Eight Gigs: Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers

Sat., Aug. 22, Torch Club, 9 p.m., $8

Josh Hoyer has been at the blues game for a grip of years, both as a solo performer and session player making his name in Lincoln, Nebraska. But Hoyer may have found his groove jamming the pearls of his keyboard and hollering away as head of the nine-piece Shadowboxers. Meshing instruments both expected—drums, bass and guitar, duh—with the esoteric—is that a flute?!—at his best, Hoyer is capable of conducting an R&B-infused sermon on the stage that can sweat out the devil. Pray he feels inspired. 904 15th Street, http://joshhoyer.com.