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O’Jays and Greta Van Fleet bring R&B and ‘nu-classic rock’ to Also Playing

July 24, 2018

O’Jays and Greta Van Fleet bring R&B and ‘nu-classic rock’ to Also Playing

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Old school R&B and the reincarnation of Led Zeppelin top this week’s Also Playing with the O’Jays and Greta Van Fleet, respectively

O’Jays, 8 p.m. Friday, July 27, Cain Park’s Evans Amphitheater. The last time Ohio’s own Rock & Roll Hall of Famers were scheduled to perform in town, the promoter pulled the plug on a Playhouse Square show just days before the curtain was to go up. That’s not happening this time. “We are absolutely full speed ahead with the O’Jays concert on July 27,″ said a Cain Park spokeswoman in an email. That’s a good thing, because the world could use a few positive influences. It’s as O’Jays co-founder Eddie Levert said in an interview to preview that canceled show: One reason why O’Jays music remains so popular is that while it points out the “Backstabbers″ and such, by doing so, it delivers a message that says we don’t HAVE to be that person. Tickets, $40 to $100, plus fees, in advance and $43 to $103 day of show, at the box office, online at cainpark.com and ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 216-371-3000 or 1-800-745-3000.

Greta Van Fleet, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, Agora Theatre. The newly renovated Agora Theatre should earn a few bucks toward paying off the $3 million-plus it cost to update the historic Metropolitan Theatre, not just bringing it up to code but bringing it up to jewel status, with this show. Barely six years into their career, the three Kiszka brothers – twins Josh on vocals and Jake on guitar, and youngest brother Sam on keys and bass – and drummer Danny Wagner have been compared to an updated version of Led Zeppelin, at least sonically. Call it “nu-classic rock.″ That’s largely because of Josh’s Robert Plantlike range. The band’s climb has been remarkable – only a year ago, they were playing the Grog Shop, and now a sellout of the 2,000-seat Agora is a real possibility. Their 2017 debut single, “Highway Tune,″ spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard charts. Tickets, $37.50 in advance, $40 day of show, plus fees, are available at the box office, online at agoracleveland.com and ticketweb.com, and by phone at 216-881-2221.

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