Jay Benson says he plays a mix of folk-pop and blues that sounds like it’s performed by a punk. “I at some point started to feel that blues was my outlet to be ‘emo’ (which I am) and still appear to be an adult,” Benson says. “It really is therapy.” Benson was 16 when he played his first Homegrown, a gig with his band Sirus Minor at the Red Lion in 2003. Since then he’s participated with at least five other bands and as a poet. “Homegrown,” he says, is a “great opportunity to speak your mind, perform your art, try new things and unearth old things.”

9:30pm Sat 5/4 | Sir Benedict’s