Well, the recent string of 80-plus degree days strongly suggests that Mama Nature has decided to skip the rest of spring and charge right into summer. But that’s (metaphorically) cool because that just means more places to see your musical friends and neighbors ply their trade.

Lock 3 began last week and continues this Friday with local rock radio WONE’s familiar string of high-quality tribute bands. As increasingly more Boomer-era rockers call it a career, the tribute band market may grow even stronger. So all you faux Eltons, ersatz Skynyrds and wannabe Neil Diamonds are gonna get rich, I tells ya!

Anyway, in case you didn’t make the Journey and Def Leppard show at the Q on Monday night, you can at least simulate half of that concert experience this Friday evening with the apparently very confident group Absolute Journey: The International Tribute to Journey.

What makes this Toronto-based band international? According to their bio, the band “operates Internationally between North and Central America at casinos, cruise ships, festivals, theaters and corporate events.” So there. The band aims to re-create the Steve Perry era of Journey, i.e. every fan’s favorite era of Journey, with projections, costume changes — jeans, neon polyester animal print shirts and tuxedo jackets are costumes now — and plenty of audience interactivity.

So, get ready to sing “Naah, Na, Na, Naah, Na, Na...Na, Na, Na, Naaah, Na...Naaah, Na, Na, Naah, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Naah!” a bunch of times.

Coincidentally, just as the actual Journey and Def Leppard are touring together, Absolute Journey has a sister band (featuring a few of the same members) called Absolute Def Leppard. It’s called rock ’n’ roll synergy, folks. Opening for AJ will be local singer/guitarist Michael Weber, whom I first met and saw when he was a preteen guitar-slinger, playing a Les Paul that probably weighed as much as he did, in a band with some friends playing Rockin’ on the River.

He was quite the little showman back then. Now he’s a mostly grown student at Kent State and gigs regularly with his trio playing bluesy folk-infused rock. Weber released his Hollywood EP last year, recorded in the title city featuring, among others, Mike Mills of R.E.M. and a lot of reverb. Weber also recently won an episode of MTV’s young-skewed talent and variety show Amazingness hosted by Rob Dyrdek. Get there early and check out the talented young local man before you start lovin’, touchin’ and squeezin’ (and not stop believing).

Dave Matthews

If it’s May, it must be time for the annual Dave Matthews Ba...zzzzzz.

The Blossom season is also underway and on Friday the Dave Matthews Band makes its annual appearance. I’ve never been secret about my ambivalence toward DMB. They are clearly a talented group of musicians and seem like decent human beings worthy of having a few beers with. But, holy crap, their actual music is boring, if a bit more engaging coming from the stage. The tour coincides with the upcoming release of the band’s ninth album in 25 years, Come Tomorrow, out on June 8.

The band has a new single out, That Girl Is You, which works a syncopated thump and acoustic guitar and hand claps with Matthews using his sexy falsetto. It’s definitely a song.

Krall don’t walk

This week the Akron Civic Theatre gets jazzy with an appearance by singer, pianist Diana Krall and her band. The multiple Grammy and Juno (she’s Canadian) winning, gold- and platinum-selling artist and mother of twins, is touring behind her latest album Turn Up The Quiet, released last year.

The record finds Krall, who doesn’t write much, going back to interpreting classic American Songbook and other familiar pop classics from bygone eras including Rodgers and Hart’s Isn’t It Romantic and Cole Porter’s Night and Day. The title is apt, because Krall’s smoky, velvety contralto rarely rises above a melodic whisper and the ace band and guest artists keep her arrangements of these well-worn tunes simmering.

Krall takes a few of her signature bop-influenced piano solos and the core band on the recording includes the longtime band that will be with her at the Civic of guitarist Anthony Wilson, drummer Karriem Riggins, bassist Robert Hurst and fiddler Stuart Duncan all of who have their own careers and recordings as band leaders.

If you need more jazz, BLU Jazz+ has two big-ass big bands this weekend. I caught the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s recent show at BLU and wow, do those horns fill up the room. It was really high quality music. On Thursday night, it’s the Skatch Anderssen Orchestra featuring 17 of N.E. Ohio’s finest. (Tickets are $15; blujazzakron.com.)

The band has a standing gig at the Brother’s Lounge, but why go to all the way to Cleveland when you can check out their BLU debut in downtown and hear big arrangements of beloved and lesser known tunes by the likes of Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie and some talented local musicians.

On Sunday, the club’s cozy stage will be overflowing with the Akron-based Dave Banks Big Band, another 17-piece banger. Trumpeter Banks and his band will be joined by special guest vocalist Stan Davis. (Tickets are $20-$25; blujazzakron.com.)

Malcolm X Abram can be reached at mabram@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3758. Like him on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1lNgxml, and follow him on Twitter @malcolmabramABJ.