Bands come to Beach Club’s rescue

Assorted ramblings about a lot of good music in the coming week:

More than 35 bands, many from the Mahoning Valley, are donating their time and talents this weekend for Rock 2 Rebuild the Beach Club, the Conneaut Lake Park venue that suffered major damage in an early morning fire Aug. 1.

Friday’s lineup features Edison’s Medicine, Porcelain Bus Drivers, Chrome, Good Seed, Remains of Jade, Joyride, Straight On and Acoustic Anonymous.

Saturday includes Vicious Cycle, Roger Lewis & The Kynd, Mayflower Hill, Hern Brothers, Cerebral Plane, The Fillbillys, Black Jack Outlaws, Sean Patrick & the New Grass Revolution, Dead Shot, Sofa King Cool Band, Mr. Lucky, Andrea’s Fault, Mo Nelson Band, Rick Ramsey, Rick and Jack and Corey James.

The final day offers Rick McGee & the Roadhouse Rockers, Medically Wrecked, Contraband, No X-Cuse, Sucker Punch Squid, Wet Lemon, Fetish, The Fringe, Rod Tucker, Brian Angelo and Gabby Barrett.

Tickets are $11 each day or $31 for a weekend pass in advance or $14 each day and $34 for a weekend pass at the gate. 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward rebuilding the Beach Club. For tickets or more information, go to

I’ll be doing a theater review Friday, but those who don’t have plans should go to the CD release show by J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights at Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman.

There’s an interview with Eicher on page 14 of this section with all the details, but let me say “Into Place” is an impressive record.

The Summit (90.7 FM) is playing “I’d Like to Get to Know You” as one of its local spotlight tracks, and it fits seamlessly alongside the adult album alternative acts in the station’s playlist. And it’s not the only song on the record that would.

I am going to see David Mayfield Parade, which returns to the area with an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Musica in Akron.

I missed the CD release show for Mayfield’s “Good Man Down” in April, but the disc by the Newton Falls native and current Warren resident is one of my favorite albums so far of 2013. He also has a reputation for being an amazing live act. Someone should bring him to the Warren Community Amphitheatre next summer.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Kent’s Bethesda, one of the best bands I saw last month at Youngstown’s VexFest, will open.

And for those with no plans next Thursday, Dawes is playing a free outdoor concert on Sept. 19 to kick off the Kent State ‘Round Town Music Festival.

For those who’ve never heard the band, the laziest comparison is to late ’70s Jackson Browne (“A Little Bit of Everything,” from the band’s 2011 album “Nothing Is Wrong” would be a perfect fit on “The Pretender”). Lead singer guitar player Taylor Goldsmith is a great storyteller with a novelist’s attention to detail.

Like Mayfield’s “Good Man Down,” Dawes’ “Stories Don’t End” is one of my favorite albums of 2013, and the band’s duet with John Fogerty on “Someday Never Comes” is one of the best tracks on Fogerty’s “Wrote a Song for Everyone.”

If there’s a knock on the band’s recordings, it’s that they can be too mid-tempo, too laid back. The songs have much more energy live. I saw them open for Mumford & Sons last summer in Columbus, and my daughter and I liked them enough that we drove down to Columbus in June to see them headline a small venue.

Dawes and Good Old War will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 on the Student Green on campus in Kent. It’s free. It’s only an hour away or so, depending upon where you live. Don’t miss it.

On a non-music note, “The Spectacular Now” – one of the movies I mentioned in last week’s column – opens Friday at Shenango Valley Cinemas in Hermitage, Pa., and Cinema South in Boardman.