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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special


on Saturday September 20

We were


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 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!


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 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


DRAFT beer

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

A creamy light tan head sat on top of a rust-colored body. Decent head, left a good amount of soapy lace throughout.

Lots of spice. Cinnamon was very prominent. Good hit of nutmeg too. Very similar to warm cinnamon rolls… doughy and sweet.

Very sweet notes right off the bat. Cinnamon and ginger really stood out well. A good malt base held the sweet flavours well. The taste is comparable to sweet rolls, coffee cake, etc… treats for a cold day. The alcohol is well-masked by the overall sweetness of this brew. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

I am not the biggest fan of spiced beers, however this one is tastefully spiced (pun-intended). Everything was executed well. A warming welcome to the hectic holiday season.



Red's Rye IPA

Rated 98=World Class!

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


Founders Breakfast Stout


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


Great Lakes Brewing Co.


American Ale


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.?"





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 Pumpkin Ale

Punkin' Ale is a full-bodied, spiced brown ale brewed with baked pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale is named after the annual Punkin' Chunkin Festival held near Lewes, Delaware the weekend after Halloween.


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 Head Hunter IPA

Uncivilized and aggressive this west coast styled IPA packs wicked hop flavors and aroma. Savage amounts of Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops define this brews signature pine and citrus notes. Try with our smoked wings in the Killer sauce and run the risk of a shrunken head!


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


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



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  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


Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$5 Irish



Right On!

-Tell your Friends!


Get It ToGo!!!



Thursday November 20

live heady hip hop // neo soul // funk // jams you need!

Uptowne Buddha

From CLE!

Essentially a hip-hop melting pot, Uptowne Buddha is bound to move you. This dynamic and diverse 5-to-8-piece live instrument hip-hop group seamlessly crosses boundaries between the languages of neo-soul, hip-hop, and the jam scene. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, the members of Uptowne Buddha now reside in various cities across Ohio and are able to consider both Athens and Cleveland to be home.

The band recently released their rookie full-length studio effort, entitled “Written”, and has been taking their live show on the road to Cleveland, Athens, Columbus, Cincinnati, and more. Recent performances include the Color Dance Music Festival, Cleveland Ingenuity Fest, and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival. The band's performances seem to be consistently received with excitement and its members are fully looking forward to furthering their presence around the Midwest.



Friday November 21

A Monster of a Happy Hour

Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Lake Erie Monsters

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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



Saturday November 22

A Cavalier of a Happy Hour

Toronto Raptors vs. Cavaliers

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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


Live on Our Stage

Acoustic Rock / Blues


Christian Groblewski

“Top Blues/Rock Bands” EKR Radio

"Has it been a while since yinz Rock 'n Rolled Pittsburghers? Well then, you need to get "Pennsylvania Blues Revolution" the debut album from Pittsburgh recording artist SuperMonkey! This has to be one of the best rock albums we've ever heard come out of Pittsburgh!" oneburgh.com - One Burgh

"From start to finish, this is hands down one of the best rock albums ever to come out of the greater Pittsburgh region" SouthernBluesRock.blogspot.com - Southern Blues Rock


Founded in Charleston SC and relocating to Cleveland, OH, plays a mix of southern rock, piano pop, and funk

The Midnight Slander

The Midnight Slander, founded in Charleston SC and relocating to Cleveland, OH, plays a mix of southern rock, piano pop, and funk that ensures for a great listen. Our music brings to light many influences; from the lyrical storytelling of country, to melodies influenced by pop and rock, to danceable airtight grooves evolving from funk. We've managed to bring together the music, experi ... ences, and stories of three people who only ever wanted to play for anyone who would listen. We feel that there is a long and exciting road ahead; where it goes we don't know. To us it's important that we don't pave that road, rather, let the road pave itself.

Our story:

Two friends and former bandmates, Mike Gray (drums/keyboard) and Al Rodriguez (bass) roadtripped 13 hours to Charleston to meet up with lead singer and guitarist, Dave Conner. In one weekend, The Open Road EP, the band's first release, was written and recorded. In the two years following, the band has operated across hundreds of miles, traveling to write, record, and play shows. In 2013 the band was signed on independent record label Spectra Records, and will be releasing their first full length record, "The Long Way Home" this fall. Lead singer/guitarist Dave Conner will be relocating to the Cleveland area this May, and the trio looks forward to bringing their exciting, entertaining, and unique blend of southern rock to as many people as possible.

Who is The Midnight Slander?

Dave Conner is a singer/songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. Playing a unique Folk/Alt/Rock sound his music is quickly gaining speed in a world where grooving, well thought out melodies and thoughtful lyrics seem left behind. Dave has played solo acoustic shows across states from Ohio to South Carolina and fronted the band "You Are Here" in the Toledo area from 2008 to 2010, "The Rustic Remedy" from 2011 to 2013 and now The Midnight Slander. Alongside Mike Gray (70 Lewis) on Drums and Keys and Al Rodriguez (The Lakewood Project, 70 Lewis) on Bass guitar, the trio is quickly building excitement with an EP available on itunes, and for a full album release this fall.


Experimentally shoegazing deep-sea groove-rock from Cleveland Oh.



Sunday November 23

Betterment Chili CookOff


Browns Game Party

Your $25 ticket includes tasting some of the best chilies in Cleveland, appetizers and 2 drinks.
Think you make the best chili? Enter the contest for a chance to win 50% of the chili cook-off entry fees.
We'll also be raffling 2 tickets to see LeBron and the Cavaliers at home.
Betterment's goal is always to raise funds that will have a positive immediate impact on a local family or organization. All proceeds from the chili cook-off will benefit Ursaline Piazza, who provide services for those infected with HIV/AIDS.
Do some good while filling your tummy with some yummy chili. And bring the little ones. We'll have an kid corner set-up with some fun activities!


