The ‘Dedicated’ Carly Rae Jepsen will perform at House of Blues Cleveland in July

Feel like catching a concert in a few months? Well, call me. Maybe. Apologies for that intro, but it felt like the obligatory way to ease into the fact that pop singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen — best known for 2011 hit “Call Me Maybe” — has announced a show July 14 at House of Blues Cleveland. The Canadian recording artist will be on the road … Continue reading The ‘Dedicated’ Carly Rae Jepsen will perform at House of Blues Cleveland in July

Glen Hansard will support soon-to-be-released ‘The Wild Willing’ with Agora show in September

I know where I’ll be the night of Sept. 7: Agora Cleveland. That’s because that’s where Glen Hansard will be that night. A singer-songwriter probably best known as one half of the folk-rock duo The Swell Season and the costar of the music-powered 2007 romance-drama “Once,” Hansard always will be, first and foremost to me, the lead singer of Irish rock band The Frames. I … Continue reading Glen Hansard will support soon-to-be-released ‘The Wild Willing’ with Agora show in September

Akron’s own Black Keys returning to The Q, with Modest Mouse in tow

It’s still amazing to me that two guys from Akron, whose band, The Black Keys, offers what is, for the most part, straight-ahead, if highly addictive rock, can headline arenas. I mean, I saw singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney absolutely pack Agora Cleveland years ago for a blistering show, but while the Agora isn’t some tiny club, it isn’t Quicken Loans Arena, either. … Continue reading Akron’s own Black Keys returning to The Q, with Modest Mouse in tow

Slow-but-funny Steven Wright back at Playhouse Square for more stand-up in March

I interviewed Steven Wright a little more than two years ago, not long before the longtime stand-up comic was slated to perform at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. In case you are unfamiliar with Wright, he talks and (I’m pretty sure, at least) moves pretty slowly. So when I saw recently that he was slated again to perform at Playhouse Square — on March 22, at the … Continue reading Slow-but-funny Steven Wright back at Playhouse Square for more stand-up in March

Plan an artsy musical evening with Bon Iver at Playhouse Square March 29

Count yours truly among those who plan to be in attendance for Bon Iver’s show March 29 at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre in Cleveland. To my ears, the Justin Vernon-led art-rock act is something special. That opinion was solidified for me when I saw Bon Iver perform in September 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, in support of its fantastic eponymous … Continue reading Plan an artsy musical evening with Bon Iver at Playhouse Square March 29