The Bumper Jacksons

Ranging in size from a duo to a septet, The Bumper Jacksons prove the versatility of throwback music without folding to trends.

Like a patchwork quilt of Dixieland jazz, blues and Appalachian-inspired bluegrass draped over a cast of young players from distinct backgrounds, The Bumper Jacksons are part of a new wave of retro-loving musicians who act as much as music preservationists as they do creators.

When not touring or performing at various private events and festivals around the country, members of The Bumper Jacksons teach lessons and host workshops based around traditional playing styles on vintage instruments, even selling instruments they make themselves.

The Bumper Jacksons will perform Tuesday at The Sparrow, 1078 E. Montague Ave., with The V-Tones. The show is set to begin at 9 p.m. Call 744-7753 for more information.

The John King Band

After traveling from its hometown in Athens, Ga., to Los Angeles as part of the final five in the College Battle of the Bands national contest in 2011, The John King Band has been capitalizing on the recognition with constant, region-wide touring.

Founded by 24-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist John King in 2010, the young quintet builds a modern-day take on honky-tonk country upon the deep-rooted Southern rock traditions of its native Georgia.

The band's live show is surprisingly well honed for a band whose oldest member is King himself, the youngest being drummer, and King's brother, Andrew King at age 20. The group takes impressive command of a room through crowd interaction, sing-along breakdowns and an overall enthusiastic presence.

The John King Band will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. Tickets are $5 at the door, set to open at 9 p.m. Go to or call 886-8596 for more information.

Birthday Bash

Local musician Aaron Firetag and The Pour House will host Firetag's Fourth Annual Birthday Bash on Saturday.

Set to the soundtrack of several local bands and solo artists, the evening will feature original sets from Quasiphonics, Lost Highway, Cattle in the Cane, Jordan Igoe, Skwirl Grinda and others.

Music on the deck will start at 6:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and music beginning inside at 9 p.m. Tickets are $4 at the door or online at

The Pour House is at 1977 Maybank Highway. For more information, call 571-4343 or go to