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Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Six-Pack Weekend II: Who's Up for Another Round?
The second year of the tour sponsored by metal journal Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles will bring a scrapyard's worth of metal to the Odeon. Local crossover crushers 13 Faces headline a showcase of today's regional talent. Legendary heshers of yesteryear, including Breaker and Shok Paris, will perform over the next three days. Saturday afternoon will feature special acoustic sets. All weekend long, dealer booths will offer rare vinyl and exotic alloys. And '80s holdovers Metal Church and Flotsam & Jetsam headline the totally rad weekend.
Wednesday, June 2, 5 p.m., $6. Thursday, June 3, 5 p.m. $10 ADV/$12 DOS. June 5 and 6, 6 p.m., two-day pass $70 (Ticketmaster), Odeon, 1295 Old River Road, the Flats

No Doubt/Blink-182/the Living End
As they drove their blend of perky new wave and peppy ska multi-platinum, No Doubt always had one foot in the 80s, and their latest big single, a cover of Talk Talks Its My Life, makes it official. The biggest alternative act of the 90s is one of the few to sustain its drawing power, through the power of unusually quality-dense albums, a glowingly positive attitude, and rock that fans from age 13 to 45 can agree on. Bubblegum punker Blink-182 will open, and theyre pretty fun to bounce to, too.
Saturday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. $43.50/$51.50 (Ticketmaster), Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls

Aerosmith/Cheap Trick
In the '70s retro flick Dazed and Confused, a trip to get Aerosmith tickets takes on mythic dimensions. The boys from Boston set such a high standard even then that all their subsequent debauchery couldn't destroy it. The '90s brought the band to an unrivaled third act, and if the new rockin' take on blues standards, Honkin' on Bobo is any indicator, 1) act four should be pretty good, and 2) our grandchildren may witness act five. Cheap Trick will be there, too -- and yes, they still want you to want them.
Monday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., $30/$65/$85 (Ticketmaster), Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls

Britney Spears/Kelis/Skye Sweetnam
Britney Spears supposedly had a nasty ache in that infamous midriff when she scrapped an April show. This time out, the divine Ms. Spears's tour features a Vegas-ready production with all of her trademark elaborate choreography. She's preceded by that incomparable shaker of milk, Kelis.
Tuesday, June 29, 8:00 p.m., $42.50/62.50/$78 (Ticketmaster), Gund Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza

Diana Krall
Got a jones for Norah? Itching at the thought of a summer without your favorite piano girl? Give Diana Krall a chance. 1999's When I Look in Your Eyes earned her a Best Jazz Vocal Performance Grammy, cementing her place in the heart of the NPR crowd. Krall's new The Girl in the Other Room features covers by Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell, in addition to originals. Still not convinced? She's Elvis Costello's wife, and he wouldn't marry a hack.
Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m., $25-$75 (Ticketmaster), Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls

Dave Matthews Band; Jimmy Buffett; the Dead
The South African neo-granola icon, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, and the mayor of Margaritaville don't seem to have much in common -- initially. But all three shows represent essentially the same ritual for three fairly distinct audiences: Multihour jam festivals that bring audience participation to new levels, each with its own de rigueur fatigues: sandals (DMB), tie-dyes (Dead), and Hawaiian shirts (Buffett). And all three involve degrees of wastin' away.
All three shows at Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
-- Dave Matthews Band: Tuesday, June 29, 7 p.m., $40/$57.50 (Ticketmaster)
-- Jimmy Buffett: Thursday, July 1, 7 p.m., $36/$85/$95 (Ticketmaster)
-- The Dead: Wednesday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., $43.50/$53.50 (Ticketmaster)

Van Halen
Former frontman David Lee Roth called "Van Hagar" the "no frills" version of the band. And he has a point. But when the long-absent Van Halen returns to the arena circuit, with Sammy, hopefully they'll remind a club-sized generation how big rock can get. Granted, three 20-minute solos are a little much to sit through, but when was the last time you had to suffer one? From testosterone-fueled rock masterpieces to soda-commercial soundtracks, the catalog can't miss.
Friday, July 2, 7:30 p.m., $51.50-$92.50 (Ticketmaster), Gund Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza

Eric Clapton/Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Slow hand. The great white hope. After purchasing a home in Dublin, the Forever Man is practically a local now, so he deserves some hometown support. You can argue whether a lifelong rock icon truly has the blues, but the man can play. And he doesn't tour every year. 'Nuff said.
Saturday, July 10, 7:30 p.m., $55/$79.50/$97 (Ticketmaster), Gund Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza

Vans Warped Tour
Warped turns 10 this year -- nearly as old as the eager young punks that have made the traveling road show the summer's sold-out, must-see day of fun in the sun. You can't swing a wallet chain without hitting a pop-punk band, but the lineup always boasts some standouts; this year's stars include sloganeering agit-punks Anti-Flag, sensitive alt-hip-hop duo Atmosphere, and shredding metalers Avenged Sevenfold. Vets and faves include New Found Glory, NOFX, and Flogging Molly. And live skaters.
Friday, July 23, noon, $32.75 (Ticketmaster), Tower City Amphitheater, 351 Canal Road

Chris Isaak
The fact that Chris Isaak starred in his own TV show -- the Showtime comedy The Chris Isaak Show -- and isn't headlining arenas only makes him cooler. With the right look, anyone can sing prefabbed hits, but the telegenic and well-coifed Isaak keeps it real, playing smooth post-rockabilly that retains some grit and swagger. And ladies love a good-lookin' guy singing about doing bad, bad things.
Saturday, July 24, 8 p.m., $35/$39.50 (Ticketmaster), Scene Pavilion, 2014 Sycamore Street

Projeckt Revolution Tour: Linkin Park/Korn/Snoop Dogg/the Used
The first and last great rap-metal bands take the stage. It's a little sad that Korn is reduced to opening for their younger brothers, but good news for Linkin Park fans -- and there are still plenty of them. And you never know where Snoop Dogg will turn up. Add the hardened punks of the Used, and it's a party -- not a G thing, but definitely a party.
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2:30 p.m., $35/$53.50 (Ticketmaster), Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls

Ozzfest
Ozzfest kept metal alive (or at least commercially viable) through the '90s. And now the beast that helped give rise to Disturbed is paying the scene back with a day of nothin' but the real thing -- all metal, no nü. The first-stage headliners are three of metal's all-time greats: original sludgemeisters Black Sabbath, hell-bent-for-leather Judas Priest, and eternally fierce Slayer. Add in free-for-all, pandemonium-pit second-stage sets by Hatebreed and Slipknot, and it's one for the ages.
Thursday, Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m., $35/$75/$133.75 (Ticketmaster), Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls

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