9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones featuring Victor Wooten, Roy "Futureman" Wooten and Howard Levy

They’re back! The iconic bluegrass fusion outfit returned to the road this month, and tonight’s gig at Cain Park is sure to be a fun time. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (Victor Wooten, Roy Wooten, Howard Levy) built a strong catalog of tunes and live performances throughout the 1990s and 2000s, and this June tour gives them and their fans a chance to revisit all that they’ve accomplished. These cats are masters of their instruments — see “Big Country” and “Flight of the Cosmic Hippo,” for instance — and it’s hard to imagine a more blissful way to spend a Friday night. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $25-$65. Cain Park.


Barenaked Ladies/OMD/Howard Jones

Barenaked Ladies have played Cleveland since the early days, so it’s not a surprise that the Canadian alt-rock band would play here as part of its Last Summer on Earth Tour that pairs BNL with '80s acts OMD and Howard Jones. Expect to hear quirky hits such as "Brian Wilson" and "If I Had a $100,000," songs that show off the group's clever wordplay and ability to rap and sing. At previous shows on the tour, Jones has joined the band for a rendition of his "No One Is to Blame." (Jeff Niesel), 7 p.m., $32.50-$72.50. Jacobs Pavilion.

Black Pistol Fire/Samfox/Brave Bones

What makes two Canadian boys sing the blues? It wasn’t long before Toronto natives Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen learned that their grisly rock ‘n roll wasn’t quite as universal as Drake’s rap. Seeking some southern hospitality (and a sonically-similar scene), the duo moved their band, Black Pistol Fire, to Austin, Texas, where they caught the ears of critics like Consequence of Sound and NPR Music. The two prove the exponential power of amplifiers, making as much of a ruckus as any four-piece complimented by a performance that can only be described as acrobatic and volatile. They’ll take the stage at the Grog, Shop this week in support of their fourth album, 2015’s Don’t Wake the Riot. (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Grog Shop.

Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords

Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) kick off their national tour at Playhouse Square with “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.” New material will be exclusively showcased on this tour; additionally, the Conchords have partnered with the charity organization Global Citizen for this tour to engage and motivate Global Citizens across the U.S. to take action to end extreme poverty by 2030. Tonight's show, which takes place at 8 at the State Theatre, sold out the day tickets went on sale so scalpers and brokers will be your best bet for this one. (Immerman). State Theatre.


Branded as Northeast Ohio’s first and only multi-day, multi-stage and multi-act contemporary music festival, LaureLive kicks off its inaugural year with two days full of music, art, food and fun at Laurel School, an all-girls (K-12) independent school in Shaker Heights, on June 11 to 12. The festival will take place on Laurel’s 140-acre Butler Campus located at 7420 Fairmount Road. The two-day festival will feature 30 performances, including national acts such as O.A.R., Grace Potter, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Andy Grammer, X Ambassadors, Elle King, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Red Wanting Blue, Civil Twilight, ZZ Ward, Ra Ra Riot and others. Local acts such as Carlos Jones and Welshly Arms, who’ll perform with Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra, will also perform. (Niesel)

The Moxies/Goodnight Tonight/Essential Groove/Bad Wolfe

Cleveland’s own, The Moxies are a three-piece rock band specializing in gritty, raw, classic rock ‘n’ roll. Their 2013 self-titled debut album not only garnered them a massive loyal following in Cleveland but also landed them in Nashville where they’re currently finishing up work on their second album which has been touched by tenured pros like Jared Champion, former drummer for Cage the Elephant. Although the album hasn’t been formally released yet, The Moxies have performed several songs off the album at their most recent shows. These songs, in addition to the classics from their first album, are unlike anything you’ll ever hear. (Danielle Immerman), 7 p.m. Agora Ballroom.


Blitzen Trapper/Quiet Life

Eric Early, the front man of this experimental folk quintet, called the band’s newest album All Across This Land its “most mature record,” and it’s easy to see how he reaches that conclusion given the band’s long history. Since forming in 2000, Blitzen Trapper has modified its southern sound throughout nine studio albums to include varying degrees of edginess, with it’s latest finding a comfortable home on the softer side of that spectrum. The album’s title track sounds ready-made for commercial use, featuring Early’s cooing over the thumping bass and a playful guitar riff. (Jacob DeSmit), 9 p.m., $15. Grog Shop.

Pierce The Veil/I the Mighty/Movements

Misadventures represents a huge step forward. One reviewer rightly refers to it as “opera-like skate punk,” and the song “Circles” offers up the band’s most accessible pop harmonies to date while still delivering the shrieks and growls that typify previous efforts. “I don’t know why with this record we went the method-actor approach and dove really deep into it,” says Fuentes. “With every record, we’re in different places in our lives. I’m 33 now and everyone is growing up. We’re just at different places in our lives. Every record will represent that. Sometimes life is fun and easy and sometimes it’s harder. This record was definitely a different experience.” 6:30 p.m., $26.50-$36.50. House of Blues. (Niesel)

Taste of Chaos Tour Featuring Dashboard Confessional/Taking Back Sunday/Saosin/The Early November

Last summer, Dashboard Confessional toured with alternative rockers Third Eye Blind, a band whose catchy pop tunes appeal to a decidedly more conservative audience than Dashboard's. This summer, the band will hit the road with Taking Back Sunday, Saosin and Early November as part of the Taste of Chaos Tour as it goes back to its emo roots and celebrates what's become an emo revival with some of its peers. (Niesel) 6:30 p.m., $30.95-$50.95. Jacobs Pavilion.