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Monday music picks: Gary Nicholson and friends, Andrew Bird

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 15, 2014

Gary Nicholson and friends at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul. “And friends” could be a pretty significant tag to this sneaky booking, given that Nicholson has written songs for some of country’s biggest stars as well as a few rock greats (including Ringo Starr). A potential clue to the guests is that Nicholson also is booked for a Wednesday happy-hour gig at the Saxon Pub with Johnny Russell and Lee Roy Parnell. But no matter who else shows up at C-Boy’s, hearing Nicholson do his own songs is enough of a draw in and of itself. $7. 10 p.m. 2008 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.

Also:Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, who are at the Paramount Theatre. … Thorny Rose Wines kicks off its annual summer series “The Wine Down” at ACL Live with free music from 5-7 p.m. by Kevin Russell’s hot band Shinyribs, plus food samples from Cantina Laredo. … Joining Christine Albert as this month’s co-hosts of Mystery Monday at El Mercado are Shake Russell and Michael Hearne. … Triple bills of local acts are on tap at Sahara Lounge, with Ali Holder, Darren Hoff & the Hard Times and Kathryn Legendre, and the Mohawk’s indoor stage, with Hollow Trees, Mellowphant and Rotten Mangos.