Vocalist Karen Lovely and her four-piece band will perform high-energy original blues and standards by artists such as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith at 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Alex’s, 35 N. Main St. Lovely took second place at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. She was nominated for best contemporary blues female artist for the 2011 Blues Music Awards, competing against bluesman Buddy Guy for the win. Her album, “Still the Rain,” was up for best contemporary blues album, and the title cut was nominated for best song. Cover is $5.