7 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25

Decades Collide — '80s vs. '90s Featuring Biz Markie

Famous for his hit single “Just a Friend,” a tune that appears on VH1’s list of the 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time, rapper/DJ Biz Markie will host Decades Collide: ’80s vs ’90s, a show featuring pop music from both eras. The 1988, an ’80s tribute band will start off the show. Biz Markie’s first DJ set will then follow their performance. Old Skool will subsequently take the stage and play a set of ’90s tunes. Markie will then deliver another DJ set. There'll be drink specials and era-specific giveaways to “take you back in time for one night only.” 7 p.m. House of Blues. (Jeff Niesel)

Eugene Chadbourne

Free jazz/folk singer-guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, who performs at 9 p.m. on Friday at Mahall’s as part of a short Midwestern tour, grew up in Boulder where his mother, a refugee from Nazi Germany, and his father, a French literature professor, encouraged his musical ambitions once got a guitar after seeing the Beatles on TV. “[I got a guitar] not because I liked [the Beatles], but because girls seemed to and prior to that the only way to get girls to like you was being good at sports or beating up other kids, neither of which I excelled at,” says Chadbourne in an email interview. He had a brief "raga banjo" thing in Boulder High School because a music store went under and he got the instrument for “almost nothing.” He continues to play the banjo and plays a mix of jazz, folk and country. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

Buffalo Killers


When you first look at Buffalo Killers, don’t think Duck Dynasty. After all, ZZ Top owned the long curly beard gimmick before the Duck Dynasty guys did. Buffalo Killers offers up slow burning roots rock kindled by Creedence Clearwater Revival-esque blues crooning coupled with the searing guitar of Ted Nugent. The Gabbard brothers and friends are Cincinnati natives that have earned the respect of BOMP! Records. Their sixth full-length album, recorded at Howler Hills Farm in Middletown, is due for release on Alive Naturalsound this year. (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $10. Musica.

Hopsin

If ever there was a hip hop equivalent of the straightedge type of personality you might find pissed off at a metal show, it would be Hopsin. The 30-year-old rapper has been in the game since his album dropped in 2009, but it was a year later, when he began the “Ill Mind of Hopsin” series of diss tracks and personal musings, that people began to take him seriously as a unique voice in rap that wasn’t content with obeying the genre’s status quo. In the latest addition to his “Ill” saga, “Ill Mind of Hopsin 8,” the rapper sets his sights on a former business partner, tearing into the man and their now-defunct record label with great lyrical flow and technical finesse. Although the conscious nature of Hopsin’s messages can make the man come off as a little too high and mighty to some, there’s no doubt he can command a microphone like the best of them when he’s fired up. (Jacob DeSmit), 7 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS. Odeon.

Tim Moon CD Release

Local indie pop singer-pianist Tim Moon draws from a diverse well of musical inspiration. On the one hand, the takes inspiration from the high energy piano playing of Elton John and Ben Folds and on the other, he draws from the catchy songwriting of an indie band like Fun. That’s not to mention the theatrical, Queen-inspired side of his sound. Formerly of the band Don't Fear the Sun, Moon started performing as a solo act back in 2014. He sold out his first two headlining shows at Mahalls and recently released his first single, the Ben Folds-like “Going Out Tonight.” He celebrates the release of his new album, Solace, with tonight's show. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

The Powerful Pills — A Tribute to Phish

Spawned from a mutual love of one of the Great American Rock Bands, The Powerful Pills have become a magnet for fans of exploratory improvisation and high weirdness. They’re a Phish tribute, and they’re fulfilling their mission with aplomb and skill — and to a quickly growing audience, no less. The band formed about a year ago, with guys from Dead Ahead Ohio and the weekly jam night at Iggy’s coming together over a shared interest in Phish. “The improv element of it was the stipulation on the band: We wanted to do a Phish tribute where play the songs, but we jam,” Donovan says. “That’s always been the key to the band. Every time we place a song, it’s different. Once we get out of the structure of the song, it then becomes Bill, Steve, Joe and Jason improvising on what we have going — in the style of Phish.” (Eric Sandy), 7 p.m., $10. House of Blues.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27

BoomBox


The BoomBox story begins in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where Zion Rock Godchaux brought his love of acoustic songcraft and his family's rock 'n' roll lineage to pair with Russ Randolph's top-notch electronica skills. Godchaux (Keith and Donna’s son) had found himself swept up in the musical threads of rave culture, where the seeds of his band were planted. BoomBox released its latest album, Bits & Pieces, back in January. It’s a fine continuation of the full-bodied songwriting heard on their previous album, Filling in the Color. Here, Randolph’s inventive beats keep the groovy mood glowing brightly, and Godchaux leans into some excellent lyrical dance moves. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.



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