FRIDAY, OCT. 26
An Evening with Fleetwood Mac
About five years ago, classic rockers Fleetwood Mac launched a 50-date reunion tour with a performance at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, the site of the first date of the band’s 50-date reunion tour. Playing together for the first time in three years, the band delivered a flawless two-and-a-half hour set that showed it hadn’t lost a step despite the hiatus. The group has toured ever since, but the lineup for tonight's show won’t include singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who left the band earlier this year. Rather, the tour will feature Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena.
Low Cut Connie/Ruby Boots
Low Cut Connie singer-pianist Adam Weiner grew up in New Jersey in the ’80s and absorbed plenty of classic rock ’n’ roll in the process. He initially took piano lessons and then got the “the rock ’n’ roll and country and blues and country bug.” A stint in Memphis set him “on a path," and he absorbed as much blues as is humanly possible. He then began playing the gay bar circuit after moving to New York. Over the years, about 15 people have come through Low Cut Connie, which came together in 2010 and now calls Philadelphia home. The band recorded its fourth studio album, Dirty Pictures (Part 1)
, live-to-analog tape at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and the songs have plenty of swagger. That energy carries over onto the band's latest effort, Dirty Pictures (Part 2)
. Elton John's a fan of the band, and his endorsement speaks volumes to the group's promise. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $15 ADV, $17 DOS. Beachland Ballroom
Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy - Emerson Lake & Palmer Live On!
Back in the '70s, Emerson, Lake and Palmer emerged as one of prog rock’s most popular acts. The band split up in 1998 (and keyboardist Keith Emerson died last year), but drummer Carl Palmer continues to tour and record. In the midst of a tour that finds him paying tribute to ELP, he brings his Carl Palmer’s ELP LEGACY – Remembering Keith and the Music of Emerson Lake & Palmer show to the Kent Stage tonight. Expect to hear the ELP hit "Lucky Man" along with renditions of classic compositions by the likes of Aaron Copland and Béla Bartók. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $30-$40. The Kent Stage
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
Few critics figured that the local metal act Mushroomhead, which first formed in 1993, would still be going strong 25 years down the road. But the band has fared well — it continues to relentlessly tour and spent the summer on the Summer of Screams tour that paired it with Powerman 5000, the Browning, Psychostick, Kissing Candice, Unsaid Fate, Voodoo Terror Tribe and Earth Caller. The group has also released a new DVD, Volume III
, that features more than 90 minutes of new material, including new music videos, footage of backstage antics and exclusive never-seen-before content. Tonight's show, the band's annual Halloween concert, should draw a huge crowd. (Niesel) 6 p.m., $29.99-$59.50. Agora Theatre.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28
4AD Presents: Tune-Yards + U.S. Girls
Initially, U.S. Girls' Meg Remy began to put the songs together for a new album the way she always does. She began assembling a seemingly random collection of tunes until she had enough for a full-length. But then while recording, she shifted gears. Instead of having multi-instrumentalist Michael Rault play all the instruments, she recruited her husband’s band, the Cosmic Range. the resulting album, In a Poem Unlimited,
represents a huge step forward. A song like “Incidental Boogie” shows just how much all the hard work paid off. Rattling percussion, a funky bass riff and bursts of guitars/vocals/synths turn the track into a terrific jam that represents how adventurous the band’s approach is on the album. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $22.50 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom
Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets
Madison, WI-based Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets put out its initial EP in 2014 and started performing live at about that time too. The group draws equally from rock, pop and country. Some of the songs on the new album, Lean
, have been ones the band has performed but never recorded. The group's cover of "Sweet Dreams," for example, has been a staple in the live sets since the band's early days. Lean
's title track features pitch perfect harmony vocals and driving guitars and sets the tone for the album which veers from Melissa Etheridge-like rockers ("Flesh on Fire") to semi-acoustic ballads ("Shine"). The band's five-city mini tour concludes with a tonight's show at Nighttown. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $15. Nighttown
Good Charlotte/Sleeping with Sirens/Knuckle Puck/The Dose
What’s left of Good Charlotte is the ghost of what the band was but also a glimmer of what it could be. Their most recent record, Generation RX, made the lowest debut of any Good Charlotte album to date, landing at 167 on the Billboard 200. But even if their fame has dimmed, the guys now feel like they’re finally saying something of worth. They’re still together after more than 20 years, making music they’re proud of, which a whole hell of a lot of bands can’t say. With Generation RX, the crew dug down deep and got personal; through songs like “Actual Pain” and “Self Help,” it decided to address many of the largest issues facing the country. (Laura Morrison) 6 p.m., $38-$53.50. Agora Theatre