Hello, Cleveland: This Weekend’s Concert Calendar

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Plenty of nifty shows this weekend. Murder by Death (click the video for a taste) and O’Death play a lively show at the Grog – a roots-rocky affair that has nothing to do with the kind of metallic noise you normally think of with “death”-related bands. If you dig show tunes, Bernadette Peters is at Playhouse Square. And if you’re looking for something different, check out the largely unclassifiable Why?, who record for the always-offbeat Anticon label. – D.X. Ferris FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Ekoostik Hookah/Jazzam: 9 p.m., $12.99. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. The regional jam-band sensation has reunited, and they’re groovin’ on it. Grada: Ballroom, 8:30 p.m., $15 ADV/$16 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Hailing from Dublin, this trad-leaning band represents the Emerald Isle as authentically as it gets. Flautist Alan Doherty contributred music to the Lord of the Rings films. Haale: Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. The band’s bio describes it as “Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock.” Murder by Death/O'Death/Kiss Kiss: 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. O’Death: Imagine one of the weirder Tom Waits albums, but even weirder. Spawned in northern New York, the band explains itself thusly: “Five guys, maybe three shirts between them, take to the stage. There’s a banjo, a fiddle, a drum set littered with gas cans, chains, and broken cymbals. Then they all start howling, stomping; it’s an anachronistic jug band party in a junkyard with sing-along hooks and weathered vocals from another time... This is the world of O’Death.” And we’re so there – odd as it sounds, all those dissonant, tribal world-music hooks are totally catchy. Nile/Suicide Silence/the Faceless/the Agonist/Nachysitum: 7 p.m., $17 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Death metal rooted in fact-based fantastical adaptations of ancient Egyptian mythology gets no finer. Bernadette Peters/the North Coast Men's Chorus: 8 p.m., $10-$105 (Tickets.com or PlayHouseSquare.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. A Broadway veteran, Peters is considered one of the great interpreters of Sondheim’s work. But even more impressive, she was in Steve Martin’s The Jerk. Sadly – for this writer, at least – she’s more likely to perform “Gee Whiz” than the Thermos song. Shawn Phillips: 9 p.m., $18. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. This mystical singer-songwriter titan counts Yanni and Alanis Morrissette among his fans. Punching Moses/Pigsticker/Bloodwolf: Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. There’s two kinds of people in this world: The kind who would go to a show featuring bands called Punching Moses, Pigsticker, and Bloodwolf – and those who wouldn’t. The former enjoy big, steaming, smelted ingots of hardcore and metal. Queens of the Iron Mic: $7, 21 and over/$10, 18-20, 8:30 p.m. The Symposium, 11794 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-9696. Cleveland’s annul all-female rap showcase returns. Scott Holt: 9 p.m., $8. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. This electric jazz bassist is a road dog who once toured with Art Blakey. Michael Stanley: All shows 9 p.m. Tangier Cabaret, 532 W. Market St., Akron, 800-TANGIER, www.thetangier.com. Say what you will: The classic rock king of Cleveland still packs ‘em in. This is truly is town. Akron is, too. Michelle Wilson, with Blue Lunch, featuring Scott Shetler: 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Blue Lunch returns. Packing a horn section, the Lunch plays big-sound blues. SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Aloha/Owen/Unwed Sailor/Anthallo/Paper Rivals: New date, lineup, 6 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Claiming Cleveland, New York, and DC, this band plays unplugged, straddling the indie and alt worlds. Check ‘em out if you’re starting to miss Lovedrug. Big Time Entertainment showcase, with A Master Plan, Nicky Vince, Timebomb, Daniel Montgomery, We All Wish, and To the Last Minute, 6:15 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS: Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Tons of punk, rock, and ska give the downtown blues spot a kick in the pants. Conya Doss CD release party, with Hubb's Groove, hosted by DJ Lady Skill: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $15 ADV/$18 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Conya’s latest, Still…, is plenty smooth. Show up early, pound a couple merlots, and the tunes will go down even smoother. Kim Waters/Bobby Caldwell/Chieli Minucci/Special Efx: 7:30 p.m. Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, 330-535-3179, www.akroncivic.com. True story: Kim’s a guy, and his albums include Sax Appeal. Yes, it’ll be another smooth show. Ligion/Day of Fire/Thrity Seconds Out: 8 p.m., $9. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Nashville indie rockers sound like they’re way into the Bravery, Jeff Buckley and Ours – and they dress like they’ve been mugged by a hyperactive wardrobe department. Seriously: http://www.myspace.com/ligion . Moondog Coronation Ball: B.J. Thomas, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, Peter & Gordon, the Fifth Dimension, Ronnie Spector & the Ronnettes, and Lou Christie: 7 p.m., $32-$62 (Ticketmaster). Quicken Loans Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. Ronnie Spector and other greats from rock & roll’s golden-oldies era. 15 60 75 the Numbers Band: 9:30 p.m. Parkview Nite Club, 1261 W. 58th St., 216-961-1341, www.parkviewniteclub.com. The Kent band has been stretching the blues’ boundaries for over 35 years now. One Night of Queen: 8 p.m., $27.50-$47.50 (Ticketmaster). E.J. Thomas Hall at University of Akron, 198 Hill St., Akron, 330-972-7570, www.ejthomashall.com. Queen tribute from the U.K. will rock you. Rocket Scientists (featuring Erik Norlander): 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Proggy world music. Scott Holt: 9 p.m., $8. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. This electric jazz bassist is a road dog who once toured with Art Blakey. Syren Band: 10 p.m., $5. Lydia's Bar, 1348 S. Arlington St., Akron, 330-773-3001. Hailing from England, the Syren band combien blues, world music, rock, prog – and they do it with fretless bass and a kilt or two and. Salt the Wound/Cholera CD release: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Local metalcore showcase. Michael Stanley: All shows 9 p.m. Tangier Cabaret, 532 W. Market St., Akron, 800-TANGIER, www.thetangier.com. Trippin' Billies: 8 p.m., $10. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Dave Matthews tribute. User Sets Mode+/the Suede Brothers/Skychief: 9 p.m., $6. Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. User Sets Mode+ features Mandy and Derek from Racermason, rocking harder than they ever have. And if you’ve been listening to the same James Gang and Zeppelin songs on ‘ONE every day for the last 30 years, you’ll love the Suede Brothers. SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Acid Mothers Temple/Danava: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Acid Mothers’ thoroughbred psychedelic rock will have you wishing you took the blue pill instead. Tab Benoit: Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. New Orleans blues man has zydeco in his blood – and music. Richie Havens: 7:30 p.m., $25 ADV.$30 DOS. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. The “Freedom” dude from the Woodstock movie. Shelby Lynne/David McMillin: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $26 ADV/$28 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. The sultry Lynne’s latest is a tribute to the late, great Dusty Springfield. The IRS Movement/the FUP/Marvalous/Quentin McCain: 6:30 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Rockstar Cleveland, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Hip-hop that’s straight outta Clevo. Today is the Day/Mouth of the Architect/Lair of the Minotaur/Complete Failure: 7 p.m. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Supporting a new double-concept album, Lair of the Minotaur play big, dirty battle metal. Why?/Muttering Retreats/Lazy Susan: 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Why?’s droning, shoegazey cover of the Cure’s “Close to Me” isn’t as fun as the original, but it sounds kinda nifty.

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