Ringo Starr, MC5′s Wayne Kramer lead separate all-star bands onto Also Playing

September 18, 2018

Ringo Starr, MC5′s Wayne Kramer lead separate all-star bands onto Also Playing

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Rock ‘n’ roll royalty – literally and figuratively – occupy this week’s Also Playing offerings, with Sir Ringo Starr and MC5′s Wayne Kramer and a collection of pals.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, Hard Rock Rocksino. It’s not often that British nobles visit Northeast Ohio. But usually when they do, it’s a former Beatle. Yep, that’s happening again. Sir Ringo Starr will bring his All Starr Band to Northfield for a sold-out show. This year’s band – the 13th installment, by the way -- features members of Santana, Toto, 10CC, Men At Work, Kansas and – duh! – the Beatles. And the set list for past shows pretty much reflects that, with songs like “Down Under,″ “Rosanna,″ “Africa,″ “Black Magic Woman,″ “I’m Not in Love,″ “Who Can It Be Now″ and more to go along with Ringo’s tunes, including “You’re Sixteen,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,″ “Yellow Submarine″ and “It Don’t Come Easy.″

MC50, Kick Out the Jams, 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, House of Blues. How’d you like to see MC5, Fugazi, Soundgarden, Faith No More and Zen Guerrilla all in one show? You can this weekend, when MC5 co-founder Wayne Kramer celebrates 50 years of the band with pals Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla). “The MC5′s music is among the most memorable work I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot,″ wrote Kramer on a website created for this tour. “Playing the album ‘Kick Out the Jams’ – live from top to bottom in 2018 – is as exciting a project as I could have ever imagined. And, the fact that this album has meant so much to this many over these decades and continents matters a great deal to me.″ Rough Francis opens. Tickets, $35 to $55, plus fees, are available at the box office; houseofblues.com/Cleveland, ticketmaster.com and livenation.com; and by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or 216-523-2583.

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