Live Picks: 11.24.2011 – 11.30.2011

The Rooks

11.24: Rebirth Brass Band – Howlin’ Wolf

11.25: England in 1819 + The Winter Sounds + Shovels and Rope – Cafe Prytania

11.26: The Rooks + The Switchers + Sharks’ Teeth + Dominique LeJeune – The Big Top

If you’ve been to The Big Top in the last five years, the Lower Central City gallery associated with the non-profit arts education organization 3 Ring Circus Productions, there is a good chance it was for a Community Records organized or affiliated event.  Several times a month, the multipurpose exhibition space is transformed into an all-ages punk emporium, providing a safe and inclusive venue for DIY fans young and old. As the default venue for the collective’s large-scale programming, The Big Top has hosted everything from Samurai Deli’s final show to the annual indoor/outdoor Block Party extravaganza; and this weekend Community Records will stage an event to benefit the center itself.

The Community Records Benefit For The Big Top takes place this Saturday and will be headlined by The Rooks, a punk power-trio starring label co-founder Greg Rodrigue, Lollies’ guitarist Brian Pretus and Rob Landry of Marathon on drums.  The bill also includes ska-core crooners The Switchers and solo performances from math-folk songstress Dominique LeJeune and Tyler Schurlock of Sun Hotel, under the guise of his prolific space drone side project Sharks’ Teeth.  Doors open at 6:30PM on Saturday and admission is a recommended $5-10 donation (100% of which goes directly to 3 Ring Circus Productions).

MP3: The Rooks: “Fall Again”

MP3: Sharks’ Teeth: “Grave”

12.30: LA Guns + Dilana – One Eyed Jacks

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