8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend


Friday, Sept. 26


Nelson Ledges Quarry Park started the warm-weather season with two nights of Badfish and they’ll put the summer to bed with the very same this weekend. “Keep Sublime Alive,” the guys in Badfish are known to say. And they’ve been doing just that for years now, performing full sets of Sublime classics in cities around the world. This weekend, they’ll play two nights of the good stuff at Nelson, which means those of you who dig the music festival scene and the sensational sounds of Sublime are getting one last shot at glory. Badfish tours constantly — and their shows are always incredibly fun — but dropping them in forested quarry environs and letting them do their thing over the course of a weekend just amplifies the excitement. Shrub, Tropidelic, Color Wheel and Drunken Sunday round out the weekend bill. (Eric Sandy)

Dierks Bentley/Chris Young/Chase Rice/Jon Pardi

The outdoor concert comes to a close tonight as country singer Dierks Bentley swings through town on his tour in support of his latest album, Riser. An album of righteous anthems, Riser suggests Bentley's maturity. The album begins with the break-up ballad ("Bourbon in Kentucky") and includes a good quotient of love songs ("Five"). Songs such as "Pretty Girls" and "Here on Earth" are a bit dreary so here's to hoping that Bentley turns things up a notch for the live show. Expect his current hit, "Drunk on a Plane," to go over well with the hard-drinking audience that will be on hand for tonight's concert that begins at 7 at Blossom. (Jeff Niesel) $25-$44.75

The Dandy Warhols/Bonfire Beach

Last year marked the 13th anniversary of the Dandy Warhols' classic neo-psychedelic album Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. To celebrate, the band played the album, which also will be reissued as a box set with a slew of bonus material, in its entirety on a tour that included a stop at the Grog Shop. For the current jaunt, the neo-psychedelic band is again touring in support of 13 Tales, but this time the group has released a live version of the album that was recorded in its Portland, Oregon hometown. It shows just how capably the band can play the songs from the disc. The show starts at 7 at House of Blues. (Niesel) $20 ADV, $23 DOS

Saturday, Sept. 27

The Bros. Landreth

The Bros. Landreth, a Canadian roots rock group that features siblings Joey and David Landreth, holed up in a straw bail house last year in the dead of winter to record their new album Let It Lie. Somehow they overcame the elements to deliver an album that’s rightly drawn comparisons to the Eagles, the Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne. The album includes "I Am the Fool," a song originally written by their father, renowned Winnipeg musician Wally Landreth. The brothers’ dad even stopped by the studio to sing a verse on "Runaway Train." The current tour is the group’s first extensive foray into the States. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern. (Niesel) $10

St. Lucia: The Night Comes Again Tour

St. Lucia is a true world traveler. He originates all the way from South Africa, but he studied for a bit in England and now lives in Brooklyn, though it seems he may have done some time traveling as well. His real name is Jean-Philip Grobler, and he’s managed to perfect his musical sound to the ’80s influences of his childhood well. He captures the pop formula and creates ditties that you swear you’ve heard before, and he makes it fun on his latest release, When The Night. “All Eyes On You” and “Wait for Love” feature strong dance beats, synths and catchy refrains that belong just as much at 80s night as it is oddly modern. “Elevate” and “The Night Comes Again” are so full of nostalgia that they belong in a John Hughes film. Wrought with glittery vocals and glam-rock guitar riffs set to a keyboard background, these tracks feel like instant classics. Joywave opens at 9 p.m. at the Grog Shop. (Liz Trenholme) $17

Sunday, Sept. 28

Rock Against Dementia

Rock music can be a form of therapy. That's the thinking behind tonight's Rock Against Dementia, a benefit concert that takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Music Box Supper Club. There will be a silent auction and a showing of clips from the movie Alive Inside. Performers include Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie, Dead Ahead, Big Ship and the Outlaws I & I (former members of First Light). Proceeds benefit the Music & Memory Foundation and the Utah Film Center. (Niesel) $25

Los Lobos/Edward David Anderson

When Los Lobos swung through town last year with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, they opened their set with a terrific set of songs culled from their catalogue that, like Young’s, stretches back over four decades. They opened strong with “How Will the Wolf Survive” and then turned in a gritty cover of the Blasters’ “Marie Marie.” While some of the intricacies of their blues/Tex-Mex/rock sound were lost in the cavernous room, they still held their own. The band is a true American treasure that always puts on a helluva show at the Beachland, where they performed at about this time last year. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom. (Niesel) $42-$100


Chvrches landed on Scene’s top 10 albums of 2013, so we’re pretty excited that the Scottish electronic band is posting up in Cleveland for the night. The Bones of What You Believe grabbed due attention last year. It's sugary sweet, but that's largely the point. And despite the electronic looping, it doesn't fall into the traps of repetitiveness. Each song carves its own path into the face of the album (compare/contrast "Gun" and "Lies," two of the more alluring songs on the album). It's a robust collection of pop tunes, etched with precision for these very trying times. Oh, and Lauren Mayberry's voice is just fantastic at every turn of the melody. Onstage? The trio crushes live sets, as many will attest. Watch out for that hot, hot energy. The show starts at 8 tonight at House of Blues. (Sandy) $22-$24


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