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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$2 DOMESTICS

Friday July 31

Texas Roots Blues Aficionado

Delbert McClinton

on Saturday September 20

We were

The

Whiskey Island

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE"

AWARD WINNERS

@

Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much

 

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

 

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

 

All shows are all ages. 

Weekend shows (Fri.&Sat.)

start at 9:00 p.m. and

weekday shows start at

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

before show time. 

Dinner reservations are suggested. You can make

them by calling or texting me @ Text> 2163755966

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

us at

wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

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

Thanks MM!

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

ConcertHotels.com

 

EVAN (my son)AND GATEMOUTH!

Great Place for

a Party!

We'll cater to all your wants & needs!

Special Menus,

Open Bar/Cash Bar

Holiday & Cocktail Parties,

Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners, wakes weddings

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

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

Mike Millers

Cell 216.375.5966

e-mail wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Delta Zeta Formal →

Thank you so much for all

of your services on

Saturday night. Everyone

had a blast and said the

food was amazing!! This

was the perfect place to

have our fall formal. Everything you have done

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

I will definitely keep in

touch with you

 

ON TAP!

Conway's Irish Ale

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

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

 

Founders

Red's Rye IPA

Rated 98=World Class!

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

 

Founders Breakfast Stout

Rated=100

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

 

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Nosferatu

American Ale

ABV:8%

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

 

Breckenridge

Vanilla

Porter


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

Dogfish Head Brewery

60 Minute IPA

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

 

Left Hand

Milk Stout

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

 

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

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

 

Fat Heads Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale

 

"MOST REFRESHING BEER IN AMERICA"

BREWING NEWS GLOBAL WARMING OPEN

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

Labatt Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale

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

21st Amendment Black IPA

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

 

Jackie O

Chomolunga

honey nut brown ale


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


Samuel Adams Winter Lager


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

 

Bell's Oberon Ale

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

 

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla

 

Guinness

A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it

 

**********************

The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

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

We buy more, but

enjoy less.

We have bigger

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

sense, more

knowledge, but

less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more

medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive

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

and pray too seldom.

We

have multiplied our possessions, but

reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often. We've

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

We've added years

to life not life to years.

We've been all the

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

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We've done larger

things, but not better things. We've cleaned

up the air, but polluted

the soul. We've conquered the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but

learn less. We plan

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

We build more

computers to hold

more information, to produce more copies

than ever, but we communicate less and less.

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

are the days of two incomes but more

divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes.

These are days of

quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway orality, one night

stands, overweight bodies, and pills that

do everything from

cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there

is much in the

showroom window and nothing in the

stockroom. A time

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

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

Remember, spend

some time with your

loved ones, because

they are not going to

be around forever.

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

person soon will grow

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

next to you, because

that is the only

treasure you can give

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

Remember, to say,

"I love you" to your

partner and your loved ones, but most of all

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

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

that person will not be there again.

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

precious thoughts in

your mind.

A Message by

George Carlin

Reminder

We're always  open

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

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

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

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

Bud Lime, Landshark, Great Lakes

Dortmunder,

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$5 Irish

Car

Bombs!

Right On!

-Tell your Friends!

 

Get It ToGo!!!

 

TONIGHT!

Wednesday March 4

with 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)

Happy Hour Set 5-7

 

Thursday March 5

A

Ariana Grande

rock'n happy hour PARTY set with

experimental indie rock Lincoln NE

Oketo

"philanthropers" or "Nebraskan's"

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

 

FRIDAY MARCH 6

Hip Swamp Delta Chicago Jump Blues

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."

Opening

Blues / Jazz / New Orleans R&B

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.

Bob Frank-guitar & vocals
Pete London-harmonica & vocals
Chris Burge-tenor saxophone
Mike Sands-piano
Ray DeForest-bass
Scott Flowers-drums
Mike Rubin-trumpet

 

Saturday March 7

phoenix suns vs cavaliers

BIG Happy Hour Party!!!!!

