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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of August 19-21

    Wanda Jackson's tourdates with British phenom Adele, which kicked off early last week, continue to gain rave reviews. The tour made a stop at Los Angeles's legendary Greek Theatre last weekend for another sold-out show, which LA Weekly calls "one of the best nights the 80 year old venue has seen this season." Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times, also speaking of the L.A. performance, found Jackson, a "Rockabilly legend," still "razor sharp ... still a lightning bolt of a singer herself." Jackson and Adele continue their run this weekend with two sold-out shows in the Southwest, beginning with a Saturday performance at The Cosmopolitan's Chelsea Ballroom in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sunday, they play at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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    The Carolina Chocolate Drops head West this weekend, first with a show tonight at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre in Portland, Oregon. Sunday, the band plays a set at the 21st annual Rocky Mountain Folk Festival in Lyons, Colorado. Gearing up for the Drops' Portland performance, Matthew Singer of the Williamette Week writes of their impressive balance between new and old: "Even when they’re not reworking new millennium pop hits, there’s something intangibly modern about the Chocolate Drops’ interpretations of tunes that, in some cases, are over 100 years old. The band stays faithful to traditional string- band instrumentation—members trade off on fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, jug and even kazoo—but kicks the songs into the 21st century." The Drops recently announced the debut of their musical, "Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville, " at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.

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    Ben Folds performs on Saturday at Alys Stephens Center's Jemison Concert Hall in Birmingham, Alabama.

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    The Low Anthem has two UK performances this weekend, starting tonight at Escot Park in Ottery St. Mary, Devon as a part of the Beautiful Days Festival. Sunday, the band plays this year's Green Man Festival in Brecon Beacons, Wales. The Oxford Times' Tim Hughes said the band "provided heart-wrenching vocals and fragile melodies" at last weekend's Wilderness Festival in the UK.

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    Jessica Lea Mayfield has been quite busy this summer with her current US tour in full swing, and continues this weekend with a Sunday set at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca calls Mayfield one of his "Five to watch for" at the festival, writing: "Kent, Ohio, native Jessica Lea Mayfield won't yet be 22 when she makes her folk-fest debut, but the bleached-blond singer-songwriter already has a knack for despairing, lovelorn songs. They bring to mind Lucinda Williams and Nick Cave, as hearts are torn apart by forces beyond their control. Mayfield's second album, Tell Me, was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and it finds her dark vision maturing at an impressive pace."

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    Allen Toussaint remains in Europe this weekend, with a show tonight at the Huvila Festival Tent in Helsinki, Finland as a part of the Helsinki Festival. For this performance he is joined by the Mose Allison Trio, which members include Beatnik blues legend Mose Allison on piano and vocals, Roy Babbington on bass, and Paul Clarvis on drums. Saturday, he travels to Oslo, Norway to perform at the 25th annual Oslo Jazz Festival. Of Toussaint's "world class show" at last weekend's Brecon Jazz Festival, The Telegraph's Martin Chilton says, "nothing detracts from music as good as Toussaint's. Brecon was treated to a world-class performer and showman. And now they will have songs to prove it."

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    Sara Watkins joins brother Sean Watkins, Michael Nesmith, Grant Lee-Phillips, and Benmont Tench for the Watkins Family Hour, which returns tonight to Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, California.

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Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of August 19-21

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Wanda Jackson joins Adele in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City ... The Carolina Chocolate Drops head west to the Oregon Zoo and the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival ... Ben Folds plays Birmingham ... The Low Anthem hit two festivals in the UK ... Jessica Lea Mayfield continues her summer tour in Philadelphia ... Allen Toussaint continues his run of festivals in northern Europe ...  Sara Watkins is joined by her brother Sean and others for the Watkins Family Hour at Largo ... and more ...

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Wanda Jackson's tourdates with British phenom Adele, which kicked off early last week, continue to gain rave reviews. The tour made a stop at Los Angeles's legendary Greek Theatre last weekend for another sold-out show, which LA Weekly calls "one of the best nights the 80 year old venue has seen this season." Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times, also speaking of the L.A. performance, found Jackson, a "Rockabilly legend," still "razor sharp ... still a lightning bolt of a singer herself." Jackson and Adele continue their run this weekend with two sold-out shows in the Southwest, beginning with a Saturday performance at The Cosmopolitan's Chelsea Ballroom in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sunday, they play at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops head West this weekend, first with a show tonight at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre in Portland, Oregon. Sunday, the band plays a set at the 21st annual Rocky Mountain Folk Festival in Lyons, Colorado. Gearing up for the Drops' Portland performance, Matthew Singer of the Williamette Week writes of their impressive balance between new and old: "Even when they’re not reworking new millennium pop hits, there’s something intangibly modern about the Chocolate Drops’ interpretations of tunes that, in some cases, are over 100 years old. The band stays faithful to traditional string- band instrumentation—members trade off on fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, jug and even kazoo—but kicks the songs into the 21st century." The Drops recently announced the debut of their musical, "Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville, " at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.

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Ben Folds performs on Saturday at Alys Stephens Center's Jemison Concert Hall in Birmingham, Alabama.

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The Low Anthem has two UK performances this weekend, starting tonight at Escot Park in Ottery St. Mary, Devon as a part of the Beautiful Days Festival. Sunday, the band plays this year's Green Man Festival in Brecon Beacons, Wales. The Oxford Times' Tim Hughes said the band "provided heart-wrenching vocals and fragile melodies" at last weekend's Wilderness Festival in the UK.

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Jessica Lea Mayfield has been quite busy this summer with her current US tour in full swing, and continues this weekend with a Sunday set at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca calls Mayfield one of his "Five to watch for" at the festival, writing: "Kent, Ohio, native Jessica Lea Mayfield won't yet be 22 when she makes her folk-fest debut, but the bleached-blond singer-songwriter already has a knack for despairing, lovelorn songs. They bring to mind Lucinda Williams and Nick Cave, as hearts are torn apart by forces beyond their control. Mayfield's second album, Tell Me, was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, and it finds her dark vision maturing at an impressive pace."

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Allen Toussaint remains in Europe this weekend, with a show tonight at the Huvila Festival Tent in Helsinki, Finland as a part of the Helsinki Festival. For this performance he is joined by the Mose Allison Trio, which members include Beatnik blues legend Mose Allison on piano and vocals, Roy Babbington on bass, and Paul Clarvis on drums. Saturday, he travels to Oslo, Norway to perform at the 25th annual Oslo Jazz Festival. Of Toussaint's "world class show" at last weekend's Brecon Jazz Festival, The Telegraph's Martin Chilton says, "nothing detracts from music as good as Toussaint's. Brecon was treated to a world-class performer and showman. And now they will have songs to prove it."

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Sara Watkins joins brother Sean Watkins, Michael Nesmith, Grant Lee-Phillips, and Benmont Tench for the Watkins Family Hour, which returns tonight to Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, California.

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