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Monday, April 22, 2019

Flogging Molly and Social Distortion Coming to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in September

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM

The Irish-American Celtic punk band Floggy Molly [pictured] and the punk rock band Social Distortion have just announced they're teaming up for a summer co-headlining tour that includes a stop at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Sept. 4.

The Devil Makes Three and Le Butcherettes will open the show.

A Pandora and CITI presale starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m on Friday.

Front Row Packages and VIP Tour Packages will also be available.

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Wiz Khalifa to Play Blossom in July

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 10:22 AM

  • Joe Kleon
Earlier today, multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa announces the details of his Decent Exposure tour. The jaunt pairs him with guests French Montana, Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods and DJ Drama; it includes a stop at Blossom on July 30.

Khalifa just dropped his new mixtape, Fly Times Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young, last week. Produced by Cardo, TM88, and IDLabs, it includes 14 new songs.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Eric Church Delivers an Epic Career-Spanning Performance at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Posted By on Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 8:45 AM

  • Scott Sandberg
At the start of last night’s epic, three-plus hour concert at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, country singer-guitarist Eric Church warned the capacity crowd about what he had in store. “We are going to give it everything we got,” he said. “If you just meet us halfway, it’ll be the best damn show you ever saw.”

He wasn’t kidding. Church and his terrific backing band gave a Springsteen-like performance that drew from all six of his studio albums and featured more than 30 tunes.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

The concert, the first of a two-night stand at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, featured all the trappings of an arena rock show too. There was a multi-tiered stage, a gigantic video screen that occasionally separated into panels that hung from the arena’s rafters and a party pit filled with rabid fans who brought items for Church to sign (and he obliged them throughout the night).

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Here's the New Music Video From the Local Act Maura Rogers & the Bellows

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 3:04 PM

  • Courtesy of Maura Rogers & the Bellows
Local singer-songwriter Maura Rogers started songwriting in college at Baldwin-Wallace’s noted music theater program, and she also worked for Great Lakes Theater Festival after college. She’s been a fixture on the local music scene for the past decade.

For Always, her latest album with her backing band the Bellows, she spent 11 days recording tracks with locally based producer Jim Wirt.

“Every note played on this album perfectly expresses the honesty of the songs,” says Wirt in a press release about the album. “Maura's voice is idyllic, unlike anyone I've ever worked with. It was a treat to be a part of this album."

The album represents the follow-up to 2015's In Light, and the band’s lineup now includes guitarist Al Moses, bassist Quinn Hyland and drummer Jeff Babinkski in addition to founding members Meredith Pangrace and Rogers. The album takes influence from classic rock acts such as Fleetwood Mac and indie acts such as Brandi Carlile and Sharon Van Etten.

“I hope to grow as a songwriter with each album, and I approached this album more as a band leader,” says Rogers. “I wanted to incorporate the accordion and voices and that became my new approach. I’ve always been a huge Brandi Carlile fan and have watched her evolve as a songwriter. She writes about really deep things and makes them accessible to the listener. That has continually shaped me as a songwriter. I tried to move beyond that approach and listen to more bands. A band like Fleetwood Mac is inspiring because it has powerful women and men and they all contribute to the songwriting, and it’s a democratic process.”

Rogers says the new lineup masterfully executed the songs on Always.

“Quinn [Hyland] brings a whole new element of rhythm and energy,” she says. “We held auditions, and she stood out by far. She can sing and do harmonies, and I wanted to incorporate that into the songs. Al [Moses] is this legendary blues guitar player in Cleveland. He’s friends with mutual friends and has seen us play and wanted to sit in with us. I had seen him play and couldn’t believe he was serious. He’s such a talented player. He’s a player that listens to what everyone else is doing and adds wonderful layers to that. And Meredith [Pangrace] has worked really hard on the accordion. The more she felt confident and the more she learned, the more it became part of every song. Jim Wirt pulled out the strengths. It’s a different album altogether.”

Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Noelle Richard directed the music video for the first single, "92 Days." The video came out today.

To make the video, Richard issued a casting call for “transgender, non-binary, gender queer, gender-non-conforming community members, as well as their supportive allies.” More than 30 volunteers showed up to have their portraits filmed.

"This video celebrates the varied ways in which we queer and trans folks reclaim our bodies and visually communicate our identities,” says Richard in a press release about the video. “When I first heard ‘92 Days,’ it resonated with me [a transgender/non-binary person] as an anthem for authenticity and self-determination. Presenting intimate portraits of my queer community, as well as those who love and support us, shifts focus onto our beauty, resilience and joy, countering the frequently tragic narratives of queer people seen in mainstream heteronormative media."

Rogers initially hesitated when it came to doing a music video, but she says that working with Richard was a real joy since Richard made the song into her own statement.

“I wanted to go beyond us and see what the song would mean to somebody else,” says Rogers. “Noelle had a vision for '92 Days,' and I always thought the song was about being trapped in my body. [The resulting video] made me think about different ways people could feel trapped. I thought about people in the LGBTQ community and how it would be good to give that community a voice. Noelle had the idea for the moving portraits. People have told me they're really moved by it, which is great.”

The album drops on Friday, April 26, and an album release party will take place on Saturday, April 27, at the Music Box Supper Club.

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Dave Davies Revisits His Garage Rock Glory Days at the Music Box

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 9:18 AM

There’s a great moment in Sunny Afternoon, the terrific British musical based on the music of the Kinks, that captures how excited brothers Ray and Dave Davies must’ve been when they took the distorted guitar riff that propels “You Really Got Me” and really cranked it up for the very first time. When the house band plays it during the musical, it resonates throughout the theater and sends chills.

Some 50 years later, that song still strikes a powerful chord, and it brought a capacity crowd to its feet when Davies played it last night at the end of his 90-minute concert at the Music Box Supper Club. While a little erratic (the 72-year-old Davies can’t consistently hit the high notes anymore, and he tends to introduce songs by simply using their titles in a sentence), the concert still provided a nostalgic look back at one of Britain’s finest musical exports.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tri-C JazzFest to Kick Off a Gordon Square Arts District Residency Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 11:40 AM

Local poet and musician Daniel Gray-Kontar - COURTESY OF TRI-C
  • Courtesy of Tri-C
  • Local poet and musician Daniel Gray-Kontar
Earlier today, Cuyahoga Community College announced the details of a residency program featuring Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland performances in the Gordon Square Arts District.

Six free events will take place over the next two months. The program begins on Friday, April 26, with Syllable Symposium: From Kerouac to Kendrick, an event that explores the "rich relationship between jazz and poetry."

“This is our first collaboration with Gordon Square,” says Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest, in a press release. “We are excited about reaching this new audience and promoting jazz.”

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

3 Doors Down to Play MGM Northfield Park Center Stage in August

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 2:51 PM

  • Courtesy of Live Nation
Formed in 1995, the Mississippi-based rock band 3 Doors Down has sold some 20 million albums over the course of its lengthy career, and the single “Kryptonite” became a huge hit on commercial radio back in the '90s.

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