10 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend


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Waco Brothers

A member of kick ass indie rock acts such as the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, singer-songwriter Jon Langford is also a visual artist. He created all the logos for the Music Box Supper Club, and he also did the artwork you see on the stairs as you walk up to the Concert Hall, so it makes sense he'd bring the Waco Brothers to town tonight as the Music Box Supper Club celebrates its five-year anniversary. Their most recent album, 2016's Going Down in History, offers country-rock with punk rock attitude in songs such as the twangy "Diybyob." (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Brad Paisley/Chris Lane/Riley Green

Since his 1999 debut, Who Needs Pictures, singer-guitarist Brad Paisley has released one chart-topping record after another. Not immune to making fun of himself, he’s even appeared on South Park. His last full-length album, Love and War, came out two years ago but he’s got a new one in the works so you can expect to hear some songs from it at tonight’s show. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $30-$79.50. Blossom.

Thunderpussy/Hollis Brown/Time Cat

Two bands that look back to classic rock for inspiration, Seattle-based Thunderpussy and the New York act Hollis Brown have hit the road together this summer in support of terrific new albums. Sylvia Massey (Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers) produced Thunderpussy’s self-titled album that dropped last year. Hollis Brown’s latest effort, Ozone Park, shows off the band’s sharp songwriting skills and draws from roots rock acts such as Tom Petty and Credence Clearwater Revival. Hollis Brown drummer Andrew Zehnal grew up in Cleveland so you can expect an especially energetic performance from the band. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.


Jon Bellion/Marc E. Bassy/Lawrence

Singer-songwriter Jon Bellion got his start by recording a series of mixtapes featuring his original songs in his parents’ basement. His studio debut, 2016's The Human Condition, was a huge hit thanks to the infectious single "All Time Low." Last year, Bellion followed the album up with Glory Sound Prep, an album that includes collaborations with Grammy-winning producer Quincy Jones, Roc Marciano, RZA, B. Keyz and Travis Mendes. With its acoustic guitar and soulful vocals, "Good Things Fall Apart" has helped propel album sales even if it's not as memorable as "All Time Low." (Niesel), 7 p.m., $29.50-$49.50. Jacobs Pavilion.

The Regrettes/Hot Flash Heat Wave/Forager

This L.A.-based punk group teamed up with producer Mike Elizondo (Eminem) for its full-length debut, 2017's Feel Your Feelings Fool and then again for the forthcoming How Do You Love?, a concept album featuring what singer Lydia Night refers to as "confused love songs. Ultimately, How Do You Love? shows off Night's melodic sensibilities. She has a fondness for '60s girl groups, and that influence comes across in songs such as "Pumpkin." Night's husky vocals and driving guitars give "California Girls" and "Dress Up" real power, and the frivolous, catchy "I Dare You" could pass as a Gwen Stefani song. (Niesel)
7:30 p.m., $15 ADV, $17 DOS. Grog Shop.

The SteelDrivers/Roanoke

In the mid-'90s, fiddle player Tammy Rogers and guitarist/mandolin player Mike Henderson played around Nashville with the Dead Reckoners, a ragtag group of country session players. The group didn't really set the town on fire, but it did get Rogers and Henderson to start collaborating and thinking outside of Music City's conventional country musical boundaries. In 2008, Rogers and Henderson recruited singer-guitarist Chris Stapleton and formed the SteelDrivers, a bluegrass band that sought to bring a bit of soul and R&B into the mix. Grammy nominations and critical praise have followed. For 2012’s Hammer Down, it recruited Gary Nichols, a singer-songwriter living in Muscle Shoals, to take Stapleton's place. Though Nichols' voice isn't quite as raspy, the band surprisingly doesn't miss a beat and sounds sharp on both Hammer Down and 2016's The Muscle Shoals Recordings. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $30-$40. The Kent Stage.


Ace Frehley/Like It

Space Invader, singer-guitarist Ace Frehley’s 2014 solo album, continues the successful comeback story for the former KISS guitarist who scored a Top 10 debut on the Billboard charts when the album was released. The chart debut added another milestone to Frehley’s career, as he became the first KISS member to have an album debut in the Top 10 as a solo artist. Anomaly, his previous solo album, released in 2009, peaked at No. 26 on the album charts and Origins, Vol. 1, a 2016 album of cover tunes checked in at No. 23. He comes to town tonight in support of Origins, Vol. 2. (Matt Wardlaw), 7 p.m., $37 ADV, $42 DOS. House of Blues.

Heart/Joan Jett and the Blackhearts/Elle King

Three years ago, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson went their separate ways after Ann's husband, Dean Wetter, assaulted Nancy's teenage sons. But with that incident behind them, the Hall of Fame inductees have patched things up and decided to hit the road again together this summer on what they've dubbed their Love Alive tour. Ann Wilson possesses one of rock's most distinctive and powerful voices and will undoubtedly bring tracks such as "Crazy on You" and "Straight On" to life at Blossom tonight on a bill that features fellow Rock Hall inductee Joan Jett and singer-songwriter Elle King. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $29.50-$129.50. Blossom.

Reggae Sundays: Dave Smeltz (in the Supper Club)

This special Reggae Sunday Happy Hour Concert series began earlier this month and continues every Sunday through Sept. 1. The indoor/outdoor concert series will take place rain or shine with live music from 4 to 7 p.m. Music Box will also offer food and drink specials exclusive to the series. Today, singer-songwriter Dave Smeltz will perform. (Niesel), 4 p.m., free. Music Box Supper Club.

Stick Men/CuDa Schief & CuDa

Even as a rejuvenated King Crimson hits the road again (the prog rock band comes to Cleveland in September), Crimson bassist Tony Levin has continued to find the time to devote to Stick Men, a side project that includes Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto and guitarist Markus Reuter. Three years ago, the group issued Prog Noir, an album that shows off the band’s songwriting as much as it shows off the group’s chops. The eerie title track features Bowie-like vocals and distorted vocals. In the wake of the release of Prog Noir, the Stick Men have also released the digital only live album, Roppongi — Live in Tokyo 2017, which also features Crimson saxophonist and flutist Mel Collins. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

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