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

@ 9PM on Our Stage

An Awesome Evening of Original Acoustic Folk Music

Nashville's #1Singer Songwriter

Mark Stuart

has been a fixture on the Americana/Folk music scene for 17
years. Non-stop touring landed the artist in theaters, clubs, radio, TV,
house concerts, festivals, and coffeehouses. Much of this was solo, much of
it in a duo "Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart". A fine singer, musician, and
songwriter he is. In his performances expect stellar guitar work, soulful
vocals, and thought-provoking songs. Interesting stories find their way into
his show, too.

      A career that has repeatedly taken Stuart to Europe, UK, Canada, and 49
of the United States includes having begun in his native Nashville as a
teenage working musician. From membership in the Nashville Rebels (his
father's band that appeared in the Waylon Jennings movie "The Nashville
Rebel") to sideman stints for Steve Earle, Freddy Fender, Joan Baez, and
Steve Forbert he has NEVER STOPPED WORKING as an active musical force. In
previous years the artist fronted rock/blues bands of his own that included
notable guitarists Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band) and Dave
Rawlings (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine) serving HIM as second
guitarist!

      Mark Stuart is celebrating his 50th birthday in January 2015 and
touring as heavily as ever. Audiences will find his usual material from solo
CDs and Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart CDs. But, they will also hear a special nod
toward the artist Paul McCartney for the calendar year. Mark will expose
which of his own songs were influenced by McCartney's style and include some
of Macca's tunes, delivered in MARK STUART style

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THE Micenmachers

Howard and Ann Marie

Beautiful Poetic Artistic Folk Duo

This Cleveland born husband and wife team have been writing music and performing

jointly since a musicians wanted ad in the local newspaper brought them together back in 1990. They currently can be seen around Cleveland as solo performers and as the co-frontmen of three very contrasting bands: Static Soul 60, an all original band that writes new material in the style of vintage 1960 Memphis soul known as the Stax/Volt sound, Take This Hammer a group that mixes originals with the great folk music of the 30's through 60s, and Swamps of Jersey a full-on tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band.

Both Howard and Ann Marie have released solo albums. An official video of a cut from Howard’s solo album “Hard Times In Cleveland” can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmb0v96gqQ0&feature=g-all-lik&context=G2771fdbFAAAAAAAAAAA

Howard Bio

Howard was the frontman of Al’s Fast Freight. Al's Fast Freight released four CDs and toured regionally. Al's Fast Freight shared the stage with the following acts: Hot Tuna (Agora); Little Feat (Odeon); The Ranch (feat. Keith Urban) (Wilbert's); Jack Ingram (Wilbert's); Tracy Byrd ( East Sparta , OH ); Dave Mason (Odeon) and many others. He can now be seen around town in the original vintage style soul band, Static Soul 60, in the folk roots band Take This Hammer, and Taking on the role of the Boss recreating the magic of Springsteen’s live shows in the tribute band Swamps of Jersey.

Ann Marie Bio

Ann Marie first appeared on the Cleveland music scene in band the “The Walk-Ins” in the early nineties. She was the lead vocalist and lyricist for their regionally popular album “The Fifth Season”. She continued honing her songwriting and vocal skills in the band The Dandelion People before breaking out and releasing her own original CD “Am I Annoying Yet” under the moniker Anna Nausea. She can now be seen around town in the original vintage style soul band, Static Soul 60, as guitarist for the Swamps of Jersey and in the folk roots band Take This Hammer.

Links to Howard and Ann Marie Micenmacher’s Current Bands:

Static Soul 60→http://www.staticsoul60.com/

Swamps of Jersey →http://www.swampsofjersey.com/

Take this Hammer →http://www.myspace.com/takethishammer

 

 

Sunday March 8

A MONSTER of a Happy Hour

Lake Erie Monsters vs. Chicago Wolves

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

 

 

 

Wednesday March 11

“): I'm just going to come right out and say it. I don't believe you can see a better show than Bobby Messano's. You can see a bigger show, with more special effects, but I don't believe you can see a better show musically, and I'm not just talking about blues or blues-rock.” Rhetta Akamatsu - Atlanta Examiner

