Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Must See Shows: July

From the original Spangle article here.

July. Can you believe it? This month is kicking the city's outside venues into full swing - in fact both featured acts this month are outside. The first, the Rock Hall Summer in the City concert series, is one of the best events this summer. It's also great to see Nautica, I mean Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, getting some heavy usage. This month also sees two of the biggest national pop tours with Katy Perry & Britney Spears (both with great openers). Finally, there's a slew of road trip shows this month, which only picking three was extremely challenging. Check out the TZA calendar for all the rest, if you're itchin' for a drive. One more thing... In light of the sale of MySpace and it's dwindling outlook, I will discontinue adding MySpace links for every artist.

Featured Event

July 6 :: Fitz & the Tantrums (Pop/Rock / Soul) /
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame / FREE
While I'm sure Fitz & the Tantrums are great (I missed their last performance at the Beachland Ballroom), they are getting one of the featured slots this month because they're the first of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Summer in the City Concert Series. For the third year, these free shows outside the Rock Hall have been one of the highlights of the Cleveland summers. Das Racist on the following week will be just as fun, see below.

July 26 :: The Decemberists (Pop/Rock) /
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica / $28.50 ~ $35
These former indie darlings turned major label are still putting out great music and are still sticking to what they know. The Decemberists, fronted by the charming Colin Meloy have released their 6th album in 9 years and show no signs of stopping. Opening are The Head and the Heart who's alt-folk sound is getting all kinds of attention now, so go early.

Best of the Rest

July 5 :: Katy Perry (Pop) /
Quicken Loans Arena / $28 ~ $48
The real reason to see this show is Marina & the Diamonds open ing, but stay for Katy if you wish.

July 6 :: Cabinet (Bluegrass) /
Beachland Tavern / $10
Some good old Pennsylvania Bluegrass.

July 9 :: Sade (Pop / R&B) /
Quicken Loans Arena / $49.50 ~ $149.50
The one. The only. John Legend opening

July 10 :: Wiz Khalifa (Rap) /
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica / $45 ~ $60
While I'm surprised at the price, I guess that means Wiz Kahlifa is really hitting the big time.

July 13 :: Das Racist (Art Rap) /
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame / FREE
The second installment of this awesome summer series. See video above.

July 14 :: Kurt Vile (Indie Rock) /
Grog Shop / $12 ~ $14
Kurt Vile returns once again, with a band and with the sunny Real Estate band opening.

July 15 :: Free Energy (Rock) /
Beachland Tavern / $10
Speaking of shows at the Rock Hall Summer Series, these guys were fun last year. Here's a chance to see them again.

July 16 :: Lucinda Williams (Country) /
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica / $39.50 ~ $62.50
The venerable alt-country songstress is coming back to Cleveland. Amos Lee is opening.

July 17 :: Tom Evanchuck (Folk / Blues) /
Barking Spider Tavern / Donation
While Tom's been playing around the area a lot lately, a show at the Spider is the one you want to catch.

July 17 :: Moonface (Indie Rock) /
Grog Shop / $8 ~ $10
One part of Wolf Parade. I would be all over this show if I weren't at Pitchfork Music Festival!

July 22 :: Frontier Ruckus (Indie Folk) /
Beachland Tavern / $10
This young Michigan folk group is back again, hopefully signaling a new album soon.

July 23 - July 24 :: Burning River Festival /
Whiskey Island / $8 per day or $15 for 2-day passes
Some great bands here, including Young Man, Modern Electric, and Shivering Timbers. Don't forget Christmas Ale.

July 23 :: Poison Control Center (Indie Rock) /
Beachland Tavern / $7
These guys were just here in February, and it was a party. These guys give great show.

July 26 :: Britney Spears (Pop) /
Quicken Loans Arena / $29.50 ~ $350
I guess if I'm listing Katy Perry for Marina & the Diamonds, I can list Britney for Nicki Minaj

July 26 :: Frightened Rabbit (Pop/Rock) /
Grog Shop / $13 ~ $15
This excellent Scottish band just signed to Atlantic and is working on a new album. Expect to hear some of it here.

July 29 :: Girlyman (Folk / Pop) /
Cain Park / $5
I have to give it to Girlyman for picking a different venue each time back. Check out some video from their last Beachland appearance.

Notable Road Trips

July 9 :: Cut Copy (Pop / Dance) /
Royal Oak Music Theater (Royal Oak) / $20
THIS IS THE SHOW TO SEE. Once again, a road trip almost made a featured event.

July 27 & 28 :: Death Cab for Cutie (Pop/Rock) /
27th / LC Pavilion (Columbus) / $32 ~ $34
28th / Fox Theater (Detroit) / $30 ~ $45
Similar to the Decemberists, Death Cab is another band who have gone major label but have been able to maintain legitimacy.

July 30 :: Handsome Furs (Pop/Rock) /
PJ's Lager House (Detroit) / tbd
Handsome Furs is one part of Wolf Parade (at TZA favortie). This husband/wife team puts out some of the indie pop/rock out there.

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