The New Year has begun and with it, plenty of people are dedicating themselves to new resolutions and setting out towards their goals for 2013. An easy, yet rewarding mission everyone can adopt for the coming year is to check out some new music or rediscover a classic, but most importantly—experience it live! With the multitude of artists set to hit Cleveland’s many stages, there will be plenty of opportunities. Here is a sampling of some of the best shows you won’t want to miss in the beginning of 2013.
G. Love has been making audiences groove since the early 90’s, yet has never taken a place in the limelight. Their music fuses Rock and Blues with elements of Hip-Hop and Pop. A great show filled with infectious sounds that will make you want to move your feet.
The haunting, yet hopeful, melodies of Citizen Cope permeate his audiences in a way that make some dance and others stand in place as if in a trance. His unique sound is a blend of many influences and environments that come together in a manner that calls to the soul of the listener.
Cleveland native, Avant, brings spirited R&B back to the city of his youth. This powerful crooner has a magic way of seducing his audiences with his soulful sound and spirited presence.
These two R&B veterans will be sharing a stage the day after Valentine’s Day—a perfect time for these two to share their passionate music with the people of Cleveland. Both artists have lived through difficult personal struggles, but use their music to express their soul in a way that pulls their listeners straight into their heart.
The master of Funk, George Clinton continues to wow audiences with his intense energy and addictive beats. Along with the various incarnations of Parliament Funkadelic, Clinton has been performing since 1960s and seems to deliver musical innovation every time he steps on stage.
The Chieftains have been creating music since the early 60’s, when they first came on the music scene in Dublin, Ireland. One of the first bands to take traditional Irish music and fuse it into a sound appreciated by the masses, The Chieftains continue to entice audiences with their lively sound.
This completely a Capella group was the season three winner of the popular music competition show The Sing-Off. With nothing but their voices, this quintuplet creates dynamic renditions of many of today’s most popular hits as well as stellar original songs.
Formed in 1982, They Might Be Giants have developed an almost cultish following with their creative and unconventional form of alternative music. They continue to put on a fantastical show that can entertain audiences from young to old.
That 1 Guy is the epitome of the one-man band. When he hit the limitations of the bass he had trained in and mastered, he turned to creating his own instruments that would enable him to create the depths of music he desired to create as a solo musician. While sometimes inviting others to join him on stage, That 1 Guy can hold every listener captive with his creative creations of sound.
Esperanza Spalding takes Jazz to an entirely new dimension with her hypnotic bass and soulful voice. Her mesmerizing sound has shot her to the top of the charts, making her the first Jazz artist to ever win the Grammy for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards.