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Hot Picks

Northeast Ohio produces more events each week than it would be possible to attend, even if you had a full-time maid, chef, and/or babysitter. Hot Picks: This Week’s Smart Stuff sorts through the lists of concerts, festivals, exhibits, plays, readings and all sorts of other events and pulls out a few that seem out-of-the-ordinary. There will be new things each week, with the list updating each Monday.

Even though we like to think of ourselves as “in the know,” there will always be things that escape our notice. Please feel free to make suggestions to (be aware, we make no promises and the final decision rests with us). Enjoy!


The Infamous Stringdusters with Blue Moon Soup
Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland

When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental. Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.

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Amy Schumer Live
Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland

Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Inside Amy Schumer, the Comedy Central television series which premiered in April 2013 to the network's highest season premiere ratings of the year. The show will return for a 3rd season in April 2015. She wrote and will star in Universal's Trainwreck alongside Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton and Brie Larson. Judd Apatow will produce and direct the film that will be released in July 2015. Schumer's appearance on May 19 is rescheduled from May 14.

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Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
The Kent Stage, Kent

The legendary Dr. John is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans' musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. In August 2014, Dr. John released Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch, an album in tribute to another larger-than-life New Orleans legend: Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. He honors Armstrong's musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 classic numbers drawn from various phases of the seminal trumpeter and vocalist's five-decade career.


Campfire: Northern Cheyenne Indians
Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
Firestone Metro Park, Akron

Join tribal members from Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indians. They will share their history, traditional celebratory music and drumming. This is a rare opportunity for an authentic glimpse into their nation's powerful artistry. In the case of rain, the program will be moved to the Tuscarawas Shelter.

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Womack Family Band, Morgan Mecaskey, Nate Jones Band
Friday, May 22 at 8 p.m.
Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland

The Womacks are a unique Americana folk/rock quartet from north-central Ohio. Although only two members of the group actually share blood— siblings Noah and Haley Heyman—the close-knit group have captivated audiences all over the eastern U.S. with their spot-on, three-part vocal harmony, tight musicianship and neo-classic songwriting. The former frontwoman of Tinamou, Morgan Mecaskey has been likened to artist Jeff Buckley in the way she composes and coveys her music—thanks to a forceful, assured presence, deliberate arrangements, and her confident guitar skills. Nate Jones Band is a soulful, blues-based rock band with a touch of jazz and folk, fronted by a vocalist specializing in a distinctive blend of folk, blues, country and soul.

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Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band
Friday, May 22 at 8 p.m.
The Kent Stage, Kent

Although best known as an actor and the star of "The Newsroom" and "Dumb and Dumber," Jeff Daniels is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and storyteller. He comes to the Kent Stage touring behind "Days Like These," his 6th recorded collection of songs.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard with Kelly Mickwee
Friday, May 22 at 8 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland

From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the '60s to his wild ride through the '70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the '80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter's songwriter in the '90s, Ray Wylie Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century. That's when he finally felt confident enough in his guitar playing to dive headlong into his own inimitable take on the blues, a form he’d admired but steered clear of for decades, thinking its mysteries were beyond his grasp as a basic chord strummer.

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Memphis
May 22-24
Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland

For the sixteenth consecutive year, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, in partnership with Great Lakes Theater, The Human Fund, the Musical Theater Project and Playhouse Square will collaborate with Cleveland students, their teachers and professional theater artists to create the All-City Musical. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love

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17th Annual Berea Rib Cook-Off
May 22-25
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea

Best Ribs! Best Sauce! People’s Choice! Boasting more award winning ribbers than any Cleveland area rib fest, those who love barbecue think it's the tops. After all, what better way to celebrate a great American holiday than with great American food (and what could be more American than barbecue?). Free parking and family activities.

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2015 Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival
May 22-25
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Ribs, ribs and more ribs! Plus, America on Friday, Steel Panther on Saturday and Michael Stanley & the Resonators on Sunday - plus, Live Nation's One to Watch Stage and Roots of American Music are taking over the Dining Tent with acoustic roots music (perfect for ribs).

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