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Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Fri., July 20, 9 p.m.

Singer-guitarist Chris Robinson’s tenure with the Black Crowes is well documented, particularly his anxiety with the limiting expectations placed on him and that band. The Crowes’ final tour in 2013 revealed even more clearly to Robinson how dysfunctional the band had become. With a real rock ‘n’ roll legacy enveloping the band across more than 20 years, he found himself trapped in the confines of the same old material and caught up in long-standing financial disputes among bandmates and the label. Not conducive to creative growth. Lumped somewhat into the national jam band scene, the CRB certainly does tend toward the improvisational side of music. Expect to hear the band stretch out when it plays tonight as part of a tour to support last year's Barefoot in the Head. (Eric Sandy) $26 ADV, $31 DOS

Mahall's 20 Lanes (map)
13200 Madison Ave.
Western Suburbs
phone 216-521-3280

Lady Antebellum/Darius Rucker/Russell Dickerson

Fri., July 20, 7 p.m.

Lady Antebellum has all the makings of a great country group. With a strong female vocalist, carefully-selected songs and a pop-infused flare, the band’s rise to success was no surprise. “Need You Now,” the band’s breakthrough hit, is the perfect country song. Lead singer Hillary Scott’s vocals are complimented by the backup singing that feels more like a feature, even owning its own verse. This duet-style recording is not uncommon for the band and is another thing that gives them a leg up. The alcohol-infused missing an ex-lover tale is a cliché, but this one hits the nail on the head with innovative ideas like the faded voicemail that opens the song and the strong execution of talented guitar playing. Darius Rucker, who shares the bill, is known for his fan-favorite cover of “Wagon Wheel” and his role as the lead singer in ’90s rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. It’s no accident that Rucker succeeded in becoming extremely visible in two entirely different genres. This is a skilled musician and a clever songwriter that has landed himself an irreplaceable spot in the music industry. (Halle Weber) $30.75-$96.75

Blossom (map)
1145 W. Steels Corners Rd.
Akron/Summit County
phone 216-231-1111
Lady Antebellum/Darius Rucker/Russell Dickerson

Robert Cray

Fri., July 20, 8 p.m.

Veteran bluesman Robert Cray and drummer/producer Steve Jordan (Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, John Mayer) have done a slew of albums together over the years going back to Take Your Shoes Off, which was released in 1999 and snagged a Grammy Award for the best contemporary blues album the following year. For nearly 20 years, Cray and Jordan have continued to collaborate, most recently on Cray’s 2014 album, In My Soul. When it came time to think about the next album, Jordan had an idea. He suggested that Cray should come to Memphis to record at Royal Studios, employing the services of the house band, the Hi Rhythm Section. What came out of the experience was something that Jordan termed as “a soul, rhythm and blues fantasy camp,” something that Cray himself couldn’t argue. The resulting album, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm, came out last year. (Matt Wardlaw) $35-$45

The Kent Stage (map)
175 E. Main St.
Kent/Portage County
phone 330-677-5005
Musica (map)
51 East Market St.
Akron/Summit County
phone 330-374-1114
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (map)
10705 Northfield Road
Eastern Suburbs
phone 330-908-7771

Jonah Koslen

Fri., July 20, 8 p.m.

$25 ADV, $30 DOS

Sam Hooper

Fri., July 20, 8:30 p.m.


Nighttown (map)
12387 Cedar Rd.
Eastern Suburbs
phone 216-795-0550
Grog Shop (map)
2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd.
East Side/University Circle/Little Italy
phone 216-321-5588
CODA (map)
2247 Professor Ave
West Side/Ohio City/Tremont/Detroit Shoreway
phone 216-274-1200
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