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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$2 DOMESTICS

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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 90-Grammy Winners!
So see us before during and after the tribe games.
In the Historic Caxton building just north of the stadium off Bolivar and east 9th;
WILBERTS-Bringing you over 120 years of Miller Hospitality to Cleveland!
OUTSTANDING!

 

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

 

All shows are all ages. 

Start @ 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
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EVAN (my oldest 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 themAll Such as...

(Jane Scott's 75 B-Party!)

Mike Millers

Cell # 216.375.5966

e-mail wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Delta Zeta Formal →

Thank you so much for all

of your services on

Saturday night. Everyone

had a blast and said the

food was amazing!! This

was the perfect place to

have our fall formal. Everything you have done

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

I will definitely keep in

touch with you

 

ON TAP!

Founders

Dirty Bastard

TRULY

OUTSTANDING!!!

Look: dark ruby brown
Smell: heavy, chocolate/espresso, heavier fruits, malty
Taste: intense woody, smokey, chocolate/espresso, heavy malt flavor
Aftertaste: stays with you, this will definitely put hair on your chest!

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

"Christmas Crack!"

A gorgeous brown with red color. And a thick body with a thick head. The beer has a great sweetness with spice, malt, and hops in the aroma and flavor. Great alcohol content, but the alcohol never overpowers the flavor. The drink is smooth and you never get that much too bitter aftertaste in the back of your throat. Amazing.

 

Urban Artifact Milkman Stout

Maple Breakfast Stout is an espresso-colored, roasty delight. An 8% autumn drinker, this balanced stout is spiced with almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, and real maple syrup - like a bite of french toast with your coffee on a cool day.

Sweetwater

Blue 

Always the funky favorite. SweetWater Blue is a unique light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries. It begins with an appealing blueberry aroma and finishes as a surprisingly thirst-quenching ale.

 

Portside Brewery

Marblehead Amber Ale

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

 

Market Garden Prosperity Wheat


This wheat beer does it all nicely. It starts a little cloudy with little fizz and a nice pale yellow color. The aroma is strong with wheat malts, yeast and finishing hops. The taste is a nice, slightly off balance, and hoppy. A hefeweizen that makes no attempt at being subtle. This is another exceptional brew from Market Garden. Sweet. Highly recommended

Bell's Winter White Ale

Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance.

 

Stella Artois Cidre

Crisp and refreshing belgian cider made with hand-picked apples

 

Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale

This beer's name sums up the idea of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good thing~ you'll want to drink more than one!

 

Brew Kettle "All For One" Session IPA


This is a very solid session IPA. Citrusy and tropical with lean malts means big hop flavor dominates. It begs you to drink another and another. Yes please. I'm happy to oblige.

GO CAV'S

 

Lager Head

Relaxer IPA

Pours a pale gold with a finger of white head that settles into a film and some trailing lace. Surprisingly herbal, fresh hop nose, kind of dank, with citrus, florals, and pale and bready malts. Flavor is more of the same, but not as pungent. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a clean, dry, bitter mouthfeel. Good session IPA

Brew Kettle

Big Woody Lager      

Sweet smelling with a sweet and bitter flavor with alcohol notes present but didn't really affect the flavor. It is really full of taste and sort of reminds me of Breyers Ice Cream-just the raw materials with no extras. This is really an exceptional lager

Fat Head's Bumble Berry

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that faded to leave a thick halo and light wisping. Solid retention.

S - Ohhhh yah. Blueberry explosion. Fresh berries and light skin notes. There is some faint grain aroma along with some very faint honey aroma. Loving how blueberry forward this is.

T - A tad too much honey for me that overshines the natural sweetness and deliciousness of blueberries. Blueberries are nice, fresh tasting. Almost dessert like. I get some faint malts and super, super light earthy/grassy hops. Mighty tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is great, not over carbonated, not too sweet. I can definitely see gulping this back on a hot summer day.

O - Overall this was a mighty tasty beer, definitely my favourite blueberry beer to date.

 

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla

 

Guinness

A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it

 

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The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

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

We buy more, but

enjoy less.

We have bigger

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

sense, more

knowledge, but

less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more

medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive

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

and pray too seldom.

We

have multiplied our possessions, but

reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often. We've

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

We've added years

to life not life to years.

We've been all the

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

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We've done larger

things, but not better things. We've cleaned

up the air, but polluted

the soul. We've conquered the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but

learn less. We plan

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

We build more

computers to hold

more information, to produce more copies

than ever, but we communicate less and less.

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

are the days of two incomes but more

divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes.

These are days of

quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway orality, one night

stands, overweight bodies, and pills that

do everything from

cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there

is much in the

showroom window and nothing in the

stockroom. A time

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

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

Remember, spend

some time with your

loved ones, because

they are not going to

be around forever.

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

person soon will grow

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

next to you, because

that is the only

treasure you can give

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

Remember, to say,

"I love you" to your

partner and your loved ones, but most of all

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

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

that person will not be there again.

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

precious thoughts in

your mind.

A Message by

George Carlin

Reminder

We're always  open

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

$2-Domestics

-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-

Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Great Lakes

Dortmunder,

Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$6 Irish

Car

Bombs!

Right On!

-Tell your Friends!

 

Get It ToGo!!!

 

"When I went to school, they askedme what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."
John Lennon

 

Wednesday January 18

MONSTERS VS. ROCKFORD ICEHOGS

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

Friday January 20

WINNER

THE ALBERT KING AWARD FOR "BEST GUITARIST"

“BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM"
BLUES MUSIC AWARD "BAND OF THE YEAR"
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT
BLUES MUSIC AWARD "ALBUM OF THE YEAR", TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT
BEST BAND WINNER- INTERNATIONAL BLUES COMPETITION~ IBC

NICK SCHNEBELEN

(OF TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT)

The Nick Schnebelen Band is an amazing American Roots Experience that's based in Kansas City, MO. The band welds together huge frame pieces of Blues, Rock and even some fast and funky swing, just to show off their mechanical skills. Playing with Nick are Cliff Moore on Bass, and Adam Hagerman on Drums. Whether it's an electric guitar, lap-steel, dobro, Nick plays them all.

opening

Gritty, Rockin’ Soul Blues from Ridgway PA

The Charlie Wheeler Band

Northern PA's rock trio, the Charlie Wheeler Band, delivers rippin' guitar jams that make their bad-ass live shows a high energy experience where fans party hard all night long. The band's hard-driving, blue-collar soul music is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of Pearl Jam. With lyrics that can at times be light, heavy, deep, and even funny, the band's songs tell stories of life, love, and living life on the edge.

Hailing from a small town called Ridgway, PA, the Charlie Wheeler Band exudes a toughness that can only be cultivated in the working class environs from which they've emerged. Powered by the rhythm section of Rad Akers on Drums (Big Leg Emma) and Dave Fink on Bass (That Dog In Egypt), Charlie Wheeler describes the band as a “song first” type of band. Fans and critics alike appreciate the band's balance of sharp songwriting, engaging vocals and skilled musicianship. With songwriting that is entertaining, even a little irreverent at times, the Charlie Wheeler Band never disappoints with a powerhouse show and sick guitar jams.

While expansive, improvisational jamming is a key component to their live show, their third album Rewind is a solid group of structured songs which allow Wheeler to tear into his vocal and lead guitar work with reckless, pent up hostility. Raves Lou Lombardi of Blue Rock Review, “While Charlie is a great guitarist and vocalist, what really makes Rewind work is the songwriting. Strip away the crushing rhythm section, smoking guitar work, snarling vocals, and we are left with a set of very beautiful and touching songs.” Michael Greenblatt of the Aquarian Weekly said of the album that he was excited to “find some good rock ‘n' roll again after almost giving up!” The summer of 2016 promises a new release and touring up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest.

