Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: This Week’s Concert Calendar

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 8:43 AM

No fewer than 62 shows to choose from this week, and Spring isn’t even here yet. Former teen punk queen Avril Lavinge is gonna rock the Wolstein – go ahead, try to act like you don’t like “Girlfriend.” Blues fans, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express is bringing B-3 action to Nighttown. And Broadway’s Bernadette Peters brings her one-woman show to Playhouse Square. Click “MORE” for a full, annotated rundown. – D.X. Ferris TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Baby Bash/Pitbull/Play in Skillz/Color Blind: 8 p.m., $22.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Latin hip-hop romeo croons, raps, and generally does his thing. Beppe Gambetta: 7 p.m., $15. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. Italy’s Beppe Gambetta, we’re told, is Europe’s leading flat-picking guitarist. Not that we’re keeping track. Richard Julian/Pete Nischt: Tavern, 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Brooklyn singer songwriter gets gentle and acoustic on his latest LP, Sunday Morning In Saturday’s Shoes. Mae/Honorary Title/Between the Trees: 7 p.m. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. With catchy keyboard-simulated piano hooks, Virginia Beach’s Mae continues to erode the line between emo and alt-rock. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Brian Auger's Oblivion Express: Two shows nightly, all tickets $25. 7 and 9 p.m. Wed. Mar. 26. 8 and 10 p.m. Thu. Mar. 27. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. If you like blues and the crunchy tones of Hammond B-3 organ, there’s nothing like the Oblivion Express. British Sea Power/1900s/Pale Hollow (formerly Black Amps): 9 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The 1900s: If you dig Belle & Sebastian and the Arcade Fire, here’s your band. The co-ed combo play breezy, orchestral pop that’s way more pop than orchestra. The press materials that accompany the new Cold & Kind album claim the record wasn’t made in 1967, but we’re not so sure we believe it. If you’re getting tired of your Fray album, check out more contemporary-sounding tracks like album opener “No Delay.” Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers/Georgia: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $15 ADV/$17 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. When Clyne’s alt-country cowboys saddle up, it’s time for a rockin’ ride through Americana country. Doro Pesch: 7 p.m., $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. The German metal icon is one of power-metal’s great frontwoman, and hasn’t hardly lost a step since 1983. Believe it. The Independents/Hostile Omish: 7 p.m. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Hailing from South Carolina, the gothabilly punkers of the Independents put the fun back in funeral. Langhorne Slim/Jakeway/Oppenheimer: 9 p.m., $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. This bi-coastal trio get mellow and make the blues feel so good. Worth checking out: http://www.myspace.com/langhorneslim . Tell ‘em Scene sent you. Avril Lavigne: 7 p.m., $18-$47.50 (LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster). Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. She’s gonna play “Girlfriend,” but we have six bucks says she saves it for late in the show. Chris Stills (full band)/Istvan Medgyesi: 8 p.m., $10. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Stephen Stills’ kid does the folk-rock thing. Bob Weir & RatDog: 6:30 p.m., $36. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. The Dead’s Bob Weir gets bluesy and rock it out. THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Bad Boys of Blues Birthday Party Tribute to Robert Lockwood Jr., featuring Wallace Coleman and Travis Haddix: 9 p.m. Savannah Bar & Grille, 30676 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-892-2266, www.thesavannah.com. Local blues greats pay tribute to the greatest local blues man there ever was. Beach House/Papercuts/JJ Magazine: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The co-ed, trippy Baltimore duo of Beach House are so beautifully mellow, you’ll fall into a trance, cry, or both. Reccommened for fans of Portishead, Mr. Gnome, and Mazzy Star. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express: Two shows nightly, all tickets $25. 7 and 9 p.m. Wed. Mar. 26. 8 and 10 p.m. Thu. Mar. 27. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. If you like blues and the crunchy tones of Hammond B-3 organ, there’s nothing like the Oblivion Express. Citay/Puffy Aereolas/DJ Krauty McKraut/Psychedelic Horseshit: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Citay’s people promise, “They are currently touring with six members and three guitar players who just burn through some incredibly complex arrangements. There are some seriously fast fingers in this band.” Dennis Gruenling/Steve Guyger/Doug Deming: 8 p.m. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Gruenling pays tribute to blues harp great Little Walter. CD release party. Dennis Gruenling CD release, with Steve Guyger, Doug Demin & the Jewel Tones, with Gary Craft, Mr. Stress, and others: 8 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Gruenling pays tribute to blues harp great Little Walter. CD release party. Hamilton Loomis: Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it”, says Guitar Player Magazine. Passafire: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $8. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. This Georgia band sounds like a ska band, but without the horns. They’ve been touring with 311, which is a helluva fit. Sublime fans will dig ‘em, too. Robin Trower/the Rick Ray Band: 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Trower cut his teeth in Procol Harum, then shredded in a Hendrix-style power trio… and he’s still got it. Sunpower (Belgium): 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. The Dutch like their hardcore like they like their ale: strong. FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Ekoostik Hookah/Jazzam: 9 p.m., $12.99. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. The regional jam-band sensation has reunited, and they’re groovin’ on it. Grada: Ballroom, 8:30 p.m., $15 ADV/$16 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Hailing from Dublin, this trad-leaning band represents the Emerald Isle as authentically as it gets. Flautist Alan Doherty contributred music to the Lord of the Rings films. Haale: Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. The band’s bio describes it as “Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock.” Murder by Death/O'Death/Kiss Kiss: 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. O’Death: Imagine one of the weirder Tom Waits albums, but even weirder. Spawned in northern New York, the band explains itself thusly: “Five guys, maybe three shirts between them, take to the stage. There’s a banjo, a fiddle, a drum set littered with gas cans, chains, and broken cymbals. Then they all start howling, stomping; it’s an anachronistic jug band party in a junkyard with sing-along hooks and weathered vocals from another time... This is the world of O’Death.” And we’re so there – odd as it sounds, all those dissonant, tribal world-music hooks are totally catchy. Nile/Suicide Silence/the Faceless/the Agonist/Nachysitum: 7 p.m., $17 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Death metal rooted in fact-based fantastical adaptations of ancient Egyptian mythology gets no finer. Bernadette Peters/the North Coast Men's Chorus: 8 p.m., $10-$105 (Tickets.com or PlayHouseSquare.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. A Broadway veteran, Peters is considered one of the great interpreters of Sondheim’s work. But even more impressive, she was in Steve Martin’s The Jerk. Sadly – for this writer, at least – she’s more likely to perform “Gee Whiz” than the Thermos song. Shawn Phillips: 9 p.m., $18. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. This mystical singer-songwriter titan counts Yanni and Alanis Morrissette among his fans. Punching Moses/Pigsticker/Bloodwolf: Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. There’s two kinds of people in this world: The kind who will go to a show featuring bands called Punching Moses, Pigsticker, and Bloodwolf – and those who won’t. The former enjoy big, steaming, smelted ingots of hardcore and metal. Queens of the Iron Mic: $7, 21 and over/$10, 18-20, 8:30 p.m. The Symposium, 11794 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-9696. Cleveland’s annul all-female rap showcase returns. Scott Holt: 9 p.m., $8. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. This electric jazz bassist is a road dog who once toured with Art Blakey. Michael Stanley: All shows 9 p.m. Tangier Cabaret, 532 W. Market St., Akron, 800-TANGIER, www.thetangier.com. Say what you will: The classic rock king of Cleveland still packs ‘em in. This is truly is town. Akron is, too. Michelle Wilson, with Blue Lunch, featuring Scott Shetler: 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Blue Lunch returns. Packing a horn section, the Lunch plays big-sound blues.

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