Best Concerts To Look Forward To In Cleveland In 2013

December 20, 2012 8:00 AM

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Cleveland is known as the home of Rock and Roll and it continues to be host to a lot of great music. Both local bands and those traveling through town present options for great entertainment almost any night of the week. There are plenty of small neighborhood venues and clubs that will introduce you to tomorrow’s stars, but if you are looking for something a little more interesting — something out of the box — these concerts are some of the best coming to Cleveland in the early part of 2013.
(credit: Danielle Andes)

(credit: Danielle Andes)

G. Love & Special Sauce
House of Blues
308 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 523-2583
www.houseofblues.com/

Hours: Jan. 10 – 9 p.m.
Price: $20 to $29.50

G. Love & Special Sauce came to fame in the early ’90s largely due to the heavy rotation of its single “Cold Beverages” on MTV. It has continued to create great music ever since, maintaining a loyal following through the years, but has largely flown under the radar. G. Love & Special Sauce is hard to classify into the standard constructs of traditional musical genres. Its sound resonates with an infectious marriage between blues, rock and hip hop. Its live performances create a groove that permeates the entire venue and follows the audience home. If you like good music that gets you moving and has a spirit all of its own, make sure to make it to the House of Blues Cleveland this January.

The Chieftains
State Theatre
1519 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 771-4444
www.playhousesquare.org

Hours: Feb. 24 – 6 p.m.
Price: $10 to $49.50

The Chieftains first formed in 1962 in Dublin, Ireland. The band found a way to take traditional Irish music and make it its own, enabling it to introduce this style to the rest of the world. Fall in love with the band that forged the path for the generations of musicians that followed in its footsteps, spreading the love of the Irish traditional sound. In its five-decade career, this band has enjoyed great success and received incredible acknowledgements for its superb musicianship; six Grammy Awards with 18 nominations provide testament. Its current tour is a celebration of its 50th anniversary together and promises a solid performance. If you look forward to St. Patrick’s Day every year because you can’t wait to twirl to the Irish tunes, make sure to find your way down to the State Theatre Feb. 24.

Pentatonix
House of Blues
308 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 523-2583
www.houseofblues.com/

Hours: Feb. 27 – 8 p.m.
Price: $22 to $25

Pentatonix was introduced to the world by the popular singing competition show, “The Sing-Off.” The show brought the five members together — adding Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola to the long-time trio of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado — to reach the minimum number required for members of a contestant group. The quintuplet ultimately was crowned the winner of season three. This completely a cappella group creates an amazing fullness with nothing but five voices and an incredible amount of energy. Listening to its songs without seeing the performance makes it hard to believe that there are no instruments involved in the resulting tunes. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness its inventive, spectacular display of vocal genius in person Feb. 27.

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Muse
Quicken Loans Arena
1 Center Court
Cleveland, OH 44115
(888) 894-9424
www.theqarena.com

Hours: Feb. 28 – 7 p.m.
Price: $35 to $59.50

The English rock band, Muse, will turn the Quicken Loans Arena into a spectacular stage show not to be missed this Feb. 28. Its electrifying sound breaks the lines of traditional rock with elements of electronica, classical music and heavy metal melded into a unified and powerful presence. The band is known, and sometimes criticized, for its theatrical stage presentations. For any band with a sound as large as Muse, an eloquently orchestrated stage show creates an alternative realm in which the audience takes a journey into the band’s world. If you are looking for a performance steeped heavily in lyrical rock and phenomenal presentation, make sure to grab tickets to Muse at the Quicken Loans Arena.

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(credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)


Esperanza Spalding

Palace Theatre
1615 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 771-4444
www.playhousesquare.org

Hours: April 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Price: $10 to $40

Esperanza Spalding has wowed the world with her genius musical prowess, making history in 2011when she became the first jazz artist to ever win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Known for her smooth and soulful voice, which she couples with an uncannily gifted playing of the bass, Spalding presents a hypnotic sound that speaks directly from her soul. She continues to openly share her stories with all who take the time to listen — through the strings of her bass, the magic of her voice, and the words of her songs. Even if you don’t consider yourself a huge jazz fan, Esperanza Spalding’s incredible infusion of other genres into her style and ability to use multiple languages with complete fluency will undoubtedly leave you mesmerized.

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Danielle Andes has spent the past two decades documenting the world around her through photography and writing, paying particular attention to the world of music. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and still resides there today. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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