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Texas bluesman Jimmie Vaughan, heartthrob Justin Timberlake take over Also Playing

September 25, 2018

Texas bluesman Jimmie Vaughan, heartthrob Justin Timberlake take over Also Playing

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Blues and pop take centerstage in this week’s Also Playing, with Jimmie Vaughan and Justin Timberlake.

Jimmie Vaughan, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, the Kent Stage. In 2015, when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was getting set to induct his late brother, Stevie Ray, Jimmie Vaughan talked about the loss of his kid brother, not the death of a blues guitar god. “I’ll never get over it,″ Jimmie Vaughan said in an exclusive interview with The Plain Dealer. “The whole thing still doesn’t seem real. That’s really the best way I can explain it. It seems like he’s off somewhere on tour. But there’s nothing I can do about it except accept it.″ Perhaps the best way to “accept” his little brother’s death in a helicopter crash in 1990 is to continue to make the music that made Jimmie Vaughan a star in his own right, both as a co-founder of the Texas blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds and as a solo artist. Tickets, $36, are available at the box office, thekentstage.com, ticketfly.com, and by phone at 330-677-5005.

Justin Timberlake, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, Quicken Loans Arena. Ah, now we get it. “Justin” means “Just in case you missed it last time around.″ Timberlake brings his “Man of the Woods” tour back to Cleveland for a second go-round – the first was this past March. That show didn’t get great reviews, nor did the album that gave it its name. But hey, on the plus side, Justin Timberlake is no Justin Bieber. Which means there is a ton of talent there. His 2013 tour stop here was a true winner, showing of his range, musical versatility and dance moves. All of which, by the way, are pretty good for a married father (Jessica Biel) in his middle 30s. Yeah, the dreaded ’N Sync days are gonzo! Francesco Yates opens. Tickets, $49.50 to $225, plus fees, at the box office, theqarena.com, Discount Drug Mart locations and by phone at 1-888-894-9424.

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