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Dave Koz plays Fridays at Sunset

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz's summer tour, coming to Fridays at Sunset, features material from his latest album, "At the Movies." It's a tribute to the music of cinema, from "As Time Goes By" in "Casablanca" to "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" — even "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin." Vocalist Phil Perry is along for the ride, performing some original works along with Koz's movie themes. Nineteen-year-old smooth jazz artist Kelly Sweet opens Friday, July 20, at Kanawha Plaza. The music starts at 6:3 0 p.m. $20-$25. Call 644-8515 or visit www.fridaysatsunset.com. — Sarah Mogin

The Cringe Performs at Alley Katz

NYC rockers The Cringe should please music and TV fans alike — especially TV fans. Lead singer John Cusimano is the lawyer-turned-husband of talk-show host Rachael Ray, so he probably gets enough home-cooked meals to supplement the rock-star diet of illicit substances (which in that house probably includes Nigella Lawson). Moreover, drummer Sean Pelton also plays for the "Saturday Night Live" band, which — let's face it — is just as entertaining as some of the cast members (Horatio Sanz, anyone?). And if you're just in it for the music, The Cringe will be performing songs from its sophomore album, "Tipping Point," which came out in February. The Cringe plays Alley Katz on Friday, July 20, 7-9 p.m. Local rock band Thru the Rear View opens at 5 p.m. $6. Call 643-2816 or visit www.alleykatzrva.com. — S.M.

Fred Hammond at Kings Dominion

Gospel singer Fred Hammond has been in the music industry for more than 20 years. He began his career performing with family group The Winans, and he was one of the original members of Commissioned, a successful gospel band in the '80s and '90s that reunited in 2002 for a live album. In his time off from Commissioned, Hammond led the group Radical for Christ, selling many albums and even scoring a Grammy nomination. Hammond performs at Kings Dominion Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Free tickets available under the Eiffel Tower. Park admission is $37.95-$39.95. Call 876-5400 or visit www.kingsdominion.com. — S.M.

Genghis Tron at a sushi bar

Genghis Tron is definitely metal, but with a lucid underscore of electro swirling amid the growling lyrics and urgent guitars. It's almost like the soundtrack to a fevered dream, but with sushi instead of frightening hallucinations. Genghis Tron, along with Ed Gein and Gaza, plays at Nara Japanese Restaurant Wednesday, July 18, at 9:30 p.m. Free. 353-1315. — Colby Rogers

The Celtibillies at Dogwood Dell



The dulcimer doesn't often appear in popular music. This just means that bands like The Celtibillies can use it to their advantage. Taking equal parts Celtic and Appalachian music - hence Celtibillies - this band combines the best of both styles to form an upbeat repertoire worthy of the rolling green hills of both shores. The show will also feature traditional Irish dancing because, really, music without dancing is sometimes only half a show. This show is at Dogwood Dell on July 21 as part of the free Festival of Arts. 646-3355.

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