5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Mdou Moctar/Guerilla Toss




Guitarist Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in central Niger in a remote region steeped in religious tradition. Growing up in an area where secular music was all but prohibited, he taught himself to play on a homemade guitar. Eventually, he found a “real” guitar and taught himself to play in secret. He comes to town tonight in support of his new album, Ilana (The Creator). (Jeff Niesel) 9 p.m., $15. Now That's Class.

An Evening with Bon Iver



With its latest album, 22, A Million, the indie rock act Bon Iver delivers a disc that, as it's put in a press release about it, “part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion.” A collection of “sacred moments, love's torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence,” the album arguably features the group at its best. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $47-$99.50. State Theatre.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

FreshProduce/Tribe Untitled/Malik X

Phases, the latest effort from the local hip-hop duo FreshProduce, features collaborations with Gold Rose, Candi Fresca, Lawtisha Williams, MellowXzact, Joey Aich, Paper Paulk, Cathalyn of the Katy, James John and Kyle Kidd of Mourning a BLKstar. The duo has always tried to work with a wide array of others, but this time it found greater success. "Pick Your Weapon," one of the songs on Phases, was produced by legendary Columbus-based producer and educator J. Rawls. The crew also finds itself having fun on the album's closer, "Miyenz." It's a playful song that will sound very recognizable, especially to fans of the local adult contemporary radio station, the Wave. Expect to hear all these tracks at tonight's release party. (Emanuel Wallace) 9 p.m., $7 ADV, $10 DOS. Grog Shop.

Post Saga/Fullsend/Deep Sigh

This terrific Kent-based band started writing original material for its new EP last year. The group essentially recorded the album live at its singer Danna O'Connor's home. The up-tempo "I Know" commences with a jazzy drum solo and features raspy, Janis Joplin-like vocals. Songs such as the bluesy "Turnaround" and the soulful "Temporary Lovin'" really benefit from O'Connor's heartfelt singing. She clearly drives each of the EP's five tracks. Tonight's show serves as a release party. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31

Jon Anderson


Last year, prior to a Yes concert at Hard Rock Live, singer Jon Anderson talked to us a bit about his new solo album, 1000 Hands. “I’m working on a piece that’s so bizarre,” he said in the interview. “I started a piece of music 28 years ago in Big Bear, which is southeast of L.A. I was just getting away from the world for three months, and I decided to do an album. But it never got finished because life is like that. Now, 28 years later, I’m just finishing five of the songs, plus five new songs. It’s amazing how music is timeless.” Anderson, who co-authored some of the biggest Yes hits, including "I've Seen All Good People," "Roundabout" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart," Anderson performs tonight at Hard Rock Live. Expect to hear tunes from all eras of his lengthy career. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

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