5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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Donna the Buffalo/Jen Maurer and Anthony Papaleo

Bluegrass wasn't that popular when Donna the Buffalo started 30 years ago, but thanks to the popularity of bands like the Avett Brothers and Yonder Mountain String Band, it’s seen a resurgence in popularity, giving bands like Donna the Buffalo a well-deserved boost. The band's latest album, Dance in the Street, emphasizes the jam band side of its sound. The title track features spoken word vocals and snappy percussion, and the twangy "Motor" sounds like it could be a classic country tune. This might just be the band's most fully realized album. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $22 ADV $28 DOS.  Music Box Supper Club.

Into the Blue: Grateful Dead Revival

Regardless of your take on the Grateful Dead, the band to which Into the Blue, an ensemble of local musicians pays tribute, the group maintains a damn important stature in the rock 'n' roll canon. Into the Blue revives that spirit and lends it the respect Jerry and Co. rightfully deserve. Anyone interested in hearing — and seeing — great music flow from the stage should check out what these guys are doing. Fellow musicians and artists will glean inspiration. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $11 ADV, $13 DOS.  Beachland Ballroom.


Hubb's Groove: A Tribute to Angela Bofill & Phyllis Hyman

Led by drummer Robert Hubbard, Jr., this jazz/R&B group is one of the hardest working bands in the Land. Founded in 1995 as Moment's Notice, the band became Hubb's Groove in 2006 and has performed with acts such as Roger Smith, Marcus Johnson, Walter & Tramaine Hawkins, Vesta Williams, Gerald Levert and many more. The band has opened up for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire,Yellow Jackets, Randy Crawford, Marian Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Wayman Tisdel and Roy Ayers. Tonight, it pays tribute to singers Angela Bofill and Phyllis Hyman. Guest vocalist Arielle Green from Youngstown will be on hand for the show too. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $20. Nighttown.

Keller Williams' PettyGrass Featuring the Hellbenders

Keller Williams' PettyGrass actually began in 2015 when he put together a set of Petty covers for his annual hometown Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals benefit. While rehearsing, he recorded the demos as voice memos on his phone, so he’d have something to reference later. In 2015, he recruited a few of musical friends from his Fredericksburg home to play 15 Petty songs as bluegrass numbers. After Petty died last year, Williams enhanced the recordings and posted them as a tribute to Petty. They received a positive response from musicians and fans alike. The Hillbenders, a bluegrass band out of Missouri that Williams knew from the festival circuit, heard the tracks and talked Williams into collaborating in a more formal manner. He'll have those guys in tow for tonight's show. Expect Williams and the the group to play Petty classics like “A Woman in Love” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” (Niesel) 8 p.m., $30-$35. The Kent Stage.


Survival Kit Sundays with Kid Tigrrr/Aaron Koontz/Brian Straw

Last year, local singer-songwriter Brian Straw started hosting Survival Kit Sundays, a singer-songwriter night devoted to showcasing local talent. The name comes from the 78th Street Studio-based recording studio/art gallery that Straw operates. One of tonight’s guest acts is Kid Tigrrr, the “sparkly & ethereal” solo project helmed by singer-songwriter Jenna Fournier of the shoegaze/alt-rock band NIIGHTS. Her moody tunes recall acts such as Mazzy Star, and Fournier's performance should be one of tonight's highlights. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $20. Happy Dog.

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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