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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$2 DOMESTICS

Friday July 31

Texas Roots Blues Aficionado

Delbert McClinton

Thursday March 26

Eddie Shaw

and the Wolf Gang

~Howlin Wolf's sax player-This is real BLUES!

still singing with real grit and blowing his saxophone with the verve of a houserocker."

 

Whiskey Island

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE"

AWARD WINNERS

@

Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much

 

WILBERTS IS OUTSTANDING!
Home of The
$2 DOMESTICS-$3 BOMBS
Labatts and Labatts Lite-the BIG BOYS - 16oz-Yea just 2 bucks too!
FireBalls are just $4  & so are  shots of Jameson.
Where everything is homemade Fresh and down right delicious!
1/2 Slab of Ribs with hand cut Fries and a Salad - JUST $9.99 (HH)
The BEST Homemade barbeque sauce- It's Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!!!
We pride ourselves on having the
Best Service
Best Food
at The Best Price in the neighborhood
+ Awesome Music! = Home of over 80+Grammy Winners!
So see us before during and after the tribe games.
In the Historic Caxton building just north of the stadium off Bolivar and east 9th;
WILBERTS-Bringing you over 120 years of Miller Hospitality to Cleveland!
OUTSTADNING!

 

Wilbert's Food & Music
812 Huron Avenue E.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216.902.4663

 

All shows are all ages. 

Weekend shows (Fri.&Sat.)

start at 9:00 p.m. and

weekday shows start at

8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted, with doors 2 hours

before show time. 

Dinner reservations are suggested. You can make

them by calling or texting me @ Text> 2163755966

If you leave a message make sure you leave your phone #, and we'll call you back with a reservation conformation, or better yet,-you can e-mail

us at

wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Dinner reservations must be made for at least an hour or more before show time. By 7pm week days and 8pm week ends

Thanks MM!

A website helping fans of concerts and events find hotels close to the
venues →

ConcertHotels.com

 

EVAN (my son)AND GATEMOUTH!

Great Place for

a Party!

We'll cater to all your wants & needs!

Special Menus,

Open Bar/Cash Bar

Holiday & Cocktail Parties,

Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners, wakes weddings

Retirements, Farewells, Etc…… We've done them

All (Jane Scott's 75 B-Party!)

Mike Millers

Cell 216.375.5966

e-mail wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Delta Zeta Formal →

Thank you so much for all

of your services on

Saturday night. Everyone

had a blast and said the

food was amazing!! This

was the perfect place to

have our fall formal. Everything you have done

is greatly appreciated. Hopefully we can hold another event there soon.

I will definitely keep in

touch with you

 

ON TAP!

Conway's Irish Ale

A malty Irish Ale with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Named after Patrick Conway, the grandfather of co-owners Patrick and Daniel Conway and a Cleveland policeman who directed traffic for 25 years near the brewery. Style origin: Second to Dry Stout, this style of ale is Ireland's other most distinctive brew.

Best With:  A "meat and potatoes" type of beer. Also goes well with corned beef, shepherd's pie, stews and other traditional Irish fare.

 

Founders

Red's Rye IPA

Rated 98=World Class!

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.

 

Founders Breakfast Stout

Rated=100

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

 

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Nosferatu

American Ale

ABV:8%

Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Company is an Irish-Style Red Ale. Great Lakes Brewing Company has given Nosferatu the following description: "Highly hopped imperial red ale rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced.Like vampires (most especially, the notorious German vampire from the 1920s film era), this beer has a bit of a reputation as ?the Beer with the Bite.?"

 

Breckenridge

Vanilla

Porter


Who would have thought deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grew the perfect ingredient to build an extraordinary Porter in Colorado? An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure, real vanilla bean. Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter. A vanilla kiss in a rich, dark sea.

Dogfish Head Brewery

60 Minute IPA

is continuously hopped -- more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. (Getting a vibe of where the name came from?)
60 Minute is brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast IPA with a lot of citrusy hop character, it's the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts!

 

Left Hand

Milk Stout

Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. “Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment.” Udderly delightful.

