Live Tonight: Ty Dolla $ign, Kenny G, Jon Bryant

If the recent spate of beautiful weather has you thinking “beach” but you can’t get away just yet, Ty Dolla $ign and friends will bring the songs of his Beach House EP series to you. The chill vibe of songs like “My Cabana” conjures images of cookouts, flip-flops full of sand, and fruity umbrella drinks. With Joe Moses, Mila J, Louis V, DJ Swervewon. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, 8 p.m. $15 adv. MICHAEL F. BERRY

Kenny G has been playing sax since age 10; countless albums later, he is back in his hometown for a four-night stretch. Not only his very successful career precedes him; so do his Seattle origins and his UW graduation, accounting degree in hand. Leaving that world behind, G went on to nab a Grammy, earn a record in the Guinness Book, sell millions of albums in the U.S., and captivate international audiences with his contemporary jazz. But his professional experience and expert technique don’t get in the way of the personality shining through his music. His discography—romantic songs, Christmas music, duets, movie soundtracks, and more—resonates with audiences in a way that, often, only vocalists can. For me, a former sax player, this is most evident when I hear him play “Everything I Do” as a duet with LeAnn Rimes, turning it into a melodramatic piece with an intensified soulful phrasing that exudes a passion not in the original. With Robert Damper, Daniel Bejarano, John Raymond, Vail Johnson. Through Sunday. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $54. LAUREL RICE

Canadian singer/songwriter Jon Bryant’s thoughtful and ultimately encouraging content is reminiscent of that of Mumford & Sons. Vocally he treads a spellbinding path somewhere between Bon Iver and Ryan Adams; musically he’s a kissing cousin of Jeff Buckley. What Takes You is his most recent album, and a new one is forthcoming. With La Commission. Q Cafe, 3223 15th Ave. W., 352-2525, 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages. BRIAN PALMER

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