8 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend


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Mike Doughty Plays Soul Coughing's Ruby Vroom/The Ghost of Mr. Oberon

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty usually doesn't have good things to say about the band he fronted from 1992 to 2000. Though internal tensions ripped the group apart, the band made some great albums before imploding. The savvy Ruby Vroom might be the best disc in the catalog. it features songs such as the jazzy "Is Chicago, Not Chicago" and the clever "Screenwriters Blues." Doughty revisits the album tonight for its 25th anniversary. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Pale Hollow/The Jellybricks/Frank Secich

Pale Hollow singer-songwriter Michael Allen played bass in another local band in the '90s, and after that band split up, he started writing his own songs. For last year's Pilots, he wanted more of a band effort. The decision paid off. It’s a terrific album. With its upper-register vocals and roots rock guitars, "Can't You Hear the Highway," Pilots' opener, sounds like a cross between Wilco and the Byrds. Shimmering guitars distinguish "Trouble," a gentle, narrative-driven ballad that features a beautiful a cappella interlude. The record distills many of Allen's influences and you can hear how '90s acts such as R.E.M. shaped his songwriting. Tonight’s show serves as a record release party. (Niesel) 7 p.m. Stella’s Music Club.

The Whiskey Daredevils/The Torments

One of Cleveland’s best local acts, the Whiskey Daredevils have just released their latest effort, Bonafide. Locally based Gotta Groove Records pressed the album on gold vinyl, and the disc is the first to feature guitarist Hector Mattos. The record was recorded earlier this year at Rust Belt Recording in the same room where the hard rock act Greta Van Fleet had just cut its album. With twangy tunes such as "Favorite T," the album emphasizes the country and rockabilly side of the band's sound. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.


The O’Jays/The Isley Brothers

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the iconic song, “Shout,” the single that put them on the map back in the 1950s. They’ve got new music too. Two years ago, they released Power of Peace, an album of stellar funk and soul tunes that features guitar work courtesy of Santana. Another soul/R&B act that dates back to the 1950s, fellow Rock Hall Inductees the O’Jays join the Isley Brothers on the bill. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $49.50-$295. State Theatre.


Alejandro Aranda, better known as Scarypoolparty, became a stand-out contestant on this year's American Idol. Now, the former dishwasher has hit the road on a sold-out tour that includes tonight’s stop at House of Blues. The tour supports the single “Diamonds,” a tune that features distorted vocals and synths. (Niesel), $25 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.


50th Anniversary of the Music of Cream

Cream — singer-guitarist Eric Clapton, the late drummer Ginger Baker and the late singer-bassist Jack Bruce — broke up years ago, but drummer Kofi Baker and bassist Malcom Bruce, sons of Baker and Bruce, respectively, have teamed up with Clapton's nephew Will Johns to keep the band’s legacy alive. Last year, they took their tour, the Music of Cream, to Australia and New Zealand. Tonight, they bring their Music of Cream — 50th Anniversary World Tour to the Kent Stage. The show marks 50 years since the original lineup's farewell U.S. tour of 1968. The band will perform classic tracks such as "Sunshine of Your Love," "Crossroads," "Spoonful" and "White Room," and the concert will include never-before-seen footage and photos of the original band. The multi-media concert experience has been especially created for the 50th Anniversary Tour. 7:30 p.m., $35-$45. The Kent Stage.


Formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Wood as a solo project, the KVB initially issued a number of limited cassettes and vinyl releases that included the single "The Black Sun" on FLA Records and the Into the Night EP on Downwards Records. Singer/keyboardist/visual artist Kat Day joined Wood in 2011, and the tow have been busy touring and recording ever since. For last year’s trippy Only Now Forever, Day and Wood recorded on their own in their Berlin apartment for the better part of a year. The current tour supports the new Submersion EP. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Trisha Yearwood

Earlier this summer, country singer Trisha Yearwood unveiled her new single “Every Girl in This Town,” an empowerment anthem that set the stage for the release of her new studio album, Every Girl. The song became the highest debut and biggest add day of her career. Every Girl, her first full-length country disc in about a decade, includes guests such as Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks and Don Henley and reestablishes Yearwood’s relevance. (Niesel)
7:30 p.m., $45-$95. State Theatre.

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