Band: Albert Castiglia
Date: Sat., Sept. 6 at 9 p.m.
Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Gov’t Blvd.,
Tickets: Free

Countless musicians spend their days balancing their day jobs with their passion for music. While many never escape their nine-to-five job, there are some who get a chance to break the chains of labor to pursue their true calling.

Blues guitarist Albert Castiglia’s musical career began as a side job. He picked up the guitar at the age of 12 and nurtured his love affair for playing the blues in his teens. However, Castiglia went on to earn a college degree and worked in social services for several years in South Florida. He spent his nights and weekends as one of Miami’s premiere blues guitarist. Eventually, his sound caught the ears of harmonica player Junior Wells, who quickly recruited him into his touring band.

In 2002, Castiglia started his own career with the release of his debut “Burn.” His latest release is appropriately named “Living the Dream,” which has received praise from both fans and critics.

Band: Cary Hudson
Date: Fri., Sept. 6 with doors at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Satori Coffee House, 5460 Old Shell Rd.,
Tickets: $5 at the door and free for USA students

August has brought a multitude of students back to the campus of the University of South Alabama. The return of the students also heralds the return of the Independent Music Collective (IMC) concert series. This volunteer-based, donation-funded group has established a reputation for showcasing a number of notable musical acts in the intimate confines of WeMo’s legendary temple of caffeine, Satori Coffee House. Eef Barzalay, Richard Buckner and Hurray for the Riff Raff are all IMC alumni. Guitarist Cary Hudson will join these ranks as he kicks off the 2013/2014 IMC concert season.

Hudson could be considered one of many forefathers of the modern alt. country scene. He is also considered by “Gibson Magazine” to be one of the “Top 10 Alt. Country Guitarists of All Time.” Hudson first earned widespread notoriety as the front man of the group Blue Mountain. This group established a prolific cult following with their mix of Americana and rock.

After his time with Blue Mountain, Hudson established himself as a solo artist. It was during this time that his reputation as both a guitarist and a songwriter flourished. Hudson’s performance at Satori will feature a plethora of songs from his catalog, including cuts from his latest album “Mississippi Moon.”

Band: Pop Evil, Shallow Side, Lynam
Date: Fri., Sept. 13 with doors at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.,
Tickets: $14 adv. /$17 day-of avail. at Soul Kitchen, their website, Mellow Mushroom (MiMo and WeMo) and by calling 1-866-468-7630

This trio of bands will deliver a versatile onslaught of metal to their audience. First, Birmingham’s Lynam will take the stage. Over the years, this outfit has entertained fans with a sound that bring ‘80s glam metal into the modern age. Recently, Lynam gave the world a taste of their upcoming EP “Halfway to Hell” with the single “Wrong Side Of The Grave.”

Shallow Side will give the crowd another dose of Alabama rage. Characterized by a blaze of riffs riding on a heavy bottom-end, this five-piece has been tearing up the highway in support of their EP “Home Today.”

Michigan-based powerhouse Pop Evil will be the evening’s headliner. Their latest effort “Onyx” is a collection of tunes dedicated to “rock perseverance and rabblerousing attitude.” Pop Evil just released the video for “Deal With the Devil.” This is the second in a video trilogy that is a story in reverse.