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Rock Week: Decade by Decade

The Music Box kicks off Induction Week with a series of tribute concerts that pay homage to the rockers of yesteryear. Tonight, you can see two shows. In the smaller Supper Club, Walt Sanders & the Cadillac Band play songs by Elvis Presley. Then, up in the bigger Concert Hall, you can catch a tribute to the '50s. Celebrate Johnny Cash, Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, and more with locals Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys, Ryan Humbert and Emily Bates. 7:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS and 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Music Box Supper Club. (Jeff Niesel)

The Clarks

For nearly 25 years, The Clarks have sustained a career as a better-than-average alt-rock act that’s innocuous enough for a first date. At their peak a few years back, the group could pack mid-sized venues throughout the region (and they regularly played here in town to capacity crowds at the now-shuttered Odeon). Their popularity has declined some, but the guys are still at it, as well they should be. Singer-guitarist Scott Blasey has a raspy voice that’s equally suited to country and rock, and the band often successfully mixes the two genres together. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $15. Musica.


Ivan Neville’s funk/jam behemoth from New Orleans is not to be messed with. An absolute staple on the national scene for years now, Dumpstaphunk brings southern heat tinged with upper-register wah-wah solos. The band’s most recent outing, 2013’s Dirty Word shows off their stage-strutting moves — horns aplenty, awash in manic percussion and wild guitar riffs. The album also features a great variety of guests — Flea, Ani DiFranco, members of the Grooveline Horns and more. “We always keep the spontaneity going, that’s something I love about this band,” Neville told Soundfuse Magazine in 2013. “We can funk it out with the best of them, but we also like to showcase how all sorts of music can come together and push the boundaries of what funk music is.” (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Oh Honey

“American folk pop” is how one might describe Oh Honey’s music, and that’d be fairly accurate. Rooted in the Americana traditions du jour, Oh Honey populates its compositions with lots of strings and OH!s and AH!s in audience-friendly choruses. Not that that’s a bad thing, by any means; it’s just pretty well trodden territory at this point. “Be OK,” the band’s marquee single, is infused with positivity and and catchy hooks, both of which make for exciting live shows. Danielle Bouchard’s voice is intoxicating and an ideal point of distinction from all the other bands in this genre. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Tavern.



It’s simple math, really; people like good grooves and thoughtful improv, so dedicated musicians like the guys in Dopapod — keyboard player and singer Eli Winderman, guitarist and singer Rob Compa, bassist Chuck Jones and drummer Scotty Zwang — tend to thrive once they get out there and start slaying some shows. And with a 2014 that included some 130-plus dates across the U.S. and a 2015 intimating that and then some, there’s no chance the band is slowing down anytime soon. They’ve reached that tipping point and leapt over — that point where young bands must decide how much to gamble on the future. (Sandy), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Rock Week: Decade by Decade

The the BAND Band pays tribute to, you guessed it, the Band along with blues singer Thornetta Davis and local hero Chris Hatton, who'll pay tribute to the '60s by playing the music of Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and more. This show will mark the the BAND Band's Cleveland debut, and we hear they put on a stellar show. 7:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Music Box Supper Club. (Niesel)


Rock Week: Decade by Decade

Celebrate the '70s music of Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Grateful Dead, Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd and more with Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band and the JiMiller Band in the Music Box Supper Club's Concert Hall and hear a tribute to Steely Dan and Muddy Waters with the FM Project and Chicago blues icon/Muddy Waters band member John Primer in the smaller Supper Club as the Music Box Supper Club continues to honor the rock and soul heroes of yesteryear. 7:30 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 DOS and 6 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 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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