July 7: Surprise Me Mr. Davis at the Mystic Theatre

Six years ago, Boston was a tough place to be if you were a single guy. On Valentine’s Day, the blizzard of 2003 struck, and those without a loved one to cuddle up to—like Nathan Moore, Brad Barr, Marc Friedman and Andrew Barr—had to make do with instruments. At the end of the week, the four had self-recorded a debut album under the strange name Surprise Me Mr. Davis. With direct comparisons made to the Band’s Music from Big Pink, the record took off on the Americana and jam-band scene; think Wilco vs. the Kinks, with classic songwriting like “I Hate Love” and “How Stupid I Am.” They appear with special guest Marco Benevento, a stellar avant-garde New York jazz pianist, on Tuesday, July 7, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $15. 707.765.2121.Gabe Meline

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