Monday November 24

A Cavalier of a Happy Hour

Orlando Magic vs. Cavaliers

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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



Wednesday November 26

A Cavalier of a Happy Hour

Washington Wizards vs. Cavaliers

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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


Live on Our Stage

Blues / Acoustic / Songwriter from Dayton OH

Chris Yakopcic

“Starting things off on the good foot will be a 1 p.m. performance by Pittsburgh native and Dayton resident Chris Yakopcic, who won the solo/duo honors at the 2012 Cincinnati Blues Society “Road to Memphis” Blues Challenge. “Chris is an amazing talent,” Hayes explained. “He plays both the guitar and harmonica exceptionally well. I think everyone will enjoy his style, especially people who love artists from the old Stax Records label.”” Benjamin Smith - Dayton City Paper

“Players of acoustic blues seem to be hard to find, and good ones even harder. Noise levels make the club scene a tricky scene for the style, but under the right circumstances, it's a very rewarding music. Chris Yakopcic shows all the signs of making it more rewarding.” Jim White - BlueNotes

“As far as the solo competition, the voting was tight. All three entries had solid marks. It was both tie-breakers that gave the victory to Chris Yakopcic. It was his solid guitar playing that gave him the victory. He plays old style blues guitar and switched up a guitar and dobro. The judges liked that. ”Blues Society of Western PA - BSWPA's 7th International Blues Challenge

At 9pm

Code Blue

Code Blue is Ohio's Critical Blues Band. St. Rick on Harmonica, PC on Bass, Billy Lippit on keys, Danny Mazza on drums, and Ian Jones on guitar.

Notoriously the best house rockin' blues band on the circuit, Code Blue not only rocks the house, but fills the dance floor and gains new fans with every show. Having played up to 150 shows each year, Code Blue is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and until recently has concentrated on filling local venues. The band's success has encouraged them to play bigger and better venues in the upcoming months.

The Code Blue Band has headlined several times at Wilbert's, one of Cleveland's premier blues, food and music clubs, as well as opening for such greats as Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Magic Slim and the Teardrops(twice), Wallace Coleman, and many others.

During performances, Code Blue interacts with the audience and strives to musically please them. The Code Blue song list includes many originals, but they also pay tribute to all of the blues greats by playing the familiar hits of such artists as Wilson Picket, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Sonnyboy Williamson, Jay Lowe, Albert Collins, Albert King, Buddy Guy, and many, many more.



Friday November 28

A Monster of a Happy Hour

Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Lake Erie Monsters

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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


After the Game check out ~ 9pm

Northeast Ohio's #1 Beer Tribute Band!

Bad Monkey

Going strong since March 1994, Casey, Dave, Kevin and Kirk bring to you the distilled essence of decades of rock and roll decadence, alcohol-fueled roadhouse insanity, reggae groove, passionate blues, and more than enough country in which to drown your sorrows.

There's plenty to dance to, plenty to sing along with, and a few originals to make you wonder."What the hell was that ?!"

Don't miss your chance to mine the deep, rich veins of original rock and roll. Party with Northeast Ohio's #1 Beer Tribute Band:  Bad Monkey!



Saturday November 29

A Cavalier of a Happy Hour

Indiana Pacers vs. Cavaliers

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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


Live on Our Stage @ 9


Travis "Moonchild" Haddix

Birthday PAR-TY!

Cleveland Royalty BLUES!

Travis Haddix began playing the piano at the age of seven in his home town of Walnut, Mississippi, located thirty miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. The turning point in his musical learning experience came when he was eight, when the legendary B.B. King came to Memphis and began playing daily at the studios of WDIA. Travis was awed by King;s guitar virtuosity and he hung around the radio station every day to learn all he could. Soon, Travis' piano playing fell by the wayside and was replaced by the guitar, which he plays on stage and in the studio.

Years later, the Haddix family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Travis, now a budding star, continued to refine his craft by singing and playing throughout the North. The original "Moonchild", he earned the nickname from his beaming presence on stage and his always broad smile and energetic, sexy performances, In 1959, Travis moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he joined the D.L. Rocco Band and achieved regional notoriety that led to a prominent spot with the Little Johnnie Taylor group. Travis also contributed material to five albums by Artie "Bluesboy" White. His material is also covered by Artie “blues boy” White, Dickie Williams, Jimmy Dawkins, Michael Burks, Charles Wilson, the late Son Seals, and Lee Shot Williams.

Haddix has received rave reviews in Living Blues Magazine , Blues Revue, Real Blues, Big City, Jefferson and Audience Magazine , and he has toured Europe since 1992. His style evokes the sounds of the great Stax-Volt days, when the likes of Sam & Dave ruled the urban blues roost. His fifth release on Ichiban Records is A Big Ole Goodun ' , featuring the Travis Haddix band (together since 1988). He proves, once again, that he is a fixture in the modern blues industry with songs like. "Make Me Say Please" , "From Bad to Worse", and the made-for-jukebox single, "(She Called Me) Knucklehead".

Travis received 4 awards in 1999. Best Male Blues Artist, Best New Blues Artist , Best Blues Entertainer and Contemporary Blues Artist Of The Year . In 1989 he founded Haddix publishing Company and Wann-Sonn Records, and recorded ten CDs under his own label. in 2007 travis won the Gay Rose Production Keeping the Blues Alive Award .

Next time you have a chance, check out the movie April's Fool which features Travis' hit song, Everything Is Everything .

In 2007, Travis' single, "Dick for Dinner" from "Mean Ole Yesterday" was nominated Best Blues Song by the Blues Critic Awards 2007 Readers Poll-Comtemporary Blues. Travis was in great company; the prize was awarded to Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan.



Tuesday December 2

A Cavalier of a Happy Hour

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cavaliers

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


Wednesday December 3

A Monster of a Happy Hour

Chicago Wolves vs. Lake Erie Monsters

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


Thursday December 4

Huge J. Geils Party

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

with special guest Bob Seger


Friday December 5

A Monster of a Happy Hour

Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Lake Erie Monsters

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

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


LIve on Our Stage

Best Rock Band, 1999 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards; Best Blues/R&B Band, 2002 Cincinnati Enquirer CAMMY Awards; Best Local Musician, 2000 City Beat Best of Cincinnati issue; and the Arts Award, 2011 from the Hot Mommas Project, a national organization of role models for women.

Kelly Richey


Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman's body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” Kelly matches her gifted technique with a passion for music that borders on being possessed. Her powerful guitar chops capture audiences with blisteringly precise guitar leads. Kelly has shared the stage with such legends as Albert King, Lonnie Mack, Julie Wolf, and Sara Lee (f ... rom the B-52's). She has opened for Robben Ford, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Warren Zevon, and James Brown. Kelly has perfected her unique style over years of touring and on 15 albums. She fronts her power trio, The Kelly Richey Band, with a gutsy authority. The heady combination of Kelly's stadium-worthy alto and the intensity of her playing has made her an award-winning musician's musician--and one of the best blues guitarists making music today.


