Not Exactly Ballroom Music
Check out Local Bands, National Acts and Clubs with CharacterBy Jeff Niesel
It’s not an exaggeration to say that you can hear just about any type of music on any given in night in Cleveland. Named after the old slang name for the North Collinwood neighborhood in which it lives, the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern is a former Croatian social hall that now hosts jazz, blues, rock and even polka concerts. During its ten-year run as a concert venue, it has featured a variety of national and local acts and has even booked reunion concerts featuring some of the city’s more popular punk and rock acts.
Located on Coventry Road near Case Western Reserve University, the Grog Shop puts an emphasis on cutting edge acts. Since opening in 1992, it has offered an eclectic mix of music that includes everything from punk and hip-hop to reggae and metal, often showcasing local talent.
Another popular venue for local music acts is the Happy Dog, a self-described “neighborhood bar” that hasn’t changed its décor much since opening in the 1940s. The gourmet hotdog pub offers live music on most weekends and is home to a regular “Polka Happy Hour” with a local DJ spinning vintage tunes.
Voted one of the best jazz clubs in the country by Down Beat magazine, Nighttown brings in some of jazz’s top acts. Also a fine tablecloth (but still late-night) restaurant, take in dinner (they’re known for “The Dublin Lawyer”) and a national or local jazz performance.
With a history that goes back some 30 years, Peabody’s, located within the Agora Theatre, regularly brings national metal, hip-hop and hardcore punk acts into town.