1. The Avett Brothers with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 7 p.m. Friday, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, 2014 Sycamore, Cleveland, $38-$48, www.livenation.com.
This popular indie folk band has a couple of Ohio ties in former tourmates, friends and collaborators Kent-based singer/songwriters David and Jessica Lea Mayfield. They also have beards, flannel shirts, acoustic instruments and some great back-porch familial harmonies.
2. Sam Goodwill, 8 p.m. Friday, the Auricle, 601 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, free, $2 under 21, theauricle.net.
Talented one-man band and Youngstown native Sam Buonavolonta gathers a few friends to make a full band and play his complex yet catchy, prog-rock, synth-laced indie rock from his one album, “History,” and his EP.
3. Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 129 S. Union St., Akron, free admission, www.annunciation akron.org.
This is one of my favorite events in the area that I attend every year I am able. Gyros! Lamb shanks! Metaxa! Live music and dancing! Cute little kids in traditional Greek garb doing traditional Greek dances! Friendly folks! More Metaxa!
This annual event will feature the Winston-Salem State Rams facing off against the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers. But if football ain’t your bag, there are a gaggle of ancillary events to attend, including a gospel concert Friday night featuring Tye Tribbett at the Word Church in Cleveland, and the Cleveland Classic Stepping for Life Comedy and Step Show also on Friday night at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University.
5. Pere Ubu, with Gagarin and This Moment in Black History, 8:30 tonight, Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, $17, beachlandballroom. com.
The venerated longtime purveyors of Cleveland art rock led by lead warbler David Thomas return to their old Northeast Ohio stomping grounds to scare small children with their complex sounds.