Event Pick: Cracker at the Broadberry 

Friday, May 8

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Like Ted Nugent, David Lowery is becoming as well known for the things he says as for the music he makes. The main difference between the two is that the Motor City Madman spews fictional political, moral and social profanities while the Cracker frontman rails against the nonfictional, wholesale swindling of musicians in the Internet age. Adding to their differences is that Lowery’s music remains relevant. First with his group Camper Van Beethoven and now with Cracker, Lowery is a thrift store of inspirations. He and longtime co-conspirator and guitarist Johnny Hickman mix rock, punk, country, blues and folk to create their Everyman psychedelia. One of the first commercially viable “alternative” acts of the early ’90s, Cracker placed emphasis on hooks, harmony and history — the keys to its continuing success. Cracker brings its hits and current batch of crowd pleasers to the Broadberry on Friday, May 8, with Virginia native Lauren Hoffman opening. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $15-$18. thebroadberry.com.

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