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Erick Church coming to Quicken Loans Arena in February

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 22, 2016

ERIC CHURCH brings HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR to QUICKEN LOANS ARENA on Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

 EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring the “Holdin’ My Own Tour” to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on February 24, 2017.   Tickets go on-sale Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at

For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between.

“The way this album came together mandated we release it as a surprise, straight to our fans, as it was important for me to deliver the music the same way the creativity hit me—directly and swiftly. What I didn’t anticipate is that it left me scratching my head a little as this year was supposed to be spent writing.”  Church continues, “What this year’s open schedule did afford us was time to think through the way the fans experience our music live, and it was important to us that we find a way to stick to these same principles when it came to approaching our shows, down to the way they go on sale.”


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Barking Spider Tavern ending it's 30 year reign on Sunday with farewell event

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 15, 2016

I didn't spend much time there, but it's a beloved place for singers, songwriters and musicians and the folks who love them for 30 years and two generations of Juredines.

"Dearest Musicians & Friends,

Please read this important message. Please share to spread the word. Hope to see you this weekend. Love to all!

The Barking Spider Tavern Offers A Final Farewell

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Maroon 5 reschedules concert at Q

By Lynne Sherwin Published: September 6, 2016

Maroon 5 has postponed its Sept. 28 concert at Quicken Loans Arena due to the impending birth of frontman Adam Levine’s baby. The new date is Feb. 22 and all tickets for the Sept. 28 concert will be honored. For more information, see

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The Rock Hall Archives will scan your rock stuff on Saturday

By Malcolm Abram Published: August 26, 2016

Are you a collector/hoarder of rock memorabilia? Do you have a bunch of posters, handbills and other junk from a lifetime of Rockin' Out with Your (favoritebodyparthere) Out? Well, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archives want to rumple, fetishize and scan your rock memorabilia for posterity!

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rock Hall archivist will scan regular folks memorabilia for free!

Oh yeah, and maybe use it in future Rock Hall exhibits

So, bring your "photos, handbills, programs, and other flat rock and roll memorabilia – 8.5” x 11” in size or smaller – to be digitized and potentially included in the Rock Hall’s permanent collection. Items related to the history of Northeast Ohio popular music are of particular interest. Ticket stubs and press passes are not being collected at this time but can be digitized and preserved for personal use during the event."

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Jazz bassist/chanteuse Esperanza Spalding coming to Kent Stage

By Malcolm Abram Published: August 11, 2016

I'll admit it.

I have a crush on Ms. Spalding and her prodigious talent. The bassist/singer/composer who is coming to the Kent Stage on Sunday Oct. 23 is also also one of most favorite interview subjects ever; smart, funny, warm friendly and expansive and let us not forget the atom bomb afro.

Spalding's traded in the 'fro for some big ass braids to help illustrate her sort of concept album/alter-ego Emily's D+Evolution (Emily is her middle name) featuring six tracks co-produced by Bowie co-hort Tony Visconti. The full stage show is also quite the theatrical audio/visual experience with Spalding acting out parts and playing and dancin and such.

Spalding was in Cleveland earlier this year but now she'll be at the Kent Stage, a much more intimiate venue.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill coming to Hard Rock Live in September

By Malcolm Abram Published: August 1, 2016

Singer/songwriter Ms. Lauryn Hill has will be embarking on another one of her short tour jaunts that’s shes been doing since the aughts and will finally be bringing her show to N.E. Ohio.

Hill will be performing at Hard Rock Live at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park on Sunday, September 18.

Let’s be honest, Hill’s track record for live performances hasn’t been great the past decade or so. For every review or Twitter trend after she gives great performances there are other times when Hill either shows up several hours late as she did earlier this year in Atlanta cancels altogether.

In other words, buyer beware.

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Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh & Gerald Casale to screen and discuss Devo videos at Akron Art Museum

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 11, 2016

This should be fun. DEVOtional 2016 is up at the Beachland Ballroom the weekend of August 19th so that proximity should add a thick layer of hardcore Spuds to the proceedings


What: Mark Mothersbaugh & Gerald Casale Film Screening, Q&A

When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 13

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Seal coming to Hard Rock Live in September

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 8, 2016

Fresh off of getting mauled by a pack of wolves in the Lonely Island silly summer comedy "Pop Star: Never Stop Stopping," singer/songwriter Seal is on tour singing the hits and songs from his 2015 album "7" and hanging out with buskers in some of the cities in which he's performing.

What: Seal
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 30
Where: Hard Rock Live at The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, 10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield,
Tickets: $75-$125 (Youch!)


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