Center for Southern Folklore: Low Society, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday ($10); J Train Blues Band, 8-11 p.m. Saturday ($10). Folklore Store Trolley Stop, 123 S. Main. 901525-3655. southernfolklore.com Huey’s: Gary Escoe’s Atomic Dance Machine, 8:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. Sunday. 77 S. Second St. 901-527-2700. the Peabody: “Rooftop Party” with Ghost Town Blues Band, 6-10 p.m. Thursday ($10). 149 Union. 901-529-4000. Buntyn Presbyterian Church: Memphis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists 2016 Summer Recital Series: Memphis AGO members, 4 p.m. Sunday at 561 S. Prescott. Huey’s: Pamela K. Ward, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday. 4872 Poplar. 901-682-7729. Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar: Hudson & Saleeby, 8:3011:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 518 Perkins Ext. No cover. 901766-2030. Mortimer’s: Van Duren solo, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at 590 N. Perkins Road. All ages. No cover. 901-761-9321. Mullins United Methodist Church: Third annual “Summer Music Series” continues 10 a.m. Sunday. Guest flautist Jennifer Amox and oboist Shannon Clardy form a Woodwind Trio with collaborative pianist Andre Duval. 4 N. Mendenhall Road (at Walnut Grove). Free. 901685-8253. neil’s Music Room: 5727 Quince. 901-6822300. facebook.com/ Neilsmusicroom Friday: Midnite Train From Memphis, 9 p.m. Saturday: The Beat Generation (26th anniversary — A Rock & Roll Celebration): Rick Nethery, vocals and bass; Richard Hage, guitar and vocals; Mark Ross, keys and vocals; Kurt Ruleman, drums. 8 p.m. Sunday: Sax on Sunday Jazz hosted by Strictly Jazz Entertainment, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Debbie Jamison Band. 6-10 p.m. No cover. Wednesdays: Elmo & The Shades “Big Soul Dance Party” at 8 p.m. No cover. Thursdays: Jack Rowell’s Celebrity Jam at 8 p.m. Musicians/vocalists welcome. No cover charge. Huey’s: Soul Shockers, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Sunday. 7677 Farmington Blvd. 901-3183030. the Blue Monkey: Reemus Bodeemus, Friday; 901 Blues Band, Saturday. 2012 Madison. 901-272-2583. the Cove: Richard James & The Special Riders, 10 p.m. Friday; Hope Clayburn, 10 p.m. Saturday; Justin White, 7 p.m. Monday; Don & Wayde, 7 p.m. Tuesday; karaoke, 10 p.m. Wednesdays; Jazz with Ed Finney, Deb Swiney, U of M Jazz Quartet, 9 p.m. Thursday. 2559 Broad. 901-730-0719. Hi-tone Café: 412-414 N. Cleveland. 901-278-8663. Friday: Sweet Spirit with Marcella & Her Lovers (big room) at 9 p.m. ($8), doors open 8 p.m., 18-older; The Gotobeds, Arbor Labor Union (small room) at 9 p.m. ($10), 18-older. Saturday: NOTS with Hartleroad (small room), 9 p.m. ($7), doors open 8 p.m. 18-older. Monday: The Palmer Squares (big room), 9 p.m. ($10). 18-older. Tuesday: The Sidewayz (small room), 9 p.m. ($5). 18-older. Wednesday: Primitive Man, Yautja, Reserving Dirtnaps, Act of Impalement (small room), 9 p.m. ($8), doors open 8 p.m. 18-older. Thursday: Wray, GT, Switchblade Kid (small room), 9 p.m. ($10). 18-older. Huey’s: The Dantones, 4-7 p.m., and Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday. 1927 Madison. 901-726-4372. Lafayette’s Music Room: Mason Jar Fireflies, 6:30 p.m., and Uncle Lucius at 10 p.m. Friday; Susan Marshall & Friends, 11 a.m., Riverbluff Clan, 3 p.m., Travis Roman, 6:30 p.m., and Forever Abbey Road at 10 p.m. Saturday; Joe Restivo 4 at 11 a.m., The Settlers at 4 p.m., and Marcella & Her Lovers, 8 p.m. Sunday; John Paul Keith & Co. with special guest at 6 p.m. Monday; Loveland Duren, 5:30 p.m., and Richard James & Special Riders, 8 p.m. Tuesday; Brian “Breeze” Cayolle & New Orleans, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; Rob & Trey, 6 p.m., and Patrick Sweany at 9 p.m. Thursday. 2119 Madison. 901-207-5097. Levitt Shell in Overton Park: The 2016 Orion Free Music Concert Series: Hip Abduction, 7:30 p.m. Friday; The Night Owls, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Nikki Hill, 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Martin Harley, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 1928 Poplar. 