BEFORE I dive into the musical who, where and when, I just want to pay my own respects to dear, departed Tom Petty.

Musically he fashioned rock, pop, blues, country and psychedelia into the perfect musical blend, ironically faring better in the UK than it did on his own side of the water, until the amazing Damn The Torpedoes album broke him and The Heartbreakers into the mainstream. He was always a musician who knew his own heart, never straying too far from his heartland rock core but never losing the ability to turn out songs which were both big and clever, critically revered and adored by fans and delivering them via some of the most exciting live shows of the modern age.

At 7pm tonight I want everyone to open their windows and play Refugee loudly as a sign of respect. It’s the least you can do.

And if you are looking for something which taps into the same roots vibes and bluesy grooves as the aforementioned, then tonight is a good night to hit the musical circuit. The True Strays at The Victoria are a blend of grungy, swamp blues and British Invasion hooks and supporting them you will find Wilding, the long awaited full band version from the titular George.

Built For Comfort bring a smoother take on the genre, paying tribute to American vintage blues with style and authenticity at The Beehive.

Those looking for something in the more solo, singer-songwriter department also have a couple of options. Normally found wandering the globe and busking its streets, you can catch Worried About Mike in an indoor setting at The Groves Company Inn and if a sparser more ethereal sound is sought, Oli Norman and Luke De-Sciscio at The Tuppenny are going to tick all the right boxes for you.

Friday has something for every taste. The Anti-Nowhere League are one of those bands who seem to have had a longer and more successful career since reforming, but that isn’t to say that they have in any way compromised on their incendiary, hardcore punk sound and electric stage presence. Borrowed Time and Dirty Outlaws add just the right amount of visceral punk salvos and local muscle to the show which takes place at The Victoria.

Strange Bones also vie for the punk dollar, although their take on the genre is coloured by Cramps-esque rockabilly beats, warped blues fuzz and infectious indie hooks, scabrous northern humour and an undaunted confidence. Support comes from the raw and edgy indie of GETRZ.

The best description I have ever come across of Bruise, who play the Beehive is a “blend the songwriting sensibilities of Joni Mitchell, the production values of Genesis and the epic pop of the Eurhythmics” none of which really helps pin down their mercurial creations but hopefully it will make you want to check them out, and you really should.

Blues, rock and a side order of funk is on the menu at The Queen’s Tap courtesy of The Lewis Craven Band and Hooch offer acoustic covers with their own personal musical stamp at The Groves Company Inn.

In what may be seen as a bit of a booking faux pas (French for I think we have screwed that up a bit) two Seattle grunge tributes are going head to head on Saturday. Pearl Jamm (the UK’s premier tribute) can be found at Level III paying tribute to arguably the most successful American band of the 90’s, whilst Earl Jam (The UK’s ultimate tribute) can be found at The Victoria. The latter show does come as a double header with Nirvana UK (Europe’s premier tribute.)

Haxan return for another set of classic rock inspired riffs and thunderous original musical onslaughts at The Groves Company Inn, Down and Dirty celebrate rock and all its sub-genres at The Tawny Owl and Flash Harry inject frantic folk, bombastic bluegrass and Celtic carnage into The Queen’s Tap. Iconic hits and party favourites can also be found at The Merlin with WMD, The Sun with Make The Call and The Tap and Barrel courtesy of Sound Affects.

This Sunday sees the return of Lazy Sunday Afternoon at Savernake Street Community Hall with Ed Hanfrey and The Bellflowers supplying their trademark traditional folk make overs and resonant originals plus Hilary Pavey’s beautiful, heartfelt and intelligent acoustica. Your hosts Mr Love and Justice get things under way. And if after that you are still in the mood for some more quality original music, head for the Beehive where Case Hardin will be laying out a stall of emotive Americana and Sophia Marshall opens the show with a similarly neat line in alt-country.