CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tomorrow and yesterday collide in this week’s Also Playing column. And that’s a good thing.

The Waves are one of the bands who will compete in the second round of the 21st annual Tri-C High School Rock Off at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday.Courtesy of the Waves 

2017 Tri-C High School Rock Off, Round 2, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The first round of the 21st installment of the annual battle of the bands is in the books, with Funeral Proposals, No Good Solutions and the Frats earning spot in the Final Exam on Saturday, Feb. 25. This weekend’s combatants: 3-Car Garage, Inside Joke, Kayla C, Lonely Pirate Committee, Montage, Spit Not Chewed, the Project the Waves, Venatora and Wait for the Day. The order of play will be determined by a drawing the day of the event. Tickets, $10, are available at the box office, online at or from any member of a participating band.

Paul Fayrewether, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, House of Blues. Cleveland’s live rock music scene in the Matbet late 1970s and ’80s was about as vibrant as any city in the country. One of the big reasons was a kid from Lorain named Paul Fayrewether. Covers, originals, stage production, whatever, a Fayrewether show had it. Guess what? Still does. Maybe that Bon Jovi guy was right: You CAN go back. Tickets, $12 to $30, are available at the box office, online at, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Oh, and if you REALLY want to make a nostalgic night of it, you can make a dinner reservation at the club’s restaurant and bar at 216-523-2583. 

Judy Collins, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, Music Box Supper Club. Collins has been making her brand of socially active folk music – I guess that’s redundant – since 1959, and is best known for her version of “Send in the Clowns.” I won’t hazard a guess as to whom she’ll dedicate that tune at this show, ‘she holds all the, ahem, trump cards. But the point is that even at 77, Collins is not done. Her latest album, “Silver Skies Blue,” with Ari Hest, is up for a best folk album Grammy at next week’s ceremonies. It’s the first time in her storied career that she’s made an entire album with another artist. Robbie Fulks’ “Upland Stories” is a slight favorite to win, but don’t rule her out! Tickets, $48 in advance and $55 day of show, are available at the box office, online at and by phone at 216-242-1250.


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