Event details

The Lemonheads: Performing 'It's a Shame About Ray' in its entirety
w/ Public Squares, The Tufted Puffins
Sat, Nov 19 Show: 8:30 pm (Doors: 7:30 pm )
The Lemonheads
The Lemonheads' evolution from post-Hüsker Dü hardcore punk rockers to teenage heartthrobs is one of the strangest sagas in alternative music. Initially, the group was a punk-pop trio formed by three teenage Boston suburbanites, but over the years, the band became a vehicle for Evan Dando. Blessed with good looks and a warm, sweet voice, Dando became a teen idol in the early '90s, when Nirvana's success made alternative bands commercially viable. While his simple, catchy songs were instantly accessible, they tended to hide the more subversive nature of his lyrics, as well as his gift for offbeat covers and his devotion to country-rock father Gram Parsons. After developing his signature blend of pop, punk, and country-rock on several independent records in the late '80s, Dando moved the Lemonheads to Atlantic Records in 1990. Two years later, It's a Shame About Ray made the group into media sensations, as Dando's face appeared on music and teen magazines across America and Britain. At the height of the '90s alternative rock explosion, the Lemonheads topped Billboard's Modern Rock charts with "Into Your Arms," but the group couldn't sustain their momentum, partially due to Dando's personal excesses. After releasing Car Button Cloth in 1996, Dando and the Lemonheads retreated from the spotlight for a decade, re-emerging in 2006 with an eponymous album. Recordings remained sporadic from the Lemonheads in the 2010s and beyond, but Dando kept performing solo shows, reconvening his band on occasion.

Public Squares
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beings who inhabit human bodies for the purpose of recording and performing. We are a cult if you yearn to worship, we are a religion if you seek Gods, we are a movement if you're tired of standing still.

The Tufted Puffins
The Tufted Puffins is a re-emergence of musicians from numerous local bands of note in the volatile 80's and 90's Cleveland / Kent / Akron scene. It was a time when Devo, The Dead Boys, The Pagans, Tin Huey, and Pere Ubu were local bar bands. The music is a high energy blending of Garage Punk and Rock and Roll. Having been through it all before, the Puffins are in the perfect space to focus on the music and ignore the BS. As a part of the burgeoning Cleveland music scene we're surrounded by great bands and venues and audiences that other towns would kill for. It's a band of seasoned musicians who just want to play for the pure joy of raucous music.


Public Squares
The Tufted Puffins