Also Good Bets: Today-July 1

The Melvilles play at Fitger’s Brewhouse on Friday night.

The Melvilles are a six-man Minneapolis band that bills itself as rock, country rock with a touch of jangly pop. "We do a country version of a Velvet Underground tune. We do a bluegrassy version of Roxy Music. We do a hard-rock version of Buck Owens," according to the band’s bio.

The Melvilles — Brian Amelang (vocals, keyboard, melodica, mandolin), Steve Michels Boyce (bass, vocals), Dan Mackaman (lead guitar), John W. Noren (drums), Karl Schweikart (guitar, vocals), and David Whitman (guitar, vocals) — play at 9 p.m. Friday at Fiters, 600 E. Superior St.

Become a fan of "… And on the 7th Day God Rocked" on Facebook, and help 4 Track Films get their fan count into the quadruple digits. More fans means more clout with online distributors.

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"God Rocked" is a mockumentary by the local filmmakers that told the story of a Christian Battle of the Bands, and included cameos from tons of the faces in the local music scene, and Sacred Heart Music Center.

Richie Havens will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, and Harry Manx will open a show that starts at 8:15 p.m. on Friday at Big Top Chautauqua. Tickets are $20-$38.

Havens emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s, and for more than three decades has made music speaking of brotherhood and personal freedom. Manx is a blues man.

Mother Banjo’s CD release show is at 8 p.m. Friday at Beaner’s Central, 324 Central Ave. Special guests include Jerree Small, Brent Floren and "Sneaky" Pete Bauer — a harp player who played on Mother Banjo’s new full-length album "The Sad and the Found." There is a $5 cover.

Mother Banjo, a one-woman show out of Minneapolis featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, describes its sound as acoustic, folk, indie.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune said of Mother Banjo: "… Traditional folk and bluegrass sounds with genuinely poetic lyrics, landing somewhere between Gillian Welch and Lucy Kaplansky."

A Starlight Incident, a relatively new creation of Trevor Schmidt, has two shows in the area this Wave cycle. ASI first plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at Beaner’s Central, then at 8 p.m. Monday at Thirsty Pagan Brewing.

A Starlight Incident has ties to locally connected Jamestown Story, having played many shows together,spent time living in Esko and has cousins from Duluth. Schmidt grew up in Bend, Ore.

Former Duluthian turned Los Angeles transplant Todd Eckart is performing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Horsehoe Bar & Billiards on West Superior St. Billed as "The Las Vegas Show," Eckart will perform in the vein of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. There is a $5 cover, but $10 will get you a rib-eye dinner, too. For tickets, call (218) 391-7098.

The Liebling Bros. Family Circus of Orlando, Fla., is coming to town. The show will feature performers from all over the world: Hula hoop artists, jugglers, trained monkeys, aerialists, acrobats, daredevils, and clowns. Elephant rides, pony rides, a moon bounce slide and more. Guest star Logan Jacot will do some contorting and balancing, fire eating and glass walking.

Performances are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Gary New Duluth behind St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church at 98th Ave. W. and Bowser St. Then the show moves to South St. Louis County Fairgrounds. On Friday and Saturday, the show is at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There is an additional performance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, catch the show at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Daithi Sproule and the HiBs are performing at 9 p.m. Friday at Carmody Irish Pub. Called a "Seminal figure in Irish music" by the Rough Guide To Irish Music, Sproule was born in Northern Ireland and continues to perform traditional Irish tunes.

The HiBs are play Celtic, acoustic folk music.

On Saturday night, Crows in the Corn will play at Carmody. The New Orleans style jam band starts at 9 p.m.

Also Good Bets, a companion to the Wave’s Best Bets section, is a weekly feature that includes additional ways to fill your entertainment schedule for the next week.