Acoustic string band The Blackberry Bushes will perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Alex's Plaza Restaurant, 35 N. Main St., Ashland. Based in Olympia, Wash., the band features Jessica Raymond (mandolin, guitar and vocals), Kendl Winter (banjo, guitar and vocals), Joe Capoccia (acoustic bass, banjo, and vocals) and Jakob Breitbach (fiddles and vocals). Formed in 2006, the group plays original bluegrass and progressive Americana with a twist of indie rock, jazz, punk and alternative styles. Ashland's swinging Flat Five String Band also will perform Thursday at Alex's. Cover is $3. Call 541-482-8818.