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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

10 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 12:06 PM

  • Courtesy of the Kent Stage

The Selecter — 40th Anniversary Tour/DJ Rhoda Dakar

A British group that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Selecter will play an extended, hit-rich set tonight that promises to feature a few “surprises” too. Pauline Black and original member Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson lead the high- energy group. Notably, Black is one of very few women in the 2-Tone ska scene and often referred to as the Queen of Ska. She’s also a published author and fashion icon. Expect to hear frenetic songs such as “Three Minute Hero,” “Missing Words,” “Too Much Pressure” and “On My Radio.” (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., $30 ADV, $35 DOS. The Kent Stage.


R&B/indie pop singer Raveena Aurora grew up in Queens, New York, where her parents immigrated from India after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. She was raised in a traditional Sikh household but still managed to absorb healthy doses of R&B, soul, jazz and folk music. Four years ago, Aurora started working with record producer Everett Orr and self-released her first EP, Shanti, in 2017. The album received rave reviews, and Aurora's career picked up steam. Last year, she was included in ModCloth's Say It Louder campaign, which aimed to "celebrate individuality and strong female icons in music." She was featured alongside other outspoken female musicians like Lizzo, Awkwafina and Hayley Kiyoko. Earlier this year, Aurora released her full-length debut, Lucid. With Lucid, she experiments with her vocal and emotional range more than ever before. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Grog Shop.

Twin Peaks/Slow Pulp/Dehd

Since the release of its last LP, 2016's Down In Heaven, the indie rock act Twin Peaks has been plenty busy. It's released a live album, a Spotify session album and a collection of 12 singles. After whittling 27 songs down to 10 with the help of producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, U2, Kings of Leon), the band returns with the new studio album Lookout Low, an album that features Pavement-like tracks such as "Dance Through It" and the Band-inspired "Ferry Song." The current tour supports its release. 8 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Michael Wolff Trio + Eddie Henderson

Jazz pianist Michael Wolff recorded his most recent album, Swirl, live at the Yamaha Artist Service Piano Salon in New York. The intimate setting proved to be a great space for Wolff and his trio that includes bassist Ben Allison and drummer Victor Jones to debut some new songs as well as a cover of “Angel Eyes” and a version of “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” informed by McCoy Tyner’s take from the 1969 LP Time for Tyner. Expect to hear these songs and more when Wolff performs at Nighttown, where he returns tomorrow night. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $30. Nighttown.


Adam Ant/Glam Skanks

New Wave icon Adam Ant released a string of hits in the hits in the early ‘80s. He’ll play some of those hits tonight when he revisits his 1982 album Friend or Foe, which he’ll play in its entirety. This tour marks the first time that Ant has ever played the entire album that features the snotty hit “Goody Two Shoes” and moody “Desperate But Not Serious.” The show’s opening acts, Glam Skanks, have also opened for the likes of Alice Cooper and the Skids. Cherie Currie of the Runaways has hired them to be her backing band, and they’ve had the honor of jamming with Steven Tyler too. Should be able to deliver a lively set. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $35-$45. Masonic Auditorium.

Luke Bryan/Cole Swindell/Jon Langston

Replete with narratives about drinking beer on the front porch and heading out to do some “huntin’ and fishin’,” country singer-guitarist Luke Bryan’s music seems tailor-made for summer. Though it's starting to feel like fall, tonight's show at Blossom will undoubtedly retain a summertime vibe as Bryan plays tunes from his back catalog alongside "Knockin' Boots," a poppy track from a forthcoming studio album. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $30-$99.75. Blossom.

C.W. Stoneking/The Torments

Southern American music has always figured heavily into singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking’s music, a blend of American roots, blues, and New Orleans Jazz with elements of early rock ’n’ roll, country and calypso. Following an Australian tour together last year, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme teamed up with Stoneking for a Christmas Charity duet of “Silent Night” and interviewed him on Episode #36 of his Beats 1 show The Alligator Hour. Jack White also featured Stoneking on his 2018 album Boarding House Reach. Stoneking continues to tour in support of his 2014 LP Gon’ Boogaloo, an album of primitive blues tunes that sounds as if it were recorded in another era. (Niesel), 9 p.m. Grog Shop.


The Long Ryders/Joe Nolan

A psychedelic country band that was popular in its Los Angeles hometown in the early '80s, the Long Ryders put out a couple of influential albums before disbanding in 1987. The group has reformed on occasion since its dissolution and just reissued Psychedelic Country Soul, its first album of new material in 33 years, earlier this year. The disc kicks off with the Byrds-like "Greenville," a foot-stomping song that features harmony vocals and driving guitars, and serves as a solid return to form. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

The Struts/JJ Wilde

Struts frontman Luke Spiller has always approached his shows with an endless pool of energy. The bigger-budget productions for a couple thousand fans have made him take himself a bit more seriously; however, Spiller now performs “a bit more sober” than he did when no one knew his name. The Struts wrapped up June by releasing a cover of David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s “Dancing in the Street.” The band put its glam-rock spin on the track, replacing the horns with calculated guitar riffs. Spiller’s dramatic vocal runs made the interpretation easily recognizable. Some modern acts shy away from filling the shoes of legends, but not Spiller. Expect him to deliver Freddie Mercury-style moves at tonight's show. (Halle Weber) 8 p.m., $30.50 ADV/$35 DOS. House of Blues.

Rufus Wainwright

Blending intellect with humor and wild passion with thoughtfulness, the truly charismatic Rufus Wainwright expands the singer-songwriter realm. On one recent album, Out of the Game, Wainwright writes about his struggles with feeling like an outcast because of his strong classical background. It’s understandable. He’s already premiered an opera back in 2009. And while Out of the Game is certainly more danceable than his previous records, tracks like “Candles” and “Montauk” bring out his classic elegance with stunning melodic movement. Since he’s often simultaneously the smartest and sassiest man in the room, it’s no wonder Elton John refers to him as “the greatest songwriter on the planet.” (Patrick Stoops) 7:30 p.m. Music Box Supper Club.

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