This just in: The Avett Brothers will play at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland on Sept. 20, which is a Friday night. Tickets will go on sale June 28 at www.livenation.com.
They’re touring behind “The Carpenter,” their latest album, which is pretty good, though not as strong as “I and Love and You.” Doesn’t really matter, though. These guys shine live. I still can’t believe I got to see them roughly three inches away at the Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival a few years ago, not to mention twice at the Great Blue Heron Music Festival.
Excellent free show alert: Shakey Graves (you like him already, right?) is an up-and-coming Americana artist from Austin, Texas, blessed with one of those whiskey-stained voices that makes you sit up and take notice. Plus, he’s a pretty good guitar picker and shockingly young with male-model looks, but don’t hold that against him.
National Public Radio recently featured Graves, tossing around praise like “unclassifiably original” and “frighteningly good.” He’s opening shows for Old Crow Medicine Show and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters this summer, while also playing a few clubs and outdoor shows like the one set for June 27 at 7 p.m. at Meadville’s Diamond Park. The show kicks off the Downtown Meadville Summer Concert Series.
Here’s a clip of Graves performing; check it out.
Shakey Graves performs “Roll the Bones”
Country band Emerson Drive will headline the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg on Aug. 29. Craig Campbell will open, along with Erie’s own Refuge. Tickets are $30 for grandstand; $35 for racetrack seating. They’re on sale now at www.wattsburgeriecountyfair.com.
TGIF, right? If you’re ready to party when you bust out of work, French Kiss plays at 6 p.m. at Coconut Joe’s, while Broke Boland will be at Urraro Gallery (6 p.m.) Colony Plaza also features two bands tonight: Riffriders and Jackson Station; that Party in the Plaza gets rolling at 5 p.m.
Later on, some Nappy Roots? The Kentucky hip-hop artists are at Crooked I tonight.
Saturday features Blue to the Bone at Romolo Chocolates at 6 p.m. and a heavy-rocking Vet Fest with Leader of Men, Hammersmith, Grind Iron, A Bed of Razors and Sonny Lombardozzi. They join forces starting at 1 p.m. at the Leader of Men Clubhouse at 415 E. 18th St.
Of course, Saturday also features Girls Girls Girls, the New York City-based, all-female tribute to Motley Crue at the Crooked I. Eric Brewer & Friends play Saturday at Lakeview Wine Cellars in North East, if you’re in need of a great view and great band. Just sayin.’