Widely recognized as a pioneer in the jazz-rock and acid-jazz movements, keyboardist Brian Auger’s career began on a different track. He started performing at jazz piano bars in his native England in the early ’60s and even won a Melody Maker award for his playing in 1964. But then he discovered the organ and started dressing differently. Once he began wearing Carnaby Street clothes, he fit in more with rock crowds. After playing with guys like Sonny Boy Williamson and Jimmy Page, Auger formed Oblivion Express to further break down the boundaries between rock and jazz. He eventually disbanded the group and planned to support Eric Burdon on a tour, but that didn’t last long. Auger re-launched Oblivion Express in the mid-’90s with son Karma on drums and daughter Savannah on vocals, and has since become a favorite with jam-band fans. He makes frequent appearances in Cleveland, which has always supported him, and enjoys sharing stories from his classic-rock past. You’ll probably hear a few of them when he performs at 7 and 9 tonight and at 8 and 10 tomorrow night at Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216.795.0550). Tickets: $25. — Jeff Niesel
It may sound grandiose, but the Great Geauga County Fair has earned the right to call itself “great.” It’s not only one of the largest county fairs in Ohio, it’s the oldest, celebrating its 186th outing this year. The gates at the Burton Fairgrounds (14373 Cheshire St., Burton) — where the fair has been held since the 1880s — swing open this morning at 8 a.m., with the exhibit halls opening at 10 and the rides at noon. The fair boasts more than 12,000 exhibits, 2,000 animals and constant entertainment — from polka bands and gospel groups to daily performances by the all-volunteer Great Geauga County Fair Band (formed in 1938), with more than 60 members playing brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. There are archery demonstrations, clowns, a cowboy shooting show, Amish cart races and — oh yes — demolition derbies! There are two of ’em: at 8:30 tonight and Saturday. Buy your tickets early (they’re available on the website) — $5 tonight, $7 Saturday — so you won’t get shut out of these always sold-out events. The obligatory truck and tractor pull is at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, with $10 general admission and $12 pit passes. Daily fair admission is $7; kids 12 and under free. — Anastasia Pantsios
Used to be that bands from the ’70s and ’80s were the ones cashing in with reunion tours. But it’s gotten to the point where ’90s groups like Stone Temple Pilots and No Doubt are getting back together for some quick cash. You can add Blink-182, who have been on hiatus since 2005, to that list. The San Diego trio went out in a blaze of glory with 2003’s eponymous record — an album that proved Blink could write songs about things other than masturbation. Still, it’s no American Idiot, and it wasn’t long before the guys started devoting their time to side projects. Singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge headed up Angels and Airwaves, a heady, more atmospheric group; singer-bassist Mark Hoppus formed the snotty +44 with drummer Travis Barker and established himself as an in-demand producer. Blink put aside their differences earlier this year and headed back to the studio to begin work on a new album. Its release has been delayed and the group hasn’t been playing any of the new tunes in concert, so you can expect to hear a greatest-hits set. They’ve enlisted another ’90s fave, on-again/off-again alt-rock heroes Weezer, to open the show alongside Taking Back Sunday and Chester French. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Blossom (1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216.241.5555). Tickets: $20-$69. — Jeff Niesel
Sued twice on grounds of copyright infringement for their appropriation of sound and video in their collage-style productions, Negativland know a thing or two about intellectual-property rights and the concept of “fair use.” For almost three decades they’ve been cutting and pasting scraps of culture. Their 1995 book and CD Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 documented their legal run-ins with U2 over a stitched-together piece called “U2.” They even claim credit for inventing the term “culture jamming” back in 1984. Negativland’s Mark Hosler gives an hour-long presentation on fair use as part of the Council of Small Enterprises Arts Network’s Intellectual Property and the Arts forum today. He’ll be followed by a couple of lawyers — Peter Friedman and Sharon Toerek — who offer their own take on the subject. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Aitken Auditorium (11141 East Blvd., 216.592.2222, law.case.edu). Tickets: $5-$15. — Michael Gill
After Saturday’s all-French program, the Cleveland Orchestra crosses the border for a program that mixes works by Spanish composers with some French guys who borrow rhythms, drama and inspiration from the Iberian Peninsula. Most of the pieces are greatest hits from that part of the world: Georges Bizet’s Suite from Carmen and Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. Alberto Ginastera’s Four Dances From Estancia and Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole (for violin and orchestra) are also on the bill. Giancarlo Guerrero — who was born in Nicaragua, raised in Argentina and started his tenure as music director of the Nashville Symphony this season — will conduct. German violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his debut with the orchestra. Showtime is at 7 p.m. at Blossom Music Center (1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 216.231.1111). Tickets: $21-$87. — Michael Gill
Oberlin grad Josh Rzepka looks young enough to still be in high school. But the trumpet player is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University. While in town this summer, he quickly recorded and released Midwest Coast. Backed by pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Ron Godale, Rzepka pounded out the album’s nine tunes in a two-day session in mid-June and self-released the album last week. On songs like the breezy “Jackie’s Bossa” and the tasteful “Call Me Back,” Rzepka keeps it simple and even lets his band take over at times. Nothing too avant-garde, Midwest Coast takes a traditional approach and reveals just how much Rzepka’s classical training has made him a consummate player. He closes out his hometown summer with a show at Musica (51 E. Market St., Akron, 330.374.1114). John-Marcel and Margaret Williams open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $8. — Jeff Niesel
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