Your Complete Guide to Cleveland Concerts (December 12 - 18)

Page 2 of 2

Tony Koussa Jr. Duo (in the Wine Bar): 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Austin Lucas/Allison Weiss/P.J. Bond/Austin Craig: 8 p.m., $12. Beachland Tavern.

Moistboyz/Black Puddle Noise: 9 p.m., $14 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Kip Moore/Drake White/The Big Fire: 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. House of Blues.

Polkadot Cadaver "From Bethlehem to Oblivion" Christmas Show/Downtown Brown: 6 p.m., $10 ADV, $13 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

R. Stevie Moore: 9 p.m. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Rebel Yun: 9 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.

Russian Duo: 8:30 p.m., $15. Nighttown.

Ryan Humbert's 5th Annual Holiday Extravaganza: 8 p.m., $15-$20. Akron Civic Theatre.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., $29-$68.50. Quicken Loans Arena.

Witchfeet/The Public/Cherry Cola Champions: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.


Adventure Club/DVBBS/Dallask/Hunter Siegel: 9 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues.

Anamanaguchi/Broken Keys: 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Hot Jazz Seven: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Rock, Salt & Nails/Leah Marra: 6:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Bill Rudman's A Christmas Cabaret: 7 p.m., $22-$30. Nighttown.

Saves the Day: 7 p.m. Musica.

School of Rock: 12 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Spacehog/Sponge/Lionize/The Red Paintings: Some consider Spacehog's "In the Meantime" among the greatest rock 'n' roll tunes of all time. Others still will whisper in dark corners that it is the greatest such song. Leaving the highfalutin and mostly misplaced debate aside for now, Spacehog remains a killer rock band from across the pond. Reeling in glam rock influences to go with its '90s aural attitude, the band is true to its roots. And Sponge will round out the bill with them tonight, which is awesome. What a great pairing! Sponge recently cut their seventh studio album, Stop the Bleeding, which harkens back to their earlier material. The single, "Come in from the Rain," will have you longing for simpler times and nodding your head in agreement with singer Vinnie Dombroski's poetry. 7:30 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Grog Shop. (Sandy)

Stevie Stone/Caskey: 6 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Agora Ballroom.


The Breeders: It has been 20 years since the Breeders made a huge splash with Last Splash; the noise-pop group formed when the Pixies Dayton, Ohio-born Kim Deal started writing songs while the Pixies were on a European tour. Deal originally hooked up with Throwing Muses' Tanya Donelly, but eventually also brought her sister Kelley into the fold for Last Splash, the album that featured the band's most popular single, "Cannonball." To mark the album's twentieth anniversary, the group has reissued the disc as a three-CD package (and seven-disc vinyl box set) and reconvened the original Last Splash line-up for a U.S. tour that started earlier this year in Oberlin. Not quite grunge or riot grrrl, the band occupied a sort of musical middle ground. "We were all kind of not looking for an identity through music," says Kelley Deal. "We were very Midwest." A tune such as "Divine Hammer" has a great energy behind it. "Kim [Deal] and I started working on that when we were 17," says Deal. "We had a different version that was not called 'Divine Hammer.' I think it was called 'You Always Hang Around.' Then, Kim had changed the lyrics and rearranged it a little. It probably would have been pretty decent at any of those stages." Expect to hear it and a bunch of other tunes from Last Splash at tonight's show. 8:30 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Devon Allman: 8 p.m. Wilbert's.

Brian Henke/Jim Lesher & Rose: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Donny & Marie's Christmas in Cleveland: 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$125. Quicken Loans Arena.


Blu Monsoon: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Classical Revolution Cleveland: 8 p.m. Happy Dog.

Hugh Cornwell/Rainy Day Saints: 8:30 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

Anita Keys & Friends/Charlie Mosbrook: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Lyrical Rhythms: Poetry and Soul Open Mic: 9 p.m. Grog Shop.

Outlab: Experiments in Improvised Music (in the Locker Room): 9 p.m., free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Bill Rudman's A Christmas Cabaret: 7 p.m., $22-$30. Nighttown.

Adam Warrock/Tribe One/2D6: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.


10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

AnimalxHouse CLE/Key!/Sted Lee/G4Shi: 9 p.m., $13. Grog Shop.

FM — A Tribute to Steely Dan: 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Rocksino. 8:30 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino.

Loves It!/Rodney & the Regulars/The Railshakers: 8 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.

Joe Rollin' Porter/Joe Garcia: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Wetbrain Baltimore vs. Wetbrain Cleveland/Drug Problem/Kill the Hippies: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
Scroll to read more Music News articles
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.