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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

10 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 1:07 PM

click to enlarge SHAWN BREWSTER
  • Shawn Brewster
FRIDAY, JULY 6

Women Rock CLE with the Whiskey Hollow/AJ & the Woods/Niights/Sam Fox/The Katy

Last year, several local bands teamed up to launch the inaugural Women Rock CLE, a concert showcasing some of the best female-fronted bands in the city. The second incarnation of the event comes to House of Blues tonight. It features local female-fronted bands such as the Whiskey Hollow, AJ & the Woods, Niights, Samfox and the Katy. Actress Megan Brautigam will host. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go directly to Laura’s Home, a shelter supporting women and children in need. The bands will also donate autographed merch that’ll be auctioned off live during the event and donated to the shelter. With 166 beds and 55 rooms, Laura’s Home provides “a bridge from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency.” (Jeff Niesel), 7 p.m., $10. House of Blues.

Logic Presents: Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour with NF and Kyle



A 28-year-old rapper, Logic became a household name with his single “1-800-237-8255,” a track with Alessia Cara and Khalid. The hit is named after the national suicide hotline. In the wake of its success, the Maryland native worked to raise awareness for mental illness and support for those struggling with depression. The fast-rhyming up-and-comer has recently blossomed into a full superstar, headlining 20,000 seat venues. His last two full-length albums, last year’s Everybody and this year’s Bobby Tarantino II, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200. Bobby Tarantino II features the hit single “Everyday,” with Marshmello. The song chronicles the rapper’s struggles on the way to the top, and his continued effort to aim even higher. “Everyday,” has 128,000,000 streams on Spotify, adding to Logic’s list of recent triumphs. Joining Logic on his Bobby Tarantino Vs. Everybody Tour is KYLE, a rapper that has been building a solid fan base for years but recently blew up with last year's hit “I SPY” with Lil Yachty. Newcomer NF of “Let You Down” fame rounds out the bill. (Halle Weber), 7 p.m., $35. Blossom.

Hanna Stak EP Release/Maura Rogers & The Bellows/Mr. Carnivore

Local singer-songwriter Hannah Stak grew up listening to bluegrass CDs from her father’s record collection. She’d walk around the yard, listening to them in a MP3 player. Eventually, she started writing poems and then began writing songs; she learned to play guitar when she was a senior in college. Wth tonight's show, she celebrates the release of her new album, Retrograde. The single, "Table for Two" features her jazzy, Nora Jones-like vocals and a spirited string arrangement. It's good stuff. For tonight's concert, Stak will perform with Kimberly Haffey (double bass), Maria Sarnowski (vocals) and Ray Flanagan (lead guitar). (Niesel) 8 p.m., $7. CODA.

Killer Queen

Singer Patrick Myers formed Killer Queen on a whim. His aim was to properly pay tribute to the British classic rock act and he sought to mimic singer Freddie Mercury both visually and vocally. That was June of 1993. Killer Queen has been going strong ever since and the band has even held down a residency at London's Strand Theatre and represented  Queen in a re-staged tribute Live Aid concert held by Sir Bob Geldof. Myers struts with the kind of confidence that the later Mercury had and his operatic vocals resemble Mercury's too. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

Ohio Weather Band/White Buffalo Woman/Bro Dylan

Perhaps most famous for having won a contest that gave them the chance to open for Bon Jovi when the band played the Q last year, the Akron-based indie rock group the Ohio Weather Band has steadily increased its profile in the past year. This past December, the band shot a music video for “Don’t Try,” the title track from its new EP. Directed by Rob Montague, it features cinematography by Robert Reiland and Eric Leiser. The band's Corey King says poet and novelist Charles Bukowski inspired "Don't Try," and the lyrics include a reference to Bukowski, who has "don't try" carved into his tombstone. The song is also a nod to Bukowski's poem "So You Want To Be A Writer." The band's new five-song EP was recorded and produced in North Canton with Spencer Martin and mastered in Cleveland by Adam Boose of Cauliflower Audio. Tonight's concert serves as a release party, and original drummer Pete Childerson will return to play for the night. 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Musica.

SATURDAY, JULY 7

The Pretenders/The Rails


While the Pretenders don’t have a new album due out anytime soon, singer Chrissie Hynde has been assembling material and writing new songs with Pretenders' guitarist James Walbourne. The band's been plenty active too and has just come off a tour with Stevie Nicks. Hyde doesn't really like to be thought of a legacy act, so you can expect to hear plenty of songs from the Pretenders most recent album, 2016's Alone, which Black Keys/Arcs singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach produced. (Niesel) 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at Hard Rock Live.8 p.m., $57.50-$89.50. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

SUNDAY, JULY 8

John Butler Trio/Mama Kin Spender


Singer-guitarist John Butler was born in Los Angeles but moved to Australia as a teenager. He tried to teach himself to play guitar when he was 13, but a broken arm derailed his plans. When he was 16, however, he started writing songs and picked up the guitar again. He formed John Butler Trio, an eclectic alternative blues rock band that draws from a variety of influences, in 1998.  Currently at work on a new studio effort due out later his year, Butler released the noisy single "Bully" last year. With its call-and-response vocals and blasts of white noise, the hard-rocking tune channels the guitar fury of Jack White and tempers it with Beck-like vocals. Expect to hear it at tonight's show. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. House of Blues.

Roger Daltrey Performs the Who's Tommy with the Cleveland Orchestra

The Who's Tommy remains one of the great concept albums of all time, and tonight as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Blossom Music Center, the Who's Roger Daltrey will team up with the Cleveland Orchestra to play the album in its entirety at Blossom. The concert begins at 8; consult the Cleveland Orchestra website for details regarding ticket prices. Note that this isn't a typical orchestra concert at Blossom and fans will not be able to bring coolers into the facility for the show. (Niesel) 8 p.m. Blossom.

A Day to Remember Johan


Linas "Johan" Johansonas's career in rock 'n' roll began in the early ’70s when he met Plain Dealer writer Jane Scott, who encouraged him to pursue a a musical career. Johansonas interned at local radio stations hosted a radio show on WCSB. He later worked at the Urban Cowboy club in Akron and Painesville, and then took a promotion and marketing gig at the Agora. In the mid-'90s he co-hosted the terrific local music program Inner Sanctum. Tragically, Johansonas died earlier this year. He had been working with local singer-songwriter and recording studio owner Scott Hanson, who recently released the beautiful ballad "Johan's Song (Hell or High Water)" as a tribute to his friend. Today's event at the Beachland serves as a memorial. (Niesel), 4 p.m., free. Beachland Ballroom.

Nikki Lane/Blank Range

Alt-country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane established herself as an alt-country star-in-the-making with her 2011 debut, Walk of Shame. She nicely followed it up with 2014’s All or Nothin’, a terrific collection of twangy tunes produced by Black Keys’ singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, whom she met at a flea market. The album made several “Best of” lists when it came out, and New West Records even released a 19-track deluxe version of the record, which includes the previously unreleased “Can’t Get Enough.” Her latest effort, last year's Highway Queen, picks up where All or Nothin’ leaves off. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $15 ADV, $17 DOS. Grog Shop.

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