Futurebirds & Jessica Lea Mayfield at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH, 5.19.10


With six members playing pedal steel guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin and drums – switching off instruments and vocals throughout the set – Futurebirds have a hell of a lot of strings, but you wouldn’t mistake them for a string band. You might mistake them for a really big bar band, though. I’ll just be honest and say that their music didn’t do much for me, but their sense of humor did. A band who can play to a nearly-empty hall and still enjoy the hell out of themselves is okay in my book. The crowd was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and they were rewarded when the band kicked in three great songs at the end of their set, one led by drummer Payton Bradford who came out from behind his kit to strap on a Fender and go.

(One song was dedicated to LeBron James. “This one’s for LeBron. Maybe he’ll stay,” they said, perhaps in a bid to further endear themselves to the crowd. “He won’t,” came the … Continue reading

Notable shows in the greater Cleveland area & Ohio girls, best in the world

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sun, Apr 4| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    South Memphis String Band
    featuring Luther Dickinson / Alvin Youngblood Heart / Jimbo Mathus / Austin “Walkin” Cane
    Presented with the support of Roots of American Music
    $15.00 adv / $18.00 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Wed, Apr 7| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    Charlie Parr
    Tavern | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Tues, Apr 6| 9 PM
    Avi Buffalo
    Jaguar Love
    Two Hand Fools
  • Thurs, Apr 8| 9 PM
    Rare Birds
    Winters Warm
    2nd Half


  • Sat, Apr 3| 8 PM
    Cameron McGill and What Army
    Sweet Spot

Oberlin College

  • Wed, Apr 7| 10 PM
    Dum Dum Girls

Now That’s Class

  • Fri, Apr 9| 9 PM
    Easy Action
    Short Rabbits
    The Exploding Lies

House of Blues

  • Fri, Apr 9| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    The Dan Band
    Dot Dot Dot
    $17.50 adv
    $20.00 dos
    $25.00 balcony
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