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Reverend Horton Heat at Canal Club

Many years after the days of Elvis and Janis Martin, rockabilly was mated with punk, and that late-generation hybrid was incarnated in bands like the Reverend's. Here are the shiny suits and big hair and rolling guitars. Here is Jimbo, standing with his upright bass and just plonking away. The Rev has that same Elvisian dichotomy, the polished songs of salvation stamped with the hot-rod flames of damnation. And it comes at you real fast. Murder by Death and The Tossers open Thursday, March 22, at 8:30 p.m. $17.50-$20. 643-2582.

12 Fl. Oz. Barn Dance at Crossroads



Where, oh where, did rockabilly come from? That strange hybrid has been rolling around honky-tonks and motor-city bars since the '50s. And back when Elvis was broadcasting that sinful music for RCA, he chose as his female counterpart Janis Martin. Used to playing barn dances in Danville, the legend goes, she got a dozen roses from the King and became known as "the Female Elvis Presley." With appearances on "The Tonight Show" and a show at the Grand Ole Opry, she established herself as the first Queen. WRIR, in its arcane wisdom, brings Janis Martin to the Crossroads Art Center for a show with local country outfit Buttercup, plus an appearance by the man who once brought hamburgers to Elvis himself, Hamburger James. Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. $12-$15. 278-8950.

The Blues Is Alright Tour with Clarence Carter

Sure, there's Roy C, Bobby Bland, Bobby Rysh, Shirley Brown, Mel Waiters and others who carried the blues torch down through the years. But none did what Clarence Carter did, which was to narrate, in song, his lovemaking habits including helpful cardinal directions! in his classic soul tune, "Strokin." Carter's contributions to instructional sex music, as well as the others' contributions to the blues canon, is heard in The Blues Is Alright Tour, coming to the Richmond Coliseum Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. $43.50-$50.50. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 262-8100.

St. Patrick's Irish Festival in Church Hill

Even Ireland locks up the leprechauns eventually. But not Richmond. We'll celebrate St. Patrick until the chocolate-cream eggs force the green hats off the shelf. St. Paddy's festivities culminate, for the 22nd year, up in Church Hill with two days of music, dancing and head-shaving, kicking off with a parade Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. and continuing March 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is a $2 donation. For a listing of bands and events, visit www.saintpatrickchurchhill.org/Festival.htm or call 365-1093.

The Camel Opens

Speaking of WRIR, down in the bowels of the building that houses that broadcast institution is a new venue, which in this town bears watching, music venues being a tricky thing. And sparse as a whatchamacallit walking through the desert. But it's starting strong, with a weekend of shows. Prabir and the Substitutes, Appalachian Sisters, and Hoots and Hellmouth kick it off Saturday, March 24, at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 25, By the End of Tonight, Souvenir's Young America and Aughra perform, starting at 6 p.m. Both shows are $6. 1621 W. Broad St. 353-4901. S

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