Bobby Messano

“With every new release from Bobby Messano, the sound quality gets better and better. This one is technically the best yet. Add that to the quality material, vocals, and extraordinary musicianship, and this CD gets the highest possible recommendation. It will be loved by fans of Clapton. Winwood, and modern blues in general.” Rhetta Akamatsu - Blog Critics

has 19 1st Round Grammy Ballots!

is a Blues Hall of Fame member

played with Steve Winwood, Clarence Clemmons and on over 50 Albums

Steve Jones (Crossroads Blues Society)
For those who missed the show and have never seen Bobby Messano, he is the best guita ... r player you have never heard of...Undoubtedly the most underrated act I have seen in ages! Bobby is a guitar wizard!
John 'blueshammer' Hammer : (KOWZ)
Bobby's music speaks for itself. What sets great new music apart from very good new music is a familiarity that speaks to the soul. You got that goin' on. I am really diggin' the new CD. Keep rockin' da house my friend!
Richard Flynn (TOWER RECORDS):I gotta tell you - you just made my weekend...Not even sure what to say...easy to say you deserve it but you are one of the hardest working cats out there.... Nice to see good things for good people...

Clair DeLune: (WUSC) Bobby, I reviewed your CD for airplay on Blues Moon Radio - and you will appear on it tonight... I absolutely LOVE the CD, your voice and your style! So glad we got in touch via FB.

Reb Beach (WHITESNAKE) "Bobby has been my mentor since I was 19 years old...and he taught me how to play the blues." His playing has been a great inspiration to me through the years, and I am so happy that he has made such a fantastic record. This one is not to be missed. The record is filled with great songs, and spot on, heartfelt playing from a little known master of the electric blues guitar."
Wow! Love Love Love your record!!!! Bravo Bobby!!

Gabby Parsons:(105.5 TRIPLE M) Bobby Messano plays with passion and flair. He's the real deal. Galoris Brownley
You are one of the greatest guitarists I've seen live. Considering I've seen Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Joe W...alsh, to name just a few. When i heard "Get Up & Dance With The Blues" on "Live In Madison" I actually got up and danced. Felt like I was there!It was such a treat to see you very talented musicians at JM Randall's on Saturday. You, Bobby, Steve and Felipe were outstanding! Listened to "That's Why I Don't Sing the Blues" on my ride home and it is FABULOUS!
Charlie Richards: If I didn't know better, I would say it was Bobby Messano and not Jimmy Vaughn that taught Stevie Ray Vaughn how to play guitar and the blues! Bobby you rock!?

Hal Francis:
Bobby, I had to drop you a note after the concert at the BBC tonight and before I go to bed. I meant every word I said about your show tonight and what I said came straight from my heart. I would love to stay in touch and if possible get a chance to see you perform again. As I said, this was the best concert I have ever attended and I have seen many being 62 years old. Thank you again for such a wonderful evening of music. Hal

Joy Campo-Decker: "I was absolutely stunned at the incredible performance and master musicians I witnessed... Sat. evening. Bobby Messano was genuinely on top of his game! I have been lucky, over 30 years, to witness such legends as the Dead, the Boss, CSNY, BB King, Ramones, Phoebe Snow, Creedence, ZZ top, and many more- but ...I have to honestly say, Bobby Messano and his band were right up there with other legendary musicians that bring music to its purest and best levels ever! I was honored to have witnessed this..."



