9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend


Luke Bryan

Georgia-born singer-songwriter Luke Bryan isn’t exactly a newcomer — his career dates back to the late 2000s. But he’s recently become one of country’s biggest superstars and his ability to sell out Blossom for not just one but two nights is a testimony to his success. The current tour comes in the wake of last year's Kill the Lights, an eclectic collection of party anthems ("Kick the Dust Up") and pensive love songs (the piano-ballad "Strip it Down"). (Jeff Niesel) 7 p.m., $33.50-$82.25. Blossom.


Last year, the veteran country act Alabama sold out most of the 30 cities it played. This year’s Southern Drawl tour features an even more extensive schedule. It comes in support of the pensive new single, “Come Find Me,” a tune that features singer Alison Krauss. The ballad features an elegant string arrangement and soft vocals. Expect to hear it along with tunes from the band’s back catalog, which features 43 No. 1 hits at country radio. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $46.50-$96.50. Covelli Centre (Youngstown).

Jackie Lynn

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr has a history of breaking the rules of pop music, and with her new project Jackie Lynn she’s managed to knock down even more barriers than before. Fohr changed her stage name, appearance, and artistic persona to write and record a self-titled full length as Lynn, and it paid off — the record is easily her most brash and daring work to date, even considering the strikingly different nature of Yeux. Even when the instrumentals venture into unorthodox territory (“Chicken Picken,” “Alien Love”) it still retains a unique charm and conceptual flavor not usually pursued by solo artists. Jackie Lynn has allowed Fohr’s imagination to really come to live. Expect a folksy yet soulful and heartfelt performance, delivered in Fohr’s trademark baritone. (Eli Shively), 9 p.m., $10. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

The Moxies

Since the release of their 2013 self-titled debut album, the Moxies have practically taken over the Cleveland music scene. The past three years have been particularly busy ones. When they weren’t in Cleveland playing, they were down in Nashville working with Lincoln Parish, former guitarist of Cage the Elephant, on new music. Well, the new music is finally here, and it’s only a preview of what’s to come. Led by vocalist and guitarist Marco Ciofanni and bassist Tyler Adams, the three-piece band plays tonight's show to celebrate the release of its four-song EP, Black Shadow. (Danielle Immerman), 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


The last time Mungion strolled through Cleveland, we extolled their less-than-a-year-old brand of what we called “progressive funk-fusion jams.” And that’s no less true today, but as of June the band has a new album on the table — and we’ve gotta say that it adds a little levity to that unwieldy tagline above. It’s still complex stuff, it just comes off a bit more fun to our ears. The songs on Scary Blankets vary in length, but many are on the longer end of the spectrum; tunes like “Beneath the Shallows” and “Myrtle” are worth the investment, though, as they power through dynamic melodic structures and moods, culminating in pieces that are greater than the sum of their parts. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $7 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern.


Harvey Pekar

Tonight, the local hardcore act Harvey Pekar plays a Vinyl Release show to celebrate the release of the new album, The Astral We. The show also kicks off a tour in support of the album. The album opens with the sludge-y “Huff Joules,” a song that features parched vocals and meaty guitar riffs. Singer Nick Kratsas' sneering vocals and an onslaught of hard-rock riffs distinguish aggressive songs like "If-Then/Else” and “Truisms of Infinite Regress.” “Body, Our Contronym” features rousing gang style vocals. The album’s other songs have a similar intensity to them. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $5 ADV, $8 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Into The Blue: Grateful Dead Revival

Regardless of your take on the Grateful Dead, the band to which Into the Blue, an ensemble of local musicians pays tribute, the group maintains a damn important stature in the rock 'n' roll canon. Into the Blue revives that spirit and lends it the respect Jerry and Co. rightfully deserve. Anyone interesting in hearing — and seeing — great music flow from the stage should check out what these guys are doing. Fellow musicians and artists will glean inspiration. (Sandy) 9 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom.


Flogging Molly

When Flogging Molly performed at House of Blues a couple of years back, the punk band delivered a rowdy, memorable set. Dressed from head to toe in black, front man Dave King looked a bit like a preacher. And when he held his arms up high triumphantly during the opening number “Screaming at the Wailing Wall,” he appeared to be blessing the masses that had gathered for his sermon. The current summer tour, which pairs the band with Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, serves to support the new single, "The Hand of John L. Sullivan," a catchy tune sure to inspire clapping and dancing. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $36.50 ADV, $40 DOS. Jacobs Pavilion.

Snoop Dogg

Given that rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa share the mic on Snoop's latest single, the jittery "Kush Ups," it makes sense that the two would embark on a summer tour together. The duo will take the stage for the first time together in "a one-of-a-kind joint performance" that will find them playing hits, new songs and collaborations like “You and Your Friends” and the Grammy-nominated anthem “Young, Wild and Free.” (Niesel), 7 p.m., $25-$70.75. Blossom.

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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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