6 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12

Travis Haddix Blues Band (in the Supper Club)


A staple in the Cleveland blues scene — and in the American music circuit writ large — Travis “Moonchild” Haddix has always brought the heat to the stage. He also surrounds himself with great musicians — like a tight, tight brass section. What he has always done so well has been his steady merger of classic blues structures with smooth R&B-style singing. He makes the blues accessible to anyone willing to listen and, inevitably, dance. And having played guitar since he was 7, the dude can tear it up quite nicely. He once told a music writer, “I am the best that I can be, and since no one else can be me, there’s none better.” Right on. (Eric Sandy), 7:30 p.m., $10. Music Box Supper Club.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13



Eric Andersen Trio featuring Scarlet Rivera


Born in Pittsburgh, singer Eric Andersen grew up in upstate New York and then moved to Boston, San Francisco (where he met singer-songwriter Tom Paxton at the famous Beat bar the Coffee Gallery) and New York, where he became part of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early ’60s with the likes of Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton and Bob Dylan. Andersen continues to tour in support of 2018's The Essential Eric Andersen, a 42-track digital release, 33-track double CD release and 20-track double LP retrospective release covering 50 years of his recorded history. (Jeff Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $25. Nighttown.

Cereal Banter/TIGER SEX/The Venus Flytrap/The Pizza Creeps

Cereal Banter's Joseph Joseph, the leader of the highly prolific local experimental indie rock act Cereal Banter, didn’t play on stage until he was 24. But he's made up for lost time; the group regularly releases new material and plays locally. Tonight, the band celebrates the release of its latest album, Wonderful Quest. Another collection of psychedelic indie rock tunes that make the band come across as a noisier Guided by Voices, it commences with the rollicking (and surprisingly accessible) '60s-inspired song "Nepotism Prism." (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $7 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

Integrity/Devil Master/State of Conviction/In Cold Blood/Outline/Subtype Zero

When Integrity formed in Cleveland in 1988, the term "metalcore" had yet to be coined. The band would come to be seen as one of the earliest acts to combine metal and hardcore. To be fair, the group didn't just draw from metal and hardcore punk. It also took inspiration from Goth, blues, jazz, rock, industrial and noise. Its first album, Those Who Fear Tomorrow, would be met with mixed reviews, but many critics acknowledged it as "the dawn of a new style of music." Tonight, the group returns to the Phantasy, the site of its first-ever Cleveland show. (Niesel) 7 p.m. Phantasy Theater.

Polars/Poro/Mimi Arden

A local indie/art rock group, Polars features songwriters Justin Miller and Kurt Eyman. The two independently recorded the group’s debut EP, Into the Pines, in 2015 in a home studio located just off the shores of Lake Erie. Last year, the group began the writing process for Native Carbon Bloom. Miller and Eyman teamed up with local orchestrator/composer Etienne Massicotte on the album, which features more than 20 musicians and utilizes a wide array of instrumentation, including various string, brass and woodwind orchestral arrangements. Lyrics touch on themes such as the impacts of global warming, terraform/space exploration, the media influence on race relations and the “politically disenfranchised.” The sonically rich album opener "Harvest" sets the tone for the terrific collection of tunes. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

Gretchen Pleuss/Emily Keener (in the Supper Club)

If Northeast Ohio has an answer to Joni Mitchell, it’s gotta be singer-songwriter Gretchen Pleuss. With her upper-register vocals and beautifully poetic lyrics, Pleuss regularly draws comparisons to the great songsmith. Pleuss's latest album, Daughter of the Broader Skies, serves as another good example of her talent, and Pleuss plays a special show tonight at the Music Box to celebrate its release. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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