Live Music: Celtic-influenced jam, an Ozzy tribute and ‘Loudspeaker’ series
by Bart Mendoza
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A special fundraiser for Rady Childrens’ Hospital takes place at the 710 Beach Club on Friday, June 7, featuring Celtic-influenced Lexington Field, along with the slammin’ music of Garbo. 	Courtesy photo
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Anyone wanting to do a good deed while taking in some great music will want to check out the Rady Childrens’ Hospital fundraiser being held at the 710 Beach Club on Friday, June 7. On hand will be Celtic-influenced rock and folk band Lexington Field. Also performing will be Garbo, featuring songstress and KPRI DJ Cathryn Beeks and acclaimed producer, Jeff Berkley, as well as singer-songwriter Josh Damigo. Headliner Lexington Field will be playing tracks from its latest album, “No Man’s War,” but anyone who enjoys upbeat music with fiddle, a la the Pogues or Chieftains, will enjoy this group. Go for the tunes or just to pitch in for a worthy cause. All proceeds will go to buy neurosurgical equipment for the hospital.

• Rady Children Hospital Fundraiser: Friday, June 7 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 8 p.m. 21 and up.

Brick by Brick continues to be the best spot to see tribute bands, with a special metal triple bill on Saturday, June 8. On hand will be Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Madman, UFO doppelganger OFU and Iron Maiden impersonators Iron Mayhem. All have deep catalogs worthy of covering, but Ozzy’s music is clearly the biggest attraction. Having crossed over from mere musician to pop-culture icon, even those who have never heard his songs could identify him in a lineup. Madman will perform hits from Ozzy’s solo career, as well as his time with Black Sabbath, giving fans a taste of some of the best rock and roll of the 1970s and ’80s.

• Madman: Saturday, June 8 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 7 p.m. 21 and up. $10.

The Griffin has teamed up with radio station 91X’s local music show “Loudspeaker” for a new Tuesday-night music series. On June 10, 9 p.m., the venue along with DJ Michael Halloran will present The Paragraphs, Subsurfer and recordable covers. All three bands are well worth investigating, but the Paragraphs in particular have a great sound that seems to cross the Doors at their most tribal with a guitar attack that would make the Stooges proud. Music fans will love the night’s low, $5 cover, but if you RSVP in advance to the club’s website, admission is free.

• The Paragraphs: Tuesday, June 11 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 9 p.m. 21 and up. $5.

Named after a George Benson tune, eight-piece combo Breez’n has been playing locally since 1995, building up a following through a great selection of dance tunes en route to becoming one of the area’s top dance bands. Appearing at Tio Leo’s on Friday, June 14, the band has an incredible selection of tunes in its repertoire, from swing to disco, Sade to the Beatles, offering up something for just about any musical taste. Anyone looking to hit the dance floor with a selection of well-played favorite tunes as their soundtrack will want to hear Breez’n.

• Breez’n: Friday, June 14 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 9 p.m. 21 and up. Cover TBD.

Beatles fans won’t want to miss a special concert honoring Paul McCartney’s birthday on Saturday, June 15 at Dizzy’s. Featuring acclaimed guitarist Fred Benedetti, the night will also include vocals from his daughters, Regina and Julia, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pekarek. Benedetti is hands-down one of the top acoustic guitarist guitarists in California and his interpretations of Beatles tunes are wonderfully inventive and refreshing. He’s recorded over a dozen Lennon-McCartney tunes on his various albums, so there is no shortage of material to choose from. But any way you look at it, the opportunity to hear one of the area’s best guitarists performing music from the world’s best songwriters, shouldn’t be passed up.

• Fred Benedetti: Saturday, June 15 at Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive. 8 p.m. $10.
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