Tom Bennett & The Rolling Blackouts

You don't get your own personal stage commemorated with an official plaque at a beloved local restaurant just for being some dude with a guitar. Nope, Tom Bennett, frontman for five-piece "honky-tonk hi-jink" band The Rolling Blackouts, is altogether "something special," and those words are exactly how Bennett himself describes his regular Monday night gig going on 11 years at Madrona's St. Clouds. Playing original music and classic country covers from George Jones and Merle Haggard to Steve Earle and Gillian Welch, Bennett's band is completely at home on their self-titled stage and each week play to a loyal group of fans who keep coming back for more. The group is in the process of putting a live album together--recorded at St. Clouds, of course--but for the best experience of this accordion driven, toe-tapping, roots-fueled quintet, see them live on a Monday night and join the closest group of friends you never knew you had. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Mon., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., 2011

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