Black Stone Cherry
This band embodies everything it means to be Southern rockers. They never forget their roots and love their fans. Their hit songs “White Trash Millionaire” and “Blame it on the Boom Boom” are proof of that. They have been around since 2001 but have the feel of a modern Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Black Stone Cherry is currently on tour for the new album, “Family Tree,” which released last year. Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown will join the band and might even make an appearance on stage. Thomas Wynn and the Believers will open the night. 7:30 p.m. May 3, The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $20.
▪ The Tams: The Tams are a classic beach music group that ruled in 1960s and 1970s. Their biggest song, “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” hit number 26 in the charts in its day. There are two separate groups from the original lineup that continue to perform and record today. The group performing for the Lexington Live series is the one lead by Charles Pope who is the brother of co-founder Joseph Pope. 6:30 p.m. May 2, Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, Free.
▪ Derby Day Block Party: Tin Roof is hosting a free party all day with live music outside for the Kentucky Derby. DJ Flake will hit the stage at noon. Then, Swim in the Wild, Big Thunder & The Rumblefish, and The Regulars will all perform in that order. The band 76 & Sunny will finish out the night at 9:30 p.m. Dirty Honey also has a show at The Senate at 9 p.m. for $5. There will be stick horse races for prizes throughout the day, and you can wear your best derby clothes for a free shot. Noon, May 4, Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St. Ages 21 and over. Free.
▪ Murder by Death: This indie band from Indiana has been around since 2000 and has not slowed down. Their name comes from the 1976 film with the same title. Lead singer Adam Turla has a classic deep voice which complements the hint of folk that comes out of their music. They are currently on tour for their eighth album, “The Other Shore,” which released last summer. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers will open for the band. 7:30 p.m. May 7, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia. Ages 18 and older. $25.
*Pro-tip: There are several events around Columbia with music for Cinco de Mayo, and many are free.