FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Southside Johnny performing last year at Hard Rock Live.
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes took a trip to the past on 2012’s Men Without Women: Live 7-2-11. Though it’s a live recording of a show he played just last year, the record features Southside and the Asbury Jukes performing songs from Little Steven’s 1982 album. Longtime friends with both Steven (a founding member of the Jukes) and Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny has released more than 30 albums in a career that stretches back to the early ‘70s. A Cleveland favorite, the guy has fond memories of the days when Kid Leo put him into the regular rotation on WMMS and always puts on a especially good show in Cleveland. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $28 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.
When the local roots rock act Rambler 454 got its start some 12 years ago, the band (singer-guitarist Dan McCoy, guitarist Rick, bassist Cooter and drummer Jessie) took a pretty straightforward approach to recording. “The first album came about after Dan and Cooter worked on some tunes and then we recorded them as a group,” says Jessie. “They weren’t songs that we played live or that we knew. We just got together and what it sounds like on the first or second take is what it is.” The band took that same approach on its new studio release, Wire and Wood
, its first studio offering in six years. The disc commences with the catchy rocker “Charleston Early,” a song the band wrote while in Charleston, South Carolina, the town bassist Cooter now calls home. The group recorded the disc, which has the raw, reckless energy of Uncle Tupelo, in Willoughby at Closed Studios. “We recorded very quickly,” says Jessie. “On the new album, you can hear the influence of alt-country acts like Lucero but you can also hear the punk stuff that Dan likes — bands like the Dropkick Murphys. There’s also blue-collar working man’s rock and moments that are Springsteen-like.” (Niesel) 9 p.m., $5. The Euclid Tavern
Michael Stanley and the Resonators
Local hero Michael Stanley has been on a roll lately. Last year, he released The Ride
, which came on the heels of The Hang
, an introspective album he's referred to as his darkest release yet. The Ride
presents a much more positive perspective and so does his latest effort, The Job
, an album that suggests Stanley has hit upon a particularly rich vein of new songs. Expect to hear MSB favs as well as a good sampling of Stanley's solo material as Stanley kicks off his annual multi-night stand at the Tangier. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $45-$85. The Tangier
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
A trio of terrific albums has showcased Jimkata’s early growth as a band raising curious eyebrows among the jam scene. They’ve progressively leaned more toward the electronic end of things, and the result is quite enticing. The band’s latest output, a 13-song live album inexplicably titled 10 More Songs!
, is a heady set of jams mostly recorded somewhere in upstate New York. The album-opening “Electronic Stone” is a really great way of kicking things off; it’s got the spacey bird calls, the steel drum danceability, the wordless choruses. From there, the band flexes its jamtronica muscles in better form than most other attempts across the scene these days. “Night Shade,” a single of sorts off 2012’s Die Digital
, moves from a slowly drifting verse into more upbeat waters as the tune progresses. This being a live album, everything is accented really well by the ambient crowd noise. The raucous cheering is pretty consistent throughout. You can expect the same at tonight’s Beachland show. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern
Tropidelic started out in Kent around 2008. Various lineup changes hit the band as they relocated to Cleveland in 2011. Influence-wise, founder and singer Matthew Roads has always injected some 311 and Slightly Stoopid-oriented sounds into what he and his bandmates create. They've become local funk/jam staples, appearing often at local venues as they gradually began expanding their touring scope. "We just kept getting bigger and bigger. We have three horns now and a percussionist — eight total people onstage," Roads says. The band performed about 100 shows in 2014 — their biggest year yet. For his part, Roads says he just quit his day job, putting Tropidelic's success directly in his sitelines for the future. As far what's to come, Roads hinted at some major announcement coming soon and another EP due out sometime in the fall. We all love a party here in Cleveland, and Tropidelic's brand of reggae-infused jams turns any night at a bar on our mean streets into an equatorial beach bash. You like dancing? You've got it. "We want to bring a party, and I think what makes us stand out is that energy that we have," Roads says. "It's really about that energy for life. That parlays on the live show. We're a welcome-all kind of band. We're not pretentious about who we are or who our fans should be." (Sandy) 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
When this DJ/producer has played House of Blues in the past, he brought as many high-power amps as the club can accommodate. Expect that to be the case this time too as Excision is touring with a monstrous audio system. Singles such as “Destroid 7 Bounce (VIP)” feature squirrel-y bass riffs (and a woozy old school synthesizer segment) that should push his 150,000-watt sound system to the limits. He’ll also have a mammoth video screen (he calls it the Executioner) projecting video behind him. Bring earplugs. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues
Straight outta the bayou, Galactic brings a funky energy that few other bands replicate with any sort of authority. Theirs is a sound that dwells hundreds of miles away from our frozen Cleveland terra, making tonight’s show more of a vacation than anything. G’head and cue up Carnivale Electricos and take in the New Orleans-inspired vibes of “Magalenha” and “Carnivale Time.” Hell, even the interlude “Guero Bounce” is a danceable highlight (and fully capable of morphing into a longer jam segment, clearly). In between albums, the band drops singles pretty frequently. Last year’s “Higher and Higher,” featuring JJ Grey, drips with the one-two soul-funk combo we’ve all come to know and love. Here, and throughout the band’s tenure, drummer Stanton Moore just absolutely shines. (Sandy), 8 p.m., $25. Beachland Ballroom