Sounds Like: "If Thrice and Saves the Day combined for a kind of Iron Maiden-meets-the-Beatles sound. Music for love and war."
Fun Fact: "Look for our theme shows, such as formal dress, slumber party, or switched sexes."
Playing: Saturday, March 4, at the Red Parrot
Why you should see them: "Fred will jump offstage and play guitar solos next to your bar stool." -- Sean McCoy, bass and vocals
Band: The Bluescasters (www.bluescasters.org)
Hometown: Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, North Ridgeville, and Sheffield Lake.
Sounds like: "Power blues and R&B. S.R.V. to B.B., Aretha to Bonnie."
Fun fact: "This band got its start making funny, blues-based answering-machine messages for amusement while waiting for the phone to ring. Now, its ringin' off the hook!"
Playing: Friday, March 3, at Pete's Tavern
Why you should see them: "The return of Bobby Williams. The addition of famed area drummer Bubba and Angela Kabasan, a vocalist of devilish charm." -- Tom, lead guitar
Band: Buffalo Rose Band (www.BuffaloRoseBand.com)
Sounds Like: "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, mixed with Poco, Pure Prairie League, and Buffalo Springfield."
Fun fact: "The band opened for Poco, Pure Prairie League, and Firefall last year."
Playing: Saturday, March 4, at Rick's Café
Why you should see them: "The best three-part harmonies and guitar-pickin' this side of the Mississippi!" -- Jay Drake, bass
Band: 2 Skinny Dorks and the Family (www.2sd.com)
Sounds like: "Organic pop-funk. It's music for the mind, body, and anyone with a soul."
Fun fact: "On tour in Atlanta, a guy in the band lit a girl's cigarette, and when she leaned over, her entire head caught on fire. Remember: Stop, drop, and roll."
Playing: Saturday, March 4, at Tequila Ranch
Why you should see them: "Shows are like a big family affair -- brothers, sisters, others, and lovers. And who doesn't need more love?" -- Jake Blazer, vocals and guitar