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Saturday music picks: Jim Lauderdale, Grapes of Wrath 75 Project

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Jim Lauderdale at Cactus Cafe. As the host of the Americana Music Awards show in Nashville since it began in 2002, Lauderdale has become one of the genre’s most recognizable names, though he also still has a foot planted firmly in more traditional country music. He plays toward that end on his new 20-song double-album “I’m a Song,” which features guest vocal appearances from Lee Ann Womack and Patty Loveless. Mostly it’s a showcase for Lauderdale’s own down-to-earth twangy singing, especially on a remake of his classic early-’90s song “King of Broken Hearts.” $25-$28, 8:30 p.m., 2247 Guadalupe St., cactuscafe.org. — Peter Blackstock

Also: Local musician and producer Rob Halverson brings his music-and-theater Grapes of Wrath 75 Project to the Spiderhouse Ballroom with performers including Abra Moore, Aimee Bobruk and Amparo Garcia-Crow. … Don’t look now, but it’s a Polkapocalypse! Elizabet Ney Museum hosts five hours of polka pandemonium with Brave Combo, Los Pinkys, the Fabulous Polkasonics and Los Morales Boyz from noon to 5 p.m., and it’s free. … American Sharks rock hard and fast at Hotel Vegas. … All-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser performs at the Long Center’s Dell Hall. … Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) brings his solo project to the Parish. … Former Ghostland Observatory vocalist Aaron Behrens takes a Midnight Stroll to the Scoot Inn. … NYC DJ Rich Medina stages his excellent “Jump ’n’ Funk” party at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. … Winnipeg folk-punkerGreg Rekus plays a free show at Rattle Inn with Craig Marshall. … North Carolina roots-rock band Holy Ghost Tent Revival stops by Lamberts. … The Saxon Pub features top-shelf blues with Omar & the Howlers at 10 p.m. and country with James Hand at 6 p.m. … Head north to the Roost for sets by hot local acts Latasha Lee & the Black Ties and KP & the Boom Boom, or to Carousel Lounge for pop-rock acts the Rite Flyers, Daylight Titans and A.R. Supply.