 

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

This crisp and refreshing cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle dryness for a balanced cider taste. The fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor make this cider hard to resist.

 

Fat Heads Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale

 

"MOST REFRESHING BEER IN AMERICA"

BREWING NEWS GLOBAL WARMING OPEN

Brewed with fresh harvested spring honey stolen from some very angry bees (we have the welts to prove it) and infused with fresh blueberries. Creating a light, refreshing ale with a nice blueberry aroma, crackery malt flavors, a hint of sweetness and a refreshing blueberry finish. Get yo buzz on!

Labatt Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale

Introducing flavor that's too big to ban. Our new Prohibition Series is a nod to Labatt's role in keeping the beer flowing during America's “dry spell”. The two distinctively bold flavors, Bourbon Barrel Ale and Apple Harvest Ale, transport drinkers back to that exciting era of smugglers and speakeasies.

21st Amendment Black IPA

Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.

 

Jackie O

Chomolunga

honey nut brown ale


Chomolunga is Jackie O's honey nut brown ale, something akin to Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. It smells just as you would imagine – sweet and nutty – and tastes much the same. The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly warming, and it's very easy to drink. This beer is much more interesting and tasty than Firefly Amber, and for that reason it's my go-to when I want something I can down a pitcher of.


Samuel Adams Winter Lager


Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice. The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.

 

Bell's Oberon Ale

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

 

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla

 

Guinness

A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it

 

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The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways,but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less.

We buy more, but

enjoy less.

We have bigger

houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less

sense, more

knowledge, but

less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more

medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive

too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much,

and pray too seldom.

We

have multiplied our possessions, but

reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often. We've

learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We've added years

to life not life to years.

We've been all the

way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We've done larger

things, but not better things. We've cleaned

up the air, but polluted

the soul. We've conquered the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but

learn less. We plan

more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more

computers to hold

more information, to produce more copies

than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These

are the days of two incomes but more

divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes.

These are days of

quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway orality, one night

stands, overweight bodies, and pills that

do everything from

cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there

is much in the

showroom window and nothing in the

stockroom. A time

when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you

can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit 'delete'.

Remember, spend

some time with your

loved ones, because

they are not going to

be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone, who looks up to you in awe, because that little

person soon will grow

up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one

next to you, because

that is the only

treasure you can give

with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say,

"I love you" to your

partner and your loved ones, but most of all

mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from

deep inside of you.Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday

that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak and give time to share the

precious thoughts in

your mind.

A Message by

George Carlin

Reminder

We're always  open

before all Indians/Cav's home  Games with $2-Domestics-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Bud Select, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-Killian's Red, Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Landshark, Great Lakes

Dortmunder,

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$5 Irish

Car

Bombs!

Right On!

-Tell your Friends!

 

Get It ToGo!!!

 

Saturday April 18

Americana,Alt-Country,Brit-Rock from CLE

Pale Hollow

Cleveland, Ohio's, Pale Hollow naturally combines elements of roots-rock folk with the restless urgency of a rustbelt garage band. Their songs, though modern and melodic, are anchored by the solid rock and pop traditions of the 60's and 70's.

Inspired by the posh blues of Nick Drake and the woodsy jangle of Gram Parsons era Byrds, ex Jericho Turnpike bassist, Michael Allen, bought an acoustic guitar and started writing songs to perform in local coffee houses around Cleveland. With a batch of home demos, he went to Detroit to record an album with producer Al Sutton (Detroit Cobras, Dead String Brothers). The resulting record was a shimmering blend of Alt-Country/Folk-Pop, with shades of British Invasion thrown in for color. With comparisons to The Kinks, The Verve and Neil Young, the self-titled release has gained the attention of press and fans alike.

Pale Hollow was the grand prize winner of the Rock Hall's 2009 national music video contest"Rock Your Way To Cleveland" for their song "Sugarcane". With acclaimed performances at the 2008 and 2009 Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, and the 2008 and 2009 International Pop Overthrow in Youngstown and Cleveland as well.

PLUS

Rock 'n Roll, Country, Americana from Providence RI

Smith&Weeden

"Somewhere between early 70's Stones, John Prine, and Outlaw Country."

