Friday, May 9, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: This weekend's concert cheat sheet

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Glen and Merketa, as seen in the much-beloved movie Once, lead this weekend’s list of really big shows. Read on for a full rundown, with notes and – for a limited time only – scratch-and-sniff entries. Try it! – D.X. Ferris FRIDAY, MAY 9 American Werewolves CD release: 7 p.m., $6. Pirate's Cove, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Cleveland horrorcore crushers the American Werewolves play ghouly tunes that are little bit hardcore, a little bit 50s, and a little bit rock and roll. Blue Mountain/Andy Friedman & the Other Failures: Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. If acoustic roots bands all rocked like Blue Mountain, we wouldn’t constantly make jokes about how lame the Americana genres are. Martey Casey: 7 p.m., $8. Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. Casey’s best known from Rock Star: INXS. See if he can hold it down in person. James McMurty/the Dedringers: Ballroom, 9 p.m., $18 ADV/$20 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. The Beachland Ballroom’s website says, “The Texas native long has been known as an astute, clear-eyed observer and concise, no-holds-barred chronicler of the human condition, but a growing socio-political edge fairly exploded just prior to the 2004 elections when his scathing, palace-rattling ‘We Can’t Make It Here’ was made available online as a free download.” Metro Station/Forever the Sickest Kids/the Maine/Danger Radio/the Cab: 6 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The co-frontman of this Hollywood electro-rock outfit is the stepson of country star Billy Ray Cyrus, and his half sister, Miley Cyrus, plays the title character on Disney's Hannah Montana. Neither of which has much to do with the band’s music, but it’s a good indicator he has a little star power. Metro Station’s more than a tad fey; Jeffree Star could kick these dudes’ collective ass. JiMiller & Carlos Jones: 9 p.m., $7. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Joint set by two of Cleveland’s great veterans, playing a night of jammin’ rock and reggae. Japhy Ryder/The Dave Kasper Quartet: 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Virginia singer-songwriter plays unplugged, demonstrating for all that he’s listened to a lot of early Dylan. Shameless (Garth Brooks tribute)/Broken Road (Rascal Flatts tribute): 7 p.m., $9.95. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. It’s all honky-tonk tunes, all night. Russell Peters: $30. 7:30 Thursday and Sunday. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $30. 7:30 Thursday and Sunday. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities East 4th, 2035 E. 4th St., 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com/. Comedian Russell Peters is huge in comedy circles, and he’s headlined Madison Square Garden. Take a look: Twistin' Tarantulas/Lords of the Highway/Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival/the Humbuckers: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Detroit rockabilly band the Twistin’ Tarantulas play fast-swingin’ tunes like “Greased Lightning.” In fact, so do the opening acts – except Uncle Scratch, who will save your soul just in time for you to re-sully it. Bobby Watson/Greg Abate Quintet: 9 p.m. both nights, $20, $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. The Nighttown website promises the show will deliver “alto sax madness,” which sounds like “jumbo shrimp” to us. SATURDAY, MAY 10 Joey Belladonna (Anthrax set)/Degameth (Megadeth tribute): 7 p.m., $10. The Cove, 5326 Lake Rd., Geneva, 440-466-8888. One of the many former Anthrax signers performs a set of the tunes that brought him to the dance. Carl Gardner's Coasters/the Reflections/the Chiffons: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Original Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner still has a fine tenor. Radney Foster/Chris Castle: 7:30 p.m., $15 ADV/$17 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Says Foster’s bio, “Radney Foster started his career as a songwriter, then found commercial success and critical acclaim as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd, and finally embarked on a solo career in 1991 that centered on his literate approach to country songwriting.” The Magpies (formerly the Whiskeyhounds) CD release: 7 p.m., $10. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Formerly the Whiskeyhounds, Roger Hoover’s Magpies play roots-rock with soul, kinda like an unplugged Creedence Clearwater, minus the jangle. Paleface/Tom Evanchuck: 9 p.m., $8. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Paleface is a co-ed acoustic duo from New York, who play wistful tunes like “Brooklyn Girl.” Pitch Black Forecast (featuring Jason "J. Mann" Popson and Gene Hoglan)/Ringworm/Keratoma/Years of Fire: CD release and live debut, 7 p.m., $10. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Deposed Mushroomhead frontman J. Popson returns to metal, with metal legend Gene Hoglan behind the kit. Read a full feature in this week’s Scene. Punchline/the Interns/Reverse the Curse: Early show, 6 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The good-time punk band Punchline is from Pittsburgh, so show up if you want to heckle or pogo. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Benefit: Featuring performances by Patty Smyth, Sugarhill Gang, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, Shalamar's Howard Hewett, Wild Cherry's Rob Parissi, and Roy Head, 7 p.m., $15. Public Hall, 500 Lakeside Ave., 216-241-5555. Secret World (Paul Fayrewether's Peter Gabriel tribute): 9 p.m., $10. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Russell Peters: $30. 7:30 Thursday and Sunday. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $30. 7:30 Thursday and Sunday. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities East 4th, 2035 E. 4th St., 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com/. Comedian Russell Peters is huge in comedy circles, and he’s headlined Madison Square Garden. Bobby Watson/Greg Abate Quintet: 9 p.m. both nights, $20, $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. The Nighttown website promises the show will deliver “alto sax madness,” which sounds like “jumbo shrimp” to us. Jim White/Mike Uva: Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. SUNDAY, MAY 11 Misery Signals/Evergreen Terrace/Coliseum/Victims/Trash Talk: 6 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Six shades of metalcore and modern hardcore. Misery Singals play that over-refined tech-y metalcore, but Louisville’s Coliseum just rock the frakk out. The Swell Season: 9 p.m., $7. Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. Glen and Merketa, as seen in the much-beloved movie Once. Russell Peters: $30. 7:30 Thursday and Sunday. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $30. 7:30 Thursday and Sunday. 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities East 4th, 2035 E. 4th St., 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com/. Comedian Russell Peters is huge in comedy circles, and he’s headlined Madison Square Garden.

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