It doesn’t get much more Louisiana than Tab Benoit, who returns to Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar (230 E. Main St.; 582-9945) May 17. Read more on this Baton Rouge journeyman at www.tabbenoit.com.
Although City Block has announced it’s closing, shows that have been booked are still, er, on the books. Flyleaf visits Sunday. Hear more at myspace.com/flyleaf.
Speaking of blues, The Flying Saucers have just released a new record, Blue Bluer Bluest. Buy it at cdbaby.com/cd/flyingsaucers, or brick and mortar-style at ear X-tacy and Electric Ladyland (2325 Bardstown Road; 458-4259).
They appear at the Fifth Annual Jeffersontown Crusade Blues Fest from 6-8 p.m. May 15 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall (3501 College Drive; 267-9982; foe.com). Trackage at myspace.com/theflyingsaucersband.
If only they had summer camps like this when I was a kid: The weeklong nature camp “Discover Music, Discover Nature, Discover Maple Mount” is geared toward kids ages 10-12, offers classes in folk music and recording, Native American arts and culture and herbs. The camp, which runs from June 8-13, is $100 for the first 50 kids who register, and that includes lodging and meals. Musical guests include Heath Eric, Carla Gover and Randy Lanham. Register online at www.discovermaplemount.org, or call Kathy McCarty at (270) 229-0200; e-mail [email protected]
Punk metal practitioners Wurmkraut celebrate the release of their new EP Saturday at Skull Alley (1017 E. Broadway). Stonecutters, A Cold Sleep and Sowing Discord round out the bill. Showtime is 7 p.m. $6. All ages welcome.
Singer-songwriter nights continue Wednesday as Evan Combs, Joanie Musselman and Jeff Grimm rock The Red Room at Flanagan’s Ale House (934 Baxter Ave.; 585-3700). The free show starts at 7 p.m.
Carly & Craig
Singer Carly Johnson and guitarist extraordinaire Craig Wagner are bringing the jazzy to Asiatique (1767 Bardstown Road; 451-2749; www.asiatiquerestaurant.com) every Friday from 5-7 p.m.
Johnny Spanish, a Louisville expat, has gone to New York in search of a living in hip-hop. We talk to him via phone. Listen at Bluegrass Catastrophe, bluecat.leoweekly.com.