This is an event that takes New York City by storm. But this year, it has come to Cleveland as well: CMJ/Rock Hall Music Fest, where as many as 100 artists will be performing during the festival, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland. www.cmj.com/rockfest. Up-and-coming bands (and a few veterans) will be playing at clubs and concert venues throughout the city.
Red Wanting Blue, a favorite with Ohio audiences, performs at 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. (216) 523-2583 or www.hob.com.
The Oakland's presentation of "Solo Acts" continues this weekend. A varied set of one-act plays takes the stage at 8 p.m. This is the set of plays presented last Saturday. (330) 746-0404.
"Solo Acts," the group presented last Friday, will be presented at 8 p.m., Oakland Center for the Arts. (330) 746-0404.
More music: CMJ/Rock Hall 3 Day Music Fest, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and many other venues, Cleveland. www.cmj.com/rockfest.
Yeah, it's another chance to get greasy! Rib America Food & amp; Music Festival, noon, Chevy Amphitheatre, Station Square, Pittsburgh. www.chevroletamphitheatre.com.
If you like your country hot: Y-108 Hot Country Jam with Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley and more, at 5 p.m., Post-Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh. www.post-gazettepavilion.com.
If it's summer, it must be polka season. Check out Prime Time Polkas, 2, SNPJ Recreation Center, 270 Martin Road, Enon Valley, PA. (877) 767-5732.
Want a little jazz with that wine? No problem. Ferrante Winery Jazz Fest w/Debbie Gifford (vocal), Dave Sterner (saxophone), 1 p.m. at Ferrante Winery, 5585 Rt. 307, Geneva. (440) 446-VINO.
There's a bunch of loud-mouth dudes coming to Canton. It's the Rock Never Stops Tour with Cinderella, Ratt, Quiet Riot & amp; Firehouse, 7 p.m., Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton. (330) 945-9400 or www.ticketmaster.com.
For music with some class, check out the Kilgen Pipe Organ Concert, 2 p.m. Monday at Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. North, Canton. (330) 454-8172 or www.cantonpalacetheatre.org.
On Wednesday, you can head north for a jam, or head south for, well, a jam.
Dave Matthews Band with Robert Randolph highlights two of the best-known jam bands, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, House of Blues, Cleveland. Ticketmaster or (330) 916-6068.
While Tom Petty & amp; The Heartbreakers are known to be a little more controlled and efficient in its shows, the southern-fried rock/pop definitely lends itself to some stretching out. Add in The Black Crowes, and you've got yourself a chance for major good-time rockin' fun, 7 p.m. at Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown. Ticketmaster.
Seems it's time for those R & amp;B singers to hit the road again. Brian McKnight (right) and New Edition will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. Ticketmaster.
Are you ready to pogo? Jonathan Richman and longtime drummer Tommy Larkins will play Nyabinghi Dance Hall June 21 in Youngstown. It's a show in support of a new album album, "Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love." Richman's "Roadrunner" is noted as one of the greatest rock songs ever on many critics' lists.
On the third of July (not quote the Fourth), Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, will bring his solo "Freedom of Sound" tour to McMenamy's, Niles. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.