 

Friday January 27

CLE ROCK ~ reminiscent of Graham Parker

YOU'RE AMONG FRIENDS

You're Among Friends will celebrate their tenth anniversary by playing a show at Wilbert's on January 27, 2017!  If you need to get caught up on the first decade of music from this Cleveland-based rock band, all four of their releases are available at http://youreamongfriends.bandc amp.com .  You might want to start with their latest album, As We Watch the Years Go... , which was described by Scene Magazine as "rollicking blues at its core with a sugary coating of power pop, doused in more than just a little bit of '90s alt-rock nostalgia."  Founding members Anthony Doran (lead vocals and guitar) and Kevin Trask (bass and backing vocals) have worked together to lead the band through its various incarnations over the years.  Recent addition Chris Szuch (drums) has already proven to be a perfect fit — both personally and musically.  With plans to continue playing shows around Northeast Ohio while working on a new batch of recordings, 2017 just might be YAF's best year yet!  

Saturday January 28

FOLKGRASS from Lakewood,N Y/ Jamestown,N Y

Out of BIG LEG EMMA come Steve Johnson (Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) with his new band

THE PROBABLES

See them live -FREE/ No Cover 9pm

The Probables are best described as Fire Folkgrass Roots Rock, with a driving edge through deep cutting echo's of the roots folk world, this five memeber group can bring it and provoke thought at the same time. The Probables are...Stev e Johnson, former frontman for BIG LEG EMMA, Tom Hodges (former lead guitar player from BIG LEG EMMA),Dyla n Derby (THE DERBINES) Stand up Bass and Matt Gronquist (Accordian ,Fiddle,Mandolin)

So much great music comes from the great state of New York that it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes to wade through all the new releases. The Probables broke though the stack for me and made an impression with their new EP The Home. They call it Folkgrass and I tend to agree. Song writer and singer Steve Johnson gives us some great folk lyrics but I think Its Matt Gronquist on Accordian, Fiddle and Mandolin who crosses it over into that wonder blend of Bluegrass and Folk that makes this band a instant fave. The songs "I'm Home"  and "Homeward Bound" were instant standoutsfor me and should be added to any Bluegrass or Folk radio rotation.

Wednesday February 1

Funky Vermont Rock and Roll

GANG OF THIEVES

High energy and an unforgettable live performance is the hallmark of these Vermont based rockers, who have captivated audiences of all ages coast to coast with their unique breed of funky rock n' roll. The key to the Gang's universal appeal is their infectious sense of fun and showmanship, delivered with a passion that inspires and encourages positivity. 

The band's brand new album, titled Born to be Loud (September 23rd, 2016), was recorded in Wall, NJ with acclaimed Trumpet player Steve Jankowski (Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Nile Rodgers) and received a rave review from Vermont's premiere publication Seven Days. The Gang also released a super hero themed music video for their song ‘Work Together' exclusively through Relix Magazine.

“(Born to be Loud) is a  funk-and-roll bitch-slap”  - Seven Days

“a funky flair to a driving rock sound” - Relix

“Infectious grooves...These hard working, Burlington-based musicians entranced the audience with their high-energy onslaught of funk/rock tunes~an amazing show”- Cider Mag

“Rush meets Blood Sweat & Tears..Gang of Thieves put on quite a show”

opening

ESSENTIAL GROOVE

Pop / Groove / Rock From CLE

Formed in 2011, Essential Groove is a “Pop/Rock n Roll” band based out of Cleveland Ohio.
The bands genre is hard to define though; depending on the tune, ther e are a lot of Jazz, Funk, and good old rock and roll roots. All of the band members grew up in/near Cleveland and have been making music since! Essential Groove's mission is to create and play beautiful music for people to enjoy.

Being that a variety of people from different genres play a part in influencing the band, (including Dave Mathews Band, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, The Beatles, Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Earth Wind and Fire… As well as many other contemporary artists) Essential Groove spends a lot of time creating new music for their fans and others to enjoy

Saturday February 4

A Benefit for The Metanoia Project

Metanoia Project provides food, clothing, shelter, showers and resources to the homeless men and women of Cleveland.

Wiith

Michael Mcdonald & Friends Presents

Shelter From the Storm

Michael McDonald , Sur Lawrence Trupo , Kevin Telecky , Tracy Marie , Mike Pella , Howard Micenmacher , John D Miller , Ann Marie Micenmacher and Austin Stambaugh

A Musical Tribute to the Songs of

Bob Dylan

 

Thursday February 9

Folk Rhythm Rock from Lyndon Vermont

KALI & ANCESTORS IN TRAINING

Ancestors In Training is an up and coming Boston based band comprised of street musicians and open mic junkies with a passion for meeting new people and playing as much good music as possible. Their goal is to bring a positive message and energy with them no matter the situation. The body and soul moving music that emanates from the Folk Pop, Rhythm & Rock band shares stories of compassion, triumph and fun with hints of Roots Rock, Blues, Reggae Fusion, and Soul. They are currently working on a CD set to release early in 2017.

Front Man Kali Stoddard-Imari is a Boston based singer songwriter that has been placed in front of acts like In The Valley Below and Air Traffic Controller, Adam Ezra Group, Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn. Born and raised in the North East Kindom of Vermont, he grew up playing around with poetry, hip hop and chorus never fully mixing the Ideas until he picked up the guitar at 17. His family, community and the necessity for positive experiences inspire him to create music for the people.

8pm FREE/No Cover!

 

Friday February 10

AFTON

musical showcase Folk Rock to Hip Hop. 7pm

Raissia featuring Spit Fire, Blu lemonz, Préme x Johnny Kash, SMG, Tee, Money, Ray Austin, EC Fazo, MBN RECORDS, Young Diablo

Saturday February 11

Talking Heads-y eclecticism~from Hamburg Germany

LOKOMOKO

Picture them at CBGB's if 1977 was next year. You'll be losing your shit! plus NYC's

 Hamburg, DE ///  Kasia Dworatzek,  Tom Otte, Karlotta Freier, Mario Schöning

They met each other at the harbor near the art school they all attend. Karlotta was reading her French crime novel. Mario was blasting Japanese pop music in his headphones. Tom was telling Kasia how much he likes the look of bowling alleys. Meanwhile she was absorbed by the secrets of natural walking.

We got completely hooked with these crazy talented cats after we saw one of Lokomoko's first shows ever at an art space down in Hamburg, Germany. Talking Heads-y eclecticism. Ethereal omnipresence. Reminiscent of Parenthetical Girls guided by a Tom Verlainesque unsteady timber that Mario might not even know he owns. Picture them at CBGB's if 1977 was next year. You'll be losing your shit.

At ODDWOP we totally did and decided to debut with St Pauli's jewel, Lokomoko.