BOBBY MESSANO
Blues Hall of Fame Member

Bobby Messano is a legendary studio and live guitarist/singer who has released five contemporary Blues CDs, placed songs in major TV and Cable shows on CBS, ABC, VH1, MTV, and CMT, and had songs held by Eric Clapton and others. Over the years, he has played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums and his playing has been heard on everything from the MTV jingle and the MTV Basement Tapes to Benny Mardones' smash hit "Into The Night" The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 60's hit act, "THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT". Live he has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and more. Bobby is now living just outside of NYC and commutes to Nashville where he has played guitar for chart topping Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy. Bobby has played or co-headlined BAMFEST, Blues At The Beach, The Charlston Blues Festival, Smokin' In Steel, Summerfest (2011,2012),Charlotte Speed Street (2005, 2010) and Blues Brews & BBQ, Blues At The Beach (Va Beach) He played two shows at the monstrous ROCKLAHOMA Festival in Pryor Oklahoma in 2008 and continues to play 100-150 shows a year. In 2003 Bobby released "Holdin' Ground" and his first LIVE CD, “LIVE IN MADISON” was released in 2010. The follow-up CD “that's why i don't sing the blues” was released on July 7,2011 and received airplay on over 250 radio stations Worldwide, garnered incredible press."that's why i don't sing the blues" was on the American Blues Scene's Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks. In 2012, Bobby played 131 shows in 21 states to close to ½ million people. He ended the year with “that's why I don't sing the blues” being named 2012 TOP BLUES/ROCK ALBUM (USA) by Blues Underground Network and on December 22nd 2012,Bobby was inducted into the “BLUES HALL OF FAME”. The follow-up CD “Welcome To Deltaville” was released on early July 3,2013 and features 3 X Blues Music Awards winner Deanna Bogart, Ivan Neville and the great Tracy Nelson. In eight weeks at radio WTD is getting airplay on over 230 Blues shows, stations and syndicated shows and almost 50 AAA and AC stations Worldwide. WTD is currently # 24 on the RMR Blues Internet Radio Chart.

 

Happy Hour Specials all week with the MAC Tournament

 

Saturday March 14

Afton Musical Showcase

 

 

Sunday March 15

Rock From Barcelona

Jarabe de Palo

Jarabe de Palo is unquestionably one of the biggest bands on the Hispano-American music scene in the last two decades. However, Spain is currently embracing three big music genres: Latin, African and Anglo-Saxon (not forgetting its own flamenco, of course). This wealth of musical influences has helped to shape their music and given it its unique character.

Rock, funk, jazz and blues in a fusion with flamenco, Afro-Caribbean, Cuban and Brazilian music. Influences with a definite Latin feel intermeshed with other very strong musical influences from the Anglo-Saxon world. The result: pure fusion rock.

•Origin: Spain
•Year formed: 1996
•Genre: Fusion Rock
•Number of original albums: 9
•Number of copies sold: 5 million
•Number of concerts 1996-2014:
Spain: 1,800
Europe: 460
America: 300

Jarabe de Palo was born in Barcelona (Spain) in the mid-1990s. The band's first album, La Flaca (1996), opened up a new chapter in the fusion music scene of that time. In a very short space of time they became one of the most high-profile Spanish groups on the Latin-American music scene. Their unique way of understanding and mixing different styles made them one of the landmark bands in their genre. After La Flaca came Depende (1998), then De Vuelta y Vuelta(2001), Bonito (2003) and so on up to eight original albums and the same number of compilations, all published over the course of just 18 years.

12 nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards and collaborations with artists of the stature of Celia Cruz, Compay Segundo, Pavarotti, Alanis Morrissette, Chrissy Hynde (The Pretenders), endorse the quality, credibility and stature of the band.
In 2014, Jarabe de Palo is embarking on a major new project: "SOMOS".

SOMOS is the band's new album. A rock funk album. As always, "handmade". Serious and high quality work. 12 powerful songs with a high-voltage message, with meticulous arrangements and exceptional lyrics. Some outstanding collaborations: two Latin-American and two Spanish artists.

SOMOS will be launched in Spain, America and Europe in early 2014. And with a new album comes a new tour. Jarabe de Palo Somos World Tour kicked off in March: first the Americas and then Spain and the rest of Europe. Things are looking good for Jarabe in 2014. Don't stop the music!

