Wit Happens

Hardcore band plays final show, six years after breaking up

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At Wits End are getting back together for one last show at 8 p.m. Sunday at Peabody's. It's the group's first performance in six years. Frontman Aaron "Pants Pantsley" Sechrist assembled the hardcore band's original lineup (bassist Brendan Moore, drummer Andrew DiVita, and guitarist Ryan DiVita) for the gig, which he promises will be "wild and unusual." "We're not planning to do anything epic, but we just want to play one more time," he says. "This show will set new standards in power, as well as fun-having." American Werewolves, Above This Fire, Wreak Havoc, and Falling Stars Burn Bright open. Tickets are $10. Go to peabodys.com for more info.

Bedford Heights rapper Champyun (myspace.com/champyunmusic) recently released his second album, The Winner's Circle. A keyboardist with the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church choir, Champyun invokes his faith in songs like the title track and "Guardian Angel," which is about "praying for God's protection every day."

Findlay metalcore band the

Plot in You (myspace.com/theplotinyou) just signed a deal with Rise Records, the Oregon-based emo and hardcore label that broke the Devil Wears Prada and Ever We Fall. The Plot in You's debut album is due early next year.

Local hip-hop label Tomahawk Records presents The Nation Radio Show, a new weekly radio program devoted to unsigned artists. Local rappers Javon "Chief Network" Bates and Bruce "Besmoove" Ballard host. The show airs from 11 p.m. to midnight Mondays on WERE-AM 1490. It also streams at newstalkcleveland.com.

Main Street Elyria and St. Andrews Church team up for Music Fest Weekend, which takes place Friday through Sunday at Ely Square. The focus is on a different music genre each day, with performances by regional artists. Muddy Creek, the Green Mountain Boys, and Tommy Hall & the Sunlighters play bluegrass sets on Friday. The Lorain Community College Big Band Orchestra, the Keller Brothers, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra offer big band and classical on Saturday. And JMY T, E.T. King & Determination, D.C. 3, Becky Boyd & the Bad Boys of Blues, G-Force, Main Street Junction, the Rock Star Academy All-Stars, and L.T. Blues Express play jazz and blues on Sunday. Find more info at mainstreetelyria.com.

To mark their 20th anniversary, rockabilly kings Lords of the Highway (myspace.com/lordsofthehighway) play a show at the Beachland Tavern at 9 p.m. on Friday. The Krank Daddies and Wolf Boy Slim & His Dirty Feets open. Tickets are $6.

Indie rockers Three Blue Lights (threelbuelights.com) play a free concert at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Cleats in Mentor. "The shows up until now have [featured] really tight-rehearsed cuts from our album Wire Races," says bassist Tim Polak. "While we will still be tight and rehearsed and performing cuts from Wire Races, we are going to be a little more improvisational." The band also plans to play some older songs from when the group was known as Granville.

The Ohio Mixtape Awards (ohiomixtapeawards.com) take place at Kinsman Square at 5 p.m. on Sunday. More than 1,000 artists are nominated in 21 categories, including DJ That Shows the Most Local Love and Best Old-School Blend CD.

Rhythmfest returns to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park on Labor Day weekend. The Rhythm Devils — featuring former Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — headline, but regional groups Into the Blue, Terrapin Moon, the JiMiller Band, Skeleton Crew, and Muruga Booker & the Rainforest Band dominate the lineup. Tickets are $35 and $40. You can find more info at nlqp.com.

Mentor metalcore band Pale Creation (myspace.com/palecreation) and Euclid-based progressive-metal rockers Final Thought (myspace.com/finalthought) will play a joint CD-release show at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Beachland Ballroom. Tickets are $7, $5 in advance.

Diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer, Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival (unclescratch.com) drummer Brother Ed is temporarily out of commission while undergoing chemotherapy. Ringworm, Keelhaul, Cult of the Psychic Fetus, Horror of 59, and Madison Crawl are getting together for a benefit concert to help out the garage-punk drummer. Kickin' the Devil's Ass starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Peabody's. The Ghoul will host the festivities with Uncle Scratch frontman Brother Ant. Tickets are $12, $10 in advance.

Local indie rockers the Lorax Tree (theloraxtree.com) get together with Rare Birds, the Know Nothings, the Heights Band, and Aliver Hall for a show Saturday that also features artist Justin Roberts painting between sets. Local filmmaker Jon Mancinetti will provide visuals. It all starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Grog Shop. Tickets are $8.Send feedback to [email protected].

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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