"Smith&Weeden are one of my favorite emerging bands around town as dirty country meets early 70's Stones"

Motif Magazine

 

SUNDAY April 19

Here We Go!

Opening at 11

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Come Downtown and Watch the Game with us!

 

Monday

4-20 Party

with

progressive Folk rock from fairport harbor ohio

Crystal Ball

A Blackmore's Night tribute band
Playing a unique blend of progressive folk rock music with renaissance spice ... !
Crystal Ball pays tribute to Ritchie Blackmore's ‘Blackmore's Night'.
We take our audience on a musical voyage to provide an entertaining evening of listening and fun.
Performing in renaissance like garments adds to the feel of our music. We transport the audience from the modern world to the days of mystical tales, fair maidens and castles in the mist. Using eclectic medieval wind and percussive instruments, along with modern day amplified instruments creates a sound few bands can boast.

Band Members
Chris Turk: 12 String Guitar, Electric Guitar and Vocals
Dave Downing: Bass and Vocals
Sherry Turk: Vocals, Rauschpheife, Shawm, Recorder, Penny Whistle, Percussion
Mike Baran: Lead and Classical guitars
Tom Getz: Percussion and Drums

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Alternative / Progressive Rock / Folk Rock from Seattle, WA

the Autumn Electric

Autumn Electric was born on Interstate 5, in the back of a now-retired Ford Econoline, dubbed "Vandalf the Grey". Fueled by Tolkien references and gas station coffee, they built a core following on the house concert and college town circuits, producing their first two albums as well as the tour-mockumentary "Tourdeo". Some may recall meeting their travelling guinea pig at show after-parties.

In 2012, their 3rd album, Make Me a Tree's title track was culled for Seattle Metro Credit Union's "HomeGrown Summer Road Trip" compilation alongside Hey Marseilles, Ravenna Woods and the Moondoggies. Two tours followed. The first, in support of Faroe Islands (EU) artist Marius Ziska's US tour, and later, The Healing Tour in 2013. Based largely around charity concerts for Healing Centers, and Hospices, the Healing Tour fit with Make Me a Tree's theme of empathy and renewal. During this time, the band spearheaded the online music charity project RobinHood in Technicolor, with a host of independent bands.

The new incarnation of the group came in 2013 with addition of Austrian guitarist Max Steiner, drummer Chris Barrios, and long-time AE collaborator and producer Johnny Unicorn on Bass. A live recording was captured from Vera Project stage at Northwest Folklife Festival of a new 21 minute, song cycle, "Orange Stars", by Seattle's Hollow Earth Radio, while a performance of "The Hermit of North Pond" was featured on KING5 News.
January of 2014 came with the release of an ambitious and fresh sounding album Flowers For Ambrosia. Days after it's release, the band embarked on a 7 week tour of the US, including a stop at SXSW in Austin TX. The band's feelings on guinea pigs remains mixed.

http://autumnelectric.bandcamp.com/
http://www.healingcenterseattle.org/

 

 

TUESDAY April 19

Opening at 3

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Come Downtown and Watch the Game with us!

Party with us afterwards

With

Reggae / Fusion from Eugene, OR -Eugene Weekly's "Best Band of Eugene" 12, 13, 14

