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Heffron Drive

Summer Tour Hit's WILBERTS / Cleveland

Whiskey Island




Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much



Home of The
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 90-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!


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


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


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 →




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 themAll Such as...

(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



Flying Dog Número Uno Mexican Lager


Flaked maize makes up one third of the malt bill and highlights the distinctive corn and cracker flavor traditionally found in Mexican lagers. Agave is added at the end of the boil and the lime peel post-fermentation to impart a distinct, zesty character and a crisp, clean finish


Great Lakes

Rally Drum Red

Ruby red with a frothy head. Sweet malt and nutty hops. Taste is mellow hop flowers, nutty, sweet malt and plum flesh. Easy drinker, tight soft carbonation. A pretty nice red from Great Lakes. It won't set your pants on fire but I found it to be refreshing and approachable. Would have a gain.

Crisp weiss beer with natural lemonade flavor

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy

A unique take on Franz Kugler's original Munich tavern tradition. Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is our traditional weiss beer with refreshing natural lemonade flavor that makes it the perfect summer beer. As we like to say, it's fresh-squeezed Wisconsin-brewed beer.

Summer Shandy won a Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit Wheat Beer category.

Brew Kettle Summer Rays

Belgian-Style Wit Bier  

Pours a yellow with slight gold. Awesome white head that eventually fades.

The smell is lots of spices but in the perfect balance.

The taste is on par with the smell but a lot more lemon zest comes through. A little bit of bitterness making an appearance as well.

I always enjoy a good Wit beer and I must say this may have been the best one I have ever had.


Portside Brewery

Marblehead Amber Ale

Marblehead lighthouse has been the longerst-operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes since it was built in 1821.  nestled into a natural limestone deposit on Lake Erie, it has long served as a beacon in the dark, to warn ships from running aground in the shallow body of water.  Coincidentally, this drinkable amber ale can be your guide through the hectic bustle of mdoern life.  It features low-level toasted mal and slightly sweet, full body, with a fruity hop finish.


Goose Island Beer Co.


Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312's spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that's immensely refreshing..

Platform Beer Co.

Politically Correct

Nice aroma of pine and tropical fruit, with caramel undertones. Pours a clear amber, with a nice white head. Starts with a hint of caramel, fading into a nice blend of tropical fruit notes and bitterness. Nice bitter finish, medium bodied. A good solid APA, with some nice bitterness notesy


Stella Artois Cidre

I think as far as hard ciders go this one is not too sweet compared to others like angry orchard... Wanted to add that Its not really a stella product from what I was told when in Belgium but actually a product made by a separate LLC company near me in NY and distributed by A-busch. It wasnt even available in Belgium.


Fat Heads Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale




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!

Goodwood Louisville Lager

Goodwood Louisville Lager is the first and only beer brewed with 100% Kentucky-grown grains. And, in a tip of the cap to our Slugger-making neighbors downtown, white ash – common in baseball bats – is used to enhance brewing. This results in a light-bodied, perfectly balanced lager with a sweet finish delivered by those Kentucky grains.

Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla Porter

Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure.

Flying Dog Brewery

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

The color is a pretty orange-amber with a thick, creamy milk white head and lacing. The smell is fruity and hoppy but with a noticeable sweetness. This one starts with some sweetness: toffee, vanilla, and some sweet fruitiness, which quickly gives way to cloves, citrus, and a hoppy pine bitterness. This ale is well carbonated and it masks its 8.30 ABV quite well. Overall, it's an excellent example of a Belgian-style IPA; enough sweetness to make it interesting and refreshing.

Samuel Adams

Cold Snap

White Ale       

Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.


Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla



A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it



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.


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


We're always  open

before all Indians/Cav's home Monsters,Gladiators  Games or ALL Gateway Events..........with


-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-

Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Great Lakes


Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$6 Irish



Right On!

-Tell your Friends!


Get It ToGo!!!


Tuesday July 26

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

Indians vs Nationals

→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Plus After the game

awarded the of being the areas Top Blues Male Vocalist



Blues/Soul/Gospel From Buffalo NY

The new CD - A sweet blend of blues/gospel/americana/r&b with a splash a cayenne pepper!

"Same Soil is a great piece of work...powerful, passionate. From Buffalo NY.


Wednesday July 27

Opening @9AM=DAY GAME!

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

Indians vs Nationals

→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Starting at 8pm

straight ahead tough electric Chicago Blues

Rev. Raven

& the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

featuring Westside Andy Linderman on Harmonica

Shake Your Boogie!

You know I hate these cookie cutter bios. I know they are necessary but you are only as good as last night's gig. I really haven't done anything special except open and meet B.B. King and have the honor of backing up Madison Slim for 10yrs, playing with great guys like R.J. Mischo, Cadillac Pete Rahn, Benny Rickun, PT Pedersen SC, Bobby Lee Sellers Jr, Big Al Groth, Bryan Lee, Billy Flynn, Pat Hayes and all the guys in my band present and past. Guys like Rick Holmes, Chico Johnson, Devil Roberts, Diesel, Evil Evans, Craig Panosh, Kern, Barefoot Jimmy, Frankie Panosh, Capt ,an Chuck Might, Mickey Larson, Benny Rickund many more. I get to go to festivals and see my heros, friends like Perry Weber, Jim Liban, Billy Flynn and get paid for it. That is cool. I've been blessed with great love, good friends and family and the ability to earn a living playing guitar and standing on chairs and tables. If I can put a smile on your face and get you to shake your rear end I've done a good job.

Now here is the standard one:

Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends where he has been on rotation as a headliner for 16 years.


  • Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band
  • Voted the Best Blues Band In Milwaukee by The Shepherd Express Reader's Poll i
  • Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for Best Blues Band” and “Best Song”
  • Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for Best Live CD
  • Grammy Award Nominee for “Best Blues Compilation CD”

Westside Andy Linderman - Harmonica & Vocals


Westside Andy

is one of the premier harp players to come out of Wisconsin along with Jim Liban, Steve Cohen, Madison Slim, Matthew Skoller and Cadillac Pete Rahn.  A long time member of Paul Black's Flip Kings and his own band, The Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, he's played just about everywhere and with anyone of note in the blues world.

More modern facts include that Hohner, Inc. lists him as an endorser alongside Rod Piazza, Toots Thielemans, & Corky Siegel, among many other great players. Those who know who these folks are, nothing further need be said. Turn the page.

For those who haven't had that good fortune, know that these are giants on Planet Harmonica. Actually, Corky was one of Andy's most enthusiastic early mentors. In fact, the night they met during a Siegel/Schwall Blues Band set break, Corky asked him to sit in for the entire next set. Andy was 15.

That may have been the galvanizing moment when the "Westside" story really started. Meaning thousands of gigs. Probably a million miles with a trunk full of gear, and how many late nights driving home in ice and snow in the groovy winters of Wisconsin where this blues bird resides. In the process, Andy has shared the stage with James Cotton, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Charlie Musselwhite, Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens, Muddy Waters, Gary Primich, Jimmy Johnson, Tab Benoit, Hubert Sumlin. Ok, you get the idea. Not to mention his current long-time collaboration with Mel Ford, a blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter of wide acclaim

Friday July 29

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

Indians vs Athletics

→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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


Wilberts Fireworks

Then Live On Our Stage


Skyla Burrell Band

The Skyla Burrell Band is a full time, hardworking traveling blues band. With cofounder Mark Tomlinson on lead guitar and Skyla Burrell on vocals/lead guitar, the band's live show consists of all original high energy electric blues.

