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Posted: July 8th, 2014

This is a big music night for Erie…on a Tuesday?
Yes, which can mean only one thing. It’s time for 8 Great Tuesdays. The show will go on, despite today’s earlier Hurricane Khan, as in wrath of. Was it brutal or what?
Eric Brewer, Doug Phillips and Ron Sutton will forge a backing band that will welcome an assortment of talented Erie singers and musicians at tonight’s 8 Great Tuesdays, the first show of its 15th season. Each guest will do two or three songs, with at least one original included to showcase the scene. The core players will get to shine, too.
You’ll hear a little bit of everything: pop, rock, hip hop, country, jazz, blues, and jam. Guests include C. Brown, Amy Shallenberger, Dan Baney, Aaron Forsyth, Eddie Gangemi, Rodger Montgomery, Claire Stuczynski, Brooke Surgener, Steve Trohoske, Lindsey Vendetti and Patrick Williams.
This show was forged after 8 Great Tuesdays promoter Ron “Moondog” Esser watched the knockout Woodstock tribute by Erie artists on the 2013 CelebrateErie main stage. That led to this show, which should be just as awesome.
The Evening Guests will open with smart, folk-powered rock from California. Keyboard player Gerard Uht, however, is an Erie native, so give them a warm welcome.
Tonight’s show starts at 6 p.m. Shuttles begin at 5:30 p.m.

Need a place to hang out afterward? Get thee over to Docksider. Zydeco master and two-time Grammy winner Terrance Simien — who ironically opened for Walter Trout at the first 2013 show for 8 Great Tuesdays — will play at Docksider at 10 p.m. to accomodate those heading over from Liberty Park. I can’t wait for that, either. Check out this YouTube clip of Simien playing Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Working Wednesday is going to be tough.

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Posted: July 2nd, 2014

Beautiful night for a beach concert, right?

Thanks your Beach 1 stars then that the UPMC Sunset Music Series continues tonight at Presque Isle State Park. SYMBA plays first at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Bigness at 7:30 p.m.

SYMBA is a young female folk duo (ages 17, 18) who juggled a lot of instruments, including ukulele and guitars, and play originals and songs you know by the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Janis Joplins, Nora Jones, the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell and more.

I haven’t seen the Bigness yet, but they hail from Philadelphia and describe the band like this on Facebook: “Meet The Bigness, where front-woman Kristin Bigness’s uber-melodic folk Americana meets lead guitarist John Bueno’s Stephen Malkmus-meets-Neil Young guitar riffs. Each song off their latest EP Surf+Turf is a unique story that conjures Kristin’s gently nuanced voices—while remaining grounded in a steady folk strum and backing vocals that scream Air, Lennon/McCartney, and The Supremes all at once.”

Sounds good to me. Here’s a clip of the Bigness playing “Among the Evergreens” from YouTube.

Look for Gallabaloo on Aug. 16 at Jim N I Music Park in West Springfield, Pa. This fest will kick up a storm with Potwhole, Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution, Coffin Bangers, Lords of the Highway, Misery Jackals and more. Food will be available, and camping, too. It’s BYOB. Tickets are $15, on sale now at eventbrite.com.

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Posted: June 20th, 2014

The SeaWolves will celebrate the 20th season of professional baseball at Jerry Uht Park tonight. I’ll be headed out to that, then hopefully catch some music later on.

If the game ends early enough, Breeze Band are over at Docksider (7-10 p.m.), while Refuge plays today at Coconut Joe’s from 6 to 10 p.m.
Later on, Rodger Montgomery Blues Band reigns at Rum Rummers. Erie Ale House also has lots of tunes: Doug Phillips Acoustic for happy hour, then Justin Moyar, Basket Eddy and the Vigils.

On Saturday, Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution play at Last Shot, and North East’s Gravel Pit Park has a multi-band fest with Small town Revolution, Jackson Station, Mayflower Hill, Fun Guns and more, starting at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Schickalay’s on the Bay has an all-day party with Me & Julio, Jake’s Blues, Refuge and Chris Higbee. Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 12:30 p.m. Higbee closes it at 6:30 p.m.

Piano-playing political comedian Mark Russell plays July 20 at 6:15 p.m., preceded by an ice cream social. That’s a cool show for JES. Tickets are $15 for one or $25 for two. Russell paved the way for guys like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart.

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Posted: June 12th, 2014

Drake and Lil Wayne just announced a 31-city summer tour that includes two area stops.
The multiple Grammy Award winning artists will open the tour on Aug. 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, N.Y. They also play Aug. 17 at First Niagara Pavilion near Pittsburgh.
Tickets will go on sale June 20 at www.livenation.com.

