Tues April 17, 7:30 pm All Ages
Recommended by Robert Ham
This double-barreled night of country music represents the platonic ideal of how to book a concert. Opening the show is Ashley McBryde, an up-and-comer from Arkansas who just released her debut album Girl Going Nowhere, a sharp collection of tunes informed as much by the old school of outlaw artists (Merle Haggard, Townes Van Zandt) as it is by the ’90s school of empowered female artists (Melissa Etheridge, Dixie Chicks). Headlining is Luke Combs, a young ginger who’s been pushing ably against the tide of pop-star-minded country gents with the sleek, brash tone of the beer-quaffing, heartbroken tunes that populate his first full-length, This One’s for You. Both are on their way to bigger stages and brighter lights. This is as up close and personal as you’re bound to get with them.