Sol Seed

Sol Seed brings a distinct sound combining elements of Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, World Music and Psychedelic Jam with a Reggae fo ... undation to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. With thought-provoking lyrics, infectious grooves and high-energy live performances, Sol Seed creates an unforgettable live-music experience for people of all ages to enjoy. Since transplanting to Eugene from Southern Oregon several years ago Sol Seed has rapidly gained momentum and created a diverse and loyal fan base in the North West and beyond. Sol Seed has been awarded "Eugene's Best Band" three years running by Eugene Weekly readers, and was recently declared "Eugene's Next Big Thing." Additional awards include WOW Hall Awards "Best New Act" in 2011 and "Favorite Local Band" in 2012 and 2013. Sol Seeds 2012, 2013 and 2014 festival circuit includes Oregon Country Fair, Seattle Hemp Fest, Mohawk Valley Music Festival, North West World Reggae Festival, Kaleidoscope Music Festival, Jefferson State Hemp Expo and many more throughout the West Coast. Sol Seed has also shared the stage with national acts such as Slightly Stoopid, The Green, Fortunate Youth, Karl Denson, Pepper, The Expendables, New Kingston, Tribal Theory, Courtney John Project, and many more. After a number of small EP releases, the group released their first full-length album "Grown Deep" in September 2012, which immediately gained air-time on a number of radio stations all over the West Coast as well as the Hawaiian islands. After a very successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, Sol Seed release their first full length studio album "Family Tree" in March of 2014 which was recorded at Telos Studios in Eugene, OR. Now, with two full length albums under their belt and a continuous tour schedule, Sol Seed is touring more and more reaching across the entire United States including Hawaii. They have plans to hit Europe, New Zealand, Jamaica and Mexico in the near future. Sol Seed is pursued as not only an occupation and passion, but as a movement. With an infectious enthusiasm for life and an unequivocal knack to communicate its beauty, the group shares their message of perspectivism and unconditional love through uplifting music rooted in the soul.

Origins:
This Oregon based band got their start in 2009 when songwriters Michael Lennon and Michael Sorensen joined hands with fellow friend and musician Benny Pezzano through a Southern Oregon open mic. A profound synergy was all but tangible as their creative forces coalesced, and they immediately began to grow a diverse collection of original music. Sol Seed was taken under the wing of their musical Godfather, Frankie Hernandez, and began touring; opening with their originals and backing Frankie as the headliner. This experience grew the band's musicianship exponentially in many ways and allowed them to get a jump start in the world of music. They soon joined with Native American Award winning guitarist and long time friend, Kenny Sequoia Lewis. In October 2010 all the members transplanted to Eugene to pursue life and music. Soon after they linked up with MC, keyboardist, didgeridoo player and percussionist Sky Guasco. Sky was originally taken on as a "manager," but it was quickly discovered that his musical skills matched, if not exceeded, his management skills and his place on the stage became undeniable. Shortly after this development a series of rather serendipitous events led Saxophonist Graeme Pletscher into a crowded practice room for what would become a day of legend. The band took Eugene by storm playing almost every weekend at a different venue throughout the city. After establishing a strong musical family in Oregon the band began to branch out further into the NorthWest and beyond. In September 2013, after years of juggling school and work the band decided to take the leap and make music a full-time career. While Saxophonist Graeme Pletscher was unable to make this leap to go on the road he can often be found at shows in Oregon.

 

Wednesday April 22

Rock / Acoustic / Other Asbury Park, NJ

KEITH KENNY

If the audience at a Keith Kenny show were to close their eyes for the performance they would swear that there was a full ba ... nd on stage. The audience, however, is too busy dancing to the one-man acts layered guitar riffs, foot stomping percussion, and emotionally charged lyrics to even think about looking away.
The New Jersey native is able to emulate the sound of a full rock band with his percussive fingerstyle approach to the acoustic guitar and an array of effects pedals. Kenny even customized a vintage red suitcase to use as a kick drum which has appeared with him on stage for nearly a decade of live performances.
His debut appearances at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park paved the way for Kenny's developing one-man band show and led him into the national touring circuit and beyond. During his most recent “Big Red Suitcase Tour” Kenny performed in over 50 U.S. cities from coast to coast and was invited to headline a series of benefit concerts in SE Asia. In recent years he has shared the stage with the likes of Keller Williams, Leon Russell, John Hammond Jr., New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Zen Tricksters and John Kadlecik (Further & Dark Star Orchestra).
On his latest studio release “And the Light Came Blaring In…” Kenny captures the essence of his live solo show, with all the guitars, vocals, and foot stomping performed simultaneously. While he has used a band for several previous releases, on this record Kenny relies more on his lone power of compositional grit than his usual fret board grandeur. With an influential voice that lies somewhere between Neil Young and Ben Bridwell, Kenny delivers clear and concise visions of dynamic musical deliverance. Combining a deep dive into tone, originality and believability, he ushers the listener into his brand new living room of roots riddled rock and roll.
Never going for the standard attack, he flies far from the 12-bar blues, three-chord rock and Americana stereotype to land some place between a rock and a new place. The album illustrates a highly skilled writer who utilizes the same down-home approach in his music as he does with his day-to-day interactions with others. It's a combination that will continue to see Kenny reach exciting new levels as he helps future fans “see the light” of his musical message.
To hear his full discography, watch recent videos, and check out upcoming tour dates visit www.KeithKenny.com

