Friday, May 2, 2008

Hello, Cleveland! This weekend’s concert cheat sheet

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM

It’s a great week for every kind of bangin’ club music, whether you like techno, electro, or underground hip-hop. But the show that’ll blow your mind, ears, and eyes is Bad Boy Bill tonight at Traffic. Click the video for a sample. And click "more" for a full rundown of shows and why you should see ‘em. – D. X. Ferris FRIDAY, MAY 2 All Time Low/the Rocket Summer/the Matches/Sonny/Forever the Sickest Kids: The Alternative Press Tour is SOLD OUT, 6 p.m., $13.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Bad Boy Bill: $15-$20 (Wantickets.com, 18+), 9 p.m. Traffic, 1296 W. 6th St. (Warehouse District), 216-566-9621. Chicago electro-house DJ puts on a massive show that would fill an arena, a strobing extravaganza of lights, video screens, and bass that'll leave a bruise. And for a DJ, he rocks. This ain't no sissy techno show. Cleveland Jazz Orchestra plays Zappa's Grand Wazoo: The Cleveland Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551. Don Dixon/Doug Gillard/Carlos Jones/Tommy Wiggins: CD release, 7:30 p.m., $10. Tri-C Metro Campus Main Stage Theatre, 2900 Community College Ave. REM/Smithereens producer Don Dixon, ex-GBV multi-talkent Doug Gillard, Cleveland reggae/jam icon Carlos Jones, and Tommy Wiggins play this benefit fundraiser, followed by a meet & greet. DJ Assault/DJ Mike Filly: 10 p.m., $10 cover, 21+/$13 under 21. B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966. Baltimore's DJ Assault raps like a horny thug (which ain't a bad thing) over hard club dance music. A lot of rhymers claim to be a pimp, but when he says it, he sounds pretty convincing. Sample lyrics from either "AssNTitties" or "Asses Jigglin'" - they're so hard to keep straight -- edited for family reading: "I see [things] wiggling, and [things] jiggling." Ladyhawk/Nevo Dinova: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Canada's Ladyhawk brings the rock. It's indie rock that sounds classic. Lost Chapter/Stonefall/Stapled Mouth Shut: 9 p.m., $10. Hi-Fi Concert Club, 11729 Detroit Ave., 216-521-8878. Mulekick metalcore, bro. The Nightmare (Alice Cooper tribute)/Pasion Play (Jethro Tull tribute): 8:30 p.m., $7. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Look past all the theatrics, and Alice Cooper has a helluva musical legacy, too. Testament (most of classic lineup)/Death Angel/God Forbid/Arsis: 7 p.m., $24. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Frisco thrash legends Testament return with most of the classic lineup, minus drummer Louie Clemente, whose arthritis forced him to bow out of the tour. Back in the lineup is TSO guitarist Alex Skolnick, and still with the band is singer Chuck Billy - read this week's Scene for a story about how Native American healing helped him beat cancer. SATURDAY, MAY 3 Artful Dodger/Backup Band/Unknown Reason: Theater, 8 p.m., $24.95. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Legendary rock also-rans return to the Agora. John Caparulo: From Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. Show being filmed for DVD, 8 p.m., $17.50 with student ID/$22.75 (Tickets.com). Ohio Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Playhouse Square, 216-241-6000. Chiara String Quartet: 8 p.m., $10. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. A String Quartet playing Classical, Andean Folk to Prince, to Beethoven and Bartok. Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater: Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. From the Wilbert's website: "is slashing left-handed guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined "rock-a-blues" style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), his boundless energy and even his signature Indian headdress, Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side blues working today. The blues world recognized his talent by giving him the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues - Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His last release, 2003's Rock 'N' Roll City, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Now he's back with his very first Alligator CD, the aptly titled West Side Strut." Cleveland Jazz Orchestra plays Zappa's Grand Wazoo: The Cleveland Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551. Doug Gillard/California Speedbag/Greg Harper: Tavern, 9 p.m. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Former GBV player headlines a show with California Speedbag, Cleveland punkabilly notables. Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel: 9 p.m. Savannah Bar & Grille, 30676 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-892-2266, www.thesavannah.com. Indianapolis blues breakers rock the Savannah. Red Giant/Signal 30/Cryptozoology 101/Forged in Flame: Late show, 9 p.m, $7 ADV/$10 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Stoner rock showcase. Show up early, and catch Red Giant perform Skynyrd's "Saturday Night Special" at the School of Rock's Southern Rock Showcase. Tech N9ne/Paul Wall/Ill Bill/Marz: Two nights, 7 p.m., $25 ADV/$29 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Rap that rocks, all of 'em, for night one of a two-night stand. Representing Houston, Paul Wall outhustles everybody in the game. Coming straight outta Brooklyn, Ill Bill is a rapper-producer who's heading up the La Coka Nostra project, an all-star disc featuring fellow members of Non Phixion, Danny Diablo, and all three members of Hosue of Pain. And Marz's Lung Fu Mo She might be the best rap-rock album from the late-90s, not to mention everything he's done since. Zero Defex: Spitfire, 1539 W. 117 St., Lakewood, 216-226-7748. Cle-Punk legends reunite, warming up for tomorrow's show, with new and old material. SUNDAY, MAY 4 Activemuse.org Peace & Music Festival: 6 p.m., free, featuring Gusti, David Ullman, Sue Jeffers, Kristofer Carter, Ian Penter, Iguanadoho, The Screaming Smoldering Butt Bitches, Zero Defex, Root Docter's Revenge, and hosts Alan Canfora, Scot Lax, and Carlos Jones. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Film School/Unsparing Sea: 8 p.m., $5 ADV/$8 DOS, with free pre-show weenie roast at 6 p.m. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. LA's Film School plays indie jams that'll send you floating into space. Cleveland's Unsparing Sea does too, but they use cellos. At the risk of sound like half a sissy, there's some really beautiful music on deck tonight. Gigantour: Megadeth/In Flames/Children of Bodom/Job For a Cowboy/High on Fire: $47.50/$32.50 (LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Dave Mustaine's Gigantour celebrates the art of the guitar solo, with some of the highest-regarded shredders in the business. Show up early and catch Frisco's High on Fire - stoner rock is the new thrash, you know. The Graduate/1997: 6 p.m., $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The graduate play hypnotic, ethereal indie rock. Note that it's an early show, and one not to miss. Wayne Henderson: 7 p.m., $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. Master guitarist and guitar maker from West Virginia kicks off Guitar Masters Series. Streetlight Manifesto/Zox/Dan Potthast: Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Ska show. 'Nuff said. Tech N9ne/Paul Wall/Ill Bill/Marz: Two nights, 7 p.m., $25 ADV/$29 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Rap that rocks, all of 'em, for night one of a two-night stand. Representing Houston, Paul Wall outhustles everybody in the game. Coming straight outta Brooklyn, Ill Bill is a rapper-producer who's heading up the La Coka Nostra project, an all-star disc featuring fellow members of Non Phixion, Danny Diablo, and all three members of Hosue of Pain. And Marz's Lung Fu Mo She might be the best rap-rock album from the late-90s, not to mention everything he's done since.

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