Your Complete Guide to Cleveland Concerts (March 6 -12)

THURS 03/06

America: 7:30 p.m., $22.50-$50. Hard Rock Rocksino.

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

The Can't Tells/New Age Remedy: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

Les Claypool's Duo de Twang: 8 p.m., $22-$25. The Kent Stage.

Noah Gunderson/Kris Orlowski: 8 p.m., $10. Musica.

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

Bruno Mangueira Quartet: 8 p.m., $15. Nighttown.

Carrie Ryan/Noon/Joey Beltram: 8:30 p.m., $5. Grog Shop.

Caroline Smith/Forest & the Evergreens/Morgan Mecaskey: Caroline Smith is celebrating "that time in a woman's life when her 'fat butt' becomes her 'phat ass,'" as she puts it on her first solo album, Half About Being A Woman. You may recognize her as the front-woman of Minneapolis indie folk band Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps, but she steps away from the rock band and moves to a neo-soul style on her solo effort. Check out the lead single "Magazine" that features Smith's slightly coy vocal style flowing gracefully over a fast-paced R&B beat. Columbus funk band Forest & the Evergreens open the show, along with local folk rock artist Morgan Mecaskey. 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern. (Eric Gonzalez)

Spyder Stompers/Bob Corlett: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Mike Uva Duo/Marie Corbo Band/Istvan Medgyesi: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

FRI 03/07

Benefit for the Family of Dale Lucas featuring Necrus Obscura/Overdrive/The Sunrise Jones/Hatecore Inc./Mobil Avenue: 7:30 p.m. Phantasy Nite Club.

Bro Safari: 9 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues.

Jonathan Butler: 7:30 p.m., $40-$80. Tangier Cabaret.

Cornmeal/Hollis Brown: Injecting roots bluegrass with an upbeat contemporary style, Cornmeal have garnered a nice reputation for delivering high-energy shows and studio outings that complement sunny days outdoors vigorously. They make traditional strains of bluegrass their own entirely. In 2010 and 2011, the band dropped the two-volume Live in Chicago, IL collection. Both albums give a terrific look at what the band does best. "This Old Town," for example, shows how Cornmeal tends to build laid-back tunes into frenzied bursts of strings (former member Allie Kral's fiddle work shines, albeit briefly, on that one). High-velocity riffing is a key component of the Cornmeal DNA. And once you feel sated by the Live in Chicago stuff, follow Cornmeal down the rabbit hole of for selections from across the gamut of their career. 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Eric Sandy)

Faith & Whiskey/The F'ing Awesomes: 9 p.m., $5. Grog Shop.

Amina Figarova Sextet: 8:30 p.m., $20. Nighttown.

Forever in Terror/This is a Lifetime/Below the Tide/Among the Fallen/Besides These Walls/Bring Down the Sky/Ataxia/Enticing an Era: 7 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Irish Rovers — Final US Tour: 8 p.m., $40-$50. The Kent Stage.

Madison Crawl (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Terrain/Barenuckle Nation/George Foley & Friends: 5:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Travis Tritt/Lyndsey Highlander: Now celebrating his 25th year in the country music biz, Travis Tritt emerged at the same time that guys such as Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson became big stars. Unlike those other guys, he's taken a DIY approach to his career and released his new album The Calm After... on his own label. It opens with a nice bit of slide guitar and moaning before segueing into the surprisingly funky "You Never Take Me Dancing." Tritt's gruff voice still sounds great and he's assembled a terrific group of players to back him up. His gritty cover of "Stay With Me" truly kicks ass. Expect to hear a good mix of old and new tunes at tonight's show. 8 p.m., $27.50-$55. Hard Rock Rocksino. (Jeff Niesel)

Vattnet Viskar/Vaporizer/Mythrias: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

Wakey! Wakey!/Jillette Johnson: 8 p.m., $12. Musica.

The Websters: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

SAT 03/08

Benefit for the Family of Dale Lucas featuring Mercury Project/Missile Command/Shadow Saints/Nemesis/Guy Wires: 8 p.m. Phantasy Nite Club.

Rachel Brown/The Potter's Field/Green Panda Press Poets: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Buckwheat Zydeco: Zydeco is a style of music that emerged out of deep-south Louisiana bayous in the first half of the 20th century. Simply put, the genre blends Cajun heritage with upbeat rhythm and blues, with various accordion instruments driving the music. Buckwheat Zydeco is a pillar of the style. A good point of initiation may be the Best of Buckwheat Zydeco 20th Century Masters collection, which boasts a number of peak singles from the Buckwheat canon. "Ma Tit Fille" showcases some of the best features of the zydeco sound — jumping percussion, funky bass, Cajun vocals and, of course, jaunty accordion work. And don't sleep on the zydeco send-up of Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti." You'll be dancing all night. Dig the kitchen's offerings while you're at the show too; Mahall's offers po'boys, gumbo, shrimp and grits, fried chicken and a crawfish boil all night long. (Fun fact: Buckwheat Zydeco jammed onstage with Jimmy Fallon during the final broadcast with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.) 9 p.m., $18. Mahall's 20 Lanes. (Sandy)

Empires/Stiletto/Take Off Charlie: 9 p.m., $5. Musica.

Gaelic Storm/The Danny Burns Band: 9 p.m., $22.50 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues.

Herzog/Gazers: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Kentucky Thunder: 9:30 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.

