All too often, music gets messed up by the business of it all.
When a band or artist goes commercial — the gimmicks, the image, the boundless “cool” chase, agents, managers, lawyers — it all counteracts and derails the point of making music for music’s sake.
When the dust settles, it leaves one of two types: those who play the game, and those who play the music.
Stephane Wrembel is one of those rare ones who levitate above all the nonsense, keeping his eyes fixed on the same love for music he first started with at age 4 in his native France.
Although it’s been decades since then, Wrembel still plays with a surrendering absorption, a childlike fascination with the craft that is incredible to witness.
He spent his youth straddling social and musical lines, training to be a classical pianist before heading to the French countryside to learn jazz and folk songs from Gypsy camps.
The Berklee College of Music alum graduated summa cum laude in music performance, earning a scholarship to the school from his work in music composition under the jazz and contemporary classical discipline while attending the American School of Modern Music in Paris.
All that sounds like Wrembel may play with a stuffy, uptight sensibility, but his playing is surprisingly folk-boned in the Gypsy jazz style, of course, and remains rebelliously freethinking, immersive and bold.
Wrembel has released several albums, the latest of which is titled “Origins” and was released earlier this year. But he has two songs that are probably best-known, as they were featured in Woody Allen films: The song “Big Brother” was featured on the soundtrack for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” and Wrembel composed the theme track for “Midnight in Paris” titled “Bistro Fada.”
Stephane Wrembel will perform at Awendaw Green, 4879 U.S. Highway 17, for a special Saturday Barn Jam along with Danielle Howle. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.
The event is BYOB and will include an oyster roast. A $15 donation will be accepted at the door.
Go to awendawgreen.com.
Metalcore groundbreakers Hatebreed will make a visit to the Holy City on Sunday night.
Formed in 1994, Hatebreed has retained all five of its original members and earned a well-respected name among metal diehards.
The quintet’s penchant for ear-grinding, sweat-dripping, head-banging live performances and machine gun-like rhythms has made it one of the genre’s most influential and replicated bands, as well as earning a Grammy nod in 2004 for Best Metal Performance.
Also performing will be the metal supergroup Hell-yeah, whose lineup includes members from Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan and Nothingface. Hellyeah’s latest album, “Band of Brothers,” was released in July.
Hatebreed and Hell-yeah will perform at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Drudgery and Holy Grail. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 the day of the show and are available at the Music Farm box office or online at etix.com.
Call 577-6989 or go to musicfarm.com.
Zach Deputy has spent the past several years honing his funk-laden, soul-spewing brand of reggae-rock and touring his beloved region performing to his dedicated fan base.
A South Carolina native, Deputy began touring the country with various bands throughout his early 20s before landing in Savannah to embark on a solo career. What he found there was a natural talent for songwriting and his distinct baritone voice that oozes soulful honesty and playful harmony.
Deputy will perform Wednesday at the Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com.
Go to charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343.