1. Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013 Tour with Explosions in the Sky, 7 p.m. Saturday, Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, 2000 Prospect Ave. $38.50- $98, www.wolsteincenter.com, 877-468-4946.
Trent Reznor, a former Clevelander, Right Track Studio assistant engineer and Oscar-winning composer, returns to his former stomping grounds with his band Nine Inch Nails. NIN has a new album, “Hesitation Marks,” that sounds pretty much like what you'd expect from the long-running industrial rock band: scary electronic blurps, bleeps and beats, spooky minor key melodies and Reznor's usual angry self-loathing, which seems a bit tempered by middle age.
2. Sha Na Na Dinner and a Show, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Tangier, 532 W. Market St., $40-$60, www.thetangier.com, 330-376-7171.
If you’re over 35, you’re probably thinking “Wow!, these guys are still alive and working? Where’s Bowzer?” If you're under 35, you’re likely wondering, "What is a Sha Na Na?" Well, Sha Na Na is likely one of the longest running tribute bands in the world, having formed in 1969 to keep alive classic, seminal 1950s and early 1960s rock. Surprisingly, it performed at the Woodstock Festival. From 1977 to 1981, the group had a variety show that made John “Bowzer” Bauman a semi-household name. Bowzer is no longer with the group, but it still has two original members, Donny York and Jocko Marcellino, and 43-year veteran Screamin' Scott Simon.
3. Ian Hunter & the Rant Band with Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, 8 p.m. Saturday, the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. $30-$40, 330-677-5005, www.thekentstage.com.
Ian Hunter is probably best known as the former leader of 1970s Brit-rockers Mott the Hoople and his many solo albums and songs including “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “All the Young Dudes.” But ’round these parts, he’s the awesome dude who wrote “Cleveland Rocks.”
4. Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, 8 p.m. Friday, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S Main St., $35, $45, www.akroncivic.com.
I didn’t read the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but a story with a bunch of unusual sex and sex-related acts is surely ripe for a little comedic song and dance, right?
5. Heart & Soul Christian Lounge, 8 p.m. Friday, Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., $5.70 in advance, $10 at the door. 330-434-3101.
This will be an evening of entertainment featuring singers, poets and comedians, including singer Jennifer Mekel Jones and funny man Jay Stevens.