· Local Pop/Rock trio The Flight Station unleash their new EP, Falling Star, Saturday in conjunction with a show at Covington's Mad Hatter. The group had gone through several lineup changes and genre shifts before landing on The Flight Station sound, inspired by the band members' love of bands like Lovedrug, Waking Ashland and The Get Up Kids. It was a good place for them to land -- the EP shows off the group's sharp songwriting skills, which exude effective, heart-wrenching Emo melodies and lyrics.theflightstationmusic.com)
· Friday and Saturday, Jazz singer Ms. Jaz returns to Chez Nora for the release of her new CD recorded at the Covington restaurant/music venue. Me Too Live was recorded at Chez Nora last spring and features Jaz's breathy, robust take on classics like "Route 66," "My Funny Valentine," Oleta Adams' "Get Here" and Sade's "Sweetest Taboo." Music starts at 8:30 p.m. both nights. (msjaz.com)
· At 7 p.m. Saturday, Rock trio The Electric Souls are having a party (with free beer, food and wine!) in honor of their new CD, House On Fire, at 7th Street Gifts in Newport. The band shows a peculiar yet enjoyable versatility on the album, with practically every track sounding different from the last. Opening cut "The Light" feels like Echo and the Bunnymen, "General Lee" has the lo-fi Pop effusiveness of Robert Pollard, "Conjure You Up" grinds heavily like an old Mountain outtake and "Hear My Baby Calling" and "Roll & Tumble" are minimalistic, haunting Blues numbers.
· Extraordinary bassist Nate White presents a free CD release party for his new disc, So Beautiful, at the Havana Martini Club Thursday at 8 p.m. White was/is a member of RAMP, the Cincinnati-bred, Roy Ayers-mentored/produced Soul/Funk/Jazz band that had a hit with "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" in the '70s and has more recently become something of a "rare groove" legend, thanks to Hip Hop producers and collectors' attention from around the world (the group is reformed and performing again; check myspace.com/ramp77 for more info). So Beautiful showcases White's dazzling bass skills and his strength as a writer of smooth "Contemporary Funk Jazz." (natewhitemusic.com)
· Singer/actress Lauren Dragon garnered a lot of attention with her star-making turn in the play Love, Janis, which drew raves when it was staged at the Playhouse in the Park last year. In between gunning for the lead in the Janis Joplin biopic and readying her one-woman-show for Las Vegas next month, Dragon has been working on her sophomore album, Mosaic. The soulful, versatile singer returns to the area to perform Saturday at Fairfield's Crystal Palace, where she will be releasing her new single, "Reflections." (laurendragon.net)
CONTACT MIKE BREEN: mbreen(at)citybeat.com