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People have asked me to Compile a List of people who have played for me-I'll start with the Blues guys first-OK-Everybody!!!!!!!Ha Ha!

Now here you Go-

16 Horsepower
5 Chinese Brothers
A, Johnny
Adcock, C. C.
Michael Allman
Allison, Bernard
Allison, Luther
Devon Allman
Alvin, Dave
Amble Eric
Andersen, Mike
Andre The Giant
Pete Anderson
Andrews, Jake
Michael "Tunes" Antunes
Brian Vander Ark
Armstrong, James

Billy Boy Arnold
Ben Aurther
Arvey, Steve
The Assassins
Assembly Of Dust
Asleep At The Wheel
Austin Lounge Lizards
Austin "Walkin' Cane"
Austin, Reneé
The Bad Examples
Bacon, Billy and the Forbidden Pigs
Ryan Adams (Whiskey Town)
Backsliders, The
Dan Baird
Bad Livers
Baldry Long John
Ball, Marcia
Daniel "Slick" Ballinger
Barefoot Truth
Pato Banton
Roosevelt 'Booba' Barnes
Barton, Lou Ann
The Beat Farmers
Beard, Chris
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Adrian Belew
Carey Bell
Bell, William
The Bellfuries
Benoit, Tab
Tony Bennett, (will I did meet him in a restaurant on Captiva Is) Hey it's my list!!
Big Brother & the Holding Co
Big Joe and the Dynaflows
Big Leg Emma
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Big Sandy and his Fly-rite Boys
Big Sugar
Big Shoulders
Big Time Sarah
Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows
Sugar Blue
Blue Moon Boys.The
Blue Highway
Blue Rodeo
Black 47
Jeff Black
Blackwater Surprise
Bland, Bobby 'Blue'
Blind Boys of Alabama
Block, Rory
Blood Oranges
The Blue Moon Boys, featuring lead vocalist Nic Roulette
Bogart, Deanna
Bohren, Spencer
Bon Ton Roulet
Boozoo Chavis (That's Who!)
The Bottle Rockets
Darrin Bradbury
Robert Bradleys Blackwater Surprise
Bramhall, Doyle
Branch, Billy
Brave Combo
Brewer & Shipley
Dee Dee Bridgewater
The Bridge
Jonatha Brooke
Brooks, Lonnie
Brooks, Ronnie Baker
Brown Bird
Savoy Brown
Stephen Bruton
Brooks, Wayne Baker
Charles Brown
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
Brown, Clarence 'Gatemouth'
Brown, Junior
Sarah Brown
Lachlan Bryan
Bruso, Nora Jean
Buchanan, Roy
Jeff Buckley
Buckwheat Zydeco
richard buckner
Cindy Bullens
Burks, Michael
Kenny Burrell
Bx3 - Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin
Cain, Chris
CACTUS Featuring Jim McCarty
Buddy Cage
Mikhal Caldwell
Troy Campbell
Caravan of Thieves
Drew Carey
Larry Carlton
Ralph Carney
Sean Carney
Carrier, Chubby and the Bayou Swamp Band
Jim Carroll
Caitlin Cary
Peter Case
Caravan of Thieves
Hayes Carll
Paul Carrack (Squeeze vocalist on "Tempted")
Cash Box Kings

Chris Castle
Castro, Tommy
Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans
Hazel Chapman (Tracy's Mom)
Chenier, CJ
Chicago Rhythm And Blues Kings
Cigar Store Indians
The Clarks
Guy Clark
Clark, W.C.
Clay, Otis
Slaid Cleaves
Clearwater, Eddy 'Chief'
Cobham, Billy
Commander Cody
Jude Cole
Freddy Cole (Nat's Brother)
Coleman, Deborah
Coleman, Wallace
Stacie Collins
Company Of Thieves
Connor, Joanna
Copeland, Shemekia
Johnny ' Clyde ' Copeland

A. J. Croce
Larry Coryell
Costello, Sean
Cotton, James
Albert Collins
Ralph Covert
The Brothers Creeggan
Cummings, Albert
Curfman, Shannon
Curran, Nick
Mary Cutrufello

Rick Danko
Olu Dara
Dash Rip Rock
David Gans
Davies, Debbie
Davis, Guy
Thornetta Davis
Mary Bridget Davies
Ray Davies - came in, had dinner and stayed for the show!
Davina & The Vagabonds
Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie
Ronnie Dawson
Delta Highway
Deadstring Brothers
Anne E. DeChant
Delta Moon
Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones Featuring Dennis Gruenling
Zach Deputy
The Derailers
Rick Derringer
The Devil Makes Three
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Disco Biscuits
Dixon, Floyd
Joaquin Diaz
Doctor Hector & the Groove Injectors
Micky Dolenz
Dollar Store
Donna the Buffalo
Double Trouble
Downchild Blues Band
Driftless Pony Club
Drive-By Truckers
Drums & Tuba
Duarte, Chris
Slim Dunlap

