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Fusion cuisine stands out on melodic weekend menu

Atlanta-based trio Girlyman specializes in acoustic, Americana and rock music.

Brooklyn-based pianist Marco Benevento, who released his third full-length studio album, “Between the Needles & Nightfall,” in May, will bring his melodic sounds to the River Street Jazz Café at 10 p.m. tomorrow.

His experimental and progressive sounds come from myriad instruments, such as a baby-grand piano, guitars, amplifiers and circuit-bent toys, and several types of electronic influences such as Moog, Optigan and Mellotron.

The album’s recording session, at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, also included bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Barr. The engineer was Bryce Goggin.

Benevento entered the music scene in 2009 with the release of “Me Not Me,” an album with interpretations of songs by My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof, among others.

He has toured with post-jazz cognoscenti Garage A Trois and become a full-time member of indie-roots pop experimentalists “Surprise Me Mr. Davis.”

In January, Benevento won the Eclectic Album category of the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Atlanta trio Girlyman, which plays the Mauch Chunk Opera House tonight, not only blends musically but personally. On stage, the three present an obvious chemistry, playing off one another and bursting into improvised songs that seem almost rehearsed. This could be because the members have known one another so long.

Doris Muramatsu and Tylan Greenstein became best friends in second grade, then the two met Nate Borofsky in college at a talent show.

The band is heavily influenced by ’60s vocal groups such as Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas and the Papas, and each member has years of classical and jazz training. The sound is a blend of acoustic, Americana and rock.

New York City-based indie artist Jenny Owen Youngs, an alternative/folk-rock singer from New Jersey, will play at 7 p.m. tomorrow at The Vintage Theater in Scranton. Local supporting acts Rachel Clark and Amanda Blest also will take the stage.

IF YOU GO

What: Girlyman with special guest Coyote Grace

When: 8:30 tonight

Where: Mauch Chunk Opera House

Tickets: $20

What: Marco Benevento (all ages)

When: 10 p.m. tomorrow

Where: River Street Jazz Café,

Tickets: $8 -$15.

What: Jenny Owen Youngs

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Where: Vintage Theater, 119 Penn Ave., Scranton

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 day of show

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