Weekender: Feb. 26-27

•Juggernaut Jug Band

Saturday, Feb. 26

Mulligan’s Pub and Grill

1801 Newburg Road • 632-2818


Free; 8 p.m.

The Juggernaut Jug Band has been a Louisville mainstay for more than 40 years now; sadly, longtime guitar player and vocalist Steve “Mr. Fish” Drury died in November 2009, a turn of events that very well could have been the end of the line for the Juggernauts. But Roscoe Goose and bandmates Nick O’Time, Smiley Habanero and Skip Tracer have spearheaded a new all-acoustic JJB show, which will be fully unveiled Saturday at Mulligan’s Pub and Grill (formerly Kaelin’s). “We had to pull together as a group,” Goose says. “It’s a cooperative effort now. We also realized that we never rehearse with a PA, so why shouldn’t we develop this unplugged version of the band?” He says the Juggernauts also are working on an album of original Louisville jug tunes. All of this just goes to show you can’t keep a good jug band down. —Kevin Gibson

•Taste of Ethiopia

Saturday, Feb. 26

5027 Shelbyville Road • 235-8682


$20 or $25 (with a glass of wine); 4-8 p.m.

Remember that “Knight Rider” pencil box you threw away as a kid to make way for your new “A-Team” pencil box? Yeah, someone else could have used that pencil box. Enter Unikids, a charity that provides school supplies — pencils, paper, backpacks, you name it — to children in underdeveloped countries. To raise money and solicit donations of gently used supplies, Unikids will hold a benefit called Taste of Ethiopia on Saturday at the Unikids headquarters on Shelbyville Road. Courtesy of Queen of Sheba restaurant, you can get your fill of doro wot, sega wot, defo dabo (Ethiopian bread) and buna (Ethiopian coffee), among other delicacies — and you’ll be contributing to a good cause. —Kevin Gibson

•Raisin’ the Rent

Saturday, Feb. 26

The Olmsted

3701 Frankfort Ave. • 568-6758


$25; 7 p.m.

The St. John Center on Muhammad Ali Boulevard serves more than 200 homeless men every day with its day shelter and social services center, its residential recovery program for those with drug addictions, and its permanent supportive housing program. This annual benefit will help raise funds to cover some of the center’s expenses. The party — a throwback to the 1920s, when people would throw “raise the rent” parties — will feature live music by Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, games and dancing. “The Depression-era motif is appropriate in these difficult economic times, as many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet,” says Vince Tyra, sponsorship chair of the event. “Then, as now, people come together in response to a need in the community — helping others get by.” —Sara Havens

•The Broken Spurs

Saturday, Feb. 26


2100 S. Preston St. • 635-ZBAR


$6; 9 p.m.

In preparation for last year’s opening slot at Freedom Hall for their heroes, AC/DC, singer-guitarists Benny Clarke and Adam Kramer, drummer C.C. Croxton and new bassist Billy Lease sanded away the rough edges. The Broken Spurs aren’t the first to exploit their emotional connections with rock ’n’ roll’s celebratory traits. But on the band’s self-titled follow-up, those emotions rise up for a flawless execution soaked in attitude, from the rollicking stampede of “Natural Disaster,” through live favorite “Shake” and on to searing finale, “Dreamer in My Eyes.” This should dovetail nicely with The Polymorphines’ garage-rock swagger. DJ Glitter Titz closes. —Mat Herron

•Louisville Leopard Percussionists

Sunday, Feb. 27

Brown Theatre • 802-7328


$15; 3 p.m.

Not every children’s music group nabs the attention of an HBO documentary or gets to open for My Morning Jacket. The Louisville Leopard Percussionists are back in town this week for their annual fundraiser, the Big Gig. With more than 60 student musicians from the area, the Leopards play an array of instruments — from marimbas to xylophone to congas. This fundraiser will raise money to cover the cost of the instruments, travel and student scholarships. “Most people, when they hear the word ‘student musician,’ think of a dry recital. This is not what you will experience at the Big Gig,” says Diane Downs, artistic director of the Leopards, which she formed in 1993. “Our mission is to provide a comprehensive musical experience for children that enriches lives and builds community.” —Sara Havens

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