Texas in July at The Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), 6:30 p.m. May 9
You had a terrible week at work. Boss was on an extended power trip, and you nearly came to blows with multiple coworkers. Need to thrash off some steam? Two words: Pennsylvania metalcore. The Keystone State’s teenage quintet headline a five-band evening (with Structures, Myka, Relocate and Elitist) that will melt away your weekday worries with sweltering helpings of Fender chords – and dropkick you into the weekend with steel-toed vocal bombast. It’s an all-ages show.
Willie May in Central Park Grill (2519 Main St.), 7 p.m. May 9
Whether on stage at the deceased Lafayette Tap Room or inside Attica state prison, Willie May knows how to churn out his brand of blues. On May 9, he’ll bring the guitar skills that have joined such names as Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks to Central Park Grill’s back stage. And, now that the weather’s improved, patrons can enjoy Southern Tier pints with May’s reverberations outdoors on CPG’s revamped side patio.
Journeys in PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.), 8 p.m. May 10
Looking to get your Swiss jazz fix in Allentown? Zurich’s multifaceted six-piece are making their first trip to the Nickel City, and they’ve brought trunks full of traveled grooves with them. Selections off albums “Different Places” and “New Destinations” – and with support from Pausa regulars Gruvology – should make for a funky night on Wadsworth.
www.pausaarthouse.com. Artist info at journeys.ch.
Psychedelic Sunday in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.), noon May 11
Captain Beefheart and Vanilla Fudge are not just really sweet nicknames to assign high school friends. They’re also two bands whose work possibly could show up throughout Duke’s DJ-directed bacchanal of late-’60s classics and underplayed gems. If you go, request Beefheart’s bananas “Electricity” before buying a $3 Genny Cream for your friend, Frank “Vanilla Fudge” Majkowski.
– Michael Farrell