7 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend


  • Scott Sandberg

Zac Brown Band

Known for live shows that often feature a slew of oddball covers in addition to original material, Zac Brown Band returns to Blossom tonight for what'll undoubtedly be another memorable gig. The group seemingly plays the venue each summer and always delivers a stellar performance. The current tour supports a forthcoming album that band has said “draws inspiration from the mythology and mystery surrounding the Great Horned Owl that can see perfectly in the night, serving as a guide when we need sight in even the darkest of moments.” Expect to hear some of those songs at tonight's gig. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $29.25-$108.25. Blossom.

Vampire Weekend/Chicano Batman

Tonight, indie rockers Vampire Weekend come to town on what they're calling their "most ambitious North American tour to date." Special guests such as Danielle Haim contribute to Father of the Bride, the sprawling, 18-song album that's drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen's The River and the Beatles' White Album. The songs work well together on the disc, and they hold up well on their own. The Paul Simon-like "Harmony Hall" might be one of the year's best singles. The live show tends to be a high-energy, celebratory affair as the band really rallies behind frontman Ezra Koenig. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $37.50-$69.50. Jacobs Pavilion.


AJ Croce Plays Croce

For the current tour, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce will perform his father Jim Croce’s songs, his own material and songs that influenced both of them. Croce's father died when he was only 2, but despite that traumatic setback, Croce has gone to have a successful career and released nine albums to date. His latest effort, Just Like Medicine, veers from simmering rockers such as the soulful "Gotta Get Outta My Head" and woozy, horn-driven ballads such as "Cures Just Like Medicine." (Niesel), 8 p.m., $30-$40. The Kent Stage.

Helado Negro/Tasha/Peachcurls

Roberto Carlos Lange , the Brooklyn-based singer-producer who records as Helado Negro, comes to the Grog tonight in support of his latest effort, the eclectic, unclassifiable This Is How You Smile. Lange draws upon Brazilian music for the shimmering "Fantasma Vaga" and gets funky for "Seen My Aura." (Niesel), 9 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

Tank and the Bangas/Alfred Banks

When they played at last year's In Cuya music festival, Tank and the Bangas, a rowdy band out of New Orleans, could’ve easily played on a bigger stage. Wearing a bright green shirt and colorful camo pants, exuberant singer Tarriona "Tank" Ball held the crowd’s attention with her grinding dance moves, and the large ensemble mixed together funk, rock and jazz. The band's new album, Green Balloon, features an equally likable mix of genres. The quirky "Spaceships" possesses an Outkast vibe, and "Ants" features some tongue-twisting rhymes. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $20. Beachland Ballroom.


Local H/In the Whale/Dodies/Who Hit Me

Local H frontman Scott Lucas grew up in Zion, Illinois — a place that isn't exactly teeming with rock bands — and looked to acts like R.E.M. for inspiration. After all, those guys had come out of another small American town (Athens, Georgia) and ascended to international fame after being embraced by college radio. Ironically enough, Local H, a duo that plays heavy, grungy rock that straddles the line between metal and indie rock, is still going strong while R.E.M. has called it quits. The group regularly passes through the Grog Shop so expect it to be in good form for tonight's gig. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Grog Shop.

Reggae Sundays: The Ark Band (in the Supper Club)

The special Reggae Sunday Happy Hour Concert series continues this week with the veteran regional act, the Ark Band. The indoor/outdoor concert series will take place rain or shine. Doors will open at 3 p.m. with live music from 4 to 7 p.m. Music Box will also offer food and drink specials exclusive to the series. (Niesel) 4 p.m., free. Music Box Supper Club.

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