The organ/drums duo Billy Martin & Wil Blades is a new project, but one that has already accomplished a great deal. After performing their first show in 2011 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Martin (who's known for his skin work in Medeski, Martin and Wood) and Blades were able to tour the American West Coast that same year. Now, with their debut album Shimmy finished, a record that has been described as being full of breakbeat funk and stellar jazz improvisation, the duo is ready to bring their retro performance to the East Coast, kicking it off at The Main Pub in Manchester.
Billy Martin & Will Blades
July 5, 8 p.m., The Main Pub, 306 Main St., Manchester, (860) 647-1551, mainpub.com.