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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Now That’s Class to Host the Fourth Annual Fear of a Black Planet Hip-Hop Showcase

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 4:40 PM

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Four years ago, MC Josiah "Zion" Quarles, a local guy who plays in the hip-hop group MuAmin Collective, launched a showcase for local acts that he dubbed Fear of a Black Planet.

He’s just announced the details for this year’s event, which will feature a tribute to the late hip-hop producer and rapper J Dilla and include performances by local acts such as DJ Candi Fresca, Amani Cove, Delofi, Muamin Collective, Mourning [A] BlkStar and Jah Nada.

A-Live will spin music from Dilla's extensive catalog. The show takes place at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8, which is also J Dilla's birthday, at Now That’s Class.

Tickets are $10.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Perform at Trinity Cathedral in February

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 4:03 PM

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  • Courtesy of the Elevation Group
A few years ago, the locally based Elevation Group, producers of the LaureLive music festival at Laurel School's Butler Campus, conceived and created the Cathedral Concert series that takes place at Trinity Cathedral.

Previous Cathedral Concerts have included acts such as the Airborne Toxic Event, Red Wanting Blue, Glen Hansard, Bruce Hornsby, Marc Cohn, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Joe Jackson.

Now, the Elevation Group has just announced that Ladysmith Black Mambazo, one of the most successful singing groups from South Africa, will perform at the church. The group has worked with acts such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge and many others.

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In Advance of Next Week's Show at House of Blues, Lettuce Drummer Adam Ditch Talks About the Band's Tribute to Miles Davis

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 1:45 PM

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  • Alex Varsa
Many bands that form when band members are in their teens don’t stay together long enough to see band members enter their 20s or even 30s. That fact makes Lettuce’s story all the more remarkable. The guys in the psychedelic funk/jam band first met when they were teenagers at a summer music program at Berklee College of Music in 1992. They clicked and have been steadily recording and performing ever since.

The band performs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at House of Blues.

“From the first second we all hung out and played, we knew it was special,” says drummer Adam Deitch in a phone interview. “Then, when we started school there a year or two later, we were already friends. We were like a posse. We always knew we’d be friends together, but we didn’t necessarily know we could have a career together.”

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Santana's Supernatural Now Tour Coming to Blossom in August

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 9:41 AM

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To mark the 20th anniversary of his Supernatural album and the 50th anniversary of his Woodstock performance, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Carlos Santana has announced he'll hit the road with his band this summer on what he’s calling the Supernatural Now tour. The three-month, 29-date celebration will come to Blossom on Aug. 7.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mac DeMarco To Play the Agora in September

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 4:04 PM

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  • Kiera McNally
A gifted guitar player and composer, singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco champions acts such as Steely Dan while appealing to an indie rock crowd.

Known for his on-stage antics and hijinks as well as his bizarre cover songs (he used to include a rendition of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Business” in his sets), DeMarco is a true musical oddity.

Earlier today, he announced the dates of North American tour that includes a Sept. 26 date at the Agora.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday.

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In Advance of an Upcoming House of Blues Show, Singer Carly Pearce Explains Why She Likes the Sad Songs

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 2:50 PM

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  • Rachel Deeb
Last year was a great year for singer-songwriter Carly Pearce, but with her first headlining tour, a sophomore album and a wedding all on the horizon, 2019 is looking just as good for the 28-year-old Northern Kentucky native who grew up just outside of Cincinnati.

Pearce dropped out of high school when she was 16 and took a chance on a job as a singer in a country show at Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN. She proceeded to move to Nashville and chased her country music dreams for nearly a decade until 2017 when “Every Little Thing,” an emotional breakup ballad Pearce released independently, went all the way to No. 1 on country radio.

“I honestly wrote [‘Every Little Thing’] for myself…but it was the most special thing in the world, to have something so painful end up being so beautiful,” says Pearce in a recent phone interview. She performs with co-headliner Russell Dickerson at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at House of Blues. “I was able to share that each night with fans that maybe are going through a heartbreak or are going through a hard time…I’m a living example that sometimes the things that hurt us the most bring us to the most joy.”

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Beachland Ballroom to Host a Concert for the Plain Dealer News Guild in February

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 8:35 AM

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Earlier this year, The Plain Dealer announced that the paper will cut nearly 30 jobs when it outsources copy editors, designers, curators and artists in a couple of months. Other union members could lose their jobs at the end of February as well.

To show support for the union members of Local 1 of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild at The Plain Dealer, local musicians such as Alex Bevan, Colin Dussault, Ray Flanagan and Rachel Brown have teamed up to play a benefit concert. Michael Stanley, the dean of the Cleveland music scene, will also perform. And Plain Dealer rock critic Chuck Yarborough will sit in with Dr. Joe and the Squeeze Play, a band that plays classic rock with accordions.

The concert will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Beachland Ballroom.

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