(Excerpt from John Pfieffer of The Aquarian Weekly & Jessica Smith of the Sentinel)

 

 

Friday April 24

"If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." - No Depression

Possessed by

Paul James

 

Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people's lives doesn't. When Possessed by Paul James performs, his passion equals the passion he brings to his class Monday through Friday, with many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show referring to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one man music show

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Tony Ramey

From Greenville, TX

Americana / Soul / Alternative

Tony Ramey fans have always enjoyed eclectic elements in his music and songs, but his latest effort (slated to be released this summer) shows him evolving into an artist who defies classification. While he is composing songs that still explore country and country and western motifs (as in his Willie Nelson duet “The Bible, the Bottle, and the Gun”), soul, blues, and contemporary folk elements have begun to eclipse a style of music that most critics have labeled “traditional” (or “Throwback,” as Tony called his latest acoustic album) country.

His relocation out of Nashville finds Tony drawing from his earliest influences far more obviously than he has in past albums, which were (with the exception of Places and Throwback) more snapshots of where he was as a songwriter, rather than an accurate record of his artistic journey. His early memories of music that “struck a chord,” as Tony says, recall Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Bill Withers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackson Brown, Ray Price, Charlie Rich, Aretha Franklin, along with a hodge podge of mainstream country artists who put forth elements of folk and blues in their songs as well: “Everybody thinks of Haggard as a country artist, and I can't disagree with that, but there's nothin' swampier or more R&B than the horn section on Haggard's ‘Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink.'” Tony's newest compositions reflect his principal belief about ‘American Music:' It isn't confined to a certain production, theme, type of voice, etc.; rather, it is an organic, constantly morphing phenomenon that resists mass market, trendy merchandising, and influence from corporations always vying for shelf space at a local retailer or “sounds like” lists of artists on a digital download store.

Tony's live performances have taken him from the Texas and Midwest Honky Tonks where people are two-stepping and raising their bottles, to where he says he is starting to feel even more at home–in the two-hundred-and-fifty to one-thousand seat theaters, where people come to listen to a storyteller at work. Audiences in the theaters at Tony's performances are compelled to listen–to go down the same road together, on the same journey, wherever the song takes them. That journey ends up above the production and sonic value of a pounding track: “I want people to dance and have a good time, but there's a romantic part of me that wants to believe it's all derived from an honesty and passion in music that has substance and meaning, not just a loop or hip-hop beat and words that rhyme.'”

With gold and platinum records on artists like Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, George Strait, and a host of others who have covered Tony's material, and with BMI awards and more than fifteen years of professional writing behind him, Tony has proven himself as a songwriter, but the best is yet to come for those watching and listening to Tony as he is proving himself as an artist…It will be a journey worth taking–wherever he goes.

 

Saturday April 25

Afton Musical Showcase

6:30 PM: Deceiving Shadows, Spacejamz ft. R.A. Kilam & Flite Luciano
Later Portion to Follow: Jeff Jordan, Fame Gang Entertainment, El Rey of R$M, Ak Ace, fedrox

 

Thursday June 11

Maple Blues Award-Nominated Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

Chris Antonik

In 2010, Toronto-based blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Antonik arrived onto the National and International blues scene with his self-titled debut album which received widespread critical acclaim, placed in the Roots Music Report Top 100 charts for over a year, and garnered Antonik a nomination for Best New Artist of the Year at Canada's national Maple Blues Awards. 

