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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$2 DOMESTICS

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!!!

 

Thursday August 6

2016 Republican Primary Debate

Pre Party

(We'll Get You All Liquor Up!)

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

Then Live On Our Stage

Chicago pop trio

The Shades!

Of all the things that make the group unique, the Shades pride themselves most on singing in close, three-part harmony every chance they get = Acoustic Pop!

AND

Pop, Hip-Hop, Indie Rock from Twinsburg

Jul Big Green

Positive rhymes over an Eclectic mix of Indie Pop and Hip-Hop, all blended with Green x Smiles.

Just add'd

Chicago-based orchestral pop

Scout Ripley

Over the past few years, Scout Ripley has grown from the violin-loop bedroom recordings of Chicago music student Claire Watk ... ins into a full-fledged band, with the official debut EP 'Image Fiction'. Watkins' string arrangements still take center stage, but they are now joined by an army of synthesizers, guitars courtesy of Ian Young, (and now with added power of Chris Cortez on bass and Connor Boyle on drums) that push every song further into the realm of grand orchestral pop.

 

Friday August 7

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

Then

WILBERTS

Fireworks

and

Live On Our Stage

psychedelic soul band from Chicago

Woo Park

In a fire of youthful abandon and rebellion, amidst a musical climate of uniformity, emerged Woo Park, a psychedelic soul sextet described as an assault from all sides. As far as bands go, it's a rare occurrence that a magical combination of people, capable of pushing each other to the limit, find themselves together, but after little time playing together, it was evident that the members of Woo Park had found what they'd been looking for.

One half of Woo consists of a fiery rhythm section with a near clairvoyant rhythmic flexibility featuring Luke Sangerman, polyrhythmic champion, Steve “The Bongo Kid” Rutledge on percussion, and Parker Grogan, self-proclaimed bass god. The undeniable groove exists in tandem with an atmosphere of ethereal soundscapes fit for even the most heady of new age souls to bask in; Christian Zwit, aural chemist and knob tinkerer, wields keyboard and synth alike while Brian Sanborn transcends guitar with his singing melodies and cloud-like chords. Emily Nichols's alluring voice floats effortlessly atop of the controlled chaos, forming a cohesive narrative.

Initially taking cues from bands such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Little Dragon, Woo Park has since crafted a unique sonic niche for themselves, and are dedicated to one day hitting the world stage. A continuously forward-looking outfit unsatisfied with the status quo, Woo Park has attained a hard fought-over new approach to a standard instrumentation and continues to push further into their own uncategorized sound, a kind of Generation Y Jazz with a medley of influences from rock to electronica.

The live show is where the spirit of Woo comes alive; mind and body, performer and audience, become one fueled by the music which provokes physical and mental reactions in equal parts.

 

Saturday August 8

Gladiators/Indians 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

With

Johnny

Elvis

and the Crown Electrics

Performing Elvis ' greatest songs from the Fifties and early Sixties. One of the most outstanding Elvis tributes in Cleveland!

Followed By

Swamps of Jersey Ohios premier Bruce Springsteen tribute bands

Swamps Of Jersey

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tribute: Swamps Of Jersey FREE!  NO Cover!

Swamps of Jersey is a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute from Cleveland, Ohio that captures the heart and soul of Springsteen's live performances, but does not attempt to do an impersonation of Bruce. Swamps of Jersey are known to play a mix of well-known Springsteen hits, as well as special themed shows such as entire albums and re-creations of famous Springsteen concerts. The bands repertoire spans Bruce's first album, his latest work, and up-to-date live arrangements of E Street Band classics. 

Oh Yea And

WILBERTS

Fireworks

 

Sunday August 9

Opening at 10AM

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

$3 Mimosa

BEST Bloody Mary in Town

and our world famous Breakfast Burrito

with Fluffy Eggs and Chorizo!

PLUS

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

After the Game

Awesome Americana! Expect stellar guitar work, soulful vocals and PARTY songs from Ashland City, TN

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!

 

Tueaday August 11

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

Live Happy Hour With

Awesome Americana! Expect stellar guitar work, soulful vocals and PARTY songs from Ashland City, TN

Mark Stuart

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Mark Stuart has played with country and roots-rock groups like the Long Gone Daddies and Steve Earle 's Dukes . While playing with that group he met his future wife, Stacey Earle . After the couple married in 1994, Stuart also became Stacey's accompanist on her albums and tours. His album Songs From A Corner Stage was released in 1999 on Steve Earle 's E-Squared label.

