Northeast Ohio concerts, February 15 through 17:Who: Chase Pagan/Jonathon Penn/David Montgomery: 8 p.m., $6, 21 and over/$8, under 21. Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. What: Spacey singer-songwriter stuff that’s perfectly suited to Akron’s cool little music-and-arts club. Click the video above to check it out, and read on for the rest of the schedule ...
Who: Bizzy Bone/Blackwell/Flames (Krayzie Bone and Lloyd): 7 p.m., $15 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. What: Hip-hop hooray / ho / hey / ho (repeat).
Who: Bloodwolf/Mechanics of Things/Forged in Flame/Black Reign: Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869. What: Cle-metal, with hardcore scars.
Who: Commander Cody Band: 9 p.m., $12. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. What: Some hippie dude from back in the day.
Who: Dark Star Orchestra (Grateful Dead tribute): 8 p.m., $22.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583. What: More hippie dudes.
Who: Kevin Devine: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. What: Emo-era singer-songwriter yelps and gets touchy-feely.
Who: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit/Will Hoge/Dawn Landes: 9 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. What:
Gritty Alabama roots-rockers who pronounce “can’t” as “cain’t” – and that’s fine with us.
Who: Kevin Mahogany, with the Joe Hunter Trio: 8 p.m., $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550. What: Funky jazz, two-night stand, part two.
Who: Steppin' In It/Tony Shultz: 9 p.m., $8. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD. What: Rootsy quartet with a standup bass, button box, and a whole lotta flavor.
Saturday, February 16
Who: The Meditations (original lineup): 9 p.m., $12 DOS/15 ADV. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. What: Reggae greats reunited: They’re jammin’, and they want to jam it with you.
Who: Bonfire (Bon Scott anniversary show)/Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival: 8 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869. What: You may like AC/DC. You may LOVE AC/DC. But you don’t love ‘em like the lads of Bonfire. And as they head down the Highway to Hell, Uncle Scratch will preach the fire and brimstone to lure ‘em back.
Who: The Bravery/Switches: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $15 ADV/$18 DOS. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. What: Dance-rock standouts have turned into a pale shade of U2, but maybe they’ll break out the keyboard dance numbers.
Who: Casting Crowns/Leeland: 6 p.m. Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. What: They try not to call it Christian Rock anymore. Now it’s called Worship & Praise. And we’re not making a wisenheimer joke about how it doesn’t really rock.
Who: Ringworm/Cellbound/Nightcrawler/Dark Arena/Lick the Blade/Venomin James: WJCU Radiothon Benefit Concert. In ballroom, 6 p.m., $7, 21 and over/$9, 20 and under (all ages). Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. What: Really diverse hardcore, from teeth-kicking hardcore to get-the-shred-out metal.
Who: Wussy (ex-Ass Ponys)/Goodmorning Valentine/Bobby Lanphier & the Bitter Disappointments: Tavern. Cindy Barber birthday bash, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. What: True alt-rock from Wussy, with Goodmorning Valentine – Northeast Ohio’s answer to Jackson Browne.
Sunday, February 17Who: Brian Vander Ark (ex-Verve Pipe)/Kev Rowe: Ballroom, 7 p.m., $12.50 ADV/$15 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. What:
The VP was one of the ‘90s best two-hit wonders. And “Freshman” and "“Photograph” really hold up as acoustic numbers. Click the pic for sample. Show up early for Kev Rowe’s delicate Americana.
Who: Jam Fest: Benefit for Genesis House domestic violence shelter, featuring Butch Armstrong, Billy Bangano, Mike Delia, Denny Massi & Texas Slim, and comedian Michael Mange, 8 p.m., $10. Savannah Bar & Grille, 30676 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-892-2266.What: Great blues, better cause.
-- DX Ferris