5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

click to enlarge 5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend
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FRIDAY, APRIL 26

Elle King/Barns Courtney

The daughter of Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider and model London King, singer-songwriter Elle King spent her early years in Los Angeles before her parents’ divorce sent her and her mother to southern Ohio. The small Southern town of Wellston figures prominently in her story; after years of searching for her own sound, King found herself back in the backcountry with her blues rock and bluegrass-infused debut album, Love Stuff. She comes to town tonight in support of last year's Shake the Spirit, which she's described as "a journey of finding self-love." (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $30-$35. Masonic Auditorium.

FreshProduce/The Katy/Mellow Xzact

Phases is the the local hip-hop duo FreshProduce’s fourth album of original material and fifth release in total. Something is different this time around. The ladies took their time and also found themselves collaborating with other artists more than ever. The album features collaborations with Gold Rose, Candi Fresca, Lawtisha Williams, MellowXzact, Joey Aich, Paper Paulk, Cathalyn of the Katy, James John and Kyle Kidd of Mourning a BLKstar. (Emanuel Wallace) 9 p.m., $6. Happy Dog.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

Maura Rogers & The Bellows (in the Supper Club)


Local singer-songwriter Maura Rogers started songwriting in college at Baldwin-Wallace’s noted music theater program, and she also worked for Great Lakes Theater Festival after college. She’s been a fixture on the local music scene for the past decade. For her latest album with her backing band the Bellows, she spent 11 days recording tracks with locally based producer Jim Wirt. The first single, "92 Days," comes off an inspirational anthem that's in the vein of Melissa Etheridge. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Uli Jon Roth

Guitarist Uli Jon Roth joined the German heavy metal band the Scorpions before they were hugely popular. He left the band just as it started to become big. A couple of years ago, he revisited those early days on Scorpions Revisited, a double album of 19 “re-invented” Scorpions tracks. The album features tunes such as “Catch Your Train,” a tune with wailing guitars and over-the-top vocals. Expect to hear it as well as a slew of other old school metal tunes at tonight's show. (Niesel) 8 p.m. Agora Theatre.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Originally released way back in the summer of 1996, Squirrel Nut Zippers’ second album, Hot, defied all expectations. At the time, pop fodder from acts such as the Spice Girls ruled the airwaves. What a shock, then, when Hot yielded the hit single “Hell,” a song that featured woozy horns and a swinging bass riff. The album went on to sell 1.3 million copies and launch a veritable revival of swing music. Singer-guitarist Jimbo Mathus, who played in indie acts such as Metal Flake Mother and Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves prior to forming the Zippers, started the band with his then-wife Katharine Whalen. The group would splinter in 2000, but Mathus has revived the band and brings a retooled lineup to town tonight. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. The Kent Stage.

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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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