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Friday, December 4, 2015

7 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 12:17 PM

click to enlarge SCOTT SANDBERG
  • Scott Sandberg
FRIDAY, DEC. 4

Steve Hackett North American Tour 2015


A year ago, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett made his long awaited return to the Cleveland area for a show at the Hard Rock Live after a prolonged absence. At the time, he was already several years into touring behind Genesis Revisited II, an impressive effort that found Hackett putting an updated spin on more than two and a half hours of music from his former group. The touring production of Genesis Revisited was something that was similarly irresistible to promoters and when Hackett spoke with Scene last fall, he made it clear that the offers were continuing to flow in for more and more tour dates. But he had his sights firmly set on continuing his solo career and had a new album ready to go. Tonight’s show will include selections from that album along with a few Genesis favorites as well. (Matt Wardlaw) 8 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino.

SATURDAY, DEC. 5

Jeff Klemm & the Letters Album Release


Local singer-songwriter Jeff “JCK” Klemm has spent the last decade touring and recording with the rock band Maid Myriad. Now, he’s announced he’ll release his first solo album, Burying the Shadows, on Dec. 11 through Diskette Records. He has said the prog-inspired songs were written "in the grips of fever delirium and emotional crisis.” Klemm performed all the instruments on the record with the exception of two songs which feature Jake Porter, Colin Stevens and Tiernan King (of Klemm’s live band, the Letters). For tonight's show, Klemm & the Letters will perform Burying the Shadows in its entirety. (Jeff Niesel), 9 p.m., $10. Musica.

Ohio City Singers

About 10 years ago, local singer-songwriter Chris Allen and his sister Molly worked up four Christmas tunes at their father’s request and then threw a big Christmas party to which they invited their musician friends. They played the four original tunes they had penned as well as a few choice covers, recorded them and delivered them on a CD to their father as a Christmas gift. That signaled the birth of the Ohio City Singers, a group of local musicians that plays several Christmas-themed concerts each year. The group doesn't have a new album in the works, but it’ll release a rollicking new single, the accordion-driven “Baby, Don’t You Know It’s Christmas,” which it’ll undoubtedly play at tonight’s show. 1 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

The Pagans

Back in the '70s, the Pagans, one of Cleveland's great, unheralded punk acts, issued a series of terrific singles. "What's This Shit Called Love" (probably the band's best known tune), "Street Where Nobody Lives," "Haven't Got the Time" and "I Juvenile" are all classics that reflect singer Mike Hudson's disdain for the status quo. Tonight, the group plays a rare local show. Given that Hudson has said this might be the band's final tour, expect the band to impress with its raw power. (Niesel), 9 p.m. Now That's Class.

The Seventh Annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive

Each year, WJCU 88.7 FM, Auburn Records, the Exchange and Iron Ingo Stührenberg outdo themselves in presenting the annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive, a fundraising event for Friends of the Cleveland Kennel and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. This year's event features headliner Black Death Resurrected as well as local metal acts such as Bound by Fate, Deadiron, Embalmer, F.Y.P.M., the Great Iron Snake, Olathia, Solipsist, Sparrowmilk, Strong Arm Tactics, Vandallus and Vatican. The burlesque troupe Red Hot Heathens, the School of Rock and Playboy model Daniella Dior will all make appearances as well. (Niesel) 5 p.m., Free. Beachland Ballroom.

Travis Tritt

By contemporary country music standards, singer-guitarist Travis Tritt, who played Hard Rock Live last year, is anything but cool. Tritt, who emerged at about the same time as Garth Brooks and Clint Black, was a huge star in the ’90s but hasn’t maintained the same level of popularity. He doesn’t have the chiseled frame of Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney. And his stage show isn't a big-time production. But Tritt has got plenty of charisma and that came through clearly during a two-hour concert. Expect the same when he plays Hard Rock Live tonight. (Niesel) 8 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino.

SUNDAY, DEC. 6

New Orleans Suspects


Relative newcomers on the NOLA scene, the New Orleans Suspects really began picking up nationwide acclaim but a few years ago. The band released Ouroboros last year, but it’s their eponymous album that still serves as their calling card. Throughout, pianist CR Gruver takes center stage as a lead man. He both drives the direction of the music and trades solo time with guitarist Jake Eckert and sax player Jeff Watkins (for example, “All the Money”). They’ve all managed to cook up some fine chemistry in their short time as a band, making their live show fun and funky in all the right ways. (Eric Sandy), 7 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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