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Thursday, April 19, 2018

6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 9:24 AM

click to enlarge NATE HOFFMAN
  • Nate Hoffman

Echosmith/The Score/Jena Rose

Because her father instilled a love for ’80s music in them, Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota and her two brothers who play in the band with her, grew up listening to acts such as U2, the Smiths and the Cure. The band's 2013 debut, Talking Dreams, yielded a hit with the synth-pop number "Cool Kids." At the moment, a release date for the follow-up album is still to be determined. But last year, the band offered a preview of sorts with the EP Inside a Dream. Songs such as the soaring pop anthems "Future Me" and "Goodbye" feature percolating synths and soulful vocals and suggest the band has embraced '80s pop even more adamantly. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $25DOS. House of Blues.

Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band/Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors

As one of the hardest working full-time musicians in Cleveland, Carlos Jones has been crafting heartfelt reggae music for 40 years. The Grog Shop, which has hosted 4/20 celebration shows for years now and is the location of tonight's show, is a spot to which Jones says he's always happy to return. He says it's like the walls there have soaked up so much music that you can feel the vibrations walking in the door. And playing his brand of infused reggae is everything to Jones. That's how he prefers to celebrate the 4/20 holiday, playing (in this instance with the group Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors). That's how he finds hope when the world seemingly turns to shit. As with his first band, First Light, and now the PLUS band, Jones puts together shows that feel like a celebration of life. (Laura Morrison) 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $14 DOS. Grog Shop.

Public Squares Record Release Show/Obnox/Lords of the Highway/Charlie Dams

Drawing from new wave and punk, the local act Public Squares formed in 2014 and solidified its lineup about a year ago. Recorded and mixed at their own Chateau Du Mal Voisin studio and mastered by Jason Livermore at the Blasting Room studio — which is owned by friend and fan Bill Stevenson of the Descendents/All/Black Flag — the band's new album, NWR&P, features six blistering songs. Pressed on a custom-cut, square 8-inch record, the album will have a limited run of only 500. The spastic opening tune, "Your Mental Illness is Bumming Me Out," features quivering vocals and angular guitar riffs and recalls the '70s recordings that the band members love. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.


Michael Stanley & Friends

Late last year, local hero Michael Stanley, who had just released Stolen Time, a fine new studio album, had to cancel a pair of shows at Hard Rock Live in the wake of his recovery from coronary surgery. The guy has now fully recovered and even celebrated his 70th birthday by playing a concert. Expect him to be in good form for tonight's show that pairs him with some of his musical friends.  (Niesel) 8 p.m., $50-$70. The Kent Stage.

The Stolen Faces

In the late '80s and early '90s, guitarist Jack Silverman played with local acts such as the Janglers, ACO (Afro-Cleveland Orchestra), Joe Bell and the Swing Lizards, and the Sky Dogs before relocating to Nashville. He currently plays with the Grateful Dead cover band, the Stolen Faces. The band, which Silverman says features some of Nashville's finest musicians, plays steadily throughout the Southeast, and Silverman, who was once a "steady fixture" on the local music scene, is particularly excited to return to town for tonight's show. (Niesel), 9 p.m. A.J. Rocco's.


Rick Astley

In 1993, Rick Astley landed a U.S. Top 40 hit called "Hopelessly." The soulful adult contemporary ballad peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and spent a total of 20 weeks on the charts. But instead of the song serving as the start of a new chapter, it became an ending: Disenchanted with the music industry, Astley stepped away from the spotlight and all but retired from music. In 2016, he released 50, a record hewing toward contemporary-meets-classic soul, pop and R&B. The album, which he wrote, performed and produced himself, landed at No. 1 on the U.K. charts, and Astley is currently at work on a new album. He recently released a new song, the majestic soul-pop "Walk Like A Panther," from the movie of the same name. (Annie Zaleski) 8 p.m., $32 ADV, $37 DOS. House of Blues.

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