6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

click to enlarge 6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend
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Dixie Chicks/Augustana

Earlier this year, the Dixie Chicks, one of country’s biggest acts in the late '90s and early 2000s, announced a return to touring with their upcoming DCX MMXVI World Tour. It marks the first time in ten years that the band has embarked on a headlining a tour in North America. Equally capable of playing bluegrass and pop/rock, the band will undoubtedly serve up hits such as "Long Time Gone" and "Goodbye Earl." If the setlists from the group's recent tour of Europe are any indication, expect to hear covers of tunes by Prince, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan. (Jeff Niesel), 7 p.m., $43-$137.50. Blossom.


Florence + the Machine

Last year, indie rockers Florence + the Machine had a huge breakthrough. The band’s latest album, last year’s How Big How Blue How Beautiful, was named to best of lists from Rolling Stone, NPR Music, SPIN, American Songwriter, Consequence of Sound and more. The band was even nominated for five awards at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Her voice sounds stronger than ever on tracks such as "Ship to Wreck" and "What Kind of Man," the latter of which finds the band exploring moodier sounds and blues-based sonic textures. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $26-$80.50. Blossom.

House of Heroes CD Release

This Christian alt-rock band has developed a respectable following in its native city of Columbus and beyond. Their songs feature powerful, catchy guitar riffs and passionate vocals. "Colors Run," the newly released song off of their upcoming album, Colors, has a heavier vibe and will keep your head nodding along. With that in mind, their CD Release party is sure to be a good time. (Elizabeth Bullock), 8 p.m., $10. Musica.

Yoni & Geti

Yoni (Yoni Wolf of Why?) and Geti (indie rapper Serengeti) just released their first collaborative album, Testarossa. an adventure in the space between hip-hop and rap. The quirky indie rock-rap of Why? (think They Might Be Giants with deadpan vocal interludes) becomes apparent in the samples and embellishments chosen for the hip-hop segments, while Serengeti populates the tracks with his characteristic smooth rhymes (Yoni sings a line or two as well). The two are not strangers: Wolf co-produced Serengeti’s Family & Friends with Advance Base in 2011. Testarossa is a soundtrack for the story of a young couple, Davy and Maddy, who, after a shotgun wedding, live out a strained marriage as Davy gives preferential treatment to his music career over his growing family. Follow Davy’s life of indulgence and guilt in a model Testarossa, one of the few signs of devotion Davy bestows upon his kids. (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.


Dustbowl Revival

Given that Los Angeles is a city best known for its heavy metal and indie rock, it's a credit to the Dustbowl Revival, a swing band out of Venice, Calif., that the band snagged "Best Live Band" honors in 2013 from the LA Weekly, a paper known for focusing on whatever hip sounds are coming out of places like Echo Park and Silverlake. The band plays a bit of everything — bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and New Orleans swing. A self-described "mini circus," the band features fiddle, mandolin, trombone, guitar and washboard. Expect to hear tunes from the band's new album, With a Lampshade On. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties

A singer-songwriter lover’s dream come true — tonight’s show features two extremely talented lyricists and musicians playing the same show on the cozy, intimate Mahall’s main stage. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, a side project of the Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell, finds Campbell venturing beyond his pop punk roots and writing songs about love, loss, and moving on. Weiss’s heartbreaking acoustic ballads are sure to evoke a similarly tear jerking response. Check out Aaron West’s “Grapefruit” and Weiss’s “Wait For Me” and get ready to sing along. (Eli Shively), 6 p.m., $13.50 ADV, $15 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

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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