Their / Our first DGTL45 is OUT NOW

plus

From Montreal, QC + Venice, IT

DIZZYRIDE

transforms psychedelia, afro-beat,

disco and soul music

8:30 FREE/No Cover

 

Friday February 17

authentic, authoritative blue roots rock from Kansas City

KATY GUILLEN & THE GIRLS

On the dawn of their sophomore album release Heavy Days , Katy Guillen and the Girls have established themselves as an authentic, authoritative rock band. They are known to pack in crowds at blues roadhouses and prominent concert venues alike, supporting major touring acts or headlining festivals and bills of their own. In their short time as a band, the trio has shaped their own musical identity, rooted heavily in the blues but taking cues from the timeless guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix to the visionary songwriting of Patty Griffin and the indie rock revivalist sound of Heartless Bastards.

ed by a loyal contingent in their hometown of Kansas City and an impressive showing as finalists at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Katy Guillen and the Girls have since taken their vivacious brand of blues rock to stages across the globe. In addition to a persistent cross-country performance schedule, they've accepted invitations to play the Montreal International Jazz Festival (July 2014) and Joe Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea cruise (February 2015). In November 2014, they were sponsored by a cultural development organization (Kultur i Väst) to take a 10-day tour of Sweden. Most recently, they opened for The Doobie Brothers at the Foundation for the Children of the Californias' annual benefit concert in San Diego (October 2015). They have also become one of Kansas City's most sought-after groups, earning prestigious slots at local festivals like Middle of the Map Fest and Boulevardia, and routinely selling out 500-plus-capacity venues.

hough the band formed less than 4 years ago, it took root when Guillen first picked up the guitar at the age of 8. At 14, she began participating in blues jams around Kansas City, and within a few years she was a featured guest with local blues legends like John Paul's Flying Circus. By 2010, she was writing songs and collaborating with veteran drummer Go-Go Ray, with whom she released her first album, When I Get Away.

ber 2012, Guillen was offered an opening slot for Royal Southern Brotherhood at renowned Kansas City blues venue Knuckleheads Saloon, but at the time didn't have a backing band. When she enlisted the talents of bassist Claire Adams and drummer Stephanie Williams, an immediate chemistry formed that would eventually push her songs to new heights. Not content to simply hold down the beat, Williams brings a signature melodic percussive voice to the group, compelled by her rock influences and experience in jazz ensembles. With Adams' instincts as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, her impeccable bass lines and backing vocals are an ideal complement to Guillen's searing, commanding guitar licks. While Guillen's years as a seasoned blues guitarist—along with her education in flamenco guitar style—have informed her songwriting, the group's collective strengths lend an immediacy to her songs while elevating and substantiating her earnest lyrical delivery.

Heavy Days will be the follow-up to Katy Guillen and the Girls' 2014 self-titled debut album, and the next chapter in their growth as a group. They will be teaming up with Vizztone Label Group and starting an independent record label for the release, which will be available at a May 21 show in Kansas City and worldwide in mid-June. Their summer tour schedule brings new festivals and destinations, including New York, Florida and Michigan. With every new opportunity and locale, Katy Guillen and the Girls spread their infectious and original mix of classic American genres to eager music lovers and expand their already sizable fanbase.

9pm FREE/No Cover!

Saturday February 18

@9pm

indie/alt rock + sustainability activism from Los Angeles

Trapdoor Social

Trapdoor Social's Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk met in an Environmental program at Pomona College and bonded over a shared concern for the future of the planet. They started off on a journey to make music and do some good along the way. The duo introduced themselves with the 2012 EP “Death Of A Friend”, a driving, emotive alt-rock experience. Produced by Curt Schneider, the EP features Death Cab For Cutie's Jason McGerr on drums. The EP made waves when “Like You Never” became the #1 listener-requested track on KROQ's “Locals Only” show, and the second single “Away” enjoyed radio play from a number of major market stations around the US (including regular rotation on Q87.7 in Chicago) and a national Discount Tire/America's Tire commercial for much of 2014-15. In May 2014, Trapdoor Social released the ‘Science of Love' EP, which explored both sides of Skylar and Merritt's influences as songwriters. As the boys started work on the EP, they decided to channel their music toward an environmental initiative in their community. They partnered with a few great non-profits and used their unreleased EP to raise $35k of solar roofing, which they are donating to Homeboy Industries. The 6.4 kW project represents 100% of the fundraiser's earnings and will be installed soon. TDS toured 2 laps around the US in the summer of 2014 with new members Eyal Dahan (drums), Louie Gonzalez (guitar), and Patrick Griffen (bass). The following December, the band toured to Colorado Springs to play RXP1039's Christmas festival. Having discovered that the local high school (Mesa Ridge HS) marching band program was underfunded, the boys decided to record a song with the band to help launch a fundraiser to help keep the program alive and promote the benefits of music and arts education in the public school system. “Fine On My Own” was released on April 20th, 2015 and has been on high rotation in Colorado and played in other major markets. The song attained “Hall of Fame” Status on Las Vegas's X107.5 nightly contest “The Beatdown” by winning ten times in a row. Trapdoor Social toured to Colorado in May 2015 and promoted the fundraiser by organizing and performing a benefit show with the marching band. The fundraiser brought in over $7K for the school. The band is now back in LA working on a new album and a new solar project.

Wednesday February 22

Progressive Funk Rock from Chicago

Ethereal Groove Inc.

EGI

Progressive and fresh, EGi pushes the boundaries of genre specifics to create a soundscape reflecting the freedom that gives purpose to the acronym's definition: Ethereal Groove, Incorporated. With a sound that has been described as, “what it would feel like to live in The Never Ending Story”, the band's versatility and appreciation for many genres of music can be heard in their fusion of rock, funk, instrumental post-rock and hard, progressive rock. Starting from tightly arranged structures, EGi builds improvisational passages and high energy jams that seek to lift the band and audience to a higher plane.

Hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, EGi's fanbase has grown to encompass the Midwest region as a whole, and they have begun making regular forays into Colorado, while beginning to open up parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. With dual guitars, bass, drums and percussion, the quintet's “brothers in arms” dynamic works seamlessly on and off the stage.

 

Thursday February 23

Happy Hour w/

The Dynamic

ANNIE MACK

BAPTIZED IN THE BLUES ~ from MPLS MN

Soul-Blues-Country-Gospel

What do you get when you combine blues,roots,gospel,country and soul? A powerful and eclectic mix that makes up the rich layering that is the essence of Annie Mack. With a powerful voice, strong presence and captivating storytelling ability Annie Mack is a force to be reckoned with. Following in the footsteps of the Blues Women before her, she makes a genuine connection with her audience. She upholds the tradition of "Testifyin" about the experiences of Life.

FREE/No Cover!

Friday February 24

Happ Hour w/

The Qwister Duo

With two feet solidly in reggae. He seamlessly juggles elements of Roots, Dub, Rock, and a taste of Pop. Always sharpening an ever evolving musical arrangement of Vocal Melodies and improve jams that can go any direction during any song on any given night. The music and lyrics are catchy and upbeat, with ever changing and flowing setlists of medley’s galore. Attending a live show guarantees not just music for your ears, but also a high-energy, powerful experience you’ll never forget. Melquist promotes positivity and spreads a conscious message while still having a good time and keeping the party going!

He currently resides in Jamestown, NY where he plays a Solo, Duo, Trio Act and has a Full band ‘Qwister’ with Local Phenoms, Nick Campbell(Drums), Nate MaHaffey(Gtrs), Zac Imus(Aux Percussion/DJ). Get ready to rock the boat with them soon at a location near you.

Awards
Best ever in WNY Award!

Saturday February 25

Life Long Cleveland Original Acoustic Troubadour

MICHAEL MCDONALD AND FRIENDS

Life is the influence. After 45 years of playing, no one can quite put their finger on it. Like all great artists - Michael will let us know when he figures it out.

