6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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Richie Katila

Black Static Eye Release Show/Bar Trash/Vivora

Two years ago, singer Tom Dark (the Dark, Knifedance, Stepsister, Dead Federation), drummer Jeff Pell (Idiot Humans, Shadow of Fear, Basket Case, Garten Kirkhof, Dutch Babies) joined forces with guitarist Mike "Shoobs" Schubert (Nimrods, Missile Toe, Dead Federation) and bassist Dave Olajos (Mexican Coke) to form Black Static Eye. Dark wanted the band to play "a loud abrasive mix of blues, garage and post-punk." The band lives up to those expectations with its debut album; it celebrates its release with tonight's show. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Sinatra Night 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) 7:30 p.m., $10. Music Box Supper Club.


The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus, a heady jazz trio with a young, open-minded fanbase, regularly shows off the breadth of its musical ability. Its latest effort, Never Stop II, is its 13th studio recording and the first featuring pianist Orrin Evans alongside founding members, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King. The music on the release ranges from the somber piano-driven opening number "Hurricane Birds" to the eerie "Salvages," another piano-driven tune. Tonight, the group opens a two-night stand at the Bop Stop. (Niesel), $25 ADV, $30 DOS. Bop Stop.

Clint Black

Thirty years ago, country singer Clint Black released his debut album, Killin’ Time, an album that delivered five hit singles and would go triple platinum. It effectively launched Black's career. Throughout the '90s, Black remained one of country’s most popular artists. The current tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of Killin’ Time, so expect to hear plenty of those tracks alongside other tunes from the guy's lengthy career. (Niesel), 8 p.m. Hard Rock


Blackberry Smoke/Ida Mae

Produced by Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young), Blackberry Smoke’s 2015 album Holding All the Roses shows off the band’s heavier side. On it, the Southern rock band often sounds like a cross between Tom Petty and Aerosmith. But for the current tour, the band has dialed things back. It’ll play a special acoustic show tonight at the Kent Stage as part of its first-ever acoustic tour. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $37-$47. The Kent Stage.


After a 45-year career, KISS announced that this tour will be its final tour ever. The band made the initial announcement last year on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Expect to hear a greatest hits set that includes monster hits such as "I Love It Loud" and "Lick It Up" as well as lesser-known gems such as "Black Diamond." (Niesel), 7:30 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena.

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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