Joe D'Urso
Zach Deputy
Emily Earle
Stacy Earle & Mark Stuart
Tim Easton
Alejandro Escovedo
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Kurt Elling
Eddie Money
Eddie From Ohio
Bleu Edmondson
Earl, Ronnie & The Broadcasters
Edwards, Honeyboy
Fred Eaglesmith
Ellis, Tinsley
Joe Ely
Wreckless Eric
Ernie and the Automatics
Estrin, Rick
John Alec Entwistle (WHO?)
evan and jaron
Fabulous Thunderbirds
Fairport Convention
Danny Federici
Jason D. Federici
H-Bomb Ferguson-Wiggin' Out!
Steve Ferguson
Melissa Ferrick
Joe Firstman
Samantha Fish
Foley, Sue
Steve Forbert
Ford, Robben
Forsyth, Guy
Radney Foster ,
Pete Fountain - My Great Uncle produced over 45 LP for him! and Hoagy Carmichael-Bud Dant
Michael Fracasso
Stewart Francke
Kinky Friedman
Freund, Steve
Funderburgh, Anson w/ Sam Myers & the Rockets,
Robbie Fulks
Lowell Fulson
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
Gaelic Storm
Chris Gaffney
Frank Gambale
David Gans
Garaj Mahal
Rayna Gellert
Greg Ginn ( Black Flag)
Donna Jean Godchaux
Goober & the Peas- With White Stripe/Raconteur Jack White on drums under the moniker of Doc Gillis!
Seth Glier
Jon Dee Graham
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Jude Gold
Gomes, Anthony
The Gourds
Kevin Gordon
Robert Gordon
Gordie Johnson (made me go and get everyone ear plugs before he when on!)
Garaj Mahal
Barry Goudreau (From the band Boston)
Greyboy Allstars w/ Karl Denson
Great Big Sea
Green, Peter and the Splinter Group
Patty Griffin
Grupo Fantasma
Gruenling, Dennis and JumpTime
Guitar Shorty
Guy, Buddy
Guy, Phil
Guyger, Steve
Gym Class Heroes
John Hall (Orleans)
Stu Hamm
Hammond, John
Col. Bruce Hampton
Harman, James
Debbie Harry
Corey Harris
Mic Harrison
Bill Harvey
Colonel Bruce Hampton
Wayne "The Train" Hancock
Jimmy Herring
Hart, Alvin Youngblood
Hacienda Brothers
Sib Hashian (Fron the band Boston)
Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls
Haunt the House
Ronnie Hawkins
Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails
Ted Hawkins
Al Hendrix -Jimi's dad
Hayes Carll
Ron Haynes
Brian Henke
Scott Henderson
The Holmes Brothers
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Peter Himmelman
High Noon
Tish Hinojosa
Hubert Sumlin
Deborah Harry
Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys
Will Hoge
Hole, Dave
Holland, Jools
The Hollisters(Mike Barfield)
Hollywood Ending
Holmstrom, Rick
Holt, Scott
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit
The Honeydogs

Dr. Hook
Hot Club of Cowtown
Howling Diablos
Hubbard, Ray Wylie
Stu Hamm
Hummel, Mark
Wayne Hancock
Candye Kane
Hunt, Kelley
Smoking Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Hunter, Long John
Hunter, Charlie
Hypnotic Clambake
Iko Iko
The Iguanas
Jack Ingram
Jason & the Scorchers
Mike Ireland
Jabali Afrika
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers
James, Colin
Jason and The Scorchers
Jarabe de Palo
Jazz Mandolin Project
The Jazz Passengers
Donna Jean and the Tricksters
J. Geils
Jill Jack
John Brown's Body
John, Colin
Johnny Elvis and the Crown Electrics
Johnson, Jimmy
Johnson, Big Jack
Johnson, Jimmy
Johnson, Johnnie
Johnson, Luther 'Guitar Jr.'
Syl Johnson
King Johnson
Chris Thomas King
Jones For Revival 
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Jordan, Stanley
Kaiser Cartel
Kane, Candye
Karp, Peter
Mamar Kassey
Kazanoff, Kaz
Keb' Mo'
Larry Keel
Shawn Kellerman
Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum
Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins

