When: Thu., July 18 2013

acoustic singer/guitarist, 5 p.m.

When singer-songwriter Tristina Nicole Miller is doing her acoustic pop thing in one of Chucktown’s bars, she refuses to let herself become background noise to the barroom chatter, and she does that in part by making sure the crowd hears a song they like, whether it’s one of her own or a cover. “If they’re not having fun, then I am not doing my job right,” Miller says. At her July 20 show, Miller will release a six-song EP, The Summer of You and Me, and oddly enough, the collection features a song about zombies called “All I See is Red.” But Miller sings about plenty of real-life stuff too. Take her song “Happy Birthday to Me,” on which Miller croons about being dumped on her 20th, 23rd, and 24th birthdays. Two of the other tracks — “Poison” and “Whiskey” — are equally as confessional. “I wrote [“Poison”] about how we sometimes knowingly stay in bad situations even though they’re poisonous, and my struggle to leave mine,” Miller says. “[“Whiskey”] is about a guy who blames his wrongdoing on whiskey. It’s about brokenness and selfish behavior.” —Kailey Miller THURSDAY and SATURDAY

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