10 Concerts to Catch This Weekend



Marco Benevento

The last time Marco Benevento came to Cleveland, he played an exciting version of “At The Show,” a new original tune that actually had lyrics (a Benevento non-entity at the time) and one that would eventually show up on his new album, Swift, released back in September. It’s a great song and it fits in perfectly with the lineup of other piano-, bass- and drums-driven songs released on that album. “Witches of Ulster,” which just got the video treatment a few weeks ago, spotlights Benevento’s newfound penchant for brooding atmosphere and his constant compositional skills. A couple of years ago, Benevento released TigerFace, which really upped the ante laid down on previous albums. Collaborations with Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver opened the album, foreshadowing vocal excursions on this new one. (“Limbs of a Pine” remains among Benevento’s greatest songs.) (Eric Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern.

Dirty River Boys

For the Dirty River Boys —Marco Gutierrez, Colton James, Travis Stearns and Nino Cooper — El Paso has been an inspiration. Now based in Austin, the alt-country band formed about five years ago and has been steadily touring (it’s logged some 200,000 miles in the past few years) in the attempt to expand its fan base. Recorded at Sonic Ranch, a studio bordered by the Rio Grande and Old Mexico, its new self-titled album alternates between hard rock and bluegrass and draws equally from the Stones and Willie Nelson. (Jeff Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Ballroom.

An Evening with Ginger Papas 

Ginger Pangas, 19, started singing with School of Rock in Cleveland a few years ago, when she was still in her mid-teens. It was a bit of shock to go into local bars and clubs. "It was very different for me," she says. "I was used to being in choirs and things like that. I started performing in bars, and I wasn't used to it." But she gravitated toward rock and pop, and during her senior year of high school she released "Believe," her first single, which she recorded in New York with producer Arty Skye at a studio in Times Square. This year has been a good one for Pangas. She released her third single, "Country Beach," a track she describes as a "strong, upbeat summertime song." It's her first collaboration with songwriter and producer Allan Licht who recorded the tune locally at the Reel Thing studio. Pete Tokar, a Grammy-winning engineer who worked with the late Gerald Levert, engineered the song. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $15. Alex Theater.

Ryan Humbert CD Release Party 

Akron-based singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert is one of Northeast Ohio’s most active musicians. If he’s not playing solo dates, he’s paying tribute to icons such as Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan with large, extravagant shows. And that’s not to mention his elaborate Christmas concerts. Somehow, he’s found time to record a new album. Recorded at the Rukkus Room in Nashville, the album is arguably Humbert’s best as he used "top-notch session guys" from Nashville on it. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $10-$14. The Kent Stage.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s seminal album Colorblind should never be far from your car’s trusted CD player (or Spotify playlist or whatever). From the initial wah of “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That,” the whole thing is a surefire, slam-dance hit. (“Diane”! “Jesus is Just Alright”! Hell, Eric Clapton makes an appearance on that one.) To this day, as evidenced by 2013’s Lickety Split, still the band’s most recent album, Robert and Co. continue to pump out the slide-infused excitement they’ve always been known for. Randolph is a force to be heard - to be witnessed. He’s brought the sacred steel tradition into the mainstream, where it’s flourished alongside the blues, folk and jam crowds. As you can probably guess, the band simply shines on the stage. Tonight’s show will be infused with the sort of impressively positive energy you find only in moments of pure bliss. And seriously, all that stuff about Colorblind up there is the unvarnished truth. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $30-$75. The Tangier.


The Toronto-based indie rock group Sloan is a true democracy. All four members — Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott —write songs for each album. The band’s latest release, Commonwealth, is a double album with each member staking out a single side. The album’s final track, “Forty-Eight Portraits,” is an 18-minute pop suite. Over the past couple of decades, the band has delivered 10 albums and more than 30 singles, as well as multiple EPs, hits and rarities collections, live albums and official bootlegs. Expect the band to draw from its terrific back catalog for tonight's show. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $13. Grog Shop.www.grogshop.gs


10,000 Maniacs

Going the independent route is nothing new for 10,000 Maniacs — as their promotional biography notes, they were “the original indie band,” having released an EP and an album independently on their own prior to signing with Elektra to release their second album The Wishing Chair in 1985. But when they starting laying the groundwork nearly three decades later to work on the album that would become their 2013 release Music From the Motion Picture, they were cautiously optimistic about how things might play out. They used PledgeMusic to fund the record and when the Pledge team told them they could raise $25,000 to make the album, they didn’t believe it. But, in fact, they made that goal and then some, discovering in the process that there was still a sizable fan base out there that wanted to hear new music from the band. (Matt Wardlaw) 8 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

45 Spider/Kiss Me Deadly

Local act 45 Spider and Portlanders Kiss Me Deadly are both releasing stuff, and tonight’s the party. 45 Spider’s sound is a fuzzy, vintage garage sound that walks the line of rockabilly. “Bloodbath of Fuzz” and “Warlock” both exemplify this with gritty guitar, sassy female vocals and the intermittent shriek of keyboard. Following similar suit, Kiss Me Deadly offer a garage rock approach, only with less of the vintage undertones. Tracks “Ice House” and “Ladykillers” also boast girly vocals, with guitar that takes on a surf sound in some places and often drifting into elaborate solos. These two promise a night of rocking out, so bring your dancing shoes. Considering this is a release party, expect to hear lots of new stuff from each as well. (Trenholme), 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.



This veteran rapper somehow manages to stay "street" while delivering albums that have the potential for mass appeal. His latest effort, Seen It All, is no exception. "No Tears" is a catchy tune that features soulful vocals and a snappy snare drum beat — of course, Jeezy freely uses the n-word, ensuring the uncensored version won't be heard on commercial radio anytime soon. With his deliberate delivery, Jeezy is one of rap's top talents; on Seen It All, he holds his own while rapping alongside heavyweights like Jay-Z, Game and Rick Ross. Expect a big crowd to show up for tonight's club gig. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $35 ADV, $38 DOS. House of Blues.


As the 2000s rolled onward, we all watched electronic music fuse with jam band approaches to live improvisation. It was a huge deal, and several bands really made a gigantic splash on the scene. Particle was one of them. Combining elements of electronica, funk and rock with a heavy angle toward sonic exploration, the band picked up fans on tour and dropped the subgenre-defining album Launchpad in 2004. Frontman and keyboardist Steve Molitz said in a recent interview: “Particle has always been fueled by the energy of our fans, and we’re so excited to get back out on the road full-time, and to share all of this new music with the Particle People.” As a more illustrative bit of context, the band has often termed their sound “space porn,” based on at least one fan’s astute observations. They play the Beachland Ballroom tonight. Showtime is 9 p.m., and tickets cost $15. Octopus Prime, which features members of Particle and Broccoli Samurai, will open the evening's festivities. (Sandy), 9:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Ballroom.


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