Ween — with Gene and Dean — to bring the weird to the Agora in July

Hey, put on your shoes, Fancy Pants, because you’ll be walking Joppa Road and then be dancing in the show tonight.

That is a confusing, if reference-laden, way to say that Ween has announced a show this summer at the Cleveland Agora!

It’s not Buckingham Green, but it’ll do.

So listen, Ocean Man, fire up the Flutes of Chi and put July 24 on your calendar. (Insert a clever use of “The Argus” or “She Wanted to Leave” — two of my favorites — here, because I got nothing.)

If you’ve never heard of Ween, they are, um, an unusual — and unusually creative — band, formed decades ago in Pennsylvania by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo Jr., who perform, respectively, as Gene Ween and Dean Ween.

I was introduced to them years ago by a friend when their most recent album was 1997’s “The Mollusk,” still, in my opinion, their best work. Some of their stuff, especially earlier in their career, is just too weird for me. (Looking in your direction, 1991’s “The Pod.”) When listening to a bunch of Ween, I’ve found I simply don’t have to stay forever.

A news release from the Agora states 2016 was a “monumental” year for Ween. More than four years after their last performance, the band reunited for three instantly sold-out shows in each Broomfield, Colorado, and New York City, made headline and festival appearances across the country, and released their first live album since 2008, “GodWeenSatan Live.”

In 2018, specifically on July 24, it should be a transdermal celebration for Northeast Ohio Ween fans. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 6 (with a venue presale the day before) — $49.50 ($55 day of show) for general admission, with reserved seating for $99.50. (That’s less than a hundred bucks!) Hang on to this Ticketweb link.

Stream of the week: I have to admit I never really gave fast-rising alternative R&B star The Weeknd (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) a listen. However, after seeing all the buzz building up late last week that he might be about to drop an album, when I saw “My Dear Melancholy,” available March 30 on Apple Music, I gave it a spin. I’ve given it several since. More of an EP, the six-track, fantastically produced affair leaves me wanting more every time. However, I’ll leave it to Twitter to decide which ex of The Weeknd each of the songs is about. For what it’s worth, the effort’s first track remains my fave:


Mark Meszoros has seen Ween four or five times and is looking forward to adding to that number. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Top photo: Gene Ween, left, and Dean Ween of Ween performing in 2016 (Associated Press file).

Leave a Reply