6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend


Ex-Astronaut LP Release

With the current lineup, the local band Ex-Astronaut has shifted away from fuzzed out Dinosaur Jr.-type indie rock and started playing shoe-gazer-inspired music. Engineered and mixed by John Delzoppo at his locally based Negative Space studio, the band's latest album, No More Dreams, was mastered by Ryan Morey at Ryan Morey Audio Mastering in Montreal. Songs such as "Falling Apart" feature woozy vocals and trippy guitar riffs that escalate into bursts of noise. (Jeff Niesel) 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Sinatra Forever! with 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) 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen began acting when she only 3 years old. Since then, she has had some great acting gigs. She was on the TV show Gossip Girl for many years and she played the role of Cindy Lou in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. But she's always loved rock 'n' roll too. She formed the hard rocking the Pretty Reckless in 2009; a year later, the band released its full length debut Light Me Up, an album that yielded hits such as “Make Me Wanna Die.” The group has been going strong ever since. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $23 ADV, $28 DOS. House of Blues.

The Wood Brothers

Delicate, soulful and funky: The Wood Brothers blend a nice variety of American musical traditions into their stuff, and they tend to bring a charming and profound presence to the stage. We loved their show at the Kent Stage a few years back, dotted with older tunes and newer cuts from Paradise, which had only recently come out at that point. They’ll get you dancing and thinking, and we certainly condone that. With Oliver Wood’s masterful vocal work and Chris Wood’s top-of-the-game bass playing — along with the multi-instrumentalist curiosities of Jano Rix — the band twists the traditions of folk music into a complex and inviting web. Also, know that Chris Wood will be sticking around the area for some Medeski Martin & Wood shows next week. Pick up the next issue for the deets! (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $27 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


In Celebration Of: A Tribute to the Life and Music of Robert Kidney, Jack Kidney and Terry Hynde

A few years ago, after a memorial service for local singer-songwriter John Bassette, local musician Charlie Wiener took it upon himself to start a regular tribute series for local musicians while they’re still alive. Dubbed In Celebration Of, A Tribute, the series has already acknowledged local acts such as Alex Bevan, Pat Dailey, Michael Stanley and Carlos Jones. Now, the series turns its attention to members of the Numbers Band and will honor Robert Kidney, Jack Kidney and Terry Hynde. Acts on the bill include Bill Lestock, Michael Stacey, Alex Bevan, Carlos Jones, Jim Ballard, Rachel Brown, Chris Butler and Harvey Gold, Jon Mosey, Tony Maimone, and Scott Krauss and Friends. The group Tiny Alice will reunite for the event. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $20. Beachland Ballroom.

Keith Urban

To date, country singer Keith Urban has delivered a whopping 19 No. 1 songs. Earlier this year, he announced the dates for RipCORD World Tour 2016, which includes more than 50 shows in amphitheaters and arenas throughout the U.S. He played Blossom this summer and swings back through town tonight to stop at the Covelli Centre. The tour comes on the heels of his eighth studio album release of the same name, which has already produced two singles, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me.” (Niesel) 7:30 p.m. Covelli Centre (Youngstown).

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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