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Thursday, December 6, 2018

8 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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Wesley Bright & the Honeytones Record Release

Because of their terrific live show — sharp-dressed Brent "Wesley Bright" Wesley is a real dynamo on stage — this Akron-based soul/old-school R&B band is in high demand. Their new single, "You Don’t Want Me,” features soulful vocals and some riveting organ riffs. The band celebrates its release with tonight’s show, and the group’s unhinged energy should make for a fun show. (Jeff Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $10. Happy Dog.

Dr. E Honors Aretha Franklin/Phyllis Hyman

Ohio-based singer Dr. E, an artist who regularly performs in Northeast Ohio, has put together a special tribute to soul singers Aretha Franklin and Phyllis Hyman. Dubbed Strong Song Queens: A Night Honoring Aretha Franklin and Phyllis Hyman, the concert, which takes place tonight at the Bop Stop, will find Dr. E revisiting the artists' songs. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $20. Bop Stop.


10th Annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Show with Vandallus/Sacred Few/Olathia/Merciless Reign/Assault/Syphilis Diller/Spellchucker/Ritual/Sleeplord/Dead Earth/Amps II Eleven

The 2017 Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive, an annual event organized by WJCU DJ/Auburn Records owner Bill Peters, set records in terms of how much food and money it generated for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Friends of the Cleveland Kennel. Last year’s event, which featured a performance by the national act Night Demon, drew an even bigger crowd and produced even more food and revenue. Four vans and trucks hauled away some 8,833 pounds of food, and cash donations came to $10,124.80. This year’s event, which takes place tonight at the Beachland Ballroom, also promises to be a success. Twelve Cleveland bands will be performing on two stages. The lineup features Amps II Eleven, Olathia, Vandallus, Ritual, Spellchucker, Sacred Few, Dead Earth, Sleeplord, Merciless Reign, Syphilis Diller, Assault and a special mystery band headliner. (Niesel) 5 p.m., free. Beachland Ballroom.

Cruel Winter Fest 5 Featuring Fly Tye/Only Native Sounds/Lil Gran/Lord Setty/Malik X/BKA Watts/P_frmdatribe/$wank/R the Czar/SmplGd/Creez Mob/Nick Samps/JAMS Davis/Roscoe No. E/Jazz

While local rapper Fly Tye certainly considers himself to be in the new school of artists in the city, he takes the bulk of his inspiration from artists that came before him and has elements of both within his music. His breakthrough moment came in 2016 with The Chase. He followed up with his Big Woa EP in 2017. Since then, he has worked with some of the city's best artists in the past, including Ducky Smallz and Ripp Flamez. Cruel Winter Fest 5 will also feature Only Native Sounds, Creez Mob, Nick Samps, BKA Watts, Lil Gran, Lord Setty, Malik X, P FrmDaTribe, R the Czar, Smplgd, Jams Davis, Jazz and Roscoe Noe. (Emanuel Wallace) 8:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Grog Shop.

Ingrid Michaelson Trio: Songs for the Season/Jenna Nichols

This time of year, it seems every musician rushes to drop a holiday-inspired record. But among this year’s batch of Christmas albums that includes those from John Legend, William Shatner, Eric Clapton and Pentatonix, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s does stand out. On the original tune, “Happy, Happy Christmas,” the soaring vocals are heartbreaking, yet hopeful. The record also includes the talents of singer-songwriter Christina Perri, Broadway actor Will Chase (her boyfriend) and Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton fame and also those Nationwide insurance commercials. (Laura Morrison) 8:15 p.m.  Agora Theatre.

The Ohio City Singers

Adding to their repertoire of original Christmas music, Ohio City Singers, an ensemble featuring some of Cleveland’s best musicians, just released two new tunes. The zydeco-tinged “What’s the Name of Santa’s Sleigh?” and the rowdy guitar- and accordion-driven “Hey! Hey! Hey! (It’s a Holiday)” are now available on CD Baby, iTunes and all digital outlets. In addition to band leader Chris Allen, the all-star band features Doug McKean (the Boys From the County Hell), Brent Kirby (the Jack Fords, the New Soft Shoe), Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat, Don Dixon, Kelly Wright (the Anne E. DeChant Band), Matt Sobol (the Waynes), Nick Stipanovich (the Boys From the County Hell) and Dave Padrutt (Falling Stars). The new tracks should fit nicely into tonight's set. (Niesel), 1 p.m. Music Box Supper Club.

Royal Beasts Album Release/Key to the Mint/Slug Fest

"Farm Wisdom," the opening track on this local band’s self-titled debut, starts with softly humming synthesizers and a delicate guitar riff that becomes much louder after the band adds clashing cymbals to the mix. It’s a good example of how the group puts its own stamp on the post-rock genre. Expect to hear it along with a handful of other tracks from the disc at tonight’s show, a release party. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $6. Happy Dog.


Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites

A multiple Grammy winner, Michael Bolton has sold more than 65 million albums globally and continues to tour and record. Bolton, who supports a variety of humanitarian causes, has earned more than 24 BMI and ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. He's also received the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The crooner will bring his latest tour, dubbed the Symphony Sessions: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites, to Hard Rock Live tonight. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $45.50-$92.50. Hard Rock Rocksino.

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