The places to hear live blues and jazz music around Cleveland have dried up a little bit in recent years since the closings of Fat Fish Blue, Bop Stop and The Savannah (re-opening under a new format). But fear not; there are still some amazing places to groove to some blues tunes in Cleveland. Here are four venues which still pride themselves on jazz and blues several nights a week, and host a range of great talent ranging from local to regional and even national touring acts.
House of Blues Cleveland
308 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44104
(216) 523-BLUE (2583)
Hours: Tues to Fri – 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun to Mon – Varies by event
Box office opens daily at 10 a.m.
House of Blues Cleveland opened in 2004 and is located in the East 4th Street entertainment district in the heart of downtown Cleveland. For those who remember the old Woolworth’s department store, this is HOB now. The venue spans 61, 000 square feet and pays homage with numerous pieces of local art done by artist Peter Wood and iron work throughout the venue in honor of Cleveland’s strong manufacturing history. Odd fact: the venue keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage. Concerts abound several nights a week ranging from blues and jazz to indie and classic rock. Crossroads, a restuarant located within the venue, is a great place to kick off the evening before the show.
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Wilbert’s Food & Music
812 Huron Ave. E
Cleveland, OH 44115
Hours: Shows start Mon – Thurs 8 p.m., Fri to Sat 9 p.m.
Wilbert’s Food & Music is Cleveland’s premier restaurant-slash-roots music venue. With a huge room and an amazing sound system, Wilbert’s is the place to go downtown for a great meal and a top-notch concert. This is an adult music venue that’s still in the hospitality business; a place where you can get a drink, full-service food and an intimate concert experience. Wilbert’s promises to deliver some of the finest in live national, regional and local blues, jazz, reggae, and soul music downtown at a safe and conveniently located club near Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena.
Barking Spider Tavern
11310 Juniper Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
The Barking Spider Tavern, while host to a curious name, is a great option for blues and jazz music. The tavern is one of the few remaining places that boasts live entertainment seven days a week. This is a smaller bar, so most of the acts are singer and songwriters or acoustic duos and trios, but there are a few jazz bands that play on a weekly basis such as George Foley and Friends. Open mic nights are very popular at this homey spot, so be sure to stop on Tuesdays around 8 p.m. to bear witness or join in the fun.
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Parkview Nite Club
1261 West 58th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
The Parkview has long been one of Cleveland’s best bars — the kind of place you head to after work to down a few beers with your pals. There’s nothing fancy here; the place smells like 80 years of history, but many agree that Parkview is the best place to to hear the blues in Cleveland. There’s even a blues jam every Wednesday night and Saturdays host free live music starting at 9:30 p.m. In fact, at least one night a week you’ll probably encounter a band with the word “blues” in it. Northeast Ohio legends The Numbers Band play here on occasion, so be sure to stop in.