Music Notes: A Day to Remember closes summer to remember


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The outdoor season at Stage AE will close on Sunday the same way it started -- with a frenzied sold-out crowd for All Time Low and Pierce the Veil.

This time, however, the cherry on top will be A Day to Remember. The metalcore band from Florida, defined by its growled verses, sung choruses and furious crowds, has something going in PromoWest Live's Pittsburgh-Columbus circuit.

"Both of our A Day to Remember dates, in Pittsburgh and Columbus, sold out, and the agent asked, 'What are you doing?' because those are their two best markets," said Scott Stienecker, president of the Columbus-based promoter.

A Day to Remember's House Party Tour is the 53rd outdoor event in a season that Mr. Stienecker says is the biggest since the venue, which opened in December 2010, stepped outside in 2011.

While First Niagara Pavilion is clearly dominated by Nashville acts -- nine of its 23 shows were country -- Stage AE continued to be harder to pin down in terms of genre. There was an even spread of indie rock (Flaming Lips, Sigur Ros), classic rock (Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton), hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller), jam-rock (Black Crowes, O.A.R.), pop (fun., Fall Out Boy), country (Darius Rucker) and grunge/metal (Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age).

Stage AE's biggest summer show, in terms of crowd size and revenue, was Icelandic indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men, drawing 5,200 in one of seven summer sell-outs.

"Darius Rucker did better than we thought," Mr. Stienecker said. "With Fall Out Boy, we didn't know where their career was going to be, and it sold out really quick. Cheap Trick was probably the biggest disappointment."

Mac Miller, who sold out First Niagara Pavilion last summer, underperformed a bit, he said, doing 3,100.

A few shows, like The National and Rancid, sold out inside and could have been moved outdoors, but, he noted, some bands prefer to play to a packed indoor club.

"Our real big shows," Mr. Stienecker said, "are the ones that appeal to college and young professionals. That's your concert-going age."

Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday for the sold-out Rockstar Energy Presents A Day to Remember's House Party Tour with All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and The Wonders.

Meat Puppets + 1

When the Meat Puppets play Club Cafe on Saturday, it will be the band's first trip here with a third Kirkwood, and it's not a long-lost brother.

Curt Kirkwood, who fronts the band with his bassist brother Cris, has enlisted the services of his 29-year-old son Elmo as a second guitarist.

The genre-defying punk/psych/folk group from Arizona helped keep the '80s safe for guitar bands with such classic albums as 1985's "Meat Puppets II" and 1985's "Up on the Sun" and got its biggest exposure when Kurt Cobain invited the Puppets to appear on Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged in New York."

The band, which has played amazing shows here at the Decade, Graffiti and Mr. Smalls, among other spots, plays its most intimate venue yet, Club Cafe, touring on its 14th album, "Rat Farm."

"It's going to be real blown up folk music," Curt said about the album in a statement. "I tried to write stuff that would be kind of easy to learn and easy to play, try and get it to stand on its own that way -- just the chords and the melodies, and play it kind of straight. I think that was the guiding boundaries that I gave myself."

"I didn't want to get too complicated. It was one of those things where a lot of times, in the past especially, Cris would go, 'Well, that's all there is? Let's put a prog rock part in the middle.' But I tried to hold it off as much as I could. I'm a lot of times trying to do that -- be as simple as possible -- because it tends to make something stick for me a little better, because I don't have to think about it that much when I'm playing it. And that I might actually wind up playing it live at some point, which is what I'm trying to do. I made it a point to do that."

Elmo isn't a musical novice, having played in the bands Flamingo and Kirkwood Dellinger. He told Punk Globe, "Curt and I play different music and write different songs... Beyond my voice sounding kind of like his and us looking alike there aren't many similarities. So I find that if I don't mention the connection most people won't make it on their own."

The show is at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20; clubcafelive.com.

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Scott Mervis: smervis@post-gazette.com; 412-263-2576. Twitter: @scottmervis_pg.


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