Local music fans will be interested in Graceland, a play by Ellen Byron that's on an extended run at the Mercury Cafe. The leads are Elizabeth Rose, of Sympathy F fame, and Kat Ellinger from Worm Trouble. Dial the Mercury at 294-9258 for dates, times and hearty vegetarian food.

Scot Jenerik ain't playin' no guitars at his Thursday, July 30, appearance at the P.M. Artcoop, 2027 Old West Colfax. Instead, Jenerik (joined on the bill by Thomas Dimuzio and Chapter 23) will be wielding an amplified flamethrower that's reportedly been transformed into a musical instrument. Leave your flammable clothes at home.

The tag at the bottom of the article about the Quadrajets (see page 68) only hints at the joys of Treble Fest, which runs from Thursday, July 30, to Saturday, August 1, at the Bluebird Theater. Other swell garage bands on the bill include the Sons of Hercules and veteran ravers the Fleshtones. Call 975-1080 for full details. Another worthy bash is RockyGrass, a bluegrass festival that takes place in Lyons from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2. Scheduled performers include the Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush. To learn more, punch out 449-6007 on your touch-tone pad.

For reasons I don't fully understand, "They Haven't Gone Blind--Yet," a profile of the Nobodys that appeared in last week's edition, was credited to yours truly when it was actually written by contributor James Mayo. James was magnanimous about the error, pointing out that at least any hate mail generated by the article would be directed at me rather than him.

Bring it on--I can take it. On Thursday, July 30, gifted trumpeter Terence Blanchard gets brassy at the Mount Vernon Country Club, and Millionaire Freaks share the wealth at Herman's Hideaway. On Friday, July 31, Fat Mama and Ron Miles get together at the Boulder Theater; Buzzoven heats up the 15th Street Tavern, with Season to Risk and Wretch Like Me; Small Town Paranoids expect the worst at Grandma's Area 39; and the Cheaters play fair at the Skyline Cafe, with the Unlucky Boys, the Sinshakers and Westword contributor Marty Jones. On Saturday, August 1, the notoriously unreliable Ol' Dirty Bastard allegedly headlines at the Ogden Theatre (if he doesn't show, don't blame me); San Francisco's Helium Angel rises at the Mercury; and Blister pops up at Soapy Smith's. On Sunday, August 2, the Genitorturers hit you where it hurts at the Fox Theatre, and singer-songwriter Susan James visits the Bug Theatre. On Tuesday, August 4, quirky tunesmith Mike Lane goes to Cricket on the Hill (he's at the Lion's Lair the following night). And on Wednesday, August 5, the Vermicious Knids drop by Quixote's True Blue as part of the venue's "9 Days of Jerry" celebration. Jeez, I didn't know Jerry Lewis was that popular.

--Michael Roberts

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