- Jason Ringenberg and his cock sing some kids' songs at the Beachland on Saturday.
Back in the day, Jason Ringenberg was at the forefront of the cowpunk movement. In the '80s, as leader of Jason & the Scorchers, he kicked country music in the ass by playing it twice or even three times its normal speed, injecting it with much-needed fervor. These days, Ringenberg is doing the same thing with children's music. "I felt it would be a nice idea to make a CD that [my daughters] could listen to when I'm on the road," he says. A Day at the Farm With Farmer Jason includes original songs -- like "A Guitar Pickin' Chicken" and "Corny Corn" -- that even parents can dig. "Farmer Jason is friendly, egoless, and unassuming," says Ringenberg. "I had no plans to make it a second, parallel career, but that is what seems to be happening." Ringenberg plays a special matinee show at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road. Tickets are $6; call 216-383-1124. -- Michael Gallucci
Linda Eder just unwrapped her first DVD, Christmas Stays the Same (which includes such standards as "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"), and the Star Search winner and Jekyll & Hyde Broadway diva is coming to town to spread holiday cheer with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the North Coast Men's Chorus. But don't sneeze: Ederites know that she can get a little too wigged out on the health watch. Last winter, for a while, she laid off her post-performance ritual of greeting fans at the backstage door because of a pesky flu epidemic. "I consider myself a big chicken -- a big 5-foot-10-inch chicken," she says. "And there are plenty of times when I just want to bury my head in the sand." Eder performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $20 to $150, available by calling 216-231-1111. -- Cris Glaser
Hop and Pop
12/3 - 1/2
Chaos erupts in the Jungle of Nool, and Horton the Elephant is there to save the day in Seussical!, a musical mix spanning 60 years' worth of Dr. Seuss books and characters -- from Horton discovering civilization on a speck of dust to the birdlike Gertrude McFuzz realizing that she's perfect just the way she is. The simple lesson -- believe in yourself -- is wrapped in a soundtrack of pop, rock, and R&B songs. It's at Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Friday through January 2. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $17 to $28; call 216-521-2540. -- Cris Glaser