Opening

Falling Doves

 

Wednesday March 18

Tinsley Ellis


“Blistering, inspired roadhouse blues and passionate Southern rock... supercharged guitar and gritty, soulful vocals.” Relix
“Atlanta’s Tinsley Ellis sings like a man possessed and wields a ferocious lead guitar...one of today’s premier blues/rock players.”Billboard
“Ellis unleashes a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock ‘n’ roll and the passion of urban blues.”Los Angeles Times


Southern blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis may speak no evil, but he sings and plays with the conviction of, as Billboard wrote, “...a man possessed.” Over the course of 11 albums and literally thousands of live performances, Ellis easily ranks as one of today’s most electrifying blues-rock guitarists and vocalists. He attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as his Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman and Freddie King and his old friends Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”
Since first hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut Georgia Blue in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another. Tinsley’s hometown paper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, calls his music “a potent, amazing trip through electric blues-rock.” Rolling Stone says he plays “feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.” And now, following up on the success of his 2007 CD, Moment Of Truth, Ellis returns with Speak No Evil. Produced by Ellis, Speak No Evil is the most guitar-driven album of his career. It features his fiercest, most brutally honest and hard-hitting original songs to date. The soulfulness and expressiveness of his guitar playing are ferocious and relentless, but when the mood calls for it, can be gentle and melodic. The depth of Ellis’
songwriting, while not unexpected, is certainly beyond anything he’s done before. Ellis seems to be pouring his soul into each and every performance with unguarded, raw emotion. With rip- roaring songs that are both poignant and humorous, Speak No Evil is as wide-ranging and inspired a recording as Ellis has ever made, and one of the most satisfying Southern blues- rock albums in ages. Tinsley Ellis wears his Southern roots proudly. Born in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southern Florida and first played guitar at age eight. He found the blues through the backdoor of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones. He especially loved the Kings — Freddie, B.B. and Albert — and spent hours immersing himself in their music. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B. King performance, Tinsley sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, further impressing Tinsley with his warmt and down-to-earth attitude. By now Tinsley’s fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And yes, he still has that string.Already an accomplished teenaged musician, Ellis left Florida and returned to Atlanta in 1975. He soon joined the Alley Cats, a gritty blues band that included Preston Hubbard (of Fabulous Thunderbirds fame). In 1981, along with veteran blues singer and harpist Chicago Bob Nelson, Tinsley formed The Heartfixers, a group that would becomeAtlanta’s top-drawing blues band. Upon hearing Live At The Moonshadow (Landslide), the band’s second release, The Washington Post declared, “Tinsley Ellis is a legitimateguitar hero.” After cutting two more Heartfixers albums for Landslide, Cool On It (featuring Tinsley’s vocal debut) and Tore Up (with vocals by blues shouter Nappy Brown), Ellis was ready to head out on his own. Ellis sent a copy of the master tape for his solo debut to Bruce Iglauer at Alligator Records. “I had heard Cool On It,” recalls Iglauer, “and I was amazed. I hadn’t heard Tinsley before, but he played like the guys with huge international reputations. It wasn’t just his raw power; it was his taste and maturity that got to me. It had the power of rock but felt like the blues. I knew I wanted to hear more of this guy.” Georgia Blue, Tinsley’s first Alligator release, hit an unprepared public by surprise in 1988. Critics and fans quickly agreed that a new and original guitar hero had emerged. “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music,” raved The Chicago Sun-Times. Before long, Alligator arranged to reissue Cool On It and Tore Up, thus exposing Tinsley’s blistering earlier music to a growing fan base. Tinsley’s subsequent releases — 1989’s Fanning The Flames, 1992’s Trouble Time, 1994’s Storm Warning, and 1997’s Fire It Up — further expanded the guitarist’s hero status. By now his talents as a songwriter equaled his guitar prowess. Guitar World said, “Ellis stands alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter, and that ain’t just hype.” Guests like Peter Buck (R.E.M.), guitarist Derek Trucks and keyboardist Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) joined him in the studio. Producers Eddy Offord (John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Yes) and even the legendary Tom Dowd (The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles) helped Ellis hone his studio sound. Features and reviews ran in Rolling Stone, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, andin many other national and regional publications. His largest audience by far came when NBC Sports ran a feature on Atlanta’s best blues guitarist during their 1996 Summer Olympic coverage, viewed by millions of people all over the world. A move to Capricorn Records in 2000 saw Ellis revisiting his Southern roots with Kingpin. Unfortunately, the label folded soon after the CD’s release. In 2002, he joined the Telarc label, producing two well-received albums of soul-drenched blues-rock, Hell Or High Water and The Hard Way. All the while, Ellis never stopped touring. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he’s quick to note. Ellis’ 2005 return to Alligator, the searing guitar-fueled Live-Highwayman, was the live recording his fans had been demanding for years. Recorded at a packed club just outside Chicago, the CD took Ellis’ extended soloing and heartfelt vocals to staggering heights. The Chicago Tribune said, “incendiary live performances, inspired, original and funky.” His return to the studio in 2007 produced Moment Of Truth, an album The ChicagoTribune called “incendiary.” Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. He has shared stages with almost every major blues star, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he’s out with his own band or sharing stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player says, “...as if his life depended on it.” With Speak No Evil and continued non-stop touring, Ellis will bring his monumental guitar work and intensely powerful vocals to rock and blues fans all over the world, letting his songs and his

