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Friday, August 21, 2015

6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 2:13 PM

click to enlarge TOM VAN SCHELVEN
  • Tom Van Schelven
FRIDAY, AUG. 21

5 Seconds of Summer


As far as teen rock acts, you could do worse than 5 Seconds of Summer. The band scored big with its self-titled debut, an album that's gone to sell some three million albums worldwide. Their forthcoming album, due out in October, promises to offer more of the same. The band teamed up with producer John Feldmann (All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls), who brings out the band's feistier side. Members of Good Charlotte, Sum-41 and All Time Low, helped write the tunes on the forthcoming album, and the first single, "She's Kinda Hot," features snotty vocals and noisy guitars. It sounds more like Blink 182 than One Direction. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$69.50. Quicken Loans Arena.


Miss Alexandra Huntingdon and the Gentleman's Intermission

Miss Alexandra Huntingdon began performing in opera and musical theater before settling on the stage name Miss Alexandra Huntingdon and hitting the Cleveland clubs. A self-described "rust-belt glamour queen," Huntingdon describes her music as original songs with a retro-pop/cabaret sensibility. She's recorded her new live album at Survival Kit Gallery in the 78th Street Studios; it shows off her vocal prowess. Theatrical affairs that often include the throwing of sandwiches, the live shows are a real blast. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $7. Music Box Supper Club.

Idina Menzel

Pop singer Idina Menzel is best known for providing the voice of Queen Elsa in the 2013 film Frozen. She also sings the version of the film's theme song, "Let It Go," that you hear in the film. With its soaring vocals and positive message, the song became a huge hit upon the film's release. It's the kind of saccharine tune that parents don't mind their children cranking on the stereo, and you can bet that Menzel, who performs tonight at Blossom, will include it in the concert. To her credit, Menzel is a veteran Broadway singer whose career dates back nearly two decades — she's on the 1996 Rent soundtrack. Tonight's show will undoubtedly provide an overview of her extensive career. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $49.50-$125. Blossom.

Plastic Ants

Plastic Ants singer-guitarist Robert Cherry has called Cincinnati home for the past decade, but he still looks back fondly on the time he spent in Cleveland. While in Cleveland, he served as the editor of Alternative Press magazine for ten years. He also played in numerous bands and was a fixture on the local music scene. In 2009, Cherry formed Plastic Ants, a heady indie rock act that makes restrained, moody music that sounds influenced by classic British acts such as David Bowie and Roxy Music. Last year, the band released a terrific new album and is just now touring in support of the album. 9 p.m., $7. Beachland Tavern.

SATURDAY, AUG. 22

Machine Gun Kelly


Hometown hero Machine Gun Kelly's much-anticipated follow-up to his last studio album, 2012's Lace Up, has yet to drop. But the rapper has released two singles from it: "Till I Die" and "A Little More." The former starts with a bit of piano before the slow-motion beats kick in and MGK begins rapping about how he'll continue to be proud of his Cleveland roots "till I die." Shot in Northeast Ohio, the video serves as a tribute to the city he calls home. Expect a block party atmosphere at today's concert. (Niesel), 3 p.m., $30-$50. Agora Ballroom.

SUNDAY, AUG. 23

Lost Bob & the Ozone Ramblers


In the early '90s, this local bluegrass band took a break. But over the years they would periodically get together to reminisce and play their old Lost Bob tunes. The current incarnation reunites front man "Lost Bob" Tobik on guitar and claw-hammer banjo, resident humorist and award-winning banjoist Dick Judson on 5-string banjo, guitar and mandolin, Robb Kaplan on bass and harmonica, multi-instrumentalist "Catfish" John on mandolin and Randy Solomon on dobro. "It's the same group that we had for the vast majority of the time," says Solomon. "Lost Bob, who is Bob Tobik, is the public defender of Cuyahoga County. So when we played in '70s, '80s and '90s, we had a large fanbase of people from the courthouse. The thing about the band is that everybody who comes to see us has fun. It's about having a good time." 7 p.m., $15. Beachland Ballroom.


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