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Marco Benevento has a knack for merging indie rock, jazz and jam into a sound that's all his own, and he'll bring his kind of tunes to the River Street Jazz Café tonight, part of a tour in support of his newest full-length album, TigerFace.


He brings with him band members Dave Dreiwitz on bass and Andy Borger on drums as well as an upright acoustic piano he's revamped with guitar pedals, creating a sound that runs through a guitar amplifier.


This fourth studio recording incorporates piano-driven songs as well as many collaborating musicians.


This is also the first time Benevento will use vocals, through Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) on two tracks.


This album is just another step in Benevento's exploration of sound, showing yet another facet of his talents.


I blindly and fearlessly opened up some doors to different sounds on my record during the course of two years, Benevento explained in a press release. TigerFace is the beginnings of a new, more melody-driven sound with the focus on the impact of the song from start to finish.


'Tis the season to be giving, and local music-lovers have plenty of opportunities to do just that while enjoying a good show.


One of the main charitable focuses at the moment is giving to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.


Sound Against Sandy will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Breakers inside Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township.


Several bands are on the ticket, including The Sunset Villains, Kira, Y.M.I. Duo, The Bomb, Ostrich Hat and Kartune.


A $10 cover charge gets you in, and all proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Relief Efforts for Victims of Storm Sandy.


Another giving option is a Shots for Tots dance party at Bart & Urby's on South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre.


The second annual event will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday.


Several local DJs will spin tunes, including Nick Spaceman, DJ Hersh and Gaje, with emcee Gino Lispi. To enter, attendees must bring a toy.


IF YOU GO


What: Marco Benevento



Where: River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains Township



When: 10 tonight, doors at 8



Tickets: $12



More info: 822-2992



What: Sound Against Sandy



Where: Breakers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Route 315, Plains Township



When: 7 p.m. Wednesday



Cover charge: $10



More info: 831-2100



What: Second Annual Shots for Tots dance party



Where: Bart and Urby's, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre



When: 9 p.m. Sunday



More info: 970-9570



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