At 9pm

~Irish Influenced party rockabilly punk fun from Austin TX~

Black Irish Texas

Emerging from the local cut-throat and highly competitive music scene of Austin, comes Black Irish Texas. And out of the proclaimed live music capital of the world they have exploded on the scene like a whiskey drenched force to be reckoned with. They have shared the stage with such International acts as Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Social Distortion, and the Street Dogs just to name a few, as well as local Austin legends such as the Dicks and the Flametrick Subs.

The band started in 2004 after a few lineup changes and many tribulations, they have managed to keep their anything-but-common spaghetti western/Americana/punk infused Irish American act together just long enough to finally release their debut album “To Hell with the King.”

With backing from Jameson Irish whiskey and support from legions of local and regional fans they released their first full length album and have been running all over the country throwing their no holds barred Irish American party gaining devout followers everywhere they play.

 Black Irish boast members of Austin favorite's such as Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five, Flatcar Rattlers, Los Hispanos,UK, The Bulemics, and Hipsterectomy just to name a few. With members from each of those bands bringing to the table their own particular styles and influences, your current line-up of James Fitzsimmons on guitar and vocal duties, Mark Maughmer II on fiddle, Brian Blackwood on drums, Shannon McMillan on upright bass and Bil David Zarate on banjo, you are basically looking at a powder keg lit by a few shots of Jameson. And what a site it is.

Do not, I repeat, do NOT try and pigeonhole these guys as an Irish pub drinking band, regurgitating overheard covers of “danny boy” and “whiskey in the jar” . In high demand at every venue from Stubb's and Emo's Austin to the Abbey pub in Chicago, Black Irish Texas is a coming to a venue near you. See what they're doing at their website.  www.blackirishtexas.com , and be on the look out for new releases roomered to release by the end of 2014..

 

Wednesday August 12

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

Live Happy Hour With

Awesome Americana! Expect stellar guitar work, soulful vocals and PARTY songs from Ashland City, TN

Mark Stuart

Just coming off the road with Steve Forbert

This guy Never Stops Working!

Then....

AFTER THE GAME

This St. Louis trio specialize in catchy, alternative-radio rock

Clockwork

With a sound and style all their own, the St. Louis-based group consisting of Jordan Slone (guitar/vocals), Logan Slone (bas ... s/vocals) and Logan Mohler (drums/vocals) have perfected their brand of acoustically-infused rock, slathered in memorable melodies and striking harmonies.
Formed in 2011, Clockwork has perfected their live show through consistent touring throughout the Midwest, performing at such venues as The Pageant (St. Louis), Goose Island (Chicago), and The Outland Ballroom (Springfield). Additionally, large scale festivals such as LouFest and Fair St. Louis, among many others, have exposed Clockwork to an ever-growing audience of supporters. Clockwork has been featured in Alternative Press magazine, The St. Louis Post-Disptach, and countless other publications and television outlets. They have been fortunate to have shared the stage with Chuck Berry, Never Shout Never, Bret Michaels, The Urge, Paul Banks of Interpol, and Lucky Boys Confusion among others. Clockwork has received radio airplay on over 150 mainstream and college radio stations throughout the United States and Canada, and have signed television licensing agreements for their music to be featured on MTV, E!, Discovery, Speed, and Lifetime television network programming, among others.
In 2013, Clockwork released a new 8 song album, titled Out To Sea. The album, recorded in St.Louis, Nashville, and Atlanta features many flavors of Clockwork, from mellow acoustic ballads to raucous electric goodness, and from thought provoking to absolute fun. “Out to Sea” is available at www.clockworkmusic.net , as well as iTunes, Amazon, and many more.

 

Thursday August 13

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

Live Happy Hour With

Chamber folk band from New York

Bold Forbes

Asked to describe Bold Forbes in one sentence, violinist and vocalist Reid Jenkins once replied: "chamber-folk with a se rious helping of lyrics." Formed in the Fall of 2012 in New York City, Bold Forbes blends the stories and poetry of the folk-singer tradition with experimental arrangements for the guitar, string bass, and violin that weave between bluegrass, jazz, and classical music. Lyricist and lead singer Nick Bloom, writes songs that both yearn for adventure and long for home; that explore the passions of private love and the shouts of public outrage; and that above all urge the listener to feel life deeply. Bassist David Halpern and violinist Reid Jenkins give life and shape to these songs with innovative arrangements for the strings and voice that haunt, soar, surprise, and inspire, creating a sound both challenging to genre and eminently listenable. Bold Forbes has toured the New York City folk music circuit extensively, playing at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Postcrypt Coffeehouse, and Sidewalk Cafe, and will be playing at a Northeastern city near you in the summer of 2015. They released their first EP, "Hooves to Say," in 2012, and just released their first live album, "Live at Rockwood Music Hall," in April of 2015. Their first full-length studio album is due out in the early fall of 2015. You can find all of their music and tour dates at  boldforbes.bandcamp.com.