Saturday December 6

CD Release Party


Blues / Jazz / New Orleans R&B Experts!

Blue Lunch

The late 1940's and early 1950's were a magical time in American musical history, when blues, rhythm & blues, swing and rock & roll were all one thing. Blue Lunch explores that music and makes it their own.

From Cleveland, OH eight virtuoso musicians perform on guitar, piano, upright bass, drums, harp, saxophones, trumpet, and trombone. In addition to their instrumental work, Blue Lunch also boasts five vocalists and includes do-wop style harmonies in their repertoire. Blue Lunch has released six cds, Recorded Live at Wilberts, Eyes Wide Open, Not Live at the Copa, Big Sound Blues, Sideswiped, and Saxophone Shootout II.


Sunday December 7

Colts vs Browns

Opening at 9:30AM

Browns Party

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

Starting with

$3 Mimosa's

$4 Award Winning Bloody's


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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


award - winning(I might add!)

PLUS Crème Brûlée French Toast


Breakfast Burrito w/ Chorizo & Egg


Huevos Rancheros


Monday December 8

The Cleveland Blues Society

December Holiday Jam


Tuesday December 9

A Cavalier of a Happy Hour

Toronto Raptors vs. Cavaliers

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood


Thursday December 11

The Eric Gales Trio

Rock Blues Soul Funk guitarist from Memphis

•Throughout the show, Gales played more to the spirit of Hendrix rather than a tribute to the radio music that has cemented his legend all these years. Every song was a jam, and with Gales singing in a much calmer, lower key than Jimi’s vocal roars, the frontman essentially reinterpreted each track as he saw fit. Backed by bassist David Pastorius and guest guitarist Tomo Fujita, the band took their sweet time playing their hearts out on each and every tune, with Fujita’s soft, jazzy leads contrasting with Gales’s thick, frenetic chickin' pickin'. Gales was virtually exuberant the entire show, the delight obvious on his face as he played, and he frequently expressed his joy at playing in the heart of New York City. His face would contort with intensity as he frantically ripped through his fretbroad during solos, at one point even pouring beer over his guitar and then continuing to play through a towel to clean it off- - Elliot Levin, New York Examiner (Feb 23, 2011)

•Gales has always preferred his blues on the rocks, but he’s never sounded heavier than with his new supergroup, Pinnick Gales Pridgen, featuring King’s X bassist and vocalist dUg Pinnick and former Mars Volta member Thomas Pridgen on drums. If you imagine that would sound like a classic blues-rock power trio pumped up on progressive metal—you’re right. - Guitar Player Magazine (Jun 4, 2013)

One of the best if not the best guitarist in the world today.-Joe Bonamassa (@JBONAMASSA) Oct 28, 2013

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales who played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King who had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric as Best New Talent, in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. Left Hand Brand which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.

Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy. The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record "That’s What I Am" in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD Crystal Vision for Shrapnel Records and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau Division follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground.” in 2007. In 2010 Eric hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album "Relentless". In 2013 Eric, dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Thomas Pridgen (formerly of the Mars Volta) released the first critically acclaimed record PGP on Magna Carta Records. The same year Eric released his first instrumental album “Ghost Notes” under the new banner The Eric Gales Trio.
As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.


Friday December 12

A Monster of a Happy Hour

Rockford IceHogs vs. Lake Erie Monsters

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

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

Then Live on Our Stage

Bill Wharton


"The Sauce Boss"

“100% PURE” Release Date is November 4th

Let the wild rumpus begin. 

Bill Wharton has blended brilliance and darkness, true-life stories, and the legends surrounding his outlaw mystique. The album mixes blues songs with genre-bending selections, however, it is “100% Pure” Sauce Boss! Mostly recorded in the one-man band format, “100% Pure” grooves hard and deep, with a very large sound. Plenty of bottom, with a voice begging for mercy, and a slide guitar that crawls out of the swamp like a twelve foot gator.

It's happening!  You can order the CD now at the new  Sauce Boss Store . While you are there, you might want to order a case of of Liquid Summer hot sauce for the relatives or the company holiday parties.  180 gram Vinyl version of “100% Pure”will be available.

The Man Who Makes The Gumbo While Signing The Blues!

Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and he cooks a big pot of gumbo, while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he's added some new flavors to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo, and feeds everybody… he also plays a drum kit with his feet. “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.” 

WITH HIS HOMEGROWN STORYTELLING AND NATURAL-BORN GUITAR TALENT, THE SAUCE BOSS RIGHTEOUSLY SINGS THE BLUES.  He gives the feeling that can only come from a life lived in the eye of the storm.  He has weathered more than his share of hurricanes, sunburn, and mosquitoes – and he's got the chops to prove it. He has taken his blues and a huge pot of gumbo to the disaster zones of the Mississippi delta and to homeless shelters across America – where he's fed war veterans, hurricane survivors, and plenty of other regular folks who come for music but leave with much more.  The Sauce Boss offers up sustenance and redemption in the form of music, food, and above all, the love of the brotherhood of man. 

ONE MORNING IN THE EARLY 70'S, THE SAUCE BOSS WALKED OUT OF HIS HOUSE AND FOUND A 1933 VINTAGE NATIONAL STEEL GUITAR in his front yard. That lead him down the Blues path. Deep in the shed, he penned “Let the Big Dog Eat”, which was featured in Jonathan Demme's film “Something Wild”. Years later he combined his blues with his hot sauce in a big pot of gumbo, made right on stage. Singing the recipe, he mixes his music and cooking together into a new medium.

SINCE 1990, THE SAUCE BOSS HAS COOKED GUMBO FOR OVER 200,000 PEOPLE, ALL FOR FREE, while simultaneously playing his own swampy Florida blues. A Sauce Boss event transcends performance. It's a soul-shouting picnic of rock & roll brotherhood, involving everyone. And at the end of the show, everyone eats. 

