Six Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Sonic Sessions: Elle King/The Commonwealth

With raspy Adele-like vocals and instrumentals similar to those of the Black Keys, Elle King is taking the music world by storm. Her music is an eclectic mix of blues, hard rock, soul, pop and country. Her song “Ex’s and Oh’s” features wailing vocals and a simple yet catchy background beat. Love Stuff, her new album, features traditional blues lyrics. She also pulls inspiration from country acts such as Hank Williams and Earl Scruggs, which is apparent in her music — and it inspired her to learn how to play banjo. (Hannah Wintucky), 8 p.m., $5.50. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Benefit for Shawn Wenzel 

When the local hardcore bands Splinter and Face Value played Cleveland back in the early ’90s, one of their biggest fans was Shawn Wenzel, front man for Canton Ohio's straight edge band XenduranceX. He’s recently been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and promoter Larry Gargus has gotten Face Value to reunite for a benefit concert. In addition, Gargus’ band Splinter is playing its first show in 20 years for the benefit. Enhailer and Feds are also on the bill. “Shawn asked us to play so we are — he was a huge supporter for us when we were around,” says Gargus. There will also be raffle to help raise money. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $10. Musica


Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies have played Cleveland since the early days so it’s not a surprise that the Canadian alt-rock band would play here as part of its just announced Last Summer on Earth Tour. "It's the Last Summer On Earth... Again! It's not a doomsday prediction; it's a call to action,” says band leader Ed Robertson in a press release. “We sincerely hope this won't be the Last Summer on Earth, but just in case, we're going to ROCK like it is!!" The tour pairs the band with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay of Men At Work. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $31-$73.50. Jacobs Pavilion.


Rootsy bluegrass band Cornmeal quickly built a towering tour reputation for their high-octane strings-fed dance throwdowns. 2006’s Feet First is a great primer — are as the two Live in Chicago sets — but the band has returned this year with Slow Street, a stash of tunes that kick ass in the studio and are sure to light up the stage. “All Things Must Change” and “Old Virginia” hit the more laid-back corners of the band’s style, while album opener “Goodnight, My Darling” has all musicians firing on all cylinders. Every show is unique with these guys, so everything from the old tunes to the new will get a fresh performance. (Sandy), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Night Demon

Hot on the heels of the release of their latest album, Curse of the Damned, this Ventura, Calif.-based metal band carries the torch of the British New Wave of Heavy Metal. The wailing vocals in songs such as "Screams in the Night" and "Full Speed Ahead" look back to the days of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden for inspiration. The slow-mo rocker "Satan" has more of a Black Sabbath vibe to it. The guys have played Cleveland once before and have planned to play an especially long set for tonight's show. Fans of old school metal should gravitate to this gig. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Agora.


An Acoustic Evening with Rich Robinson the Black Crowes

One half of the fraternal co-founders of the Black Crowes, Rich Robinson’s legacy comprises his solo stuff as much as it does his time with that iconic rock band. As an acoustic guy these days, Rich harkens back to singer-songwriting traditions (check the simplicity of “Down the Road,” for instance). Tonight’s show promises to be an intimate concert with a setlist winding through Rich’s years as a writer and performer. His stuff from 2014’s The Ceaseless Sight rocks pretty damn hard at times, and that’ll make it all the more interesting to see how Rich strips songs down to their bare acoustic bones. (Sandy), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

About The Author

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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