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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

10 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 12:15 PM

  • Courtesy of the Rock Hall

Rock Hall Honors: Mavis Staples

The new Rock Hall Honors award features a career celebration and full night of music from soul/R&B singer Mavis Staples tonight at 8 at the State Theatre. Inductee Jackson Browne and Valerie June will join Staples during the concert. Just last week, the Rock Hall announced that Dawes singer Taylor Goldsmith would join the bill as well. A Rock Hall Inductee, Staples will deliver “a full set of her hits as well as recent releases.” Tickets are $30 to $100. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m. $30-$100. State Theatre.

The Choir

When Cleveland garage rock heroes the Choir played the Beachland last year, the group established they wouldn’t be performing the hit “It’s Cold Outside,” as it belonged to the 1966 incarnation, Last year, the L.A.-based Omnivore Recordings released for the first time a terrific lost 1968-recorded Choir album, Artifact. That’s what the band will likely play tonight along with a few favorite cover tunes. Procol Harum was a primary influence on the 1968 Choir so expect a few of their songs to make it into the mix at tonight’s show. (Michael David Toth) 8 p.m. Music Box Supper Club.

The Claudettes

The Claudettes mix up blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll and cabaret info an unholy brew. Fronted by keyboard player extraordinaire Johnny Iguana and vocalist Berit Ulseth, the group comes to town tonight in advance of the late-2019 release of their new album High Times in the Dark. Grammy winner Ted Hutt (Violent Femmes, the Devil Makes Three, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucero, Dustbowl Revival) produced the album. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $15. BLU Jazz+.

Rascal Flatts/Jordan Davis/Jimmie Allen

Rascal Flatts are one of the most iconic country bands of all time. Heartfelt ballads like “Bless the Broken Road,” an anthem for anyone who believes everything happens for a reason, represent the band’s best work. “What Hurts the Most,” a twangy breakup tune, is the clear standout of the band’s hit-filled catalog. With thoughtful lyrics and catchy instrumentals, it’s the perfect sing-along and should go over well tonight at Blossom. (Halle Weber), 7:30 p.m., $30-$99.75. Blossom.


Blackberry Smoke/The Record Company

Blackberry Smoke put out its debut in 2003 and since that debut, the band has independently released six full-length records and has toured relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. ew acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions, which was released last fall to critical acclaim. Created as a companion to the band’s latest full-length album, Find A Light, last year's The Southern Ground Sessions was recorded at Southern Ground studio in Nashville and features stripped-down versions of five album tracks as well as a rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” featuring Amanda Shires. Expect to hear at least a few tracks from it at tonight's gig. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $32.50-$55. MGM Northfield Park.

Toronzo Cannon (in the Supper Club)

A bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority, Cannon bought his first guitar at age 22 but didn't immediately start playing the blues. But after he began attending local blues jams, he was hooked. Throughout the late '90s and early 2000s, he accompanied a "high energy guy" named Tommy McCracken before launching a solo career. With his new album, The Preacher, the Politician or the Pimp, Cannon builds upon the foundation he laid with 2016's The Chicago Way. The album kicks off with the rousing "Get Together or Get Apart," a song that features some pretty dynamic guitar work. Other tracks issues such as domestic abuse and health insurance in ways that show just how much Cannon understands the plight of the everyday person. (Niesel) 7 p.m. Music Box Supper Club.

The Dream Syndicate/Part Time Lover/Terminal Lovers

When L.A. Dream Syndicate opened for Mott the Hoople earlier this year at the Masonic Auditorium, the band delivered a compelling 40-minute opening set that included moody, feedback-driven tunes such as “Halloween” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” The group hardly qualifies as classic-rock but superb musicianship and an energetic performance still managed to make the band appeal to the crowd that was clearly there just to see Mott the Hoople. Expect a similarly engaging set tonight at the much more intimate Happy Dog. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $12. Happy Dog.

An Evening with Iris Dement

To stand out in a sea of singer-songwriter wannabes and to be a trailblazer in the genre, a person's vocals must sound wholly organic. In singer-songwriter Iris DeMent's tone, there's screeching and wildness but also a purity. She has said she always tried to emulate her mother's voice and also the preacher's wife from her hometown church. These vocals went straight to her heart. She hasn't released a solo work since 2015's The Trackless Woods, the third album on her own label, but she has started to work on a new studio album, so it's not out of the question that she would debut some new songs at tonight's show. (Laura Morrison), 8 p.m., $30. The Kent Stage.

ZZ Top/Cheap Trick

Earlier this summer, Rock Hall inductees ZZ Top, a trio that has sold 30 million records over the course of a lengthy career, announced the dates of a tour celebrating their 50th year together. That's an eternity in the rock world, and if recent area appearances are any indication, these guys still put on a solid live show. Expect to hear classic Texas blues numbers such as "Got Me Under Pressure" and "Gimme All Your Lovin.'" Cheap Trick, another classic rock act that continues to relentlessly tour, opens the show. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $45-$175. Jacobs Pavilion.


Berlin/Key to the Mint

Led by big-voiced front woman Terri Nunn, Berlin was one of New Wave's more commercially successful bands back in the '80s when it delivered hits such as the infectious "No More Words" and the seductive "Sex (I'm A...)." The band comes to town tonight in support of a Transcendence a new studio album it issued earlier this year. Songs such as "I Want You" retain the band's synth-pop sound without sounding dated. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $30 ADV, $35 DOS. House of Blues.

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