8 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend


  • Jeremy Saffer

In This Moment/P.O.D./New Year's Day/Ded

Through the myriad lineup changes, singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth are the glue that have kept In This Moment a relevant heavy metal act for the last decade. Brink's fiery vocals and smokin' hot rock star persona are especially vital to the band's success. She screams and croons about whores and angels and being a "Sex Metal Barbie." On 2017's Ritual, the recent iteration of the band even goes all in on the religious theme with mystical chanting and allegoric storytelling. But the real surprise comes when the crew covers Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight," proving they're not just some one-note metal group. (Laura Morrison), 6:30 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. House of Blues.

3 Doors Down — Acoustic Back Porch Jam

Formed in 1995, the Mississippi-based rock band 3 Doors Down has sold some 20 million albums over the course of its lengthy career. The single “Kryptonite” became a huge hit on commercial radio back in the ‘90s. Earlier this year, it launched its Back Porch Jam tour. The tour will feature acoustic “interpretations” of the band’s hits as well as fan favorites and deep album cuts. Expect to hear hits such as “Kryptonite,” “It’s Not My Time” and “I Don’t Want To Know" as well as deep tracks. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

Into the Blue: Grateful Dead Revival

Regardless of your take on the Grateful Dead, the band to which Into the Blue, an ensemble of local musicians pays tribute, the group maintains a damn important stature in the rock 'n' roll canon. Into the Blue revives that spirit and lends it the respect Jerry and Co. rightfully deserve. Anyone interesting in hearing — and seeing — great music flow from the stage should check out what these guys are doing. Fellow musicians and artists will glean inspiration. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom.

M. Moody Album Release/Top Hat Black/Madeline Finn

"Cigarette," a new song from this self-described "funk-rock" local act's self-titled debut, shows off the group's jam band tendencies as the band relies on a jazzy guitar riff and a mid-tempo melody. The band expertly shifts tempo on the tune and even successfully delivers a space-y jam at the tune's conclusion. Expect to hear it at tonight's release party for the new disc. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $7 ADV, $10 DOS. CODA.

Rachael Yamagata/Sandy Bell

Initially, singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata issued a self-titled EP and then released her full-length debut, Happenstance, in 2004. Happenstance songs such as “Be Be Your Love” and “Letter Read” show off Yamagata’s soulful voice and established her as a significant talent. With the follow-up album, 2008’s Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart, Yamagata explored deeper and darker emotions. For the current tour, dubbed the Songs - Stories - Solo tour, Yamagata has stripped things down. She won’t have a backing band, and she plans to play only tunes that lend themselves to the simpler format. Opener Sandy Bell is a Cleveland native whose quietly intense tunes possess an understated power. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


Forager EP Release/Sweepyheads/Mild Animals

Forager was formed during the 2016 Cleveland Lottery League, an event that randomly pairs local musicians with one another to form new bands. The band draws from surf, rock and twee pop on its new EP, Deadbeat Suite. The album includes a handful of songs that fit together thematically. The group recorded the album last year with local music producer Brian Straw at his Survival Kit space in the 78th Street Studios on Cleveland's west side. One of the album’s highlights, the jangle-y B-52s-meets-Sleater-Kinney tune "Fallout," chronicles the demise of a relationship. The band hopes to follow up the EP with a 7-inch release. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.



The thing about the Sublime tribute band Badfish is that they perfectly encapsulate the vision set forth by Sublime's singer, the late Bradley Nowell, back in the day. While putting their own twist on certain songs, the band members keep the energetic spirit of Sublime alive, all while proferring the music to younger generations and new fans alike. They formed in 2001 at the University of Rhode Island and it's been a wild ride ever since. Each time they come around to the region, they seem to be bolder and more invigorated. Seven or eight years ago, they were a slimmed-down version of themselves playing smaller bars around Ohio, including a long-gone Blue Gator in Athens. A frontman change in 2007 opened up their sound and ensured that there was no slowing down for these guys. (Sandy) 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues.

They Might Be Giants

When They Might Be Giants played the Beachland Ballroom two years ago, it opened with “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” and singer John Flansburgh and the other “John,” John Linnell playfully stood down a packed room of Cleveland’s hippest geeks like only the hippest geeks could. In the tantalizing but simple opening set, the band played the artfully-rocked-out “Answer,” and paired the track with blasts-from-the-past like “Number Three,” a song from their 1986 self-titled debut. A stomping take on “Older,” a song from 1999’s Long Tall Weekend, had the, well, “older” crowd singing along. Expect a similarly good time when the band returns to the venue tonight on a tour in support of its twentieth studio album, I Like Fun. (Emily Votaw) 8 p.m. Beachland Ballroom.

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