Tricks of the Trade: Cheap Trick’s Advice is Worth Paying For

What is it about Cheap Trick that’s allowed this quartet to endure four plus decades? Could it be the simple combination of hooks, harmonies and fat riffs that easily makes them the greatest American power pop band still trodding the stage? Or is their enduring appeal found in the cartoonish approach to rock and roll

Pouring Puccini: Opera on Tap Brings Baritones to Toledo Bars

When most people think “opera,” they envision a stuffy, black-tie affair, with wealthy patrons peeking through their glasses and applauding politely. The idea of the venerated art form appealing to the masses seems unlikely to those with that kind of picture in their minds. It’s exactly the stereotype that the group Opera on Tap hopes

Chicago’s Spektral Quartet plays at the Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon

Morton Feldman’s String Quartet #2 is famous— but you’ve probably never heard it. An unbroken, six-hour movement, this concert will be an endurance test for the musicians as well as the audience. Spektral Quartet, a Grammy-nominated quartet out of Chicago is taking on the performance piece at the GlasSalon. Composed in 1983, this piece is

Local Anesthetic reunion show at Realm Nightclub

We hope this isn’t an April Fool’s joke— legendary area rockers Local Anesthetic have committed to a reunion concert on April 1. Celebrating 20 years as a band, the group welcomes guitarist Ron Hammersmith back. It’s been four-and-a-half years since they last played live together, so you don’t want to miss out on this possibly

Rock the Arena comes to the University of Toledo

“One day, one stage, ten bands, all the hits” is the tagline for the musical beast descending upon the University of Toledo when the Rock the Arena concert comes to town. Cheap Trick, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Stephen Percy, Jack Russell’s Great White, Vixen, Autograph and Trixter are

Drums and Drummers: A Tribute to Roger Schupp

Drum roll, please! The Toledo Jazz Orchestra continues its Valentine Theatre Series with Drums and Drummers: A Tribute to Roger Schupp. Schupp, a long-time TJO drummer, passed away in 2015. The ensemble will bring in special guests Tommy Igoe, drummer and leader of the Birdland Big Band; and Jerry McKenzie, drummer on Stan Kenton’s Grammy

music benefit for aurora project

Ye Olde Durty Bird hosts a day of music with a multi-act concert fundraiser presented by Music Uniting Sisters Everywhere [MUSE], A Temporary Home. Benefitting the Aurora Project, a life skills program that helps transition homeless women and their children towards self sufficiency. Admission is free but donations are welcome. This full day of performers

Laith Al-Saadi, The Voice finalist from Ann Arbor plays Toledo

Laith Al-Saadi, a finalist on NBC’s singing competition, The Voice, can’t say much about the experience, due to the all-inclusive non-disclosure agreement that he signed before he could participate. He can’t tell you what his coach, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, was like offscreen. He can’t tell you why he chose to sing “The Letter”

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with the Toledo Symphony

You better run to this show by 80s heartthrob Pat Benatar and her husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo when they join the Toledo Symphony and hit you with their best shot at the Stranahan Theater. Four-time Grammy winner and singer hits “Heartbreaker,” “We Belong,” “Love is A Battlefield,” “Shadows of the Night” and “Hell is for Children,”

Indie pop siblings, The Old Adage, brings a new sound

How many times have you listened to a new artist and instantly compared it to something you’ve already heard? Or how about listening to an album all the way through before realizing every song sounded the same? Sometimes, experiments run flat and even the most unique sound can turn tired without change. To keep things