OK, the first thing that anyone's going to notice about Split Lip Rayfield (SLR) is that the bass player plays a home-made bass built out of a big metal gas tank. The second thing people are going to notice about SLR (and talk about long after the novelty of the gas-tank bass has faded away) is that the mandolin, banjo, guitar and home-made gas-take bass ensemble of SLR just kicks ass musically, and would easily have been able to sit in with Jim & Jesse or Earl Scruggs back in the day.
Their new album of fast-picking bluegrass songs, "Should Have Seen It Coming" (Bloodshot Records), are all about drinking cheap beer, hitting on your cousin, being a middle-class kid wanting to be redneck in a trailer park, Gillian Welch and doing drugs. It's pretty hilarious.
Th & F July 21 & 22, 9:30 p.m.
Lee's Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood
$10. 338-9491, leesliquorlounge.com.
All this week - or at least most of it - Peavey Plaza will be having its annual Sommerfest series of free outdoor concerts. Each night will feature a different local band - this year, the tendency is definitely towards jazz types of acts.
In order of appearance will be the jazz/swing band Clearwater Hot Club, the Parisota Hot Club, European caf music Caf Accordion Orchestra (be sure to pick up a copy of their latest collection of French-influenced instrumentals, "Le Disque Francais"), Latin jazz ensemble Salsa del Sol and the New Orleans jazz-inspired Southside Aces.
Tu-Su July 19-July 24; Tu, F, Sa, 5:30 p.m.;
Th, 10 a.m., Su, 5 p.m.
Peavey Plaza, 11th Ave. & Nicollet Mall
Free. 338-3807, downtownmpls.com.
Holly Day can be reached at email@example.com.