Called “one of the most smokin' blues bands in the US” , the band's ten year history bears out in its fiery, vibrant live performances. Skyla Burrell's voice not only shines, but her guitar work also cuts through. Music Monthly magazine said "Many women in the blues have great voices and have made their careers singing the blues, but not too many can double it up, slice it, dice it and sacrifice it on the best Fender has to offer like Skyla can."

Supporting their acclaimed fifth and latest CD release, “Blues Scars”, Skyla and company deliver unpretentious, self described "hard drivin' blues" in which strength and understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock.


Saturday July 30

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

Indians vs Athletics

→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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


Wilberts Fireworks

Then Live On Our Stage

California Classic ROCK

Rio Bravo

Meet Rio Bravo.  If our name isn't an immediate indication of our love for the classics, then our music definitely is.  We are a classic rock band with a twist.  Although based in Burbank, California - Rio Bravo has grown a fan base on the west coast and east coast with a song list of not only the popular hits from the 60's and 70's, but also the surprising hits.  A band of six extremely skilled musicians and vocalists, we pride ourselves in playing the songs that other bands wouldn't dare attempt.  From the Beatles to Zeppelin, we have an immense and eclectic list of songs, which we continue to populate weekly.  It is our goal to stay fresh and exciting whether you are seeing us for the first time or the 100th time.  There is always something new.

Individually, we are Tony, Carl, Rick, Chuck, Art, and Erica, but together we are Rio Bravo, not just a band, an experience.
Rio Bravo specializes in covers of classic rock 1-hit-wonders, "B sides" of hit singles and ambitious epics that very few (i ... n some cases the original artists themselves!) have played live. Influences and favorite bands include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Chicago Blues, British Invasion, Elton John, Billy Joel, Leon Russell, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Queen, Creedence, Neil Young and Gram Parsons.
Please explore our AUDIO and VIDEO Samples by Clicking Here ! .

         Classic rock, the way it SHOULD be played!

Sunday July 31

Party Starts at 9:30am

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

Indians vs. Athletics


Best Bloody Mary's $4 / Damn Delicious Mimosa $3


Breakfast Specials

Breakfast Burrito

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Quesadilla

French Toast Crème Brûlée


→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Live On Our Stage after the game

"The new master of the slide guitar" - Montreux Jazz Festival

Jack Broadbent

"The Blues has not seen such Good News in quite some time"  - Bootsy Collins

“Keep the blues alive Jack.” - Canned Heat

This talented singer/songwriter started his career with humble beginnings busking and has since been leaving audiences spellbound with his live shows and unique style of slide guitar.

Raised in rural England and with a musician father, Jack was brought up on a diet of music that could later be described as his main influences, including acts such as John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

With feet planted firmly in an authentic blues style, Jack Broadbent in now making waves globally as one of the most exciting modern bluesmen of our time. Jack's slide performances are attracting millions of views online and a rapidly expanding fan base.

Experiencing Jack Broadbent live is an opportunity not to be missed.


Monday August 1

Award Winning American Electric Blues and Soul Harmonicist Singer Songwriter

John Németh

Boise, Idaho is hardly the place anyone would conjure up as a hotbed of soul music.But for John Németh, it's where his love for the genre began—and the starting point for a journey that's taken him from his first gigs fronting a teenaged band to five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013 alone.It's where this preternaturally talented son of a Hungarian immigrant gained his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of rootsy heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Németh's first paid performance came in 1991, when he was hired to perform drinking songs for a pinochle luncheon held by the Catholic Daughters of America before setting his sights on the Boise club scene, where, for nearly a decade, he played seven nights a week at local pubs, taverns, joints, and parties.
After opening a show for Junior Watson, Németh was tapped as tour opener for the guitar great, a gig that took him across the United States, to Scandinavia, and into the recording studio for his 2004 solo debut, Come And Get It, featuring Watson. When Németh's girlfriend decided to relocate to California, he knew he couldn't lose her, so he packed up the house and traveled west. It was an astute move: shortly after his arrival, Németh was signed by Blind Pig Records to a three-album deal. He also earned critical acclaim placing him in, as Nick Cristiano of the Philadelphia Inquirer put it, “a cadre of young and relatively young artists such as James Junter, Eli ‘Paperboy' Reed, and Sharon Jones.”

“I learned a lot living in Oakland and San Francisco,” Németh says, “from recording and performing with Elvin Bishop to hearing Jimmy Hughes perform. Oakland is like a truly southern city, only it's on the west coast. It wasn't until after I arrived that I discovered that so many great songs I love actually originated there.”

In early 2013, Németh traded his life on the west coast to settle down in Memphis, Tennessee. He and Jaki, that girlfriend he followed to California, had married and started a family, and Memphis made sense for multiple reasons: It's centrally located for touring, the cost of living is inexpensive, and the river town is the historical ground zero for American roots music.

“I moved to Memphis because it is the epicenter for soul and blues,” Németh confirms. “The wealth of knowledge runs deep in the instincts of its musicians and its studios.”

The 2000-mile trek south was wild. Németh's 26-foot Budget rental truck broke down in the middle of the night in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he had to unload the entire truck and reload a new one on the side of the road. A scant two days after that, he was in Memphis and, as improbably as it sounds, in the recording studio.

Németh landed in the perfect place: Electraphonic Studio, home of producer and musician Scott Bomar, who composed the film scores for Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan and produced Cyndi Lauper's Memphis Blues . Backed by the Bo-Keys, Bomar's group of veteran Memphis performers who made their names backing the likes of Al Green, O.V. Wright, Rufus Thomas, and the Bar-Kays, Németh quickly laid down thirteen tracks that, as he describes it, “live in the style like I live in the style.” The tapes from that session caught the ear of manager Charles Driebe, who took the record to Denby Auble of Blue Corn Music. The Americana/roots music label signed Németh that year, adding him to a roster that boasts the likes of Ruthie Foster, Gurf Morlix, and Steve Forbert.

Memphis Grease, the long-awaited follow up to Németh's fourth solo studio release, 2010's Name The Day! , embodies everything that sets this artist apart from the revivalist pack: it's innovative and unique while epitomizing the absolute best of the genre. It's a deeply forged amalgamation of scorching harmonica-driven blues and sweet blue-eyed soul ala the Box Tops or Roy Head, delivered via two fistfuls of originals and a trio of carefully chosen covers, including Roy Orbison's “Crying,” reinvented here as a slow-burning soul number that matches anything that came out of circa-late 1960s' Muscle Shoals.

The album title itself is evocative of Németh's journey to Memphis. The soul-blues scene he fell into in the Bay Area is historically referred to as “Oakland Grease,” and a pair of Oakland's “greasiest” artists, guitarist Lowell Fulson and pianist Jimmy McCracklin, journeyed south to record two of their best, if often overlooked albums: Fulson's funky psych-blues In A Heavy Bag and McCracklin's soulful High on the Blues. For Németh, Memphis Grease is a natural concept that marries the techniques he honed in the Bay with the intuitiveness that flows between him and the Bo-Keys.