901-272-2722. Minglewood Hall: Reformed Whores, Richard D. Jones at 8 p.m. Monday ($12) in 1884 Lounge. Doors open 7 p.m. 18-older. 1555 Madison. 901312-6058. Murphy’s: The Rough Hearts, Friday; The Fast Mothers, Saturday; Sadistic Ritual with Shards of Humanity, Thursday. 1589 Madison. 901726-4193. the Haystack: Slap Junior Band, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday at 6560 U.S. 51 N. Call 901-872-0567. the Crossing: The Dantones, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday. 7281 Hacks Cross in Olive Branch, Miss. 662-893-6242. J.R.’S Bar & Grill: Graham Road Band, 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. 4788 Bethel Road in Olive Branch. 662-890-5612. of his abandoned masterpiece “Smile” in 2004 (the original also finally saw release in 2011). He reunited with the Beach Boys for a successful 50th anniversary reunion album and tour in 2012, and watched the story of his life make it to the big screen last year in “Love and Mercy,” which juxtaposed the “Pet Sounds” period with his midlife crisis in the ‘80s, as he struggled with mental health issues and the presence of domineering caretaker Dr. Eugene Landy.
To cap it all, this fall, Wilson will publish his autobiography, “I Am Brian Wilson” (technically it’s his second memoir, following the 1991 effort “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” written while he was still under Landy’s control).
“It was a very tough thing,” says Wilson. “It brought back a lot of bad memories, from when I took drugs and stuff. So it was a rough book to write, but we’ve got it written.”
After a rapturously received run of dates this spring in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe, Wilson has returned to the U.S. for a summer “Pet Sounds” tour. He’s supported by a skilled and sympathetic 11-piece backing band that includes longtime Beach Boy Al Jardine — a veteran of the original “Pet Sounds” sessions — and ’70s-era Beach Boy member Blondie Chaplin.
The shows are presented in two distinct sets, a first half mixing Beach Boys material (hits and rarities) with Wilson solo songs, before a presentation of “Pet Sounds” in its entirety — which is usually followed by an encore of more hits and favorites.
The reviews of Wilson’s tour have acknowledged his physical limits as well as the power of the performances. Fellow Gannett critic Ed Masley witnessed a recent performance at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix and noted of Wilson that “it’s clear he’ll never sing the way he sang in 1966 again. … As the melodies approach that part of Wilson’s upper register that once defined his vocal style, they’re handed off to Al’s son, Matt Jardine, occasionally breaking up a line just to accommodate the limits of his range.”
“And yet, for many fans, myself included, it’s a magical — at times transcendent — night,” wrote Masley, “an opportunity to witness Wilson reconnect as best he can with ‘Pet Sounds’ in a 50th anniversary celebration of an undisputed masterpiece whose legacy hasn’t endured so much as blossomed with each passing year.”
The Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis echoed that assessment after observing Wilson’s show last week at the Hollywood Bowl.
“The biggest difference, of course, is Wilson’s voice, which at age 23, when he composed, arranged, orchestrated and sang lead on most of the songs, was a miraculous instrument that seemed to have no limit, especially i n the high melodies and harmonies that were a defining part of the Beach Boys’ sound,” wrote Lewis, noting the difficulties Wilson had in carrying the songs as he once did. “Thus the passage of time was felt, yet the core beauty of Wilson’s effortless melodies, intricate harmonies and expansive instrumentation still shined.”
Ultimately, Wilson will have the final word on how the Tunica appearance will be remembered — and he promises fans won’t be disappointed.
“When we do the concert, the band members can duplicate the sound exactly like the album. We’ve got it down pat,” says Wilson. “You’ll like what you hear.”