The Sauce Boss takes his music and his gumbo to the streets with the non-profit 501c3 organization,  PLANET GUMBO (planetgumbo.org) , where the Sauce Boss regularly donates performances (along with gumbo) to Homeless Shelters all over the US.

JIMMY BUFFETT SINGS ABOUT THE SAUCE BOSS in his "I Will Play for Gumbo" song. Parrotheads phlock from all over the country show up at Sauce Boss shows and also bring the Sauce Boss to "play' and a' sway' with the gumbo" at their events. Festivals and performing arts centers throughout the US, Canada, and Europe feature the Sauce Boss and his gumbo. His songs "Let the Big Dog Eat" and "Great Big Fanny" appeared on the Jimmy Buffett compilation album "Margaritaville Café Late Night Menu". NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition" have both covered the Sauce Boss. CNN and EXTRA sent film crews to New York City Sauce Boss extravaganzas in 2000, The Food Network's series "Extreme Cuisine" visited the Sauce Boss on location in New York, and another Food Network series "Keith Famie's Adventures" filmed a Sauce Boss show in Miami. The Sauce Boss is the only personality that's been featured in “Living Blues”, “GQ”, AND "Gourmet Magazine".  


Saturday December 13

Legendary American Blues and Roots Rock Band

From Washington DC

The Nighthawks

Long before anyone talked about roots rock, Americana, indie rock or alt-country, the Nighthawks were already playing it! For over 40 yrs they've played with many Blues and Rockabilly legends. They opened show after show for Muddy Waters, James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Carl Perkins, and backed up and recorded with Elvin Bishop, John Hammond & Pinetop Perkins, to name a few. The band opened many doors and forged many touring routes for their contemporaries, including the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Roomful Of Blues and George Thorogood. Now they're the Legends.

"Well, people, they tell me I'm livin' in sin / I hope to go to hell so I can do it again" - from "444 A.M."

You'd have to get up very early in the morning to come up with a more energetic, unpretentious, fun, and highly listenable mix of R&B, retro-rock and electric blues (among several other genres) than what we get here with the ever-reliable Mark Wenner and the Nighthawks' latest. The versatile band is in fine form, delivering top-flight performances throughout, with Wenner's expressive vocals and sizzling harmonica always right on the money, Paul Bell's great guitar work, and the no-holds-barred rhythm section of Johnny Castle on bass (as well as a couple of lead vocals and three excellent writing contributions, including the above-cited title song, "444 A.M."), and Mark Stutso on drums.

The swingin' Bill Haley & the Comets-influenced rockabilly blues of "444 A.M." leads the way among the originals, but the Mark Wenner-penned (or co-penned) funky blues-rocker "No Secrets" and country-rocker "Honky Tonk Queen" are right up there too. Johnny Castle and Bill Kirchen came up with the menacing "High Snakes," which sounds like a fugitive from Tony Joe White's terrific swamp-rock-and-blues album "Hoodoo" from last year. Castle's closer, "Roadside Cross," is the antithesis, sound-wise, of everything that precedes it: it's a solemn, reflective and haunting acoustic ballad that packs an emotional wallop. If integrity ruled the music business, this would be a candidate for best original song of the year.

Besides a pair of Gary Nicholson co-penned modern blues covers, "Livin' the Blues" (written with Tracy Nelson from her 1993 LP, "In the Here and Now") and "("The Blues, the Whole Blues) Nothin' But the Blues" (Amazing Rhythm Aces, 2003), Wenner & Co. clearly favor the 1950-to-1965 musical era, as demonstrated by five of their cover versions: Muddy Waters' "Louisiana Blues" (very credible homage to a blues god); the lively, gospel-esque, doo-wop R&B opener, "Talk That Talk" by the Du Droppers from 1955 (here retitled "Walk That Walk"); back-to-back 1957 and 1958 Elvis Presley movie songs, "Got a Lot of Livin' to Do" and "Crawfish," from "Loving You" and "King Creole," respectively (superb, seldom-covered Presley); and my favorite performance by the group, the Everly Brothers' "The Price of Love" from 1965. [An oddity about the original record is that it went all the way to #2 on the UK pop chart but "peaked" in the U.S. at #104, not even making it into the Hot 100.] This is just an all-out smoking, romping-and-stomping take on the song that goes by so much faster than its 4:21 running time would indicate. Fantastic musicianship and vocals. Definitive Nighthawks.

And lest I forget to mention it, I'm crazy about the heavily harmonica-infused swamp funk of "You're Gone."

Peerless Nighthawks -- and they produced every note of it!


Wednesday December 17

Members of legendary drummer Carl Palmer's touring band


A roller coaster evening of classical showpieces and more!

Guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick are two of the UK's finest virtuosos. Aside from their own solo work, they have been members of legendary drummer Carl Palmer's touring band for several years and have performed over 500 gigs in 30-plus countries around the world. Individually, they have also performed and toured with such musicians as Dream Theater, Neal Morse (of Spock's Beard), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Kee Marcello (of Europe) and Les Paul. For this special show, Bielatowicz and Fitzpatrick will take you on a roller coaster ride of the most challenging classical virtuoso showpieces – all played as you've never heard them before!

UK guitarist Paul Bielatowicz is best known for his virtuoso work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. He's played, recorded and toured the world with the likes of Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) and Les Paul…to name just a few. His 2014 debut solo album, Preludes & Etudes, saw him stripping the electric guitar back to basics, presenting it as a classical instrument – no overdubs, effects or studio tricks: just a guitar, an old amp and raw virtuosity.

“One of our greatest rock guitarists.” - Guitar Techniques Magazine
“One of the most amazing players around.” - Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)
“Totally mind blowing!” - Pat Badger (Extreme)


UK bassist Simon Fitzpatrick has toured and recorded with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia), Joe Lynn-Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), Kee Marcello (Europe) and Michael Hill (B.B. King) among others. Not content with simply being in the background, Fitzpatrick has always tried to take bass guitar playing as far as possible. Using all six strings of his extended range instrument, he performs as a lead player, a soloist or polyphonic accompanist. He has recently released his debut solo bass guitar album, Reflections, in which he uses his virtuoso technique to recreate a wide variety of pieces and styles, ranging from classical to classic rock, on one single instrument. You've never seen a bass guitar played like this before.

