Philly Loves Petty. A local tribute to the rock great whose death this month at 66 has left a gaping hole in the music community’s heart. Hosted by Low Cut Connie and featuring Ben Arnold, Mo Lowda & the Humble, Travel Lanes, No Good Sister, Ross Bellenoit, Rekardo Lee, and more. Sunday at Ardmore Music Hall.
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, by Joe Hagan. A well-written and thorough biography of the magazine founded during the 1960s counterculture that brought real journalistic standards to rock-and-roll writing and that played a major role in creating celebrity culture. It’s filled with colorful characters, like writers Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, original cover boy John Lennon, photographer Annie Liebowitz, and Wenner himself. It’s especially timely now that Rolling Stone is for sale. And you know it’s juicy because after cooperating with the author, Wenner now thinks it’s “deeply flawed and tawdry.” (Knopf, $29.95)
La Tribu de Abrante. A 12-piece family band from Puerto Rico led by singer Hector Abrante that has been displaced by Hurricane Maria. The San Juan big band plays traditional bomba and plena melodies, as well as Latin jazz, salsa, and funk. Brooklyn combo Chimbita opens. Part of the free Latin Roots Live! series. Sunday at the World Cafe Live.
Little Richard. Here’s Little Richard. A two-disc reissue of Richard Penniman’s debut album, which collected the remarkable run of mid-1950s wildcat singles that made him the flamboyant star of his era, often using the same musicians, like drummer Earl Palmer and sax man Lee Allen, that Fats Domino employed at the time. On Concord Records.
Irma Thomas. The reigning Queen of New Orleans soul and gospel teams up with the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, the latter being the more traditional offshoot of the trad jazz institution. The spirit of the late Fats Domino will surely be called upon. Wednesday at Copeland Hall at the Grand in Wilmington.