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Books, coffee and rare Thiel

Singer-songwriter Carl Thiel is performing an acoustic show of his own music in Borders Books and Music. Thiel will perform the "songs of love, loss and wonder" off his new solo debut "Goat Songs." Joining Thiel are friends Mari Anderson, Ann Janish, Leslie Danielson, Al Conrad III, The Fibs, Mark Humphrey and Frank Carey. The free show is 8-10 p.m. Saturday in Borders, 2015 Walden Ave.

Sons of Mercury return

Blues band Sons of Mercury return to the live forum this weekend after taking most of the year off to regroup. Keyboardist-vocalist John Perry and bassist Dave Haynes welcome guitarist Gene Thompson and drummer Mike Johnson to the lineup. Thompson was formerly with Backstreet Rockin' Blues Revue and Johnson was with the original rock band Mudtown Rudy. Thompson says the music is a melting pot of blues, R&B, soul, gospel and funk. Sons of Mercury perform 10:30 p.m. Saturday in St. James Place, 1531 Military Road, Kenmore.

Coffee Bean open mike

The Coffee Bean Cafe unveils the "The CBC Variety Show" Wednesday. It will be hosted by musician Greg Klyma, who calls it "an open mike with a better name." Open stage rules apply with sign-up 8 to 9 p.m. and entertainment at 9 p.m. It will take place on a random schedule, accommodating Klyma's road trips. "We hope oodles of talented folks will turn up and entertain at it. Most open mikes turn into singer/songwriter nights. We're hoping for more variety," says Klyma, welcoming actors, poets, comedians and musicians. Coffee Bean is at 3260 Main St.

Benefit for Wysocki

There will be a benefit Saturday for musician Pat Wysocki in Otto's Restaurant. Wysocki and his wife Michelle were in the band Rumors (later called Tracker). Singer-songwriter NSS of Cheezy Money calls Wysocki "the calmest, funniest, most talented person you could ever meet . . . taking the world in stride, day by day." Tickets are $20 and there will be a Chinese auction, a 5 0/5 0 split, door prizes, food and drink. The benefit is 6-10 p.m. Saturday in Otto's, 3972 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

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