9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Concert Preview


Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites Record Release Show

Akron's Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lights played their first gig a little more than two years ago and the band has been going strong ever since. Because of its terrific live show — sharp-dressed Brent "Wesley Bright" Wesley is a real dynamo on stage — the soul/old-school R&B band is suddenly in high demand. Their new single, "Losing You," features a spirited horn arrangement and raspy vocals punctuated by a few James Brown-inspired grunts and groans. Recorded in Akron and mastered and pressed locally at Gotta Groove, it's good stuff. All their unhinged energy should make for a fun show. (Jeff Niesel), 9 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Martin Bisi

Martin Bisi, a New York performer and record producer, has been involved with indie, punk, avant garde, noire/cabaret rock and electronic music since the early ’80s. At a recording studio he started in 1981 in Brooklyn with the help of Brian Eno, he’s worked with acts such as Sonic Youth, Swans, Dresden Dolls, Cop Shoot Cop, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, Material/Bill Laswell, Boredoms, Herbie Hancock’s "Rockit," White Zombie, Foetus, Helmet, Unsane, Serena Maneesh, US Maple, Jon Spencer's Boss Hog, and countless other indie, experimental and post-punk records. Currently at work on the next Violent Femmes and Larkin Grimm records, Bisi also plays guitar and sings in his own experimental band, which is touring in support of last year's Ex Nihilo. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Garth Brooks World Tour

Way back in 2000, country singer Garth Brooks announced his retirement. But Brooks, who was arguably at the height of his career at the time, couldn't stay away. First, he played a series of shows in Las Vegas. Then, he started touring. Last year, he released Man Against Machine, his first studio effort in 13 years. Now, for the first time in 19 years, he'll play in Cleveland. The initial two shows sold out in record time so two late shows were added to the schedule. Expect a festive atmosphere tonight and tomorrow night at the Q. (Niesel), 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena.


The Boogers

Billing themselves as “the Anti-Barney” and “the Wiggles’ Worst Nightmare,” the Boogers write songs about pancakes and pandas. In one tune, singer Paul Crowe, who goes by the moniker Crusty Booger, extols the virtues of eating vegetables. Nice! A veteran punk rocker who holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, Crowe can really connect with the kids. The band’s official bio includes a quote from Ramones tour manager Monte Melnick. He says, “If the Ramones had ever decided to make a children’s album, this is what it would have sounded like.” You couldn’t ask for a finer endorsement. (Niesel), 1 p.m., $10. Agora Ballroom.

Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts

A dynamic figure out of Akron-Canton’s music scene, Ryan Humbert announced the formation of a new band recently with fellow musicians Brian Poston, Dan Nauss and Dylan Gomez. Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts come up to Cleveland tonight to delight with their classic-country, honky-tonk ways. As Humbert explains on Facebook, he and the band “will blaze through classic tunes from Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson and many, many more.” Sounds great to us! Humbert has garnered a nice amount of acclaim around these parts for his Nashville-influenced rock ‘n’ roll chops. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $5. The Euclid Tavern.


An indie rock band out of Canada, Stars has carved out a cool niche for itself over the past decade or so during which it has toured and recorded. The band plays the kind of eloquent, sometimes folk-y indie rock for which peers such as Broken Social Scene are known. Its songs have been featured on Queer as Folk, Alias, The O.C., Warehouse 13, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, Skins, Chuck and One Week. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $20. Beachland Ballroom.


In Wanyama's music, the funk of the '70s meets roots rock reggae with a dollop of hip-hop. Think if your average '90s ska band had a rapper as its singer. The band's most recent album Cleveland Zoo features songs like “Funk Sandwich,” a tune that features traditional funk guitar and west coast reggae. Brandon Lowry, the band's emcee, spits rhymes like a rapper, and the group puts on a show with a unique twist on traditional reggae funk. (Hannah Wintucky), 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Grog Shop.


Celtic Woman — The 10th Anniversary World Tour

For 10 years now, Celtic Woman has been a global sensation. The press release for the show promises “this enchanting musical experience” will feature “a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs.” The four female singers are well-versed in traditional Irish folk tunes. A full band, the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers accompany them as music producer David Downes directs. (Niesel), 3 p.m., $41-$101. Akron Civic Theatre.

Shivering Timbers

Singer-bassist Sarah Benn and her husband, guitarist Jayson, met some six years ago at the now defunct Lime Spider, an Akron bar that played host to the Black Keys and numerous other indie and underground acts. They then started up Shivering Timbers, an avant-folk act that has provides the perfect vehicle for Sarah’s moody, Neko Case-like vocals. One of our favorite local acts. (Niesel) 8 p.m., Free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.
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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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