Brian Wheat creates a distinctive brand of alternative folk that's been affectionately referred to as "porch-swing rock." Since 2005, this Buffalo-born troubadour has toured the world playing everywhere from clubs and festivals to hostels and island villages. Wheat has cultivated a comprehensive sound, influenced by 50's pop, classic rock, and country. His ardent melodic approach and affecting lyrical prowess has led to an impressive musical catalog, and a résumé that includes work with such internationally known acts as Band of Horses and Mark Kozelek. Hey Mavis fills out the bill.
Brian Wheat performs Thursday, August 15, 7 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-$8. abilenebarandlounge.com.