By Joe Tone
on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 7:27 AM
The Blue Man Group plays the Q for this weekend’s biggest show, which, trust us, is worth seeing; we know it sounds cheesy, but it kicks ass. If you’re not into painted men, Cleveland icon Anne E. DeChant plays here final full-band gig before leaving. And Superstar DJ HeavyGrinder spins accessible techno that sounds as good as she looks. Read on for a full rundown of the weekend’s shows. – D.X. Ferris
FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Anne E. DeChant: 8:30 p.m. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Cleveland’s leading female singer-songwriter’s final full-band show before leaving for Nashville.
Boom Box /ModQuad/Broke By Monday: $12 ADV/$15 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. The producer/DJ-guitarist/singer combo Boombox is like an all-out big-room DJ show that’s actually fun. The duo’s an all-encompassing-groove is in demand, and live shows sell out all over the country. It’s a trance-like experience that’s finding a crossover crowd of techo heads and jam-band fans, and for good reason: Zion Rock Godchaux, the live musician half of the group, is the son of the Grateful Dead’s Keith Godchaux – but don’t hold that against him.
Cabinet/the Amazing Rondini Brothers: Ballroom. New time, 8 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Caution: May contain folk rock, blue grass, and jam rock. This trad combo will make you stomp your boots – assuming you’re wearing boots.
Crystal Castles/Health: Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Keyboard-bashing electro-punk.
Kenneth Thomas/Jeff Tritt: 9 p.m.-3 a.m., no fover before 11. Traffic, 1296 W. 6th St. (Warehouse District), 216-566-9621. EDM big dogs get their groove on at Traffic’s new monthly Grind party.
Keoki/HeavyGrinder/GoGo 13: Also with Seraph, Rob Riddum, MC Infinity, Stout CTC, and others, $15 GA/$30 VIP, tickets available at Grand Poo-Ba's, 216-521-9177). Metropolis, 2325 Elm St., 216-241-4007. LA’s HeavyGrinder co-headline’s a house-electronica show that’s worth going to, if only to get a look at her. And her thumping 4/4 music would be just as sexy if she spun from behind a brick wall.
Shoot It Up/Darvorcets (CD release)/Homo Stupids: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Punk rawk, served dirty-side-up.
Alex Sklonick (Testament, TSO) Trio (jazz guitar): 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. One of thrash’s great guitarists is a prodigy turned, pro; solo, he tours with an electric jazz guitar bands, spreading the word of more gentle musical styles with easy instrumental renditions of rock tunes like the Scorpions’ “Still Loving You.”
Wish You Were Here: 8 p.m., $16.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Cleveland Pink Floyd tribute sells out every time; get your tickets early.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22
Azimuth Dream CD release party, with Sound of the City, A Phoenix Down, and Arlia: 6:30 p.m., Ballroom. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Cleveland’s Azimuth Dream play the kind of squeaky clean ambitious emo that tends to confuse eclectisicism with dynamics.
Bill Benden & Ross Duncliffe: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Two comics, one stage, one night only.
Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar 2.1 Tour: Featuring live band and opening act Mike Relm, 8 p.m., prices TBA (Ticketmaster). Quicken Loans Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. I know, I know, it sounds cheesy. But the Blue Man Group puts on an amazing show. Not for nothing are they the only arena show this week.
Earth Crisis/Terror/Sworn Enemy/Shai Hulud/Down to Nothing/Recon: 6:30 p.m., Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. The reunited hardcore icons of Earth Crisis headline a show of some of contemporary hardcore’s biggest names.
JiMiller Band: 9 p.m., $7. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Cleveland veteran and friends play all Grateful Dead, all night.
Madtown/Mastermind Underground Hip-Hop Fest, with M-Fa-Z-Ma, Go Live Grizzlies, Garbs Infinite, Dibz the Lyon, Emcee Malek, Lyrically Able, Paulie Fuller, DJ Think, and others: The Symposium, 11794 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-9696.
The Kasim Sulton Band: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $22 ADV/$25 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Frontman Sulton cut his teeth backing Todd Rundgren and Utopia, Meat Loaf, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, and Mick Jagger, before setting out with his easy-going solo band.
Sweet Delights/Delta Spirit/Port O'Brien/You're Amongst Friends: 9 p.m., $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Youngstown computer-music crew prefer whimsy and samples over beats, but they’re tongue-in-cheek soul vocals and lyrics are still kinda groovy. Image a low-budget Gnarles Barkley.
Ted Riser Now & Then: 7 p.m., $10. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Cleveland country boy who can hang with the big horses.
(216)/Keratoma/King/Calo: Mushroomhead metal side project. New date. Tickets for canceled show will be honored. $10 ADV/$12 DOS/+$3, under 21, 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/.
SUNDAY, MARCH 23
The Cribs/Ra Ra Riot/Jeffrey Lewis & the Jitters/Black Girls: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos produced the latest album by British indie rockers the Cribs.