“When it comes to more traditional styles of music, people expect to hear a tribute record. But you can get into a real rut if you're just doing rewrites,” Németh says. “We're creating fresh music here. Our arrangements sound just like they would back then, but what we're doing is so much more innovative.”

With the inter-generational combination of drummer Howard Grimes, guitarist Joe Restivo, Al Gamble on keyboards, producer Scott Bomar on bass, venerable soul vocalist Percy Wiggins singing background, and a killer horn section featuring Marc Franklin, Kirk Smothers, and Art Edmaisten, it's a collaboration that sounds completely effortless. Together, Németh and the Bo-Keys take modern soul from a simmer to a full boil.

The Bo-Keys
Lost in much of the soul revival hype is the fact that many of the originators of soul music are still performing up to their Black Power-era standards. In the early parts of their careers, members of the Bo-Keys performed in B.B. King's orchestra, anchored the Hi Rhythm Section, nailed the unforgettable intro to “Theme From Shaft,” and survived the plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. The Bo-Keys features alumni both of Stax Records and Hi Records, plus younger musicians who've garnered an Emmy award and a Grammy nomination. The Bo-Keys' debut effort The Royal Sessions drew raves, and can still be heard in snippets on National Public Radio broadcasts. Their song “I'm Still in Need,” with Percy Wiggins on vocals, is featured in the new film Grudge Match , starring Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone.

The Bo-Keys include vocalist Percy Wiggins, keyboardist Al Gamble, trumpeter Marc Franklin (Lucero, Solomon Burke, Bobby “Blue” Bland), and saxophonists Kirk Smothers (Buddy Guy, Ike Turner, Cliff Richard), and Art Edmaisten.  On drums is the incomparable Howard Grimes, whose credits include Rufus and Carla Thomas' “Cause I Love You,” O.V. Wright's “Nickel and a Nail,” Ann Peebles' “I Can't Stand the Rain,” and Syl Johnson's “Take Me to the River.”

Bass player Scott Bomar is a founding father of The Bo-Keys, along with the late guitarist Skip Pitts. Bomar's music career began in the 1990s with the instrumental group Impala; the bassist also backed Rufus and Carla Thomas, Rosco Gordon, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, and Motown session guitarist Dennis Coffey. Production-wise, Bomar served an apprenticeship with Willie Mitchell, engineering Al Green's two most recent releases at Mitchell's Royal Studio and working with a variety of musicians, running the gamut from jazz legend Calvin Newborn to punk visionary Jay Reatard. In 2005, Bomar composed the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning film Hustle and Flow, and the Bo-Keys played the film's score. Bomar also produced three songs for the Soul Men motion picture soundtrack, including the Grammy-nominated “Soul Music,” and the Bo-Keys performed on-screen with stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mack. Most recently Bomar won an Emmy for “Best Original Music” for the documentary I Am A Man: From Memphis, A Lesson in Life and co-produced and engineered Cyndi Lauper's Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues album at his own Electraphonic Recording studio in downtown Memphis.

Tuesday August 2

Hart Bothwell

Hart Bothwell is a singer-songwriter from San Francisco who most recently called Los Angeles his home. Earlier this year, Hart released his third album, Another Circle and is on a national tour promoting the album.

Hart's rock-based music blends punk aesthetics with folk storytelling, namely in his dexterous merging of acoustic guitar and candid emotional depiction.



pop/rock/electro/alternative from LA

Heffron Drive

Summer Tour

Hit's Cleveland

What began in 2008 as a passion project in a bedroom studio in Burbank, California has now become a whirlwind endeavor, with ... energetic and dedicated fans across the globe. Kendall Schmidt (23) is founder of the passionately-adored electro-pop band, Heffron Drive.
Kendall's passion for music began when he was just a child. As a youngster, Kendall would often recite whole songs after hearing them just once on the radio. Ever the singer, Kendall soon wanted to broaden his musical horizons. Initially, he tried playing the violin and drums, but neither instrument seemed to fit. One day, however, he borrowed his brother's guitar and from that point forward, he was hooked. Kendall taught himself how to play guitar and eventually released a number of covers on YouTube, which garnered him his first fans.
The initial encounter between Kendall and Dustin, a future Heffron Drive member, occurred at a screening for Kendall's brother's movie in Los Angeles, California. The two became instant friends; learning that each was a musician, had been born in the same hospital in Wichita, Kansas, and currently lived on the same street in Burbank, California. That street? You guessed it, was Heffron Drive.
With money he earned from an acting gig, Kendall purchased some recording gear and the two friends embarked on a musical journey, knowing only to trust their ears and passion for music. When the question of what to name the newly formed band arose, Heffron Drive was the perfect fit. The band started uploading songs, to the then-popular Myspace, and soon thereafter began receiving an overwhelming amount of interest. The Internet was buzzing about the new band's unique music and it wasn't uncommon to find the play counter hovering around 20,000 plays on any given day.
Around mid-2009, however, and soon after the release of Heffron Drive music, Kendall was asked to become the lead singer of the band, Big Time Rush. He accepted, and BTR rapidly became a global phenomenon, with tens of millions of fans across the globe, millions of records and tickets sold, and performances across three continents. Not wanting Heffron Drive to fall apart during his BTR success, Kendall helped secure Dustin a position as a tour guitarist for the group. Although extremely busy, the two still found time to create music for Heffron Drive.
With constant forward momentum, Heffron Drive is now preparing a full-scale launch into the world of irresistible electro-pop music. Infusing infectious melodies, unforgettable hooks, and beamingly beautiful lyrics, Heffron Drive promises to bring that lovable, relatable, missing-piece-of-the-puzzle to today's music scene.
“Life, love, and Heffron Drive.”- Heffron Drive
Heffron Drive's music is now up for purchase on iTunes ( http://t.co/sKJYOfkJLW )


Pop singer and songwriter from Philadelphia

Gavin Becker

Gavin Becker is a 17 year old singer and songwriter from Philadelphia.  He started playing piano, singing and writing music at the age of 5 when he negotiated with his parents for lessons.  He Immediately took to writing and composing his own music.  
At the age of 7, Gavin began performing on stage in regional theatre productions.  He acted and sang in several plays and musicals, including  Oliver (in 2009 as Oliver, Pick Pocket and Orphan at the Walnut Street Theatre), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (in 2010 as Charlie Bucket at the Montgomery Theatre) 13 the Musical (in 2010 as Archie at Playcrafters of Skippack), Lost in Yonkers (in 2012 as Arty at Plays and Players), and  Sweeney Todd (in 2012 as Tobias at Town and Country Players).     
In 2013 Gavin started posting covers and originals on YouTube and began to organically build his fan base.  In 2013 Gavin introduced his original music on iTunes and performed his first solo concert.  Gavin returned to the same venue, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, in 2015 with a SOLD OUT solo concert.
Gavin has performed on several concert tours including the OMG Music Fest Tour, DigiTour, MAGCON Tour, and the Sunsation Tour.  He has opened for artists such as Kalin and Myles, Icona Pop, Jack & Jack, and Timeflies. His debut EP “Closer” reached number 7 on the iTunes Charts.
Gavin enjoys having a more personal connection with his fans through YouNow, Snapchat and Twitter.

