Concert calendar: A look at this week’s upcoming performances


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ZZ Ward will perform at the House of Blues this week.

Every week in Cleveland is a week to see live music. But, like any other week, it’s difficult to see them all. Dozens more of Cleveland’s concerts are just waiting to be experienced.

For a head start to choosing a week of music, here are five upcoming Cleveland shows:

Date: Sept. 18, 2015, 9 p.m.

Band: Joyce Manor/Cheap Girls/Tracks

Venue: Grog Shop

Price: $15

Joyce Manor is exactly the kind of sloppy punk rock that goes well with a Grog Shop $4.00 Tall Boy on a Friday night on Coventry Road. All you need is a pair of ripped jeans and your favorite Misfits shirt, and you’re good to go. Mosh all those weekday stresses out of your system.


Date: Sept. 18, 2015, 8:30 p.m.

Band: Bully/Heat/Fake Limbs

Venue: Beachland Tavern

Price: $10-12

Grunge-pop Bully has a way of sounding upbeat but down and dirty at the same time. Their music is the equivalent of driving around in a red convertible until suddenly you’re surrounded by a big cloud of smog. Angry, shouty smog.


Date: Sept. 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Band: Godsmack/Breaking Benjamin

Venue: Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica

Price: $45-$71.25

While Godsmack has maintained its current lineup of band members through most of its existence, only the singer (Benjamin Burnley) from Breaking Benjamin remains as a founding member, even while battling a torturous mystery illness. That’s dedication. Rock on.


Date: Sept. 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Band: ZZ Ward/Marc Scibilia/The Young Wild

Venue: House of Blues

Price: $20-$23

In a world of singer-songwriters singing about their relationships, ZZ Ward breaks away from the norm. Ward’s approach of hip hop, blues and soul is delicately balanced with a world that’s usually dominated by either the heartfully acoustic or synthetic bass drops. And it’s sexy as hell.


Date: Sept. 24, 2015, 9 p.m.

Band: The Ghost Wolves/Duo Decibel

Venue: Happy Dog (Detroit Road)

Price: $5

Where better to spend a “Thirsty Thursday” than your friendly neighborhood Happy Dog? Granted, this one’s a little further away from campus, but for The Ghost Wolves, it’s worth an extra 10 minutes in the car. Enjoy the DIY-ness of this punky band at their intimate show, and grab some tater tots while you’re there.