Saturday’s show at Vernon Club (1575 Story Ave., 584-8460) is headquarters for Kentuckiana Blues Society, which turns 22 this year. Jimi V. and Screamin’ John Hawkins, The Stray Cat Blues Band and Shaun Murphy Band are all scheduled to perform. Show details are at www.vernonclub.com. Showtime is 6 p.m., cost is $5.
As last year’s three-song exhibition Aerial Roots confirmed, C.J. Boyd can bend the strings of a bass to form unnatural, otherworldly soundscapes. He performs Thursday, Nov. 11, at Monkey Wrench (1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433) on the heels of Alternate Roots. That live album was recorded in Boone, N.C., where Boyd tried to play Aerial start to finish but ended up someplace else. Listen at cjboyd.bandcamp.com. Showtime is 9 p.m. R. Keenan Lawler and Joe Dutkiewicz join.
Uke songwriter Julia Nunes, who opens for Ben Kweller Friday, Nov. 12, at Zanzabar, likes to cover N’Sync and John Legend, “Build Me Up Buttercup” to “It’s Raining Men,” but her own jams are just as worthy. She’s got an original set out now called I Think You Know. Listen at www.junumusic.com. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $15.
K. Tranza, which features former Instant Camera guitarist Matt Langley, appears on Aqua Buddha Drunkard, the new compilation released digitally this month by boutique music publicity firm Crash Avenue. Find it at www.crash-avenue.com.
Earlier this year, Local Villains (www.localvillains.com) released its CD The Long Ride. The band joins us in the offices to talk about the album’s long and winding path to fruition. Listen at Bluegrass Catastrophe, bluecat.leoweekly.com.