Your Complete Guide to Cleveland Concerts (February 27 - March 5)

THURS 02/27

Bad Boys Jam: 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Terence Blanchard Quintet: 8 p.m., $30. Nighttown.

Vicki Chew/Lenny Gray Jazz Trio: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Counter Intuits/Pleasure Leftists/The Insurance Salesmen: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Dead Ahead/Syrup: 9 p.m., $10. Beachland Ballroom.

Chris Hatton (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Lydia Loveless/Hazard Adams: 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.

Mush Mouth/Clockwork Rapperatus/Kill the Hippies: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

The Official Benefit for DJ Besto Part 2 with DJ Know1/No Loot/DJ Ceven/DJ Tek: 10 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.

FRI 02/28

Bad Boys Jam: 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

The Admirables: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Big Head Todd & the Monsters: 8 p.m., $22.50 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues.

Terence Blanchard Quintet: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $30. Nighttown.

Cuyuga/Max's Farm/George Foley & Friends: 5:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

James Fenske CD Release (in the Locker Room): 8 p.m., free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Jimmy Jack (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Lincoln Way Band: 9:30 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.

Bam Margera as Fuck Face Unstoppable: 7 p.m., $15 ADV, $19 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Thor Platter/Erica Blinn & Yellow Light Maybe: 9 p.m., $5. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

The Promise Hero/Farraday/A Work of Fiction/Motives/Everyone Leaves/Breaking Character: While the Promise Hero has been associated with the emo/screamo scene, singer-guitarist Bobby Vaughn says the band's music on last year's Deja Vu comes out on the quieter side of things. "If I had to choose between the two, I would say we're emo," he says. "But I like to think of us as acoustic alternative rock." On album opener "Déjà Vu," an elegant string arrangement and bits of piano amplify singer Bobby Vaughn's high-pitched vocals, making an otherwise ordinary power ballad into something powerful (think of Green Day's "Street of Broken Dreams"). Elsewhere, "Keep It Flowing" is a poppy Weezer-like number with nasally vocals, and the bouncy piano in "Locked Up Alone" sounds like something from a Ben Folds album. The tunes reflect Vaughn's inspirations: the Beatles and Beach Boys. 7:30 p.m., $5. Grog Shop. (Jeff Niesel)

Rockabilly Anniversary: Alan Leatherwood/David Loy & the Ramrods/The Rocket 88s: 8 p.m., $7. Beachland Tavern.

The Sonics/The Cynics: 9 p.m., $25-$50. Beachland Ballroom.

Richard Thompson/Teddy Thompson: Singer-songwriter, guitarist and critically acclaimed darling of British Invasion bands, Richard Thompson, will electrify the Kent Stage tonight. His founding band Fairport Convention hit the airwaves in 1968 but after five albums Thompson left to pursue a solo career. From bare bones folk to soaring electric guitar solos, he has the versatility to meet any situation. Simply titled Electric, last year's effort showcases the artist's electric guitar skills and upholds his reputation as a top-notch songwriter. "Good Things Happen To Bad People" sounds like an R.E.M.-inspired electric folk song while coming off as uplifting despite the song's cynical title. "Straight And Narrow" on the other hand features a Doors-style organ overtop short, punchy guitar licks. And if neither of those songs interests you, look back to his 2003 blues cover of "Oops! I Did It Again" by Britney Spears for a few good laughs. 8 p.m., $30-$40. The Kent Stage. (William Hoffman)

Yeesh/Mighty Ducks Too/Daylight is the Dream: Indie rockers Yeesh appropriately describe their sound as "guitars like airplanes: loud, fast, delayed." The band falls into a post-hardcore-ish kind of category. Songs like "Young Man" and "Hot Jupiter" start with a slow build and then take off with the energy of a jet, soaring up to the sky with airy, echoing vocals and fast-paced guitars. Not everything is so frenzied; tracks like "Japanese Jabberwocky" and "Crushed" have more controlled, deliberate riffs. 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class. (Liz Trenholme)

SAT 03/01

All Dinosaurs/Night Sweats/Black Puddle Noise: 9 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.

The Approach and the Execution/Deadiron/Ruins of Tekoah/Purveyors of Fiction: 7 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Eddie Baccus Sr. and Friends: 8:30 p.m., $15. Nighttown.

Badfish/Tropidelic: The thing about Sublime tribute band Badfish is that they perfectly encapsulate the vision set forth by Bradley Nowell and Co. back in the day. While putting their own twist on certain songs, the band members keep the energetic spirit of Sublime alive, all while proffering the music to younger generations and new fans alike. They formed in 2001 at the University of Rhode Island and it's been a wild ride ever since. Each time they come around to the region, they seem to be bolder and more invigorated. Seven or eight years ago, they were a slimmed-down version of themselves playing smaller bars around Ohio, including a long-gone Blue Gator in Athens. A frontman change in 2007 opened up their sound and ensured that there was no slowing down for these guys. 9 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. House of Blues. (Eric Sandy)

The Greg Blachman Band/K.K. Farnsworth Eclecticity/Flannel Response/Scum Park Hooligan: On last year's Beyond Horizons, progressive metal heroes the Greg Blachman Band draw from the well of late '90s grunge. While the technical guitar leads are more rooted in classic rock (think Joe Satriani), the title track evokes Alice in Chains. The Cincy-based band is currently on a short regional tour. The guys don't play these parts much so prog rock fans will want to check out tonight's show. 7:30 p.m. The Symposium. (Niesel)

Danyl Chambers/Bill Lestock: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Stanley Clarke: For its 14th anniversary weekend, Beachland Ballroom has really done itself proud. The hallowed Collinwood music venue rolls out the road construction carpet for none other than Stanley Clarke tonight. The legendary jazz bassist will be playing his iconic School Days in its entirety, along with other tunes from across his career. To the curious: If you haven't chanced upon Clarke's work, do check out School Days. You'll be groovin' hard all day. This album is a wonder of four-string magic. To those in the know, you know. We recommend cueing up "The Dancer" for now and just letting the atmospheric rhythms wash across your mind. The beauty of that song and many more will really come alive beneath the disco ball refractions of the Beachland. This one's gonna be special. 'Nuff said. 8:30 p.m., $35-$55. Beachland Ballroom. (Sandy)

Dinner and a Suit/Daniel Rylander/First and Thorne/Allen Cruz and the Galaxy: 8 p.m., $10. Musica.

Into the Blue: Grateful Dead Revival: 9 p.m., $10. The Winchester.

Steve Masek (in the Wine Bar): Brothers Lounge.

Murder by Death/Samantha Crain: If the guys in an American tall tale came to life, got drunk on bourbon and started singing songs, they would sound a lot like Murder By Death. This band from Bloomington, Ind., comes to the Grog Shop tonight to play its own blend of indie rock/Americana. Frontman Adam Turla's gruff vocals are complemented by cello, cornet, accordion, mandolin and theremin. The group's 2012 release Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon features hard-hitting ballads like "Straight At The Sun" which borders on psychedelic electro-noise while retaining the band's dusty folk sound. Expect a few fan favorites from their latest release, the Kickstarter-funded As You Wish, an album featuring covers of songs like the Misfits' "Some Kind Of Hate" and Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World." 9 p.m., $17. Grog Shop. (Eric Gonzalez)

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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