Old Punks Never Die

A Dead Boy and a New York Doll team up for a new band

Last year, former Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome hooked up with the New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain to form Batusis. The garage-punk band's self-titled EP has just hit shelves, and the guys are on a short tour that comes to the Beachland Ballroom at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21. (Living Stereo and Fugitive Kind open the show; tickets are $15.) That same night, local photographer (and Scene staffer) Anastasia Pantsios teams up with Blue Arrow Records — which is located just down the street from the Beachland — for Young, Loud, and Snotty: A Photo Survey of '70s Punk With a Cleveland Slant. There's a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. with Scott "Cheese" Borger (of the Pink Holes) spinning tunes from his vast Cleveland punk record collection. Cheetah Chrome will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about his upcoming autobiography, A Dead Boy's Tale: From the Front Lines of Punk Rock. Find more info about Batusis at myspace.com/batusis and the photo show at bluearrowrecords.com.

Yuletide faves the Ohio City Singers will celebrate Christmas in July with three performances this weekend. The band — which includes local musicians Chris Allen, Doug McKean, Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat, Tom Prebish, Kelly Wright, Matt Sobol, Brent Kirby, Bobby Latina, Nick Stipanovich, and Don Dixon — will play original Christmas tunes and standards at the gigs. First up is a family-friendly show at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Lakewood's Around the Corner. Then the group makes its way to Westlake's Ironwood Café for a show that starts at 9 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, they'll play an acoustic show at the Treehouse in Tremont. All of the concerts are free. You can find more info at ohiocitysingers.com.

A number of local bands have been enlisted to play this weekend's annual Kent Blues Fest, which takes place in downtown Kent. Veterans like Colin Dussault's Blues Project, Cleveland Fats, Walkin' Cane, and the Numbers Band will play free shows on Friday at a variety of venues. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, national headliners James Cotton and Guy Davis will perform at the Kent Stage. There's a complete schedule at kentbluesfest.com.

Alt-rockers Burning Down Broadway celebrate the release of their new album, Time Is Money, with a show at the Grog Shop at 6 p.m. on Friday. The record's eight songs feature sharp hooks wrapped around singer Dylan Hayden's husky voice. Goodnight Jersey, Run for the Skylines, and Turnaround McFly open. Tickets are $5. Go to myspace.com/burningdownbroadway for more information.

Metal stalwarts Chimaira just released Coming Alive, a DVD available in a couple of different formats, depending on how much you want to shell out for it. You can get the straight-up DVD/CD package, which includes an "Electrified" or "Predator" shirt. The Big Baller combo comes with a poster and a limited-edition shirt. The DVD features a four-part documentary that chronicles the band's annual Christmas shows, which have taken place in Cleveland the past decade. The live CD includes 17 songs Chimaira recorded at last year's holiday concert at House of Blues. The group is currently part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour. Go to chimaira.com for more info.

A decade ago, the Mike Farley Band was one of the hardest working acts on the circuit. But the Americana group fell apart after frontman Mike Farley moved to Nashville, devoting most of his time to his public-relations firm. The group (which also includes guitarist Jeff Nagel, bassist Jeff Beam, and drummer Joe Rohan) has reunited for a concert this weekend to mark the tenth anniversary of its most popular album, Halfaworldaway. "I wouldn't rule out more shows or a new full band album at some point in the next couple of years," says Farley, who now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. "We'll have to see how this goes and what it might spark." The show starts at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Brothers Lounge. Find more info at myspace.com/mikefarley.

Several years ago, businessman Andy Rayburn started the Human Fund to benefit art and education for local kids. The group's annual fundraising concert shifts venues this year (last year it was at House of Blues), taking place at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Beachland Ballroom. The event — called the Geezeroo — features New Riders of the Purple Sage, Tea Leaf Green, and Chris Barron (the former frontman for the Spin Doctors). Tickets are $150, but that steep price includes food from Gavi's, two drink tickets, a silent auction, and valet parking. For more information, visit the-human-fund.org.

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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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