guitar do the talking!

 

Friday March 20

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

Jason Ricci

&

The Bad Kind

“...is one of the best harmonica players of his generation."
Adam Gussow, Blues Access Magazine

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.

IN THE STUDIO

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.

IN OTHER'S WORDS

"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

OPENING

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.

 

Saturday March 21

folk/acoustic/americana band based in Rhode Island

Haunt the House

Haunt the House falls somewhere between a bedroom whispered heart broken prayer and a brilliant repentant cry in the dark. He consistently writes songs that are simple and personal.

Haunt the House comes from a quiet place. With members from all over the small state of Rhode Island, Haunt the House has already made a big impact on the local and regional music scene; in the past year, they have shared the stage with touring acts like The Felice Brothers, Luray, Arborea, Alpenglow, Anais Mitchell, Jonah Tolchin, and Christopher Paul Stelling, to name a few. They have also performed alongside local heroes The Low Anthem, Roz and the Rice Cakes, Arc Iris, and Smith and Weeden.

Based in the woods of Charlestown, Rhode Island, songwriter Will Houlihan first caught the attention of the Rhode Island music scene in 2013 with the release of his solo EP, "Rural Introspection Study Group". Shortly after this release, Will conceived the idea for his first full-length release - a love triangle between two people, one of whom has a split personality. His idea would grow into the 2014 release, "Jack Rabbit Jones."

After enlisting a band of local musicians featuring Bessie Bessin, Amato Zinno, Stephen Lloyd Law, and Allysen Callery (an acclaimed singer/songwriter in her own right), "Jack Rabbit Jones" was recorded at Providence's historic Columbus Theatre by Ben Knox Miller and Jeffrey Prystowsky of the Low Anthem. Released in May of 2014, "Jack Rabbit Jones" has garnered positive attention locally and regionally for its rich harmonies, powerful lyrics, and dynamic musicianship.

"The album gleams with a stirring, spiritually-inflected sound that well represents the band name on the marquee...  Fans of Brown Bird, the Low Anthem, Iron & Wine, and Bon Iver should grab a copy of Jack Rabbit Jones ASAP." --Chris Conti, The Providence Phoenix

" His music is charged, not just with an aptitude for words and melodies, but with a deep feeling of soul." --Jeff Prystowsky, The Low Anthem

"W hat I was witness too was such a moving experience I was as close to tears as I could be without tasting salt streaming down my cheeks to my mouth.  The harmonies and the dynamic of the band on stage was something of magic." --Brian Caroll, Red Line Roots

" Originally the solo acoustic project of Will Houlihan, Haunt The House has recently expanded to something much bigger and bolder. On the recently released Jack Rabbit Jones , the full spectrum of folk instrumentation has joined in, with rapturous mandolin and accordion adding a spacious backdrop for Houlihan and a chorus of singers to cry, moan, plead and delight. This is the kind of music that the genre tag of Americana was custom-made for." --Robert Hamm, Paste Magazine