Friday August 5

Floozy Rock from Husman Stage



Lo-fi, Surf-rock, Alternative, Indie rock, DIY

Rock Duo out of Michigan


Influences: Pavement Weezer The Strokes Wavves Jay Retard ... Best Coast TAYLOR

Saturday August 6

rock from Berklee College of Music in Boston

Self Portraits

Self Portraits is a female fronted rock band from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. With a huge modern sound and catchy hooks Self Portraits brings big rock music to the mainstream. They strive to push the envelope of modern rock music with soaring guitars and technically difficult music while still creating a product that is easily accessible to all listeners.

"If you have an amazing team of musicians, and write great songs, people will listen. We are going to bring rock music back, it's been too long"

Self Portraits consists of vocalist Jackie Foster, guitarists Gray Trainer and John Benoit, bassist Ethan Cate, and drummer Chris Drago


Alternative/Experimental from CHI by way of CLE

Skuff Micksun

Born in Cleveland, OH. Reside in the beautiful city of Chicago, IL. I'm a Music makin,Tattooed tattin, Wood pushin, Art pain...tin, Care free kinda guy. Believe in higher powers that are easily untouchable. Paranoid but comfortable. I am who I am and I won't change for them.


psychedelic soul/funky hip hop


jared solomon's raw music project. started out of berklee college of music in the beginning of 2014, solomonophonic started ...recording on a 4 track tape machine with his friends in their apartment. as the recordings improved, they started uploading music to soundcloud and bandcamp. now, recording digitally and on tape back and forth, solomonophonic brings you the raw gritty-ness of groove music in its purest element with influences of hip hop, indie rock, jazz, psychdelic, funk & soul. stay tuned for new music by solomonophonic on solomonophonic.bandcamp.com or soundcloud.com/solomonophonic

Tuesday August 9

Maple Blues Award winner as “one of this country’s top blues guitar stars

Blues, Rock'N'Roll, Swingin' Bop, HIGH-ENERGY!



"JW-Jones is a red hot young Canadian guitar slinger/singer", say...
s Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge. Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred to this Maple Blues Award winner as “one of this country's top blues guitar stars.” Billboard called JW part of “a new wave of young talent moving onto Canada's blues stage.”
Jones has released eight albums, performed in nineteen countries and four continents, and averages over one hundred shows per year. Canadian-born Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd, known for his Blues Brothers persona “Elwood Blues,” has called JW's group an "amazing blues band.” In early 2015, the legendary Buddy Guy performed with Jones in Chicago, then invited JW to trade riffs with him on two sold-out Canadian dates. He also joined him for a fourth time later in the year at his club, Buddy Guy's Legends. Jones is becoming more in-demand than ever before, as Woodstock legends, Canned Heat, continued the trend by inviting him to be their special guest on two festivals in Ontario. American magazine Blues Revue stated that “Jones' style is a fluid amalgam of T-Bone Walker's big, bright chords, Johnny ‘Guitar' Watson's slashing leads, and Clarence ‘Gatemouth' Brown's jazzy sting.”
JW was born in Ottawa, Ontario and started playing drums at 13, at that time into Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and classic rock. A few years later, after witnessing a B.B. King performance, he fell in love with the blues and decided to take up the guitar. Soon he was absorbing the influences of artists such as Albert King, Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Anson Funderburgh, and Jimmie Vaughan, and later, West Coast guitarists Junior Watson and Little Charlie Baty.
In 1998 he won a “Battle of the Bands” contest, and the following year he won a “Blues Guitar Riff-Off” competition and used the studio time prize to record his debut album, Defibrillatin'. Jones was the first artist signed to Toronto-based label Northern Blues Music, which released the album in 2000, as well as his next five CDs.
JW's “epiphany moment” came shortly after signing with Northern Blues: “I was in college for a computer course. The label was flying me across the country to play in showcases, and I had gigs every weekend. My focus was on the music and not school. I remember walking away from the college one day, and just like the movies... I looked back at the school, and said to myself, ‘I am never coming back here.' It was the best decision I've ever made. After that, it was complete concentration on building my career.”
He started by garnering three consecutive Maple Blues Award nominations and being invited to perform onstage with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and Junior Watson. Jones' second release, Bogart's Bounce, included performances by singer/harp player Kim Wilson and pianist Gene Taylor of The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Kim Wilson produced JW's next release, My Kind of Evil, which featured well-known Canadian singer/guitarist Colin James as guest.
In 2006, JW released his fourth album, Kissing in 29 Days, including performances by David “Fathead” Newman, Ray Charles' main saxophone player for 12 years. In a feature article entitled “JW-Jones — A Rising Star Chases the Sound of Thunder(birds),” Blues Revue magazine stated that “JW-Jones is highly regarded in blues circles.” One of the tracks, “Parasomnia,” appeared on a Guitar World featured CD, Guitar Masters Vol. 2, along with B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana.
On Jones' next release, Bluelisted (2008), he got the chance to work with two of his guitar heroes, Little Charlie Baty and Junior Watson, and rhythm section Richard Innes and Larry Taylor. The liner notes were provided by Dan Aykroyd, who wrote "crisp covers and cool originals make this record a yellow dot must-buy".
For his next project, JW headed to Memphis' famed Sun Studios to record with blues legend Hubert Sumlin, the blues guitarist who worked with Howlin' Wolf for over 20 years and was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. The resulting album, Midnight Memphis Sun, was released in 2010 and also featured guest Charlie Musselwhite, who stated that “JW Jones is one of the best guitar players I've heard in a long time. He and his band do great tunes with cool arrangements and I love listening to them. They play with taste and fire at the same time.” Jones' 2012 release, Seventh Hour was the second release in a row to hit #1 on “B.B. King's Bluesville” on XM Sirius Satellite radio, and led to the band's opening for B.B. at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and an endorsement deal with Gibson guitars.
Recently Jones was honoured by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce by being named one of the “Forty Under 40,” (out of 250 nominations), a salute to the region's talented entrepreneurs who balance business achievement, professional expertise and community involvement.
His first Blind Pig release, Belmont Boulevard, was produced in Nashville by Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge, who's helmed projects for Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, and Susan Tedeschi. JW chose Hambridge to produce because “This CD is all about getting out of my comfort zone musically and lyrically, working with a big producer and creating a high-energy experience that matches our live show, and I knew Tom was the man to make that happen.”
For the songs on the album, Jones decided for the first time to delve deep into his personal life and tell some of his stories that he'd never revealed before. He co-wrote many of the songs with Hambridge, a noted songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts, and Delbert McClinton, and featured in movies, commercials, and television. “Digging deep into some very serious personal stories from my past and turning them into songs has been liberating and part of the healing process. I hope these songs resonate with listeners that have been through similar experiences,” said Jones.
Musicians that tour with Jones; Mathieu Lapensée (drums) and the heavy grooves of Laura Greenberg (bass) always add a powerful energy to the stage.
The future does indeed look bright for this upcoming star. Known for his high-energy, crowd-pleasing shows, Jones recently opened tours for the late Johnny Winter and one of his strongest influences, Jimmie Vaughan (about whom JW penned a song on the new album). Now, with his latest recording, he's excited about reaching an even wider audience. Belmont Boulevard hit #9 on Billboard sales charts in the United States, and was nominated for JUNO and Maple Blues Awards in Canada.

