Welcome to Cleveland Rock and Roll - Your Concert Connection chronicling the North Coast's rich concert history along with who's playing here today. It's our goal to share memories with you - the memories of concerts that helped shape each of our lives!

Feel free to look around, and don't hesitate to share your memories from any of the shows listed!

Help us keep the memories we've all had alive in the greatest rock and roll place on the planet - NORTHEAST OHIO!!

Photo - Blue Sky Riders at The Kent Stage 2012 (Courtesy Of Scott Alan)

Upcoming Concerts

Are you going to one of these concerts?  Don't forget to visit CLEVELAND ROCK AND ROLL after the show and give us the full review!

Sept 5th - Colin Dussault (Brothers Lounge)

Sept 6th - John Krautner (Happy Dog)

Sept 6th - Black Keys (Quicken Loans Arena)

Sept 6th - Skeletonwitch (Agora)

Sept 12th - All That Remains (Agora)

Sept 17th - Ronnie Spector (Kent Stage)

Sept 20th - Carlos Jones (Brothers Lounge)


  • Black 47 Coming To Kent Stage October 7th

    They played more gigs at Shea Stadium than The Beatles, shut down the city of Hoboken, appeared multiple times on Leno, Letterman & O'Brien, starred in a movie with their fans Matt Dillon and Danny Glover, helped spring the Guilford Four and the Birmingham Six from British prisons, saved an Irish immigrant church from the wrecking ball.

    Anything else? Oh yeah, their CD IRAQ was the most popular with troops serving in Iraq, their song The Big Fellah was featured on Sons of Anarchy, they've played over 2500 gigs from pubs to stadiums and released 14 CDs, their songs are used in hundreds of high school and college history and political science courses, and they intend disbanding on Nov. 8th, exactly 25 years after their first gig in The Bronx. Then again, Black 47 has always done it their way.

    Led by Irish author, playwright, and SiriusXM radio host, Larry Kirwan, Black 47 play a uniquely Irish form of rock 'n' roll that touches on many social and political issues, and yet is never less than entertaining and riveting. Black 47 earned their chops playing four sets a night in New York pubs. They gained national attention for their first indie record before The Cars' Ric Ocasek produced their second album, Fire Of Freedom which brought them mainstream attention with MTV favorites, Funky Ceili and Maria's Wedding.

    Through years of relentless touring the band's signature eclectic sound, socially conscious lyrics and exciting concerts paved the way for other Irish influenced bands such as Flogging Molly and The Dropkick Murphys. A band of band leaders, Black 47 includes, Geoff Blythe (saxophones), Thomas Hamlin (drums), Fred Parcells (trombone/whistle), Joseph Mulvanerty (uilleann pipes/flutes/bodhran) & Joseph "Bearclaw" Burcaw (bass).

    This legendary Irish rock band has left a lasting legacy and they intend going out with a bang. Their final CD, Last Call, released in January 2014 and Black 47 will tour constantly until their final date in New York City.

    For information and tickets go to www.kentstage.org

  • Wish You Were Here at House Of Blues October 18th

    The great Pink Floyd tribute band, Wish You Were Here will perform an evening of Pink Floyd Classics on Saturday October 18 at the House of Blues Cleveland.

    Featuring a wide range of Floyd classics & obscurities, extended-length sets, and added stage show elements, this show will be over 3 and 1/2 hours long!

    Tickets on sale now at the House Of Blues Box Office or online here.

    Don't miss out on a great night of Floyd!

  • Bruce Hornsby Coming To Kent Stage October 17th

    An Evening with Bruce Hornsby is coming to the Kent Stage in Kent Ohio on Friday, Oct. 17th, 2014 at 8:00 pm. As an extra bonus, everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a free copy of Bruce's new live double album "Solo Concerts." Patrons will be able to redeem their ticket stub at the end of the night for the CD.

    Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. Throughout this period, Hornsby has maintained the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that have been hallmarks of his work from the start.

    The 13-time Grammy nominee's commercial stock soared early on when "The Way It Is" - the title track of Bruce Hornsby and the Range's 1986 debut album - became the most-played song on American radio in 1987 and won ASCAP's Song of the Year award. "The Way It Is" and hits like "Mandolin Rain" and "Every Little Kiss" established Hornsby as a popular musician, while subsequent high-profile work with the likes of Don Henley, Willie Nelson, Charlie Haden and Bonnie Raitt made him an in-demand collaborator. 

    Though a talented and instantly identifiable singer, bandleader and pianist, Hornsby is a songwriter at heart. He is committed to portraying his songs in new ways that allow them to evolve and expand. This approach was further developed during his time spent playing over one hundred shows with The Grateful Dead between 1990 and 1995. Hornsby found a kindred spirit in the Dead, with their vibrant tradition of loosely blending folk, jazz, blues and improvisation.

