Band: Patrick Sweany (solo) (www.patricksweany.com;
Sounds like: "Lightnin' Hopkins mixed with Solomon Burke, with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys thrown in.'"
Fun fact: "I am a natural-born-lover's man. I'm a rollin' stone. I'm a man."
Playing: Monday nights at the Lime Spider, Akron
Why you should see him: "I am going to give you a little something that you can't get at home, can't get on the radio, can't get on TV. I want people to have a good time and be entertained, and I work like hell to do that." -- Patrick Sweany, guitar/vocals
Band: Caiata (www.myspace.com/caiata)
Sounds like: "Vocals laced with a hint of hip-hop over heavy alternative rock. Not something you hear everyday . . . but GOOD."
Fun fact: "The singer, Red, used to be a hip-hop artist for Capreo Records, under the name 'Jesse James.' Now he's one of rock's elite in the local scene."
Playing: Saturday, May 6, at the Spot in downtown Elyria
Why you should see them: "Tired of the same old rock being recycled in the industry? Here is your breath of fresh air, Elyria's own and Cleveland's finest." -- Red, vocals
Band: The Whiskey Drifters
Sounds like: "1 oz. Guns N' Roses, 1 oz. Aerosmith, with a splash of 2006 glitz, on the rocks."
Fun fact: "We've concocted a drink called a Whiskey Drifter, which some bartenders know how to make correctly."
Playing: Wednesday, May 10, at Peabody's
Why you should see them: "Because we've graced the stage with our heroes, we're a refreshing change from the local music scene, and -- why not?" -- Mike Bianchi, vocals
Band: Horror of 59
Sounds like: "An unholy blend of Misfits, Ramones, Social Distortion, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Slayer, and Black Sabbath."
Fun fact: "Drummer Brent Bastard and bass player Deke both work as prison guards, where they often get to interact with some of our fans in a more casual setting."
Playing: Friday, May 12, at the Phantasy Nite Club
Why You Should See Them: "We're really snappy dressers. That, and the fact that we have good catchy songs about zombies, necrophilia, and other fun topics." -- Bob Noxious, vocals