Weekend music picks: The Jayhawks, Zongo Junction & more

The movement that can be nebulously described as “think local” is running strong in Central PA. Wherever you turn, there’s local produce, local craft beer, local art – and that’s a good thing. This weekend, take it a bridge farther and enjoy your music live and local – whether it’s local bands, or just local venues.

1.) The Jayhawks, September 11 (The Chameleon Club)

Alt rock veterans The Jayhawks have been bringing the heat since the 80s. They’ve retained a country-infused sound throughout their tenure on the scene that blazed the trails for bands like Daughtry to follow after. Since their 2008 return from hiatus, they’ve blasted back with a fuller sound and a reissue of most of their discography. They’re jamming at the Chameleon Club this evening. Want to enjoy the fruits of this bands’ forty years of love and labor? Tickets are $28 & the show starts at 7 p.m.

2.) Zongo Junction, September 11 (Tellus360)

This ain’t your grandpa’s electric boogaloo. This band has been putting the power into dance floors since they got their start in the Brooklyn music scene. Currently at a whopping eleven men strong, they bring jams proportionate to their size. You can usually find them touring music festivals, but tonight, they hit the floor at Tellus360 at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover.

3.) Garrahan’s Ghost at Celtic Craic Music Fest, September 12 (Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub)

There’s a whole host of bands you should really make a point of seeing at Blarney’s this Saturday – Ogham Stones, Across the Pond, and The Kilmaine Saints – but these folks are worth a highlight because of their home-grown angst-driven rock infused with Irish sound. They pull from modern woes and songs about the band members’ immigrant ancestors (from whence, coincidentally, they draw their name). Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (Bring your unruly gnomes, if you have them, from age 12 and under to get cultured; they get in for free.) The music runs from 2-10 p.m., so stick around to hear the rest of the bands. You won’t regret it.

And one more…

“The Dicks from Texas” documentary screening, September 12 (Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center)

Okay, so this isn’t technically live music, but if you’re reading this article it’s probably pertinent to your interests anyway. “The Dicks from Texas” is a very punk documentary about the hyperpolitical uber-rad band Dicks (yes, of “Dicks Hate the Police” fame). It’s also, weirdly and wonderfully, a kind of biopic, as it examines their home base, Austin, TX, when it was still the equivalent of the Wild West of the hard music scene. This is a must-see. The screening starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $5.

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