The brilliant songwriter Lucinda Williams
had the most raucous backing band of her entire career last year with Buick 6, a hard-driving ensemble that brought full-bodied rocking to songs like “Still I Long for Your Kiss” and “Fruits of My Labor.” Several members have since left Lucinda, like so many boyfriends before, but whatever oomph her show this week may lack it makes up for with opening act Chrissie Hynde
, from the Pretenders. Williams and Hynde are only doing a small handful of dates together, and with work on a new album under way, this brief West Coast tour may be the only chance to see Williams in 2010. On record, the heroine of heartbreak has been subdued as of late, but give her a mic stand, a crowd and a glass of wine (or four) and she becomes a pure, heart-on-the-sleeve revelation. It’s a great chance to see the newly restored theater on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $47-$57. 707.259.0123.