6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend
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Book Of Love/Metrolight

Ted Ottaviano, one of the art-students-turned- musician in the new wave electronic group Book of Love, has a long history with “the perfect pop song.” Book of Love formed in the early ’80s in New York when, as he once put it, “the post-punk thing was in full-fledged formation.” One underground venue, the Pyramid Club, became the band’s “local watering hole.” A DJ there had played a demo of “Boy,” a tune that starts with simple keyboard riff and hushed vocals before distinctive "tubular bells" kick in. Sire Records’ Seymour Stein took notice and signed the band to a record deal; the group went on to became a successful dance act before breaking up in 1993. In the wake of the release of 2016's MMXVI – Book of Love – The 30th Anniversary Collection, an album that features re-mastered versions of the band’s greatest hits and never-before released demos, the band played an anniversary show in New York and has been on the road ever since. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $25-$50. Beachland Ballroom.


Brothers Osborne/The Wild Feathers

John and TJ Osborne grew up writing and playing songs for friends and family. After moving from Maryland to Nashville, they launched Brothers Osborne, a self-described "twang-and-crunch duo" that blends country and rock. The band's been a huge success and recently won back-to-back American County Music Vocal Duo of the Year awards. Last year, they released their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, and the current tour supports the disc. Album opener "Slow Your Roll" features slurred vocals and almost has a jam band feel thanks to a noodle-y guitar solo. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $39.50-$59.50. Agora Theatre.

Capricorn Party Featuring Terry Lee Goffee/Breakfast Club

Local singer Terry Lee Goffee, who headlines this annual Capricorn party at House of Blues, has a busy year coming up as he plans to take Johnny Cash tribute all over the world. The singer, who counts Cash contemporary Marty Stuart as a fan, has dates lined up in Canada and Ireland. Goffee's typical set includes almost 30 Cash classics per night, including his interpretation of Cash’s take on the Nine Inch Nails tune “Hurt.” Even if you’re not a fan of Cash (and how could you not be?) or don’t give a crap about Capricorns (now that we understand), this party is a always a good time. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $11 ADV, $13 DOS. House of Blues.

JiMiller Band (in the Supper Club)

An avid fan of the Grateful Dead, singer-guitarist Jim Miller, the JiMiller Band's frontman, says he was initially attracted to some of the covers that the band would play. He liked the fact that the band played songs by Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf. He even got to open for [Dead songwriter] Robert Hunter twice and talked to him between shows at the old Peabody's Down Under. Those influences come across in the band's original music. The JiMiller band has released four albums over the course of its 20-year career. Live, the band plays covers and includes songs from Miller's old band, Orobos, in its set as well. Tracks such as "Weather the Storm" have an epic feel to them and feature improvisational segments and noodle-y guitar solos. For tonight's 20th anniversary show, former band members such as Steve Zevesky, Fred Perez Stable, Mike Rotman and Brett Miller will join the group. The first set will be all JiMiller and Orobors originals, and the second set with be covers of songs by the Dead and other roots rock acts. Should be a blast. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

ProgNation/The Rick Ray Band

Formed in 2015 as a protest against the exclusion of prog rock bands into the Rock Hall, Prog Nation plays music inspired by the prog acts of the late '60s and early '70s. The group features locals Tony and Chris Cuda, the bassist and guitarist from the local prog/jazz group, CuDa, KrishNa & CuDa. In addition, it also includes singer Steve Kolesar (Rockin Ravers, ex-Champion), drummer Marty Zlocki (Time Traveler, ex-Fayerweather) and keyboardist Dan Maier (ex-Phillip Glass). Expect to hear tracks from Yes, King Crimson, ELP, the Moody Blues, Genesis and a handful of other prog acts at tonight's show. Local guitar hero Rick Ray opens. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $10-$15. Beachland Ballroom.


Sam Hooper Group (in the Supper Club)

A local blues band, the Sam Hooper Group has been a staple on the Cleveland music scene for years. It's recently been building its reputation out of town too. Later this month, the band will head to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge. A fundraiser takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Music Box Supper Club. There will be a raffle for an Eastman acoustic-electric PCH1-GACE guitar. If you can’t make the show, you can still participate in the raffle and donate to the band at samhooper.com/store/. (Niesel) 4 p.m., $10. Music Box Supper Club.

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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