Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

July 12, 2013 

Bakari Lebby of sandcastles.

COURTESY OF BAKARI LEBBY

11 p.m. Friday: “Off the Top of My Head” at Trustus Theatre. The cabaret show, produced by Trustus company member Kevin Bush, is the latest production of the theater’s Last Call series. Bush, who will sing pop, rock, R&B and musical theater tunes, will be accompanied by Andy Bell. Featured guests include Terrance Henderson, Vicky Saye Henderson, Jason Stokes and Eddie Bush, Bush’s brother. The theater is at 520 Lady St. $15; www.trustus.org


Take Your Time (Do It Right)Just Be Good to MeB.U.D.D.Y.Buddy.


7:30 p.m. Sunday: Pacific Dub at New Brookland Tavern. Pacific Dub plays grooving reggae for fans who might say goodbye to each other with phrases such as, “Stay lifted.” With Matt Irie and The Executives. $10 in advance, $13 at the door


6 p.m. Tuesday: Summer Sets at Township Auditorium. The second season debut of Summer Sets, a jazz-centric series held in the venue’s spacious atrium, featured a band led by saxophonist Chris Andrews. More than 250 people were in attendance, we were told. The Robert Gardiner Quartet plays the second installment. Gardiner, a saxophonist who is more than accommodating to his sidemen, will be joined by guitarist Jim Mings, bassist Phil Jones and drummer Jeff Elmore. The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $5; www.thetownship.org


6 p.m. Tuesday: Stereofly’s Summer Picnic Party at Conundrum Music Hall. At the picnic party, sandcastles, the solo project of Bakari Lebby, will release its debut album “tantrums.” Lebby, known as B-Money, one half of the satirical rap group Sweet Vans, has toned down the outrageousness by several degrees. And he’s singing. What is still evident is Lebby’s welcomed cynicism, wit and rationalism. With What Cheer? Brigade, a 19-piece marching band from Rhode Island; Yip Deceiver, a dance project featuring of Montreal members Davey Pierce and Nicolas Dobbratz; and Ponderosa, and Atlanta-based rock band. As for the picnic, Joe Turkaly will cook barbecue and The Wurst Wagen will serve German sausages. Bring a blanket or chair so you can sit outside like it’s a cookout in your backyard.


7 p.m. Wednesday: Mindless Behavior at Township Auditorium. Mindless Behavior is an R&B quartet that, along with One Direction, is trying to revive the boy band brand. The group — Ray Ray, Princeton, Prodigy and Roc Royal – best known for songs “My Girl” and “Mrs. Right” continues to build a following on its way to, perhaps, being as big as New Kids on the Block or Backstreet Boys, two former boy bands that continue to have success as grown men. With OMG Girlz and Coco Jones. The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $39.50-$49.50; www.thetownship.org


8 p.m. Thursday: B.B. King at Township Auditorium. Rock and blues, B.B. King is still rockin’ the blues. At 87, the guitar and blues legend is still touring. Simply amazing. The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $49-$119

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