Nate Jones, that lovable Brother Embassy front-man known for electrifying crowds with both his voice and panache, will celebrate his 29th birthday this weekend at the Highdive. Brother Embassy will play an early show Friday night alongside Beat Kitchen (a band that has been sadly scarce this year apart from performing as Run D.M.C. at the Great Cover Up) starting at 8 p.m. The cover is $5, and classy dress attire is requested by the birthday boy — though what passes for classy in Nate’s hometown of Rantoul is a gray area. Jones will certainly be accepting his free birthday drinks, but try to get them to him after the show so as to avoid an embarrassing fall off the stage, or something similar. Or you can find Nate out and about in downtown Champaign at some other point this week during his Nate Week festivities. Some people celebrate the day of their birth, but Nate celebrates the whole fucking week. He does not toy around.
In other show news, Carbondale band JoBu will play the Canopy Club tonight, offering up a jammy-reggae-rock sound. I sincerely hope the name refers to Major League, though their MySpace page lists them as playing in “Champagne” (twice, even), so who the hell knows.
On Monday, Kaiser Cartel will make a second appearance in CU. Last year the indie duo made up of Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel stunned a Cowboy Monkey crowd by singing incredible harmonies and moving around the stage from instrument to instrument. They stop by the Highdive on the only available day of a whirlwind tour taking them to Summerfest, Red Rocks, Schubas and even the Hotel Café. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp with Tall Tale’s Tracey and Tricia returning to duo glory for the event. KaiserCartel goes on at 8:10 p.m., and Darling Disarm (this guy’s band) plays an acoustic set at 9:10. Check out .
On Sunday, local Zimbabwean band Mhondoro Rhythm Success will play a free Park District show at 8 p.m. in Douglass Park at Fifth and Grove streets. This provides an excellent chance to catch one of the area’s best bands for free. Take a blanket and the kids (who will dance like crazy) and enjoy a night out.

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