“Michael McDonald's innate good spirit streams through his rich voice and lush guitar strokes. His lyrics put me in the mood of shared stories and dusty roads traveled in the company of good friends.” - Susan Weber, award-winning songwriter and poet-rocker.

“Michael's songs on the human condition are on an elevated, poetic level—delivered in a voice that is reminiscent of Tom Rush...This is music that deserves to be heard.”
- Fred Dolan, host of “Visiting The Folks” on WJCU-FM

9pm FREE/No Cover

Monday March 6

R&B and pop weaved into jazz-infused soul from Louisville, Kentucky

Zach Longoria Project

The Zach Longoria Project is an 11-member band from Louisville with an incredibly soulful vein.  With R&B seated at the core of their music, ZLP weaves elements of jazz and a touch of old-school this & that to create what they like to call “Kentucky Fried Soul”.  Their music has just the right amount of the south mingled in.

ZLP is a collaboration of musicians who are all in it for the love of music, and are driven by the passion of creating it.  They came together in 2013 in a town that is much smaller than it seems.  Zach had a vision early- to have a band that was made up of people who are good to each other and share the same set of values, musically and by virtue.  This group is a close-knit partnership of kindred spirits, and it shines through in the music they put forth.

In July 2014, ZLP released their self-titled EP.  They were also featured on WFPK, a Louisville radio station,  where they participated in the “Live Lunch” series.

The Zach Longoria Project has been working hard since July 2014 performing and writing music.  2015 was a great year, ZLP was able to perform the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati in June, which was a wonderful highlight.  2016 is a year that ZLP is really looking forward to; with the new album coming out, they have so much new music to share- so please be sure to check out upcoming shows.

ZLP has been working hard writing songs for the next album, 'Up Up & Away' which will be released in June.  The new single, Shelter hits the airwaves & can be purchased on April 6th!!  Up Up & Away coming out soon!

 

Saturday March 11

Noon till 8pm

Americana/Rock/skilled songwriter ~eternally engaging...and even soothing and seductive.” - No Depression

BRIAN DOLZANI

Brian Dolzani mines his personal life and experiences to create songs that cut deep upon first listen. Through his unique vocal tone (a 'smoother Neil Young') a nd individualistic writing style, you can tell Brian is putting himself on the ledge with every song and performance. His music reflects his heartache and perseverance through early life tragedy, as well as the daily complexities of family life and deep existential issues we all face (if we know how to look and feel). Despite the often confessional and weighty issues that he writes about, Brian's music is inspiring, healing, and a testament to the human ability to engage life at a deep, spiritual level, and live to tell the tale.

He will be releasing his 6th record in the Fall of '12, recorded in East Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard (Matthew Perryman Jones, Kim Richey, Garrison Star), and has shared the stage with The Subdudes, Frank Turner, William Elliot Whitmore, Ryan Star, and Caravan of Thieves, among many others.

9pm FREE/No Cover

Friday March 17

We'll Be

ALL DAY ~ St. Pats Happy Hour

Live Band after the parade!

NO COVER

With The Best Specials Downtown!

$2 DOMESTICS $3 BOMBS

$4 F-BALLS & JAMO!

HUGE PAR-TY! Open at 10am
IRISH NACHOS
Corned Beef Sandwiches
Corned Beef Dinners
Cajun Shepard's Pie
Irish Stew!
Best in the Neighborhood!
$2 DOMESTICS
$3 BOMBS
$4 FireBalls & Jameson
1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99
Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!!!
We pride ourselves on having the
Best Service
Best Food
at The Best Price
+ Awesome Music

Saturday March 18

With sultry, mesmerizing vocals, engaging songwriting talent + fiery slide guitar work from Sydney Australia

Kara Grainger

"But the highlight of the opening set will be Aussie soul slinger Kara Grainger who is known for her groove-rooted sound and mean slide guitar; her sultry vocal melting hearts and minds, a true delight to see". -Zaki Zufri, Insing.com 

Kara Grainger boasts an impressive set of skills. This Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist may evoke comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, but she bears a style all her own, a relentlessly seductive, distinctly modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
At the age of 16 Kara joined with her brother Mitch Grainger to form the band "Papa Lips". The band toured consistently throughout Australia and produced two studio albums that received critical acclaim and were played on several radio stations nationally. The band was heavily influenced by the soul sounds from Stax recording in Memphis, and by the funk, soul and blues from New Orleans.

In 2008 Kara signed to Australian label "Craving Records" with whom Kara released her debut recording " Grand and Green River". The recording was co produced in the US with David Kalish and remained in the top 30 of the Americana Charts for 38 straight weeks. 
Since then she has made two further albums whilst residing in the US. Her second recording ”LA Blues" was performed live at Studio City Sound and engineered by producer Tom Weir. The recording paid tribute to some of Kara's earliest blues inspirations. In 2013 kara recorded and released "Shiver and Sigh" through Los Angeles record label "Eclecto Groove." The album was produced by grammy award winning producer David Z and featured some of LA's finest musicians including Mike Finnigan, Hutch Hutchinson, James Gadson and Kirk Fletcher among others. 
Since her beginnings playing the pub scene of Balmain in Sydney Australia, Kara's music has taken her on an incredible journey throughout the globe. She has traveled to Indonesia several times to perform at the Jakarta International Blues Festival, performing together with her band and also as a special guest with The Jakarta  Women's Blues Review.  In 2011 she toured Japan with "The Swampers and Donnie Fritts”, (the infamous house Rhythm section for "Fame Recordings" in Muscle Shoals). Kara has taken her band to Switzerland where she performed at the Lucerne Blues Festival as well as The Sierre Blues Festival'. She also has toured in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain.
In 2015 Kara performed at the "Beautiful swamp Festival" in Calais France and also to sell out crowds on her debut tour of the Uk. This tour included performances at “The Voodoo Rooms” in Edinburgh and ”Ronnie Scotts",  Londons premier blues and jazz venue.
Recently Kara was also invited to play in North east India by the Himalayan Blues Foundation. Her live performance at the "18 degrees cultural Festival”, was an absolute career highlight. The show was incredibly well received and the local people of Shillong were thrilled and amazed after being introduced to the slide guitar for the very first time.
In the US, Kara has performed at several Festivals such as The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival and Blues from the Top in Colorado.  Kara has also  appeared at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
She has also opened for many extraordinary acts such as Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Jonny Lang to name a few.
Kara is currently working on a new cd which is set to be released in the Summer of this year. The recording is shaping up to have plenty of the roots and blues flavor for which she has become known, and also focuses on a simple production highlighting Kara's beautiful vocal and incredible handling of the slide guitar.

9pm FREE/No Cover

Friday March 24

Benefit Show w/

Sinatra CLE (Patrick Lynch)


Doing Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Michael Buble

more Bands to be announced

 

Saturday March 25

Rags to Riches Presents

The Ides of March Rockabilly Hoedown

w/Johnny Fay & the Bel-Aires

Johnny Fay and the Blazers is a name known internationally to fans and collectors of early rock & roll. Here is the story of Bedford, Ohio native John Furino an d his teenage band the Bel-Aires.

John and friends formed the band while students at Bedford High School in the late 1950s, after witnessing a Cleveland Arena concert by Elvis, Scotty & Bill (with D.J. Fontana on drums). Johnny and The Bel-Aires played local dances and record hops, and after graduating in 1961, John kept the group together with various members.