In 2010, in its year-end review, British Columbia's Blues Underground Network deemed Chris ‘The Future of the Blues.'  After extensive touring and major blues festival appearances in Canada in 2011 and 2012, Chris returned with his highly anticipated and critically-acclaimed follow-up Better For You in March 2013. 

With Antonik on the majority of lead vocals, guest vocalists on Better For You include: two-time Grammy award-winner Mike Mattison (The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band) and American Blues Music award-nominee Shakura S'Aida.  Other guest artists include blues Juno-winners Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) and Julian Fauth, as well as Canadian music veterans Suzie Vinnick and Richard Underhill.

Since its release, Better For You has solidified Chris' reputation as one of Canada's hottest young blues artists: the album spent three weeks at #1 on DAWG 101.9 FM's weekly album chart (Canada's only all blues-rock FM station), has continued charting on the Roots Music Report, and has attained significant airplay in Canada, the US and Europe, including regular play on Sirius XM (B.B. King's Bluesville), the BBC, Jazz FM, CBC, Galaxie, and more. 

Critics and blues music industry experts in North America and Europe agree that Better For You was one of the best releases of 2013.  Here is what some had to say:

“One of the finest releases from the Great White North in many a year.......a living and breathing masterpiece. Antonik is a blues star rising.”- Cascade Blues Association, Oregon

"The best Canadian blues-rock album of 2013....outstandingly good.....the best sophomore release I have listened to in recent memory." - Blues Underground Network

“A salient reference point is Eric Clapton, especially in Antonik's warm, thick guitar sound, which often sounds in both tone and note selection like mid-to-late 1980s Clapton, around the time of Journeyman.“ - Blues Blast Magazine

“'Better For You' is the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place......[the song] ‘Nothing I Can Do' features a truly spectacular guitar solo that has shades of Buddy Guy and Hendrix" - American Blues Scene

“A superb album....[Turn To Shine] features a superb guitar solo that could easily have been Derek Trucks.” - Blues in Britain

To live up to these accolades on stage, Chris delivers an unbridled and passionate live performance that gives audiences more than their money's worth and leaves them wanting more.   An exceptional guitarist who has been compared to Clapton, a soulful singer and an inventive songwriter, Chris is the real deal.

 

 

Friday July 31

Texas Roots Blues Aficionado

Delbert McClinton
“I’m an acquired taste in that my kind of music’s not for little kids,” Texas singersongwriter Delbert McClinton says. “It’s adult rock ‘n’ roll. I write from the sensibility of the people I knew growing up, and I grew up with all the heathens, the people who went too far before they changed and tried to make something out of their lives. There are a lot of beautiful colors and sad stories and much-deserved joy in that.”

All those colors and stories, and all that joy, are richly present in McClinton’s
New West album Acquired Taste. The collection is the musician’s fourth studio set for
the label, and it succeeds his Grammy Award-winning Cost of Living (2005), which was
named best contemporary blues recording by the Recording Academy.
The album reunites McClinton with the producer who helmed his very first
Grammy winner, Don Was. The multi-talented bandleader, bassist, and studio wizard
recorded “Good Man, Good Woman,” a collaboration with Bonnie Raitt that captured the
best rock performance by a duo or group Grammy for 1991. Was came to the current
project on the recommendation of New West president Cameron Strang, who had
employed the producer on Kris Kristofferson’s widely praised 2006 album for the label, This Old Road.
“Don and I had kind of a cosmic connection, because of Bonnie,” McClinton
says. “Then he and I got together and recorded a few things that were very, very good.
I’ve been ricocheting off of him for about 17 years now.”Was says, “Delbert’s an erudite, urbane sophisticate, wrapped up as a roadhousesinger. There’s nothing contradictory in his character -- he’s a real Texan. Neither theintellectual nor the roadhouse singer is a put-on. They come in equal parts. He’s one of akind, he’samazing. He defies the categories and slips right through.”Working with Was took McClinton in a welcome new direction.“It was a good thing, because it kind of got me off my ass,” he says. “Since wedid Cost of Living, I’d been writing, but I couldn’t get motivated to go into the studio.During those three years, I was trying to reinvent myself a bit, and even the thought of itwas very daunting. At the same time, I knew I had bits and pieces of songs I had startedthat were, to me, very much unlike most of the songs I write. They were kind of outside the box.” McClinton wrote or co-authored the 14 songs on Acquired Taste; his co-writers
included his longtime musical collaborator and producer Gary Nicholson, his keyboardist
Kevin McKendree and guitarist Rob McNelley, Texas songsmith Guy Clark, Nashville ace and ex-NRBQ axe man Al Anderson, and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. The album was tracked at East Isis Studios in Nashville and Henson Studios in Hollywood by McClinton and his working band – McKendree, McNelley, drummer Lynn Williams, and bassist Steve Mackey. Kicking off with “Mama’s Little Baby,” a grown-up rewrite of “Short’nin’ Bread,” Acquired Taste ranges through a breadth of styles. While longtime McClinton
fans will bask in the gutsy blues of “I Need to Know” and the churning funk of “Do It,” other songs drive onto some freshly-paved stylistic roads – the jazzy, hard-swinging “People Just Love to Talk,” the melancholy tango “She’s Not There Anymore,” the popharmonized “When She Cries at Night.” The album’s balladry – “Starting a Rumor,” “Never Saw It Coming,” “Wouldn’t You Think (Should’ve Been Here By Now),” “Out
of My Mind” – finds McClinton at his most profoundly affecting, while “Willie” and “Cherry Street” show that his sense of humor remains firmly in place. The record’s freewheeling diversity – and McClinton’s career-long defiance of easy categorization – is unsurprising, given his Texas origins. “I saw a chart once in the book Folk Songs of North America,” McClinton recalls. “You open it up, and there’s a map of the United States, with musical influences in color, showing where they came into this country and where they migrated. More colors come through Texas than anywhere – they come from everywhere. All these different cultural
musics come together in Texas.” Born in Lubbock (hometown of such other musical notables as Buddy Holly and Joe Ely), McClinton came of age in the Fort Worth joints. He first appeared on a hitrecord in 1962, when his distinctive harmonica playing graced Bruce Channel’s No. 1 single “Hey Baby” (which inspired the harp work of a young John Lennon). He backed such blues legends as Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson, and honed his chops in local acts like the Ron-Dels, the Straightjackets, and Bobby Crown and the Kapers. In the early ‘70s, McClinton and keyboardist-vocalist Glen Clark relocated to Los Angeles,
where they cut a pair of prophetic roots-rock albums as Delbert & Glen.
Beginning in 1975, McClinton recorded a series of brawny LPs for ABC,
Capricorn, and Capitol that seamlessly melded blues, R&B, and country into a uniquely
soulful blend. At the latter label in 1980, McClinton scored the top 10 hit “Giving It Up
For Your Love,” which pushed the accompanying album The Jealous Kind into the
national top 40. After spending the late ‘80s and ‘90s cutting consistently powerful albums for
Alligator, Curb, Mercury, and MCA, McClinton arrived at New West in 2001 with the
wildly received Nothing Personal, which won him his first solo Grammy, for best
contemporary blues album. Room to Breathe followed in 2002. His high-temperature
show was captured on the two-CD set Live (2003). (His 1982 appearance on the popular
PBS series Austin City Limits is available as part of New West’s Live From Austin TX
series.) Producer and artist both place Acquired Taste among McClinton’s best and most
ambitious work. Was says, “What I like about this album is that it’s a musical journey. It’s got a
really broad spectrum stylistically, and yet his sensibility and persona are so strong that
it’s totally unified when you put him on top of it.” “This one definitely does stand apart, without a doubt,” says McClinton. “There were an awful lot of people wanting to make this really good.
“When we went in to do it, everybody was tense but ready. Don has that bedside
manner to make everybody think they’re the most important one around. We were talking
during a break in the session, and my guitar player said, ‘Man, he just makes you really
do good shit!’ And I said, ‘Yeah, well, he’s kinda known for being able to do that without
letting you know he’s doing it.’ Don’s a magic guy, and I love him more than anything. I
couldn’t be happier with this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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