1.Monday August 20
Brews & Blues at Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Kristine Jackson, Cleveland’s award-winning blues musician, uses her rough childhood as inspiration, channeling the emotions trapped inside her into her music. The result is a strong, soulful vocal style that has made the Elyria native a popular addition to the city’s music scene. You can catch Jackson tonight at Brews & Blues, the weekly musical interlude at Great Lakes Brewing Company, where she performs twice a month. Of course, GLBC’s lineup of craft brews helps to take the edge of the weekly grind. So does the brewpub’s new happy hour menu: From 4 to 7 p.m., you’ll find $6 burgers and a dollar off pints and wines by the glass. Jackson performs from 6 to 9 p.m. There’s no cover. Find details on the website.
2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com
2. Tuesday August 21
Teenage Tenors at Nautica
Leave it to the three teenage Italian tenors of Il Volo to turn tweens onto classical music. The handsome trio — Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble — exploded onto the international music scene in 2009, after winning the Italian version of American Idol with big, polished voices that belie their complete lack of formal training. They’ve hit all the high spots since then: a recording contract, a gold CD, and the requisite PBS special. (Check out several versions of their signature "O Solo Mio" at ilvolomusic.com.) The boys recently launched their second U.S. tour, which stops tonight at Jacobs Pavilion. When we caught up with 18-year-old Boschetto, he was recovering from pre-tour rehearsals. “We are preparing with vocal exercises,” says the young singer. “We study our music and songs every day.” Despite the performance pressure, the Bologna native declares that his love for the trio's music — a pleasantly commercial blend of pop and classical — hasn’t dimmed. “We started out this career thinking it would be really hard, and it is,” says Boschetto. “But we are doing this with passion. We are not thinking about business or just money, but we love what we are doing. It is the dream come true.” Tickets to Tuesday night's dream are set at $39.50 to $79.50 — fees not included — and can be purchased online or at the gate. An assuredly dreamy meet-and-greet package is $275. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. — Portwood
2014 Sycamore St., 216-241-7500, livenation.com.
3. Thursday August 23
Radio Heads Speak at the Rock Hall
Once upon a time, Cleveland’s WMMS-FM was legendary across the country for its domination of the market, which allowed it to take programming and promotion risks — or were those creative risks the reason that it dominated? Some of the key players in the station’s success explore how WMMS came to “rule the airwaves” in the ’70s and ’80s at the Rock Hall Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Among them: the flamboyant Billy Bass who laid the groundwork, recognizing the power of FM radio to break artists like David Bowie; John Gorman, who followed Bass as program director and guided the station through its glory years; radio scholar Denny Sanders, who served as the station’s sage and ballast; Gaye Ramstrom, whose sales skills helped convert programming creativity into profit; and Walt Tiburski, whose career in radio management, including WMMS, spans 45 years. The program is co-sponsored by the Press Club of Cleveland. Tickets are $10 at the Rock Hall box office or $12.50 online.
751 Erieside Ave., 216-781-ROCK, rockhall.com.
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