Guitarist Selwyn Birchwood At Moondog’s; Food Truck Festival at The Meadows (Fri., 5/24/19)

1) The Tampa Bay, Florida, area has some very talented blues guitarists, and one of those players—Selwyn Birchwood—is on the rise. He started playing at 13 and later met a neighbor—noted blues guitarist Sonny Rhodes—who taught him about blues guitar, lap steel guitar, and the business of running a band. Rhodes also insisted that Birchwood get a college education. He played in Rhodes’s band, took classes, and would even eventually earn an MBA from the University of Tampa. 2013 saw him winning the International Blues Challenge (IBC), and the next year he released Don’t Call No Ambulance on Alligator Records. Birchwood and his band won several major awards for the release. His latest album is 2017s Pick Your Poison. Moondog’s. 8:30 p.m. 378 Freeport Rd., Blawnox.  

2) Attention food truck fanatics: The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is hosting a Food Truck Festival today through Sunday. It will be appropriately held on its racetrack apron. Over 50 food trucks will be there including: The Coop Chicken and Waffles, Franktuary, Hummus Pittsburgh, Kona Ice, and the Mac and Gold Truck. There will also be music and a vendor’s marketplace with both food and non-food businesses. 5 to 9:30 p.m. today. Free admission. 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington.

3) The Taffetas, a musical tribute to 1950s girl groups, follows four fictional singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana who call themselves (of course) The Taffetas. They are set to make their debut on the DuMont TV network’s “Spotlight on Music!” The Tafettas sing the songs of The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters, and The Chordettes. They are accompanied by a three-piece band. Apple Hill Playhouse performs The Taffetas at a location precisely midway between Muncie and the DuMont Building in New York: It’s at 275 Manor Rd., Delmont. 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through May 26. (MV)

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