Take your pick: Clint Black or The Fiddleworms

It'd be a disservice not to mention Clint Black's in town Friday night (7:30 p.m., Columbus Civic Center. $44-$52. 706-256-3612), even though I don't dig on modern C&W. Instead, I'll head downtown for the free concert by The Fiddleworms, a band that features awesome guitarist Rob Malone — a former Drive-By Trucker. They perform at the Uptown Concert Series with the Galen Kipar Project (7-10 p.m., 1200 block of Broadway. 706-596-0111).

On Saturday, I'll start by attending a Mad Tea Party. That's the name of an act that fuses jazz, folk, rock and (gulp) hillbilly music. Even someone who's not keen on country might find that combo interesting. And singer/ukelele player (ukelele-ist?) Ami Worthen is right purty. The show is put on by the Chattahoochee Folk Music Society (7 p.m., 100 Sixth Street. $15. 706-681-5859).

For a nightcap of a concert, it's across the river for a show by Mojo:Saint — the raucous, rootsy, bluesy act fronted by Billy Earl McClelland. He's written songs for Hank Jr., Waylon and Jerry Jeff Walker, and that's what we like to call, a good resume. The band performs at Phenix City's Broad Street Blues (10 p.m., Dillingham and Broad streets. 334-297-3200).

So look at that. Maybe I don't like modern country, but I'll be durned if that ain't a Southern-fried set of sounds.

— Brad Barnes

Smackin' Djibouti

When I heard Soulja Boy's "Crank That" for the 40th time last weekend, I knew it was time to expand my musical horizons.

Which is why I'm taking a temporary break from the world of cover bands and DJ dance tracks in order to shake my groove thing to some different rhythms.

The starting point? The Loft on Friday. The nightclub, located at 1032 Broadway, will host The Afromotive. The nine-piece ensemble plays Afrobeat music. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and cover is $5.

Saturday, I'll get jiggy with some hillbilly tunes during the final day of the Cherryholmes Bluegrass Festival. It's 12:15-9:30 p.m. at Hoofer's Restaurant and Gospel Barn, 3472 Hogansville Road in LaGrange. Tickets are $25 reserved and $20 at the door.

Sunday, I'll end the busy weekend with a long, steamy night of sax. That's because the Columbus Jazz Society's Concert and Jam Session will feature saxophonist Shirantha Beddage.

The show is 6-9 p.m. in Liberty Theatre, 813 Eighth Ave., and it costs $7.

— Sonya Sorich

Honor bound, duty bound

This weekend, cast aside your selfish thoughts of skipping merrily through October rain showers and buckle down for two days of arduous, unthankful citizenship.

That's right, I'm suggesting you avoid any potential fun and dive right into the cold, thankless winter of adulthood. Or, if you don't care for that line of thought, think of the following weekend picks as ways of making money and more room in your crib for all the stuff you buy with that money.

First, it's the TSYS gigantic yard sale from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at 7101 Stone Mill Drive. Maybe you missed the Junior League Attic Sale because you were hungover. Here's your second chance to stock up on random trinkets you can resell on eBay.

While you're out, swing by the Columbus Civic Center parking lot, where they'll be collecting household hazardous waste such as paint, lawn care chemicals and old computer monitors. The recycling drive is from 9-1 p.m., so put all the junk you don't want in your car before you leave for the yard sale.

Finally, after protecting the planet and buying more useless bric-a-brac, learn how to capture the sordid beauty of nature at the CSU Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center's "Outdoor Photography" program. It's Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Bring $2 for admission and your smiling face.

— Alan Riquelmy