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Friday, May 30, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: The weekend concert cheat sheet

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Eric Clapton leads the list of this weekend’s big shows, and California’s Sweetness leads the list of this weekend’s not-so-big shows that you should see anyway, even if it means staying out late on a Sunday. Read on for a full rundown. -- D.X. Ferris FRIDAY, MAY 30 Amplexus/Bonk/APG/Sighlo: 8 p.m., $6. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Kent sextet plays atmospheric hard rock, switching back and forth from drum-driven scream to flighty emo, with keyboards added in for an extra quality. Pete Best Band/Terry Sylvester (of the Hollies)/the Return: 8 p.m., $20 ADV/$25 DOS. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Former Beatle rocks the Kent Stage. Fairhill Hooligans/Neon Wiener/Vast Delicatessen/Tumors/Violent Suburban Marriage: 8 p.m. Hi-Fi Concert Club, 11729 Detroit Ave., 216-521-8878. Cleveland punk vets Violent Suburban Marriage play their second show following a recent reunion, with a set including old favorites like “Pirate Song” and “I Want to Be a Fag,” with new material including “Demon Lust.” Jonah Koslen CD release: 9 p.m. The Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-2767. Michael Stanley Band alumnus returns with a new, breezy CD for the summer season. Mushroomhead: 7 p.m., $18 ADV/$23 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Summer Kick-Off Weekend: Friday features One Under. Saturday features Badfish (Sublime tribute). Other acts include Passafire, Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band, the Wekrs, Tropidelic, John Wayne & the Pain, Mystic Rebel, the Station, Drop Notion, KB & the Riptides, Rachel Roberts, and Scotty Don't (Badfish side project), $45, Friday through Sunday/$35, Saturday through Sunday. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716. Pabst Polka Party, featuring the Johnny Koenig Band: Ballroom, 7 p.m., $8 ADV/$12 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Pale Hollow/Black Girls/Life in Bed: The Matinee (Cleveland), 2527 W. 25th St., 216-771-2527, www.thematinee.net. Formerly the Black Amps, Pale Hollow is a singer-songwriter projects that’s grown into a rich, layered rock band that straddles indie and alternative. Satisfaction (Stones tribute)/Hooked on Tonics: Rockin' on the River, Broad Boulevard and Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-526-7664. The turnout for Cuyahoga Falls’ outdoor Rockin’ on the River party is just ridiculous. We’re talking thousands. Some come for the music. Some come for the funnel cakes. Schnauzer/Ringworm/Soulless/Abdullah/Bonfire (AC/DC tribute): Cleveland metal heroes headline the Jigsaw's 30th Anniversary Show, 7 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. School of Rock performs Pink Floyd's The Wall: 6:30 p.m., $7 ADV/$10 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. This showcase by the kid rockers will likely sell out; get your tickets now. Straight Jacket Nation (Australia): 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Old-school, dirty hardcore from Australia. Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival/Struttin' Cock/Streetdevils/Rub-Offs: 7 p.m., $3, 18+. Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 216-771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. One of Cleveland’s best live acts, the tag team of Uncle Scratch use whatever they can find to assemble ad-hoc percussion kits, which they use to bash out cracked country tunes like “I Banged a Sinner.” Cuz, you know, they’re religious. SATURDAY, MAY 31 Bears/Coffinberry/Hot Rails/Beaten Awake/Kiddo/Expecting Rain/User Sets Mode+ (CD release): Both rooms, Ken's birthday bash, 9 p.m., free. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Free showcase of indie-rock all-stars. Broken Spindles/Travelogue/Bear Hands: 9 p.m., $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Eric Clapton: 7:30 p.m., $31-$131 (Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com). Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls. Clapton’s concentrating on heritage blues tunes this tour, but stick it out, and you’ll hear some solo favorites and classics like “Layla.” Kids In the Hall: 7 p.m., $39.75 (Tickets.com or PlayHouseSquare.org). Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org/. Canadian comedy troupe reunites for a greatest-skits tour. Music for Missions '08: Features Soul Dog & the Family Band, Josh Welket Band, and Dave M. Ross. Concert and multimedia hunger benefit for Cleveland and South Africa, 7 p.m., $5, adults/$2, ages 13 and under. The Vineyard Church, 6735 York Rd., Parma Hts. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Summer Kick-Off Weekend: Friday features One Under. Saturday features Badfish (Sublime tribute). Other acts include Passafire, Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band, the Wekrs, Tropidelic, John Wayne & the Pain, Mystic Rebel, the Station, Drop Notion, KB & the Riptides, Rachel Roberts, and Scotty Don't (Badfish side project), $45, Friday through Sunday/$35, Saturday through Sunday. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716. 15 60 75 the Numbers Band: 9:30 p.m. Parkview Nite Club, 1261 W. 58th St., 216-961-1341, www.parkviewniteclub.com. Pere Ubu frontman David Thomas has called the Numbers Band “only legitimate blues band of the last 30 years.” RPG (featuring members of Lamb of God)/Red Giant: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Member of metal crushers Lamb of God get back tot their hard-rock roots in RPG, a Virginia rawk band with a pronounced Southern-rock flavor - which fits perfectly with Cleveland’s Red Giant, who play a mean version of Skynyrd’s “Saturday Night Special.” School of Rock performs Pink Floyd's The Wall: 6:30 p.m., $7 ADV/$10 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Umphrey's McGee: 9 p.m., $23.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. This groovy Chicago jam band sounds better than Phish. Granted, pretty much everything sounds better than Phish. SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Buckwheat Zydeco: 9 p.m., $14. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Hydrate yourself and get ready to dance for a swingin’ set by these Zydeco legends. Michale Graves (ex-Misfits)/the Achievers: 8 p.m. Ghoulardi's Bar & Grille, 770 Broadway, Lorain, 440-246-5955. Former Misfits frontman Michale Graves plays a solo set at the home of the Ghoul. Hot Club of San Francisco: 7 p.m., $15. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. West Coast gypsy jazz. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Summer Kick-Off Weekend: Friday features One Under. Saturday features Badfish (Sublime tribute). Other acts include Passafire, Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band, the Wekrs, Tropidelic, John Wayne & the Pain, Mystic Rebel, the Station, Drop Notion, KB & the Riptides, Rachel Roberts, and Scotty Don't (Badfish side project), $45, Friday through Sunday/$35, Saturday through Sunday. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716. Sonic Syndicate/Enthrall the Weak: 7 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. The emo-leaning Swedish metalers of Sonic Syndicate look like they shop at Hot Topic. The Spill Canvas/Steel Train/Sing It Out Loud: 7 p.m., $15. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Spill Canvas: Indie rock you can dance to, and heavy on the harmonies. Sweetness/Sparrows & Arrows: Tavern, 7 p.m., $5. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Sweetness is one of the week’s recommended shows. The California pop band taps disparate traditions from old-timey country to psychedelic pop to 80s power rock, writing songs about heartbreak and ice cream. Trained in Broadway singing, lead singer Marie is simply sultry.
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