In 1962 The Bel-Aires were approached by the newly formed Dani Records, a venture started by two Cleveland businessmen. A single was recorded pairing two Bel-Aires originals, “Cindy” and “Sweet Linda Brown”. These highly charged rockers were released under the name Johnny Fay and The Blazers, an identity concocted by the Dani label owners, which John disliked. The record never had a chance as the fledgling record company soon ground to a halt amid a dispute between the two owners.

John didn't think much more about the music business, relocating to Kent, Ohio in 1968. He and a partner opened a barber shop.

Over the years, the rare Dani label single became a favorite of European rockabilly collectors, with both sides appearing on several compilations of rare and coveted 45rpms.

In 2011, Matt Baker, an archeologist of Ohio's rock & roll past, located John and discovered that there were several unissued Bel-Aires demos recorded prior to the Johnny Fay single. While all uptempo rockers, these songs feature some different aspects of the Bel-Aires sound: from a 14 year old John wailing sax on “Bel-Aire Rock”, the Dion & the Belmonts style of “Charlotte”, the accordion led “Crazy Love”, to the Elvis rockabilly of “Hey Pretty Baby”.

Matt brought John's attention to a youtube video featuring a modern rockabilly group from France, The Megatons, playing a live version of “Sweet Linda Brown”. John wrote to the group to compliment their version and was promptly invited to Paris for a month of festival performances and recording with the Megatons in May 2012.

Since 2012, Johnny Fay has toured France twice. He has also played various venues in and around Cleveland during the past 4 years. Johnny Fay completed a US tour last year with the Megatons (from France) on their “Rockabilly Ball North USA Tour 2015” with dates in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and ending up at the “Rebel Nights” in New York City.

plus

David Loy and the Ramrods

David Loy started his musical career in 1981, doing guest vocals with legendary Cleveland band The Generators (the inspiration for the Michael J. Fox movie “Light of Day”). David’s first band, The Tomcats (1982), was primarily a rockabilly band performing both originals and covers. The name was later changed to David Loy and The Ramrods, featuring David on guitar and vocals. As his musical influences grew, the name The Ramrods was replaced with The David Loy Band. During his 32 year career, David has opened for The Romantics, Joe “King” Carrasco, Blackfoot, Maggie’s Dream, Jason and the Scorchers, and Bill Kirchen. He has performed on local radio and television, as well as on MTV’s “Amuck in America.” Getting back to his rockabilly and Americana roots, David Loy and The Ramrodrecently opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson. Regardless of the genre, David has received positive reviews throughout his career

Tuesday March 28

Happy Hour w/

Indie-Pop/Rock from Melbourne Australia

THE ELLIOTTS

MELBOURNE INDIE ROCK GOES NATIONAL

The Elliotts began in 2007 when Robbie Elliott met James (Wally) Howlett at a gig. It was not until James joined that the group was completed. The pair united under a love of harmonies and worked with Pete Dacy (Taxiride, Superjesus), Brian Canham (Pseudo Echo) and Matt Beckley (Katy Perry) to refine their sound.

The Elliotts have been referred to as a post millennium Hollies by Bud Scooper of US rolling stone. In 2012 following Clint's departure, the band toured Singapore and recorded their first EP. Released in 2013, Warriors features 6 songs and an American Indian warrior on the disk; the title signifies the band's unwavering fight to make their music better and acknowledges the connection to their environment. Warriors has sold over 4,000 copies in Australia and was toured in Europe in 2015.

Then

americana alt county indie rock folks from Detroit, Nashville, NYC now L.A.

THE FERDY MAYNE

BIO:
The story of Shane O’Malley Firek, the single constant member of The Ferdy Mayne, is one of journeys – physical, spiritual, and a combination of the two.

“I was going through massive change when I was writing this material,” Firek explains. His moves from Detroit to Nashville, then to New York City, and now on the eve of the release of his self-titled debut album, to Los Angeles, all inform these songs. “Los Angeles is a shimmering object at first glance,” he remembers. “It is unreliable, similar to the unreliable dream of New York City, but I trust in the truth that you can sharpen the tools you came here with.”It’s a lot of movement, the other side of the coin of confinement, which Firek also knows something about. It’s likely the same optimism about his first glimpse of Los Angeles that kept him going before arriving there. “Before my sobriety, I was completely insane, in and out of jail, losing friends and putting myself in considerable debt,” he confesses. “I quit drinking around the time I began to perform in New York, and I’ve been sober a little over three years now.” Free of the law, and free of the hold of alcohol, Firek accomplishes on this album what any artist hopes to who has lived through pretty good and really bad, and that is to fully inform the work with experience. “All songwriting is informed by place, and I wrote what I felt within whatever place I may have been in. I scrape emotion from the bare bones of locations. I was decimated by each new experience and had to put myself back together again,” he says. Firek is most proud of his lyrics, and unlike some songwriters, he fights hard for them, sometimes over the course of many years. “When I write songs, it takes a very long time. Very rarely do songs come quickly, aside from a few on this record,” he says. One that came more easily is the album’s first single and music video, “Define My Name”. “This is the single most focused song on the record, lyrically,” he explains. “What else can it say? Define my name. Surreal, poignant Ferdy lyrics. This is what I do best.”

True enough.

Firek’s lyrics are indeed poetic, not in the labored over sense, even though the relative time spent may say differently, but in the sense that they flow as if being channeled.

From “Define My Name”:

Define my name, little Joan of Arc
Monk cherry tree, won’t you bury me?
I want it sticking out the side of my head
With the flower or the fruit
Define my name little casino hawk
Monk cherry tree gonna come after the dark
I want it sticking out my chest
I want to see it fly again

While The Ferdy Mayne is decidedly Firek’s very own “guitar band” alone, as he terms it, he has also attracted some 40-odd players to the project since he launched it in 2008, playing with musicians ranging from guys he grew up with, to some he found on Craig’s List mere days before stepping into a studio.

“I’ve been pulling this cart for almost ten years,” he jokes.

That said, the upcoming album has the fresh vitality that a first record should, and shows influences both very obvious and more obscure, from Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen to Merle Haggard, Wilco, and Lambchop.

“My influences are generally focused on very specific records and even more so, specific songs,” Firek says, breaking down the myth, and shedding light on the idea above by specifying it’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Street Hassle, and New Skin For The Old Ceremony that he’s feeling, along with Pride In What I Am, A Ghost Is Born, and How I Quit Smoking.

Firek’s laser-focused love for the specifics of other’s work also serves to put his own pride in perspective.

“I am in love with this record, and I want people to love it, too, but if the world doesn’t want it, I definitely have plenty more.”

Firek’s journey continues in 2017. Details of a tour behind the release of the debut album by The Ferdy Mayne will be announced shortly.

Following up three previous EP releases, look out for the self-titled debut album by The Ferdy Mayne on March 24th, 2017 via Greater Peaks Records. The first single and music video for “Define My Name” are streaming now.

 

Friday March 31

Clusterfolk! from Columbus
THE DEVIL DOVES

The Devil Doves are riding the success of their self-titled debut record, released on the DIY label Mingo Town Music, and are branching out from their usual garage sale and grocery store gig. Fronted by Junior Kauffman's rough vocals and insightful lyrics, and backed the uptempo and aggressive styles of Kyle “Headband” Davis on the cajon and Rico “Thunderstorm” Nassau on the bass, the Devil Doves have become a favorite within the Columbus scene. With the addition of Jeff “Pretty Fingers” Straw on the keys and the occasional guest appearance of So Long Stargazer's Kristin Green on backing vocals, the double D's continue to build a fan base throughout Ohio and beyond with their energetic live performances and creative songwriting.

