5 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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  • Suzanne Price
FRIDAY, AUG. 28

The Lighthouse and the Whaler


Last summer, the Lighthouse and the Whaler singer Michael LoPresti was vacationing in Maine with his family when he started writing the lyrics for the songs on the band’s forthcoming album, Mont Royal. While hanging out at a big house in Maine that overlooked lake, he wrote a handful of songs on an acoustic guitar on the porch at sunset. According to the press release that accompanies the release, the “songs are all about coming face-to-face with uncertainty, dealing with moments that threaten to upend lives: the emergence of adulthood, the possibility of success, the potential for failure or personal loss, and past emotional scars.” It’s a strong album; find out how the songs translate live at tonight’s CD Release Party. 8:30 p.m., $14. Beachland Ballroom.

Zella Day

Born and raised in the tiny town of Pinetop, Arizona, pop singer Zella Day developed her raw talent from early age. She regularly performed at her grandmother’s coffeeshop before she and her mother set off to L.A. in search of a record deal. It didn't take them long to get noticed. Her major label debut, Kicker, came out earlier this year and it features her haunting vocals (think of a folk-y PJ Harvey). Tonight's show at the Grog will be her first-ever in Northeast Ohio. (Jeff Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Grog Shop.

Dan Bankhurst

For his debut CD, 2013’s At First Sight, local guitarist Dan Pankhurst went to Nashville to record with Pete Huttlinger, another finger-style player, who’s played Carnegie Hall. Bankhurst showed him some music, and Huttlinger liked it and said he wanted to record Bankhurst's debut at his studio that's known for its vintage gear. The disc features 10 original tunes that show off his incredible guitar skills. It also includes a few covers too, most notably a new arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" for which Bankhurst makes his guitar sound like a cello. Though inspired by the guitar work of Phish's Trey Anastasio, Bankhurst embraces a wide range of musical styles on the instrumental album. Back in 2014, he started working on a follow-up, Tradition Pickin’. He recorded locally with producer and musician Brian Straw at his Survival Kit Studios. A song like “Travis Train” features some twangy guitar work and includes a rather complex bridge that allows Bankhurst to show off his deft fingerstyle guitar abilities.Tonight's show is a CD Release Party. 8:30 p.m., $15. Nighttown.

SATURDAY, AUG. 29

Red Sun Rising


For their new album, Polyester Zeal, this Akron-based hard rock group worked with producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Seether). They recorded at his Los Angeles home. "He had a studio in his barn where he did records by Filter and Rob Zombie and Shinedown," says singer-guitarist Mike Protich. "It's really relaxed. It allowed us to be way more creative. We still wrote the same kind of songs but he helped us achieve what we wanted. We got to execute the ideas and have them come to life. We try to draw from every era. We are influenced by Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Tool." Songs such as "Other Side" and "My Muse" feature heavy guitars and powerhouse vocals but they retain pop hooks and harmonies. As a whole, the album strikes a balance between hard rock and metal with a subtle nod to classic rock too. In "Blister," the soaring vocals recall those great Scorpions power ballads from the '80s. Tonight's show is a CD Release Party. 8 p.m., $12-$15. The Kent Stage.

SUNDAY, AUG. 30

Destination


In their band bio, the guys in the local group Destination (Original Raw Music), an industrial-strength hard rock group that sounds a bit like Rob Zombie, maintain they’re “uninterested in perfectly-tuned, polished music – they’re more into the hiss, pop, and crackle of their tracks with the live feel of loud, raw guitar and pounding drums.” The band cites Buddy Rich, Robin Trower, Korn and Jane’s Addiction as influences. Mikey Smolen and Tim Greene, the band’s founding members, recently added 20-year-old guitarist Tristan Loparo to the line-up, and he can really shred. Tonight’s show is a CD Release Party. 7 p.m., $5. Beachland Tavern.

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