9 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend


10,000 Maniacs/Max Garcia Conover

The independent route is nothing new for 10,000 Maniacs — as their promotional biography notes, they were “the original indie band,” having released an EP and an album independently on their own prior to signing with Elektra to release their second album The Wishing Chair in 1985. But when they started laying the groundwork nearly three decades later to work on the album that would become their 2013 release Music From the Motion Picture, they were cautiously optimistic about how things might play out. They used PledgeMusic to fund the record, and when the Pledge team told them they could raise $25,000 to make the album, they didn’t believe it. But, in fact, they made that goal and then some, discovering in the process that there was still a sizable fan base out there that wanted to hear new music from the band. This year marks the 30-year anniversary of the release of their breakout album, In My Tribe, and the band will perform most of the songs from it. (Matt Wardlaw), 8 p.m. Music Box Supper Club.

Ekoostik Hookah/Rumpke Moutain Boys

The grandfathers of Ohio’s expansive jam band scene — culturally and musically — have always maintained close ties to the Cleveland area. From 1991’s Under Full Sail to 2013’s sweetly groovin’ Brij and the new tunes they’ve been throwing down the past year or so, Ekoostik Hookah have kept their fire burning across time. Given the band’s personal history, rife with small shows and Hookahville festivals alike, every chance to be a part of the fun is a necessary diversion from life out there. We need this stuff now more than ever. How about a “Slip Jig Through the Poppy Fields”? (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $15 ADV, $20 DOS. Odeon.

King Crimson

Original founding member Robert Fripp has said that King Crimson’s “double quartet formation” is likely to "make more noise" than ever before. Given the way the band has expanded, that's probably not an exaggeration. The current lineup features three drummers (Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey) and marks the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards and guitars. Singer-guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, long-time bassist Tony Levin and saxophonist Mel Collins, who was a mainstay in the band from 1970 to 1972, round out the lineup. Expect to hear a mix of old and new tracks at tonight's show. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

The Kelly Richey Band

Cincinnati-based blues singer-guitarist Kelly Richey is a true road warrior. She estimates that she's traveled some 800,000 miles to play some 3,700 shows in the course of her 25-year career. For Richey, who started playing Cleveland early on — she used to perform at Wilbert's when it was located in the Warehouse District­ — touring is essential for any artist hoping to build a following and establish a career. Her latest release, last year's Shakedown Soul, features hard-rocking blues romps such as "Fading" and "You Wanna Rock." (Niesel) 8 p.m., $8-$20. The Winchester.


When Squeeze performed at the Beachland Ballroom nearly two years ago, the veteran UK-based pop act divided its show into two sets that included material from its back catalog as well as songs from the solo careers of main songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook and material from the band's recent album, Cradle to the Grave. Expect to hear a similar mix of music when the band returns to Northeast Ohio tonight. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $39.50 - $125. Goodyear Theater.


First Light — 30th Anniversary of Meltdown

Formed in 1984 by members of the local reggae band I-Tal, First Light quickly became a staple on the local reggae scene. The band adroitly mixed reggae with rock, soul and other sounds as it played both original material and classic rock, pop and reggae tunes. It had a loyal local following prior to breaking up in 1998. Tonight, the group will reunite to play House of Blues and celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first album, Meltdown, reportedly one of the best-selling albums ever issued by a local band. Expect to hear most of Meltdown at tonight's show. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $22.50-$35. House of Blues.

Goldmines/Toma Doe/Packwolf

Sporting a heavy dose of psychedelic garage rock and a fine blend of open-chord strumming and tight indie-rock riffs, Goldmines have been putting on great shows and “making sound guys sweat since 2014.” We’re pretty eager to see where they take this project. Part of various Venn diagrams in the community (guitarist Mandy Look and drummer Roseanna Safos also perform in Part-Time Lover, for instance), Goldmines share that burgeoning vision of Cleveland independent rock ‘n’ roll — part reverb, part distortion, a notch along the same double helix of, e.g., Northeast Ohio’s Black Keys DNA. Check out their self-titled EP, released last year. It’s a breezy listens that works as well with a bowl and a couch as with a grungy dance floor in Cleveland Heights. We dig the heights reached during the chorus of “The Incomparable” and the Liz Phair-esque insouciance of “September,” a real road trip of a song. And also check out “Roll With It,” recorded as part of the Live at Bad Racket series, for a dose of their latest. (Sandy), 9 p.m., $6. Now That's Class.


Fans of prog and ‘70s hard rock got a heavy dose of both when Kansas played Hard Rock Live where the band delivered a tightly executed 90-minute set that was diverse and filled with a number of surprises for longtime fans. But Kansas fully brought those words to life on the Hard Rock Live stage. In the past, setlists have remained fairly static from show to show; with singer Ronnie Platt’s addition, the band has started moving songs around from night to night and playing some songs one night that aren’t played on another. (Wardlaw), 8 p.m., $39.50-$67.50. Goodyear Theater.


Beach Slang/Dave Hause & the Mermaid/The Homeless Gospel Choir

Beach Slang frontman James Alex once told Stereogum that every time he writes a song, he imagines scoring a John Hughes film. That's why it makes sense that the name of the Philadelphia-based act's 2016 album is A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. Even if no one is actually a kid in the now-four-piece, it's all about tapping into those feelings of heartache, misunderstanding and angst so easily felt by teenagers since the beginning of time. The band's music, inspired by 1980s rock bands like the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, is full of delicately loud guitars paired with Alex's scratchy, throaty vocals. Since 2016, the band has added two new members (guitarist Ruben Gallego was fired from the group last year following sexual assault allegations), and members continue to push forward on tour and with new EPs. (Laura Morrison), 8 p.m., $15 ADV, $17 DOS. Grog Shop.

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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