Eight Gigs: Bryan McPherson
Mon., July 6, 7 p.m., Cafe Colonial, call for cover
Boston-born folk-punk singer Bryan McPherson sings dusty, dirty and downtrodden (and at times, poignantly political) songs about the people living in between the cracks and crevices of the American political landscape. His most recent album, Wedgewood—named after the Wedgewood stove that warmed the ranch in the Sierra Nevada mountains where he put the album together—was inspired by his own experience in Occupy Oakland in 2011. He's toured with the likes of Dropkick Murphys and Chuck Berry, blending politics with the sounds of his harmonica and acoustic guitar along the way. Kevin Seconds and Louise Distras round out the bill. 3520 Stockton Boulevard, www.bryanmcpherson.com.