What to Do Tonight: Molkie Cole

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Back in the Mesozoic Era (or the 1970s, as it’s otherwise known), no local band had more sophisticated stage presence or diverse set list than Molkie Cole. The prog-pop quintet covered the Eastern seaboard, the Midwest and the Southeast with a relentless and organized fury, eventually notching close to 1,000 shows and opening for Meat Loaf, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent and scores of others. Their set lists featured a cornucopia of originals and arranged covers. Molkie Cole understood the importance of their road crew too, always referring to the band as a 10-piece: five musicians, five crew members. The group has re-formed for mini-reunions in recent years, but this weekend’s shows double as holiday extravaganzas and 40th anniversary concerts. Expect lights, smoke, precision and fun. They start at 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Winchester Tavern (12112 Madison Ave., 216.226.5681). Tickets: $20. — Brian Baker

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