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Friday, April 18, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: The Weekend Concert Calendar

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 6:34 AM

Canadian crooner Michael Buble brings his smooth sounds to the Wolstein Center this weekend, and the show is dangerously close to selling out. Tri-C JazzFest continues. If raucous blues are your thing, check out Reverend Raven. Asia’s original lineup returns. And the discovery of the weekend is Germany’s Tokio Hotel, Germany’s answer to Paramore. Click the video above for a taste, and read on for a full cheat-sheet of the weekend’s biggest and best shows. – D.X. Ferris FRIDAY, APRIL 18 Delta Highway: 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Memphis bluesmen are on tour in support of their latest LP, Devil Had a Woman. The Epochs/Lines Across Lines/Red Beard: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Promises the Beachland, “The case for paying attention to—and enjoying—The Epochs is in the accomplished and compelling songs and arrangements. This collection of 11 cool and propulsive indie-pop songs has a cohesive sense of identity.” Heaven Shall Burn/Embrace the End/Enthrall the Weak: 7 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Heaven Shall Burn: rip-roaring vocals and killing-machine drums. If Germany had more metal like this in the 80s, the Wall would have come down at least three years early. Junior Revolution/As If/Petting Zeus/Quiet on the Ride/the Hanks: 9 p.m., $6. Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. “We just put together a light show that rivals Pink Floyd -- but back in the early days before they got the lasers! We have epilepsy warning signs and everything!” -- Jayson, vocals, guitar, piano Molkie Cole: 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. These 1970s Cleveland rock legends reunite every year about this time, and the shows always sell out. Come early. Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys: Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. The Rev plays traditional blues, but loud and hard. Says the Rev’s bio: “Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.” Tri-C JazzFest: John Pizzarelli & the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Salute Frank Sinatra: 8 p.m., $25-$45 (PlayHouseSqaure.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. SATURDAY, APRIL 19 Asia (original lineup): 7 p.m., $35. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com. Asia’s original lineup reunites for a set of classic and songs from the new Phoenix LP. In the heat of the moment, your heart will tell you you should go. Below Jupiter/Burden of Evolution/Ben Barrs/Alen Madej/the Bootleg Brothers: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $5. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Below Jupiter: super-catchy electro-rock. Boulder (all original members)/Ruiners (reunion)/Brutal Knights/McShitz/Cheap Tragedies: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Boulder bassist Jamie Walters -- a scene lifer who also plays in headbanger crew Midnight and the psychedelic Terminal Lovers – told us the lineup will be “the same jerks it's always been,” and that their set in the tight confines of Now That’s Class would feature “huge dragons and laser light show.” By then, we realized it was a fool’s errand to look for incisive commentary about a band with songs such as “Degenerate” and “Kick the Pregnant.” Right when we about to write the show off as a joke, Tony Erba -- frontman of opening act the Cheap Tragedies -- confirmed it probably would be a joke, but one worth witnessing. “Boulder took the awesome, crushing, rock-oriented heavy metal of the classic British bands like Priest, Saxon, Angel Witch, Tank, etc., and filtered it through an outrageous who-gives-a-fuck DIY ethos, poking fun at themselves, their music, and especially their crowds,” explained Erba. “The band became a unique crossover band that even the most street-level, hardened DIY punks could rally around. A band for the (m)asses.” Michael Buble: 8 p.m., $49.50-$79.50 (Ticketmaster). Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. The Canadian king of laid-back standards brings his smooth sounds the Wolstein. Bring your panties, ladies. Crackjaw: Early show, 5 p.m. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Detroit’s Crackjaw play accesible, punky hardcore. Devilin & Darko: 9 p.m., $10, 21 and over/$15, 18-20. B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966. Spank Rock DJs spin a night of dance music that doesn’t suck. Says the Grog website: “The DJs behind the genre-crossing party rap phenomenon of Spank Rock, Devlin & Darko have deep crates and they know how to use them. They mix everything from classic hip hop to Italo disco to French electro into a dance party that’s populist without being strictly pop. They;re adept mixers, inventive selectors, and genial hosts.” Kristy Hanson/Maura Rogers/Jim Snively: 9 p.m., $6. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Keratoma/Acheron/Cyanotic/Bitchslicer/Third Union/Gaping Anus/King: 18+, $6. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Cleveland’s Keratoma play electro-thrash that sounds like Slayer and Marilyn Manson in a lightning storm. Midlife Crisis Band: 10 p.m., $5. Lydia's Bar, 1348 S. Arlington St., Akron, 330-773-3001. Molkie Cole: 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. These 1970s Cleveland rock legends reunite every year about this time, and the shows always sell out. Come early. Ohio Sky/2nd Half/Ark Peninsula: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. LaMafia Records showcases three hard-hitting locals. Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys: Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. The Rev plays traditional blues, but loud and hard. Says the Rev’s bio: “Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.” Julie Schurr: The Nickel/Five Cent Decision, 4365 State Rd., 216-661-1314. A righteous grrl singer-songwriter in the Ani DiFranco model, Schurr solicits fan donations to help make records. Come see if she deserves your help. Skinny Jim/Number 9 Blacktops/Kentucky Chrome/the Alleycasters: At Jump In the Sac, a monthly roots-rock riot hosted by alt-burlesuqe troupe the Pussyfoot Girls and Hot Trash's DJ Erin. This month's theme: Pajama Jamboree, with pajama contest, 9 p.m., $7. Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., 216-651-0888. Tri-C JazzFest: Jason Miles Celebrates the Music of Marvin Gaye and Motown: 8 p.m., $15-$35 (PlayhouseSquare.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. Tri-C JazzFest: Jazz for Kids: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $9 (members)/$12 (public). Children's Museum of Cleveland, 10730 Euclid Ave., 216-791-KIDS, www.museum4kids.com. Tri-C JazzFest: Women in Jazz, featuring Evelyn Wright, Erin Kufel, Helen Welch, and others: 1 p.m., free. Mt. Zion Congregational Church, 10723 Magnolia Dr. SUNDAY, APRIL 20 Anti-Flag/the Street Dogs/the Briggs/Fake Problems: Theater, 7 p.m., $17. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Pittsburgh’s Anti-Flag have become punk superstars, riding out vague political screeds and candy-assed melodies that CRASS wouldn’t be caught dead listening to. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello produced the band’s 2003 album, The Terror State. If we go, it’ll be to see former Dropkick Murphys singer Mike McColgan’s Street Dogs. Coma Lilies and Um Forcefield?: The Matinee (Akron), 812 W. Market St., Akron. As they near the edge of their teenage years, California’s Coma Lillies play trippy, instrumental indie rock that floats down and touches earth from time to time. Disfear/Parasitic/the Gluttons: 7 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Pirate's Cove, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Sweden’s Disfear play rockin’ metal that will grind your face off. Plus, they record for Relapse Records, home to Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Pig Destroyer. The Slackers/Bomb the Music Industry/Skatastrophes: 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The Slackers’ bio has a neat summary of the Jamaican rock band: “It is as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters.” This Is a Shakedown (live)/misterbradleyp: 9 p.m., $2, 21+/$5, 18-20. B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966. Tokio Hotel: 6 p.m., $22. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Somewhat ironically, Tokio Hotel hail from Germany, where they apparently listen to Paramore a lot. Like, a lot, dude. Recommended for fans of : Paramore. Tri-C JazzFest: The Ernie Krivda Trio: 4 p.m., free. East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Ave., E. Cleveland, 216-541-4128. Tri-C JazzFest: The JD Allen Trio: 8 p.m., free. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. Waterband: 7 p.m., $6. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. It’s 4-20, dude. Time to jam.
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