Saturday’s Music

American Aquarium.

Giving you the music a day early:

American Aquarium just finished work on their latest album Burn.Flicker.Die, an album recorded by the great Americana singer/songwriter Jason Isbell. Look for it in the fall. But up first, head out to American Aquarium’s show at Stickyz and pick up a copy of the band’s Live in Raleigh, kind of a live greatest hits for the North Carolina alt country band featuring tunes such as the rollicking, piano-powered heartbreak of “I Ain’t Going to The Bar Tonight” or the Bruce-Springsteen-gone country-rock of “Katherine Belle.” American Aquarium is one of the best live bands in American today. Seriously. Great tunes. Great live. The opening act is Whiskey Folk Ramblers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their Texas-bred folk rock. It’s an 18-and-up show with cover $7.

Get ready for this one because it’s going to be an all-day affair: Chili with a Kick at Dickey-Stephens Park. First, the important stuff: It’s the fourth annual event, and it benefits Youth Home. So all that kickball, partying, music-listening and chili-eating is going toward a good cause. The kickball tourney starts at 9 a.m. with the doors opening to the public at 10:30 a.m. with a $5 admission. (Children 12 and under get in free.) So what does the $5 get you? All-you-can-eat chili while supplies last along with Hot Dog Mike selling his fare, arts and crafts from local artists for purchase, a jalapeno-eating contest and music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. featuring some of the area’s best bands, including Suburban Legend, War Chief, Echo Canyon, Whalefire, The Year of the Tiger, DNR, Elise Davis, Falcon Scott and Booyah! Dad. (The $5 is worth the music alone.) Rest up and come hungry.

Back in December, Wrangler Space, a Nashville, Tenn.-based Widespread Panic tribute band, came to Rev Room. A good time was had by all as the band rocked the house. And with the real Widespread Panic heading for a hiatus (and no local dates before it), a return visit by Wrangler Space to Rev Room will be the only way Spreadheads can get their fill of Panic’s hybrid, Southern rock sound that is filled with jamband rock, jazz, blues, soul and funk. It’s an 18-and-up show with a $10 cover and the music starting at 8 p.m. There is no opening act; just the music. Expect “Love Tractor,” “Ain’t Life Grand,” “Postcard” and more.

Here’s American Aquarium with their “Lonely Ain’t Easy”:

Lonely Ain’t Easy