Friday, May 15, 2015

9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Concert Preview

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 11:32 AM


click to enlarge JOE KLEON
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Jeff Beck

Guitar hero Jeff Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum twice, once as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and once as a solo artist in 2009. Currently in the midst of recording a new studio album, he's out on tour to test out some of the material with his backing band that includes singer Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $59.50-$95. Hard Rock Rocksino.

Ryan Humbert

This local singer-songwriter is best known for his treatments of classic rockers such as Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Hank Williams. But the guy also writes his own damn songs too. He's got a slew of them that he'll play tonight at what he says is his "first full band show of original material in Cleveland in quite some time." He'll have a six-piece band in tow and will perform all the songs from his newest album, Half Way Home. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $5. The Euclid Tavern.

Spring Fling III

Rolling through Cleveland for its third annual showing, Spring Fling is a show pop-punk fans will not want to miss. With doors opening at 3 p.m. this is an all day show with a line-up jam packed with numerous bands all fans will love. Headlining the show is the Story So Far and the Movielife. Four Year Strong, mewithoutyou, Terror, Defeater and many other underground acts are also on the bill. Think of it as a mini Warped Tour. Taking place in the ballroom and theatre of the Agora, the event will be raging all day. (Martin Harp), 3 p.m., $32.50 ADV/$35.50 DOS. Agora.

Megan Zurkey

With her new album, So for Behind Your Eyes, local singer-songwriter Megan Zurkey says she wanted to "stay true to me." "My second release was pretty country and someone wanted me to stick to that, but I can't conform to any specific sound," she says. The song "All My Life" features Zurkey's supple voice and features a groovy mid-song guitar solo. The title track is a somber ballad about a bitter breakup. "Beer with Jesus" isn't as irreverent as its title would imply. It's a folk-y song about questioning life decisions. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.


Tim Barry

Ten years ago, singer-guitarist Tim Barry, who cut his musical teeth with the punk band Avail, began a solo career. He went in a different direction, playing stripped down acoustic music that marked a departure from the aggressive punk rock he played with Avail. For his latest album, last year’s Lost & Rootless, he took a real DIY approach and recorded in his own shed, which he padded with blankets, bits of carpet and pallets for soundproofing. It's a place he's said he feels "comfortable.," That “comfort” level comes across clearly on the album, which commences with “No News from the North,” a twangy tune which finds Barry sing in a raspy voice about being a “drunken mess.” The song is taken from 2005's Laurel Street Demos, the first solo album Barry ever released. He’s been trying to re-record that particular tune ever since his debut came out. Expect to hear it and a slew of songs from the album at tonight's show. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.

Brent Kirby & His Luck

Singer-songwriter Brent Kirby is one of the busiest local musicians in town. In addition to playing with a number of local ensembles, he also nurtures a solo career and has just regrouped with a new backing band (dubbed the Luck) for his new album Patience Worth, an eclectic collection of roots rock songs that suggests he’s been unfairly pigeon-holed as an Americana or alt-country artist. It’s a terrific collection of tunes that sound like they were written by a veteran songwriter. (Niesel) 9:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Mr. Gnome

Mr. Gnome, the artistic-minded local heavy metal duo that features singer-guitarist Nicole Barille and drummer-pianist Sam Meister, recently returned with the new studio album, The Heart of a Dark Star, a terrific album mixed by engineer Kevin McMahon (Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans, Real Estate). The band is set to deliver Monster's Heart 7" on June 16th (vinyl) on El Marko Records and has just premiered the A-side "Sleepwalker," a song that features layers of vocals and synths (and sounds something like a heavier Cocteau Twins). The track was taken from a “pile of b-sides” from The Heart of a Dark Star sessions. Expect the band to work it into tonight's show. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

While the world waits for Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page to work things out so they go on a legitimate tour, drummer Jason Bonham, the son of the band's original drummer, the late John Bonham, has taken it upon himself to perform the band's music on a tour he's dubbed "Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience." He's taken the show on the road for the past five years and the set list includes hits such as "Ramble On" and "Good Times Bad Times." For recent shows, he's played two sets. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $32.50-$60. Hard Rock Rocksino.


Influential indie rockers the Pixies have been a steady force since reuniting a decade ago. The band played some 120 shows in the past two years but didn’t include Cleveland as part of that tour. Thankfully, the group has included Cleveland on its current tour, which will include the debut of some brand-new Pixies songs, written and arranged just in the past few months. You can also expect to hear songs from last year's Indie Candy. With its tangled guitars, a song such as "What Goes Boom" suggests the group has mellowed some with age. Not that there's anything wrong with that. For these dates, the band, which features Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering, will once again be joined by touring bassist Paz Lenchain, who's been playing with the band since last year. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $42-$60. Masonic Auditorium.

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