10 Concerts To Catch This Weekend

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

With a new album out, Ray Wylie Hubbard is sure to make a splash with his mix of folk and country music. Old school soulful and gritty vocals mix with the traditional twang of country guitar on his new album The Ruffian’s Misfortune, a cowpunk classic. The song “Chick Singer, Badass Rockin’” is a perfect example of the cowpunk genre. Loud vocals and heavy yet twangy guitar combine with harmonica to create something unique. He performs with Kelley Mickwee, a newly solo artist who mixes earthy, emotional vocals with subdued country and folk instrumentals. These two artists compliment each other well, and are sure to put on a good show for any country or folk lover. (Hannah Wintucky), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Benefit for Stacy Hatrix

Singer Jeff Hatrix is a veteran on the local metal scene. Years ago, he sang in the metal band Purgatory before becoming a member of Mushroomhead. Tragically, his wife Stacy has just been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and has started chemotherapy. The band has plans to tour extensively in 2015, and Hatrix will have to take breaks to come back and care for her. It’s created a “huge financial burden,” so the band has organized a fundraiser to help the Hatrix family. Shrouded In Neglect, Madison Crawl, One Click Crazy, X-Members, Vulgar Devils, JJ Grim, Jus Mic, Mechanical Avalanche, Run Devil Run, Psycho Plantation, Sunless Sky and Jeffrey Nothing & Friends are slated to play. (Jeff Niesel) 6 p.m., $10. Agora.

Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band

On his new album, Days Like These, actor-turned-singer-songwriter Jeff Daniels goes for something rather bluegrassy. The title track features twangy acoustic guitar and bluesy vocals. The songs aren’t as tongue-in-cheek as tunes on previous albums. Not that Daniels takes himself too seriously. He still loves to joke around with audiences, something he’ll have a chance to do on his current tour with his son, Ben. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $30. The Kent Stage.


Formed back in 2009 in Vermont by trumpet player Alex Toth and Traver, Rubblebucket, which now calls Brooklyn home, plays a cool combination of jazz, funk and rock. The band’s horn-driven style of music has a unique feel to it as Traver’s high-pitched vocals have a Bjork-like quality to them. The band can really jam too. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.


Ancient River

Via both London and Austin, Texas, Ancient River are carving up a nice presence in the psychedelic rock scene (“reverb-soaked noir-psychedelia,” is how the band puts it). The new album sees frontman James Barreto arranging statement pieces against his background in American rock ‘n’ roll and improvisation. He and drummer Alex Cordova know how to manipulate dynamics and not just fall back on shoegaze-type tropes. “This is the Time,” for instance, intersperses droney verses among ascendent lead guitar lines. “Keeper of the Dawn” is a more laid-back trip, with Barreto arranging haunting keys on top of chilled-out percussion. Based on everything we’ve been hearing from these guys, it sure sounds like their live show should capitalize well on their dedication to the spirit of psychedelia. (Eric Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band has been breaking all kinds of record since releasing its new album, Jekyll and Hyde, earlier this year. The band is now only the second act to ever reach No. 1 on both the Country Radio and Rock Radio charts. The anthemic single "Homegrown" became the band's twelfth No. 1 hit at Country Radio and was the fastest rising song on the chart since 2012. The single "Heavy Is the Head," which features a cameo from Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, has been a smash too. And now, the group's issued a third single, "Loving You Easy." The album's a bit heavy with synths but the group rocks harder when it plays live. And given that the group is playing stadiums on some dates on its current tour, we should feel lucky that we get to see the group at the relatively intimate Blossom Music Center. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $39.50-$69.50. Blossom.

Marc's Great American Rib Cook Off & Music Festival: Steel Panther

Back in the '80s, the Sunset Strip produced any number of hair metal bands as clubs such as the Troubadour and Rainbow Bar and Grill were the proving grounds for rock acts such as Van Halen and Motley Crue. Those days are over but don't tell Steel Panther. The L.A. band pays tribute to that era on it latest album, last year's All You Can Eat. The album comes off as a hearty send-up to the era. "Pusswhipped" starts with acoustic guitars before the heavy guitars and shrieking vocals kick in "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World" draws equally from Def Leppard and Andrew W.K. (Niesel) 12 p.m., $8-$35. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Seafair CD Release

For their new album, The Querencia, local indie rockers Seafair went to Black in Bluhm Studio in Denver to record with friend Chris Fogal. After several EPs, it's the band's first full-length. The band uses cello and violin in each song, and the music comes off as extremely up-tempo. A song such as "DIM" features powerhouse vocals and sounds a bit like Florence and the Machine. Expect a high-energy set from the band. 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.


Marc's Great American Rib Cook Off & Music Festival: Michael Stanley and the Resonators

Local hero Michael Stanley has been on a roll lately. Last year, he released The Ride, which came on the heels of The Hang, an introspective album he's referred to as his darkest release yet. The Ride presents a much more positive perspective and so does his latest effort The Job, an album that suggests Stanley has hit upon a particularly rich vein of new songs. Expect to hear MSB favs as well as a good sampling of Stanley's solo material. 12 p.m., $8-$35. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Mo Mojo (in the Supper Club)

The band’s tagline, “eternal zydeco house party,” couldn’t be more welcoming. Keeping Northeast Ohio in a Cajun-infused dancing mood for nearly 20 years now, Mo’ Mojo blends various strains of North American musical traditions — blues, reggae, funk, zydeco (of course) — with Latin American and African rhythms. In short, they’re an energetic band that makes it impossible to resist joining the growing crowd on the dance floor. You can hear their music online, including the fantastic Together in Love We Drown from 2012. “Mo’ Mojo Zydeco” is something of an anthem from that album, so do be sure to fire that one up to get a sense of the band. 8:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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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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