Continuing with the “Being” series, the folks at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.) present “Being 2Pac,” a tribute to the music of the late rap icon, beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday. So far in the series, organizers have presented tributes to the Beastie Boys – and in particular, late MC Adam Yauch – as well as J Dilla and the Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls. The format allows seasoned professional MCs and audience members alike to grab the mic, rapping and freelancing over their heroes’ tracks.
In the case of 2Pac or Tupac Shakur, this is no mean feat – hip-hop aficionados consider him to be one of the greatest rappers to emerge from the idiom’s second generation, and one of the form’s pre-eminent linguists.
One of the event’s organizers is Damon Bodine, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is now in remission. Bodine has since dedicated his energies to promoting awareness of blood cancer. For Saturday’s show, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Admission at the door will be $5. Additional information is available via dtr45.com and Liveforacure.com.
Roots rock reggae
Boston’s John Brown’s Body recently released its 10th album, “Kings and Queens,” and man, it’s a righteous effort. Continuing the band’s tradition of carrying reggae music into the future by marrying it to elements of electronic music, ambient textures, rock, funk and dub (as opposed to dubstep), the album presents reggae as a protean form very much alive in the here and now. Just as the Clash brought punk sensibilites into a reggae-funk-R&B stew on albums like “Sandinista,” so, too, has John Brown’s Body stretched the envelope of what might legitimately be accepted as reggae-based music.
As strong as JBB is in the recording studio, it’s on the concert stage that the band truly shines. Last time the group passed through town to play at the Tralf Music Hall, turnout was surprisingly light, due in no small part to several big-ticket conflicting gigs scheduled for that same night. Now’s the time for a make-good. The group returns to the Tralf (681 Main St.) at 7 p.m. next Thursday. Tickets are $14 advance, $16 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster.com).
EDM/electro-rock/jam outfit Jimkata returns to Buffalo for a show at 9:30 tonight in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.). Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will open. Tickets are $10, through MNMpresents.com.
Klear will be joined by Psychedelic Dragons and Breckenwood for a show at 7 tonight in the Forvm, Maple Entertainement Complex (4224 Maple Road, Amherst). Admission at the door will be $12.
Blues guitar royalty comes to town in the form of Murali Coryell, who takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Admission will be $15 at the door. Coryell, son of fusion guitar legend Larry Coryell, recently released a live album ably displaying his soul-blues prowess. You can check it out through Muralicoryell.com.
The Jony James Band brings its funky blues-rock-jam stew to Brunner’s Tavern (3989 Main St.) at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.