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Garland Jeffreys

Singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys began gigging in Manhattan in the 1960s. Like his friend Lou Reed, he developed his poetic sensibilities and wrote songs that reflected the time period. In his music, he would famously explore race relations in the states. The topics continue to intrigue Jeffreys, whose career experienced a rebirth in 2011 with the The King of In Between, his first studio release in years. Now, Jeffreys has embarked on a rare full-band tour that brings him to town tonight. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


2016 Tri-C High School Rock Off

As a way of nurturing and supporting the talent native to Northeast Ohio, the folks at the concert promotions behemoth Live Nation devote what is traditionally a slow time of the year for concerts to this annual event, a battle of the bands that pits high-school bands against one another in a competition to crown one final winner the best high-school band in the land. Last year, the event returned to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where a handful of bands battled it out each weekend before one winner was crowned in the Final Exam. This year, the event will also take place at the Rock Hall. Every Saturday in January, regional bands will compete before a panel of judges for the right to move on to the "Final Exam," which takes place on Feb. 13 at the Rock Hall. Now in its twentieth year, the event will also feature special appearances by alumni acts who'll perform at the end of each round. (Niesel), 6 p.m. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Chase Bryant

Up-and-coming country singer-guitarist Chase Bryant comes from a long line of musicians. His grandfather performed with Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings and his uncles co-founded the chart-topping group Ricochet. So when he started playing guitar and singing, he wanted to follow in their footsteps — to an extent. He's said he wants to put his own "stamp" on his music. If that's the case, he's off to a good start. Released in 2014, his self-titled debut has yielded one monster hit with “Take It On Back,” a song about wanting to fall back in love with an old flame and recapture that innocence of first falling in love. His latest single, the mid-tempo tune “Little Bit of You,” has become a hit too. Bryant has supported acts such as Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw on national arena tours and has just hit the road again for a series of headlining dates that includes tonight's show at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown. (Niesel), 10 p.m., $12. Dusty Armadillo.


Formerly known as Field Trip, Ex-Astronaut kicks shoegaze aesthetics across laid-back and anthemic vocals. The band recently released a live session recorded at WRUW. Both “Falling Apart” and “The River” showcase a band knee-deep in interesting ideas and tight execution. The former refracts hypnotic melodies through flange effects, creating a metallic-sounding atmosphere that calls to mind the recording’s cover art. “The River,” meanwhile, builds more slowly toward a thrilling, chugging chorus. We’re betting that this radio station session translates even better to the stage setting. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Brian Newman Quintet

Brian Newman, who's Lady Gaga's jazz bandleader, collaborated with Gaga and Tony Bennett on their 2014 Grammy-winning album Cheek to Cheek, which featured arrangements by Newman and his band. The single, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard. Newman continues to hold down a longstanding weekly residency as bandleader at the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel on Tuesday and Thursday nights. He also performs on select Friday nights at NYC's legendary Rainbow Room with his orchestra. Guests who have sat in with him include Jon Batiste, Mark Murphy, Dierks Bentley, Willie Nile and the Dirty Pearls. On 2012's Live From New York City, he offers a peppy rendition of "Night and Day," and he delivers a woozy horn solo on "Our Love is Here to Stay." Newman will prerelease his new album, Eyes on the City, at the end of January on Pledgemusic. 8 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Plenty of indie rockers have recorded children’s albums. But you can’t accuse singer-songwriter Justin Roberts of jumping on the bandwagon. After playing in a Minneapolis-based indie-rock band during the early ’90s, Roberts made his solo debut with 1997’s Great Big Sun, his first album of tunes geared toward tykes. The former pre-school teacher was so successful, he ditched the indie-rock gig and moved to Chicago, where he spent a couple of years in graduate school and simultaneously honed his G-rated songwriting craft. At that point, his career as a guy who can play to both parents and kids was born. Roberts and his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, regularly play Cleveland and this marks a welcomed return for the family friendly band. (Niesel), 3 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Grog Shop.


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