Cleveland Asian Festival, 'Manning Up' at Greystone Hall and more: The Abram Five

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Brian Auger's Oblivion Express

1) Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, tonight through Saturday, Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, $25, 216-795-0550, www.jwpjazz.com.

The veteran British keyboardist, whose resume includes playing with Cream's Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck, Tom Jones, John McLaughlin, Jimi Hendrix, the Monkees and many more, has a dedicated audience for his toe-tapping funky jazz-rock here in Northeast Ohio and he'll be bringing his singing daughter Savannah Grace and son Karma as part of his quartet for his run at Nighttown.

 

2) The 2013 Cleveland Asian Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Asia Plaza, East 27th Street and Payne Avenue, Cleveland, free, www.clevelandasianfestival.org.

Did you know that May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month? Neither did I. But the city of Cleveland knows full well and is celebrating with the fourth annual festival featuring a performance by second season of “The Voice” contestant Cheesa, who dropped her debut album last month, along with amateur sumo wrestling (via inflatable fat suits), sushi- and egg-roll-eating competitions, martial arts demonstrations and various Asian community groups.

 

3) Flying Lotus, 7:30 tonight, House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave. $20-$25, 216-523-2583.

Critically hailed L.A.-bred producer/musician Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) brings his erudite, alternately funky, ambient, jazz and hip-hop flavored strain of electronica from his excellent three-album catalog including his most recent release, “Until the Quiet Comes,” along with fellow Brainfeeder labelmate bassist/singer Thundercat for an evening of very contemporary music.

 

4) Manning Up, 8 tonight, Actors’ Summit at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., Akron, $19-$30, 330-374-7568.

The local theater group presents a “warm-hearted comedy” about two soon-to-be-dads and best buds, Donnie and Raymond, who are understandably freaking out about the huge change coming in each of their lives in infant form.

 

5) Foam Fest 2, 8 p.m. Saturday, the Vortex, 1167 Brittain Road, Akron, $10 for 21 or older, $15 under 21, www.thevortexakron.com.

You may recall that foam parties (essentially a dance party with a foam-producing machine in overdrive) were all the rage several years ago. Well, the Vortex says screw the zeitgeist because dancing and drinking with friends while covered in foam is always a good time. The music will be provided by a series of DJs spinning dubstep, Brostep, U.K. Garage and various strains of extreme bass-heavy dance music that can alter your heartbeat. Sure you'll be rinsing that dried foamy stuff out of bodily crevices you didn't know you had for days afterward, but you'll likely have a few good memories to go with the dried goo caked in your ears.


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