Kelly Richey Band and Joe Bonamassa amp up the blues guitar work: Also Playing

November 21, 2017 GMT

Kelly Richey Band and Joe Bonamassa amp up the blues guitar work: Also Playing

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Thanksgiving week is a perfect time to reflect on what we’re thankful for ... and in the case of Also Playing, it’s guitars. We’ve got two of the best guitarists coming into town, with Kelly Richey and Joe Bonamassa.

Kelly Richey Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, The Winchester Music Tavern. Richey’s website describes her as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body.″ Listen, you better be good if you’re going to wear the mantle of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer SRV. And she is. So, it’s kind of fitting that a guitarist of this merit is coming to a club with the storied history of the Winchester. Richey is a pretty frequent visitor to Northeast Ohio, possibly because it’s not that far from her Cincinnati hometown. A teacher as well as a musician, Richey is known as a true road warrior, having performed more than 4,000 gigs with her blues-rock trio in her 30-year career. Dirty Mirrors and the Shadow Division open. Tickets, $8 to $20, are available at the door, ticketfly.com and by phone at 216-600-5338.

Joe Bonamassa, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace. For the past few years, every time the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations have come out, someone has mentioned blues-rock guitarist Bonamassa as a contender for induction as a winner for the award for musical excellence. What’s amazing is that almost 30 years ago, when he was 12, he was opening for the great B.B. King. That’s a guy who’s paid some dues with the blues . . . and eventually the Grammy nominee probably will be a member of the Hall. For now, though, just enjoy music from a guitarist at the top of his game, all backed by a band that’s as good as it gets (with a personal hero, Anton Fig, on the drums!). Tickets, $89 to $179, plus fees, are available at the box office, online at playhousesquare.org and by phone at 216-241-6000.