Smokin' Sexy Blues with

Mr. Downchild

& Blues Meets Girl

Thursday August 11

Space Funk / Groove Grass / Ameritronica from Boulder, CO

The Magic Beans

Seamlessly combining acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and amped up dance music, The Magic Beans are as unique as their place of origin, the Colorado Rockies. The group's diverse approach to music leaves no genres off the table and no one left out; many times resulting in one song spanning several styles within a singular composition. The Beans use no pre-recorded tracks or computers in favor of a more traditional approach to music. Original songwriting, diverse instrumentation and a deep musical bond between the musicians is what sets the band apart. Fans have coined terms like “spacefunk”, “ameritronica”, and “groove grass” to try to describe the music they hear from The Magic Beans, and the band embraces these terms and all input from their fanbase to create what is truly a collaborative musical effort. Music that moves your mind and your hips while inspiring a good time is what The Magic Beans are all about. After all, “Music is magic, magic is life (Jimi Hendrix).”

“spacefunk” “ameritronica” “groove grass”

Tuesday August 16

Rock • Soul • Blues from Dallas TX

Thieves of Sunrise

Groovy, sharp rock beats mixed up with simmering soulful blues, southern style. Peace & Music.

Thieves of Sunrise, an intense rock and soul quintet from Dallas TX, aims to bring their rock and roll ruckus to the world. ...They've been featured on radio stations in England, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia, and all across Europe and America. Their highly improvisational and attention-stealing show has been featured in festivals, theaters, concert halls, and rock clubs across the United States since they formed in 2010. The band has recently performed at the notable American Airlines Center at Victory Park, Historic Lakewood Theater, Gas Monkey Dallas, and the House of Blues in New Orleans.

Thieves of Sunrise brings funky, soul-infused southern rock back with a sound that is as original as it is classic, with influences pouring from the golden ages of rock and blues records. In this way, Thieves of Sunrise feels like finding an old, dusty vinyl record and discovering that the songs still resonate today. The band is led by singer Matthew Marcus McDaniel, whose distinctive voice and soulful belt command attention while his ripping harmonica allows for the foot stomping. Curtis Crofford provides funky bass lines and deep, sultry grooves. Shaun Crawford and Jake Stewart add the sweetness and rock and roll authority with electrifying guitar lines and memorable riffs. Jake doubles on the organ to take the whole band to church. Punchy backing vocals, smooth percussion and the occasional horn section round out the soundscapes. The result is a celebration guaranteed to get heads bobbing, hearts pounding, and hips shaking.

“Soul Stew”, the band's latest release, has been featured on radio stations from the heartland of the US to the shores Down Under and lands between. The album's bone-shaking blues roots and authentic soul-rattling southern swagger has appealed to fans around the globe. The band continues to tour in support of the record and the newly released vinyl copies. Go to a show, listen to the record, spread the good word, and join the rock and roll revolution.


Thursday August 18

Rock, Blues, Americana, Roots from East Nashville TN

Too Slim & The Taildraggers 

"One of the finest original Blues Rock trios performing today."Brian Owens, Blues Review Magazine

Tim “Too Slim“ Langford is a monster guitarist, an unabashed blues rocker whose influences run the gamut from Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddy King, and Duane Allman to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Robin Trower. He's a prolific singer/songwriter whose songs have now yielded an impressive 20 Too Slim and the Taildraggers albums over the last 30 years, all on his own Underworld Records imprint. Their newest release, BLOOD MOON, hit the streets March 18, 2016 and charted at #12 on Billboards Top Blues Album Chart. Originally from Spokane, WA, now living in Nashville Tennessee, Too Slim recorded the new album mostly live in the studio, backed by some of the best musicians Music City has to offer. Robert Kearns (Cry of Love, Bottle Rockets, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Big Hat, Sheryl Crow) on bass/vocals and Jeff “Shakey” Fowlkes (Robert Bradleys Black Water Surprise, Kid Rock, Uncle Kraker) on drums/vocals.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers' high energy Blues Rock has been thrilling audiences for 30 years. The band's ever evolving musical direction cannot easily be classified into any box or category. Too Slim is an artist who likes to smash the pigeonholes.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers tour consistently on several continents, where they are welcomed by a rabid fan base and rave reviews. Too Slim and the Taildraggers' last four studio releases charted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Blues Album Chart and Heat Seeker Chart. The band has sold over 150,000 albums to date and Tim Langford has received Lifetime Achievement and Hall Of Fame awards by three Northwest blues societies, as well as more than 40 regional and national music awards. Too Slim and the Taildraggers music has also been featured on MTV's series, The Real World and Road Rules. Tim “Too Slim” Langford's image is on permanent display in the Country Music Hall of Fame in an exhibit by photographer Carla Ciuffo. After 30 years of knocking it out of the park on recordings and stages across the world, Too Slim and the Taildraggers shows no sign of slowing down. BLOOD MOON is a strong, rocking album with a deep blues undercurrent that bodes well for a long future.

"BLOOD MOON" Nominated for Rock Blues Album of the Year at 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards

Tuesday August 30

Happy Hour w/

Indie / Alternative / singer/songwriter Alden, NY

Sara Elizabeth


Sara Elizabeth is a 23 year old indie singer/songwriter, musician, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist based in Western New York. Sara picked up her first guitar on her ninth birthday, at which point she began 8 years of classical and jazz training before turning to songwriting full time. She has since added ukulele, piano, banjo, and mandolin to her repertoire to help support her alto vocals, and is also a 2012 graduate of the University at Buffalo's Department of Music. Often backing Sara Elizabeth is the talented bassist and fellow UB alumni Tom Varco, as well as a variety of talented percussionists.

Sara Elizabeth's musical influences range from The Beatles, to Ingrid Michaelson and The Avett Brothers, to P!NK. According to Sara, she takes “the heart of folk music, the soul of the blues, the brain of classical, and the energy of modern indie rock and uses them to tell stories no one has ever heard before.” This is evident in her releases "Darling, I'm Not Yours [EP]" (2011), "On the Rise" (2012), and "Be Well" (2014), as well as in her intriguing live performances with her rhythm section.

In addition to many bars and other venues around WNY, notable performances include The Town Ballroom (opener for Bedouin Soundclash), Babeville's Ninth Ward, Music is Art Festival, Artpark, Sportsmen's Tavern, Nietzsche's, Waiting Room, and Water Street Music Hall (opener for Ha Ha Tonka).

According to Artvoice's Kellie Powell, “Buffalo indie artist, Sara Elizabeth's tender sweet voice could shred Lennon's mellow ballads like, ‘All You Need Is Love.'" Best of WNY's Bob Silvestri has noted, “The key to being above everyone else in the singer songwriter mélange is obviously to write good songs, and this talented girl has a few.” He later calls her a "mature artist...aware of herself, her craft, and her direction in life."