PLUS

After Growing up in Cleveland

American singer and songwriter now Bostonian-turned-Vermonter-turned-Seattleite-turned-New Yorker

Anna Coogan

Anna Coogan was born in Boston, raised in rural Vermont, and spent the first decade of her adult life in Seattle, Washington. She began her music career at a young age studying opera, which eventually landed her at Das Mozartuem in Salzburg, Austria. There, in addition to opera, she learned Austrian German, Tirolian Italian, and true meaning of the word heimweh (homesickness). She returned to the US in 2001 and obtained a degree in fisheries biology before turning to songwriting. Now celebrating her tenth year as a performing songwriter, Coogan has released five critically acclaimed full- length records and toured extensively around the US, UK, and Europe. An intense and prolific songwriter who has been compared to Emmy Lou Harris and Neko Case, Coogan currently lives in upstate New York. Her music has been described as “ absolutely gorgeous (BBC Radio Scotland ) and “ simply divine ” ( Maverick Magazine ), and she was listed as one of the top acts to see of the 2013 UK festival season by the Times of London . Inspired and driven by collaboration, Anna plays electric guitar for several upstate NY outlets, including Mary Lorson (Madder Rose) and Johnny Dowd. She is currently performing with songwriting partners JD Foster (Calexico, Patty Griffin) and Willie B (Jamie Lidell, Neko Case.)

 

THURSDAY APRIL 2

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.

 

 

Thursday April 9

A MONSTER of a Happy Hour

Rochester Americans vs. Monsters

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

 

 

Friday The 10 of April

Indians Home Opener Party!

 

Saturday April 11

Hank Mowery

& The Hawktones

Americana / ROOTS / Blues

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

an Awesome Evening of BLUES

Doug MacLeod

2014 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year

winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year +

Acoustic Album Of The Year (There's A Time)

the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year

and perennial Blues Music Award nominee, is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

As a youth he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After he picked up a guitar, and tried to sing - he found his voice.

While he developed his rich, soulful singing style MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. The rage of his turbulent youth was eventually channeled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique. MacLeod's playing landed him sideman gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill and enrapture a crowd.

Over 29 years, 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya.

MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.

From 1999 to 2004 he hosted Nothin' But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles' KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines and contributed his soulful slide guitar playing to the Los Angeles opening of the August Wilson play "Gem of the Ocean". For ten years he penned "Doug's Back Porch," a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He won the Golden Note Award in 1997 for his AudioQuest album "You Can't Take My Blues". In 2006 Solid Air/Warner Bros. released Doug's guitar instructional DVD "101* Blues Guitar Essentials".

MacLeod signed with Reference Recordings in 2012. His new album “Exactly Like This“ will be released on March 10, 2015. In every note he performs and records, MacLeod subscribes to the rule-of-thumb learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks from Toano VA. who instilled in him to "Never play a note you don't believe", and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about."

Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod's music and his stories that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives.

As Pee Wee Crayton's widow Esther once told Doug, "You have a message and you'll send that message mainly to the people who don't go to church." Amen.

 

then

Lauren Mitchell

Lots of people can sing.  But the best have to give more – they gotta give their heart, their soul, and their guts.  And that's what Lauren Mitchell gives every time she takes the stage. Like the legendary female singers Lauren most admires – Etta James, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin – Lauren gives you everything she has and then some!

From her roots singing in the churches of Ohio, to the southern blues and rock scene throughout Florida, Lauren Mitchell has honed her craft by singing her heart out in hundreds of honky tonks and blues halls along the way. And like bees attracted to honey, her growing swarm of fans can't get enough of her.
With a voice that growls and soothes, and with the looks and attitude that says “you better stop and listen”, Lauren Mitchell means business. Her brand of full-throttle, all-or-nothing, take-no-prisoners, leave-it-all-on-the-stage performances, will have audiences begging for more!

