It’s the first full weekend of summer, and it’s starting to heat up (both literally and figuratively – from a musical standpoint). If you don’t have plans already, here are four concerts well worth considering attending.
1) The Deslondes at Tellus360 (Lancaster)
Lancaster is already jam-packed with lots of great music tonight (see our post on the Celebrate Lancaster activities and Scott Pemberton at the Chameleon Club), but Tellus360 has upped the ante by bringing back the incredible Americana act The Deslondes. Coming all the way from New Orleans, the five-piece act is well-versed in folk, country and R&B. They’re touring on the release of their new self-titled album, which came out earlier this month on New West Records. Get ready to dance at 9:30 p.m.
2) Sleepy LaBeef at Stage on Herr (Harrisburg)
Thomas Paulsley LaBeff (better known as “Sleepy” because of his lazy eye) has been making music ever since the ’50s, becoming one of the early progenitors of rockabilly. He turns 80 next month, but his guitar skills and voice are as strong as ever. He plays at 9 p.m. at Stage on Herr.
3) The Frankadelics at 551 West (Lancaster)
You may not know Frank DiNunzio III, but if you care about guitarists, you should. The Central PA resident now lives in New York City and is an in-demand session guitarist to play everything from blues to jazz. Music is in his blood (he’s the grandson the late Frank DiNunzio, who played with everyone from Perry Como to Jimmy Dorsey). And every once in a while, DiNunzio comes back to the region to play with his blues band – The Frankadelics – consisting of David Sheafer on five-string bass, Tom Webb on drums and J.C. Fetlock on wind instruments. It’s a show well-worth going to at 551 West.
4) Rubblebucket at Union Transfer (Philadelphia)
Finally, if you missed Rubblebucket when they played at the Chameleon Club earlier this month (or if you missed our Q&A with lead singer Kalmia Traver this month), tonight’s your chance to catch them again. They’re playing at Union Transfer with Alberta Cross and Cuddle Magic. And if you need another reason to go, here’s a video of them performing for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series earlier this year.