On Thursday, Oct. 13, Rock City Café, 316 Main St., will once again transform into the Velvet Lounge. The Bill Barnes Jazz Trio, which plays every other Thursday, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Veteran New York session guitarist Barnes has played with a stellar lineup of music industry heavies; his latest album is “Winds of Bodhgaya.” The trio’s repertoire includes gypsy jazz, classic jazz standards, sultry bossa novas, tasty ballads and cool, laid back blues.

On Friday, Oct. 14 Rock City Cafe’s Velvet Lounge will present Scott Simmons. The local singer/songwriter will bring rarities, oddities and originals to the stage, and will be joined by special guest Kella River.

As usual, there is no cover charge; however, tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.