You can’t keep a great ska band down, which explains why Viva Ska Vegas returns to the Fremont Country Club at 5 p.m. The 12-band lineup looks tight: the Untouchables, Chris Murray, Five Iron Frenzy, plus my new fave, Skapeche Mode. (Yes, the latter performs ska covers of new wave songs.) Bonus: There’s a free 9 p.m. September 19 pre-concert in Downtown Container Park featuring Debonaires, California Celts and Isolated Victims.
Former Phantom lead Kristen Hertzenberg returns to Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center for two shows, 5 and 8 p.m. This time she’s focusing on lyrically driven songs from the blues, rock, jazz, folk and country genres, while her band—which includes singer-guitarist Ben Hale (Crimson Balladeers) and singer-pianist Martin Kaye—remains top-notch.
He’s been called a classical musician “for the iPod generation” and is known to play everything from Maurice Ravel concertos to the theme from the Super Mario Bros. video game. Indeed, Alpin Hong is a virtuosic and visceral pianist. I’m eager to witness him tear the roof off Henderson Pavilion at 8 p.m.
The metal event of the year has got to be Judas Priest at the Pearl in the Palms, 8 p.m. The British heavy-rock pioneers are touring in support of their Redeemer of Souls album, but they also promise to perform all the classic hits from their 40-year career of sonic evil.
The decade wait was worth it for the second album by Toronto noise-rock duo Death From Above 1979. The Physical World fires on all musical cylinders. Monstrous guitar riffs and scary-as-fuck vocals are on display in “Right On, Frankenstein!” This 9 p.m. show at Brooklyn Bowl has me volume-training my eardrums.