Weekend Picks (from Music Board):

[image-1]Most avid local jamgrass fans go way back with Atlanta group Blueground Undergrass, a skilled troupe led by Atlanta banjo man Reverend Jeff Mosier (formerly of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit). They were pioneers in the jam-rock-bluegrass fusion that originated in the late 1990s. Mosier, fiddler Owen Saunders, guitarist Johnny Mosier, pedal steel player Mark Van Allen, and guests headline at the Pour House on Friday with strong support from an up-and-coming bluegrass/roots-pop Washington D.C. quartet called Junior League Band (pictured). Led by singer and banjoist Lissy Rosemont, the group recently released a beautiful collection of twangy mood music called The Potomac 2-Step. A full-length is scheduled for release this fall. The gig is Fri. Aug. 29 @ The Pour House. Admission is $12, $10 (adv.). —TBL

[image-2]Charleston rock quartet Ko has a busy weekend ahead of them. Singer/guitarist Brian Hannon, drummer Kelly Grant, guitarist T.J. Ave-Lallemant, and bassist Matthew Royse plan to “play their songs loud” with opening sets at the Music Farm on Friday (cover is $8) and at the Village Tavern on Saturday (cover is $5). The band recently released an independently-produced 10-song collection titled The Opposite of What You Would Call Ordinary, a lo-fi romp of strummy, garage-style slacker pop in the vein of Guided by Voices, Folk Implosion, and Iron & Wine … with a head cold. “We’ve just come back from a month long tour and we are eager to play for our hometown again,” says Hannon. “We’ve gained some experience on the road and we’re more ready than ever to introduce our songs to a larger audience.” Ko shares the stage at the Farm with Firework Show and Run Dan Run. They’re with the Hayloft Saints at the Tavern. Holler out for the anthemic “Moment of Silence.” —TBL

[image-3]The 2007 release of JJ Grey & Mofro’s Country Ghetto introduced more people to their blend of down-home roots, rock, and soul than their two previous efforts, Blackwater (2001) and Lochloosa (2004). Now with a greater following hungry for more of their deep-fried, swamp-grown jams, the band is proud of its latest effort, Orange Blossoms (Alligator). Grey bellows out the lyrics in his soulful voice, guitarist Daryl Hance provides bluesy guitar licks, bassist/organist Adam Scone brings the funk, while saxophonist Art Edmaiston and trumpeter Dennis Marion’s mere presence makes Mofro impossible to pigeon hole. It’s hard to tell whether the Florida band is old-school or a group of pioneers venturing into uncharted musical waters. Whatever they are, their show at the Windjammer on Sun. Aug. 31 with openers Nervous Turkey is a must-see (cover is $15). —Myles Hutto