The Beatdown

Wayne Quigley may not play an instrument, but he still puts on one hell of a show.

Although Quigley's earned his stripes on the metal circuit, he has plans to branch out...slowly. His first bill that's not entirely metal is slated for Thursday, April 21, with Kelli*Said, Crusher Bound Cadillac, Varient and Watership at the Gothic; he calls it a "test" to see how well things go. But no matter how well they do, Quigley is adamant about keeping two things exactly as they are: "Most of our shows are all-ages," he says. "Obviously, the bar shows are 21-and-up. But I don't like to do 21-and-up-only shows at the theaters, because the kids deserve to hear the music, too. And I work with all kinds of bands. You don't have to be an A-lister for me to work with you."

Quigley obviously knows more about music than he thinks he does.

Upbeats and beatdowns: At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, the Mystery Children -- an improvisational project led by ex-Skull Flux and Kalisti frontman Conrad Kehn and featuring Niteshark's Andrew Lidstrom, the Czars' Dave Devine and Jeff Eliason, and Uversa's Bret Sexton -- jumps from+ the hi-dive. On Friday, April 15, the Railbenders, Buford T. Justice and the Woodies stop by Herman's Hideaway to help Hapi Skratch Entertainment celebrate its tenth anniversary at the first of two showcases. (The second event is set for Saturday, April 23, at the Soiled Dove, and will include performances by the Dave Beegle Acoustic Band, GasHead, Aubrey Collins, Melissa Ivey, Dead Heaven Cowboys and Drug Under.) And on Wednesday, April 20 -- that's right, 4/20 for the Zig-Zag contingent -- Steve Kimock, Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), Dave Watts (the Motet) and Reed Mathis light up Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom for Rebel Alliance Jam IV, a benefit show sponsored by Conscious Alliance.

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