Will Kimbrough
Steve Kimock
King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell)
Chris Thomas King
King Johnson
Kingsley Flood

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin
Chris Knight
Sonny Knight & The Lakers
Davy Knowles
Kirchen, Bill
Kirkland, Eddie
Jann Klose
Kooper, Al
Adam Kowalczyk (Of Live)
Kubek, Smokin' Joe & B'nois King
Landreth, Sonny
Lane, Jimmy D.
Lang, Jonny
Patty Larkin
Jim Lauderdale
Jimmy LaFave
Bettye LaVette
Chris Layton
Lazy Lester
Ledet, Rosie the Zydeco Sweetheart
Lee, Floyd
Amy LaVere
Lenz, Mike
Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
Liberty Deep Down
Eric Lindell
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
Little Brian
Little Malcom & the Houserockers
Little Mike & The Tornadoes
Lindell, Eric
Lindley, David
Liquid Soul
Little Charlie and the Nightcats
Little Milton
Richard Lloyd ( Television)
Lil' Brian & the Travelers
Lockwood, Robert Jr.
Nils Lofgren
Logan, John 'Juke'
Sinéad Lohan
Mike Lombardo
Loose Diamonds
Los Straitjackets
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
Louisiana Red
Low Cut Connie
John Lurie
Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
Claire Lynch Band
pat mAcdonald
Ashley MacIsaac
Lonnie Mack
Buick MacKane
Doug MacLeod
Magic Dick
Magic Slim and the Teardrops
Lil' Malcolm & the Houserockers
Mallory San Marco
Margolin, Bob
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's
Mark May and The Soul Satyr Horns

Bex Marshell
Tift Merritt
Mathus, Jimbo
Mayall, John and The Blues Brakers
Ashley MacIsaac-Did a sound check-but stepped on his fiddle and got mad!!!
Natalie MacMaster
Mamar Kassey
Mama's Black Sheep
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Delbert McClinton
Pat McDonald
Roger McGuinn
Jamie McLean Band
Larry McCray
Xan McCurdy (Cake, The Loved Ones)
McLagan, Ian
"Mean Gene" Okerlund WWF
Tift Merritt
Bobby Messano
Michael Hill's Blues Mob
Mighty Lester Band
Bill Miller
Scott Miller & the Commonwealth
Mighty Diamonds
Mighty Sam McClain
Milligan, Malford
Buddy and Julie Miller
The Modulators
Katy Moffat

Ryan Montbleau Band
Montgomery, James
Montoya, Coco
Moonshine Still
Ian Moore
Allison Moorer (well she didn't play for me-but kept my $200 deposit!)
Morgan, Mike and the Crawl
Teddy Morgan
Whitey Morgan and the 78's
Morganfield, Big Bill
Shana Morrison - (Van's Daughter)
Moss, Nick & TheFlipTops
Mouth Music
Moxy Früvous
Muldaur, Maria
Shawn Mullins
Peter Mulvey
Trish Murphy
Matt "Guitar" Murphy
Musselwhite, Charlie
Myers, Sam
Norman Nardini
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
Hani Naser
Neal, Kenny
Neal, Lil Ray
Neal, Rafu
New Birth Brass Band
David Nelson
Paula Nelson
Nelson, Tracy
Németh, John
Carrie Newcomer
New Monsoon
New Orleans Klezmer All*Stars
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Cyril Neville & Tribe 13
Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk
Willie Nile
John Novello
Nulisch, Darrell

Mean Gene Okerlund
Old Man Luedecke
Omar and the Howlers
Outside the Box
Oranj Symphonette with Ralph Carney and fellow Waits alumni Joe Gore and Matt Brubeck
Beth Orton
Osborne, Anders
Judith Owen
Packway Handle Band
The Paladins
Palmer, Sue
Bobby Parker
Graham Parker
Maceo Parker
Parnell, Lee Roy
Charlie Parr
Pearl and the Beard
Jaco Pastorius (long story!-of course!)
Ellis Paul
Paul & Storm
Nicholas Payton
Pearl and the Beard
Ann Peebles
Perkins, Pinetop
Perry, Bill
Peterson, Lucky
Perpetual Groove
Phelps, Kelly Joe
Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Piazza, Rod and the Mighty Flyers (Fist National act I Booked)
Piccolo, Greg
The Legendary Marvin Pontiac
Popa Chubby
Popovic, Ana
Portnoy, Jerry
Grace Potter, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Preacher Boy
Ben Prestage
Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band
Toni Price
Lou Pride
Primer, John
Primich, Gary
Principato, Tom
Snooky Pryor
Queen Ida
Rabson, Ann
Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys
Bobby Radcliff
Ramos, Kid
Ramsey, Bo
Amy Ray
Rays Music Exchange
Rebirth Brass Band
Leon Redbone
Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band
Reckless Kelly
Red Hot & Blue
Reverend Horton Heat
Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
Rhodes, Sonny
Jason Ricci
Richey, Kelly
Kim Richey
Steve Riley & The Mamuo Playboys
Rishell, Paul and Annie Raines
Amy Rigby
Tabu Ley Rochereau
Robillard, Duke
Tad Robinson
Charlie Robison
Rocker, Lee

