Listen up, class. Our topic this week is American rock roots.


Our first stop is Hillcrest Coffee. Jon Corneal, who some call the first country rock drummer from his days playing alongside Gram Parsons, will be joined Saturday night by Ronny Elliott. Elliot’s a troubadour whose insightful, sardonic songs  (Hear a “Fresh Air” review of his masterful “Poisonville”) include a persuasive argument that rock ‘n roll was born in 1947, the same year he was. You may have heard him explore rocks roots on WMNF-88.5 FM on Friday afternoons.

Some in the class may prefer to head north Saturday night to the Music Ranch, where Damon Fowler opens for Berry Oakley Jr. and Duane Betts, both sons of founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, a group that fused musical styles to originate and perfect Southern rock.

Class members who want to hear some more contemporary rock can check Masons Live, which features a “Women in Rock” review of seven bands from 2 to 11 Saturday. See more listings after the jump.

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