Tonight’s Concert Picks: Light Heat at Johnny Brenda’s, Pat Martino Trio at Sellersville Theater, Hallelujah The Hills at Kennett Flash

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Light Heat, the latest project of Quentin Stoltzfus, sounds the way its name suggests. The track “And the Birds,” which streams on the Light Heat website, is warm and delicately ornamented with piano notes.  “The Mirror” has been described by Spin as a “simmering slow-burner.”  A few months ago, we posted Light Heat’s “Elevation” recording for Bands in the Backyard and it was clear, even then, that Stolzfus’ new project was something to keep an eye on.  A Light Heat album isn’t due out until June, but tonight Light Heat will perform at Johnny Brenda’s, offering a few more gorgeous songs than what’s currently available for streaming.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, listen to Light Heat’s “The Mirror.”

Pat Martino is a remarkable jazz artist, but his story is even more remarkable.  Martino began to play music at age 15, and by the 60’s, he had established himself as a talented jazz musician.  In 1980, tragedy struck.  An aneurysm followed by corrective brain surgery left him devoid of significant memories—including his ability to play music.  Martino did not accept his condition though, and after years of practice and dedication, Pat Martino was playing again by the end of the decade.  Of course, “playing again” hardly begins to describe Martino’s ability.  The local jazz hero performs tonight at the Sellersville Theater.  Tickets and information for the all ages show are available here.  Below, watch Martino perform “Welcome to a Prayer.”

Hallelujah the Hills has been a staple of the Boston pop rock scene since 2005. The group has released three albums, most recently No One Knows What Happens Next. The album came out last year after a Kickstarter campaign raised enough money to back the band’s effort. Hallelujah the Hills followed the album up with a single on Valentine’s day, and an announcement of a spring 2013 album. In the midst of so much recording and releasing, the band is also on tour. The six men of Hallelujah the Hills will be at Kennett Flash tonight. Tickets and information for the all ages show are available here. Below, stream their single, “The Three Minute Mark.”

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