Big Bad Voodoo Daddy -- the band from Swingers -- are tops on this weekend’s list of swingin’ shows, big cat; break out your zoot suit and get ready to party like it’s 1996. Read on for a full rundown of the weekend concerts. -- D.X. Ferris
FRIDAY, JUNE 6
The Blowtops/Horror of '59/Scarlet Fever/DJs Scary Ellen, Sade, and Michigan Mom: Tavern, 9 p.m., $6. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Again, we’ve gotta go with the bio quote on this one: “The Blowtops are monster punk--all kinds of loud, very rude, and scary in an engaging way. Taking the best elements of Lux Interior, George Romero, and Ron Asheton, the Blowtops are the perfect candidate to kick your ass! Their new record, "Voodoo Alley" (Big Neck Records), takes lo-fi to new extremes, filling every possible groove with heavily effected vocals and overdriven raunch. Stinky as hell.”
Blueprint/Illogic/Edotkom/Snub Zero/Tut: 9 p.m. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Hip-hop hooray at the Grog, with a rare live show from Edotkom, the Clevelandland dynamic rap duo.
Broken Road (Rascal Flatts tribute)/Captain Fantastic (Elton John tribute)/52nd St. (Billy Joel tribute): Rockin' on the River, Broad Boulevard and Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-526-7664.
Chiata CD release, with the Texture/Mush/3SO/Worldly Descent/Torne: 7 p.m., $6. Pirate's Cove, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999.
Travis "Moonchild" Haddix: 9 p.m., $5. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com.
Jones for Revival/Papadosio: 9 p.m., $6. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. JFR headlines a night of experimental jam-rock fusion at Wilbert’s.
Raul Malo & Band: Ballroom, 8:30 p.m. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Country, Latin, jazz, rock - Malo does it all.
Kelly Richey Band: 9 p.m., $12. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Cincinnati’s Kelly Richey leads a three-piece rockin’ blues band; her guitar style has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughn.
She Wants Revenge/Be Your Own Pet/the Virgins/the Switches: 7 p.m., $16. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Whatever you do, don’t tell She Wants Revenge they sound like Interpol. Even if you think they do (because they do).
Ska Prom, featuring Mustard Plug and others: Ballroom, 6 p.m. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Plenty of skank here, on the dance floor and off. This joke refers to someone else’s date, not yours.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
Anita Renfroe: A Night of Laughter: Benefits the Oak Clinic, 7 p.m., $26 (Ticketmaster). Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, 330-535-3179, www.akroncivic.com.
Dave Attell: 6:30 p.m., $27.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Insomniac host Dave Attell is frickin’ funny.
Bloodwolf/King/Dark Arena/Third Union: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Feature local big-dogs, this show has more metal than the Shoreway bridge.
Earl Greyhound/Parlor Mob: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Earl Greyhound: glammy power-trio you can dance to.
The Hentchmen/the In-Sect: Tavern, 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Detroit’s Hentchmen play rusty retro garage rock.
Mushroomhead: $15 ADV/$18 DOS. The Cove, 5326 Lake Rd., Geneva, 440-466-8888. Show up early and catch a Firestorm Pro Wrestling show featuring Jake “The Snake” Robers.
Daniel O'Donnell: 7:30 p.m., $57.50-$87.50. State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Playhouse Square, 216-241-6000. Irish singer-performer extraordinaire hails from Dungloe; he loves Loretta Lynn and Cliff Richard.
One Under: 9 p.m., $10. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. It’s jam week in Cleveland. Says the Winchester, “The sextet is comprised of former members of Ekoostik Hookah, The Shantee and The Ark Band and is forging a sound incorporating elements of Roots Rock, American Jazz, Progressive Rock, Afro-Cuban Latin and Pure Funk Back Beat.”
SUNDAY, JUNE 8
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Swing set from zoot-suit revivalists, celebrating 100 years of Cab Calloway, 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Cryptacize/Trouble Books: Tavern, 8 p.m., $6. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Cryptacize includes a former member of Deerhoof.
Polkadot Cadaver: 6:30 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Hyper-arty and heavy, PD used to be Dog Fashion Disco.
Retribution Gospel Choir: 9 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Says the Grog, “Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir plays loud and sings in key. Live, two minute pop songs run into psychedelic improvisations and drum-n-bass-heavy dub.”
Three Miles Out CD release: 7 p.m., $5. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Vanilla alt-rock you can take home with you.