6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend in Cleveland

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Lady Antebellum/Kelsea Ballerini/Brett Young

Country superstars Lady Antebellum, the group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone." It has subsequently signed a deal with Capitol and released seven studio albums with the label. Their latest album, Heart Break, features the single, the funky, horn-driven pop number "You Look Good." (Jeff Niesel) 7 p.m., $25.50-$55.25. Blossom.

Queen + Adam Lambert

The late, great singer Freddie Mercury simply can’t be replaced, but Queen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May have found a way to carry on the rock band’s legacy with singer Adam Lambert playing Mercury's part. The reconfigured group, simply dubbed Queen + Adam Lambert, brings its summer tour to the Q tonight. The jaunt comes on the heels of “wildly successful” sold out tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America. This summer, the band will debut a “brand new show” especially designed and created for the tour. The setlist will include Queen hits such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.” (Niesel), 8 p.m., $49.50-$125. Quicken Loans Arena.


Archie & The Bunkers/Deadly Vipers/Two Hands

Since signing a deal with a European label, local rockers Archie and the Bunkers have spent their summers overseas. This summer has been no different as the teenage duo and their locally based manager Marty O'Connor have spent five weeks in Europe. Tonight's show at the Euclid Tavern serves as a homecoming party/concert. Welcome back! 9 p.m., $8. The Euclid Tavern.

Lemur Fest 3 feat. Michael Christmas w / Joey Aich + more!

Boston rapper Michael Christmas has made a name for himself with reflective, poignant, smoked-out raps that, like his comment above, toe the line between hilarity and sadness, a line that Christmas has walked since childhood. Instead of peers, he was surrounded by pop culture, growing up with a slightly too early introduction to provocative critical darlings of his stepfather’s canon — Biggie, Dave Chappelle stand-up sets, NWA, Eminem and Spike Lee. He headlines the third annual Lemur Fest. (Lawrence Neil) 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

The Speedbumps Album Release/Shivering Timbers

"The Chosen Sons," the song that opens When the Darkness Comes, the latest effort from local rockers the Speedbumps, features husky vocals and adopts a roots rock vibe much like that of the solo albums Robbie Robertson released in the '80s. The grunge-y "How You Get Down" has a Black Keys feel to it and the moody "What Tomorrow Brings" features an elegant string arrangement. It's the band's best album to date and represents a huge leap forward. The group celebrates its release with tonight's show. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


Steve Earle & The Dukes with Special Guests: The Mastersons

Singer-guitarist Steve Earle’s career officially began in the 1970s when he started playing guitar in country icon Guy Clark’s band. His big breakthrough came with 1986’s Guitar Town, an album that established him as a tremendous talent in the alt-country world. Inspired by a Bruce Springsteen concert, Earle penned songs with a narrative approach, and they struck a chord. The album’s nine songs alternately suggest Earle's rockabilly roots and his admiration for anthemic rock 'n' roll. He’s referred to his latest effort, So You Wanna Be an Outlaw, as a something of a sequel to Guitar Town. Expect to hear a mix of new and old songs at tonight's show. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $35-$42. The Kent Stage.

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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