9 Concerts To Catch This Weekend

Concert Preview


Welshly Arms

Riding the crest of newfound recognition following Positively Cleveland’s “Cleveland Anthem” marketing video, Welshly Arms is eyeing nothing but blue skies. And rightfully so. This is one of those local bands — one among many, sure — that deserve a broader fan base. Last year, the band dropped a six-song EP, Covers, that revives classics like Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming” and the Chambers Brothers’ “Time Has Come Today.” It’s an exciting roundup of tunes, all of which work really well in Welshly Arms’ throwback rock style. “Two Seconds Too Late” and “The Touch” became much-loved singles over the past year, helping to lift Welshly Arms’ shows to must-see status. And that song in the “Cleveland Anthem” video? That’d be “Never Meant to Be,” which boasts that great, woozy riff we all have stuck in our heads now. Tonight's gig is the second of two this week at the Beachland. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom.


Benefit for Jeff Benko

Local musician Jeff Benko has never been short on friends. Whether he’s playing his trademarked skuzzy, intellectualized brand of radio rock on the road with Jonathan Richman or goofing around with bar-band-greats NRBQ, Benko has a knack for making buddies. Today, Benko’s friends at the Grog Shop will host a benefit show for the longtime former employee, who’s currently fighting advanced dilated cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease in which the heart muscle becomes rigid, enlarged and weakened. (Emily Votaw) 7 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.


Coming from what he says is a “musical family” certainly helped trumpet player Jon Lampley. Lampley, who grew up in Tallmadge, says his cousins all sang or played an instrument. They inspired him to take a musical instrument, and he's now one of the leaders of Huntertones, an up-and-coming jazz act that’s building a name for itself on account of its high-energy approach. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $12. BLU Jazz+.

Jesse Malin

Released earlier this year, Jesse Malin's New York Before the War opens with a tender piano ballad that finds Malin singing in a tense whisper. The tempo quickly picks up with "Addicted," a catchy tune that sounds a bit like something that Elvis Costello might have penned back in the '70s. Produced by Don DiLego, the just-released Outsiders has a different vibe. Malin describes its as “really dark” and says it has "an arty edge" to it. It was done in the Poconos where Malin says there were “bears and turkeys and craziness.” The jangly title track sounds like vintage Springsteen and “Here’s the Situation” packs all the punch of Elvis Costello’s take on “What’s So Funny (About Peace, Love and Understanding).”8:30 p.m., $15 ADV, $17 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam

Traffic keyboardist Steve Winwood reportedly once complained that guitarist Dave Mason thought of the group as his backing band and would bring the guys finished songs and then expect them to play them exactly as they were written. Now, Mason has his chance to take ownership of the classic rock band’s music. For his current tour, he’s playing material from the first two Traffic albums. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $45-$65. The Tangier.

New Salem Witch Hunters

Cleveland heavy metal band Boulder once asked the existential hypothetical in the song "Who Care, Baby?" off of their 1999 debut The Rage of It All, "How much rock do you have to live to really live rock?" You can look at any one of the New Salem Witch Hunters at any point in time during the last 30-plus years and find your answer. The New Salem Witch Hunters live rock. Period. And every time that that they play a gig, it's a gathering of the faithful — band and fans, true believers in rock 'n' roll as art form and rock and roll as way of life. (C.J. Klassa) : 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Roots of American Music Benefit Featuring Lost Bob and the Ozone Ramblers

A veteran local band, Lost Bob and the Ozone Ramblers plays a good slew of bluegrass standards. Expect to hear Bill Monroe and J.D. Crowe and the New South along with some terrific original tunes. The current incarnation reunites front man "Lost Bob" Tobik on guitar and claw-hammer banjo, resident humorist and award-winning banjoist Dick Judson on 5-string banjo, guitar and mandolin, Robb Kaplan on bass and harmonica, multi-instrumentalist "Catfish" John on mandolin and Randy Solomon on dobro. 8 p.m., $25. Beachland Ballroom.

Daniel Rylander Album Release

A drummer for seventeen years, local singer-songwriter Daniel Rylander then taught himself to play piano and guitar. He can also handle a ukulele. Back in 2012, he wrote "A Friend & Brother (Be Thou at Peace)" for his brother’s funeral. He’s been writing songs ever since. Last year, he issued his full-length debut, Strawberry Skyline, and tonight he celebrates the release of his latest endeavor, The Memoirs of a Poolside Romance. Songs such as the somber “For a Moment” have an emo feel to them — think Death Cab for Cutie. Rylander’s got a great voice, something that comes across well in pretty indie pop tunes such as “Hurts Like Hell” and “Lullaby for the Sunshine.” (Niesel), 9:30 p.m., $10. Musica.

Loudon Wainwright

Perhaps best known now for his song “Daughter,” which appeared in 2007’s Knocked Up, Loudon Wainwright III was once pegged as “the new Dylan” as he came up in 1960s New York. That moniker still stands, as Wainwright (the father of Rufus) has built a dynamic canon out of 26 albums and decades of heart-stirring performances. (Wainwright has referred to his discography as a “tapestry.”) Tonight’s show at the Music Box should provide a nice, intimate setting for the singer-songwriter, giving the audience a chance to get up-close and personal with his indelible sound. For a primer, pick up Attempted Mustache, a pitch-perfect collection of Wainwright’s tunes circa 1973. (Sandy), 8 p.m., $28 ADV, $32 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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