 

Saturday April 1

fuse the likes of Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor and Lauryn Hill!

Danielle Ponder and the

Tomorrow People

"Vocalist Danielle Ponders brings natural power and emotion to stage". Allyson Lyke Rochester Music Examiner

"Danielle Ponder is a soul house!!" - Democrat and Chronicle

"So there we were on Gibbs Street, boppin' around to Filthy Funk's cool groove as Ponder rained soul down upon us, much like the clouds did soon after the set. Frankly, I think Ponder busted those clouds wide open."
-Frank Deblase City NewsPaper

Tuesday April 4

Happy Hour w/

Nashville's #1 Singer Songwriter

MARK STUART

Mark Stuart will spend 2016 doing what he has always done. He will tourfull-time as a musical artist, bringing his years of experience to thestage. Onstage, his focus is on the songs he has penned and recorded,delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing.

After many years on the Americana/Folk circuit, Stuart has cultivated avery rounded performance. His show consists of storytelling, flashy guitar"chops", and songs that seem to draw from his rock, blues, country, and folkmusic roots. Mostly, this artist from Tennessee has toured solo or in anotable duo with his wife ("Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart"). There were stintsalong the way as a sideman, though (Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, SteveEarle, Joan Baez). If placed on the bill with a contemporary artist he isusually asked to play guitar on their portion of the show. Just ask Jason Ringenberg, Ray Wylie Hubbard, or Jimmy LaFave.

One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater,coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitarclinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone's recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums.Stuart's career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe,
and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades
.

Friday April 7

alt/gypsy/punk

THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS

Formed in 2008, This Way to the EGRESS is a 6-piece accordion led ensemble hailing from the Philadelphia region. Since it's start, EGRESS has tried to find a box in which they could fit themselves, however finding a box to fit six members playing accordion's, tuba's, electric guitar's, trombone's, piano's, and drum's would need to be a rather large box. So they move forth doing what they do best, incorporating elements of punk, Balkan, Klezmer, blues, reggae and ragtime with Americana Folk-Rock causing a genre defying sound that P.T. Barnum would be proud of.

Saturday April 8

A Rowdy Blend of Rootsy Folk, Jazz and Blues from Buffalo, NY

Folkfaces

Folkfaces is a group out of Buffalo, NY that plays a rowdy blend of rootsy Folk, Jazz, and Blues - fusing classic forms with contemporary feelings and irresisti bly danceable energy. Their inspiration comes from the mountains of Appalachia to the deltas of Mississippi, the swamps of Louisiana to the Concrete Jungle of the Rustbelt. Specializing in merriment and sticking it to the system, Folkfaces make the crowd dance and the hierarchy shatter.

Awards~Artvoice Battle of original music grand champions

 

Tuesday April 11

Friday April 14

Rock + Soul Duo with Pop Sensibilty, lots of heart, & just the right amount of sass ~ from upstate NY

SIRSY

SIRSY is a rock and soul duo with lots of pop sensibility and just the right amount of sass. The Boston Globe sums it up, “Little band. Big Sound.” No more need s to be said. Although the only thing “little” about Sirsy is that there's just two of them. The rest is bigger than a T-Rex. Close your eyes and listen to the power and heart in their music and you'll swear there's more than two people on stage. It's crank up the volume, sing along at the top of your lungs music -- even when the ballads kick in. Plus, "Their clever, smart songs have more hooks than a tacklebox." (-Times Union).

SIRSY is fronted by powerhouse vocalist Melanie (Mel) Krahmer, who is described as “one of the most powerful & flexible voices you'll ever hear.” (-Times Union). Aftertaste Magazine said, “Bursting and belting out emotion and substance, she can be the queen of ‘in the groove' rocking or be simple and delicate.” Still, there is more to Mel than her soul-inspired vocals: she also plays a full drum kit while standing up (she's been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine and is officially endorsed by Paiste Cymbals and Vater Percussion). At their live shows, Mel also plays bass parts with a drum stick (on a keyboard mounted on her drums). She even throws in an occasional flute solo, too.

Guitarist Rich Libutti plays a well-loved and road-worn Rickenbacker through a pedal board full of vintage effects. “The guitar player is flawless and raw. Clean enough to be enjoyed, and just edgy enough to make you grin.” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX). Live, Rich also plays bass on a keyboard with his feet.

Sirsy has played over 250 shows per year nationally for the last 10 years. They average about 60,000 miles per year in their little white van aptly named "Miles". They tour for a living. Although you'll normally find them in the headline slot, they've also opened for: Maroon 5, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Train, RaRaRiot, Third Eye Blind, Collective Soul, Lifehouse, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, and many more. SIRSY has played official showcases at CMJ and SXSW as well as marquee venues like The Viper Room and Gramercy Theater.

Both Mel and Rich have theater backgrounds. So, their energetic live show often includes stories and laughter from the stage. Although the lyrics can be introspective and the power of Sirsy can get pretty intense, “there is no sadness there”, Mel says. On stage they radiate joy. "It's just us being free and playing music...”

SIRSY is currently hard at work writing new songs for a follow-up to their latest EP "Sketches and Ghosts" and their most recent full-length offering, "Coming into Frame". "Coming into Frame" was produced by Grammy-winners, Paul Kolderie & Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole, Dresden Dolls, Pixies). SIRSY's song “Cannonball” was featured on the hit tv show "Shameless" (on Showtime). Their music video for “Lionheart” was in rotation on MTVu and their song "Revolution" was the theme song for a PBS documentary "So Right, So Smart". (The music video for 'Revolution' was also in rotation on HBO).

“Pouring their souls out and rocking the shit outta the crowd, was SIRSY … just phenomenal! SIRSY is NOT simply a two piece, they are a head scratching, 'WOW!' This is the complete package in a fun sized, rock and roll, smiling laughing, have a good goddamn time with your friends, band!” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX) "SIRSY is Highly talented, “edgy-feel-good” and fun to watch, you gotta go see them.” (-Houston Music Blog)

Saturday April 15

bluesy, funky, soulful from Grand Haven, MI

JIM SHANEBERGER BAND

The Jim Shaneberger Band is a group of hardworking musicians hailing from West Michigan. Led by front man Jim Shaneberger, a skilled guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and vocalist, the band is a mainstay in the Michigan music scene. Bassist Jeffrey Baldus and drummer Steve Harris each add their own energy and playing styles for a lively, energetic, and eventful stage performance. With influences like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zepplin, and Motown classics, the Jim Shaneberger Band mixes rock, funk, soul, and blues into a sound all their own.
Jim Shaneberger's songwriting prowess made its debut on the band's first album, Work In Progress. His original music showcases his diverse range of musical interests, with each song drawing from a unique genre and theme. “Trouble,” an R&B flavored song with socially conscious lyrics, has had radio play all over the world, creating a fan base for Jim Shaneberger Band reaching far beyond their Grand Rapids roots.
The Jim Shaneberger Band's ability to perform captivating original music, as well as covers that have their own take and style, has led them to many high profile gigs, including opening for funk band Here Come the Mummies in 2014 and 2015, and competing in the International Blues Challenge in 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. Along with that, Work In Progress was nominated for four WYCE Jammie Awards in 2014, including Best Album by a New Artist, Best Blues/Soul Album, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “The Storm is Coming.” With a new album currently in the works, this band is no longer a “work in progress,” but a growing force in the music scene.

