KFC Yum! Center
$45+; 7 p.m.
Blackberry Smoke is definitely as good of a band as it is a name for the weed I like to imagine they named themselves after. This Georgia-bred band’s blend of Southern rock harkens back to a day when the guys in the Marshall Tucker Band and the Allman Brothers rocked the FM airwaves. Their roots-rock sensibilities have left enough room for their Confederate freak-flag to fly while still being embraced by mainstream radio. Already, this guitar-fueled quintet has shared (or shredded) a stage alongside some of their biggest childhood heroes like Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top — and now they get to rock Louisville. Blackberry Smoke is on tour opening for the Zac Brown Band, promoting their most recent release, Little Piece of Dixie, and will be playing the KFC Yum! Center on Friday. —Brent Owen