TODD SNIDER WANTS TO MELT YOUR BRAIN
Jaxsons Take Downtown; Less Than Jake, DJ Kemit and New Coke arrive, and Earth lovers just want to keep Fort Clinch State Park clean
Call him outlaw savant, stoner king or slacker troubadour – if there’s one thing rabble-rousing Nashville folk-rocker Todd Snider does well, it’s tell a story. Populating his body of work with broken tales of America’s down-and-outers, he’s like William S. Burroughs’ countrified cousin. His current tour offers a panoply of creative chaos: a preview screening of the new film East Nashville Tonight, a reading from forthcoming book I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like (Mostly True Tales), a Q&A with and song requests from the crowd, and a poetry recitation. Then, a dance party to recent boogie-rock gem Hard Working Americans. Be ready to tune in, turn on and drop out, ’cause Todd Snider intends to melt your brain.
8 p.m. April 23 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, $30-$35.
JAXSONS NIGHT MARKET
Calling all Jaxsons (we hereby declare a moratorium on the word “Jacksonvillians”) to celebrate what makes the River City unique, be it local food, fashion, furniture, booze, whatever. This monthly night market also showcases the work of local produce growers and chefs’ cooking demos. Intuition Ale Works’ craft beer garden, fashion trucks and craft vendors are onsite to give you something to take home – beyond a full stomach, that is. 6:30 p.m. April 17 at 22 E. Adams St., Downtown, free admission.
LESS THAN JAKE
Two decades, eight studio albums and countless world tours and dive bar shows after their conception, ’90s Gainesville-based surf punk mainstays Less Than Jake are still riding high. The group’s most recent release, See the Light, delivers the usual catchy, happy-go-lucky chorus hooks, punchy, upbeat guitar chords and vibrant horn sections. Their seamless combination of island music and overdriven punk sounds like something a teenaged Little Mermaid might blare in the car late at night to piss off the fuzz. LTJ returns to its home state for a two-night gig at an intimate venue. 8 p.m. April 18 and 19 at Jack Rabbits, San Marco, $15 (in advance).
The Garage spreads the love with the arrival of Grammy-nominated DJ Kemit, a founding member of Atlanta’s House in the Park – one of the country’s premier music events. With more than two decades of work in hip-hop, Kemit lays down a style of house, soul and Afrobeat that had Folio Weekly’s World Headquarters bouncing last week. His sound is at the core of Atlanta’s house movement and at his Kickin Up Dust and Felabration events. 10 p.m. April 18 at 1904 Music Hall, Downtown.
A garage rock wave has washed up on our shores in the past few years, but West Palm Beach’s New Coke pushes the knife of its tightly wound, hauntingly violent music much deeper. A strange hybrid of caustic post-punk, weirdo soul and noisy pop, the select batch of songs released by Danny Morales, Gabe Schnirnan and Steve McKean plod and pogo, drift and twitch, terrify and soothe. That duality may come from mastering the dark art of surviving in South Florida’s crowded concrete jungle. Or New Coke is just the best damn Sunshine State band you haven’t heard yet. (And, hands down, among our fave all-time band names.) With Sandratz, Queen Beef and The Resonants, 10 p.m. April 22 at Shanghai Nobby’s, St. Augustine, $6.
KEEPING IT GREEN
EARTH DAY CLEANUP
It’s your Earth, too, so act like you care a little. Fort Clinch State Park invites everyone to help remove trash from the Atlantic Ocean and Cumberland Sound shorelines in a beach cleanup on the weekend before Earth Day (that’s April 22, if you didn’t know). Park entrance fees are waived for participants, and bags and gloves are provided. For details, call the park at 277-7274 or go to floridastateparks.org.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19, Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach.