Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Take 80s leftovers like Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”, Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” (music trivia geeks: this hit song was written by Italian disco maestro Giorgio Moroder), and the collected works of Rick Springfield, and you’ll have singer-songwriter Matt Wertz’s new album, Heatwave. For Pete’s sake, look at the lettering on the album. It brings to mind Quarterflash (“Harden My Heart”) or The Motels, or that era of FM pop radio circa ‘81. But this isn’t a dis. Let’s face it, in your car or your shower, you’ve surely sung along to such chestnuts as “Only The Lonely” and “Jessie’s Girl”. Matt Wertz knows that. He also knows that a good song is a good song. Add the 80s synth production, and you’ve got the fun that is Heatwave. Of course, Matt will be playing the other tunes from his great albums. Tuneful married duo Josh and Nicole Johnson are Elenowen. They’re accompanying Matt on this leg of his tour.