CLEVELAND, Ohio – This week’s Also Playing column is a lot like Cleveland’s weather this time of year: a little bit of everything. We’ve got jazz, folk and hip-hop.
44th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, Friday through Sunday, Dr. Wayne L Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland. This big-deal weekend gala features local students in regional performances and competitions, clinics and major concerts. The first of two biggies in the latter category is the Tony Monaco Hammond B-3 Organ Trio at 8 p.m. Friday (featuring Dan Wilson on guitar and Dave Throckmorton on drums). Tickets for that are $7 for students, $15 for the public. Headlining at 8 p.m. Saturday is the Kenny Garrett Quintet, with Garrett on sax and Vernell Brown on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass, Marcus Baylor on drums and Rudy Bird on percussion. Those tickets are $15 for students and $30 for the public. For tickets, click here or call 440-525-7134.
HoneyHoney, 8 p.m. Saturday, Beachland Ballroom. You gotta love any band described the way Paste mag described the duo of Suzanne Santo (vocals, banjo, violin) and Ben Jaffe (vocals, guitar): “display[ing] the common pop thread between alt.country, spaghetti western soundtracks and swampy blues.” Plus, what’s not to like about a band whose members met at a costume party? Keeping with the naturally sweet theme, Honeybucket opens. Tickets, $15 in advance, $18 day of show, available at the box office, online at beachlandballroom.com and by phone at 216-383-1124.
Fetty Wap, 8 p.m. Thursday, House of Blues. This singing hip-hop star (it’s not that common to mix the two) burst on the scene in 2015 with his breakout single “Trap Queen.” Nominated for Grammys as both best rap song and best rap performance, it might have taken home both had not Kendrick Lamar dominated with “Alright” off his “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Either way, this guy is a hip-hop star to watch. Tickets, $39.50 in advance, $49.50 day of show, plus fees, at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.