Wed, Oct 21, Nathan James Trio
Torch Club, 9 p.m., $6
It takes a certain kind of person to sing the blues effectively—a master of more than one style of blues. Nathan James has honed many essential blues elements: acoustic, uptown guitar style, crafty fingerpicking and a voice that sounds wise beyond his years. For a time, James played as a one-man acoustic blues band, but now the SoCal native has a trio, rich with amplified harmonica and light on the blues rock. No matter how slow a tune, a good blues track can make anyone want to dance. And at this Torch Club gig, expect lots of up-close-and-personal dancing, hip swinging and body rolling. 904 15th Street, www.nathandjames.com.