For more information and media, please visit saraelizabethmusic.com

Sunday September 4

after the Tribe game ~ 6:30

internationally known ~ Soulful Blues Singer out of Sarasota, Fla byway of OHIO


Lauren Mitchell Band

Soul Singer Lauren Mitchell Follows her Musical Heart

"My first solo singing performance happened in church!" recalls Lauren Mitchell, a woman who, in only a few short years, has crafted a singular, unmistakable voice in the world of blues. "I'd been a member of the chorus for productions, but performing in my grandparent's church was the first time I stood on my own and opened my mouth to sing for an audience." Lauren remembers being frightened and a little nervous but she also remembers that, as she looked out over the faces in the congregation, "it wasn't too scary-and all those people knew me and loved me and wanted me to succeed." And succeed she has. The Lauren Mitchell Band is a tour de force, performing around 250 dates per year, nationally and internationally. Lauren and her band perform in concert halls, venues, historic honky tonks, and festivals. She's put together a stellar group and is proud of the fact that she spends a lot of time "in a van, with a bunch of guys, being schooled in the blues!" Lauren's love of music was passed to her from her grandparents and parents. "My grandfather was a guitarist and my grandmother was a singer. They both also played organ. They met when my grandmother auditioned for the bluegrass/country band my grandfather led. My mom also sang in the church choir and there was always music in the home." Lauren remembers her dad playing guitar. "My favorite tune he played was Mr. Bojangles. I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Fatz Waller and Jelly Roll Morton. My education in soul and blues came from listening to music my parents listened to." Lauren cites Etta James as profoundly influencing her sound. "People recognize the Etta influence," says Lauren. "Our music is definitely more soul that straight blues." Lauren's gift was recognized by her parents and professional voice lessons became a part of her early life. "I sang opera and theater music through college. I stumbled on Janis Joplin and she deeply impacted my singing. I learned Bobby McGee, of course!" A chance encounter with a Karaoke contest set Lauren's musical path in stone. "My friends insisted I sing Bobby McGee and I won the contest and a hundred bucks! I thought, ‘Man, maybe I should just keep singing this stuff!'" Lauren started digging in to the blues and despite a few meandering career choices (bartending, makeup artist, managing a restaurant) Lauren finally made a heart decision to make music her livelihood."I met and started working with some amazing musicians in 2005 and the project grew from there. I officially launched The Lauren Mitchell Band in 2011, and haven't looked back since!" says Lauren. The Lauren Mitchell Band has released two albums, the latest being "Live! From The Bradfordville Blues Club" in May of 2014. The record follows up the band's debut, Please Come Home. "Our fans liked the first record but said it didn't quite represent the feel and energy of our live performances," says Lauren. "Bradfordville Blues Club is known for fabulous sound and it's a historic juke joint. The place is alive with the musical spirits of Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, John Lee Hooker and James Cotton, to name just a few. When you play music that comes from a place in history that is so rich and so significant to our culture, recording music where legendary figures also played is just magical." Lauren and the band are currently working on material for a third album, whih she hopes will be finished be the end of 2016. Lauren Mitchell has come a long way from that little girl singing in front of her church congregation. She's now a touring, professional blues singer, fronting a band and wowing audiences along the way. Audiences that know her, love her, and are sure she's succeeding in every musical way.



Thursday September 29

Sonic Voyages Fest.

A Night of Progressive Rock

Violinist | Composer | Singer | Mandolinist | Guitarist | Educator

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon (www.joedeninzon.com), who has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied mélange of alt-bluegrass, progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world. The New York-based group has opened for Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield, among many others. Their live performances are filled with funky dance grooves, rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix jazz, funk, rock with Gypsy influences. Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named “Best Jam Band” in the Musician’s Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz, among other publications. The group has just completed their fifth CD, “The Next World…” on Steve Vai’s Digital Nations label.

“…Violinist/singer Joe Deninzon presents us with this gift of hot songs from his rockin’ live shows. Think a bit of Zappa, the Dixie Dregs or Blues Traveler, with the violin being the focal point. Joe’s talents are flat out phenomenal, and the progressive rock tapestry he weaves around himself is carried out to perfection by his amazing band.”

“Deninzon shows how he has earned the nickname the “Jimi Hendrix of violin” as he tears threw a distortion heavy solo that points more in the direction of Guns N Roses’ Slash than Yo Yo Ma.” -Justin Scro www.cashboxmagazine.com

“Memorable hooks, gravity-defying instrumental prowess and a kitchen sink move toward rock… If Bela Fleck and Frank Zappa had a love child in outer space, they might grow up to sound like these guys do.”
-David Budin, www.coolcleveland.com


Modern Cinematic Progressive Rock


Modern Cinematic Progressive Rock
Original progressive rock - combines the best elements of the "Golden Age" of Prog, with modern cinematic melodic rock. The "Tribute" part of the show - performing classic British and North American progressive rock that you've heard on the radio.


What do you get when you take a bass player from the 70′s, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a musical savant playing guitar, two theatrical lead vocalists, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA? All veteran musicians? The new American modern progressive rock band Circuline.

Performing original and classic progressive rock, Circuline was founded in 2014 when former progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey members Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (lead guitars, vocals), and Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) had a burning desire to write original material. Lead vocalists Billy Spillane (lead vocals) and Natalie Brown were up for the challenge, and Paul Ranieri (bass, bass pedals) was the latest member to join the band.

Featuring the music of:
Circuline | Genesis | Sound of Contact | Porcupine Tree | Yes | Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) | Emerson, Lake, & Palmer (ELP) | Evanescence | Gentle Giant | Jethro Tull | Kansas | King Crimson | Led Zeppelin | Peter Gabriel | Pink Floyd | Rush | Saga | Styx | U.K. |


Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock from Detroit


TILES is a progressive hard rock band from Detroit, Michigan featuring Mark Evans (drums), Chris Herin (guitar), Paul Rarick ... (vocals), and Jeff Whittle (bass). The band formed in 1993 and is signed to InsideOut Music in North America and Europe. Over the years TILES has developed a style that blends the adventure of progressive rock with an aggressive hard rock edge. Along with reflective and occasionally philosophical lyrics, TILES continues to cultivate a sound that rewards the attentive music enthusiast.

Throughout their nealy 20-year history TILES has garnered praise from a variety of musical icons:

(1) Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull calls TILES "…maturing well-formed music-makers for the new age of inventive guitar-based rock” and hails “Fly Paper” as “Tiles' best CD yet! Sharp, precise vocals tell tales and set scenes - thundering drums and bass lines connect weaving melodies: strong stuff from a band who must soon find long-deserved success."

(2) Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy enthusiastically endorsed TILES' 3rd release 'Presents Of Mind:' "I love this CD. The whole disc is full of great musicianship and great songwriting with catchy hooks."

(3) Upon hearing the TILES demo sessions Gene Simmons of KISS said: "I was totally blown away. Amazing..." And proceeded to sign the band to Simmons Records.

Currently, something had to be done to commemorate Tiles' approaching 20th anniversary, so the band devised their latest CD "Off the Floor" as both a career retrospective and their first official live recording. Released September 2012, TILES opted for the controlled environment of a soundstage and delivered "live in the studio" performances that offer new perspectives on standout tracks from each of the band's five studio recordings.

Complete with several new interludes and adventurous extended jams, "Off the Floor" gives the listener more than a carbon copy of the studio versions with noted producer Terry Brown (Rush) rendering the music with a refreshingly natural sound. "Off the Floor" provides a fresh look at some old songs, adds a few new things, and gives Tiles fans something to tide them over until the next studio release appears in 2014.