“Simon Fitzpatrick is a guy who constantly pushes himself to see what can be done on bass.” - Kevin Johnson (No Treble)
“I had a blast playing with my ridiculously talented band featuring Simon Fitzpatrick.” - Jennifer
Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck)

Paul Bielatowicz

Simon Fitzpatrick


Friday December 19

Blues Rock from Glen Carbon, IL

Hurricane Ruth

Hurricane Ruth is the ultimate blues rock experience!

Critics and fans hail their shows as emotional and dynamic. The band's contagious energy is evident in their live shows. Feel the power of the HURRICANE!!

Press Quotes

• “This is a solid set of upbeat rockin' blues!” – John Mitchell, CrossRoads Blues Society (Nov. 10, 2014)

• “This is a Midwest helping of bad ass, hard partying, whiskey drinking, right down to the gravel blues.” - Michael Isenberg, Isenberg Archives – Hollywood, Ca. (Oct. 27, 2014)

• “Hurricane Ruth is from south central Illinois where tropical cyclones don't occur. But don't tell her that. Ruth LaMaster undoubtedly earned her windy nickname from being a vocal force of nature.” – Doug Hill, Norman Transcript (Oct. 10, 2014)

Hurricane Ruth originates from central/southern Illinois, packing venues throughout the region. Critics and fans hail their shows as powerful, raw, emotional and dynamic. The band's contagious energy is evident in their live shows. The center of this energy is Hurricane Ruth herself. Ruth is a captivating performer, who will grab your attention from note one and never let you go! Willie Dixon once told Ruth “You're the only hurricane I can appreciate”.

Hurricane Ruth LaMaster started performing professionally in 1979, and found instant success. She acquired the name Hurricane Ruth from the fact that no one believed that such a large sound could come out of such a small woman! Ruth has performed with Maynard Ferguson and his orchestra, Adrian Belew, and Louis Belson. Ruth has opened for John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam & Dave, Fenton Robinson, and most recently; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Ruth's vocals are deeply rooted in traditional blues, but make no mistake, she can rock the house! Ruth has opened for renowned rockers: Heart, Judas Priest, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts & Steppenwolf, just to name a few. Ruth is the total vocal package! Ruth is joined by: David Lumsden (lead guitar), Gary Davis (bass guitar), and Jim Engel (drums). These three excellent musicians perfectly complement Ruth's vocals.

Born on the River , Hurricane Ruth's 2 nd album is an eclectic group of eleven original songs that was released in September 2014. The title track and a few of the other songs were inspired by Ruth's hometown of Beardstown, Illinois. Born on the River is intense and heavy with the same energy as a live Hurricane Ruth performance . It is receiving international acclaim, and has been nominated for the IBC Best Self-Produced CD 2014. Born on the River has consistently ranked on The Roots Music Report.

Their 1 st album, The Power of the Blues…Feels like a Hurricane , was released in 2012, and was nominated for the IBC Best Self-Produced CD 2013. It finished in the top 10 of Germany's Wasser-Prawda magazine's “Reader's Poll for Best Blues Rock CD” of 2012. The CD placed 11 th on WEFT's (Champaign, IL) Top 50 Blues CDs for 2012 (ranked by number of spins). They were a 2012 International Blues Challenge participant.


Pop rock n' roll!

Jordan Genovese

"20-year-old singer-songwriter Jordan Genovese sounds more mature than you'd expect on her full-length debut. The album opens with the poppy "Maybe," a song you could imagine getting radio airplay alongside the likes of Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift." -Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Scene Magazine

"Med school will have to wait as Jordan Genovese pursues her country music dreams" -Chuck Yarborough, Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"Local singers hoping to be the next "Voice": Jordan Genovese" - Monica Robins, NBC WKYC

"Going Places" - James Corrigan, Think Magazine


Saturday December 20

ONE of the best R & B bands in the Midwest.

Performing Top 40 , Motown, Rock n' Roll & Jazz


"Number One Party Hits"

No Cover / All Ages

147 Band has been making a ground breaking impact in the music industry, as one of the most exciting and entertaining bands in all of the country.

Their authentic style and presentation make them stand out from all of the other music groups.

Performing genres anywhere from, Top 40, Motown, Rock n' Roll, Jazz, Blues, and Special era music. They are a multi-talented, versatile group, that will tu ... rn any event into an everlasting memory.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, 147 Band has been performing and entertaining audiences around Northeast Ohio for almost two decades.

Under the musical direction of Mr. Anthony Barnes, they have performed at venues such as: The House of Blues, Legacy Village Pavillion,The Gateway Lounge, Flyers Restaurant & Grill, The Willowick Restaurant & Lounge, The Wing Warehouse, and many more.

Sunday December 28

Aftert the Cavs game ~ 7pm

Joe Moorhead Band

Think Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffett from Cleveland

Like a Rum Soaked Cool Breeze Off An Island Shore, Joe Moorhead, offers a musical escape from the daily grind.

“Life Is A Beach” for the band Joe Moorhead. Born in the most unlikely of places, the gritty urban jungle of Cleveland, Ohio, the band took their laid back attitude and tropical party mentality on the road playing college campuses, music festivals and venues throughout the Americas. Gathering up fans and building momentum along the way like a whipping island breeze about to transform into a tropical storm. An ever growing fan base of loyal fans already know the magic in the music of Joe Moorhead. And so should you.

Like Jack Johnson, Sublime and the Dave Mathews Band before them, Joe Moorhead creates a laid back groove with insightful lyrics about love and life from a wholly original sound that provides an escape from today's tough times. Not taking themselves too seriously (No Sting like attitude here) the band's shows are fun and original celebrations designed around escaping from the pains and horrors of the real world.

Ready for a musical trip? An around the world escape that is sure to free your mind and move your body? Then you're ready for Joe Moorhead.


Saturday January 10

Blues / Roots Music / Ragtime / Viper Jazz from Asheville, NC

Woody Pines


No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78's and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.

