Ohio takes the lead with Crystal Bowersox and Alex Bevan in Also Playing

October 2, 2018

Ohio takes the lead with Crystal Bowersox and Alex Bevan in Also Playing

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Come on, Ohio. It’s time to support your own, with Ohio natives Crystal Bowersox and Cleveland’s own Alex Bevan topping this week’s Also Playing.

Crystal Bowersox, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, the Kent Stage. Bowersox is one of our own, just so you know. The Season Nine runner-up on “American Idol″ was actually born in EllIston, Ohio, in Ottawa County. But to be honest, listening to her, you might think she was born either in the Mississippi Delta . . . and grew up next door to Janis Joplin in Port Arthur, Texas. She’s got a smoky flavor to her voice that’s really put to good use on her latest album, “Alive.” Which was, appropriately enough, recorded live. Tickets, $20 to $25, plus fees, at the box office, thekentstage.com, ticketfly.com and by phone at 330-677-5005.

Alex Bevan, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Music at Riverdog. “Life” is what the music of the ‘Skinny Little Boy From Cleveland’ is about now. Maybe it always was, but over the course of the years, Bevan, who many would agree is the dean of Cleveland’s songwriters, has gotten better and better at capturing it.” With those words, I spoke about the career of one of Northeast Ohio’s truest musical treasures in a story earlier this year. He’s been part of some of the best music of this year even, as co-writer and contributing singer-guitarist in Colin Dussault’s anti-gun anthem “A Song for Our Children.″ Bevan is cutting back a bit on his schedule. Fans – and I’m including myself – won’t let him completely quit. With that in mind, and given the beauty of the Riverdog setting in Wakeman, this is a must-see show. Sands & Hearn, a husband and wife team who met at the much loved – and much missed – Barking Spider, open. Tickets, $17, are available at the gate and on Riverdogweebly.com or by phone at 440-935-2189 or 440-935-2248.

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