Garret Fleming, Nick Lombardo at the Rose Dec. 7

Two of the nicest young men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting will play at the Irish Rose’s weekly music sessions this Sunday, Dec. 7. One happens to be my littlest brother, Garret, and the other Nick Lombardo—both of em’ play a mean guitar. “Live and Semi-Conscious” fairly describes their performance, as one might see come Sunday evening.

Fleming will open the evening solo with an array of originals and covers—mostly obscure Tom Petty, Tom Waits and miscellaneous folk songs. He currently studies guitar at Knox College in Galesburg as well as dabbling in philosophy and French. He rarely plays publicly, and that might be due to some sort of bizarre genetic defect—as in, shyness—which none of the rest of us have. Either way, whether playing bitter folk songs by others or himself, this writer can say with no bias that he is fun to listen to.

Lombardo may be known by the rest of the area as previously playing with Tom Mac at Café Patou occasionally. He mostly plays covers, but good ones. You won’t hear any “American Pie” or “Crash,” but you will hear some nice and equally obscure covers usually along the lines of Dave Matthews and others in that vein. Fortunately, he won’t bust out any Phish, but encourage him to play some Stevie Wonder songs (“I Just Called To Say I Love You,” is high on my priority list.).

Lombardo and Fleming will probably play together on the same stage as well, and Sunday night should be an evening of humor, bittersweet reflections and down right blues. As always, cover is $3, and music starts at 8:30 p.m. until last call (11:30 p.m.). Next Sunday features Celtic folk group Twice Daily. Information: 964-0480.

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