Live Tonight: Tennis, Vince Mira, Singer-Songwriter Showcase

It’s appropriate that Tennis’ music has that whimsical, love-is-in-the-air vibe. Why? Because the founding members of the Denver-based act started the band after, well, falling in love. Nearly four years later, the couple, plus drummer James Barone, continues to develop its sound—tender indie pop with lots of heart—into an explosive, emotionally potent live set. With Poor Moon. Barboza. 8 p.m. $12 adv. 21 and over. KP

It has been almost half a decade since a shy, teenaged Vince Mira literally stepped off the streets of Pike Place Market, guitar in hand, and became known as “The Kid in Black” for his renditions of Johnny Cash songs. While it has been a struggle for Mira to step out of that shadow, he has shown signs of songwriting brilliance with songs that pull from other influences, most clearly Dylan. Now Mira is an older, more confident performer, prepping a new EP of songs, recorded at Robert Lang Studios, that cast his still-uncanny deep voice in a new direction at once indebted and forward-looking. Can Can. 7 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. MB

This week’s Musicquarium Singer-Songwriter Showcase brings together Mid-Atlantic natives Annie Ford, Pepper Proud, and Gregory Paul for a night of original folk/Americana—though with this lineup, you might hear hints of jazz, classical, Irish, experimental rock, or even klezmer. These musicians have carved out places in the Pacific Northwest, busking the local outdoor-market circuit and performing with local darlings Sera Cahoone, Lindsay Fuller, and others. This showcase promises to be a prime cut of Seattle’s folk scene. Triple Door, Musicquarium Lounge. 8 p.m. No cover. 21 and over. JM

 
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