Top Huntsville arts/entertainment picks for the week
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BREAKTHROUGH POTENTIAL

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The Red Clay Strays are a band built for the stage. This Mobile-based quintet is equally awesome at roots-rock, classic-country or even deep-gospel. If it’s handmade and homemade, The Strays can play it. Their debut single, twangy “Good Godly Woman,” scored a synch in the Stephen King movie “Doctor Sleep” and has been streamed almost 180,000 times on Spotify. Frontman Drew Nix is a six-foot-six vocal powerhouse with star potential. And The Strays have a shot at being Alabama’s next breakthrough band.

The Red Clay Strays, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28, SideTracks Music Hall, 415 Church St. N.W. Ste. 12, tickets $12 and up, evitbrite.com, redclaystrays.com

PHOTO EXHIBIT

A victory lap for the Huntsville Photographic Society’s 2020 “members’ showcase” at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The collection is comprised of around 50 photos, selected to the theme of “anticipation.” HPS was founded in 1964, to help promote photography in the Huntsville area.

Huntsville Photographic Society: 2020 Members’ Showcase, exhibit closes Nov. 29, Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church St. S.W., admission $12 adults, museum hours at hsvmuseum.org, hpsphoto.org

SONGWRITER TO KNOW

SarahJayne finds lyrical inspiration in everything from a TV show she’s embarrassed she watched (as on the tune “Uninvited”) to her thirst for self-discovery (“Gypsy Heart”). She’s a talented local singer/songwriter you should know.

SarahJayne, 6 – 9 p.m. Nov. 27, Fractal Brewing Project, 3200 Leeman Ferry Road, free to attend, fractalbrewing.com, facebook.com/greedylittlesongbird (artist’s FB page)

BLUES AND BEYOND

Blues bands are the most fun when they mix in curveballs. That’s exactly what Huntsville combo Eric Rhodes Band does to you. Led by their namesake guitar-slinger, the ERB has both boots in the blues, plenty of Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray Vaughan. They also keep a few Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan covers in their back pockets. “I’ve been working with these same guys for 15 to 18 years,” Eric Rhodes tells AL.com. “It’s good stuff.”

Eric Rhodes Band, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Sports Page Lounge & Deli, 9009 Memorial Pkwy. S.W., free to attend, facebook.com/sportspagehuntsville1, facebook.com/EricRhodesMusic

CRAFT BEER

Naughty or Spice kinda sounds like the name of an adult novelties store. At Salty Nut Brewery, that’s the title of their interesting new take on a “Belgian single” style beer. Holiday sapors, including cranberry mulling spices and vanilla, shape this 4.6 percent ABV (or alcohol by volume) brew.

Naughty or Spice Belgian, available now, Salty Nut Brewery taproom, 2404 Clinton Ave. W., $6 pint (to-go: $9 crowler, $16 - $20 growler), saltynutbrewery.com

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