Even though his father was a jazz accordion and piano player, Bobby Selvaggio wasn't interested in following his dad's footsteps growing up in Twinsburg. He wanted to play baseball instead. But in 1988 he started studying saxophone at Kent State University, eventually earning a performance degree. He released three CDs on his own before being picked up by New York-based Arabesque Records for 2009's Modern Times album. The label also released Selvaggio's latest outing, Grass Roots Movement, a more electric affair featuring a smoking quartet. "I chose musicians that I know are going to play the music well," he says. "I wrote for them."
Recorded at a small studio on the Pennsylvania-New York border, Grass Roots Movement is a sharp-sounding work that swings from minimalist jazz arrangements ("No Turn on Red") to funk and fusion ("Chicken Legs"). "I'm a fan of bringing my music to the people," says Selvaggio. "I find that people will dig things even if they're unfamiliar with them." When he plays Wonder Bar this weekend, a different local band — the 11-piece Hendectet Jazz Collective — will back him. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday; admission is free, and more info can be found at wonderbarcleveland.com.
Akron jam band Dave Hammer's Power Supply celebrates the release of its new CD Words with a two-set performance Thursday at the Northside Bar & Grille in Akron. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and include a copy of the album.
After an extended break, the metal band Forever in Terror performs its "big comeback show" at 7 p.m. Saturday at Peabody's. They'll play new songs from an album due out this fall. Tickets are $12, $10 advance, available at peabodys.com.
Redwater Rojo frontman Jason Patrick Meyers celebrates the release of his new self-titled EP Saturday at the Beachland Tavern. Whitey Morgan and the 78s, the Robbie Jay Band, and Guggy's Rock-n-Roll Party 101 are also on the bill. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $10, available at beachlandballroom.com.
New Bomb Turks singer Eric Davidson, who grew up in Cleveland, reads from his book, We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut 1988-2001, at 9 p.m. Monday at Now That's Class. The Columbus band he fronts also has a show this week: at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Beachland. The reading is free; tickets to the concert are $10.
Youngstown rockers Asleep completed a recording session with producer Steve Albini (known for his work with Nirvana and PJ Harvey) for a new album due later this year. According to drummer Nick Kloss, the band is heading toward a "more stripped-down, indie" sound. Asleep open for Tidal Arms, Drummers, and Purse Snatchers at Now That's Class on Tuesday. Showtime is 9 p.m.; tickets are $5, available at nowthatsclass.net.