With the unofficial kick-off of summer happening this weekend, it's no surprise tons of good options are available. Here are the highlights. 

Starting Thursday night, a fun way to celebrate the 71st birthday of the "poet laureate of rock 'n' roll' takes place at the Garage on Beck as various local bands come together for a night of Bob Dylan songs at the second annual "Birthday Bash." Sounds like a treat to me. And it's a free event. 

Also, the Nashville duo that's taking off like a rocket, The Civil Wars, will be at The Depot for a sold-out concert starting at 9 p.m. with opener, Milo Greene. Having seen the group twice at The State Room, I'm confident the Depot crowd is in for a major treat. If you're a ticket-holder, consider yourself lucky.

Also, starting at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jeff The Brotherhood will rock Kilby Court with its raw punky-rootsy sounds. These guys define the term "high-energy." Tickets are $10 and remain on sale at 24tix.com.

Friday night, Arizona's Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, pictured above, will headline a 9 p.m. show at The State Room. Buffalo Jones will open the show. Tickets are still on sale at The State Room's website

A big treat for funky-rock fans arrives from Portland, Ore., on Friday night as Otis Heat pays a return visit to The Woodshed. This trio has a great sense of humor, writes good songs and play like demons. They're not doing anything wrote. Check them out if you can. Tickets are $5 and available at the door for the 9 p.m. show.

And finally roots-rock fans can get a belly full of the much-underloved, but oh-so deserving BoDeans on Sunday night and whoop it up in light of the fact that Monday's a holiday. This 8 p.m. gig promises to be a party. Get your tickets here.