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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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Ronnie Baker Brooks/Ben Miller Band

The son of Chicago blues legend Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks has established himself as a prodigious talent and has performed with some of the greatest Blues artists of our time, BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Koko Taylor as well as Blues rock legend Eric Clapton. He’s also been a special guest member of Big Head Todd & the Monsters on recording and tours over the past few years. His latest album, 2017’s Times Have Changed, is a boisterous affair that commences with the high-energy rocker “Show Me” and never lets up. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $20. Beachland Ballroom.

Kim Richey/Radney Foster

On last year’s Edgeland, Ohio native Kim Richey records with three different sets of musicians, including top Nashville players and outside-the-mainstream artists such as Robyn Hitchcock and Chuck Prophet. With a remarkable career that stretches back nearly 25 years, Richey draws equally from country, pop and Americana. Opener Radney Foster started his career as a songwriter after moving to Nashville in 1985. He co-wrote a Top Ten hit for Sweethearts of the Rodeo and went on to commercial and critical success as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd. They recorded three albums in the late 1980s, scoring a series of country hits. Released in 2017, his third solo effort, 2017's For You to See the Stars, showcases his classic, soulful storytelling. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $15-$30. The Kent Stage.


Travis "Moonchild" Haddix

A staple in the Cleveland blues scene — and in the American music circuit writ large — Travis “Moonchild” Haddix has always brought the heat to the stage. He also surround himself with great musicians — like a tight, tight brass section. What he has always done so well has been his steady merger of classic blues structures with smooth R&B-style singing. He makes the blues accessible to anyone willing to listen and, inevitably, dance. And having been playing guitar since he was 7, the dude can tear it up quite nicely. He once told a music writer, “I am the best that I can be, and since no one else can be me, there’s none better.” Right on. (Eric Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $15. Nighttown.


Electric, Eclectic Afi

Local bassist/keyboardist/songwriter Afi Scruggs learned to play piano before gravitating to other instruments. She plays a bit of everything, including blues, bluegrass, gospel and jazz. The recipient of a songwriting commission from Chicago Public Media’s Race Out Loud program, she composes trap and hip-hop beats for students writing songs against bigotry and hatred and has performed with blues harpist Wallace Coleman as well as local guitarists Michael J. Calhoun and Charlie Christopherson. Her single “Love Walked Out” has been featured on 107.3 FM the Wave. Tonight, she’ll celebrate her 65th birthday with a special Electric Eclectic Afi concert at the Bop Stop. She’ll play covers and originals, sharing her creative maturity in the name of a great time. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $15. Bop Stop.

Moonchild/Butcher Brown

This L.A.-based band returned earlier this year with its fourth studio album, Little Ghost. Sounds such as "Too Much to Ask" and "The Other Side" blend electronic and organic instrumentation and feature soft, soulful vocals. After a year of performing at festivals and on tours with jazz heavyweight Kamasi Washington and the alt-R&B act the Internet, the band has embarked on a 30-date headlining run that includes tonight's stop at the Beachland. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $23.50-$75. Beachland Ballroom.

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