Reunited 'cause it feels so good, Zen Frisbee--for a long time the most indescribably sublime rock band in Chapel Hill--return for a show at The Cave this Thursday, July 6. Those who think the willfully blasé band is making an 11th-hour attempt at major-label rock stardom will be relieved to know this one-off occasion is related to the band's playing at a friend's wedding.
Core members Brian Walker, Kevin Dixon and Laird Dixon (pictured below) will be joined by bassist Shawn Albert and original ZF drummer Chuck Garrison. The show will be taped for future broadcast on Cave owner Mouse's cable access "Z-TV" program, so be sure to bring those "Laird 3:16" signs. --Gavin O'Hara
Shelby Lynne (pictured above) is one of those overnight successes that took 10 years to happen. After three uneventful releases in a contemporary country vein, Lynne hooked up with Sheryl Crow producer Bill Bottrell and overhauled her sound from the ground up. The result is the sultry, soulful I Am Shelby Lynne, one of the most acclaimed "debuts" by an artist over the past year. With hints of Dusty Springfield and Bonnie Raitt wrapped around a deep Alabama drawl, Lynne's voice has an expressive range only hinted at in this nonetheless fine release. Bottrell's overly mannered production doesn't trust Lynne enough, so you have to play the more understated cuts like "Leavin'" and "Dreamsome" to really hear what she can do. On these, Lynne pulls you in to her world with a delivery as nuanced, effortless and evocative as you're likely to find on a "pop" release. She performs at Cat's Cradle on Tuesday, July 11. Call 967-9053 for details. --Farnum Brown
When BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet first played the Triangle some 15 years ago, they wondered what the audience expected, whether they had heard of them or wanted to dance. Since then they've opened for the Grateful Dead, hung out with Little Richard at the Grammy Awards, and backed Mary Chapin Carpenter on her mega hit "Down At the Twist & Shout." Their hallmark remains the most kick-ass Cajun combo most of us have ever enjoyed outside Louisiana, propelled by Michael Doucet's otherworldly fiddle and exuberant vocals and a rocking rhythm section equally at home at a fais-do-do or the Super Dome. See them at 8 p.m. on July 8 at the N.C. Museum of Art; tickets are $18 reserved or $15 general admission ($3 less on each for museum members). For information, call 715-5923. --Art Menius