Israel Nash Gripka @ Lynn’s Paradise Café

Monday, March 29

Lynn’s Paradise Café
984 Barret Ave. • 583-3447
Free; 12:30 p.m.

Why not cut some of the bullshit steps out of touring from club to club? That was the brilliant idea worked out by singer-songwriter Israel Nash Gripka and trio The Fieros. Since it’s all about getting your music heard while earning enough to keep eating, they’ve started a tour where they bring an acoustic set to restaurants. They’ll play some good tunes and just want someone to pay for their meal. Upping the interest factor is that this pair of NYC-based acts doesn’t make for obvious (or smooth or dull) complements. The Fieros’ first release introduced tight garage-rockers with a knack for acknowledging both rockabilly and punk. Gripka, meanwhile, shows openhearted tenderness, but he’s not afraid to be bitter — or to lean toward a Creedence-like sound. Both acts trade in bracing honesty; go see if they give you an honest deal when they ask you to foot the bill at Lynn’s Paradise Café. (Check with WFPK for a later broadcast by Gripka.) —T.E. Lyons

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