Weekend Shots!

Can you believe it’s the second weekend of December? We’ve been pretty fortunate with the weather here in Cleveland, as well as with a plethora of great live music opportunities that can treat our ears. 

This week’s featured show was a three-way tie. I know, unheard of. But we can’t pick between them.

The first show occurs tonight and Saturday at Severance Hall and features Bela Fleck on banjo with the Cleveland Orchestra. Fleck, who has been in town performing with the Cleveland Orchestra since Thursday, will feature a banjo concerto written by the musician himself, Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

The second show we think you really ought to consider is Relient K and Attack Cat at the Auricle in Canton. Clevelanders Attack Cat are energetic, magnetizing and just plain fun to see live. Attack Cat’s drummer/vocalist, Dave Douglas, used to be a member of Relient K, so this show is kind of special because it’ll be interesting for Douglas to be playing a bill with the band again, but in another group. And Relient K feels good in your ears, too.

If you’re not making the drive to Canton, or you would rather stick with the more traditional side of things for the weekend, head on out to the Beachland Tavern on Sunday for Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. The band provides the bluegrass sound you’re dying for while utilizing the truth-spillin’ lyrics of frontwoman, Lindsay Lou Rilko.

Not your cups of tea? No matter. Here’s the best of the rest.

Beachland Ballroom:
12/7: Waterband | The MuckleBuck. 9p. $10.
12/8: The 4th Annual Iron Ingo Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive. 6:30p. free.
12/9: El Vez Mex-Mas Show! 8:30p. $15.

Beachland Tavern:
12/7: 17th Annual Rockabilly Holiday Show. 9p. $5 with donation, $7 without.
12/8: Goodmorning Valentine | Cory Hartzler & The Prisoners. 9p. $6.
12/9: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys | The Blueribbon Bluegrass Band.  8:30p. $10.

Grog Shop:
12/7: Camp Lo | Dirty Jones | Dope Kulture | Vega | Tommy New | DJ It’s Reasor. 8p. $8-10.
12/8: Burning Down Broadway | Shred Rot | Glow Pop Jiggly Jams | Exit Cleveland | Friendly Ghosts. 7p. $7.
12/9: The Goonz | Restless Habs | Struttin Cocks | Italian Sound Machine | Vim Nibby. 8p. $5.

Happy Dog:
12/7: Eye | Francesco Maraldo | Bwak Dragon. 9p. $5.
12/8: Rainy Day Saints | 45 Spider. 9p. $5.

House of Blues:
12/9: Q104 aQstic Christmas feat. Andy Grammar & Tristan Prettyman. 7:30p. $20-22.

Mahall’s:
12/7: Revolution Brass Band. 7p.
12/8: Harmonia. 8p.
12/9: Frode Gjerstad | Paul Stranahan. 8p.

Now That’s Class:
12/7: Little Bighorn | Shitbox Jimmy | Goldmines. 9p. $5.
12/8: Koffin Kats | Scoliosis Jones | Misery Jackals. 9p. $8-10.
12/9: Vomitor | Negative Plane | Nekrofilth | Apothaeon. 9p. $7.

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