Woody was a founding member of the Kitchen Syncopators, a legendary busking street jug-band from Eugene, OR, that were one of the most exciting acts to emerge out of the West Coast folk scene in recent history. Since the Kitchen Syncopators disbanded years ago, Woody Pines has been writing and recording albums and frequently performing for audiences everywhere, while co-founder of the band, Gill Landry, has gone on to join Old Crow Medicine Show while pursuing his own solo projects.
Recently signing with Nashville's Muddy Roots Music, for the release of the much anticipated new record and the subsequent release of Woody's four independent releases has this band working hard in the studio, on the road, and on the songwriting front-line.
The distinctive viper sound is brought together with Skip Frontz Jr. on the upright bass, adding both foot tappin' low-end and rapid fire percussion with his sought after slap technique that has blown people away night after night. Brad Tucker on the vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies  fills out the trio, working his magic to make the band sound bigger then they are.  Woody plays the National Guitar, harmonica and floor tom, singing in a voice sounding uncannily like a young Willie Nelson.
“Woody Pines brings that low-key street corner style of performance to his stage show, but with all the polish and seasoned professionalism of tour-bus-and-green-room rock stardom.” ~ Ali Marshall, Mtn Xpress


Wednesday January 14

4-piece indie rock band from Boston

like Jeff Buckly meets Radiohead

Oh, MalÃ

Oh, Malô (Oh-muh-low) presents colorful soundscapes through their eclecticism, inspired by a series of emotions and experiences. Founded recently in February of this year, the band reached immediate chemistry and completed the writing of their debut album in a mere three months. Oh, Malô pulls influence from such bands as Bombay Bicycle Club, Radiohead, Local Natives, Daughter, and Jeff Buckley to create a consistently unpredictable blend of timbres and arrangements. The summer of this year was spent recording and refining these songs in anticipation for an exciting conclusion to 2014.


Thursday January 15


The International Rolling Stones Show

Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show" is the international touring tribute show to the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard & Pollstar listed show is now in its ninth year of production with over 1600 performances. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of its kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorf ... ul performance to over 45 years of classic hits. Featured in Rolling Stone, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio as the world's greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy.

Highlights of their career include: In 2005 the production became the first ever Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas strip to outstanding reviews. The show was also a featured artist on national television news in the 2007 CBS News/New York special on the rising popularity of the tribute industry. For 2008 the show was chosen by Paramount Pictures and the IMAX Corporation to help promote the new Rolling Stones concert film “Shine a Light” by Martin Scorsese throughout the USA. The group closed out 2008 as a headline artist for New Years Eve on Fremont Street in Las Vegas to a capacity of 30,000. The beginning of 2009 finds the group performing in January for two Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington D.C.

Rolling Stone magazine: "One of the best tribute shows in the world"
Las Vegas Sun: "Shined just like the real Stones on the strip"
Showbiz Magazine: "They have you in the aisles like Jumping Jack Flash"
CBS News New York: “A must see….get SATISFACTION!”
Washington Post: “Satisfaction is a dead-on portrayal to the Rolling Stones”


Saturday Janurary 17

We Play Old-Time Mountain Music!

The Wayfarers

Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. While much of their repertoire is drawn from the Appalachian tradition they revere, The Wayfarers fuse tight musicianship - centered largely by the fiddle - with the high energy that characterized early mountain music. With old-time radio shows setting the example, ... their style encompasses Appalachian dance music, traditional mountain fiddle tunes, and pre-bluegrass music of the 1920's - resulting in a dose of nostalgic Americana. Their spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and people of all ages are drawn in to the sounds of thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies. Whether it's at a large festival or barn square dance, a rock venue or a busy street corner, The Wayfarers continue to carry this music forward with creativity and authenticity, making it contemporary and fun.

The Wayfarers have shared the stage with the following artists:

Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Della Mae, Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, Dom Flemons, Lonesome River Band, and many many more.


Friday January 23

An acoustic country blues, bluegrass, Celtic roots, rock, and reggae band consisting of contemporary and traditional folk roots

from Ann Arbor, MI


The elements of Reggae and Bluegrass that formed the backbone of the first few tours absorbed the deep sounds of dancehall, Irish Punk, and Gospel, and Hip-hop. Our discography reflects this. Our debut album, Grassroot Ghetto, hit in 2006 and showcased the nature of our loveable and tough mix of urban and rural music. This album is very popular amongst our fans, particularly because it really introduced rap to the sound of Michigan folk music for the first time. In 2008, we followed up with Roots and Branches, which was recorded in traditional session format, and it really captures an “old-timey” kind of acoustic sound. This one is a family favorite, and it highlights the traditional aspects of bluegrass and blues, and introduces the Celtic sound that has influenced our music ever since. This sound really culminated in our third album, Rootabeggar which is a highly professional multi-tracked, but traditionally inspired project. It focuses on the pub sounds of Rootstand, and showcases the bluegrass and Irish pub tunes that are the fuel of our dance-frenzy performances. We are now recording our fourth complete album, tentatively called Michigan Roots Party, which highlights our awareness of hip-hop, pop, and radio readiness.
In addition, we have released a special edition of Brant's solo album, Rootstand, along with our hit singles, Disc Golf Life and Pirate is the life, and a live show from Hoxeyville 2012. Disc Golf life is nearing 30,000 plays on youtube. All of this music is available on itunes, Spotify, and most other online media sources courtesy of our label, Oddfellow Records of Ann Arbor, MI.
The Road
Rootstand has spent the greater part of the last decade touring and working with both larger national bands and smaller regional acts to create dynamic and sustainable performances. Our tours and festival performances in our own state are literally legendary, and generations of folks young and old, consider themselves our fans and friends. We are in a small group of Michigan professionals that includes pros like Greensky Bluegrass and folk sensation Seth Bernard, which have been able to translate the basic experience of acoustic music into tours, concerts, festivals and beyond. Rootstand's own festival, the Rootenanny, which featured regional all-stars like Seth, UV Hippo, and The Macpodz last year, has grown steadily for nearly a decade. In addition to Rootenanny, Rootstand has headlined nearly every roots and jam oriented Michigan festival, and our late nights at Hiawatha, Bliss, Wheatland, Beaver Island, Farmfest, and many others are now woven into the fabric of the Michigan rootsrock experience. In addition, Rootstand has explored the roads of the greater Midwest extensively...setting up our gear for George Clinton's band to jam on in PA, beers with Victor Wooten's band, hangin' with Ekoostik Hookah and Leftover Salmon in OH, kickin' it with Cornmeal in Chicago, reminiscing with Melvin Seals in Wisco about a show we did together back in MI...and opening for giants like The Doobie Brothers, Yonder Mountain, Hot Tuna and Blues Traveler back home as well. Names are names, actions are actions...and we could go on and on listing all the great players we've hooked up with (...that jam with Tony Furtado was cool and damn Martin Sexton was awesomely cranky...) but it's time to worry about who Rootstand is, and where we're going. ?From the Appalachians to the Rockies, the High Sierras, Cascades and back, Rootstand has laid a foundation mile after mile. Our tours in Colorado and the greater Mountain states coast to coast have sprouted us a crop of Michigan Mountain and Flatland fans both, not just kids from back in the mitten, but natural generations of fans who relate to our sound and way of life on a national level. We sincerely hope to share some time with you out there on the road.


