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Thursday, May 10, 2018

11 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 1:50 PM

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FRIDAY, MAY 11

Naturally 7




A vocal group that replicates instruments, Naturally 7 has created viral videos for its renditions of songs such as Phil Collins’ "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)" and Coldplay’s epic "Fix You" as well as their self-penned track "Wall Of Sound." Last year, the band returned with the studio effort, Both Sides Now, and it also recorded a duet with Ludacris on Quincy Jones’ most recent studio album. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $27 DOS. The Kent Stage.

Diana Chittester Release Show/Olivia Martinez

A renewed energy drives the songs on Paradox, the latest offering from local singer-songwriter Diana Chittester. A diverse album, Paradox shows off Chittester’s musical range. “Freedom” includes some beefy B-3 organ riffs courtesy of local keyboardist Chris Hanna, and the title track includes both ukulele and a beautiful bit of cello — Sam Kristoff from the Speedbumps plays the cello on the song. “On My Own,” a simmering tune that, with its powerful vocals, recalls Tigerlily-era Natalie Merchant. Expect to hear these songs and more at tonight's release party. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

MuAmin Collective Record Release Show/Obnox/Kent Archie & DJ Nuera

MuAmin Collective has been a fixture on the local hip-hop scene in the city for over ten years. During that time, the crew has seen a few different lineups —some featured local poet and musician R.a. Washington and local musician Dwayne "G.O.R.K." Pigee, who was killed in February 2016, but the two constants have always been emcee Josiah "Zion" Quarles and producer Aaron "A-Live" Snorton. The group will release its latest album, The Hues Brothers, next week, and it's a family affair as it's a collaboration between Quarles and his brother, James "Jungle Jim" Quarles. Movies such as Menace II Society, The Book of Eli and Dead Presidents inspired the songs. (Emanuel Wallace), 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

The Struts/Glorious Sons/Spirit Animal

A terrific net-glam act, the Struts have been touring the U.S. supporting the Foo Fighters this spring and will also perform at the Hangout Festival and Governor’s Ball so consider tonight's stop at House of Blues to be a good opportunity to see the band in a more intimate setting. Frontman Luke Spiller effectively channels the late, great Freddie Mercury and comes off as a first-rate showman. Expect to hear songs from the band’s forthcoming studio release at tonight’s show. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.

The Teddy Boys Album Release/Samfox/Holy Daughters/All Is Harvest

Teddy Boys, a ramshackle local group that comes off as Cleveland’s answer to Cage the Elephant, formed five years ago and has continuously played the local circuit ever since. The band’s live show is good fun as the group really revels in jamming. The band has just released “Delivery Guy,” a terrific groove-oriented single from its forthcoming release, Bonaire. Tonight's show serves as a release party for the album. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

The Accidentals


We last saw The Accidentals in Cleveland on their tour with Keller Williams in early 2016. The show was great, and, honestly, they’ve pretty much been touring ever since — with no plans to slow down. The trio returns to Cleveland this week to showcase their chops and show off the material from their latest album, aptly titled Odyssey. It’s worth noting, if only because it’s such an interesting and obvious fact about the band, that musicians Sav Buist, Katie Larson and Michael Dause are only in their very early 20s. And they’ve been relentlessly touring for several years at this point. As a result, Odyssey is a culmination of the past seven years of being a band. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. The Kent Stage.

The Mason District/The Whiskey Hollow/Smoke Screen

The simple, catchy guitar riffs in tunes such as "Earth to Lucy" distinguish the songs on the latest EP from local rockers, the Mason District, and suggest the band's songwriting skills have evolved nicely. The song even has a really cool, trippy section that serves as the bridge. The band will celebrate the release of the EP with tonight's show. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Grog Shop.

Patrick Sweany Album Release/Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons

Massillon native Patrick Sweany used to regularly play Northeast Ohio’s indie rock clubs. Since moving out of town several years ago, he hasn’t been as much of a presence. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang, Sweany's latest effort, Ancient Noise was recorded at the Sam Phillips Recording. Ross-Spang also recruited Al Green's longtime keyboard player Charles Hodges to play on the disc. Sweany and Co. cut the sessions with no pre-production rehearsals with the band, so the songs have a real immediacy to them. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $12. Musica.

Tropidelic/Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band/Wanyama/Persons Places Things

After signing to the label run by the rock band Pepper, local rockers Tropidelic released Heavy is the Head last year and even played a few high profile Midwestern dates with the like-minded 311. Heavy is the Head's first single, "Hey Now," a jazzy/hip-hop-inflected call-to-arms, includes inspired lyrics about how the "rich are getting richer and the poor are getting killed." "Leviathan" features gospel-like vocals and rattling percussion, and "Dollar Saved," a song with a fierce hip-hop segment courtesy of the band's other singer, James Begin, takes a jab at the establishment. You will likely hear these tracks and more tunes from the album at tonight's show. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $21 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues.

SUNDAY, MAY 13

Marty Stuart and the Superlatives

With his latest tour, country singer-songwriter Marty Stuart will finally play his way out of the woods. He’ll land at Kent Stage tonight for an intimate show in support of Way Out West, his newest record. The tour represents the culmination of a vision that Stewart had when he first assembled the Fabulous Superlatives, his backing band. By playing small, off the circuit cities, Stewart has found cultures and causes to represent as he and his bandmates were out playing shows, and all the while, Stuart knew that eventually he’d bring the band back to the mainstream in good time. Way Out West finds Stuart, long a student and advocate of country music history, continuing to dig through the layers of the genre, his way of helping to keep a form of music alive that he views as an endangered species. It’s part of what has been an ongoing process for the veteran artist, who's spent the past decade working in earnest on a series of themed projects. (Matt Wardlaw) 7:30 p.m., $30-$45. The Kent Stage.

Chris Smither

Veteran singer-songwriter Chris Smither just released his first studio recording of new songs in six years. The album, Call Me Lucky, offers "a commentary on the human condition." During the making of the record, Smither mixed things up so that the engineer played piano and the drummer played guitar. As a result, the disc has a free wheelin' feel to it, something that's apparent from the ragtag first track, "Call Me Crazy," a tune that finds Smither softly singing over a blues guitar riff. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

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