6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend


Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy/Cuda Renko Cuda

Emerson, Lake and Palmer was one of the great prog rock bands of the ‘70s. The British group hit it big right out of the gate as its 1970 debut yielded the smash “Lucky Man.” The heavy mix of electronic instrumentation distinguished the band and gave it a unique sound. Drummer Carl Palmer continues the legacy. Tonight, he’ll play some of his solo material but he’ll also revisit ELP classics. A multimedia event, the concert will be accompanied by video treatments and will also serve as a promotion for Palmer’s second signature collection of fine art, The Rhythm Of Light, a series of prints created completely from movements captured while he was drumming. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $25-$45. Beachland Ballroom.

Lucinda Williams

Best known for 1998’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album that still stands as her crowning achievement, singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is a terrific songwriter whose career is distinguished by just a few releases. She might take years to record an album, but the wait is always worth it. Her latest release, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, is the first to be released on her newly formed label Highway 20 Records. It starts with the dreary folk-blues number "Compassion" but the tempo quickly picks up. "West Memphis" is a grunge-y country rock number that shows off her distinctive sneer. And "Foolishness" could pass as a classic Fleetwood Mac number from the '70s. It's a terrific effort and will undoubtedly make up the bulk of tonight's set. (Niesel) 8 p.m., Sold out. Music Box Supper Club.


Tony Bennett

You won't find too many contemporary crooners who know the American songbook like Tony Bennett knows the American songbook. The guy's career goes back decades. That's not to say that he's lost touch with the current generation's musical tastes. Just this year, he issued an album of standards with Lady Gaga. While she's not on tonight's ticket, don't let that stop you from checking out Bennett, the guy that Sinatra called ”simply the best singer in the business.” Expect to hear classics such as “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and "Steppin' Out with My Baby." (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $41-$101. Connor Palace.


The band cites acts such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. as influences and that come across on the band's debut, 2010's self-released Everything Can Change, which it recorded locally at the now defunct Exit Stencil Studios (the studio/record label has relocated to New York). For its new album, Moments of Matter, singer-guitarist Dave Taha went on a "country kick during the songwriting process" and the band recorded in Asheville. "I think some of it was just being down South," he says of his songwriting approach. "I had never been to the deep South. As a result, there's been a broadening of our sound." The band recorded the album at Echo Mountain Studio, a studio used by indie rock acts such as Band of Horses and War on Drugs. "They have some pre-amps that Paul McCartney brought there," says Taha. "We mixed it on the board that was used to mix Damn the Torpedoes." Songs such as the manic, twangy "Don't You Know" sound like vintage Meat Puppets, while ballads such as "Stuck on Explode" and "Opportunism" are somber and introspective. "We tracked 33 songs in six days," says Taha. "We have almost two albums' worth of material ready to go right now. We knew the studio had a history of producing quality recordings. It was a little bit rushed but not in a negative way. It forced us to be professional. We went with the songs that worked. If it didn't work on the first take, we just didn't record it." 9:30 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Into the Blue: Grateful Dead Revival Night

The spirit of the Grateful Dead is a joyous and storied tale. Here in Northeast Ohio, a community of tributes — whole bands and one-off shows — keep the Dead’s sonic ethos alive and buzzing. Into the Blue, which came together through an impromptu 11 a.m. gig at Nelson Ledges one year, is among the best. They don’t play too often, so their shows carry a certain special aura, and tonight’s promises more wonderful music. Anyone interesting 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. And what of the Dead’s dynamic career arc? “We kinda mix and match [musical styles],” guitarist Dan Shramo told Scene last year. “And we'll even do that in the middle of jams. So here we are in 1990s territory, and then we drift off into the 1970s.” How about a nice Scarlet/Fire tonight? (Sandy), 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


The last time Aaron Brooks, who plays in the progressive rock outfit Simeon Soul Charger, came back home to Northwest Ohio, he had a few beers with Jay, his former band mate from the pop-punk group Trendy. They began thinking about a possible reunion show. “We tossed around the idea then,” says Brooks. “When I found out I was coming back to the States, I contacted Jay and Davey, who is living in New York, to see if they were interested. We thought it would be fun." Trendy first formed in 2000 and existed until 2008. It put out three albums during that time period. So will the reunited band still sound like its old pop-punk self or will it sound like the more mature Simeon Shoul Charger? “It’ll sound like Trendy,” says Brooks. “We’re sticking to the original songs. It’s been fun to rehearse and revisit the songs. I’m surprised at how quickly they came back. Jay the drummer has all the archives and he had a live performance we did. I was brutally offensive to the audience and they were cheering it on. He reminded me of the front man schtick that I forgot about. I can’t fake my way through that. My stage presence is much more reserved now. I won’t be insulting the audience or using so much profanity. My heart’s not in that stuff.” (Niesel) 9 p.m., $10. Musica.

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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