5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend
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Jimmy Webb — The Glenn Campbell Years

An Oklahoma native, singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb can thank the late Glen Campbell for turning two of this songs — "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman" — into hits. Tonight's show at Nightgown will even serve as a tribute to Campbell. The show will include virtual duets, new music videos and stories of how the songs came to be. Webb will also expand upon stories he tells in his recent memoir, The Cake and the Rain. He also performs at Nighttown tomorrow night. (Jeff Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $75. Nighttown.


Archie and the Bunkers LP Release Show

A local group featuring teenage brothers Emmett and Cullen O'Connor, Archie and the Bunkers formed five years and has gradually picked up steam ever since. It's legitimately now become a national act and has released a number of albums through the UK imprint Dirty Water Records. The group has even toured Europe on a couple of occasions. Earlier this year, the band celebrated the release of a new single, "The Traveler"/"Looking," with a special show. Tonight's show serves as a release party for its latest offering, Songs from the Lodge, another terrific collection of keyboard and drum powered garage rock. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

The Modern Electric/Outdated View

“Just like in the movies,” they say, and they’re spot-on. The Modern Electric has consistently kept crowds in Cleveland (and elsewhere) dazzled with their brand of “cinematic pop.” It’s all of a piece with these guys, and one often feels like a wonderstruck Ed Norton in a long-forgotten Wes Anderson flick when listening to their stuff. We check in with the band every now and then, and they lately released their album, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, as a set of instrumental tunes. It’s an even more honed sense of cinematic enjoyment from one of Cleveland's best indie bands. (Eric Sandy) 8 p.m., $10. Mahall's 20 Lanes.


MC Chris/Bitforce

According the press release announcing the dates of MC Chris' spring tour, "As a nerd rapper pioneer, being one of the first rappers to rap solely about Nerd Life, mc chris #onlydoescoolshit, so you can expect his tour to be hilarious, and cool." The lead animator for Adult Swim shows such as Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the prolific MC Chris has released 17 albums and has collaborated with rappers and musicians such as Talib Kweli, Andrew WK, Cee-Lo, Childish Gambino and Gwar. Expect an enthusiastic audience to show up for tonight's gig at the Grog Shop. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

Dana Murray and Manifesto

Just last week, musician/producer/educator Dana Murray dropped his heady new album, The Negro Manifesto. Murray, who also founded the Dojo Percussion and its parent company DMgroove Drum Dojo (both of which aim to reach the masses through the power of music and percussive art) blends jazz, spoken word, rap and hip-hop. "The System," one of the more esoteric songs on The Negro Manifesto, commences with noisy guitars and guttural vocals. The lyrics refer to issues of race, gender and class, and the song sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack to a Taranatino-esque sci-fi flick. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $15. Bop Stop.

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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