Released in 2008 “Fly Paper” is the fifth & most recent studio recording from TILES. Noted producer Terry Brown (Rush, Cutting Crew) fashioned a polished-yet-organic sonic picture that instantly engages the listener. “Fly Paper” finds TILES embracing a renewed sense of experimentation to craft an immediate collection of songs featuring the intricacies of progressive rock blended with deep rhythmic grooves and dense arrangements. Artist Hugh Syme rendered “Fly Paper's” overall theme of human vulnerability with a simple-yet-disquieting paper airplane floating over a cityscape – representing an obvious sense of threat while maintaining the whimsical notion that the plane is only paper. “Fly Paper” features an impressive roster of special guests including Alannah Myles on vocals; Kim Mitchell (Max Webster) and Alex Lifeson (Rush) on guitar; Hugh Syme on keyboards; Matthew Parmenter (Discipline) keyboards and vocals; and Sonya Mastick on percussion.

TILES released their fourth CD “Window Dressing” in the summer of 2004. Produced, engineered and mixed by Terry Brown, “Window Dressing” received high marks worldwide for its experimental blend of epic song cycles and dark garage rock aesthetics – and was nominated for a 2005 Detroit Music Award. The CD features the design and artwork of award winning artist Hugh Syme and was issued with a bonus “live bootleg” CD from the band's 1999 European tour with Dream Theater.

TILES' third CD, "Presents of Mind," was released worldwide in the summer of 1999. Propelled by positive reviews, airplay, and word-of-mouth, "Presents of Mind" solidified the band's place in the consciousness of the progressive underground and generated an invitation from Dream Theater to open their November 1999 European tour. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy offered his endorsement: ‘I love this CD! The entire disc is full of great musicianship and great songwriting with catchy hooks.'

TILES followed their debut with "Fence the Clear" in 1997, which saw the band bringing in noted producer Terry Brown during the final mixing stage. The disc was again well-received by fans and reviews were positive with "Fence the Clear" scoring 94/100 in Aardschok (Holland); 5/6 in SCREAM (Norway); earning HM Magazine's "Pick of the Litter" award (US); and culminating with the Detroit Free Press naming TILES "Detroit's leading progressive rock band."

TILES first reached the international music scene in the summer of 1995 when Polydor released "tiles" throughout Europe on their Dream Circle label. Sales were strong with the help of excellent reviews from Aardschok (91/100), SCREAM (6/6) and Rock Hard (Germany) (8/10) among others. Teichiku Records revised the artwork and released the disc in Japan with BURRN! Magazine rating "tiles" an 88/100 and saying "...(tiles is) a wonderful album with a very high level of technique and a great melodic sense." The CD entered the BURRN! chart at #47.

The first three TILES CDs were re-mastered with bonus tracks and expanded packaging and reissued as Special Editions in 2004.

Tiles endorses Mesa/Boogie Amplification, Elixir Strings, Aquarian Drumheads, Eden Electronics, and Ken Smith Basses & Strings.

Friday Rocktober 14

Original American Rock'n Blues from Saint Louis MO (Soulard)

Jeremiah Johnson Band

Jeremiah Johnson Born and raised in St. Louis, Jeremiah Johnson is the voice of Mississippi River blues blending with the struggles of everyday life. He began learning guitar at age 6, drawing inspiration from his rich St. Louis blues heritage and legendary guitarists, like Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. With these influences, Johnson began building his musical foundation.

After relocating to Houston, TX, in 1999, Johnson finished in first place for three consecutive years at the Houston Regional Blues Challenges, sponsored by the Houston Blues Society. During his 10 years there, Johnson merged Texas style with St. Louis blues to create the unique sound you hear today.

In 2011, Johnson was the proud winner of the St. Louis Blues Society IBC Challenge and went on to the semifinals to represent St. Louis in Memphis, TN. One year later, Sirius XM's B.B. King’s Bluesville picked up the Jeremiah Johnson Band, where they can be heard nationwide, as well as on Touch Tunes Jukeboxes in bars and clubs and on radio stations across the country.

Boasting a five album discography, Johnson performs with Benet Schaeffer (drums), and longtime band mate Jeff Girardier (bass), bringing the Jeremiah Johnson Band to its rockin’ bluesy peak.

Grind, Johnson’s latest CD, produced by Devon Allman, features Grammy award winner Yonrico Scott on drums. Grind has been featured on SiriusXM's B.B. King’s Bluesville, and on the international radio show “Confessing the Blues”, broadcasting on 50 stations in 10 countries worldwide. Grind reached the #8 slot on the Billboard Blues Charts the week of November 7th, 2015.

In September 2014, Johnson filmed his docu-concert, Ride the Blues, directed by Australian Producer/Director Gary Glenn, at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Burlington, IA. The film is live music video about Johnson’s rise to prominence, featuring intimate interview segments, still photography, guitar solos and stunning vocals. Donations from concert attendees were generously given to the theater and to the National Blues Museum, connecting Johnson’s roles of musician and music advocate.

JJB is currently recording a new album with Connor Ray Music, scheduled to come out this Spring.

jeff Girardier The history of Jeremiah Johnson and bassist Jeff Girardier is all on CD. From their first recording in 1999 to Grind, Johnson’s recent studio album, these two bring out the best in each other.

Born and raised in Sullivan, MO., Girardier has been a lifelong musician. After starting with the saxophone in the 5th grade, he began teaching himself guitar at age 14. He was offered a music scholarship to East Central College in Union, MO., under the stipulation he took bass and piano lessons. Even with his extensive musical background, Girardier always felt a connection to the bass.

Johnson and Girardier met through a mutual friend in 1994. After supporting Johnson by attending live shows, Girardier was invited to fill in one night for the current bassist. The rest is history.

Grind was the recording debut of Girardier’s newest guitar, a 1973 Fender Precision bass. This particular guitar gives off a unique tone, contributing the JJB’s overall sound.

Benet Schaeffer Jeremiah Johnson Band drummer, Benet Schaeffer, is the newest but most seasoned member of the band. He contributes his multitude of expertise to steer the band toward their common goal of performing nationally and internationally.

Schaeffer grew up in the LaClede Town neighborhood of St. Louis, a groundbreaking community that created models for future integrated urban housing. This district produced numerous creative minds and boasts visits from Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. At age five, he knew he was destined to be a percussionist, thanks to the inspiration of Ringo Starr. He was exposed to an eclectic variety of music, including blues, jazz, soul, classical, Irish, Israeli and African, and of course lots of rock ‘n’ roll.

Schaeffer describes himself as a ‘mostly self-taught’ musician. He learned the most by watching and listening to other performers. He was later mentored by the late Billy Gayles, a previous drummer for Ike and Tina Turner.

Schaeffer became the newest member of the Jeremiah Johnson Band after covering for their former drummer at a benefit at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups.

Saturday November 19

THE Blues Event Of The Year!

Blues Supergroup





with drummer WES STARR and bassist RW GRIGSBY

The Golden State/Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California -- Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist, bandleader and Grammy nominee), Little Charlie Baty (ex-Nightcats bandleader and guitar hero) and RW Grigsby (bassist) -- and Texans Anson Funderburgh (guitarist and Rockets bandleader) and Wes Starr (famed Austin drummer who has played with a who's who of Texas music royalty).

Hummel's Blues Award nominated release; "The Hustle Is Really On", features the GS/LS Revue, which has just completed a new recording for 2016 release. Besides producing and playing on Blind Pig's "Remembering Little Walter" with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Little Charlie Baty, Nathan James, June Core & RW Grigsby, the CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and has recently won Best Blues Album & Best Traditional Blues Album of the year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

Hummel's latest CD on ElectroFi "The Hustle Is Really On" just placed #2 on Living Blues Radio and features the Golden State/Lone Star project.