Amos Lee/Chris Kasper: 7:30 p.m., $33.50-$48.50. Lakewood Civic Auditorium.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra: "The swinging-est band in all the land!" is what radio-listeners in the 1930s heard when the Count Basie Orchestra played. And you'll hear why tonight at Nighttown. Founded in Kansas City, Mo., in 1935 by William "Count" Basie, the group still plays even though Basie passed away years ago. You've seen Basie and his band playing the desert in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, and over the years the CBO has won 17 Grammy awards. Their early hit "One O'Clock Jump" builds up from smooth and subtle solos to that classic wall of wail. From their Second Testament era, "April in Paris" nails that singular blending melodic line for which they're known. The band is led by Dennis Mackrel, and includes players hired by Basie himself. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $40. Nighttown. (Gonzalez)

Midlife Chryslers: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

The Missing Rival Knives/ZuP/Houses/Cicada Sunrise/Third World Leader: 7 p.m., $8. Grog Shop.

Motionless in White/LIke Moths to Flames: 6:30 p.m., $16. The Rock Factory.

The MuckleBuck: 9 p.m., free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

NTC 7th Anniversary Bash with Mr. California Quintet/Punching Moses/Burger Boys/Eel: For seven years now, Now That's Class has carved out its own niche as one of the city's best underground punk clubs. You can't pigeonhole the place either. You're just as likely to see an avant garde band from the Czech Republic as you are a street punk band from Chicago. But in addition to hosting noisy bands, it's also just a cool place to hang out. On certain nights, it offers a vegan menu. And it's hosted everything from dodge ball tournaments to film screenings. Tonight, it celebrates its seventh anniversary with a performance from the self-described local punk novelty act Mr. California. There also will be a screening of the new film from the skate zine Condensed Flesh. 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class. (Niesel)

Schwartz Brothers: 8:30 p.m., $6. Beachland Tavern.

Travelin' Johnsons (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

The Wonder Years/Fireworks/Real Friends/Citizen/Modern Baseball: 6 p.m., $16 ADV, $19 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

SUN 03/09

Immortal Bird/Peace in Chaos: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Kari Jobe/Rend Collective Experiment: 7 p.m., $31. Lakewood Civic Auditorium.

Metal Church: 6:30 p.m., $13.52. Agora.

Night Owls: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

The Oxymoron Tour featuring Schoolboy Q/Isaiah Rashad/Vince Staples: 8 p.m., $24 ADV, $26 DOS. House of Blues.

Snow Tha Product/Caskey/Brian Baker/Jus Mic: On her first headlining tour, Snow Tha Product brings her rap game to the Grog. Throughout the history of rap and hip-hop, there haven't been a lot of female MCs. Snow's increasing popularity and strong presence aims to change that while providing an interesting take on modern feminism. Her rapping is hard and lyrically strong and, instead of relying on her sexuality to sell records, she leans on her skill. Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover, her latest mixtape, shows her placing more emphasis on her aggression as opposed to her melodic, catchy pop hooks from earlier releases. On the track "Cookie Cutter Bitches," she dismisses the homogenous feminine fashions with a series of baking metaphors. 9 p.m., $12. Grog Shop. (Patrick Stoops)

Sommerfugl: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

MON 03/10

Ernie Krivda Jazz Workshop/Sweta: 7:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

The Naked and Famous/Gemini Club: The music of the Naked and Famous fits right in with the happy-go-lucky, reverb-washed, catchy-chorus, synth-pop anthems we so often find saturating the landscape of current popular alternative music. Singles off their first full-length release Passive Me, Aggressive You definitely fall prey to that vanilla alt-pop sheen. The sing-along anthem "Young Blood" has that shouting-over-a-happy-beat sound we find ourselves singing along to time and time again. The happy, whiny love song "Girls Like You" breaks out some harder distorted synths, finally showing some edge. On their latest album In Rolling Waves, the gloves come off a little and the band offers up harsher synths and a little more stylistic variance. While the first single "Hearts Like Ours" sounds like a B-side from their first album, "Grow Old" is a pleasantly dark crooning song that sounds like Sparkle Horse meets M83. 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. House of Blues. (Gonzalez)

Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

TUES 03/11

Dead Buckeye Six/Transceiver/Kiss Me Deadly: 7:30 p.m., $5. Beachland Tavern.

Dale Galgozy/Bob Sammon: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Jack Name/Christmas Pets/Edwin Jr.: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Lyrical Rhythms: Poetry & Soul Open Mic: 9 p.m., free. Grog Shop.

Two Set Tuesday (in the Wine Bar): 6:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

WED 03/12

10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Bloodshot Bill/Texas Plant/Church of the Lazy Bastards: 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.

Carnifex/Bless the Child: 6 p.m., $13.52. Agora Ballroom.

Randy Napoleon Quartet featuring Dmitry Baevsky: 7 p.m., $20. Nighttown.

Natural Facts Duo/Jeff German & Brad Williams: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

The Vonneguts/The Bag Boys/Black Puddle Noise: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Young the Giant/Vance Joy: You've undoubtedly heard Young the Giant's first big hit "Cough Syrup," an anthem about having a nervous breakdown and then medicating with cough syrup. That song was written before the release of the band's eponymous self-titled album, when the guys were a band called the Jakes. It's tame compared to the bombastic heavy-hitting guitar riffs of their next single "My Body." Young the Giant has this clean, exciting lackadaisical style highlighted by their jumpy guitar lines and powerful grooves. They intersperse the hard stuff with some sincere vocal solos and wormy synth leads. The song "Crystalized" is closer to their established asthetic, encapsulating their "Orange County sound." This band has definitely evolved its sound on Mind Over Matter, so expect to hear some new stuff at House of Blues. Australian folk-pop artist Vance Joy opens the show. 8:30 p.m., $23 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues. (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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