One advantage to having an inter-generational music calendar team at LkldNow is that we can offer differing perspectives on local shows worth checking out. Megan the Millennial has been deeply involved with Lakeland’s alternative and indie scene. Barry the Boomer is a decades-long music fan with eclectic tastes. Here are our takes on what looks interesting this week, followed by the updated music calendar:

Barry’s Picks

In the 1970s, I saw Carole King in concert in Atlanta just a few weeks after she released “Tapestry” and before it became a phenomenon, and I saw Joni Mitchell in Jacksonville at the height of her commercial success with “Court and Spark.” Even after hearing those two artists live, I’m interested in hearing two young Lakeland artists interpret their work at LkldLive on Saturday night. Nicole Celeste will perform “Tapestry” from start to finish, and Courtney Plummer, who says she grew up listening to Joni, will play some of her favorite Mitchell songs.

Selwyn Birchwood grew up in Orlando and has a growing national reputation as a hot blues guitar slinger. His band’s national tour includes a stop Friday at Union Hall.

On Saturday, the Dixieland venue founded by Dan Signor also brings back The Black Honkeys, the funk/soul/rock outfit that packed the house at Union Hall’s grand opening.

Megan’s Picks

The Detectives are a local ska, alternative act performing at Lakeland’s Federal Bar on Friday night.

This weekend, local venues will be hosting Woodstock 50th Anniversary tribute shows including La La Land on Friday night and Leo’s Live Music & Billiards on Saturday night.

ART/ifact is presenting the Welcome to the Trap art exhibit featuring live art demonstrations, food and drink, and live music from Mr. Handsome, Space Panda, and The Drain Outs on Friday night.

Mojo’s Wings, Burgers, and Beers are putting on a Beer, Bands, Beards and Bourbon event Saturday afternoon for the Facial Hair League that will feature haircuts and beard trimmings on site, local vendor booths, food and drink specials, and live music from Justin Grimes, Sean Malone, and Blackbeard Anthem.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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