Friday, March 2nd to Thursday, March 8th.

It’s a big week for rock and roll in Cleveland. The Beachland Ballroom’s anniversary weekend, which starts on Thursday with The Thermals, Big Sleep, and Very Knees in one room and The Charms, Boatzz, and Tall Pines in the other, continues Friday night with The Box Tops (feat. one Alex Chilton), and Mary Weiss (of the Shanrgri-La’s) on Saturday night…Also in town Friday night, legendary UK post-rockers, The Nightingales (John Peel loved these dudes, and that’s one man who knows more than me) are playing at the Winchester in Lakewood with Home and Garden, and Thunderbirds Are Now lead a show at the Grog Shop with Plasma for Guns.

Saturday night, there’s a Purim celebration at the Grog Shop. If you’re Jewish, you know what I’m talking about. I’m not Jewish, so I’m going to lift a quote that describes the holiday like this:

Purim both recounts a victory over oppression and addresses the masks we wear and who we are underneath them. It’s celebrated by dressing in costume, giving gifts of food and money to the poor, and turning things inside-out – which has been understood through thousands of years of tradition as very very raucous partying.

Bling Kong, Golem, Double Dutch Will Take You Higher, and The Parlor Boys will set the tone for a wild night. Gentiles are welcome.

Sunday night, Wolfmother return to Cleveland with a show at The Agora with locals Dr Teeeth setting the stage for a night of black leather jackets, lighters in the air, rock fists, and guitar riffs so righteous they’ll make your stoner uncle cry in his 32 oz beer…Recent Matador signees from Australia, Love of Diagrams play the Grog Shop that same night…Monday night, The Broken West (once The Brokedown) bring their infectious power pop to the Grog Shop…TV On The Radio make their first Cleveland appearance since the release of Cookie Mountain at the Cleveland Agora Tuesday night. It’ll be so much better than Dylan.

Get out and Rock out.