JD McPherson Revives Retro Rock Fun at Beachland Ballroom

Concert Review


JD McPherson, the rockabilly hero of our times, brought out a robust crowd to the Beachland last night and cooked up a fine blend of new songs and older songs from his repertoire.

Sound tech issues aside, McPherson came out blazin' and got everyone moving real quick. Throughout each song, he made sure to spotlight his band members, each of whom held down various solo bits and ambient washes of harmony. 

Bassist Jimmy Sutton stole the show, giving a thrilling and physical performance as he walked up and down the neck and slammed his thumb onto and off of the strings. He threw down a little bass solo before the band went into "Bossy," and the crowd certainly took notice of the skill set he brought to McPherson's table.

Other highlights came in "You Must Have Met Little Caroline?" and "Head Over Heels" and the title cut from his latest album, "Let The Good Times Roll."

At one point, he referenced some crazy times that came with drinking Genesee Cream Ale (some guy in the crowd was holding up a can of the stuff), and somehow it seemed we could all relate. Rock 'n' roll felt fantastic last night.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.