Bees? Beads. Bees?? Beads.

Barb Hamilton is getting the hell out of Dodge. She and her husband have finally decided that the time is right to blow this Bluth Frozen Banana stand and go mobile. Where to? Well, somewhere warm in the winter is the blueprint so far. But before heading out of town, the blues singer will play a few more gigs, starting with a solo set tonight at Aroma Café. She’ll share the stage with Chris Darby of Them Damn Kids (who will play first at 8 p.m.). The show is free with donations encouraged, and if there is no rain the show will commence on the back patio.
Over at the Highdive you’ll find another loaded Thursday night bill, this time with Oxford, Mississippi, rock band Colour Revolt (Fat Possom Records) and tour mates Javelins (Detroit). The solid-as-a-rock-ness of a bill doesn’t stop there, though, as dependable DeKalb band Light Pollution returns, having released a new CD since their last appearance (at Mike ‘n’ Molly’s with Elsinore, Tall Tale, and Common Loon). Light Pollution has also shared the stage with Headlights many times. With friends like this, who needs anemones? Opening up the show is Robots Counterfeiting Money (going on at 8:30 p.m.). The show is $8.
Sad faces will abound at Mike ‘n’ Molly’s on Friday night when Mad Mardigan will play a send-off show for bass player Rory Grennan, a man on a mission to get out to California. This marks the second member of former CU band Sick Day to leave the area for a coastal state in less than a month (Adam Wolfe hurriedly followed a girl and a job offer to Rhode Island, leaving a trail of PA equipment and song charts in his wake). Does this spell doom for Tom “the Krusher” Grassman and Guido Esteves? Will they, too, soon depart? Well, no. The Brat Pack, dudes. And now we wind back to the original point of the paragraph. Rory’s farewell show will also feature a performance from Hathaways and a yet-to-be-announced, super-secret third act! No official word on the time or the cover, but check out the Mike ‘n’ Molly’s MySpace page or call up the bar. Rory, we’ll miss you and your t-shirts.
On Saturday, the Mike ‘n’ Molly’s beer garden will be hopping again, as two touring bands (The Kickback from South Dakota, and The Bureau from St. Louis) will join forces with the Brother Embassy (adding the “the” for one night only in order to fit in with the other bands). Look for a $5 cover charge and an 8 p.m. start time.
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