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Lee Harvey Osmond

On Thursday (Feb. 11), Tom Wilson and his musical outfit Lee Harvey Osmond will bring their brand of “acid folk” to the Sportsmen’s Tavern. The Hamilton, Ontario band plays desert border music, recalling late-career Dylan mixed with Nick Cave and a sprinkle of Johnny Cash, with steamy saxophones and wailing harmonica to boot. Wilson, a former member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings and Junkhouse, sings in a hushed rasp—as if he might be thrown out of the bar for singing any louder. Lee Harvey Osmond was also founded by Wilson, Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers) and Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies). Their debut, A Quiet Evil, a concept album about the assassination of JFK, was recorded in five days and released in 2009 (Latent Records). The live band features Ray Farrugia, Cam Malcolm, Brent Titcomb, and Aaron Goldstein. This show is part of the Blue Light Border Cross Concert Series celebrating the musical bond between Canadian artists and the Queen City. Proceeds go to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers, which promotes the preservation and protection of the Niagara river region. (Also in the series this week: Melting Pot at Pearl Street on Tuesday (Feb. 9) and the Waxbills at the Croc on Wednesday (Feb. 10).) Wilson will surely be in fine form at the Sportsmen’s: a blend of Charlie Manson and the devil, full of “tin can beer and liquor made with blue.”

—peter vullo

8pm. Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St. (874-7734 / $10