5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 22

Brad Paisley/Dustin Lynch/Chase Bryant/Lindsay Ell

Veteran country singer Brad Paisley has won numerous awards over the course of a career that stretches back to 1999, when he had his first No. 1 single, “He Didn’t Have To Be.” All told, he’s had 23 No. 1 songs to date. Love and War, his latest release, includes collaborations with Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Timbaland and Bill Anderson. Songs such as the twangy "One Beer Can" and "Go to Bed Early" play up the traditional side of his sound while "Drive of Shame" and "Solar Power Girl," which features a hip-hop sequence, embrace contemporary country sensibilities. Expect a big crowd to be on hand for Blossom's last concert of the season. (Jeff Niesel) 7 p.m. Blossom.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 23

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists/Obnox/Falling Stars


With his latest album on shelves as of this month (his first solo album to boot), Ted Leo is back in the driver’s seat after having stepped away from the spotlight for a while. He’s been writing the material for The Hanged Man for almost a decade, and the final steps and recording process happened to coincide with one of the weirdest moments in American political history. Leo has never shied away from politics, and this album is no different: He weaves catchy punk-fueled chord progressions against expressive lyrics on tunes like “Moon Out of Phase” and “You’re Like Me.” Tonight’s show is part of the Grog Shop’s 25th anniversary celebrations, and Leo promises an energetic show — with saxophone! (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $16 ADV, $18 DOS. Grog Shop.

Richard Marx

When it comes to the hits, singer Richard Marx has certainly got plenty of them — with no need to pad the setlist. Marx has racked up an impressive string of 14 No. 1 hits spread across multiple formats and four decades. Three years ago at the Hard Rock, he brought a good sampling of those career highlights to the stage, with Marx moving between acoustic guitar and piano during his solo performance. As promised, there were plenty of stories and there was probably just as much talking as there was music, but it was a good mix of the two. Expect something similar from Marx when he returns to the venue tonight. (Matt Wardlaw) 8 p.m., $27.50-$35. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

Vanity Crash Album Release Party

Some 15 years ago, singer-guitarist Dennis Van Crash, who was in the local industrial Goth band Queue Up, accepted a job as music director for Cleveland Public Theatre’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch even though he didn’t know much about the play. A hit off-Broadway, the play centers on a glam rock band fronted by an East German singer who underwent a botched sex change operation. The musical’s songs, however, really spoke to Van Crash, and he formed Vanity Crash to perform the songs in productions of the play that took place in both 2001 and 2002. The group’s been going strong ever since and tonight's show will serve as a release party for its fifth album, Phantasmagoria. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $10. Bop Stop.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 24

Cloud Nothings/Chromesthetic/Street Gurgler


With 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else, which local indie rockers Cloud Nothings recorded in Hoboken at Water Music over an 8-day period, the band opted for a poppier, cheerier effort than 2012’s Attack on Memory. That trend continues with Life Without Sound, the band's latest effort. Singer-guitarist Dylan Baldi worked on the songs for a good year before putting the finishing touches on them with his bandmates, drummer Jayson Gerycz, keyboardist Chris Brown and bassist TJ Duke. The band wrote some songs during sessions in Northampton, Mass. and then finished the songs at a writing session in Cleveland at Duke’s practice space on the near West side. "Modern Act," the infectious first single, shows off the band's ability to create a memorable hook. Nice to see the evolution of this local act. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 DOS. Grog Shop.


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