Transplant Jamboree

There is a photo floating around of MerleJam organizer Merle Zuel several weeks after his heart transplant. In the poignant image, he sits in a chair, wearing a mask and vinyl gloves, holding his old heart. In the years following his 2007 procedure, the Knuckleheads doorman has demonstrated his gratitude in a very visible and tangible way with the MerleJam Transplant Fund and the annual MerleJam, a concert benefiting heart-transplant patients and their families. Tonight’s show begins at 6:30 p.m. and features some fantastic country music from the likes of former BR5-49 frontman Chuck Mead, Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders, the Lone Jack Band and Bryant Carter Band, and bluegrass from the Prairie Acre. The event continues Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., with performances of a more rock- and blues-oriented nature: Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and the Head Honchos, among others. It’s all at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester , 816-483-1456). Advance tickets cost $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday; see

Fri., May 6, 6:30 p.m., 2011