Wednesday February 18


Fleetwood Mac

Pre Concert Party!

The Best Specials in The Neighborhood
$4 FireBalls & shots of LebronJameson
1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad -$9.99=Sweet-Smoky-Spicy


Friday February 27

A Motion to the Stars

Richie Heussner

Folk POP from TX.

The musical industry is full of meaningless lyrics, synthesized instrumentals, and heavily produced tracks- all designed to make money. The lyrical messages and the purpose of music is often lost in the business, and often we find ourselves not identifying with the artists themselves anymore. A motion to the stars' goal is to counter this with fresh, honest lyrics, and a focus on the difference an artist can make with the right intentions. Lightly produced, and with a heavy focus on vocals, a motion to the stars wants nothing to distract from the messages and lyrics of the songs. Whether a track is about a serious spiritual matter, or just a downer beak-up song, I hope listeners can identify with my lyrics and can get to know me through my music. I won't write any details about "The Other Half"; you gotta listen for yourself! Thanks for the support, my friends. I love you all!


Wednesday March 4

Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter

from London, Canada

Bryce Jardine

Sounds Like: Steve Earle, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Bon Iver, Neil Young

A newcomer to the Toronto scene, Bryce Jardine brings forth a stunning brand of roots/rock songwriting, with a unique and beautiful voice. His debut album features members of The Beauties, City And Colour and Serena Ryder Description A letter from my producer Derek Downham regarding the forthcoming album:

I met Bryce Jardine in person for the first time in summer of 2011. He had previously contacted me through my own website about wanting to make a record. Upon hearing his demos, there was no question that there was an undeniably unique voice and passionate songwriter within this young artist. From the get-go of our first enc ... ounter, we discussed the direction of his music and the influences. Very few people I've met at Bryce's age would know who Townes Van Zant was, let alone hold him as one of their personal heroes. His knowledge of quality modern music also piqued my interest.
We decided that our ego's seemed to be in sync enough to work together, and within the month, we had started playing together, hashing out arrangements. We then entered The Lincoln County Social Club recording studio in Toronto with John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle, Kathleen Edwards) engineering. Bryce and I covered most of the instruments, with special guests like Aaron Goldstien (pedal steel, City and Colour, Cowboy Junkies), Michael O'Grady (tin whistle, The Mahones) and Serena Ryder (EMI recording artist, Juno Award winning vocalist) adding their special talents to Bryce's unique songs.
What came out of those sessions is a dynamic album filled with grace, hope and redemption. I believe we achieved the record we wanted to complete: A solid, roots/rock record, steeped in the past and the future. This is not a throwback record. This is NOW.
Enjoy. Derek Downham (The Beauties/Six Shooter records)



Cash Box Kings

Hailing from the 'Windy City,' Blind Pig recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20's and 30's.  But these illustrious torch bearers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience and a high-energy stage show.  With a focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound, the band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records while adding a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds of the 40's and 50's. Front man Oscar Wilson is a throw back to the front men of the heyday of the Chicago blues scene. Standing 6'3" and weighing in at over three hundred lbs., he's part Muddy Waters and part Cedric the Entertainer.  The band also plays a lot of jump blues and a musical style they call 'bluesabilly'--a hybrid of Sun Records blues sounds (Howlin' Wolf/Joe Hill Louis/Roscoe Gordon) with Sun Records country/roots sounds (Charlie Feathers/Billy Lee Riley). 

The CBKs were awarded the 2010 Blues Blast Music Magazine "Sean Costello Rising Star" Award and are regular headliners at Chicago venues like Buddy Guy's, Rosa's Lounge, Nick's and the Smoke Daddy. They have played several successful European tours and have headlined Euro festivals like the Lucerne Blues Festival and the Hondarribia Blues Festival.  They have also performed several times at the Chicago Blues Festival. Their 2013 release Blind Pig Back Toppin'  album won the 2013 Blues Blast Music award for 'Traditional Blues Album of the Year' and has also been nominated for a Blues Music Award in the same category. The CBKs have performed and collaborated with Chicago blues giants like Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Billy Boy Arnold, and Lurrie Bell.  Described as the "Young Turks" of the Chicago blues scene, the Cash Box Kings' recordings and live performances have earned them rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Although the lineup has changed over the last ten years, the Cash Box Kings are still anchored by Joe Nosek, Oscar Wilson, and Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' Smith. Son of the legendary Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (Muddy Waters' drummer from 1968-1981). The band is now joined by a rotating cast of newly crowned Kings including Billy Flynn (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), Joel Paterson (guitar and vocals), Brad Ber (upright bass), Beau Sample (upright bass and vocals), Chris "CB" Boeger (bass) and Mark Haines (drums). Barrelhouse Chuck, piano and vocals, also regularly performs with the group.

No Depression Magazine says: "The ghosts of Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Little Walter must be smiling as they listen to the purposefully distorted over amplified vocals, guitar and harmonica which add a gritty retro authenticity that will leave you wondering if these might be some great lost tracks from Chess Records.   Black Toppin' might be the best blues album you'll hear this year.  

Highly recommended." Living Blues Magazine says: "Any of these musicians could have played with the great bands of the golden blues era.  Together they keep a sound alive that many thought was no more.  A great record by one of the best blues bands in the land, Black Toppin' is a dancing and listening pleasure."

Blues legend Charlie Musslewhite says: "The Cash Box Kings play with taste and feel and it was faith restoring to know there's guys out there that still know and appreciate real blues."