With a smoking backing band featuring legendary Gulf Coast B3 master “The Professor Mike Hensley”, The Lauren Mitchell Band will rock the house with their high-energy concoction of blues and soul. Based in central Florida and playing on the big stages throughout the South, the Midwest, and the East Coast, this is one hot band and sultry singer that you don't want to miss.  Lauren's packing them in at festivals, fairs and blues halls everywhere she goes.  She's shared the stage with many of today's hottest artists including Devon Allman, Jason Ricci and New Blood, Damon Fowler, and Freddie Salem from the notorious Outlaws.  From the London Music Hall in London, Ontario to the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida,  The Lauren Mitchell Band is simply knockin' audiences out.
Get ready!! The Lauren Mitchell Band is coming your way and you'll want to be along for the ride!

 

 

Friday April 17

Celebration of

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Induction into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

w/ Pete DeMarzo

guitar / vocals of

SOUL to SOUL out of L.A.

 

plus Real Deal Blues Band

opening

Music Maker recording artist

and

Blues Challenge Solo Champion for Colorado

Native Americana Fingerstyle Guitarist

Cary Morin

Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-­weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as acoustic Native Americana with qualities of blues, bluegrass, jazz, jam, reggae, and dance.

"A man and a guitar, a lot of soul, and an understanding of the history of soulful men with guitars in American music can sometimes achieve this kind of timelessness in their work…,” comments Richard Higgs (Public Radio Tulsa). “Cary Morin has the chops and is one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today. [His] performances… would stand out, variously, among the old-­school delta blues pliers, the Greenwich Village folk crowd at the end of the 1950s, the back-­to-­nature bards of the late 60s, or today0 thriving singer/songwriter scene. Morin references all these styles; they're in his vocabulary, but he no dilettante. His engaging sound is his alone...." Morin’s third solo release, Tiny Town, follows close on the heels of an international tour that spanned the U.S. and reached as far as France and Denmark.

Crow tribal member and son of an air force officer, Morin was born in Billings, Montana. He spent the bulk of his youth in Great Falls, where he cut his teeth picking guitar standards at neighborhood get-togethers, before relocating to Northern Colorado. There, his musical career hit the ground running with The Atoll, a band he founded in 1989 and that toured nationally, gaining a devoted following. Later, he achieved international acclaim with The Pura Fé Trio, for whom the single “Ole Midlife Crisis,” which Morin wrote and performed with Pura Fé, placed at number 17 on France’s iTunes blues chart. With The Atoll and The Pura Fé Trio, and as a solo artist, Morin has played celebrated venues across the globe, including Paris Jazz Festival, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Folk Alliance International, River People Festival, Shakori Hill Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and most recently Rochefort En Accords festival in France and The Copenhagen Blues Festival.

Morin’s stage credits also include Tribe at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, and co-authorship of Turtle Island, a 50-member production that played two consecutive years to sold-out audiences in Northern Colorado. With the Red Willow Dancers, he was a guest of the internationally renowned Kodo Drummers, performing at their 1998 Spring Festival and additional dates in Japan. He has produced or performed on over 15 recordings, and has toured across the US, as well as Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, and the UK. Morin’s performances have reached millions on national TV in Japan, France, and the UK, as well as on national radio in the US (NPR’s Beale Street Caravan), UK (BBC’s Whose London), France (RFI), Switzerland, and Belgium. For two consecutive years (2013 and 2014), Cary won the Colorado Blues Challenge Solo Championship. He was also nominated for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year and Best Blues CD in the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards. In 2013, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Fort Collins Music Association (FoCoMA) and won the Colorado Fan Favorite Poll in the blues category for his second solo release, Streamline. In addition to his solo pursuits, Cary Morin performs with Young Ancients, a collaboration with John Magnie and Steve Amedée of The Subdudes.

For more information, visit CaryMorin.com, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

 

Friday April 24

Tony Ramey

From Greenville, TX

Americana / Soul / Alternative

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday April 25

Afton Musical Showcase

 

Thursday June 11

Maple Blues Award-Nominated Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

Chris Antonik

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Friday July 31

Texas Roots Blues Aficionado

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

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

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