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Thursday, August 31, 2017

6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

“Ain’t no party like a p-funk party because a p-funk party don’t stop.” So goes the rhyme that you’ll hear ad nauseam tonight when funkmeister George Clinton performs tonight at House of Blues. Wild affairs that feature outlandish costumes, Clinton concerts are true spectacles. Clinton serves more as master of ceremonies, often barking out the lyrics with little regard for rhythm, but he still knows how to keep the party going. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the seventysomething-year-old regularly comes through town — with or without a new album to promote. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m. House of Blues.


Since 2011’s Search, Herzog’s sound has only expanded and built out a refreshing and patently “Cleveland” take on indie fuzz rock. In 2014, the band released the north shore motorcycle drive-by Boys, and it was a doozy. “Theme for Boys” became something of an anthem that summer, what with its stringed sludge psychedelia and slacker-glam vocals. Similarly, tunes like “Henchman” and “Satan is Real” massaged the musical ideas first shot into the world by frontman Nick Tolar all those years ago. The guitar thrills are strewn about with abandon, and the album’s overall vibe revolves around alternating upbeat and melancholic reflections on early adulthood. Since then, they’ve been dropping new tunes into their every-now-and-then local shows. Be on the lookout for a nod to the future tonight. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble/Nicholas Krgovich/Uno Lady

Formerly of the avant garde indie electronic pop act Stereolab, singer-keyboardist Laetitia Sadier performed as a trio under her own name for several years, but she released her latest album, Finding Me Finding You, as Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble to reflect the fact that the group has expanded to a four-piece. While it might not seem like it on the surface, several songs address social and cultural changes that have recently taken place. "Committed," a tune that opens with a spoken-word segment before the shimmering synthesizers and cooing vocals kick in, provides a good example. Album opener "Undying Love" features a mesmerizing combination of percolating synthesizers and seemingly random bleeps and blips, and the somber "Love Captive" includes vocals courtesy of Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor. It should all translate into a compelling live show. 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Grog Shop.

Sinatra Night with Michael Sonata (in the Supper Club)

Canton native Michael Sonata has always been involved in plays and choirs and was a member of the University of Notre Dame Glee Club. In 2004, he auditioned for a role in a Sopranos spoof that required a character based on Frank Sinatra. Sonata got the part and has been imitating Ol’ Blue Eyes ever since. He includes some 90 songs in his repertoire and covers all eras, including the Columbia years and the Capitol years. He even takes requests from the audience. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $10. Music Box Supper Club.

Betty Who/Geographer/Jackson Harris

Pop singer Betty Who, who met producer Peter Thomas when she was at Berklee, intended to play classical music before she discovered her pop side. The two began writing and recording songs together. Her career quickly took off from there. One of her first songs, “Somebody Loves You,” would become a hit. The clubby tune commences with stuttering synthesizers before Betty Who’s sultry vocals kick in. For her full-length debut, 2014’s Take Me When You Go, she cobbled together singles and songs from her various EPs. The album's glistening pop tunes possess a real retro feel. With her latest effort, The Valley, she had to “start fresh.” An a cappella tune with gospel undertones, the opening title track gives the album a certain kind of poignancy and provides a moment of calm before the dance party begins. A cover of the Donna Lewis tune “I Love You Always Forever” shows just how well Betty Who can sing. Her voice really resonates and sounds more soulful than it does on the album's other tracks. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $16-$199. Beachland Ballroom.


The Wall Live Extravaganza: A Floydian Spectacle

French-Canadian singer-songwriter Richard Petit had recorded a few hit songs in his native Canada over the past 20 years. But when the music industry took a dump in 2008 just as he released his third album, he decided to reinvent himself. A huge Pink Floyd fan, he wanted to pay tribute to the band. Dubbed The Wall Live Extravaganza: A Floydian Spectacle, the show does that and then some as it takes a theatrical approach and includes elements from both the album and the movie. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $27.50-$55. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

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