10 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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FRIDAY, AUG. 9

Interpol/Surfbort


Drawing inspiration from post-punk acts such as Joy Division, New Order and the Cure, Interpol has been an indie rock stalwart since the early 2000s. The group helped kick-start the post-punk revival that has endured well into the present day. It brings its summer tour to the Rock Hall tonight and will perform on an outdoor stage. Surfbort, a four-piece punk band from Brooklyn, opens the show. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $26. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Jason Aldean/Kane Brown/Carly Pearce/Dee Jay Silver



Not as good looking as Luke Bryan or as physically fit as Tim McGraw, country singer-guitarist Jason Aldean nevertheless remains one of the genre’s biggest stars. That much was certainly apparent last year at Blossom where fans packed the place for his concert. Tonight's bill also features Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Dee Jay Silver, who will man the turntables between sets. On tour in support of his last year's Rearview Town, Aldean returns to the venue with some new tunes that are designed to be crowd favorites. Tunes such as the guitar-driven, "Dirt to Dust" and the shimmering, mid-temp "Set It Off" will undoubtedly go over well tonight. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $45-$99.75. Blossom.

Common/Maimouna Youssef

It's an indisputable fact that rapper/actor Common is one of the most highly respected elder statesmen in hip-hop. After he debuted back in 1992 with his first album, Can I Borrow a Dollar, it has been quite the journey for the Chicago native. The rapper shared some of that journey last year at the State Theatre as the headlining artist at Tri-C Jazziest in an engaging 90-minute set. He returns to town tonight in support of his forthcoming album, Let Love. (Emanuel Wallace) 7 p.m. Agora Theatre.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10

15 60 75 The Numbers Band (in the Supper Club)


For more than 40 years now, the avant blues act 15-60-75 the Numbers Band has been a singular entity on the local music scene. Band leader Bob Kidney is a compelling frontman who has a poet’s sensibility and plays a mean guitar too. Songs such as the woozy "Narrow Road" and the jazzy, Steely Dan-like "Jimmy Bell's Still in Town" are simply mesmerizing, suggesting the degree to which the band was firing all cylinders back in the day. There's a good chance you'll hear them at tonight's gig. (Niesel)8 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Bad Religion/The Lawrence Arms

Bad Religion’s first studio release in six years, Age of Unreason, commences with “Chaos From Within,” a song that features the guttural vocals and driving guitars for which the band is known. “Do the Paranoid Style” comes off as a call-to-arms as it advocates standing up to oppression. Joe Barresi produced Bad Religion’s last few albums, but Carlos de la Garza helmed this release, and Baker says he helped give the songs their sonic edge. If anything, the album might be more melodic than past efforts. “My Sanity,” a song that references Trump’s use of the term “alternative facts,” features harmony vocals and has a great hook, and a gorgeous guitar riff carries “Candidate.” And “Downfall” is downright infectious and ventures into pop-punk territory. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $32.50-$55. Agora Theatre.

Marc Broussard

Singer-songwriter Marc Broussard isn't as well-known as Ray Charles or Joe Cocker, the guys to whom he is most often compared, but he most assuredly shares a good amount of soul with them. Many critics have noted traces of their music in Broussard's passionate presentation - from his rasp-to-riches vocals to the rafter-rattling intensity of his live shows. Broussard doesn't take these potentially intimidating comparisons lightly, by any means, because he understands the respect and affection that comes with them. On releases such as 2002's Momentary Setback, 2004's Carencro and 2007’s SOS: Save Our Soul, Broussard has tried to remain true to his Louisiana roots and the influences that guided him His latest album, 2017's Easy to Love, again shows off his soulful voice and vibrant arrangements. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $25. The Kent Stage.

Parker Millsap/Tom Evanchuck

With his new album, Other Arrangements, singer-songwriter Parker Millsap sought to expand his sound and rock a little harder. "I wanted to write songs that were fun to play live," he says. "Coming from a folk singer-songwriter beginning, I realized I had a bunch of slow, ballad-y numbers. I wanted to write some songs that were fun and that people could move to. I wrote a lot of them with electronic guitar in mind. There are a few ballads, but it’s primarily a rock ’n’ roll record." Album opener "Fine Line" has a real swagger to it and recalls the Stones. Expect to hear it alongside a good batch of new tunes as Millsap brings his tour in support of the album to town. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $15. Grog Shop.

Up Next Fest Featuring YSN Flow/Freshie/Foreign Jay/Runitup Ryan/Tropp/Owen River

Joey Hirsch, a 19-year-old sophomore at Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business, organized this concert featuring some of the city’s best hip-hop acts. Well-known in the hip-hop world as Hersh, he aspires to own a major record label. Currently he manages several of the acts playing this show and works as a creative director and marketer. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $20-$30. Beachland Ballroom.

SUNDAY, AUG. 11

Wendy Eisenberg (in Mahall's Apartment)


New Ghosts, a local group devoted to promoting improvised music in the tradition of Cleveland saxophonist Albert Ayler, is behind this event that features bassoonist Dana Jessen, guitarist Shane Parish and guitarist/vocalist Wendy Eisenberg. The show will have three sets in total, including a solo bassoon set from Jessen, a duo between Eisenberg and Parish, and a group improvisation with all three musicians. The three musicians come from very different backgrounds, but they share a background in the improvised music associated with Albert Ayler’s legacy. (Niesel), $10. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Reggae Sundays: Ras Khalifa (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, the local act Ras Khalifa will perform. (Niesel), 4 p.m., free. Music Box Supper Club.

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