After the Indians Victory

bluegrass inspired Americana with a rockabilly energy and vibe

from Hotlanta GA.

Battlefield Collective

High-energy, in yo' face mix of bluegrass, americana, punk rock, and roots.

Brought to you by Stephanie Caron and Evan Hart.

 

Friday August 14

A rock band out of Canton, Ohio called

BAD WOLF

 

WEDNESDAY ROCKTOBER 14

"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard." -Living Blues Magazine

Ghost Town Blues Band

 

Saturday Rocktober 24

 


Tuesday November 3rd

Kinky Friedman

Governor Of The Heart Of Texas


"Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder"


Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/k/kinky_friedman.html#X5hYXwVS8E2YHWgH.99

Like so many cool people in the boom generation, Kinky Friedman first saw the world through the Peace Corps in the sixties.  Kinky did his PC time in Borneo as an agriculture extension worker, wherein he introduced the Frisbee to the natives and taught farming techniques to people who had been farming successfully for thousands of years.  But it was in Borneo that Kinky began to write the tunes that would propel the rest of his life.

Kinky had formed his first band,  King Arthur & the Carrots  while a student at the University of Texas, prior to his Peace Corps stint, but when he returned to the states, he really got serious with his second band,  Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys , the unit for which he is most famous, musically.

For his first album, Kinky released ‘Sold American' in 1973 for Vanguard Records.  His repertoire mixed  social commentary  (‘We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You') and maudlin ballads (‘Western Union Wire') with raucous humor (such as ‘Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed'). His ‘Ride 'Em Jewboy' was an extended tribute to the victims of  the Holocaust , and one of his most famous tunes from this session, ‘They Ain't Makin'  Jews  Like  Jesus  Anymore,' is still on many hip playlists.

In the mid-'70s, Friedman and the Jewboys toured with Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue. By 1976 he had recorded his third album, ‘Lasso From El Paso,' featuring appearances by Dylan and Eric Clapton. The Texas Jewboys disbanded less than three years later, and Friedman moved to New York, where he became a Sunday night fixture at the legendary Lone Star Cafe.  His performances, often featuring guests like Robin Williams and John Belushi, were equally legendary.

During the seventies, Kinky set several high water marks in his early performance career.  In 1975, Friedman and the band taped an  Austin City Limits  show which was never aired. According to the show's executive producer, Terry Lickona, this was the only time in the show's long history that an episode went unaired. Lickona told the  Austin Chronicle  "I've seen it many times –  I think it was a great show, and it might be as offensive today as it was back then." 

Kinky was a musical guest on  Saturday Night Live  in October 1976, the first year of SNL, and he claims to have been the first full-blooded Jew to take the stage at the  Grand Ole Opry .  Apparently, this is true.

Starting in the early eighties, Friedman shifted his creative focus to writing  detective novels , after a bizarre incident at an ATM machine.  Kinky spotted a woman being robbed and dashed to her rescue using his bank card to gain entry to the locked ATM lobby.  The episode unleashed Kinky Friedman, the private detective, and sparked a series of detective novels that have become world-famous.  Featuring a  fictionalized version of himself  solving crimes in  New York City  and dispensing jokes, wisdom, recipes, charm and  Jameson's whiskey  in equal measure, the books are written in a straightforward style which owes a certain debt to  Raymond Chandler , though Kinky has also quite fairly been referred to as the “Mark Twain of Texas.”

Kinky continued to tour throughout the eighties, this time in support of his novels, and a series of international publishing deals took that touring around the globe.  During this period, his musings began appearing in such places as the New York Times, Playboy and Texas Monthly (where he later wrote a regular column).  Ebooks and audio books (read by Kinky, himself) of all his great detective novels are available on line.   

In 1986, Kinky took a break from writing and touring to try something new - politics.  He ran for justice of the peace in his home town of Kerrville, Texas.  Though he lost the race, he did discover a passion for politics.  It would be another eighteen years, but he would revisit that arena.

In the nineties, Kinky began branching out with more personal writings.  Since then he has discussed everything from social mores (‘Kinky Friedman's Guide To Texas Etiquette:  Or How To Get To Heaven Or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth') to armadillos (‘The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic:  A “Walk” In Austin').  He's even written a hit children's book (‘The Christmas Pig:  A Fable').

