with vocal-cord surgery and the ending of an engagement.

Check her out Tuesday, April 9, at The Basement. Anya Marina opens. Tickets are $15. Visit


Noise-metal prodigies Iceage inspire discomfiture at least, tension and anxiety at the band's height. The quartet from Copenhagen, Denmark, pushes the post-rock boundaries again with New Brigade.

Iceage is on tour and will play Ace of Cups Thursday, April 11. Unholy Two, Nervosas and Messrs open. Visit

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