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Friday, May 16, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: This weekend's concert cheat sheet

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Kid Rock’s country-rock-rap-classic-rock extravaganza is the biggest show of the weekend. But if that mix somehow doesn’t push your buttons, read on, and you’ll find something you’ll like. -- D.X. Ferris FRIDAY, MAY 16 Alegbra/Maya Azucena/AB & the Souljounrers: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $18 (21+ only). House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Atlanta singer Algebra Blessett sings sultry neo-soul. American Speedway/Black Knots/Nick Wolff Band/Marks of Sin: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Speedway drummer Chris Callahan says the band will “give you a much-needed does of real rock and roll” that’s recommended for fans of “beer, loud, heavy and fast rock, fist pumping, beer spitting, sing-along chants and hot chicks who like to party.” Beefdealer, the Drexels, and Brown Notes: Tavern. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Cleveland 100: Unsigned band festival. Two-day passes $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Friday, May 16: Doors at 4 p.m., show at 5. Rock, punk, indie, and acoustic: The Vinyltones, Silence Of A Silhouette, and The Madison Crawl headline, with Rewired, Space Goblin, When The Day Ends, A Liars Promise, Stone Relied, Johnny Red & The Skamunists, Lil Johnny & The Phatcats, Polos and Panties, She Tasted Like Cigarettes, Man Down, Natural Blend, Kappstars, The Taller We Grow, Zero Times Tardy, LBDG, DC Star 10, Mindlab, Split Peace, The Renegade, The Scum, Parse, YBA, Cassette Tape Hero, Entropys End, Rotten Reason, Bronson & Herb, The Morning After, Death To Goody Proctor, Fat Kids On Cupcakes, P.R.S., Resonant Soul, Ninebit, The Thrifters, Down OP, A Phoenix Down, You'll Get Yours, iTimebomb, Puppies For Sale, Azimuth Dream, and Ashes Of Atrocity. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Mayflowers Fest: Friday night features Boombox. Saturday features the Pnuma Trio. Lineup includes Lovewhip, the Macpodz, Papadosio, Jeff Bujak, the Bob Niederriter Quartet, Aleph-1, EP3, Ultaviolet Hippopotamus, Grown Folks, Hampster Pants, and lights by Solar Fire Lightshow. $45, Friday through Sunday. $35, Saturday through Sunday. Admission includes camping. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716. Murray Saul's 80th Birthday Party, featuring Great Balls of Fire: 8 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Legendary WMMS on-air personality Murray Saul was more than just a a DJ. He whipped the city into a frenzy every weekend, and this special birthday bash is his first official public appearance in decades. Garage/rockabilly veterans Great Balls of Fire will play vintage tunes and old-time rock and roll. Panic at the Disco/Motion City Soundtrack/Phantom Planet/the Hush Sound: 7 p.m., $30 (Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Really big show from some of emo’s biggest rockers. Now that Panic have traded their chorus-line kicks for Beatlesque ambition, let’s see how the new sound goes over live. Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute): 7 p.m., $10.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Top-shelf Zeppelin tribute gets the Led out. ‘Cuz you just don’t hear enough on WONE every single hour of every single day. SATURDAY, MAY 17 Cleveland 100: Unsigned band festival. Two-day passes $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Saturday, May 17: Doors at 3 p.m., music at 4. Metal, hardcore, and hard rock. Hosted by Mistress Juliya. Fenian, Solipsist, To Envy the Horrid, and Antenora headlining, with Switchblade Scarlett, Vintage Manifest, Rite Of Passage, Dogkuff, Modern Day Royalty, Obliterate, Disgust For The Weak, Intemperance, Syndicate, Sifted, 7 Year Dungeon Beard, Torne, Read Set Kill, And They Came Falling, Lies In Ruin, Content Of A Murder, Vengeance Is Mine, Purse Snatcher, Voice Of Treason, Crime Scene, Deviance Theory, R.I.A., H.A.T.E., Chelicerata, Vengeance Inc., Black Light Theory, Kukee Carnage, Sceme D, Final Descent, Adrenaline Junkies, Prisoners Of The Mind, Forever Is Waiting, Drag The Lake, Third Union, Mugshot, Fascia, Mirrored Ascension, Caiata, Mobile Home Massacre, Something to Shelter, Abandon All Hope, Okay Paul, Beneath The Ashes, and Falling Astray. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Dream Theater/Opeth/3/Between the Buried and Me: 7 p.m., $37.50-$60 (LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Dream Theater headline a night of prog metal at Tower City. Drop the Lime: 9 p.m., $10, 21 and over/$15, under 21. B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966. Tigerbeat6 DJ/producer Luca Venezia - aka Drop the Lime -- has cut hot remixes for Moby, Blaqstarr, and others, working a style called bass and bytes, which incorporates breakcore, bassline house, jungle, and dubstep. All of which amounts to this: The show will have a ton of white hipster kids dancing their collective ass off. Roberta Flack: Flack is killing you softly for a good cause: The show is a benefit for Cleveland School of the Arts. Tickets $125, including concert, and post-event celebration featuring music and food, 7 p.m. John Hay High School, 2075 Stokes Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-421-7350. Kid Rock/Peter Wolf (J. Geils)/Rev Run (of Run-DMC): 8 p.m., $35-$69.50 (Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com)/four-pack $92 (Megaticket.com). Quicken Loans Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. After scoring rap and country hits, Kid Rock has put together the oddest triple bill in the history of rock and roll. Shawn Klush & the Imperials' Ultimate Elvis Experience: 8 p.m., $25-$50 (Ticketmaster). Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, 330-535-3179, www.akroncivic.com. As Mojo Nixon once said, “Elvis is every where / Elvis is everything / Elvis is everybody / Elvis is still the king.” Mayflowers Fest: Friday night features Boombox. Saturday features the Pnuma Trio. Lineup includes Lovewhip, the Macpodz, Papadosio, Jeff Bujak, the Bob Niederriter Quartet, Aleph-1, EP3, Ultaviolet Hippopotamus, Grown Folks, Hampster Pants, and lights by Solar Fire Lightshow. $45, Friday through Sunday. $35, Saturday through Sunday. Admission includes camping. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716. O'Death/Not So Good Ol' Boys/Saints: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. 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." Songs of Protest Kent State: Featuring Aarron Brooks, Victor Street, Ryan Kralik, and Josh Hisle of CSNY: Deja Vu, 8 p.m., $6. Robin Hood Music Bar & Grille, 503 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-0008. Vital Remains/Forged in Flame/Skinless: 8 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Vital Remains could be the ultimate death metal band; their latest LP, Icons of Evil - well, let’s just say the cover art ain’t pretty. Marty Wilson-Piper (of the Church): 9 p.m., $15. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Wilson-Piper plays rich singer-songwriter fare. Fun fact: He’s written songs for Grace Slick and Aimee Mann. X/the Detroit Cobras: 7:30 p.m., $23. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Punk-rock veterans X practically invented the alt-rock jangle, straddling rockabilly and hardcore. And they still do it well. Z107.9 9th Birthday Bash, with Trey Songs, Mike Jones, Chip Tha Ripper, Young Ray, Ray Cash, Dem Franchize Boyz, Ray Jay, Ryan Leslie, and Roberto Ocasio's Latin Jazz Project: 7 p.m., VIP and general admission tickets available. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. A host of local and national hip-hop big dogs roll by the Agora to celebrate Z107.9’s birthday. SUNDAY, MAY 18 The Avett Brothers/Jessica Lea Mayfield (formerly Chittlin)/Justin Gordon: Ballroom, 8:30 p.m., $18 ADV/$20 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Avett Brothers pack the house with catchy roots tunes, and make sure you show up early enough to catch Jessica Lea Mayfield, the Kent singer-songwriter whose upcoming LP was produced by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach - and, hell, she sounded swell before he showed up. Dark Tranquility/Divine Heresy/Firewind: 7 p.m., $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Swediah metalers Dark Tranquility headline a bill over Divine Heresy, the new band from former Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares. Hit the Lights/Set Your Goals/Every Avenue/Farewell/Sing It Loud: 6 p.m., $12. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Hit the Lights took their title from a Metallica song, and recently toured with pop-punk superstars Paramore. Paramore’s a logical connection; the band’s harmony-heavy punk-lite doesn’t sound like the work of people who know what a Metallica is. Kassaba: At the Chapel, 5 p.m., $5, students/$15, adults. Western Reserve Academy, 115 College St., Hudson, 330- 650-9717. Avant garde jazz quartet funks up Case.

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