Cleveland Rocks: 11/25 – 12/1

November 25, 2013

It’s no secret that Cleveland has a great music scene. From the local acts to the international touring mega stars, our fair city has something happening every single night of the week. Here are our picks from here through the weekend.


Monday, 11/25

Metric at House of Blues

“METRIC is Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott Key. An independent rock and roll band empowered by their innovative approach to the music business, METRIC self-released their last album FANTASIES on five continents without the benefit of a label and earned themselves multiple radio hits around the world with songssuch as “Gimme Sympathy,” “Gold Guns Girls,” and “Help I’m Alive.” They went on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide.”

Tuesday, 11/26

I Could Go on Singing at Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

“This isn’t your normal Karaoke event. Join us as we invade the Beachland Ballroom Tavern for an evening of karaoke singing for a chance to win a pair of 38th CIFF all-access passes and CIFF gift certificates. Our celebrity judges for the evening will be none other than our good friends from 87.7 Cleveland’s Sound: Archie and Bull. These two music lovers will emcee the evening and decide who has the best singing and entertaining chops. The winners will not only walk away with bragging rights, but will also walk away with their pockets full of CIFF swag.”

Wednesday, 11/27

Broccoli Samurai at the Grog Shop

“Broccoli Samurai broke ground as the brainchild of Cleveland natives Ryan “Bruce” Hodson and Chris Walker. In 2009, bassist Steve Fade joined them, and in 2013, John McCarron joined on guitar. The psychedelic improvisation of progressive electronica with a heavy drum and bass groove has thrilled audiences across the Midwest. Their positive vibe, energetic stage presence, and undeniable talent have earned them praise among their peers.”

Thursday, 11/28

The Kickdrums at the Grog Shop

“Alex Fitts, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Cleveland musical triple threat (singer/songwriter/producer), is the true embodiment of the artistic dichotomy that exists in many of this generation’s forward-thinking musicians. Equal parts songwriter and producer, Fitts is a true student of his craft. As a songwriter, Fitts has amassed a large, dedicated following for The Kickdrums.”

Friday, 11/29

Ekoostik Hookah at Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

“One of the most original and energetic acts around today, ekoostik hookah is the nucleus of a family drawn to its lucid, improvisational treatment of psychedelic rock ’n’ roll, blues, funk, jazz and bluegrass layered with rich harmonies. Born early in 1991 in a smoky basement bar, the band has been continually evolving, cultivating a sound that has perked the ears of contemporaries and attracted fans who travel miles to hear them play.”

Saturday, 11/30

Doug E. Fresh at the State Theatre

“Although he began his recording career as a solo artist as one of the last artists on Enjoy Records and one of the first on Vintertainment Records (the same New York-based label owned by Vincent Davis that would later make a name of Hip-Hop artist Joeski Love and bring R&B icon Keith Sweat to ultimate fame), it was when he and a new team of DJs known as the Get Fresh Crew (Barry Bee and Chill Will) along with a newcomer named MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick) came to fledgling New Jersey-based Hip-Hop label Danya/Reality Records the following year and recorded “The Show” (which borrowed the melody of the Inspector Gadget theme by Shuki Levy), and “La Di Da Di”, a tune that was completely voiced by MC Ricky D and backed by Doug E’s beat boxing for the entire duration of the song. It was when both of these songs were released on a single (particularly 12″ single) that broke him (and Slick Rick) into stardom. Both “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di” are considered two of the all-time greatest early hip hop classics and, as such, make up one of the first and only Hip-Hop singles to have two hit songs on the same record.”

Sunday, 12/1

Junzo Suzuki at Now That’s Class

“Japanese singer/guitar player Suzuki Junzo (Astral Travelling Unity, 20 Guilders, Overhang Party, Miminokoto) weaves an improvised country blues/folk music with touches of acid and psych. While performing and recording mostly as a solo artist, he has collaborated with Hiroshi Hasegawa, Tabata Mitsuru and Kawabata Makoto. Pieces for Hidden Circles is a recording of the highest order evoking spirituality and devotion unrivaled. A campaign to a world of solitude, each footfall and gust of wind resonating to the heavens.”

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