9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend in Cleveland


Jonny Lang

In his younger years, guitarist Jonny Lang’s life was riddled with smoke and haze and hallucinations. He would go on to clean up and find God and, thankfully, continue writing and performing excellent blues. His major label debut came at age 16, prompting elbows-rubbing sessions with contemporary greats like Eric Clapton. Lang’s stuff has always found roots in the blues, but his style draws on many corners of the guitar-driven world of music. "I grew up listening to Motown music, and my parents always listened to it," he told Scene earlier in his career. "I've always been a real big fan of soul music. But I also love James Taylor. I'm the kind of person whose style changes as my influences keep changing. I can't help it." His next release, Signs, comes out in the fall, so you may catch some new material at tonight’s gig. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $39-$49. The Kent Stage.

Eddy Clearwater

Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater has a career that stretches back some 60 years. A proponet of Chicago blues, he also delivers soulful ballads and acoustic country blues. He and his backing band will often rip into mid-tempo jams that allow Clearwater, who often performs in a Native American headdress, to deliver intricate solos and improvise. He’s a remarkable player and, judging by recent YouTube clips, hasn’t lost a step. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

In Her Own Words/Story Untold/Eternal Boy/Dead Fall/Up To Nothing/Goldleaf

With the pop-punk scene being over saturated with bands that seem like carbon copies, In Her Own Words does its best to set itself apart from acts like State Champs, Broadside and Neck Deep. The band brings its punk rock style to the forefront as heavy but catchy riffs plaster their songs. Still on tour to promote last year’s Unfamiliar, In Her Own Words headlines the second leg of the tour with support from the pop punk Canadian act Story Untold. (Adrian Leuthauser), 7 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Punchline/The Missing

After 20 years as a band, the punk rock band Punchline continues to evolve. Their first release, How to Get Kicked Out of the Mall, featured a punk style similar to Blink-182 and Green Day, but their latest effort, Thrilled, offers a more pop based sound with quick sprints of punk riffs. Their latest single, “Darkest Days,” features Relient K singer-guitarist Matt Thiessen. Equipped with an endless discography, Punchline won't just play the new songs at tonight's anniversary show. It'll undoubtedly revisit its back catalog too. (Leuthauser), 7 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Agora Ballroom.


The Flatliners/Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots)/Garrett Dale/Heart & Lung

The thrashy ska punk band the Flatliners have added a surf rock style to their sound, making their new record, Inviting Light, more mellow than before. The punk is still most certainly there, but the milder guitars are more prominent. Expect the band to emphasize its new sound for tonight's show. (Leuthauser), 9 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

Kid Tested (album release)/The Village Bicycle/Listen Little Man/Alan Madej

This local indie rock band recorded part of its new album, Full Moon Canoeing, on quarter-inch reel with local Paul Maccarone at his now defunct Zombieproof studios in 2008, and then transferred them to digital and finished recording and mixing at Koss Music Center in Sheffield. The catchy tunes have that lo-fi feel and recall early Guided by Voices and Sebadoh. Expect to hear lots of the new stuff at tonight's release party. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Natalie Merchant: Summer Tour 2017 - 3 Decades of Song

Initially, singer Natalie Merchant joined the band Still Life when she was only 17. After a couple of name changes, that group rechristened itself 10,000 Maniacs. Thanks to Merchant’s powerful voice and poetic lyrics, the group had a few commercial radio hits. Merchant would leave the band in 1993 and release her solo debut, Tigerlily, in 1995. Songs such as the simmering “Wonder,” which features a meaty guitar riff that’s juxtaposed with Merchant’s plaintive vocals and a touch of piano, and the jazzy “Carnival” helped turn the album into a hit. Expect to hear those tracks and more as Merchant comes to town tonight in support of a new 10-disc boxset that serves as a career retrospective. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $11-$66. Connor Palace.

Third Eye Blind/Silversun Pickups

With a career that sprawls across more than two decades of American rock, multiple lineup changes, a protracted legal battle and more than a few chart-topping moments in the sun, Third Eye Blind remains an enticing band that can’t simply be placed in the “one-hit wonder” nostalgia box. Tonight, they bring their Summer Gods tour to Cleveland, which means they’ll be performing their self-titled album in its entirety during this evening’s riverside set. There are the radio-famous singles, yes, but this show promises deeper cuts that you’ll won’t likely hear live at any other show: “Burning Man,” “Thanks a Lot,” “Motorcycle Drive By.” Summer is in full swing by this point, and Third Eye Blind promises a pitch-perfect show for the season. (Sandy), 7 p.m., $29.95-$95. Jacobs Pavilion.


Chevelle/Black Map/RavenEye

Longtime hard rock band Chevelle continues its five-month long tour with support from Black Map and Raveneye. Still touring in support of last year’s The North Corridor, Chevelle brings its unique style to the stage. Three brothers — singer-guitarist Pete Loeffler, drummer Sam Loeffler and bassist Joe Loeffler – first started Chevelle back in 1995. Their second album, Wonder What’s Next, helped put the band on the map. “Send the Pain Below,” a The North Corridor highlight, features a build-up chords until the riffs hit and the main chorus takes over. The North Corridor shows some real maturity as the band blends the nu-metal that helped the band get its start with heavy-hitting metal riffs from the bass and more screamo vocals than before. (Leuthauser), 7:30 p.m., $32.50 ADV/$37.50 DOS. House of Blues.

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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