Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet (ANTHONY PARMELEE PHOTO)

There are so many reasons to go out and see some live music this week that we don't even want to get into it. Don't even get us started. Really. Like, we'll just keep rambling on about it. But here are some suggestions of events we had in mind that have the potential to be awesome, if, in fact, it was something you cared to discuss:

Thursday, January 5: Big Sam's Funky Nation at FTC's StageOne, Fairfield. Urban funk led by trombone monster Big Sam Williams.

Friday, January 6: King Django at Café Nine, New Haven. The former frontman of Skinnerbox plays ska, reggae and rocksteady as it was meant to be heard. He's a music snob, in a good way.

Saturday, January 7: Once Removed at Huntington Street Café, Shelton. Acoustic jamming on songs by Dylan, The Dead, The Band, etc. Trust us, you'll like it.

Sunday, January 8: Pacifica Quartet (pictured) at the Quick Center, Fairfield. A program featuring Beethoven and Shostakovich. Two of the greats, with very different styles.

Monday, January 9: Karaoke at the Black Duck, Westport. Let's face it, it's one of the only things going on on Monday nights in January.

Tuesday, January 10: Karaoke at The Stationhouse Wine Bar & Grill. Sing your little heart out aside the Stratford Train Station as trains rumble by on their way to and from Grand Central. Nothing inspires musicians quite like a train.

Wednesday, January 11: The Johnny Monster Band at The Acoustic Café, Bridgeport. A bluesy rock power trio from New Paltz, New York.