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Fly Me to the Moon: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Prime Only—For some of us of a less certain age, Frank Sinatra evokes nothing so much as the office populated by the men of The Sopranos. We know Frank's a representative of a more innocent era—when a President Kennedy could womanize in private, and the secretaries squealed when their butts got pinched by men staggering back to the office from three-martini lunches. Or is that Mad Men? Anyway, America was great in the 1950s, the era of Mickey Mantle, Dwight Eisenhower and the Bomb—and, lest we forget, ol' Blue Eyes and the rest of his ratty, nicotine-stained pack. Starting tonight and continuing through Oct. 11, N.C. Theatre and Prime Only Downtown present Fly Me to the Moon: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Veteran Sinatra manqué Joe Amato—a former backup singer for Dion, we're told—will sing the songs we know by heart. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8. There will also be a late, cocktail-only show at 10 p.m. Tickets for the dinner show are $70 per person. For reservations and information, call 831-6941. —David Fellerath

Downtown—"SPARKcon is a potluck-style creative festival that showcases and promotes local talent. It's 'potluck-style' because we don't program what goes into it," reads the purpose statement for SPARKcon, the downtown Raleigh conference designed for the open exchange of art, ideas and ideals now in its third year. "We just provide a stage for those who want to show what they've got or facilitate those who want to contribute their unique perspective to improving our environment." That said, this weekend's musical selections, collectively dubbed musicSPARK, don't offer surprises or big names, but they do offer three nights of strong talent on stages spread through the city center. Four bands (Hammer No More the Fingers, Strange Faces, The Trousers and Young Sons) play Tir Na Nog Thursday, followed by story-and-song swappers Kenny Roby and Terry Anderson at Slim's on Friday. If you only see one show, though, make it Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls with Lonnie Walker on Saturday at Slim's: Bacchus is a Lower East Side émigré who calls Wake County home these days, but his strongly swaggered rock hasn't lost its edge. Greenville's Lonnie Walker mixes Pacific Northwest early indie with sweaty Carolina sensibilities, and it's a spark you'd better keep watching. Also, look for music at N.C. Museum of Science's Bugfest on Saturday. —Grayson Currin


Blue Mountain
The Pour House—Late 2000 in a sprawling ranch on the outskirts of Duke Forest, Blue Mountain—as close to a power trio as you'll encounter in the roots-leaning world—unleashed a torrent of blues-honoring, slide-guitar-driven rock and turned a living room into a roadhouse. Not long after that house concert, though, word came that the marriage of founders Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt was breaking up, and with it the band. It took six long years for word to come that Blue Mountain had re-formed. And, praise the spirit of reunion and the glory of muscle memory, the trio's back with the same power-roots energy and transformative powers—and a new record. The unleashing begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and gifted singer/ songwriter Cory Branan opens. —Rick Cornell

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