A guy and a 'large bong'

The Webster's New World Dictionary says it in black and white: "moxie" means "guts." That said, there's not a better name Nate Schweber could have picked for his rock-and-roll band, although the moniker better reflects the man in front than those backing him up. The King of Pluck was in rare form in his Blue Heron concert last Friday, swiveling his hips in a skin-tight leopard-print outfit with matching cowboy hat and, yes, Western boots; shaking that curly dark mane, and jumping like the Energizer bunny all over the stage and dance floor all night long. Somebody slip this guy some 'ludes or something! Oh, yeah, he sings, too. Come to think of it, maybe his band mates are the ones with the real Moxie, having to try to play music on stage in front of a crowd with all that rowdiness going on up front. They did a fine job of it, too, for a band so young, although Moxie sure hates to let go of a song …

Friday, May 25

He's an upright-bass player from San Fran with a warped sense of humor, a repertoire of songs including "Weasel Pot Pie," "Steamin' Hunks" and "It's Rainin' Meat," a groove that won't quit and a homemade instrument he calls "The Pipe" but that those who've seen it describe as resembling the world's largest bong. He's That 1 Guy, a.k.a. Mike Silverman, and he's coming to take the Ritz Bar by funky, futuristic storm. Also at the Ritz, it's the Dark Side of Rock a la' Johnny Dowd, the "scary-country" artist whose new album, "Temporary Shelter," sounds like a Delta blues-surf-disco-twang collaboration with Satan. Critics, from Entertainment Weekly to The Onion, love him but listening, one senses Dowd's not in it for the love, but for the sheer relief.

Saturday, May 26

Aggressive Americana? That's what the Dusty 45s, a quintet from Seattle, promise: a blend of rockabilly, swing and punk delivered with trumpet, keyboards, upright bass, drums, guitars and, yes, flames. (I said flames!) "Energetic and engaging," The Rocket says. Also appearing: The International Playboys and End Transmission.

Tuesday, May 29

What d'ya expect from a band named The Deathray Davies? Zaniness, of course, and perhaps a rock-and-roll mentality - both of which this Dallas band has got. Frontman John Dufilho has garnered praises galore for his musical ability and "his unique creative vision," says the Dallas Observer, which ranked the Davies' "The Return of the Drunk Ventriloquist" as one of the best local albums of 2000. Also playing at Jay's Upstairs: Sub Pop recording artists Arlo.

Club Watch

Here's a look at entertainment in the area's bars and clubs for the week of May 25-31:

Buck's Club, 1805 Regent St., 543-7436: Blind Jr., Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m., $1 cover on weekends.

Deano's Diamond Casino, North Reserve Street and I-90: Country with Julie Bug and Northern Exposure, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover.

Evaro Bar, top of Evaro Hill, Highway 93 North: Tommy Ray, Saturday, 9 p.m., no cover.

Harold's Club, Milltown: Solid Sound Karaoke, Friday, 9 p.m., no cover.

Harry David's Lounge, 2700 Paxson, Paxson Mall, 728-6722: Affordables, Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m., $1 cover.

Holiday Inn Parkside, 200 S. Pattee St., 721-8550:

The Jack, 7000 Graves Creek Road, off Highway 12 west of Lolo: Saturday, Swizzle Grit, 9 p.m., no cover.

Jay's Downstairs, 119 W. Main St.: Earl & The Okie Drifters, Friday, 9 p.m.

Jay's Upstairs, 119 W. Main St.: Friday - Horseshoes & Handgrenades, teenage punk rock; Neato Bandita Frito, white boy c. rap; Saturday - End Transmission; The Dusty 45s, hillbilly rock n' roll; The Oblio Joes. Monday - Work Clothes; Lettuce Prey, sonic pop rock. Tuesday - The Deathray Davies, sub pop recording artists; Arlo, sub pop recording artist.

Limelight, 1609 W. Broadway: Solid Sound Karaoke, Wednesday, 9 p.m.; comedy night, Tuesday, 9 p.m.; country music, Thursday, 8 p.m.; top 40 dance music, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover.

Mustang Sally's Bar & Grille, 2006 Ernest Ave.: DJ spins top 40, dance and hip-hop Tuesday through Saturday, 9 p.m., $2 cover on weekends.

The Raven, 130 E. Broadway: Robin, Friday, noon-1:30 p.m., contemporary, classical, Celtic, jazz, folk, native and blues.

The Ritz, 208 Ryman St., 721-6731: That 1 Guy and Johnny Dowd, Friday, $5 cover; Soup of the Day Saturday, $2 cover; open mic Monday; Hog Wild Wednesday; The Ear Candy Experiment Thursday.

Sean Kelly's Pub, 130 W. Pine St., 542-1471: Moksha Quintet Friday, Phoenix and His Band, folk and bluegrass, Saturday, Sean Michael Devine Thursday.

Shadows Keep, top of Whitaker Drive: David Horgan and Beth Lo on bass, Friday; Chuck Hurt and Raleigh McNeil, jazz guitar, Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., no cover.

Top Hat, 134 W. Front St., 728-9865: Pronto Friday, Blue Onion Saturday, music TBA Monday, Pinegrass Tuesday, Babylon Rhythm Band Wednesday, Twang Thursday. Music starts about 10 p.m.; no cover unless otherwise noted.

Union Club, 208 E. Main St.: Moonlighters, Friday, 9 p.m., no cover.

VFW Club Post 209, 245 W. Main St.: Roger Shack's one-man band playing smooth country, Friday and Saturday, starting at 9 p.m., no cover.

Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming St.: Solid Sound Karaoke, Saturday and Thursday, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover.

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