Thursday, July 19, 2018

7 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 9:32 AM

  • Courtesy of Kidlogic Media

Robert Cray

Veteran bluesman Robert Cray and drummer/producer Steve Jordan (Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, John Mayer) have done a slew of albums together over the years going back to Take Your Shoes Off, which was released in 1999 and snagged a Grammy Award for the best contemporary blues album the following year. For nearly 20 years, Cray and Jordan have continued to collaborate, most recently on Cray’s 2014 album, In My Soul. When it came time to think about the next album, Jordan had an idea. He suggested that Cray should come to Memphis to record at Royal Studios, employing the services of the house band, the Hi Rhythm Section. What came out of the experience was something that Jordan termed as “a soul, rhythm and blues fantasy camp,” something that Cray himself couldn’t argue. The resulting album, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm, came out last year. (Matt Wardlaw), 8 p.m., $35-$45. The Kent Stage.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Singer-Songwriter Cat Power to Play the Agora in October

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 1:04 PM

  • Eliot Lee Hazel
Singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, who goes by the stage name Cat Power, began performing in local bands in Atlanta in the early 1990s.

She eventually signed with Matador Records in 1996 to release the critically acclaimed What Would the Community Think and has continued to regularly record and tour ever since.

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Taylor Swift Lights Up FirstEnergy Stadium With Energetic Performance

Concert Review

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM

  • Joe Kleon
“I’m having more fun on this tour than I’ve had in my whole life,” Taylor Swift said to a capacity crowd at FirstEnergy Stadium last night. “I don’t take a single moment that I’m up here for granted.”

Some might wonder how a woman who's played to thousands of people since she was 16 could still be mesmerized by the crowd singing the words back to her, but she was. Swift paused after almost every song with a wondrous look on her face as she soaked in the love of her adoring fans. And there was nothing fake about it.

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

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Blossom Aims to Achieve Zero Waste by 2020

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Dead and Company performing at Blossom earlier this year. - JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
  • Dead and Company performing at Blossom earlier this year.
In 2014, Live Nation began trying to find ways of reducing waste at its concert venues. Just last week, it announced that it has accelerated those programs with the goal of achieving Zero Waste (meaning all waste is either recycled or composted) at several of its venues, including Blossom.

“[In 2016], we began to switch to compostable food service ware and to improve our waste diversion through composting,” says Lucy August-Perna, Manager of Venue Sustainability, U.S. Concerts at Live Nation. “We also introduced the reusable pint cup to encourage fans to refill their beer cups and reduce the amount of single-use cups. Those programs were in place, and in 2016, efforts started to pick up. We did some research and realized we’re at a 15 percent diversion rate [for waste] across the country, which is pretty low. That fueled the fire.”

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Singer-Songwriter Lucy Dacus Talks About Her Evolution as an Artist

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 8:41 AM

  • Dustin Condren
Trained not by professors but through a lifetime of introspection, singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus has a keen understanding not just of self but of the way self evolves.

Charles Darwin would correct me, saying that evolution occurs at the population level, not the individual level. But identity is different. It’s not a physical form bound by ligaments and supported by bone. Identity is completely amorphous, and changing identity doesn’t require altering genetic code or even the erosion of structure. Identity is susceptible to almost instantaneous change, sometimes even at the hands of fickle forces like human suggestion.

“I have kind of always been at peace with who I am, and I think that’s why there’s such a stark difference now knowing that other people think they know who I am, or there’s this version of me going out that doesn’t necessarily coincide with who I am," says Dacus via phone from the road, headed to Montreal for a break from tour. She performs with Deau Eyes and Holden Laurence at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Grog Shop. "It’s not that the media portrays me much differently than how I really am. It’s because I have a strong idea of who I am that I can tell the difference."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Live Nation Club & Theatre to Begin Booking Concerts at the Masonic Auditorium

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 6:08 PM

The same week that its rival promoter AEG Presents revealed millions of dollars of improvements to the Agora Theatre, Live Nation Club & Theatre, a division of Live Nation, has announced that it will start booking shows at the Masonic Auditorium.

Located in Midtown, the Masonic is literally walking distance from the Agora Theatre and will ratchet up the competition for bands that could fill either venue (both places feature rooms with capacities of approximately 2000).

The Masonic will become part of Live Nation “portfolio” of venues that includes House of Blues, Jacobs Pavilion and Blossom Music Center.

The press release announcing the partnership between Live Nation and the Masonic’s current owners, TempleLive, says that a new fall schedule with dates starting as soon as November (when renovations are scheduled to be completed) will be released shortly.

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Brooklyn-Based Charming Disaster to Join Local Vaudeville Duo Pinch & Squeal for Special Show at Good Goat Gallery

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 2:53 PM

  • Courtesy of Charming Disaster
Earlier this year, the Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster [pictured] came to Cleveland for the first time and performed at the Euclid Tavern with local author Brandy Schillace.

The band’s songs address themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology and the occult, and the group cites the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir fiction of Raymond Chandler, American murder ballads and the “dramatic flair” of the cabaret as inspirations.

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