Friday April 21

Retro Folk Rock from East Nashville, TN byway of Saint Louis, MO

Sadie Hart

Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, Sadie Hart has long let her love of music lead her around the world. From studying music and theatre in London to playing the singer/songwriter circuit in New York City to teaching yoga with tranquil tunes in Costa Rica, Sadie always strives to perfect her craft and turn her experiences into song. Her honest and candid pop-laced Americana music exposes a vulnerable s ide of the singer, all the while remaining approachably witty. Influenced heavily by The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, the Great American Songbook and her extensive musical theatre background, Sadie's top-notch songs have landed her in contests ranging from the 2013 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project to a finalist in the annual John Lennon Songwriters Scholarship Contest. Her fun folk-y tunes are upbeat and inspiring tracks, sure to stick with you long after the record has stopped spinning.

Friday April 28

 

 

Saturday April 29

singer-songwriter playing dreamy folk rock from Newport, KY

Royal Holland

Royal Holland is a singer-songwriter from Newport, KY playing dreamy folk rock songs about love and loss since early 2014. He is desperate to create elaborate, visceral, truthful musical stories in every new song. He stands upon the shoulders of his heroes of the art form; Leonard Cohen, Elliot Smith and Jeff Mangum among many others, and draws inspiration from the terribly beautiful and wonderfully horrible events of daily mundane life. He wants us all to feel beautiful and free.

Growing up in a small farm town, Royal started piano lessons at age 7 during which he begged his instructor to teach him how to write a song. Since then, Royal has always taken solace in writing songs. It got him through being an outcast in his formative years, becoming a single dad at a young age and two failed marriages. He continues to write songs that will connect with those of us who can't quite seem to find their place in this life.

Royal has led two bands over the past 14 years, but has recenty branched out as a solo artist. In his first year he has been featured on CMJ.com, shared the stage with Reggie and the Full Effect, released an initial 4 song E.P. titled "Volume One - The Maze" (recorded and produced by Grammy winning producer Brian Olive), begun work on a second E.P., cut a Nashville demo on Music Row , logged over 5000 touring miles and won The 2014 Ohio Music Award for “Best Folk Album”

 

Wednesday May 3

roots rockin’ funk soul blues out of Woodstock, NY

DYLAN DOYLE BAND

“As we say in the the south, 'this boy boy has the real goods'.”

Butch Dener - Manager of 'The Band'
"It is with great pleasure I put the spotlight on a wonderful musician, Dylan Doyle. Dylan is only eighteen, but his abilities as a guitarist go well beyond those years.There truly must be something in the water in Upstate New York. Dylan joined the group Minstrel (Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Will Bryant, and Brandon Moss) and me last September at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. He sat in on Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken” that evening. His playing was flawless and inventive. Live performance is not about only playing a song but being aware of the conversation and flow of those you’re playing with. He spoke beautifully and was listening to what was going on around him. His musicianship was impressive. I wish him the very best on the journey he’s undertaking as a songwriter and leader of his own band. I look forward to our next conversation."
-Bill Payne of Little Feat

Southern born, Northern raised , Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Bob Dylan, Wes Montgomery, and Bill Withers to John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of Roots, Rock, and Jazz, giving him a style that defies classification.
Touring nationally since age 15, Dylan became a seasoned professional at a very young age. He has played with such notable musicians Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan, Don Mclean), John Platania (Van Morrison, Natalie Merchant), Ben Cauley (Otis Redding) and Bill Payne (Little Feat). Stoner called Dylan one of the most prodigious players he has known with abundant natural talent. John Platania has referred to Dylan as “The Future.” Ben Cauley, after playing with Dylan in Memphis said, “Dylan Doyle sounds like a young Jimi Hendrix.” In the words of Bill Payne upon sharing the stage, “Music is a conversation. Dylan spoke beautifully and was listening to the musicians around him. His play was imaginative and original.”
Attesting to Dylan’s versatility, Dylan has played the King Biscuit Blues Festival three consecutive years as well headlining the Grateful Garcia Gathering, the largest Grateful Dead festival in the Midwest. Dylan consistently packs houses around the country as is looking forward to the band’s European Debut in 2017.

 

Saturday May 13

funk, rock, jazz and soul progressive blues from CLE

THE UNDERWORLD BLUES BAND

Formed in 2010 by guitarist/composer Gaetano Letizia to play a style of progressive blues that combines it with funk, rock, jazz and soul. Desiring to stand on the shoulders of the blues greats, the band strives to produce creative, new blues music that honors and expands their great tradition. The group has a core of three veterans (Gaetano Letizia, Larry Keller, Mike D'Elia) and an extended family of feature artists that join in when needed.

The UWB will release its first CD, “Voodoo Doll & Other Blues Lessons” in the fall of 2013.

Gaetano Letizia, Guitar & Vocals*
40 year veteran of the US music scene with blues and jazz performances in LA, NYC, Europe and Asia. With ten albums to his credit and glowing revues in Downbeat and Guitar Player magazines, Gaetano now performs and teaches throughout the US.

Mike D'Elia, Drums & Vocals*
Playing professionally since age 13, Mike is the “go to” blues and R&B drummer in Cleveland. Mike is in heavy demand by many bands and venues in the area, able to play and sing all the tunes including his own compositions.

Larry Keller, Electric Bass & Vocals*
Respected for decades by Northern Ohio blues, funk and soul musicians as one of the finest bassists in the Midwest. Larry holds down the bottom end for many of the area's best blues, rock and soul bands. Larry's style combines the best of the old school R&B players with all the energy of today's new school blues rock bassists.

 

Thursday May 25

Reggae/Rock/Funk band hailing from Boston

THE ELOVATERS

The Elovaters are Reggae/Rock/Funk band hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. The band is fronted by lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Jackson Wetherbee who has toured internationally. The Elovaters also feature musicians formerly of New England Music Award winning bands; The Aldous Collins Band and Last Call. The sound is similar to that of UB40, The Police, Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their show is fun, energetic and has festive crowds dancing, grooving, and singing along.They have supporting headliners such as Kool and The Gang, Akon, Ballyhoo, Stick Figure, Collie Buddz, Trombone Shorty, The Movement, New Kingston, and Galactic.

 

Friday June 10
Happy Hour

with Chart topping UK singer-songwriter

Luke Concannon

Luke Concannon is an English singer-songwriter who writes about people power, hope, and intimacy. After selling over a million records in the UK and Ireland from his own independent record label, he's in America to begin sharing his music. 

Luke wrote his last album inspired by a hitch-hiking adventure from England to Palestine, where he spent time as a peace worker. He says; ‘Integrity is important to me, so signing to a major record label never felt like the right fit; I wanted to speak the truth to power and invest in our local community. My interest at gigs is to hear what people are yearning for (sometimes to sing and dance together, sometimes to be really quiet) and to invite that. I like the community that can be created by playing listening and laughing together'.

Luke is one of the most passionate, honest, and engaged song-writers on the scene right now, putting on one of the most magical powerful live shows going. Come join us to share songs and stories.

 

FRIDAY JUNE 23

Modern afrobeat from around the world / from Barcelona!

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble was founded in Chicago in 2003 by guitarist Aaron Feder . In 2006 Aaron moved to Barcelona in search of a different sound for the AAbE. He quickly found a group of international members, from all continents of the globe. In a short time the band was reformed and headlined the Fiestizaje music and arts festival in 2008.   The band then set about recording their first studio album, Toubab Soul which was released in 2010. Shortly afterwards, they released the remix album, Toubab Resouled , and opened the world music festival Cruilla de Cultures with Konono No 1 .

