I was already psyched for 8 Great Tuesdays’ opening concert on July 9 with Walter Trout & the Radicals. Trout is one of the best guitarists on the planet, blues or otherwise, and I’m glad he’ll get to play before 5,000 fans instead of the usual 100 to 200 or so who can squeeze into a club.
But now that show is even better. Zydeco great Terrance Simien — a longtime Erie favorite — will open the concert. Because he’s a name, too, that first show will start earlier, at 6 p.m., to give him more time to play.
What a party that’ll be on July 9. In honor of Simien, take a look at him in action playing Toots and the Maytals’ classic “Pressure Drop” here
Another not-to-miss-opener: Nikki Hill on July 30 for Jake’s Blues. What a voice she has; and her music summons up the glory days of 60s soul, R&B, with a little roots-rock influences mixed in, too. Also, excellent Pittsburgh acoustic rockers Good Brother Earl will open for Sixpence None the Richer on Aug. 13.
Other openers: Drunk in Memphis for Rick Magee and Roadhouse Rockers on July 16; Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle for Big Sam’s Funky Nation on July 23; Stiletto for Thumpdaddy on Aug. 6; and the Stickers for the American Ride Band on Aug. 27.
Comedian John Pinette, who’s made his love of food the central theme of his stand-up, will play at the Warner Theatre on Nov. 15. He got his break by opening for Frank Sinatra in 1991; he was also the carjack victim in the last-ever episode of “Seinfeld.” Tickets will go on sale June 28.
Nothing to do tonight? Hogwash! Colter Harper of Rusted Root plays a CD release show for his “Fool’s Resolution” tonight at 7 at PACA, 1505 State St. He has a doctorate in ethnomusicology, and has also taught in Ghana, so expect music with a multicultural flair, plus a dose of jazz. His CD includes suites dedicated to important musical locales: Brazil, New York and Ghana. Admission is $10.
Also tonight, Film at the Erie Art Museum continues with Alan Parker’s “Pink Floyd: The Wall.” Bob Geldof of Boomtown Rats stars in the bleak, but visually and sonically arresting film, based on Floyd’s classic double album (for those who remember albums). The film starts at 7 p.m.; admission is $5.
Here is a list of just-announced shows, and a few that take place in the next week. Nice one in Pittsburgh on Thursday at Consol Energy Center if you don’t mind skipping Game 7 of the NBA finals: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with special guest the Smithereens.
JULY 12. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh.
JULY 14. Ace Hood, Rocko, Stalley. House of Blues, Cleveland.
JULY 14. Spiritualized. Waiting Room, Buffalo.
AUG. 8. Silversun Pickups. Agora Theatre, Cleveland.
AUG. 17. Jason Aldean. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 22. Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 28. Adam Ant & the Good, the Mad and Lovely Possee. Agora Theatre, Cleveland.
AUG. 29. Montgomery Gentry. Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
AUG. 30. Funny or Die Oddball Fest with Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin, Al Madrigal, Broden Steven, more. First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
SEPT. 11. Il Vola. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. On sale June 21 at www.livenation.com.
SEPT. 17. Blue October. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale.
OCT. 2. Atlas Genius, Family of the Year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
OCT. 8. Nine Inch Nails, Explosions in the Sky. Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
OCT. 13. Drake, Miguel. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On sale June 28 at www.theqarena.com.
OCT. 16. Drake, Miguel, Future. First Niagara Center, Buffalo. On sale June 21 at www.tickets.com.
OCT. 18. Drake. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
OCT. 19. Nine Inch Nails, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Bryce Jordan Arena, State College. On sale June 21.
OCT. 20. Between the Buried and Me. Peabody’s Down Under, Cleveland. On sale at www.showstubs.com.
OCT. 21. Between the Buried and Me. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale. On sale at www.showstubs.com.
OCT. 25. Gordon Lightfoot. Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
NOV. 8. Patti LaBelle. State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale July 1 at www.tickets.com.
NOV. 10. Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. On sale June 21.
NOV. 15. Comedy. John Pinette. Warner Theatre, Erie. On sale June 28 at www.erieevents.com, 452-4857, Warner Theatre box office.
SEPT. 29. Jack Johnson, Bahamas. E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio. On sale through lottery only through Monday at www.jackjohnsonmusic.com.
OCT. 7. Matthew Good. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale June 21 at Ticketmaster.
NOV. 9. Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe. State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale June 21 at www.tickets.com.
NOV. 27. Brian Setzer Orchestra. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
JUNE 20. Kenny Chesney. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
JUNE 20. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Smithereens. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 20. Steven Page. Thursday at Canalside, Buffalo. Free.
JUNE 20. Walter Trout. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JUNE 21. Hesitations. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
JUNE 21. Son Volt. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
JUNE 21. The Wailers. South Park Amphitheater, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 21. Kelly Rowland, the Dream. House of Blues, Cleveland.
JUNE 22. Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 22. Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Jay Lamont. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
JUNE 22. Straight No Chaser. Chautauqua Amphitheater, Chautauqua, N.Y. On sale at www.ciweb.org., (716) 357-6250.
JUNE 22. Peter Frampton. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
JUNE 22. Why? Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
JUNE 22. Leo Kottke. Bear’s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
JUNE 23. Zombies with Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone. Tralf, Buffalo.
JUNE 23. Zac Brown Band. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y.
JUNE 23. Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 23. Langhorne Slim and the Law. Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 24. Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y.
JUNE 25. The 5 Browns. Chautauqua Amphitheater, Chautauqua, N.Y. On sale at www.ciweb.org., (716) 357-6250.
JUNE 25. Kings of the Mic with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, De La Soul, Public Enemy. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
JUNE 25. Say Anything. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 25. Geto Boys. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
JUNE 25. Yessayer. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
JUNE 25. Chicago. Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y.
JUNE 26. Molly Hatchet. Quaker Steak & Lube, Sharon.
JUNE 26. Happy Together Tour with the Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
JUNE 26. Say Anything, Eisley. House of Blues, Cleveland. JUNE 26. Parquet Courts. Tralf, Buffalo.
JUNE 27. Harry Connick Jr. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh.
JUNE 27. Stephen Lynch. House of Blues, Cleveland.
JUNE 27. Teddy Riley and Blackstreet featuring Dave Hollister. Thursday at Canalside, Buffalo. Free.