Tonight’s block party features Money Shot (80s version), then the I-90s outside Sullivan’s. Proceeds from this one go to the A.N.N.A. Shelter.

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Posted: June 11th, 2014

Shickalay’s on the Bay at West Sixth and Peninsula Drive will host another outdoor music event on June 22.
Country-rocker Chris Higbee will headline with his band, while other performers include Refuge, Jake’s Blues and Me & Julio with Monica Lewis and Julio Quezada.
Tickets will be $12 advance and at the door. Food and concession booths will be on site.
Shickalay’s drew about 1,400 fans for its first outdoor party with Badfish — a Tribute to Sublime and Falling Hollywood on June 1. Perfect weather, excellent tunes and the gorgeous spot, surrounded by trees, added up to one fantastic party smack dab in the city, though it didn’t feel like it.
This show was just confirmed, so it was too late for me to include in Music Muse in Thursday’s Showcase. Look for more in the June 19 issue, including an interview with Higbee, who just issued a new video for “Barn Dance” on www.chrishigbee.com.

Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Gibson AP Music Awards on July 21. That’s AP as in Alternative Press, which is based in Cleveland.
Performers include Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Misfits, A Day to Remember, All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, twenty one pilots, Sleeping With Sirens and Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco.
Making guest appearances will be Billy Corgan, Korn, Ice-T & Coco, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Memphis May Fire, Motionless in White and I See Stars, among others.
Your host will be Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. Awards for best album, single and more will be presented. Fans can vote in 12 categories at www.altpress.com/apmas. Voting ends July 15.

Tickets are on sale for $69.99 at www.altpress.com/apmas. If you can’t go and get AXS TV, you’re in luck. The show will be broadcast live. Juliet Simms, the season two runner-up on “The Voice,” will co-host the red carpet pre-show with a soon-to-be announced guest.

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Posted: June 9th, 2014

Train with Erie’s Pat Monahan today just posted a new song, “Angel in Blue Jeans,” on iTunes and YouTube, and also announced a new CD.
“Bulletproof Picasso” is the title of the new CD; it’ll be released Sept. 16. The band also reveaked some new dates to support the CD in September; they’re all for San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
The new CD and single announcement arrives just a few days after Train drummer and original member Scott Underwood disclosed his departure from the band.
“Angel” has a more ethereal feel than the galloping “Drive By,” their last Top 10 hit. It’s a midtempo rocker with a chugging beat that also has decided country influence and spaghetti Western twang thing going on. It’s definitely different.
What do you think? Take a listen. It’s up on iTunes, too.

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Posted: June 6th, 2014

Gorgeous night…good for outoor music.

Jackson Station plays today at 6 p.m. at Coconut Joe’s. Salmon Frank will be on the Sunset Patio at Edinboro Lake Resort at 7 p.m.
If it doesn’t rain on Saturday, check out Clay Snyder at Edinboro Lake Resort at 7 p.m. Gibson Park in North East celebrates Gibson Days with Jim Cuneo ( 11 a.m.), Salmon Frank (3 p.m.) on Saturday, then BluesBeaters (1 p.m.) and Dixie Doodlers (4 p.m.) on Sunday.
Lakeview Wine Cellars features Ron Yarsoz and the Vehicle on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Indoors, Chris Higbee is at P.I. Downs on Friday and Saturday. Look for jamtronica band Gnosis with Ajamaja at Kings Rook tonight. Scooters has Leader of Men; French Kiss are at Irish Cousins. Those are both tonight.
Saturday, the X-Whites return for some rave-up punk funk at Sherlock’s with Unordained opening up.

I caught Old 97s at Beachland Tavern last night. They were on fire; Rhett Miller and the boys can still bring it and twang it, too. They even did “19,” which they rarely do, but a fan request compelled them to do it. Miller seemed in a great mood; he was smiling all night long.
I wish they would play Erie. We did see Miller once, a long time ago. He opened for Tori Amos at the Warner.

