Country singer Michael Koppy is in the middle of a five-week stint appearing at free Twang Sundays, every 5 p.m. in July, at Thee Parkside, a friendly dive at the foot of Potrero Hill at 1600 17th St., San Francisco.
The accomplished, self-taught guitar picker and harmonica player even commands an audience at the joint, playing tunes by Buck Owens and June Carter Cash, along with some feisty and poignant originals, among them a song he wrote after seeing multitudes of gay couples standing in the rain in San Francisco waiting to get married.
In concert, Koppy doesn’t delve too deeply into songs on his remarkable CD, “Red River Redux,” produced by Garrett Soden.
The album features innovative takes on traditional songs — “Je T’Appartiens” (aka “Let It Be Me”), “Dixie” and “Red River Valley” — that’ll make you feel as though you’re hearing them for the first time.
For details, call (415) 503-0393 or visit www.michaelkoppy.com.
— Leslie Katz
BONE BASH VIII
Lynyrd Skynrd, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, comes to the Bay Area. The band is still going strong; it has recorded more than 60 albums and sold 26 million. Its Southern anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” has even passed the 1 million mark in downloaded master ringtones. The group is on the bill of 107.7 The Bone’s Bone Bash VII at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday, joined by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Pat Traversand Laidlaw. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m. The theater is at 1 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View. Tickets are $10.77 to $58.50.
Call (415) 421-8497 or visit www.shorelineamp.com.
The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble performs Latin-jazz classics and original compositions. The group consists of musicians ages 10 to 18. Jewels in the Square presents the free outdoor concert today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, San Francisco. For more information, call (415) 477-2600 or visit www.ljye.com.