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Ricky Skaggs

Wednesday

See pg. 28 for 4.20-related events. LATIN JAZZ DANILO PÉREZ

The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. 7 and 9 p.m., $20, 21+

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Ste. 516 8 p.m., $25-$45 ($12 food or beverage minimum), all ages

It’s Jazz Appreciation Month, which means it’s time to crack open that thick, sometimes abstruse tome — The History of Jazz, Vols. 1-322 — and pick out a few choice bits to put before an audience. Vocalist Cynthia Layne will lead take this one-night-only slot at the Cabaret, joined by the Indy Jazz Fest Band. And because the History of Jazz is a multi-media work, there’ll be video projection featuring classic jazz performers.

ACOUSTIC GUITAR CANDYRAT GUITAR NIGHT

Quite the talented mandolinist and capable of surfing genres (from bluegrass to nu-grass to country pop and back), Ricky Skaggs burst onto the scene as young’un with Flatt and Scruggs, cut his teeth as a teen in Ralph Stanley’ s band and then brought a little soul back to mainstream country in the ‘80s as a solo artist, scoring with a number of singles filed under new traditional that showcased him as both a picker and singer . He does it his way at this point, recording a variety of records for his own label, including a recent mostly rock record, Mosaic, as well as gospel records, collabs with other huge names such as Bruce Hornsby and tributes to folks like Bill Monroe (a couple of those).

CandyRat Records, a Wisconsin-based label that’s home to a number of finger-style guitarists, including the quite successful Andy McKee, showcases four of its artists, the Italian-born Stefano Barone, who points to industry leader Michael Hedges and composer Steve Reich as inspirations; Ewan Dobson, a Canadian who made the unaccountable choice to wear a rising sun bandanna in his press photo; Craig D’Andrea, a winner of the Canadian Fingerstyle Championship; and the Welsh Gareth Pearson, something of a wunderkind who’s already played all the major jazz and folk festivals.

Thursday

ROOTS LUCINDA WILLIAMS

The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. 8 p.m., $32 advance (plus applicable fees), $35 door, 21+

The old story on Williams was that she spent way too much time on records, consigning herself to being a critic’s favorite because casual fans could only expect a new album every eight years or so. But she picked up her pace significantly during the ‘00s, and this March saw the release of her first new album of this decade, Blessed, just three years after her last one, Little Honey, appeared. It addresses some her same concerns — death, by illness (“Copenhagen,” about the sudden passing of her manager) or by suicide (“Seeing Black,” about singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt’s departure on Christmas Day 2009), and fractured relationships (album opener “Buttercup”). Williams writes about current events more on Blessed than in her other work, particularly on “Soldier’s Song,” a ripped-from-the-headlines piece contrasting

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Friday

JAZZ THE HISTORY OF JAZZ

In town to judge last weekend’s APA Jazz Fellowship Awards, Danilo Perez stuck around for the week to take the Wednesday slot at The Jazz Kitchen, the one typically reserved for touring musicians (who sometimes sneak in and out without too much of a peep). Perez deserves more than a peep, though; call him a Latin pianist, or Pan-American as his bio has it (and that sounds more appropriate, given his thorough grounding in this country’s postbop tradition), but just call him. His latest record, Providencia, draws substantially on the music of his native Panama, where his Fundación Danilo Pérez offers cultural and musical education to young people in the capital of Panama City.

Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St. 8 p.m., $12, 21+

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COUNTRY RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER

Warren Performing Arts Center, 9500 E. 16th St. 8 p.m., $38-$40 (warrenpac.org), all ages

ROCK THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, THE WALKMEN The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. 9 p.m., $25 (plus applicable fees), 21+ See feature, pg. 27.

Saturday

INDIE ROCK CULTURE SHOCK 2011 Dunn Meadow, Bloomington 2 p.m., free, all ages

An annual, free showcase presented by IU student radio station WIUX, Culture Shock can always be depended on for a lineup pretty well attuned to the pulse of what used to be called college radio and is now less satisfyingly called indie rock. Low-fi garage rocker Ty Segall is at the head of the lineup, followed the echo-y, surfy Beach Fossils, Philadelphia’s sometimes shoegazey The War on Drugs, and one-man, DIY dance crew Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt (Luaka Bop). With Weakness, Waxeater and Gardendale & Berkley.

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