This is a night for a foot-stomping good time, whether you're headed to Cleveland or Pittsburgh -- or staying right at home.
At the B & amp;B Backstage, you've got a burner of a show tonight with The Clarks and Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers, performing at 7. If there's anybody who doesn't know yet, The Clarks produce a rollicking blend of rock and roots styles, while Grushecky has the reputation of being Pittsburgh's (and maybe the country's) best bar-band leader. (1247 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. (330) 758-1557.)
In Cleveland, Little Feat play at 7:30 p.m. at the House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Ticketmaster or www.hob.com. This band continues the rugged rock style of the band that has featured dozens of stars over the years.
For a taste of the real rhythm of the bayou,
check out Thomas Big Hat Fields and His Foot Stompin Zydeco Band, 9:30, Wilbert's, 812 Huron Road East, Cleveland. (216) 902-4663 or www.wilbertsmusic.com.
Finally, that American Idol cutie, Kelly Clarkson (right), is playing at 7:30 p.m. at A.J. Palumbo Center, 1304 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh. Ticketmaster. Although her Idol songs may have been formulaic, her recent hits have a distinctive rock edge.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will rev it up at 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Ticketmaster or www.hob.com. This is one of the hottest swing outfits around, but the horn-driven rhythms can also rock.
You can bet that it's a fun time when the The Fabulous Flashbacks take the stage at B & amp;B Backstage, 1247 Boardman-Poland Rd., Youngstown. (330) 758-1557. (Shows usually start around 7, but the fun begins much earlier.)
If you wanna catch the Boss before his European tour, you'd better head on down to Columbus. That's where Bruce Springsteen brings his Devils & amp; Dust Tour at 7:30 in Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Ticketmaster.
Calling all Tawny Kitaen fans. Oops. She won't be there, but Whitesnake will, with Supagroup, at 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues, East Fourth St., & amp; Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Ticketmaster or www.hob.com.
The almost-Idol, Clay Aiken, will perform at 8 p.m. at Chevrolet Amphitheatre, Station Square, Pittsburgh. Ticketmaster. It seems his career is doing better than the fellow who beat him.
On Monday, Vans Warped Tour begins its invasion of Pittsburgh at noon noon, Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. Ticketmaster.
Also: Hootie & amp; The Blowfish performs at 7:30 at House of Blues, East Fourth St., & amp; Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Ticketmaster or www.hob.com. (Story on D14.)
Next Thursday, you can get a helping of Hot Tuna at 8 p.m. at House of Blues, Music Hall, Cleveland. Ticketmaster. This outfit, formed by Jefferson Airplane alumni, has stayed true to its blues roots. Sometimes loud, sometimes acoustic, the playing is always superb.
It isn't often you get the chance to see a roots music pioneer who still has all his chops. That's the case with CJ Chenier & amp; Red Hot Louisiana Band, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Wilbert's, 812 Huron Road East, Cleveland. (216) 902-4663 or www.wilbertsmusic.com.
On Aug. 7, Neil Diamond take the stage at 8 p.m. at Gund Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland. Ticketmaster. From "Cherry, Cherry" to power ballads, the singer has entertained a loyal following for generations.
Speaking of loyal, on Aug. 9, Kenny Loggins (right) and Jim Messina perform at 8 p.m. at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. Ticketmasters. The duo had hits back in the 1970s, but has regrouped after years apart.