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Posted: June 2nd, 2014

After catching up on sleep, then Showcase, I finally have time to reflect on how just fantastic Sunday was out at Schickalay’s on the Bay with Badfish — a Tribute to Sublime and Falling Hollywood.
The concert, a first at this location, was a smash in every way possible. I had no idea how much open land there was behind Schickalay’s, which is located at West Sixth and Peninsula Drive. It’s vast and comfortable. The stage was set at the bottom a very gently sloping hill with the entire space lined by trees. It’s a relaxing, spot, yet vast enough that I’d bet up to 4,000 or more people could squeeze in for larger names.
The show ran so smoothly you’d think this was the 19th event at the venue, not the first. Great job by everyone involved. And it was cool to see so many people show up. I’d guess there were 1,200 or more folks there.
Falling Hollywood killed it on their opening set. They remain my favorite Erie band at the moment, capable of playing heartfelt Americana, folk-flavored rock and rockers with crushing riffs with equal measure. Badfish paid them tribute after they took the stage.
As for Badfish, they were as fun, spirited and tight as I hoped, playing the best of Sublime with non-stop energy. Sublime’s frenetic blend of ska, reggae and earthy funk ‘n’ roll sounds just as good now as when the band emerged in the 1990s, only to be stopped cold by the death of Bradley Nowell. Music this good though must be kept alive, and that’s where Badfish comes in. Their genuine love of the tunes shone through, and saxophone/keyboard player Dorian Duffy was a party all by himself with madcap dancing. They didn’t even need to ask the crowd to sing along, they chimed in on “Badfish,” “Smoke Two Joints” and “Santeria,” among others without prompting.
Not surprisingly, they closed a 1 hour, 45-minute set with “What I Got.” On a gorgeous, sun-kissed day, what we got was a non-stop party in a gorgeous setting.
This may be just be the beginning. From what I hear, more shows are in the works for later this summer. If so, it’ll make a great complement for 8 Great Tuesdays.

Monty Python’s final live show on July 20 will be televised from London to theaters around the world, including Tinseltown. Show time is 2:30 p.m. (That’s night time in England). Cost is $17 and they are on sale now. For a front-row seat to the last show by one of the world’s zaniest comedy troupes of all time, that’s a bargain. If you disagree, say no more, say no more. I don’t want to hear about it.

Waiting for Never will play another reunion show on June 14 at Sherlock’s. That’s one week after X-Whites do the same; they play June 7 with Unordained. Look for a story on X-Whites on Thursday in Showcase, along with a preview of the UPMC Sunset Music Series and the big Eyehategod concert. (Eyehategod? Don’t get in a snit. We’re equal opportunity. There’s also a “Jesus Christ Superstar” preview).

Lorde will plaly Artpark near Buffalo on Sept. 7 and Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland on Sept. 24. Tickets for both go on sale Friday.

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Posted: May 28th, 2014

Smell something tasty?
That would be ribs, racks of them. The Wild Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival is under way in Perry Square. Eight ribbers are downtown, including Jack on the Bone, the judges choice for Best Ribs in 2013, and People’s Choice winner Big Boned BBQ.
Also participating: Erie’s Famous Daves location; Pig Foot BBQ, Aramdillo’s, Mojo’s Rib Shack, newcomer Bade Azz BBQ, and my personal favorite, Carolina Rib King.
Tonight’s band (7:30 p.m.) is Bodie’s Bucket List, a new group which plays classic rock songs both known and lesser known, with an emphasis on harmonies. Expect Styx’s “Lorelei,” for example, as well as songs by Boston, Rush, Beatles, ZZ Top and Rolling Stones.
The band includes Mike Imboden, Pati Williams of Taylor Maid, Dave Krasinski, formerly of Joe Rockhead and the Bedrocks, Larry Kephart, Matt Kramer, Joe Parker and Dave Keisel.
The rib festival continues through Saturday. Thursday’s bands include the Jeff Fetterman Band (4:30 p.m.) and Jackson Station (7:30 p.m.). Friday’s headliners: the Riffriders (4:30 p.m.) and Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers (8 p.m.) On Saturday, look for bands from the World of Music Rock School (11 a.m.), the Rodger Montgomery Blues Band (2:30 p.m.); Taylor Maid (5 p.m.) and French Kiss (8 p.m.)

A new Erie concert for the Warner Theatre will be announced on Thursday; check MUSIC MUSE in Showcase for the details.

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Posted: May 21st, 2014

Following a week on vacation, I returned so buried at work that I need another one, pronto.
It’s not easy diving back into Showcase on deadline day without a word written yet. But it’s done and we’ll have a packed 32-page issue on Thursday with stories on the 8 Great Tuesdays lineup, next week’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival, Buckcherry at Conneaut Lake Park, Meanstreet (a Van Halen tribute) at Sherlock’s, Gallery Night and an ARTafterDARK party, and a terrific Kings Rook show with Tyler Smilo and his new band Daybreak Radio, plus The Mighty Sea, on Saturday. You’ll also find stories on Friday’s first Bike Night, the Troika Festival, and well, don’t miss it.

