10 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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Davina & the Vagabonds

Drawing from New Orleans jazz, Memphis soul and musical theatre, Davina and the Vagabonds capably defies categorization. Singer Davina Sowers rightly draws comparisons to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop. Another remarkable mish-mash of musical styles, the group's latest release, 2016's Nicollet and Tenth, represents Sowers' eclectic taste in music and shows her maturation as a singer and songwriter too. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $20. Musica.

Dixie Dregs

In 1976, the Dixie Dregs made their debut with The Great Spectacular, a heady instrumental album that instantly won over a cult following with tracks such as the lurching “Refried Funky Chicken,” a tune distinguished by Southern rock-inspired guitar solos, fierce violin and snappy bass riffs. Thanks to guitarist Steve Morse’s persistence, the band remained a musical oddity even after signing a deal with Capricorn Records that same year. After a number of lineup changes throughout the past decades, the original members along with keyboardist Steve Davidowski have teamed up for the Dawn of the Dregs U.S. Tour. The performances will mark the first time in 40 years that this lineup has shared the stage. 8 p.m., $40-$75. The Kent Stage.

Tinsley Ellis (in the Supper Club)

Veteran bluesman Tinsley Ellis inked a deal with Alligator Records some 30 years ago and has steadily churned out records and toured ever since. His latest effort, Winning Hand, commences with the simmering "Sound of a Broken Man." Ellis effectively alternates between ballads such as "Gamblin' Man" and gritty rockers like "Kiss This World." His cover of Leon Russell's "Dixie Lullaby" serves as a tribute to his favorite guitarist, Freddie King. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Glow 6 with Kent Archie/Wrecking Crew Red Panda Bear/Fresh By Nature Records/Mikal Callow/Dirty Kicks

Local rapper Kent Archie's first musical influences were courtesy of his dad, but he would play more than just rap music. The neighborhood kids on his block near 105th and Superior also held a pivotal role in his gravitation towards this cool and new thing called hip-hop. Eventually, Archie started to write "little poems and songs" for no reason, simply because he enjoyed doing them. His new album, The Thoughts in My Head, is the end result of over a year of hard work and dedication. It's his most personal project to date. He celebrates its release tonight at the annual local hip-hop showcase Glow 6. (Emanuel Wallace) 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

The Dean Ween Group

The Dean Ween Group made its debut two years ago with The Deaner Album, and the momentum” from that album carried him into the second album, the just-released rock2. He wrote the tracks during “a very defined period of time” and used a new studio he built on a parcel of land that his friend’s father had given him. Per usual, the album shifts from the grunge-y rockers ("Showstopper") to alt-country ballads ("Don't Let the Moon Catch You Crying"). Ween creates a rich sonic tapestry by adding horns to the mix on several tracks. Ween says the Dean Ween Group has provided him with a way to get back into live performance, something Ween only does sparingly these days. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $25. Beachland Ballroom.


Eyehategod/Cro Mags/Fuck You Pay Me

New Orleans sludge metal masters Eyehategod made a name for themselves in the early '90s when they released a trio of albums — 1992's In the Name of Suffering, 1993's Take As Needed for Pain and 1996's Dopesick — which ushered in comparisons to everyone from Black Flag to Black Sabbath. Singer Mike Williams' menacing growl would scare even brutes like Pantera's Phil Anselmo. On 2014's Eyehategod, its first studio release in 14 years, the band shows it hasn't lost a step. Album opener "Agitation! Propaganda!" careens out of control before the tuned-down guitars take over. It's bound to be one of several songs to get the mosh pit going at tonight's show. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Grog Shop.

Rogue Wave

The members of Rogue Wave has survived much in their 15 years together. They've overcome turnover, a spinal-cord injury, a kidney transplant and the tragic death of a former bandmate. But there's much to celebrate, too, including the re-release of their third album, Asleep at Heaven's Gate, which came out as an extended edition earlier this year. When the Oakland-based indie band comes to Mahall's 20 Lanes tonight, expect the guys to play through the whole album, which includes their low-key-yet-catchy single "Lake Michigan." (Laura Morrison), 8:30 p.m., $20. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

The Zombies/Don DiLego

When the Zombies issued their final album, Odessey and Oracle, in 1968, the lukewarm response from both critics and the general public helped drive a stake into the group, which had had a handful of hits prior to its release, causing it to prematurely splinter. The band didn't even tour in support of the album. Now, five decades since its release, the album is considered a classic and the band continues to tour. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $45-$60. The Kent Stage.


Michael Stanley and the Resonators/Donnie Iris

Late last year, local hero Michael Stanley, who had just released Stolen Time, a fine new studio album, had to cancel a pair of shows at Hard Rock Live in the wake of his recovery from coronary surgery. Tonight's show serves as a make-up date. It also happens to also serve as a birthday celebration as Stanley turns 70, so you can expect a particularly festive atmosphere. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

"Weird Al" Yankovic

A Weird Al Yankovic concert is more than just a concert. It's an experience as Yankovic does a bit of everything. He changes into a countless number of different outfits and shows funny, home-made videos in which he takes clips of celebrity interviews and inserts his own colorful commentary, drawing from stand-up comedy and theater in the process. But for the tour that brings Weird Al to tonight, you can expect something completely different. Dubbed the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, the show will feature a "stripped-down, no-frills production." The set list will change every night, and the concert will include Yankovic's non-parody material. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $69.50-$79.50. Ohio Theatre.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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