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Thursday, August 22, 2019

5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 9:21 AM

  • Tim Brown

Jonah Koslen

After attending Beachwood High, singer-guitarist Jonah Koslen started up a band called Snake Eyes and then joined the Michael Stanley Band in 1974. He loved playing with Stanley, whom he still considers to be a friend, but got restless and wanted to start his own damn band, so he left MSB and launched Breathless in 1978. The following year, the group released its self-titled debut. It would become a hit. He’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of that album, simply titled Breathless, at tonight's show. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m. Music Box Supper Club.

Florida Georgia Line/Dan + Shay/Morgan Wallen/Canaan Smith

Since breaking out in 2012 with the smash hit “Cruise,” the country act Florida Georgia Line has received all kinds of awards and previous releases, Here’s to the Good Times, Anything Goes and Dig Your Roots, have gone platinum. Released earlier this year, the duo's latest album, Can't Say I Ain't Country, includes the singles "Simple," "Talk You Out of It," "Colorado" and "Sittin' Pretty." The title track comes off as a response to critics who think the band mixes too much pop with its country, but when you write songs as sharp as Florida Georgia Line's, genre doesn't really matter. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $30-$99.75. Blossom.

The Modern Electric/Oregon Space Trail of Doom/The Dreemers

“Just like in the movies,” they say, and they’re spot-on. The Modern Electric has consistently kept crowds in Cleveland (and elsewhere) dazzled with their brand of “cinematic pop.” It’s all of a piece with these guys, and one often feels like a wonderstruck Ed Norton in a long-forgotten Wes Anderson flick when listening to their stuff. We check in with the band every now and then, and they lately released their album, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, as a set of instrumental tunes. It’s an even more honed sense of cinematic enjoyment. (Eric Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.


Ben Dickey

Even before he starred in Blaze, Ethan Hawke’s well-intentioned biopic about Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, singer-songwriter Ben Dickey had made a name for himself as a musician. Dickey was 10 when his "artistic arrow" started pointing toward music; that’s when his grandfather handed him his 1935 Gibson L-30 archtop. In the wake of Hawke’s film, singer-songwriter Charlie Sexton, Hawke and Blaze executive producer Louis Black formed SexHawkeBlack Records, a new Austin-based imprint under the umbrella of Nashville’s Dualtone Records. Dickey’s A Glimmer on the Outskirts is the label’s first release. The evocative single, “I Think It’s All Different,” showcases Dickey’s husky voice. We imagine that in addition to playing his original tunes, Dickey will also work some Foley songs into the mix tonight too. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $12. Beachland Tavern.


Reggae Sundays: Jah Messengers (in the Supper Club)

This special Reggae Sunday Happy Hour Concert series began earlier this month and continues every Sunday through Sept. 1. The indoor/outdoor concert series will take place rain or shine with live music from 4 to 7 p.m. Music Box will also offer food and drink specials exclusive to the series. Today, the local act Jah Messengers will perform. (Niesel) 4 p.m., free. Music Box Supper Club.

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