    Over the years, Hornsby has successfully ventured into jazz, classical, bluegrass and even electronica, reflected on acclaimed releases like the bluegrass project Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby (2007) and the jazz trio album Camp Meeting (2007), with Jack DeJohnette and Christian McBride. The prestigious list of Hornsby collaborators now includes diverse figures like Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Elton John, Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Robbie Robertson, Leon Russell, Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, Squeeze, Tupac Shakur, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger and Sting.

    Throughout the years, Hornsby has participated in several memorable events: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening concert in September 1995, Farm Aid IV and VI, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, Woodstock II (1994), Woodstock III (1999), and Bonnaroo in 2011. An avid sports fan, Hornsby, solo and with Branford Marsalis has performed the National Anthem for many major events including the NBA All-Star game, four NBA finals, the 1997 World Series Game 5, the night Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's all-time consecutive game streak, and the soundtrack to Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns. 

    Indeed, Bruce Hornsby's restless musical spirit continues to spontaneously push him forward into exciting new musical pursuits. He's currently working on a prospective Broadway musical titled SCKBSTD. He's composed and recorded several projects for filmmaker Spike Lee including endtitle songs for two films, Clockers (1995) (with Chaka Khan) and Bamboozled (2001). Most recently, he has written and recorded the score to Kobe Doin' Work, Lee's 2009 ESPN documentary on Kobe Bryant, and Lee's latest work, 2012's Red Hook Summer. Hornsby is also featured onscreen in and contributed music to the Robin Williams/Bobcat Goldthwaite film World's Greatest Dad (2009).

    2011 brought the release of Bride Of The Noisemakers - an ambitious 25 track, double CD chronicling 2007-2009 live performances of some of the singer/songwriter and pianist's handpicked songs of the past 23 years. The songs are recorded live capturing the playful, freewheeling spirit of his longtime band The Noisemakers.

    Such projects are consistent with Hornsby's lifelong pursuit of musical transcendence. "To me," says Hornsby, "it's always been about staying inspired, broadening my reach and moving into new areas. So it's a fantastic situation to be able to do that, and to continue to pursue a wide-ranging musical life."

    Ticket go on sale Friday August 22nd at 10:00am

    For information and tickets go to www.kentstage.org

  • CD Review: John Garcia - John Garcia

    John Garcia


    For many of you, the name John Garcia doesn't mean a whole lot. I get that. For some of us - people that have long loved the world of Stoner Rock and Metal, John Garcia is every bit the musical God that people like Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson are in the world of "classic metal". With Kyuss alone, Garcia quite literally defined exactly what this genre is supposed to sound like. His post-Kyuss projects all ventured in slightly different directions and showcased an uncanny ability to add more and more to an already brilliant musical style. For the first time since Kyuss, Garcia seemed to truly put every creative thing together perfectly with Vista Chino. Much like artists do though, he immediately ventured away from that to do something again a bit different and much more personal to him. That project is the simple, self titled JOHN GARCIA. While it's not quite as accessible as Vista Chino was to the every day fan, this might just be his best work yet. The legend continues.

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  • CD Review: Black Label Society - Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

    Black Label Society


    When Zakk Wylde decides to release new music, the metal world definitely stops for a moment and listens. They may not like it all, but they do listen. It's a testament to how unbelievable the man is on guitar; a true legend who stands shoulder to shoulder with the Eddie Van Halen's and Dimebag Darrell's of the world of guitar playing. If Zakk has a habit though, it's to release an album that's dull every once in awhile. It doesn't happen all the time, but it certainly has been known to happen. SHOT TO HELL was pretty lame, and 1919 ETERNAL was a little too full of concept instead of substance. Still, the last two releases, ORDER OF THE BLACK and the acoustic THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME left me thinking that Wylde was back to his creative best, and caused a lot of anticipation for his latest. Unfortunately, CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN just doesn't measure up. Slow, plodding and mid-tempo, the word that comes to mind throughout is boring.

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Happening At The Kent Stage

  • Happening At The Kent Stage

    175 East Main Street  Kent Ohio  

    330-677-5005    www.kentstage.org

    September 12th - Adam's Ale

    September 17th - Ronnie Spector

    September 21st - moe.

    September 26th - Blues Rock Meltdown

    September 27th - Dark Side Of The Moon

    October 4th - Simeon Soul Charger

    October 7th - Black 47

    October 17th - Bruce Hornsby

    October 24th - New Moon Rising

    November 12th - Todd Rundgren

    November 21st - Hot Rize


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