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Friday, May 29, 2015

5 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 8:53 AM


Third Eye Blind

With a self-titled debut that still ranks among the top tier of late-90s rock albums, Third Eye Blind secured and maintained a spot in hearts all over the U.S. (I mean, sheesh, go back and cue up songs like “Graduate,” “Thanks a Lot,” “Motorcycle Drive-By.” That’s an incredible album.) While their follow-up releases were all solid in their own way, including the woefully underrated Blue, Stephan Jenkins and Co. will most likely always be known for the Big Three: “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” “How’s It Gonna Be.” And there’s nothing wrong with that. Jenkins’ writing chops are in a league of their own, and his penchant for pop hooks packages his lyrical introspection with head-nodding grooves. The band’s upcoming album, Dopamine, will be out in June. 3EB released “Everything is Easy,” which reminds us of the band’s poppier roots; it’s particular reminiscent of that dynamite Blue we mentioned earlier. Go listen to that. The band shares the bill with co-headliners Dashboard Confessional. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $27.50-$49.50. Jacobs Pavilion.

Wed Zepween/Dead Ahead Ohio

Even though the days of Woodstock and big area jam bands are gone, some still like to remember those times past. Wed Zepween and Dead Ahead Ohio do just that. Both tribute bands to the late and greats, they play music from the era of psychedelics and free love. Wed Zepween plays music from both Led Zeppelin and Ween. They combine the sounds and songs of both bands to create something totally weird, but worthwhile. Imagine listening to "Dazed and Confused" and then all of a sudden the melody changes and you’re standing in a sea of weird listening to Ween’s "Ocean Man." Yeah. That’s Wed Zepween. Dead Ahead Ohio, on the other hand, is your average jam band tribute. Crowd favorites include “Scarlet Begonias,” “Ripple,” “Franklin’s Tower,” and “Casey Jones.” (Hannah Wintucky), 9 p.m., $10. Beachland Ballroom.



Local musician Ken Janssen was a catalyst in the Cleveland scene when he booked bands at the Beachland and played around town with his bands It*Men, Vista Cruisers and Hot Rails. He passed away earlier this year, and there was a memorial service for him at the time. But his former bandmates, his wife Kathy and the folks at the Beachland wanted to do something more. So they’ve organized a music-related send-off on the day that would have been his birthday. Tonight's show should provide a terrific tribute to the man. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., $10. Beachland Ballroom.

Weird Al Yankovic

Known for his witty parodies, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been skewering classic pop and rock songs for just about 40 years now. With his latest album, last year’s Mandatory Fun, he turns Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” into “Word Crimes,” Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” into “Tacky,” Lorde’s “Royals” into “Foil” and Iggy Azaela’s “Fancy” into “Handy.” It's great stuff. The live show is a wildly theatrical affair that provides some terrific entertainment for the buck. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $27.50-$49.50. Jacobs Pavilion.



We’ve managed to write about these new-fangled “jamgrass” bands quite a bit in recent weeks. What’s great and different about Fruition, first and foremost, is drummer Tyler Thompson’s presence. Take 2013’s “Git Along,” off Just One of Them Nights; the song would probably be fine sans percussion, but Thompson’s tom-heavy beats turn the whole thing into an aural party. And that’s the modus operandi of Fruition — a bluegrass band hellbent more on stirring up a dance groove than, say, lamenting the historic tides of American culture. And in “Mountain Annie,” gentle strings blend with brush strokes on the snare for a full palette of sounds ‘neath vocal harmonies. Plus, onstage, these guys jam and take their songs out for extended walks — prolonging the fun and expanding the energy. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

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