1) Akron Symphony Orchestra presents Bach’s Brandenburgs, 8 p.m. Saturday, E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., University of Akron. $32-$52, www.akronsymphony.org
The orchestra unleashes some hits with a program of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5; along with Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 1.
2) Ron White: A Little Unprofessional, 7 p.m. Friday, Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N., Canton. $42.75-$52.75, 330-454-8172, email@example.com
This super-rich, Grammy-nominated, loud and proud redneck and member of the uber-successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour brings his scotch-swilling brand of stand-up to Canton.
3) Relaxer with David Bay Leaf and Nights, 10 p.m., Saturday, Annabell’s Bar & Lounge, 784 W. Market St., Akron. Free, 330-535-1112
The local supergroup is made up of members of Houseguest, Party of Helicopters, White Pines, Shivering Timbers and an awesome Black Sabbath tribute band. Last fall, Relaxer was handpicked by the Shins to open for it in Kent and the band has been busy recording the follow-up to its debut album. David Bay Leaf plays cool, tuneful,’80s-inspired songs that make you want to dance like you’re in an 1980s John Hughes film.
4) North Coast Men’s Chorus Mardi Gras Celebration, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland. $50-$1,500, 216-556-0590, www.ncmchorus.org.
Northeast Ohio’s largest gay chorus will celebrate Mardi Gras with this fundraiser that includes a concert, some N’awlins cuisine, beads, a king cake and silent and live auctions.
5) Candlebox: The 20th Anniversary Tour, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Peabody’s Concert Club, 2045 E. 21st St., Cleveland. $17 in advance, $20 day of show, 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Full disclosure: I hated this band’s music 20 years ago and I’ve heard nothing in the past 20 years that has changed my mind. Nevertheless, it sold a bunch of records in the 90s and was the soundtrack to many (now) 30-somethings’ glory days and as such will probably do quite well. Opening for it will be local band Red Sun Rising, which swims in a similar swamp of post-grunge/active rock and is also quite popular in the area.