The Beachland Tavern
Of the many understated things about Cleveland, one thing I love is the music scene. Not only do a lot of great bands come to the Beachland and the Grog Shop, but there are plenty of small local bands doing exciting things all over the city. Apparently Beachland is relatively new (only 10 years old or so) but it’s my favorite place to hear a concert.. and it’s not the HOB. =) You’ve got the tavern and the ballroom to choose from, and when you want to kill time before a show you go downstairs to the little thrift shop or down the street to Music Saves.
My favorite concert was here listening to the Danish band Efterklang. The band sounded amazing, made silly jokes and sang happy birthday in the middle of the set to Rasmus (and gave him his birthday present on stage: a ping pong net). They ended the night with the most dramatic performance of slowly walking off the stage and drumming on the ground in the middle of a small circle of happy fans. Best concert ever.
This band here is the Village Bicycle with lead singer Liz Kelly. They’re playing at the Beachland again on June 15 and probably soon at the Happy Dog. You should go hear them because they are awesome and like to sing about things like the fate of insects’ souls.