5 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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The English Beat

When the English Beat emerged in the late '70s, the UK group fused punk rock brashness with old-school Jamaican ska beats. The results were striking and the band delivered hits "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Too Nice to Talk To." Though the band took a long break in the late '80s and '90s, singer Dave Wakeling managed to get the group going again in the late 2000s and regularly brings the band to town for engaging, high-energy shows. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

So Long, Albatross EP Release

Genre-defying local rockers So Long, Albatross celebrate the release of their new EP with a free show tonight at 8 at the Beachland Ballroom. Recorded at Painesville's Suma Recording Studios (Pere Ubu, Black Keys, Wild Cherry, Grand Funk Railroad), the EP finds the band in good form. “Something in the Way” sounds like a cross between Wolfmother and Jane’s Addiction and “In the End” thrives on a grunge-y guitar riff and punishing drums. Adam Boose mastered the EP at his Cauliflower Audio and the local vinyl pressing plant Gotta Groove pressed it on colored vinyl. 9 p.m., Free. Beachland Tavern.


Celebration of 100 Years of Frank Sinatra Featuring Michael Sonata & the Dave Banks Big Band

Canton native Michael Sonata has always been involved in plays and choirs and was a member of the University of Notre Dame Glee Club. In 2004, he auditioned for a role in a Sopranos spoof that required a character based on Frank Sinatra. Sonata got the part and has been imitating Ol’ Blue Eyes ever since. He includes some 90 songs in his repertoire and covers all eras, including the Columbia years and the Capitol years. He even takes requests from the audience. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Cities & Coasts Single Release Show

After releasing its debut last year, this local band had a busy summer and played a number of regional festivals. Tonight's show serves as a single release party and the single, "Finer than Gold," is a good one. It features husky vocals and a jangly guitar riff. The sax makes it sound like vintage Springsteen. "We kept a retro vibe, but I would say it's got more a Motown-vibe," explains singer-guitarist Nathan Hedges. "There are Motown undertones on the first record. All of the influences that we define as our sound on the first record are still there. On the forthcoming full-length, each song will sound like us because of the harmonies and hooks; but the songs will have new elements that were not on the first record." The single will be available on iTunes and through purchasing download cards. 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


An Evening with Joe Augustine Trio

As the artist-in-residence at the University of Akron’s School of Music, Joe Augustine has had a great opportunity to share the psychological benefits of music with students from all over the world. (His lectures touch on, for instance, “Music as a Business and Anxiety and Performance.”) Even more than that, though, Augustine is a long-tenured Steinway Artist, a master of jazz piano. Tonight, he and his trio light up BLU Jazz, dishing up an array of originals and standards. (Eric Sandy), 6 p.m., $15. BLU Jazz+.
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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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