I’m in major TGIF mode. Time to bust out for some fun.
Tonight, I’m starting with Peter Case at Erie Art Museum at 8 p.m. What a treat to see him play Erie; he’s churned out great songs for more than 30 years It’ll be an intimate show with Case engaging the audience with stories and acoustic gems, though that doesn’t mean he won’t also rock out. Remember, before he became a troubadour he played in the Plimsouls and the Nerves. This guy is so admired in songwriting circles that a tribute to him encompassed three CDs!
Suggested donation is $15 at the door.
Tonight also features Erie native Trevor Huster at Erie Ale House, where he’ll team up with vocal powerhouse Kayti Stadler from Lucky Dog. Huster is in town to work on the RockErie Music Awards, which return Sept. 29 at Bayfront Convention Center. He leads the house band. Frank Marzano and Aaron Forsyth also play at the Ale House tonight; that show is from 8 to 11 p.m. Doug Phillips gets it rolling with his acoustic set at 6 p.m.
Chris Higbee is back at Presque Isle Downs on tonight and Saturday; the man knows how to entertain if you like uptempo current country. Tonight also features Jackson Station at Scooters, The RiffRiders (6 p.m.) at Bullfrog.
On Saturday, the I-90s play at Sherlock’s, Stiletto sings at Sandbar, Rodger Montgomery is at Alto Cucina (6:30 p.m.), the Mulligans play at the U Pick Six Taphouse, and Sean Patrick and the NewGrass Revolution are at Jammin’ Vine in North East.
We ran out of room in yesterday’s Showcase for concert updates, so you can find those below. New dates rolled in for MGMT and Dream Syndicate, if you can believe that latter one.
OCT. 17. Zappa Plays Zappa. Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
OCT. 24. Cowboy Junkies. Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
OCT. 26. Music Masters Tribute to the Rolling Stones with Steve Jordan, Ian McLagan, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Steve Madaio, Ivan Neville, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks. State Theater, Cleveland. On sale now at www.rockhall.com.
OCT. 26. Trannies, Grannies and MC Hammer. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Sept. 20 at Ticketmaster.
NOV. 1. Merle Haggard. Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
NOV. 17. Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 20 at www.livenation.com.
NOV. 22. Dream Syndicate. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
NOV. 27. Twenty One Pilots. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 20 at Ticketmaster.
DEC. 2. MGMT. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Sept. 27 at Ticketmaster.
DEC. 30. Clutch. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 20 at Ticketmaster.
JAN. 10. Clutch. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
MARCH 14. The Chieftains. Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
MARCH 15. Chris Botti. Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
SEPT. 19. Pere Ubu. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
SEPT. 19. Joe Satriani. Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood, Ohio.
SEPT. 19. Sigur Ros. Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 19. Blue October. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 20. Avett Brothers. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
SEPT. 20. Grandmothers of Invention. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
SEPT. 20. Gypsy Kings. Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
SEPT. 20. Gov’t Mule. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 20. Saves the Day. Grog Shop, Cleveland.
SEPT. 20. Michael Buble. Consol Energy Centre, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 21. The xx. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 21. Big & Rich. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
SEPT. 21. Classic Soul with Manhattans, Dramatics, Chi-Lites. State Theatre, Cleveland.
SEPT. 21. Najee. Tralf, Buffalo.
SEPT. 21. John and Bucky Pizzarelli. Ohio Theatre, Cleveland.
SEPT. 22. Ani DiFranco. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 24. Michael Buble. First Niagara Center, Buffalo.
SEPT. 24. Jonny Lang. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 25. Postponed. Clutch. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
SEPT. 25. Sarah Brightman. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo. Note: rescheduled from Feb. 11.
SEPT. 26. Stars, Claps Your Hands Say Yeah. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
SEPT. 26. Pepper. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.