Music Scene: Mayer Hawthorne, TR3, The Polish Ambassador

Mayer Hawthorne

There’s a freshness in Mayer Hawthorne, something that is much more rare than the cliche phrase itself. It’s a feat that the Michigan native accomplishes by reaching into the past to slingshot himself into new territory.

Perhaps what makes Hawthorne (born Andrew Mayer Cohen) so appealing is his doing so many things right: the bridging of retro and modern, the weaving of styles, the honesty and irony.

Hawthorne drags his life with him, collecting new inspiration and influences as he travels. He brings the soul of Detroit to the shores of California, where his penchant for hip-hop found a home under his alter ego “Haircut.” But of all the descriptions that could be flung at Mayer Hawthorne, it seems that neo-soul sticks the most; and that’s fine with us.

Mayer Hawthorne will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Stepkids. Tickets are $10 and are available online at or at the door.

Go to or call 577-6989 for more information.

Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Dave Matthews, guitar virtuoso Tim Reynolds is much more than a sidekick. Reynolds has been making waves in the underground jam/instrumental scene for the past two decades since his debut album with his group TR3 in the mid-1980s.

Reynolds is a self-taught musician, playing guitar, djembe, violin, mandolin, piano, bass, sitar and a variety of ethnic percussion instruments, all of which he incorporates into his symphonic-like performances. His fusion of jazz, funk, rock and experimental is played with seamless skill and provocative emotion that is sure to wow music lovers of all backgrounds.

TR3 will perform Sunday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.

Call 886-8596 for more information.

David Sugalski began making electronic music several years ago in his native Oakland, Calif., but it wasn’t until 2007, under the moniker

The Polish Ambassador, that Sugalski began making waves internationally.

Since then, Sugalski has released five albums, spinning a live show of break beat and synth-funk that is as trancing as it is prodding.

The Polish Ambassador will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Pressha, Major Flavor and Stumble. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $14 in ad- vance, $16 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at

The show is 18 and up; under 21 is subject to a $4 surcharge.

Call 571-4343 or go to