Toubab Soul met with positive reviews from different international publications, such as Afropop Worldwide, calling the album “ as dark and intensely danceable as any African musical experience can be ”, and DJ Floro declared the band the best representation of Afrobeat in the country. While their energetic live show was winning over audiences in Spain, their studio work was included in a compilation CD from Relix magazine , part of a world music compilation from TuneCore digital distributors, and used as the soundtrack for the first ever Nigerian-Spanish film, Super Zebraman . Their connection with the visual arts continued when they had music included in the television show Furgoaddictes , and they recorded the music for the national TV show Museo Coconut.

At the same time the band also began their relationship with manager Javi Zarco ( Ojos de Brujo, Peret ), who is also a founder of the Afrobeat Project cultural association in Spain. Their music was also included on an Afrobeat compilation from Paris DJs and later in the compilation World Music from Catalonia . Their live shows continued to grow in intensity, and they hit the festival circuit, playing at ImaginaFunk with Ebo Taylor , and closing out the WOMAD Canary Islands festival in 2011.

Fast forward to 2014, after two years of crossing the Iberian Peninsula and visiting the Canary and Balearic Islands on various occasions, they return to the studio to record their second album, Life No Get Dublicate . At the same time, the record label Slow Walk Music is formed, and AAbE is on board. The album is released at the beginning of 2014 and receives positive reviews from multiple international sources, with La Vanguardia newspaper saying the album is “ worthy of Blue Note records ”. The band is featured on PRI's the World , and begins to expand outside of Spain. They are selected for the AA++ musical exchange with France , open the Mercé Festival in Barcelona for 10,000 people, return to a sold out show in the Canary Islands in the Umami Music and Arts Festival , and they are selected to tour Spain in the Girando Por Salas program. In November 2014, the band released a short animated film set to the song “ Majority Whip ”.

In 2015 the band changes direction a bit, with singer Joe Psalmist , from Lagos, Nigeria joining the band for their winter/spring tour of the peninsula, Balearic Islands and even a trip to the African continent to play in Ceuta . Additionally, they return to the studios of Radio 3 for another nationally televised in studio concert.

Joe's soulful voice and inimitable stage presence brings the band to the next level. They spend winter recording a new album, and then spend the summer touring Spain and France once again, highlighted by multiple visits to Madrid in the Fiestas de San Isidro and the Festival de Cultura Inquieta , plus a return to Ibiza . Fall 2015 saw the release of their third studio album, It's Time , combining brand new songs with brand new remixes as well. 2016 has seen the band on their first North American tour as well as hitting up London and France .

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Saturday June 24

Live at HAPPY HOUR

Honest, energetic folk music from the Adirondack Mountains

Alex Smith

Alex is a wonderful poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present, and sneaking a peek at the future. - Bob Everhart: Country Music News International

Thursday June 29

Indie Folk Rock from Hotlanta!

Highbeams

Three brothers with true passion for music; Highbeams play their own brand of emotive, high-energy Folk Rock. Since forming in 2012, Highbeams has released two full length albums and performed all over the Southeast alongside national acts like Vertical Horizon, Chase Bryant, and Col Bruce Hampton. Today the band continues touring behind their latest release, Everything Aside, and making the most of every opportunity to share their dream with the world.

 

Thursday July 6

Rev. Raven

& the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.

Rev. Raven and the band won the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and again in 2010. They also received the People's Choice Award in 2006, 2008 and again in 2010. They were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007 for Bamfest 2007.

Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.

Since 1990 Raven has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends. He has also performed with Billy Flynn, R.J. Mischo, Perry Weber, Piano Willie, Stokes, Jon Paris, Clyde Stubblefied, Bryan Lee and the Lamont Cranston band

featuring

Westside Andy Linderman

on Harmonica

Born in 1952, Andy caught the music bug young, and picked up his first harmonica at age 11 in Madison, WI, which he still calls home. Listening late at night on KAAY AM Radio in Little Rock, AR, he got turned on early to Muddy Waters, Little Walter, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, and Big Walter Horton, to name a few. And at that time, there were so many great, iconic players to learn from in the nearby Chicago area. Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Jim Liban, Corky Siegel, Paul Butterfield. Lots of information and inspiration for a young, hungry player.

He's played over 10,000 gigs over some 45 years, working with a Who's Who of the Blues: Luther Allison, Ben E. King, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Barrelhouse Chuck, Hubert Sumlin, Tab Benoit, Gary Primich, Mel Ford, Billy Flynn, Glenn Davis, Paul Black & the Flipkings, Reverend Raven, Jon Nicholson, Corky Siegel, Jim Schwall, Ben Sidran, Tino Gonzales, Clyde Stubblefield, The Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens, and The University of Wisconsin 250-piece band (!).

The Blues is the center, yet Andy plays the harmonica with no genre limitation. His drive to push the envelope has led to many sessions in R&B, Jazz, and Country. He also makes sure to take time to share his love and appreciation for his craft, by playing for and teaching school kids, via "K-12 Blues in the Schools".

Listening to Andy's live and recorded work, you get a sense of the many harpists that have inspired him. Blend that with his own unique tone and style, and you know instantly who you're listening to. It's that "player's player", Westside Andy.      by Bob Harris

 

Friday July 7

Ohio's premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band

SWAMPS OF JERSEY

Swamps distinguishes itself from other Springsteen tribute bands by re-creating specific shows and albums. A special treat for Cleveland fans of a certain age is the Springsteen legendary show that took place at the Agora and was simulcast on WMMS FM/100.7 on Aug. 9, 1978. Micenmacher was not old enough to attend at the time.

"There's an aspect of performing in a tribute band, the level of showmanship and drama that comes from the audience's familiarity with the material, that you don't get in other bands" said Micenmacher. "I consider myself a superfan when it comes to Springsteen. But the music is as much the audience's as it is mine."

Mike Miller, owner of Wilbert's in Cleveland, has booked Swamps of Jersey a bunch of times. And he says he will again.

"I think this is true of all tribute bands as it is of Swamps. Their heart is really in it," said Miller. "They are as thrilled to perform the show as the audience is to hear them."

Tuesday August 22

HIGH ENERGY ROCK N’ ROLL FROM NORTHERN ALBERTA CANADA

FKB

In the heart of the prairies of Northern Alberta Canada, amid the noise of farming and oilfield drilling, three young men came together with a dream. The dream was to launch a Rock n Roll revival that would flood the nation like a tidal wave, with a sound inspired by that of their musical heroes of the fifties and sixties, but set on overdrive. While other kids were studying, getting into trouble, or wasting time, Drew, Zach, and Derek were spending their nights locked in a remote garage learning their favorite songs from the Beatles, Beach Boys, and the Ramones.
After building the perfect repertoire they hit the road playing shows wherever anyone would hire them. It was at one of these shows where they caught the attention of Juno award winner Clayton Bellamy, also known as one-third of the Platinum selling group the Road Hammers. Without wasting any time, Clayton offered to produce them and within days they were writing and rehearsing. Producer/mentor Clayton brought in award-winning producer/mixer Scott Baggett (John Waite, Alison Krauss,The Road Hammers) to mix and engineer and the team's momentum grew as they went on to make their first record. Recorded in Edmonton at the Sound Extractor studio and mixed and mastered in Nashville at the Electric Sandbox 1-2-3-FKB is reminiscent of some of the greatest names in Rock n Roll. In a time when the loud and gyrating rhythms began to take the world by storm. Youth was what propelled the music then, and youth will propel the music once again, So holla with me!!! 1-2-3 FKB

 

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

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

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

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