Sept. 5, FirstEnergy Stadium, firstenergystadium.com
Luke Bryan's hits "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" and "That's My Kind of Night" sound best when sung with more than 68,000 fans. A cross between a frat boy and farmhand, Bryan's big personality reflects his small-town Georgia roots. Expect a party and come early for "Cruise" hitmakers Florida Georgia Line.
Oct. 2, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, livenation.com
He challenged the Catholic church with his bold No. 2 hit "Take Me To Church," but there are more reasons to praise this soulful, gritty singer-songwriter. From the bluesy, edgy "Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene" to the tender, intimate "From Eden," the longhaired Irishman puts on a dynamic show.
Dec. 2, Beachland Ballroom, beachlandballroom.com
Known as the new Lennon and McCartney, Brits Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are touring the U.S. together for the first time in 20 years. And they're stripping their distinctive post-punk sound down to its core, giving '80s songs such as "Tempted" and "Black Coffee in Bed" a fresh sound. Time will slide back as the exuberant Tilbrook and the reserved Difford smoothly fit together like they never parted. //Chris Manning
Classical & Jazz
On the Sunny Side: An Evening of Ella and Ellington
Sept. 12, Hanna Theatre, clevelandjazz.org
As the king and queen of 20th-century jazz, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald inspired generations of composers and singers with their musical mastery. In his debut as Cleveland Jazz Orchestra artistic director, Paul Ferguson pays tribute to the jazz giants with selections including "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
The Big Bands and All That Jazz
Oct. 24, Severance Hall, clevelandpops.com
Carl Topilow and his jaunty red clarinet lead the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and three area guest musicians in a swinging concert, transporting the audience back to the days when big band jazz was the rock 'n' roll of its time. Booming brass, snazzy drums and rich vocals will make it impossible to sit still.
Cleveland Orchestra At the Movies Series
Dec. 10, Severance Hall, clevelandorchestra.com
The 1985 movie classic Back to the Future blasts back to the big screen in Severance Hall where its original score — plus 15 minutes of brand-new music — is performed live by the Cleveland Orchestra. "It's epic on the scale of John Williams' Star Wars epic," says associate conductor Brett Mitchell. // Sarah Rense