Friday: Neon Lit, the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ MFA/PhD reading series, comes to Writer’s Block. Scheduled to read are Aurora Brackett, Shaun Christensen, Joleen Long, Péter Zilahy, Brittany Bronson, and retiring UNLV Creative Writing professor Richard Wiley. Doors are at 6 p.m. and the reading begins at 7. Arrive early; space is limited.
Who doesn’t love free fried chicken, wrapped in vintage soul?
Fun synth-pop throwback Part Time plays Beauty Bar, with Broken Water, MOONBOOTS, Haberdashers, and DJ Fish sharing the bill. Doors are at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 at the door. 21 and over.
“One man punk band” Hamell on Trial plays a free show at the Bunkhouse, 9 p.m. He’s immediately followed by the return of Chicken Shack, a night of old school soul, dirty funk and sweet chicken grease. Both events are 21 and over.
Solid metal band oCastle plays Backstage Bar & Billiards, with Dinner Music For The Gods, Spiritual Shepherd, and Blue Coraline. Doors are at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 at the door. 21 and over.
Saturday: Velveteen Rabbit hosts a memorial for DJ Aurajin. It’s a chance for Aurajin’s friends to come together and share stories of their friend, who likely would have approved of the good times continuing on in his absence. 20% of all bar sales will go to offset his memorial expenses. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 21 and over.
Professional ass-kickers the Dirty Hooks play Backstage Bar & Billiards with the Stone Foxes, Love Vendetta, Toy Bombs, and Jack and the B-fish. Doors are at 8 p.m., and tickets are $11 at the door. 21 and over.
Sunday: Ascending Dayton, Ohio rockers Hawthorne Heights (pictured at top) play Backstage Bar & Billiards with Courage My Love, Mark Rose, Shane Henderson, and Dayseeker. Doors are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 at the door. 21 and over.