The week in music, from open mic contest to $65 for VIP Jarren Benton experience
Monday: Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge
21-plus show at 7:30 p.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Entry costs $5 for performers, and $7 for patrons.
Performers can test their luck for a cash prize with either two original songs or 10 minutes of playing. The challenge, hosted by George Woods and judged with the help of guest celebrities, is every Monday.
Tuesday: That One Eyed Kid
That One Eyed Kid – the stage name of Boston’s Josh Friedman – is a project that combines indie/alternative music with synthesizers, driving beats and pop influences. Friedman sets an upbeat tone that encourages plenty of dancing.
Wednesday: Dylan McKinstry
McKinstry’s silky vocals and folk instrumentation make him a perfect fit for Club Passim. Folk fans looking for a laid-back evening will certainly enjoy McKinstry’s performance, with special guest folk trio Hank Wonder.
Thursday: Rocco DeRosa
21-plus show at 10 p.m. at The Plough & Stars, 912 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free.
The music of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rocco DeRosa spans a number of genres, as he is a part of a multitude of projects. His band, The Naked Stills, blends pop rock and modern alternative for a sound that is palatable for many audiences while still packing a punch.
Friday: Bill Charlap Trio
Renowned jazz pianist Bill Charlap has collaborated with the likes of Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand, and jazz lovers are sure to appreciate his masterful playing – which is why his earlier show tonight is sold out.
Saturday: Jarren Benton
All-ages show at 7 p.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square. Tickets are $15, or $65 for VIP passes that bring early entry, a meet-and-greet (and a commemorative laminate), photo with Benton, autographed tour poster and custom lighter.
Georgia rapper Jarren Benton – signed to Funk Volume, the label founded by the rapper Hopsin – is touring behind his upcoming release, “Mink Coat Killa.” Hip-hop fans are sure to enjoy Benton’s catchy beats and clever lyricism.