9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Friday, Aug. 29

DIana Chittester CD Release

Singer-songwriter Diana Chittester moved to Cleveland from Pittsburgh, and started playing open mic nights at places like the now-closed Winchester. She released her first EP in 2008 and followed that with 2012's In This Skin, which features local Cleveland blues musicians. Chittester has always performed solo but usually puts a band on her albums. And yet, fans would tell her that they couldn't hear her guitars on the records. So she decided to make a solo album. "The feedback I got was that the guitar playing wasn't shining through," she says. "I wanted to set aside the distractions." She launched a Kickstarter campaign in February and met her fundraising goal. Chittester had been shopping studios for quite a while when she happened upon Andrew "Goat" Gilchrist, who's known for his work with folk singer-guitarist Ani DiFranco. Chittester's new album Find My Way Home reflects her newfound confidence as a solo artist. She performs at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern. (Jeff Niesel) $10

[email protected]: Franz and Brahms

This weekend closes out the Blossom Music Festival for the summer and sends the Cleveland Orchestra off on tour with a bang. At Severance Hall tonight at 7 p.m., Franz Welser-Möst conducts Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and two works by Jörg Widmann, Lied [Song] and Flûte en suite (for flute and orchestra) with soloist Joshua Smith. Tomorrow, the action returns to Blossom Music Center with fun for the whole family, beginning with family-friendly activities throughout the Blossom grounds from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Those are followed by the 7 p.m. concert featuring music from The Little Mermaid and The Wizard of Oz, plus Casey at the Bat with narration by Pat Sajak, all conducted by Richard Kaufmann. Finally, on Sunday at 7 p.m., Welser-Möst returns to Blossom to conduct Widmann’s Con brio, Concert Overture for Orchestra, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 4. A fireworks display concludes the Saturday and Sunday concerts. Tickets are $23 to $85. (Eric Gonzalez)


The preeminent end-of-summer jam returns to Nelson Ledges this weekend, with Lotus holding down dual Saturday and Sunday night headlining slots and the Werks cooking up sets before them both nights. The rest of the lineup is fleshed out with the likes of BoomBox, Moon Hooch (two saxophones and a drum set; these guys are incredible), Cosby Sweater, Nunchuck, Higher Learning, Broccoli Samurai, Break Science, Luke the Knife and IndigoSun. And that’s just the musical offerings. It’s Labor Day Weekend, and the season’s quiet slumber is upon us. Summerdance is the only spot to celebrate the day in all its glory. Can’t we live while we’re young?! (Eric Sandy)

Jo Dee Messina

Currently touring in support of her terrific new album Me, which came out at the end of March on her newly formed label Dreambound Records, Jo Dee Messina is an icon in the country music world. But unlike many of the scene’s biggest stars, she didn’t grow up in the South. Rather, she was born and bred in the Northeast. She began singing when she was 13. As she emphatically says — “boom, that was my goal and what I wanted.” Moving to Nashville shortly after graduating high school turned out to be a wise decision. She released her self-titled debut in 1996 and the album was certified gold. Her second album, 1998’s I’m Alright, yielded three No. 1 Billboard hits, making her the first female country artist to score three multiple No. 1 songs from the same album. Her career continued at a good clip until 2005’s Delicious Surprise. After that album, she was stuck in a recording contract that wasn’t productive, and so she split from the label and started writing the songs that would eventually end up on Me. She performs tonight at 8 at Hard Rock Live. (Niesel) $27.50-$49.50

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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