" When this trio of pilots took it for a spin, it soared and rocked, powered by electricity and an elite crew who make flying the blues-friendly skies a reality, not a catchphrase. " Grant Britt - BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE

" On the "Hustle Is Really On", Hummel and his co-conspirators invoke the spirit of these greats with plenty of verve and chops to spare. " Michael Cote - BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE

" Mark Hummel came of age in the early 70s, at the height of rock and roll,like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn't stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience. " - THE NEW YORKER

LITTLE CHARLIE BATY - is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act"Litle Charlie & the Nightcats". Charlie and the Nightcats have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast's most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years. They've played every major Festival you can think of and every blues joint from Maine to Spain.

Guitar World declares, "Baty's straight blues playing is eye-popping...he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down." "Little Charlie Baty plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together," raves The Village Voice. "He is one of the swiftest, most fluent guitarists working in any genre".

ANSON FUNDERBURGH - Born in 1954, Anson Funderburgh hails from Plano,Texas, where the youngster first picked up guitar. In high school, he got bit by the blues bug through Jimmy Reed and Lightning Hopkins. By 1978, he started Anson & The Rockets with vocalist/harp player Darrell Nulisch, and the group was signed by Black Top Records a couple years later. In 1986, Nulisch was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed until his death in 2006. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy?s.

After Myer's death, Funderburgh took a seven-year hiatus from performing to devote to his new family. In 2011, Funderburgh resumed performing with both The Rockets and the Eric Lindell Band. The latter part of 2012 saw the first of many tours of the Golden State/Lone Star Revue. Funderburgh has played with Delbert McClinton (and joins his Sandy Beaches Cruise every year), Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King and Jimmy Buffett. Funderburgh is also the inspiration for Beavis (Beavis & Butthead); former bassist and creator of the characters, Mike Judge, worked as a Rocket for three years.

Rounding out the GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR Revue are RW GRIGSBY on bass & famed Texas drummer WES STARR (Anson And The Rockets. Between these two old Rome, GA cronies, they've played with a who's who of famed musicians - Omar & the Howlers, Jr. Brown, Jimmy Vaughn, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton & many more!

""they just might be the best blues band going." (Kent Wolgamott/Lincoln Journal-Star)

"a stunning piece of work from start to finish…There is no jockeying for position here despite the formidable talent…Hummel handles lead vocals and is the featured soloist more often than not, but Baty's swinging, sophisticated guitar lines…and Funderburgh's more aggressive and stinging--but always tasteful--approach anchor every song on which they appear. From the swinging, mid-tempo 'Midnight Hour'…to the closing 'End Of The World', an extended slow blues with ominous undertones that are reinforced by the sound of police sirens looping in the background, these artists display a chemistry that evinces their decades of experience touring and performing with some of the top names in the genre…rhythm section deserves special mention…They seem to have scratched the surface of their creative potential--here's hoping this collaboration will endure well into the future." (Roger Gatchet/Living Blues)

""harmonica monster Mark Hummel, of the Blues Survivors, and Little Charlie Baty, monster guitar man from the Nightcats, have teamed up with some other monsters.  Anson Funderburgh of the legendary Texas band, the Rockets, an all star Austin rhythm section.  The result is a California Texas super band...Tasty yet nasty, smooth yet rough, suave boogie woogie for every kind of bootie." (BluesMobile)

"The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark Hummel, featuring guitarists Anson Funderburgh, and Little Charlie Baty. All respected instrumentalists in their own right, this collaboration is a premium showcase of West Coast Blues. ...the guitar interplay is tasteful and they give each other room. The spotlight of course will shine on Hummel as vocalist, but he wisely integrates himself in the band for the reliable blues band situation. As this music continues its generational journey, the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue represent the contemporary keepers of the flame, assuring the blues will never die." (James Nadal/All About Jazz)

"Harp heavyweight Mark Hummel has assembled a blues supergroup and the 14 titanic tracks here, recorded at Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studio in San Jose, Ca., will knock your socks off. Joining Hummel for these invigorating performances are guitar greats Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty, plus drummer Wes Starr and bassist R.W. Grigsby. Romping through a variety of blues styles, there's joy and exuberance in every measure...Pure gold." (Paul Freeman/Pop Culture Classics)

""Though described as a blues 'supergroup', this fivesome-plus refreshingly displays none of the showboating or excess such a tag can suggest.  With guitar giants Anson Funderburgh and 'Little' Charlie Baty in tow, master blues harp craftsman Mark Hummel fronts a lineup which lays down a set of blues as rock-solid as each of their individual resumes...Hummel's originals, including 'Cool To Be Your Fool”', 'Lucky Kewpie Doll' and the haunting 'End Of The World' mesh well with well-selected covers such as Mose Allison's 'Stop This World'. Keyboardist Jim Pugh stands out as a guest artist." (Duane Verh/Roots Music Report)

"Baty's fast fingered jazz style of playing is pitted against Funderburgh's smoother, fluid lines and the two play off each other wonderfully...The results are not as much a series of spotlighted solos or a guitar heaven that you might have envisioned.  You can expect to hear that live (and I just did recently) but here the playing is more democratic and ensemble oriented with short, crisp solos.  ...These guys are all veteran bluesmen playing what noted critic Dick Shurman dubs 'Real Deal Blues.'" (Jim Hynes/Elmore)

"the guys have a sound as big as their combined resumes that shines on cuts like a buoyant cover of Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown's 'Midnight Hour,' Lowell Fulson's sassy 'Check Yourself' and Hummel originals like the swinging 'Cool to Be Your Fool,' the twangy and appropriately '50s-leaning 'Lucky Kewpie Doll' and the very slow and smoky 'End of the World.' Guest players on sax, piano and organ help out the all-stars throughout." (Kevin Wierzbicki/antiMusic)

"...Top notch from start to finish, skip this one at your peril." (Mark Smith/Music Revue)

""This is a terrific revue and reports of their shows seems consistent with the music here. The performances are marvelously performed and backed by an excellent rhythm section. Fans of real deal blues are in for a treat with this gem." (Ron Weinstock/In A Blue Mood)

" true blues supergroup crackling with energy and artistry." (B.J. Huchtemann/The Reader)

"Pick Hit...the music here lives up to my lofty expectations... a fine, fine album." (Bill Mitchell/BluesBytes)

"A total modern blues super group, if this doesn't get you fist pumping and jumping around, you better check your pulse to make sure you still have one.  With Mark Hummel and Anson Funderburgh leading the charge, you know you're in good hands...Hot stuff throughout." (Chris Spector/Midwest Record Review)

"terrific! ...This is an excellent release with more joint contributions and only a few individual blow out solos making it walk like a silent giant." (Bman's Blues Report)

> "great bluesmen from California and Texas - including Mark Hummel and Anson Funderburgh…This is authentically, real blues music.  Dig it!" (Joe Wolfe-Mazares/Ear To The Ground)


FYI-All shows are all ages and the kitchen is open until I go home!

→and remember To be nice & Have A GOOD Time!←

WILBERT'S is Great Music + Delicious food In An Intimate Setting = What a Concept!