I am in search of a way to blog/manage events and information for a local music venue. I need a system that I can dress up visually and leave in a state that is very easy for a client to manage on their own. I have worked with wordpress but I don't think it is the ideal tool for this job. Expression engine is out of the question and I haven't used any other CMSs.
The only functionality I need is a calendar of events, a few pages to display information about the venu, and some sort of simple media gallery.
I'd take a look at Drupal.
You'd probably use these modules: CCK, Date, Calendar