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Rock Picks, May 15: Bluesman Elvin Bishop at Artsplosure

Elvin Bishop, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, will play at Raleigh’s Artsplosure festival this weekend.
Elvin Bishop, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, will play at Raleigh’s Artsplosure festival this weekend. Getty Images

Joan Jett got most of the attention at last month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, but it was equally heart-warming to see journeyman bluesman Elvin Bishop go into the hall as a member of Paul Butterfield Blues Band. And God bless him, the 72-year-old Bishop still sounds just as agelessly spry as ever on his new album, “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” (Alligator Records). You can see Bishop for free at at 8 p.m. Saturday at Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh; he’s part of a diverse weekend-long music lineup that also includes Those Darlins, Israel Nash, American Aquarium and lots more. See raleighartsfestival.com for details.

Other highlights

▪ Shelby Lynne is such an astonishing singer that she makes pretty much any vocal feat seem effortless. So it is that her 13th and newest album “I Can’t Imagine” (Rounder Records) takes another breezy star turn through the Americana universe – from Memphis soul to California twang, with Crescent City blue-eyed soul in between – and makes it all sound as natural as breathing. She’ll show that off live Monday at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $26-$36. See carolinatheatre.org for details.

▪ Deep South Entertainment, a music management/production company in Raleigh, is an integral part of the music side of everything from the State Fair to various local street events. And on the management side, Deep South has been involved in making hits since the mid-’90s, from Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” in 1997 to North Carolina rock-turned-country band Parmalee’s “Carolina” in recent years. This year is the company’s 20th anniversary; to mark the occasion, the Deep South Street Festival in the vicinity of downtown Raleigh’s Deep South The Bar will present both those bands as well as Vienna Teng, Kasey Tyndall, I Was Totally Destroying It, Hank Sinatra, Collapsis and lots more. It happens Saturday on two outdoor stages from noon to 11 p.m. and tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the gate. See deepsouthentertainment.com for details.

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