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July 18, 2005 // UPDATED 1:56 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Redneck rock-out

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.

Homegrown

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 lalena@bitstream.net.