Tonight in music: George Benson, Ligeia and Michale Graves

George Benson (pictured) in a tribute to Nat King Cole It's not a good career indicator for one-time star performer when he's out doing tribute shows. Of course, singer/guitarist Benson — who scored several major hits in the 1970s, among them "This Masquerade" and "On Broadway" — is doing so in a nice venue, and he's paying homage to one of the greats. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $45-$80. —Eric Snider

Ligeia Named for a short story by Edgar Allan Poe about human mortality and the inevitability of death, Massachusetts metalcore foursome Ligeia formed in '03, signed to Ferret Music and released their debut in '06, and are currently touring in support of their second effort, '08's Bad News, which includes songs with titles like "Heroin Diaries" and "One Night Stand." 7 p.m., Orpheum, Ybor City, $7. —Leilani Polk

Michale Graves w/Pig Pen/Jordan Eastman Band/Situation Mine The Jerseyboy singer/songwriter claims his fame from a five-year stint performing with the '90s reincarnation of The Misfits. Right now he's doing the solo, partially-acoustic thing, his rusty deep voice set against pleasant alt-rock balladry. In addition to his Thursday show at The Garage, Graves also plays Crowbar in Ybor City on Friday. 8 p.m., The Garage, St. Petersburg, $10. —LP