In 2004, the Kinkster returned to the political field, this time daring the state of Texas to think big and elect him governor in 2006.  Running on a shoestring budget, with help from folks like Jesse Ventura and his Minnesota team of political handlers, Kinky garnered over a half million votes - not good enough to win it, but good enough to influence Texas politics long onto the future.  Kinky was the first candidate in the history of the state to make it onto the November ballot as an Independent candidate - astounding, considering his campaign motto:  “Why the hell not?”

In February 2007, Sustain Records released a compilation of the songs of Kinky Friedman sung by other artists called ‘Pearls In The Snow.'  The album includes contributions by  Dwight Yoakam Willie Nelson Lyle Lovett , and  Kelly Willis , and is one of two Kinky tribute albums available today.  More recently, hot rising star Jesse Dayton recorded a full cd of Kinky songs, which received enormous interest in Nashville and around the US.

A second return to politics in 2014 saw Kinky running for Texas State Agriculture Commissioner on a full-legalization platform that may not have won him an election, but that has been instrumental in Texas now considering both medical use and personal use marijuana legalization in its state legislature, proving once and for all that the Kinkster is truly the governor of the heart of Texas.

And now Kinky has reinvented himself yet again, this time with his first all new studio album in nearly forty years.  Just signed to Avenue A Records/Thirty Tigers, Kinky, with the help of producer Brian Molnar and guitarist Joe Cirotti, presents an “all new Kinky,” with his cd, ‘The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.'  Filled with never-heard-before Kinky originals and beautifully rendered covers of such artists as Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Willie Nelson, the new cd is all about Kinky's ultimate ability to deliver much more than just a funny line or humorous tune.  The spare, yet lush arrangements all point up Kinky's unique talent as both a songwriter and interpreter of great material.  Guest performers Nelson, Little Jewford and Mickey Raphael support but never override the simplicity and grace of the tunes and the artist.

The new cd drops on October 2nd, and Kinky hits the road to support it on October 9th.  ‘The Loneliest man I Ever Met Tour' will extend right up into the holiday season, as Kinky, ever the peripatetic, mounts one of the longest tours of his career.  It is also his first record company supported tour since his earliest days with the Jewboys.  It is already being projected as Kinky's most successful adventure yet, in a career filled with wondrously successful adventures.

And there is more on the horizon too!  Kinky has just completed his first detective novel in ten years, ‘The Hard-Boiled Computer,' which will likely mean another extended tour, this time behind the book, in early 2016.  Perhaps even more exciting for the future, Kinky is now collaborating with Billy Bob Thornton in creating a series of television movies based on the who-done-it books, with Billy Bob slated to play Kinky.  So, is Kinky merely the Governor Of The Heart O Texas, or is he President of the Heart Of America?

 

Friday November 13

Texan & Chicago soulful/rock'n Blues

From The heartland - Columbus OH

Terry Davidson & the Gears

A HOT NEW ALBUM FROM TERRY DAVIDSON & THE GEARS- "SONIC SOUL SESSIONS"

8 WEEKS ON THE TOP 20 NATIONAL BLUES ALBUM CHART - ROOTS MUSIC REPORT 2014!

-BLUESMATTERS MAGAZINE - U.K. REVIEW - APRIL 2015: Terry Davidson has been performing in the USA for close on fifty years, the album is his seventh release and leaves a really positive glow, the thirteen tracks are all self written but sound strangely familiar, there is a good mixture of soulful and harder Blues here covering all the American styles, with Texan & Chicago most prominent. The four piece band deliver their music in a style not too dissimilar to the Rolling Stones and certainly take no prisoners, the pace is non stop with all the band demonstrating high levels of musicianship.  Terry Davidson fronts the band on  vocals and guitar  with a very confident blues, easy vocal style that allows him  to move between  Rock & Roll and slower blues numbers effortlessly. I am sure  the band name  of the "Gears" was suggested as it reflects the ease that they  move between  the styles covered here, there are no weak links with the material,  the highlight  is the final track "Without the Blues" which starts with spoken words  setting  the scene for Terry to sing about the Blues stars he worked with during his career, very cleverly done and I recognized at least twenty individual artists names. Strong rocking blues album that gets better the more you play it.

 

 

Tuesday December 15

PAUL BIELATOWICZ

&

SIMON FITZPATRICK

(of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy)

Guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick return to Wilbert's for a night of jaw dropping music! Aside from their own solo work, Paul and Simon 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 (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!

ABOUT PAUL BIELATOWICZ



Paul Bielatowicz is best known for his virtuoso guitar work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. He's played, recorded and toured the world with the likes of Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), 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. 

ABOUT SIMON FITZPATRICK

Simon Fitzpatrick has toured and recorded with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), Carl Palmer (ELP, 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. You've never seen or heard a bass guitar played like this before.

 

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!

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