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Thursday, November 29, 2018

7 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM

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Allen Stone/Nick Waterhouse

Born in Chewelah, WA, powerhouse singer Allen Stone started singing at his father’s church when he was just a kid. He wasn’t at all familiar with soul or R&B, but once he heard Stevie Wonder’s 1973 album Innnervisions, he was hooked. He moved to Spokane and then Seattle as he launched a recording career in 2010, self-releasing his first album, Last to Speak, and focusing on playing as many shows as possible. A year later, L.A.-based producer Lior Goldenberg took him on and wanted to do a record with him. When he went into the studio, he didn’t realize who the musicians were but they were members of soul/R&B singer Raphael Saadiq’s touring band. He’d license the resulting self-titled album to ATO Records, which helped it find a wide audience. He's been steadily recording and touring ever since. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS.  House of Blues.

Ministry/Carpenter Brut/Alien Weaponry

Ministry’s newest album, AmeriKKKant, features Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell, DJ Swamp, NWA’s Arabian Prince and Lord of the Cello on nine tracks linked as one continuous piece of music. Even by Ministry standards, it's an intense listening experience. On the opening track, "I Know Words," singer Al Jourgensen takes aim at President Trump and samples one of his speeches, pairing it with dissonant sounding strings, turntable scratches and stuttering electronic beats. It's a compelling work from a guy who just seems to get more adventurous with age. (Niesel) 6:30 p.m. Agora Theatre.


Bayside Acoustic Tour/Kayleigh Goldsworthy

More than 10 years ago, Bayside released Acoustic. That album came in the wake of a terrible accident that nearly broke up the band. Back then, the band wrote songs on acoustic guitar, so it was pretty natural for the band to release an unplugged album. Because the band hasn't quite finished writing the tunes for a new studio album, the group decided to release Acoustic Volume 2, another unplugged album that features reworked old songs and one new tune. The group recorded it in Nashville with Jon Howard (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory). On the album opener, the jangly "Sick, Sick, Sick," the band sounds a bit like emo heroes Death Cab for Cutie, and "It Don't Exist," the album's new track, features pristine backing vocals and gentle acoustic guitars. Though intended as a placeholder, it's a solid album. Expect to hear a handful of tunes from it at tonight's acoustic show. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $22 ADV, $26 DOS. Grog Shop.

Second Annual Horton's Holiday Hayride with Reverend Horton Heat/Junior Brown/The Blasters/Big Sandy

Last year's inaugural Horton Holiday Hayride was such a success that the singer-guitarist who calls himself Reverend Horton Heat is back at it again this year. The tour pairs him with some pretty good company. Rockabilly icons Junior Brown, the Blasters and Big Sandy will all join him tonight. Heat just released Whole New Life, another solid collection of psychobilly tunes that includes woozy tracks such as the Doors-meets-Elvis Presley song "Hog Tyin' Woman" and the rousing title track. Expect to hear them at tonight's shindig. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $40 ADV, $45 DOS.  Beachland Ballroom.

Thom Yorke

Hot on the heels of a Radiohead tour that brought the band to Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh but not Cleveland, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke hit the road as a solo act. He brings his live electronic performance to town tonight. During it, he, Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri will perform songs from York's solo albums, The Eraser and Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, and as well as from Amok, the album he put out with the side project Atoms For Peace. Yorke has embarked on solo tours in the past. After the 2014 release of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Yorke, Godrich and Barri launched their first tour and played the UK, Europe and Japan in 2015. Following the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes reissue, the trio made its U.S. debut and played theaters in Los Angeles and Oakland. London-based producer and cellist Oliver Coates will open the show. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $45-$55. State Theatre.


H.E.R./Bri Steves/Tone Stith

Many performers who start in their teens fizzle out before they peak. Not H.E.R. (Gabriella "Gabi" Wilson). The 21-year-old R&B singer continues to evolve with every EP and LP. Earlier this year, she released I Used to Know Her: Part 2, an 8-track, digital-only EP that followed up I Used to Know Her: The Prelude EP. The most nominated artist for the 2018 Soul Train Awards, H.E.R. kicked off a headlining North American tour earlier this month and has a live band along the ride too. Should be an inspirational performance. (Niesel) 7 p.m.  Agora Theatre.


Pop/country singer Jewel brings her Handmade Holiday Tour to town tonight. The special concert features guests and family members Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher and stems from the traditions that date back to Jewel's family homestead in Alaska.Prior to the show, the tour will feature “a unique and interactive gifting experience offering guests the chance to make handmade one of a kind holiday gifts.” (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$79.50. Hard Rock Live.

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