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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 5:24 PM

click to enlarge ROBERT CIOLFI
  • Robert Ciolfi

Great Lake Swimmers/Native Harrow

The Toronto-based indie rock act Great Lake Swimmers comes to town tonight on a tour that celebrates its 15th anniversary. The band just issued The Waves, the Wake, a gorgeous sounding album that it recorded in a church. The hushed vocals on opening track, “The Talking Wind,” carry some real weight even if the sparse tune relies only on a simple keyboard riff and cooing backing vocals. The group effectively turns up the twang on “Alone But Not Alone” and expertly layers the textured tune "The Open Sea." (Jeff Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 DOS. Beachland Tavern.


InCuya, a summer music festival that takes place on today and tomorrow at the downtown malls, represents a partnership between the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the City of Cleveland, Destination Cleveland and the newly-formed Cleveland Concert Company. Many other local organizations have gotten involved too. Festival organizers have partnered with the Platform Beer Co., which will create the InCuya TOURBUS Pilsner for the event. Dubbed InCuya FoodLand, the festival’s food experience will feature grub from Adam Lambert and Trevor Clatterback of Ohio City Provisions, Mike Nowak of Poca and the Black Pig, Brett Sawyer of the Plum and Sean Watterson of Happy Dog. Happy Camper will also provide specialty beverages. Locally renowned food trucks such as Pasta Tivo, Betty’s Bomb Ass Burgers, Wholly Frijoles, Sauced Wood Fired Pizza, Smokin’ Rock and Roll, and Wild Spork will be on hand as well. British rockers New Order headline tonight and the Avett Brothers take on those duties tomorrow night. Consult the website for the complete lineup. (Niesel)

Pressapalooza with Mo' Mojo/Blue Lunch/Cats On Holiday/Carlos Jones

A founding member of Heights Arts, Big Fun owner Steve Presser regularly works with Future Heights and Reaching Heights to better Coventry Village, the neighborhood where his toy store was located for 27 years. Tonight, Presser will host Pressapalooza, a benefit concert for the Coventry Public Art Fund. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Coventry Village Public Art fund. The local acts Mo’ Mojo, Cats on Holiday and Blue Lunch with Carlos Jones will perform. The art fund has contributed to the tie-dye street signs for Hampshire and Lancashire Roads and benches placed along Coventry designed by Raymond Bugelski as well as 59 ornamental planters created by Brinsley Tyrell. Presser wants to leave behind a legacy for Coventry Village despite Big Fun’s move. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.


A recent article posted by collected more than 40 different cover versions of the song, a list that was inspired by Weezer’s recent cover of the track. Weezer also covered “Rosanna,” both songs originally coming off of Toto’s 1981 album, Toto IV. Toto's Steve Lukather has said he was flattered by the move, although he admits that he thinks they got more than they were bargaining for when they went into record the song. He’s seen the effects of “Africa” being featured in so many different areas of pop culture in recent years, including the Netflix series Stranger Things, carry over positively into the live shows that Toto is playing. In other words, expect some fans under the age of 40 to be at tonight's show. (Matt Wardlaw), 8 p.m., $47.50-$57.50. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.


Counting Crows/LIVE

Last year at Blossom, Counting Crows reworked some of their biggest hits during a particularly strong set. During “Mr. Jones,” for example, singer Adam Duritz made up lyrics on the spot. Duritz also improvised heavily in “Palisades Park,” and the group sounded sharp on “Rain King,” a folk-y tune driven by a beefy organ riff and Duritz's Van Morrison-inspired vocal delivery. Expect something similar when the band returns to Blossom tonight on a tour dubbed 25 Years and Counting. LIVE will open the show. The '90s hard rock band LIVE, a group led by charismatic singer-guitarist Ed Kowalczyk, reunited a couple of years ago. They'll open the show. (Niesel), 6:30 p.m., $29.50-$119.50. Blossom.

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