From 1999 to 2004, Medicine Tongue was one of the trenchant forces on the local metal scene, drawing airplay and headbanger bonus points for their 2002 debut album, Collide, and a 2003 follow-up, … And Soon the Sun Will Rise. But the band has been quiet for the last several years while its members worked on outside projects such as Sixxer and Alice in Chains tribute band Jar of Flies. Medicine Tongue is regrouping, however, to play a birthday/pajama party for Jennifer Holt, operations manager of the White Rabbit, at the club (2410 N. St. Mary’s) on Saturday, August 16. Showtime is 10 p.m.

Another live highlight this week will come from gifted acoustic songstress Azul, who will be joined by Maya Guirao and jazz couple Bett Butler and Joël Dilley for a “Mas Boleros” performance at the Esperanza Center (922 San Pedro) on Wednesday, August 13, at 8 p.m. Butler and Dilley will collaborate with Azul for an encore that will explore some of the musical genres that have affected and been influenced by the bolero tradition.

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