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THE GRANDSONS at Nick's Nightclub, Alexandria

  • Nick's Nightclub 642 South Pickett Street Alexandria, VA, 22304 United States (map)

9-11pm, $10

A fan once described The Grandsons as "American music in a blender with the lid off." This low-down tuba-toting sax-blowing rock and roll band acknowledges influences in an eclectic whirlpool of New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two-steps. The Grandsons bring with them a pawn shop of instruments. Vocalist-guitarist-trumpeter Alan MacEwen charms audiences with his sly wit and winsome original songs; DC blues veteran Matthew Sedgley locks in the groove on drums and percussion. Saxophonist Chris Watling puts out a sound so meaty and memorable that he is in demand all over as a guest artist and session player.