Happy Valley alum Evan Shafran debuts Bear Dream album at Will's Pub

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This Orlando band’s name won’t be familiar to many – that is, unless you’re an especially keen reader of “This Little Underground.” The new act is the vehicle for Evan Shafran, whom most know as the wild caveman drummer of freak-rock group Happy Valley. Word came our way – then was confirmed by Shafran himself – that the inspiration for the name was a 2014 column reviewing Happy Valley that described the burly performer known for playing shirtless as a “bear dream.” Though they haven’t played out much, Shafran and the boys – a band that includes notable Orlando weirdos Danny Feedback and Jim Ivy – have created an album’s worth of material to officially unveil at this release show. That debut LP is a melted prog-punk kaleidoscope that’s cut from the same mischief and subversion that made Happy Valley so individual and exceptional. And once you lay your eyes on the glorious cover art, you’ll see just how far Shafran is willing to go to live the dream.

with Gargamel!, Steve Garron Is an Asshole | 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $5

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