Hot picks: Elvis Monroe, Tom Russell, Rickie Lee Jones and more

Anchorage Daily NewsMarch 21, 2013 

Elvis is in the building

What do you get when you combine Matchbox 20, Paperback Hero, Lifehouse and The Drills? That'd be modern rock outfit Elvis Monroe, featuring members from each of the bands listed. Catch them 8 p.m. Friday, Wendy Williamson, $20-$30.

Cowboy songs

Tom Russell's tunes have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, but he has been releasing his own brand of Tex-Mex-inspired country-folk for three decades. He performs in Palmer 7 p.m. Thursday, Vagabond Blues, $25, and Sydney Laurence Theatre on March 30, 7:30 p.m., $27.50. concert

Here comes the fun

The Classical Mystery Tour is a touring Beatles tribute show featuring a group of Fab Four look-a-likes backed by an orchestra. The band teams with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 29, Atwood Concert Hall, $33-$54.

Variety show

Rickie Lee Jones' biggest commercial success came in the late '70s with "Chuck E's in Love," but the genre-jumping songwriter has been a critic-favorite for more than 30 years. She performs 7 p.m. Sunday, Atwood Concert Hall, $36.50. Visit for info. 

Rhythm nation

Founded in 1973, California's San Jose Taiko takes traditional Japanese drums and performs large ensemble arrangements. See and hear them in action 7:30 p.m. Friday, Atwood Concert Hall, $20-$28. Visit for info.

Still standing

Comedian Erin Jackson has been on both Comedy Central and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and she was a semifinalist on season six of "Last Comic Standing." See her stand-up act in person Thursday, 7:30 p.m., UAA Student Union Den. Tickets are $10, free for students. Visit erinjackson. net for info.



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