Music Around Town

Hey Mavis (in the Supper Club)

When: Sat., Dec. 12, 8 p.m. 2015

For their latest album, What I Did, Hey Mavis teamed-up with Yonder Mountain String Band guitarist Adam Aijala, Chuck Auerbach (co-writer of the Black Keys song "Hard Row"), singer-songwriter Brent Kirby and Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Red Clay Ramblers). Kirby plays guitar on a couple of songs and co-wrote several of the tracks, and Auerbach has been supportive of Hey Mavis from the start. He showed up with a stack of lyrics and the band picked some they liked for the album's title track. The music draws from myriad musical genres, including jazz, bluegrass, old-timey, folk and rock. This year, the group embarked on a regional tour of Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Guitarist Kevin Johnson, a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelors in music performance, toured with the group; he spent five years playing music on international cruise lines and currently teaches and gigs in Northeast Ohio, primarily on upright and electric bass. The new album has lots going for it. "Mon Bijou" is an elegant waltz that sounds like it was recorded during a different era, and the ballad "Hairbrush," a song that Kirby co-wrote, is a somber meditation on motherhood. Expect a high-energy show from these local favorites. (Niesel)

Price: $10 ADV, $12 DOS

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