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Friday, April 4, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: This Weekend’s Concert Calendar

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Pearl Jam tribute Ten headlines K-Rock of the ‘90s, a tribute show’s that’s better than most of the Lollapoozas you paid $50 to see. Other big shows include frayed-nerve singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick, Laurie Anderson’s multimedia extravaganza, and muy caliente groove from Cordero. But the discovery of the weekend is California singer Tristan Prettyman, who will fill the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room with a mellow vibe you won’t soon shake. Click above for a sample, and read on for a full, annotated rundown. – D.X. Ferris FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Laurie Anderson: 8 p.m., $15-20 (Ticketmaster). E.J. Thomas Hall at University of Akron, 198 Hill St., Akron, 330-972-7570, www.ejthomashall.com. Performance artist brings her eye-popping musical show to Akron. Blitzen Trapper/Fleet Foxes: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. This Portlant post-rock clan claims dusty bones, sunrise, Philip K Dick, Guernica, barley wine, sycamore or doug fir, snowflake, Sally Mack’s School of Dance, Scooby-Doo, and bigfoot as influences. Cordero/the Amazing Rondini Brothers: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Promises Cordero’s bio: “En Este Momento, Cordero’s fourth album and Bloodshot debut, is an intoxicating amalgam of shake-your-hips rock and punk-ish abandon, tangled up in sensual Latin rhythms and verses. Rave-ups that effortlessly conjure the angular rawk of Gang of Four, En Este Momento is spiced with moody, South of the border ballads. With smoky, sultry vocals, group leader and namesake, Ani Cordero, will have you weeping in your drink just as easily as she will snake-charm you out of mourning and straight past the velvet ropes onto the dance floor.” Melissa Ferrick/Angie Mattson: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. This lesbian singer-songwriter survived a bout with the bottle and a stint with a major-label, and her raw songs sound the better for it. Fistula/Darsombra/Black Mayonnaise/Deathcrawl/CxDx: 10 p.m., no cover. Annabell's, 784 W. Market St., Akron, 330-535-1112. Akron sludge crew Fistula are playing as a duo temporarily, just bass, vocals, and drums; soon, they’ll be calling it “rhythm and doom.” The Infamous Stringdusters: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Nashville’s Infamous Stringdusters represent the next generation of bluegrass. Johnny A/Pete Cavano: 9 p.m., $12. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Guitar ace Johnny A has played with J. Giles’ Peter Wolf and Steve Frampton. KROCK of the 90s: Ten (Pearl Jam tribute)/Hungerstrike (Temple of the Dog tribute)/Nevermind (Nirvana tribute)/Truage (Tool): 7 p.m. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. This tribute-palooza is sold out and rescheduled; tickets for the previous date will be honored. Monthly roots-rock-rockabilly riot, hosted by alt-burlesque troupe the Pussyfoot Girls: This month, rock and roll dance party, with Memphis Morticians, El Muchaho, Hot Trash's DJ Erin, and a performance by the Pussyfoot Girls, 9 p.m., $5. Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., 216-651-0888. Mushroomhead: 7 p.m., $20. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Break out the camo and face paint for the ‘Heads first hometown gig in a while. Michael Stanley: All weekend long, local rock icon Michael Stanley proves that Akron is his town, too. All shows 9 p.m. Tangier Cabaret, 532 W. Market St., Akron, 800-TANGIER, www.thetangier.com. Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers/the Real Deal Blues Band: 9 p.m., $12. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Says Thackery’s website, “Whether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he'll always unleash an intense volley of rockin' blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent.” Trailer Choir: Hall of Famers, 6600 Biddulph Rd., Brooklyn, 216-741-4911. This Nashville country band have been touring with Toby Keith as of late. SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Acheron/Lethal Aggression/Soulless: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Jersey’s Lethal Aggression thrash like men possessed. Beneath the Massacre/See You Next Tuesday/Born of Osiris/the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Beneath the Massacre play bruising, hyper-technical death metal at something like 978 beats per minute; after a certain point, it’s hard to keep track, you know? Alex Bevan: $10 ADV/$12 DOS. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Tickets from the previous scheduled show will be honored for Northeast Ohio’s answer to Jimmy Buffett. Freekbass/the Doug Johns Duo: 9 p.m., $10. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. This funkmaster interned under the one and only Bootsy Collins. His groove is so thick it’s sticky. Tristan Prettyman: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $15. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. This dainty one-woman band is going to make the Cambridge Room her own living room for an intimate show. She’s sung with Jason Mraz and G-Love; reccommended for fans of Ani DiFranco, Tracy Chapman, and KT Tunstall. Silence of a Silhouette CD release, with Affiance, Arbors End, Wake Hollywood, Shake It, and the Critically Acclaimed: Ballroom. New date, 7 p.m., $10. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes: 8 p.m., $27.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. After an in-your face set, you’ll see why this classic-rock legend is often mentioned in the same breath as Springsteen. Michael Stanley: All weekend long, local rock icon Michael Stanley proves that Akron is his town, too. All shows 9 p.m. Tangier Cabaret, 532 W. Market St., Akron, 800-TANGIER, www.thetangier.com. Troubadors of Divine Bliss: 10 p.m., $5. Lydia's Bar, 1348 S. Arlington St., Akron, 330-773-3001. You second chance to see this Kentucky alt-folk duo if you missed them Thursday at Wilbert’s. Virginia Coalition/Mike Genovese/Pete Nischt: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. You may have heard this Virginia-based unplugged quartet’s “Sing Along” tearing up adult-alternative radio. SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Collective Soul: 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Alt-rock favorites return with a set full of hits. Driver Side Impact/You Me & Everyone We Know: Early show, 5 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Signed to Victory Records, Cleveland’s Driver Side Impact – DSI, for short – aren’t bad for a screamo band. Sammy Figueroa Latin Jazz Sextet: 7 p.m., $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. Grammy-nominated Figueroa has played with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Brecker Brothers, John McLaughlin, Quincy Jones, Mark Murphy, Chaka Khan, Dave Valentin, Arturo Sandoval, and others. But by now, you should be sold on the guy. Ha Ha Tonka/Haunted Heartland: Tavern, 9 p.m., $6. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. From the Beachland website: “Coming straight out of Springfield, MO, Ha Ha Tonka specialize in disarming and effortless anthems that owe as much to high and lonesome Ozarks mountain music as chugging college rock.”
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