6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Helen Welch "Got My Love To Keep Me Warm"

Since moving to Cleveland a few years back, British jazz singer Helen Welch has slowly built a loyal following of jazz enthusiasts. Welch has sung with everyone from the BBC Big Band to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Florida Symphony and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Tonight, she and her trio — pianist Joe Leaman, bassist Bryan Thomas and drummer Anthony Taddeo — will perform songs by Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Lennon and McCartney, and Joni Mitchell. Expect a few holiday classics to wind up in the mix as well. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., $20. Bop Stop.


Night Ranger

The members of Night Ranger have spent the last year or so looking back at the early days and some of the most successful times with their current Dawn of Madness tour, which finds the band tearing through the whole of 1982’s Dawn Patrol and its 1983 counterpart, Midnight Madness. “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” the lead track on Dawn Patrol, brought the band its first Top 40 hit. Midnight Madness carried the group into the Top 20 with two more gigantic hits, “When You Close Your Eyes” and the epic power ballad “Sister Christian.” Expect to hear these songs and more at tonight’s show. (Matt Wardlaw) 8 p.m. MGM Northfield Park.

The Ohio City Singers

Last year, Ohio City Singers, a locally based ensemble featuring some of Cleveland’s best musicians, released two new tunes and added to its already impressive catalog of original Christmas music. The zydeco-tinged “What’s the Name of Santa’s Sleigh?” and the rowdy guitar- and accordion-driven “Hey! Hey! Hey! (It’s a Holiday)” are two more fantastic tracks that capture holiday magic in a bottle. In addition to band leader Chris Allen, the all-star band features Doug McKean (the Boys From the County Hell), Brent Kirby (the Jack Fords, the New Soft Shoe), Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat, Don Dixon, Kelly Wright (the Anne E. DeChant Band), Matt Sobol (the Waynes), Nick Stipanovich (the Boys From the County Hell) and Dave Padrutt (Falling Stars). Today's matinee show at the Music Box regularly draws fans of all ages and is always festive. (Jeff Niesel), 1 p.m. Music Box Supper Club.

Public Squares/Actual Form/Mild Animals

From Up There, the latest album from this local act, serves as the soundtrack to a movie that "exists outside of this dimension." Songs are "intertwined" with clips from the movie, showcasing the cast, which includes the likes of professional voice actor Ralph Gunderman, punk rocker Bill Stevenson (Descendents, ALL, Black Flag), Annie Hardy (Giant Drag) and Tony Erba (Face Value, 9 Shocks Terror, H100's). A limited run of trading cards, one for each character, drawn by local artist Jake Kelly, accompanies the album's release. Available on 12-inch vinyl, the disc was pressed at Gotta Groove. The locally based Wax Mage will release 25 hand-poured Wax Mage vinyl copies with "star dust" embedded in the vinyl. The album will also be available on CD and on all streaming and download sources. For tonight’s release show, the band will perform the record in its entirety. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $7. Beachland Tavern.

The Sidekicks/Saintseneca/Natural Sway

Sidekicks singer-guitarist Steve Ciolek and drummer Matt Climer met at Paudua High School in the early 2000s. Both freshmen, they shared a history class and randomly discovered that they liked the same type of music, namely pop-punk. The band made its debut in 2007 with So Long, Soggy Dog, and the group has been going strong ever since. Produced, engineered and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), the band's latest album, Happiness Hours, emphasizes the band’s melodic side. "Twin's Twist," for example, features harmony vocals and shimmering guitars as Ciolek sings about adopting a "high school state of mind." Good stuff. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.


Kate Voegele & Tyler Hilton

You probably remember Tyler Hilton from his time on CW's soapy One Tree Hill and also when he played Elvis in Walk the Line. These days, Hilton continues to dabble in acting, but he's still an introspective singer-songwriter at heart. He comes through Cleveland tonight with fellow musician and OTH co-star Kate Voegele, a hometown native who now lives in California. With her latest single, "Shoot This Arrow," Voegele's released a tune that speaks out against sexual harassment. She's said the song is "for everyone who needs the courage and strength to speak up about what they’ve been through and for anyone who has ever felt taken advantage of, abused, or manipulated.” Expect to hear the techno-based ballad at tonight's show. (Laura Morrison), 7:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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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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