JACUZZI BOYS SHOW 'GREAT SPIRIT'
Old Crow Medicine Show delivers the goods; Wayne Wood leads Breakfast in the Park in Riverside
Jacuzzi Boys, a Miami psychedelic garage-rock group, caught the eye of punk pioneer Iggy Pop, who called them a band with a “stupid name, but they’ve got great spirit.” The trio headlines a short tour after opening for hugely successful indie darlings Vampire Weekend. After six years playing together, the South Florida natives are finally reaching something approaching mainstream success with their new album, a self-titled and critically well-received collection of fuzzy but polished tunes. They share the Underbelly stage with St. Augustine’s queer garage-rock sweethearts Queen Beef and local post-punks Boggsie Brigade. 9 p.m. May 27, Underbelly, Downtown, $10 at the door.
RYAN RUMMEL & DIOGENES
At once ethereal and crudely childlike, Ryan Rummel’s muted illustrations depict seemingly pleasant-looking nudes regarding their disturbing environments with bored or passive expressions. Rummel, owner of Downtown’s Club TSI, creates ink portraits overlaid with acrylic paint and red clay stains. In stark contrast to Rummel’s, Diogenes’ art consists of found objects colorfully painted to look a bit like obscenely freakish faces. His work fuses inorganic and organic, a contrast with an otherworldly appearance — like the set from Killer Klowns from Outerspace, if designed by Marcel Duchamp. Reception, 6-8 p.m. May 22; exhibit runs through July 3, Florida Mining Gallery, Southside, free.
HUGGY LOWDOWN & CHRIS PAUL
You know that one uncle who’s hilarious at family reunions, but outside the family circle his jokes fall flat? That’s about the best way to sum up comedy duo Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul. They’re staples on the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, bringing their style of humor to more than 8 million listeners every weekday morning. Paul’s shared a stage with comedy heavyweights Chris Rock, Drew Carey and Martin Lawrence. Huggy’s celebrity gossip and Paul’s musical parodies take aim at the night crowd. 8 p.m. May 22-25, 10 p.m. May 23 and 24 at The Comedy Zone, Mandarin, $20-$25.
BREAKFAST IN THE PARK
One of Jacksonville’s major claims to fame is having the largest urban park system in the U.S. The most popular and picturesque of these, Riverside’s Memorial Park, an ideal spot for a romantic picnic, is also steeped in Jacksonville history. In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the U.S. Navy’s Color Guard opens a brief formal ceremony before local author Wayne Wood speaks about the history of the park, dedicated in 1924, and its centerpiece sculpture Life, designed by C. Adrian Pillars. 9-10:30 a.m. May 26 at Memorial Park, Riverside, with breakfast treats donated by local merchants, free. A game of Ultimate Frisbee follows the ceremony.
OLD-TIME STRING MUSIC
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
Twenty years ago, Old Crow Medicine Show’s current level of mainstream success was inconceivable. The seven-piece string band collective cut its teeth the old-fashioned way, coalescing around street-corner busking sessions and mountain-holler hoedowns. A fortuitous (and spontaneous) performance for bluegrass legend Doc Watson in 2000 gave OCMS its first big break, followed in 2004 by a co-author arrangement with Bob Dylan on “Wagon Wheel,” now one of the Great American Songbook’s most prominent entries (despite its ubiquitous treatment by Hootie, sans Blowfish). Get ready to stomp your feet and clap your hands because these stadium-level stars, Billboard chart toppers and Grand
Ole Opry members have one of the most riveting, authentically revivalist stage presences in the world. 7 p.m. May 25, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., $29.75-$39.75.
A Portuguese music blogger describes The Delusionaires’ sound as “dirty-rock instrumental played and poorly recorded in a filthy striptease nightclub full of fat drunks throwing up at the bar.” You can’t get much higher praise than that. The sleazy Orlando surf-rock quartet bring their brand of garage-punk mania to Shanghai Nobby’s with their rockabilly do-wop friends The Wild Tones and local heroes Thee Harmonious Fists, best known for their holiday classic, “Merry Fistmas.” 9 p.m. May 24, Shanghai Nobby’s, St. Augustine, $7.