Friday March 20

Won"Best Harmonica Player" Blues Music Awards, arguably the best modern harmonica player today!

Jason Ricci


The Bad Kind

Jason Ricci has toured, recorded and performed under his own name and with some of the most popular blues artists in the world including: Walter Trout, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, David Kimbrough, Mark Hummel, Susan Tedeschi, Big Al and the Heavy Weights, Ana Popovic, Keith B. Brown, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, Otis Taylor, Tab Benoit, Cyrill Neville, John Lisi, Nick Curran, Enrico Crivellaro and many more. Ricci was the winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for best harmonica player. 

From 2002-2011: Jason Ricci toured worldwide with his own band "Jason Ricci & New Blood" playing over 300 dates a year on average.  In 2005, Ricci was honored with the Muddy Waters Award. In 2007 Ricci and New Blood were signed to Eclecto Groove a subdivision of Delta Groove Productions. His first album with the label, titled  Rocket Number Nine,  was released October 23, 2007 and was produced by John Porter. Later in 2009 the band recorded "Done With The Devil" for the same Label. The band as a whole has been nominated for "Blues Band of the Year" three times by Blues Wax magazine. Ricci won the Blues Critic Award for "Harmonica Player of the Year" (2008) and was nominated for a Blues Music Award for "Harmonica Player of the Year" in 2009 and 2010. By January 2011, Ricci had relocated to New Orleans, and assembled a new band, Approved By Snakes, with guitarist John Lisi.

From 2011 till now Ricci has been teaching harmonica, recording recently with Johnny Winter and touring select venues.


Some nationally released recordings featuring Jason Ricci as a sideman include these names : Johnny Winter, Nick Curran, Cedric Burnside, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Keith Brown, Motor City Josh, Jon Justice, Rue Davis and many more.


"Ricci links the jazz mastery of Howard Levy, with the blues precision of Jerry Portnoy,

and hits speeds that make John Popper look like he's standing still." Brad Kava , Mercury News

"Any up-and-coming blues artists you keep an eye on?"  Answer: "Jason Ricci. He's a harmonica player, and he's real good." Johnny Winter , Las Vegas weekly

"Jason Ricci has taken the harmonica to a new place. It's like listening to John Coltrane or something, he's really pushing the boundaries to an incredible degree. …He's an astounding live performer and he's unique, nobody plays like this guy. I mean technically - and I'm a harp player too - I know what he's pulling off on that instrument; he's really great." Walter Trout

"This is what originality, technical mastery, and soulfulness look like on the rock-flavored leading edge in our post-9/11 era.  If you're an ambitious young cat looking to make your mark on the blues harmonica world, be forewarned:  JR's fireworks will put your ego in check." Adam Gussow

"He's paid some serious dues. He's got the gift, watch him shine.” Paul Delay


Code Blue

Code Blue is Ohio's Critical Blues Band. St. Rick on Harmonica, PC on Bass, Billy Lippit on keys, Danny Mazza on drums, and Ian Jones on guitar.




Joe Moorhead Band

Think Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffett from Cleveland

Like a Rum Soaked Cool Breeze Off An Island Shore, Joe Moorhead, offers a musical escape from the daily grind.

“Life Is A Beach” for the band Joe Moorhead. Born in the most unlikely of places, the gritty urban jungle of Cleveland, Ohio, the band took their laid back attitude and tropical party mentality on the road playing college campuses, music festivals and venues throughout the Americas. Gathering up fans and building momentum along the way like a whipping island breeze about to transform into a tropical storm. An ever growing fan base of loyal fans already know the magic in the music of Joe Moorhead. And so should you.

Like Jack Johnson, Sublime and the Dave Mathews Band before them, Joe Moorhead creates a laid back groove with insightful lyrics about love and life from a wholly original sound that provides an escape from today's tough times. Not taking themselves too seriously (No Sting like attitude here) the band's shows are fun and original celebrations designed around escaping from the pains and horrors of the real world.

Ready for a musical trip? An around the world escape that is sure to free your mind and move your body? Then you're ready for Joe Moorhead.


Friday The 10 of April

Indians Home Opener Party!


Saturday April 11

Hank Mowery

& The Hawktones

Americana / ROOTS / Blues


Wednesday MAy 15

Indie / Pop / Electronic Rock from Austin, TX


Sounds Like: Beach Fossils, Neon Indian, Deerhunter, Radiohead, Foster The People

3D FRIENDS started as the solo project/moniker of Dan C. Wright, precisely on November 2nd, 2009. Exactly one year later, on ... Nov. 2nd, 2010, Wright's song "Lina Magic" was picked up by executives at MTV and used as the official theme song of the controversial teen drama "Skins".

Wright was flown to New York City at the end of 2010 to re-work his song for the show's intro in the legendary Headgear Studios. Again in January 2011 for the premiere party of 'Skins' and again the following month to film the official music video which premiered on MTV. Shortly after the success of 'Lina Magic', Wright was asked by MTV to release a full length album to be used specifically for the purposes of licensing songs for film and television. 3D Friends' first full length album “Imaginative Things” was released in September of 2011 via Hype Records (MTV/Extreme Music). Since then, the album has received over twenty song placements on television programs, including hit shows like MTV's “Jersey Shore” and ABC's “Revenge”.

“Outta Austin, Texas, comes 3D friends aka singer-songwriter Daniel Chavez Wright, the least Austin-like artist you've ever heard... This is a guy who has his finger on the pulse.” proclaims Chief Creative Consultant for Hype Music, Nic Harcourt (deemed “The Most Influential DJ in America”).

By the end of 2011, Wright had recruited the help of his best friends, drummer Justin Roberts, and bassist Andrew Alvarado, to accompany him on stage, and thus bring a whole new meaning to the name 3D FRIENDS. The three piece first met in San Antonio back in 2005 while still in high school. They formed the band 'Your Greatest Mistake' and managed to attract a slue of management opportunities and the attention of the Van's Warped Tour, performing on the Ernie Ball Stage in both 2007 and 2008. Since 2009, 3D Friends have released two EPs, one full-length album, a handful of singles, and have toured heavily throughout the country.

3D Friends is most commonly known for composing the theme song to MTV's teen drama "Skins"


Friday June 12

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.



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

→and remember To be nice & Have A Nice Time!

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