You’ll notice a few changes tonight at the Square Room’s monthly series of live broadcast roots-music concerts hosted by Scott Miller and Metro Pulse’s Jack Neely. The name of the series has shifted from Scruffy City Roots to the Scruffy City Ramble following the dissolution this summer of a partnership with the producers of Nashville’s Music City Roots series.
“They do their show in Nashville on Wednesday nights, and we do ours here on Thursday nights,” says Ramble organizer and promoter Chyna Brackeen, of Attack Monkey Productions. “They were leaving their show at midnight, driving here overnight, and getting up at 9 a.m. to start building out our set. After a few months, it was obvious that it was killing their poor crew, and we have people here who can do that work. So we decided that we would keep the Scruffy City part of the name and they’d keep the Roots, since that was part of their series.”
The format of the show remains the same: tonight’s program includes performances by Ben Taylor (the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon), Kelley McRae, and Bronze Radio Return, emceed by Miller, with artist interviews conducted by Neely between sets. The show starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $20 at the door. The concert will be broadcast live on WUTK.