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Tinsley in town

A full schedule this week in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., includes the return of blues guitar genius Tinsley Ellis, who comes back to the Allentown establishment at 8 p.m. Thursday. Ann Philippone will open, and Ellis will change things up a bit. In past Nietzsche's appearances, he has played two sets with an intermission; this time around, he'll be cramming one long set with an aural history of the electric blues.

On Wednesday, Nietzsche's hosts folk-poetry slam tour de force Hamell on Trial, who will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Saturday night finds reggae veteran Neville Francis and his Riddim Posse arriving in Nietzsche's for a 10 p.m. show.

Tonight, the Alison Pipitone Band and guests Free Henry will also welcome Pamela Ryder back to town from her new home in Austin, Texas. This triple-bill kicks off at 10 p.m. For additional info on all these shows, call Nietzsche's at 886-8539.


Saturday soul

Every Saturday, the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., hosts Soul Matinees with the Ronnie Davis Combo providing the blue tones beginning at 3 p.m. Davis, aka Lee Ron Zydeco, is a masterful keyboardist; with his combo, he digs deep into the history of organ trio music, a la Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff.

Sounds like a winning way to while away the afternoon. Call the club at 874-7734 with questions.


Gig picks

Tonight, Tina Marie Williams celebrates the release of her new disc, "Acceptable," inside the Tralf, beginning at 8 p.m. Williams, winner of the 2005 Kingdom Bound Talent Search, will share the stage with her guests One Foot in Heaven. Tickets are available now for $10 through Ticketmaster. Admission at the door will be $13.50

Next Friday, the Whiskey Daredevils, Lords of the Highway and Uncle Scratch team up inside Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is $7.

Tonight, Action Reaction comes to Club Infinity at 8 p.m. . . . Nightmare of You hits the same venue at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Kittie and Neurosonic come to the Buffalo Icon at 7 p.m. Saturday. . . . On Saturday, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials arrive for a show inside the Tralf, beginning at 8 p.m.


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