I caught a few shows at last week’s terrific Edinboro Art & Music Festival. Headliner Jim Lauderdale was terrific on Sunday, blending Americana, roots and country with his born-to-sing voice and smokin’ band better known as Donna the Buffalo. He debuted a couple songs, including a terrific rocker, from his forthcoming album, and was just plain gregarious and easy-going on stage. He closed on a fun night, too, covering “Slow Down.”
He promised to return; I hope he does.
Donna played a staggering three hours on Thursday, including plenty of stuff I didn’t recognize. That didn’t make it any less fun. When they’re on, which is pretty much every night, they lift you up into the stratosphere.

Sorry I wasn’t here to tell you about on-sale dates for Black Keys and Paul Weller (!) last week. Look below for all those, plus big shows going on sale this weekend, including a terrific double bill of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood at Darien Lake in Darien Center, N.Y.
Pollstar is listing an Aug. 15 date for Who’s Bad: the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute for CelebrateErie. The city has not confirmed that but I expect to hear about the CE lineup, well, eventually. We also have Badfish — a Tribute to Sublime headed to Erie on June 1. Here’s a video of them doing “Garden Grove” live in 2013.

JUNE 1. Badfish — A Tribute to Sublime, Falling Hollywood. Shickalay’s on the Bay, 2860 W. Sixth St, Erie. Visit www.eventbrite.com.
JULY 3. Deltron 3030, Kid Koala. House of Blues, Cleveland.
JULY 5. Survivor. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
JULY 8. Maxwell. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh.
JULY 9. Earth, Wind & Fire. Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
JULY 12. Music Fest with Cameo, Miki HOward, Full Force, Levert II, Original Rude Boys, Redd Grant. State Theatre, Cleveland.
JULY 15. Mike Stud. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale May 23 at Ticketmaster.
JULY 24. James Sibley. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Cleveland. On sale May 23.
JULY 31. Mike Armstrong. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Cleveland. On sale May 23.
OCT. 7. Porter Robinson. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
AUG. 7. Happy Together Tour. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Cleveland.
AUG. 7. Derek Richards. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Cleveland. On sale May 23.
AUG. 15. Mega 80s. House of Blues, Cleveland.
AUG. 21. Skid Row. Altar Bar, Pittsburgh.
AUG. 29. Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y.
AUG. 29. ZZ Top, Jeff Beck. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
SEPT. 4. Ed Sheeran. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale date TBA.
SEPT. 6. Black Keys, Cage the Elephant. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
SEPT. 7. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. On sale May 31 at 
SEPT. 7. Paul Weller. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 9. Afghan Whigs. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 10. Bob Weir & Ratdog, Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
SEPT. 13. Black Keys, Cage the Elephant. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 19. The War on Drugs. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 24. Cher, Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo. Bryce Jordan Center, State College.
SEPT. 26. Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Chase Rice. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
SEPT. 27. Afghan Whigs. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
OCT. 2. Coheed and Cambria. House of Blues, Cleveland.
OCT. 13. Airborne Toxic Event. House of Blues, Cleveland.
OCT. 17. Robin Trower. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. On sale June 6.
OCT. 29. Pretty Wreckless. House of Blues, Cleveland.

MAY 22. Primus. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 22, 23. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers with special guest Bruce Springsteen. Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium, Pittsburgh.
MAY 23. Trey Anastasio Band. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 23. Primal Fear. Altar Bar, Pittsburgh.
MAY 23. Mindless Behavior. State Theatre, Cleveland.
MAY 23. Kenny Rogers. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
MAY 23. Trey Anastasio Band. House of BLues, Cleveland.
MAY 24. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 25. Taking Back Sunday. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 25. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
MAY 25. Conor Oberst, Dawes. Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall.
MAY 25. Danity Kane. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 26. Buckcherry. Conneaut Lake Park, Conneaut Lake, Pa.
MAY 26. Blackberry Smoke. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 27. Rod Stewart, Santana. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
MAY 27. Skrillex. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 28. Future. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 28. Sold out. Bastille. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 28. Steel Panther. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
MAY 28. The Monkees. Palace Theater, Greensburg.
MAY 29. Steel Panther. House of Blues, Cleveland.
MAY 29. R5. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
MAY 29. Santana. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
MAY 29. The Head and the Heart. Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland..
MAY 30. Il Divo. Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, Ohio.
MAY 30. Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
MAY 30. CANCELED. Katey Sagal and the Forest Rangers. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
MAY 31. Gipsy Kings. Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, Ohio.
MAY 31. Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Part of Country Megaticket; on sale at www.megaticket.com.
MAY 31. Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
MAY 31. Rod Stewart, Santana. First Niagara Center, Buffalo.

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