Eddy Burke's folk smirks with a smart, other-side-of-the-tracks wisdom. Taking on a variety of influences, it ranges from moments of rock 'n' roll to deeply affecting folk romanticism. His more sparse acoustic tracks have the old-timey sound of a wayfaring troubadour, like gravel under the tires of a Model T Ford, while other songs are more rousing and upbeat. Burke's live performances are a treat, his vocals reminiscent of Jonathan Richman's articulated lilt. To anyone who hasn't seen him live, he remains among coal, a diamond waiting to be discovered. Opening the evening is the Chicago-based country-folk of Melinda Bosco. 21+.
Tue., May 27, 9 p.m., 2008