One-woman musical wonder Uno Lady (born Christa Ebert) is set to celebrate the release of Taco Cat, a new 7-inch single that features the tracks "Day Drinking" and "The Story of Everybody." The experimental songs show off the Ohio City singer's distinctive, almost-operatic voice.
Uno Lady says the songs were made differently than the cuts that appeared on last year's cassette-only debut. "The background was recorded through a loop pedal to a four-track," she says. "I wanted a distinct difference between the fuzzy background and the lyrics. I was trying to reduce the hiss, and the one noise filter made the melody sound like an underwater music box."
Taco Cat's artwork is also distinctly Uno Lady. "Each letter you see in a taco shell on the cover was personally engraved by me into a taco shell with a wood burner," she says. "After cooking, burning, and taking 500 photos, I blended this delicious masterpiece together in Photoshop."
Uno Lady celebrates the release of the single with a show at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, myspace.com/nowthatsclass). Freedom and Megachurch open. Tickets are $5.
Now in its third year, LoveMuffinPalooza, an annual music festival hosted by Love Muffin Records, takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Euclid Tavern (11629 Euclid Ave., 216-231-7066, theeuclidtavern.com) and at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Phantasy Nite Club (11802 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-6300, phantasyconcertclub.net). Eclectic jam man the Uncanny Xela headlines Friday's show; the Down Fi (which features former Rocket From the Tombs and Mirrors bassist Craig Bell) headline Saturday. "I am open to showcasing any band that can draw some people," says organizer Adam Rich. "So far, I've relied on who I know or who I can get to fill the slots, but I'm thinking about accepting open submissions next year. I'd like to build this up to something people can look forward to every year." Find more info at lovemuffinrecords.com. Tickets for Friday's fest are $5; Saturday-night tickets are $8.
Local singer-songwriter Chris Allen plays his only full band show of the summer at 9 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com). He's working on a new album slated for release this fall. Allen says this week's show is a "rock and roll retrospective of sorts." Local musicians Tom Prebish (Boys From County Hell, Lonesome Stars, Rosavelt), Doug and Dave McKean (Bedroom Legends, Boys From County Hell, Magpies), and Brent Kirby (Jack Fords) will join him onstage. Special guest Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (a longtime member of Steve Earle's band) is also scheduled to show up, as Allen revisits material from all the bands he's played with over the years. The show will conclude with a Replacements tribute. Tickets are $6.
In the '60s, local folk club La Cave hosted a number of terrific acts, including Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, and the Velvet Underground. A reunion of sorts takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, at Wilbert's (812 Huron Rd., 216-902-4663, wilbertsmusic.com). Artists who performed at the club (which closed in 1969) will perform both nights. La Cave owner Stan Kain and manager Larry Bruner will be on hand to discuss its history. Anyone who attends either weekend concert is invited to a potluck reunion picnic on Sunday, June 27 (they'll fill you in on where and when at the shows). Tickets are $18 advance, $20 day of show. Visit clevelandlacave.com for more info.
Cellar Door Records presents a dual record-release party at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs). Ramshackle indie rocker Keith Vance releases Go Forward; singer-songwriter (and label owner) Justin Markert premieres Anonymous Disaster. Diamonds and Pearls and the Corduroy Mason Band open the show. Go to cellardoorrecords.com for more information. Tickets are $10 and include copies of both Vance's and Markert's new records.
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At 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, five members of the Cleveland Orchestra will play a chamber-music show, cheekily called Orchestral Maneuvers at the Dog, at the Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com). Flutist Joshua Smith came up with the idea of "taking the music to the streets," says Happy Dog owner Sean Watterson. "He'd been talking to other members of the orchestra about getting out of Severance [Hall] and into a setting that would be different for the orchestra members and would expose an audience that might not typically make it to Severance to their music. We both thought it would be a great place to try it out. From our end, we weren't going to miss the opportunity to bring something that cool to the Dog." Admission is free.