It's always a pleasure to hear Paul Cebar, but especially so in summer, when his vast array of scintillating grooves—mostly from places that are hot in temperature or temperament—seem all the more sunny and fraught with steamy intrigue. A typical Cebar set definitely takes in New Orleans, various points in the Caribbean from Havana to Trinidad, Memphis and Muscle Shoals, maybe Sierra Leone and Mali in Africa, and, generally, vintage soul, R&B, and gospel from virtually anywhere. A tireless wanderer in the endless groove groves of great, underappreciated music, Cebar has an uncanny knack for turning up lost nuggets and making them sparkle even more with joyful interpretations. And his originals slip right into the mix. Cebar doesn't find his way into the studio all that often, so last year's Tomorrow Sound Now for Yes Music People will likely have to sustain fans for a while between performances. But not this week. It may take a while to get your head around that title, anyway. 21+.
Fri., July 31, 9 p.m., 2009