Cleveland is definitively a music town. I mean, it's the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - a place where fans from around the world make pilgrimage to see memorabilia from music legends. And while Cleveland might not be as glitzy as Nashville, as barbeque filled as Memphis, or as hipster as Austin, it can certainly hold its own when it comes to a great music scene.
In fact, Cleveland is such an ideal and off-the-radar concert destination that we dare say it’s worthy of planning an entire trip around a concert - add in a downright innovative culinary scene, museums, shopping and all the local craft beer you can drink - and you have yourself a vacation.
Midwesterners love a good live show, and there is no lack of opportunity to hit up a concert of any size when in town. From big arenas to small clubs, Cleveland has a great variety of venues. Let’s give you a quick lay of the land:
- Agora Theatre: from bands on a national tour to podcasters to drag queens, check the calendar, and you’ll find something you want to see at the Agora
- Beachland Ballroom & Tavern: one of our personal favorites, this old-school ballroom has it all - great lineups, food on site, and plenty of room to dance
- House of Blues: the national venue chain consistently brings-in solid acts
- Odeon Concert Club: this club runs the gamut on acts with everything from hip hop artists to metal to DJs and more
- Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse: this indoor arena is home to the Cleveland Cavaliers and usually hosts mid-size acts
- Music Box Supper Club: part music venue, part restaurant, look for jazz and acoustic acts here
- Connor Palace: a stunning historic theater right smack dab in downtown Cleveland
- Blossom Music Center: this venue is actually located about 40 minutes outside of Cleveland, but the outdoor amphitheater offers a stunning locale among trees and brings in some of the biggest names on tour
- FirstEnergy Stadium: the big kahuna! Home to the Cleveland Browns, only really big artists can pack this place.
- Grog Shop: a little grittier than the rest but still endearing, the Grog Shop specializes in local bands but will get some bigger names from time to time.
Now that you have a better idea of just where you can see your favorite bands and artists, allow us to give a refresher on where you can stay around downtown Cleveland and lay your weary head after rocking your socks off. We offer travel apartments in three downtown neighborhoods: Stay Alfred at Flats East in the Flats neighborhood, Stay Alfred at Bridgeview in the Warehouse District, and then Stay Alfred at The Garfield and Stay Alfred on 12th Street in the downtown core area.
And as the good travel facilitators that we are, we even did the research for you; we scoped out Pollstar and came up with our top recs for can’t miss concerts coming to Cleveland this year. There were so many that we even added Honorable Mentions for each month. So get your calendars out and ready - there are concert tickets to be bought and travel apartments to be booked!
Can’t Miss Concert: Courtney Barnett at the Cleveland Museum of Art on January 28, 2020
Honorable Mention: Marc Maron at the Agora Theatre on January 30, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: The Lumineers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 8, 2020
Honorable Mention: Chance the Rapper at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 4, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: Silversun Pickups at the Agora Theatre on March 18, 2020
Honorable Mention: Steve Aoki at the Agora Theatre on March 11, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: Allison Krauss at Connor Palace on April 29, 2020
Honorable Mention: Citizen Cope at the Agora Theatre on April 17, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: Kenny Chesney at the Blossom Music Center on May 28, 2020
Honorable Mention: They Might Be Giants at Beachland Ballroom on May 12-13, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: Country Fest with Teddy Robb, Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs and more at Clay’s Park Resort on June 18-20, 2020
Honorable Mention: Journey with The Pretenders at the Blossom Music Center on June 30, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: Rod Stewart at the Blossom Music Center on July 21, 2020
Honorable Mention: Alanis Morissette with Garbage and Liz Phair at the Blossom Music Center on July 23, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: Justin Bieber at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 14, 2020
Honorable Mention: The Black Crowes at the Blossom Music Center on August 18, 2020
Can’t Miss Concert: Zac Brown Band at the Blossom Music Center on September 10, 2020
Honorable Mention: Ty Segall at the Agora Theatre on September 25, 2020
We want to live vicariously through you at all of these amazing concerts - share your Cleveland concert pics with #stayalfred.