Arthur “Ace” Enders might be one of the hardest working, and most approachable, artists in indie music today. If he’s not giving away albums like The Secret Wars as a free digital download, he’s doing live chats, making fans photographers for the day and releasing ambitious triple-disc endeavors like The Mother, the Mechanic and the Path (with his old band, emotive punks the Early November). He’s now sweeping the country as part of the BBQ Across America Tour featuring Ace Enders. If you preorder tickets to the concert, you’ll be invited to a pre-show BBQ, where Enders will actually cook for you — burgers, hot dogs, chicken — before showcasing his newest and best album, When I Hit the Ground. “I’ve wanted to do it for years now,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to incorporate something where people can just hang out in a laid-back environment. And I love to barbeque. Every man has a love for something — mine happens to be grilling.” After the foodfest, Enders’ band will take the stage and blast through tunes like “Reaction” and “Sweeter Light,” gorgeous power-pop anthems that far surpass the bratty faux-punk sounds of groups like New Found Glory, Finch and, yes, the Early November. As always, the style of the live experience will be up to the crowd. “Some nights we’ll get up there ready to rock and blow people’s heads off,” says Enders. “Some nights it’s more of a classy affair with a cool vibe — people just sing along and hang out. It’s all based on what the crowd is doing. If the crowd is relaxed, we’re relaxed. If the crowd is crazy, we’ll go crazy.” Person L, My Favorite Highway and the Dangerous Summer open at 7 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. — Keith Gribbins
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