6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Dierks Bentley

Singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley’s eighth studio album BLACK doesn’t come out until May 27, but the album has already delivered a hit with the tune “Somewhere on a Beach.” Named after his wife Cassidy’s maiden name, the album explores “breakups, hookups, mess-ups and everything in between.” Producers Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora Jr. bring out the richness of Bentley’s baritone in songs such as the title track and “What the Hell Did I Say?” The concert should be a great way to kick off Blossom's season. (Jeff Niesel) 7 p.m., $33-$57.75. Blossom.

Meat Loaf

Early in his career, classic rocker Meat Loaf discovered an ally in Cleveland International's Steve Popovich, a guy he's referred to as a fellow "gunslinger" and "road warrior." The late Popovich (who died in 2011) signed him to his label when no one else expressed an interest. Once the label put out Meat's album, Bat Out of Hell, in October of 1977, co-writer Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf had the last laugh. The theatrical songs that showcased Meat Loaf's larger-than-life operatic voice were met with universal acclaim, and the album went platinum. It's now one of the five top-selling albums of all time (Meat Loaf says that although it hasn't been properly documented, the album was at one point selling 800,000 copies a week). As a result, Meat Loaf always keeps Cleveland on the tour schedule. Fans here love the guy, and he loves the city. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $57.50-$99.50. Hard Rock Rocksino.

Joe Louis Walker (in the Supper Club)

A four-time Blues Music Award winner and 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee who appeared on multiple Grammy-winning albums, Walker infuses his latest album, Everybody Wants a Piece, with plenty of hard rocking guitar riffs. The title track kicks things off with soulful vocals and “Do I Love Her” throws some harmonica into the mix. He then effectively slows things down for the ballad “Gospel Blues.” The guitar work in “Witchcraft” features plenty of wah-wah and shows Walker’s ability to get into a good groove. “The cool thing about working with a producer who’s a guitar player is that you can dick around with guitar sounds,” he says. We had a wall of amps and it looked like something out of Spinal Tap. I was looking for different guitar sounds. I love to hear people like B.B. King and Albert King. You can recognize their guitar sounds right away. But I also like Jimi Hendrix and what he does. It’s like canvas painting. I would hate to paint with the same color.” (Niesel), 8 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


Paul Anka

In a few ways, the explosive career of Canada's biggest musical export, Justin Bieber, followed a similar trajectory to one of his earliest pop compatriots. Cutting his first single, "I Confess," at age 14, Paul Anka began a storied career as a singer-songwriter and actor in 1957. His first hit, "Diana," topped the Canadian and American charts and is one of the best selling singles by any Canadian musician. He kept busy behind the scenes in the years after; Johnny Carson's Tonight Show theme song was a reworking of Anka's "Toot Sweet," and he earned writing credits on classics such as Tom Jones's "She's a Lady" and Frank Sinatra's "My Way." Although some of the high notes he hit in his youth now elude the 74-year-old, he still has the energy and stage presence to put on a great show. (Jacob DeSmit), 8 p.m., $53.50-$85. Hard Rock Rocksino.

Dave Matthews Band

By now, Dave Matthews Band has long been established as a force in the national touring circuit. This summer marks their 25th anniversary — a silver point in time that connects halcyon shows in Charlottesville with larger-than-life gigs at sheds across America. Blossom happens to bring out some good vibes in this band. In 2014, Bela Fleck surprised us all with a sit-in, and last year’s show led us through an old-school setlist with blistering treatments on each song. It’s almost summer, and Dave shows really capture the spirit of this season. Plus, the band has announced that it will not tour during 2017. Get on the bus while ya can. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $40.50-$85. Blossom.


Tangled Up in Dylan: The Music of Bob Dylan

One of the more talented singer-songwriters in town, Ryan Humbert has paid tribute to singer Roy Orbison and country icon Hank Williams with elaborate stage shows. Back in 2014, he decided to give Bob Dylan the same treatment with Tangled Up in Dylan: The Music of Bob Dylan, a tribute show that featured many of the singer’s most famous songs. Tonight, he performs the tribute concert one last time and plans to play 40 of the icon's tunes and will dig into his catalog for deep tracks in addition to playing the hits. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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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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