10 Concerts to Catch This Weekend


George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

“Ain’t no party like a p-funk party because a p-funk party don’t stop.” So goes the rhyme that you’ll hear ad nauseam tonight when funkmeister George Clinton performs at House of Blues. Wild affairs that feature outlandish costumes, Clinton concerts are true spectacles. Clinton serves more as master of ceremonies, often barking out the lyrics with little regard for rhythm, but he still knows how to keep the party going. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1997, the 73-year-old regularly comes through town -— with or without a new album to promote. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $29.50 ADV, $35 DOS. House of Blues.

David Allan Coe

Johnny Cash might have walked the line, but Akron-born David Allan Coe, who's done hard time and reportedly even killed a fellow inmate, has crossed it. An outlaw amongst outlaws, he received even more acclaim when Howard Stern started playing some of his obscure songs in which he freely uses the word "nigga." Granted, these songs were reportedly written for a motorcycle gang and not intended for popular consumption, but they point to the underlying hatred and racism lurking beneath the exterior of his traditional country ballads. Coe, a self-described "long-haired redneck" who counts white-trash rapper Kid Rock as a friend, tried to prove he's not prejudiced with "Song for the Year 2000," in which he asserts "it takes all kinds to make this world go round." But that hardly makes amends. (Niesel), 9 p.m. The Tangier.

Guy Davis

Dextrous and evocative, Guy Davis has been writing and recording important blues records for decades, merging styles and traditions throughout. His 2012 album, The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues, takes the listener on a journey across fields and highways as only the blues can. On the album, short songs (“Miss Ripley’s Catfish Stew”) split the narrative with longer explorations (“Fishy Leaves Home”) and even spoken-word illustrations (“The Lynching”). He’s said his music has been inspired by his southern grandmother’s way of speaking. Through her stories, the Deep South became a vivid land of larger-than-life characters and mythos. The blues, Davis has said, is a natural conduit for sharing those stories. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $20. Nighttown.


Straight outta Indiana,Houndmouth taps into the collective consciousness of the dusty fringes of the Midwest. Their new album, Little Neon Limelight, has a looser, more open feel to it than previous outings. “For No One,” accented with ghostly backing vocals and driven by twangy acoustic guitar, sees a laid-back band indebted to a life on the road. That’s soon followed up by “Honey Slider,” where reverb-drenched lead guitar works it way across a building synth line and harmonized vocals. The band’s debut album, From The Hills Below The City, similarly is a true delight, complete with folksy fun, heartfelt musicianship and nods to the country-tinged legacy that lay within their shadow. (Eric Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Ballroom.

Pat McGee/Freedy Johnston

Singer-songwriters Freedy Johnston and Pat McGee came to songwriting rather late (at least if you compare them to someone like Bob Dylan, who was writing classic tunes at age 20). But they’ve both now accumulated a catalog of great songs. Johnston issued his first album in 1990 and McGee put out his debut in 1995. Both have just released terrific new albums. Johnston’s new album The Neon Repairman features his sharp power-pop sensibilities. On his self-titled effort, McGee collaborates with veteran studio musicians who evoke the great singer-songwriters of the ’70s (think Jackson Browne and David Crosby). The two musicians are coming to town to play Music Box Supper Club. They’re not on tour together, but the club has booked them as part of a special double bill. 8 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


Guitarist Richard Williams and the original members of Kansas had a chance to look back and consider the seemingly unlikely sequence of events that led them out of Topeka, Kansas in the new documentary Miracles Out Of Nowhere that was released earlier this year. In the film, some heavy hitters testify to the power of the music of Kansas, including Garth Brooks, Queen guitarist Brian May and album producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC). The band had a much different lineup back then than it has today. Today, Williams and drummer Phil Ehart carry forward with Kansas, surrounded by longtime bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, David Ragsdale on violin and additional guitars, keyboardist David Manlon and vocalist Ronnie Platt, who replaced original Kansas frontman Steve Walsh last year. Platt’s addition is something that has really brought an exciting new energy to Kansas, As a result of the change, Williams says that the band has a lot of things on deck including plans to begin recording a new album next January. (Matt Wardlaw), 8 p.m., $32.50-$57.50. Hard Rock Rocksino.


The Promise Hero

For years, local singer-guitarist Bobby Vaughn has gigged around town with his indie rock band the Promise Hero. His favorite venue is the Grog Shop and he’s on a campaign to sell the place out when he performs there tonight. He’s dubbed the show #selloutthegrog and has put together a clever video featuring testimonials from friends and family (and Grog Shop owner Kathy Blackman). It's not just a gimmick, either. The guy makes some great music. The title track from the band's 2013 album, "Déjà Vu” has an elegant string arrangement and bits of piano that amplify Vaughn's high-pitched vocals, making an otherwise ordinary power ballad into something powerful (think of Green Day's "Street of Broken Dreams"). Elsewhere, "Keep It Flowing" is a poppy Weezer-like number with nasally vocals, and the bouncy piano in "Locked Up Alone" sounds like something from a Ben Folds album. The tunes reflect Vaughn's inspirations: the Beatles and Beach Boys. Should be a good show, whether or not it ends up selling out. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $5. Grog Shop.

Jon Regen

Produced by Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, Suzanne Vega), Jon Regen's new album Stop Time features the singer's terrific songwriting skills. Featuring some terrific piano work, the woozy "I Will Wait" has just enough sarcasm and witty wordplay that it could pass as a Randy Newman tune. Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello's band the Imposters make guest appearances on the disc. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $20. Nighttown.

Welshly Arms

When the band issued its six-song covers album last year, we had this to say about it: "It's an exciting roundup of tunes, all of which work really well in Welshly Arms' throwback rock style." With its latest self-titled long player, the group continues to impress. "Love in a Minor Key," the free-wheeling song that opens Welshly Arms, is a grunge-y blues number that features noisy guitars and soulful backing vocals. While the album is the band's first full-length, Getz says the guys had a surplus songs. Guess the next album is already waiting in the wings. 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. House of Blues.


C-Ro Del Fresco

Cleveland rapper C-Ro Del Fresco is one of the more prolific local artists. He even admits he’s not sure how many singles and mixtapes he’s released over the past few years. His new album, The Loudness War, shows off his ability to veer from rapid-fire rhymes to smooth grooves, sometimes within the same song. At a time when local rappers come and go, Fresco has been a consistent player on an ever-changing landscape. 8:30 p.m., Free. Grog Shop.
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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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