A horror-jug band with a gravel-gargling singer, Champagne Charlie doesn't take it easy on the creepy minor keys or the malicious, moustache curling content. A baritone growl howls drinking man's songs, making the Denver band a B-horror flick junkie's dream. The snarling polka music could easily lend background to a banjo-driven folk circus, read "American Horror Story" with a soundtrack curated by Tom Waits. 9 pm. Fri., Nov. 21. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
This local soul and funk band combines and screamin' female vocals for an easily danceable groove set chock-full of horns, keys, and pedaled-up guitar solos. These musicians show their chops with jazz and blues-based foundations with improvisational and jam rants that spiral songs into whirling instrumental tornadoes. 8 pm. Sat. Nov. 22, Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
A member of the traditional Americana pirate folk revival, Joshua James Esterline, who when he's playing solo and acoustic goes by Acousta Noir, strips punk music to its very roots in swigging guitar chords and storytelling, crackling gypsy lyricism. It's train-riding music, or ship-riding or driving, whatever your preferred mode of travel is, this is the music for speeding over land and sea to undiscovered courtiers, cities and people. 9:30 pm. Wed., Nov 26. Dojo, 852 NW Brooks St. No cover.