Smart Bets: Bethesda

If the name Bethesda makes you think of either Maryland or video games, the band that shares that moniker is about to change your frame of reference. The sextet from Kent, Ohio, crafts folklore-infused indie-rock informed by storytelling traditions and resonant with strings (guitar, violin, banjo) and the rich vocal of lead singer Shanna Delaney. There's something Old-World about Bethesda's sound (they point out that the name comes from "the sacred place in ancient times where people would flock in hopes of experiencing the healing power of the waters"), filtered through pop savvy. They take the stage at Jack of the Wood on Saturday, June 29 with Marshall Brown Band and The Restoration. 9 p.m., $7.


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