What to Do Tonight: Ray Fogg

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Much like Jimmy Buffett, local singer-songwriter Ray Fogg espouses the virtues of living the life of a beach bum. On his latest CD, last year’s Island Life, he takes a slightly more serious approach than what you’ll find on his previous albums. Sure, there are the requisite party tunes (“Shorts, Sandals and Shades,” “Porch Party”) and silly songs about living on the lake (“Fish Are So Stupid”). But then there are tracks like “Lemonade,” a tender tribute to a bartender with a heart of gold. And “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (The Campfire Song)” and “It Pleases Me” are gentle love songs that have more in common with James Taylor than Jack Johnson. Produced by Frank Romano (who’s played with Rob Thomas and Justin Timberlake), the disc shows Fogg’s range, shifting from goofy blues-rockers to sensitive ballads. Fogg performs at 7:30 p.m. at Put-in-Bay Lakewood (18206 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216.228.1442, putinbaylakewood.com). Tickets: $5. — Jeff Niesel

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