9 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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ANDY PRESSLER
  • Andy Pressler
FRIDAY, NOV. 1

Sam Hooper Group


With four CDs released on the FBJoy Records label, singer-guitarist Sam Hooper, who grew up in Shaker Heights, has assembled a significant discography. His songs have been featured on the daytime TV dramas All My Children and The Young & the Restless. The guys in his band are no slouches. Keyboardist Sakait N. Baksar plays with the local jazz-fusion band Horns and Things, and bassist Derrick James is the music director for the band. Produced by Hooper and Mike Null and recorded by James Kananen in Cleveland at Bad Racket Studios, his 2015 album Hoodoo Blues features a classic blues sound. A song like "Messin' with the Hook" features a terrific mid-song jam. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., $15. Bop Stop.

Mushroomhead/UnSaid Fate/Dead Superstar/He Kill 3/Half Raised Heathens/Bittersweet Revenge



When the local metal act Mushroomhead first formed in 1993, few critics imagined the group would still be going at it in 2014. And yet the masked band continues to be popular. Recorded at the band's studio in North Royalton and mixed by long-time collaborator Bill Korecky, the band's most recent album, 2014's The Righteous & the Butterfly, is arguably its most polished effort to date, and the group has been busy recording a new album that’s due out next year. The band brings its annual Halloween show to the Agora tonight. (Niesel), 6 p.m. Agora Theatre.

A Tuba to Cuba: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band With Yusa and Special Guests

When Allan Jaffe and his wife Sandra moved from Pennsylvania to New Orleans in the early ’60s, they didn’t initially come for the music. But they ended up staying for the music after they took over a small, dingy art gallery in the French Quarter and turned it into Preservation Hall, a 100-seat concert venue that became the home of many a New Orleans-style jazz jam session and yielded the touring band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The venue is still a hot spot in the city known for live music and the band is still a hot act. Ben Jaffe, son of the late Allan Jaffe, currently leads the group that comes to town tonight in support of the documentary film, A Tuba to Cuba. The film follows the group as it retraces its musical roots from New Orleans to Cuba. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $40-$149. The Kent Stage.

The Vindys/AJ & the Woods

This Youngstown-based band has got some serious momentum behind it. The band has played with acts such as Judah & the Lion, Smallpools, Hunter Hayes, Drive-by Truckers and Reeve Carney. It has also played festivals such as Summerfest, where they were the Emerging Artist Series fan favorite of the day. Songs such as “Too Long” show off singer Jackie Popovec’s vibrant voice. The band’s currently at work on a new album so expect to hear some new tracks at tonight’s show. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $15 ADV, $20 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys/Rodney and the Regulars

Since he started performing with his backing band the Fly-Rite Boys some 25 years ago, singer-guitarist Big Sandy has continually attracted new young fans and introduced them to Western swing and rockabilly. Sandy, who last year wrapped a 25th anniversary tour, recently released an album of old tunes that he's rearranged into acoustic instrumentals. His music, which recalls the type of music that was popular decades ago, has an easygoing vibe that appeals to fans of traditional country and rockabilly alike. He's been playing Cleveland for years and always puts on a good show. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern.

Papadosio/Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

Ohio natives Papadosio have carved out a reputable niche in the jamtronica scene, and their arrival in Northeast Ohio is always welcome. T.E.T.I.O.S. still stands tall as the band’s masterwork, and it’s a real doozy. The two-disc collection spans a wide variety of textures. What might be known as the Bionic Man Suite on the album encompasses a galaxy of emotions and moods. Rounding out a healthy portion of the album’s first disc, this seven-song constellation reels in road-tested classics like “Method of Control” and places them within a tidal pool of new tunes like “Puddles for Oceans.” If you’re feeling it, you should also go back in time and check out the band’s debut, Margreenery. The sound is a little different, but it’s yet another excellent offering. (Eric Sandy) 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $23 DOS. House of Blues.

Thompson Square

Thompson's Square's first single, the rowdy “Let’s Fight,” caused a bit of controversy when it came out seven years ago because it seemed to endorse domestic violence. The group quickly cast it aside and issued "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not." It became a hit, and the band hasn't looked back. The tender ballad’s success set the band on the path to hit albums and Country Music Association awards. After 2013's Just Feels Good, it started to work on a follow-up album but “life got in the way" as the couple had a child. The band recently returned to the studio and dropped its third studio album last year. Moody numbers such as "Up in Smoke" rank among the band's best tunes. Expect to hear it tonight along with songs from the back catalog's at tonight's show. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $20-$37.50. The Kent Stage.

Waterband

Original Waterband members "Dreadlock Dave" McDougald and John Welton have just announced that they’ll reunite with long-time members Ryan Mitiska, Taylor Netzler and Ryan Bair to play a special reunion concert tonight at the Beachland Ballroom to mark the local jam band’s 20th anniversary. The show's special guests include the balloon artist Dizzy Doc and painter Trey Berry as well as “some great musical surprises.” 8 p.m., $20. Beachland Ballroom.

SUNDAY, NOV. 3

Clairo/Hello Yello/beabadoobee


After her primitive pop tune “Pretty Girl” garnered some 40 million views on YouTube, singer-songwriter Claire Cottrill (aka Clairo) signed a record deal and released her debut, Immunity, earlier this year. A much more polished affair than “Pretty Girl,” Immunity opens with the shimmering “Alewife,” a song that finds Clairo singing in a hushed voice over a pretty piano melody and shuffling percussion. Tracks such as “Closer to You” suffer from overproduction, and Clairo sounds more comfortable on tracks such as the Liz Phair-like “North.” (Niesel) 8 p.m., $22.50 ADV, $27.50 DOS. House of Blues.

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