swingin' blues and Americana. 9:00 p.m.
The guys in Whiskey Diablo — Brian Widlowski (drums), Jonathan Gray (bass/vocals), and Patrick Blake (vocals/guitar/kazoo) — sure know how to wail. And they damn well better. After all, their latest rowdy, roots-rocking foot-stomper is called Wail and Serenade. It’s also one helluva kneeslapper, thanks to tracks like “My Three Ex-Wives,” “The Last Time,” and “Outdoor Cat.” When it comes to adding a dash of ha-ha to Whiskey Diablo’s songs, Blake offers a word of advice. “Humor must be honest in order to be effective,” he says. “Serious songs can sometimes get swallowed by their overly dramatic nature which can lead to a loss of authenticity. Just like any good book, film, or play, I think it’s important for a song to have some sort of balance of comedy and drama.” You can catch Blake and company at two gigs this week. —Chris Haire