6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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Silverstein/Tonight Alive/Broadside/Tonight Alive

Back in 2015, post-hardcore act Silverstein celebrated 15 years together with a show in Cleveland that made it seem as if the band was playing "a hometown gig." Tonight, the explosive Ontario-based act is back at House of Blues armed with a new album, last summer's Dead Reflection. The record proves that singer Shane Told still has his screaming chops on lock, and the band's instrumentation is as tight as ever. Here, Silverstein's searingly emotional lyrics make you feel all of the feelings ... just like back in high school. (Laura Morrison), 6 p.m., $20. House of Blues.


The Alarm Clocks/Black Tights/The Dreemers

Fifteen or so years ago, Norton Records' reissued the Alarm Clocks' one and only single, "Yeah!"/"No Reason to Complain," making it the first official release from the local garage rock band since the group put the 7-inch out the first time. In the wake of the reissue, the Alarm Clocks have played to festival crowds across the country and have recorded new original material with the same raw energy they had in the 1960s. (Jeff Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

Cuco/Helado Negro/Lido Pimienta

An 18-year-old Chicano singer from Los Angeles, Cuco sings in both English and Spanish. Over the past year he has built a dedicated fanbase as his melancholy tracks have racked up millions of views on Youtube. His latest single, "We Had to End It," features a plodding guitar riff and plaintive vocals. Somber horns give the tune some heft. Expect to hear it and more tunes like it at tonight's show. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.

G. Love & Special Sauce

Not many of the alt-rock and hip-hop acts that MTV made famous in the '90s are still kicking. G. Love & Special Sauce is the exception. Twenty years ago, the singer-guitarist G. Love and his two-piece band released their self-titled debut and had an instant hit with the woozy blues-meets-hip-hop number "Cold Beverage." In the two decades since that album's release, Love and crew have consistently toured and recorded; they received a good second wind in 2003 when Love and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson collaborated on the Johnson tune "Rodeo Clowns." For his 2014 album, Sugar, Love reunited with upright bassist James "Jimi Jazz" Prescott for the first time in five years. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $25-$35. House of Blues.

Frank Sinatra Tribute with Michael Sonata (in the Supper Club)

Canton native Michael Sonata has always been involved in plays and choirs and was a member of the University of Notre Dame Glee Club. In 2004, he auditioned for a role in a Sopranos spoof that required a character based on Frank Sinatra. Sonata got the part and has been imitating Ol’ Blue Eyes ever since. He includes some 90 songs in his repertoire and covers all eras, including the Columbia years and the Capitol years. He even takes requests from the audience. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $10. Music Box Supper Club.


The Accidentals/Maura Rogers & the Bellows (in the Supper Club)

We last saw the Accidentals on their tour with Keller Williams in early 2016. And we were happy to catch them as they found themselves in the midst of a years-long odyssey on the road. The show was great, and, honestly, they’ve pretty much been touring ever since — with no plans to slow down. The trio returns to Cleveland this week to showcase their chops and show off the material from their latest album, aptly titled Odyssey. It’s worth noting, if only because it’s such an interesting and obvious fact about the band, that musicians Sav Buist, Katie Larson and Michael Dause are only in their very early 20s. And they’ve been relentlessly touring for several years at this point. (Eric Sandy), 7 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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]
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