Rockin' Jake
Jimmy Rodgers (Blues)
Carrie Rodriguez
Rogers, Roy
Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom
Roomful Of Blues
The Rounders
Rupa and the April Fishes
Rush, Bobby
Rush, Otis
Russell, Leon
Tom Russell
Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Walter Salas-Humara
Andrew Salgado
Salgado, Curtis
Joe Sample
The Samples
Satan & Adam
Sauce Boss (Bill Wharton)
Merl Saunders
Savoy Brown
Sayers, Hadden
Saw Doctors
Schultz, Alex
Scofield, John
Scott, E.C.
Seals, Son
Martin Sexton
Shannon, Mem
Shannon, Tommy
Shaw, Eddie and the Wolf Gang
Shepherd, Kenny Wayne
Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septe
Shorty, Guitar

Corky Siegel
Guitar Slim
Sicilia, Gina
The Silos
Simien, Terrance
Simmonds, Kim
Nina Simone
and daughter......
Simone (w/ liquid soul)
Keaton Simons
Sister Carol
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Alex Skolnick Trio
Slim, Lynwood
Too Slim and the Taildraggers
The Slip
Anna Nicole Smith (well she came in and danced one night!)
Smith, Byther
Darden Smith
Elliott Smith
Smith, Josh
Steve Smith
Smith, Willie 'Big Eyes'
Smither, Chris
Clem Snide
Todd Snider
Solberg, James
Sol Driven Train
Sol Seed
SONS OF CREAM – Kofi Baker & Malcolm Bruce with Godfrey Townsend
Soul of John Black
Sprit of the West
Split Lip Rayfield
The Spring Standards
Michael Stanley Band
Steep Canyon Rangers
Mike Stern
Corey Stevens
John Stewart ( Kingston Trio-fame not the TV guy-which I did have some people show up for!)
Derek St. Holmes
Strange Folk
Strehli, Angela
The Strumbellas
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Studebaker John
Stuve, Bill
Subdudes ,The
Sugar Blue
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Sumlin, Hubert
Trent Summar & the New Row Mob
Sun Ra Arkestra
Sweany, Patrick
Taj Mahal
Greg " Fingers " Taylor ."
Taylor, Koko
Taylor, Melvin
Mick Taylor
Taylor, Otis
Tea Leaf Green
Tedeschi, Susan

Tegan and Sara
Ten Years After
Thackery, Jimmy and the Drivers
The Boneshakers
The Bridge
The Brothers Creeggan
The Claire Lynch Band
The Clancy Brothers
The Jazz Passengers
The Loved Ones
The Magnificent Sevens
The Nields
The Nighthawks
Todd Thibaud
Chris Thile
the Zen Tricksters
Poet Daniel Thompson
Richard Thompson
Thomas, Irma
Too Slim and the Taildraggers
Tony Rice
William Topley
Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun
Chris Trapper
Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra
Tony Trischka
Greg Trooper
Trout, Walter
Trucks, Derek
Tumatoe, Duke and the Power Trio
Two High String Band
Keith Urban "The Ranch"
Ulmer, James Blood
The V-Roys
Maurice John Vaughn
Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe
The Ventures
Vital Information
Kate Voegele
Victor Wainwrigh
Joe Louis Walker
Walker, Phillip
Seth Walker
Don Walser
Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
Monte Warden
Watson, Junior
Dale Watson
Weathersby, Carl
Dave Weckl
Welch, Monster Mike
Wells, Junior
Susan Werner
Leslie West
Wilder Web
Kelly Willis
Keller Williams
Valerie Wellington
Wide Mouth Mason
Willson, Michelle
Dar Wiiliams
Wilson, Kim
Wilson, Roger 'Hurricane'
Josh White Jr.
Todd Wolfe
Jason D. Williams
Carolyn Wonderland
Oliver Wood
Wirtz, Reverend Billy
Jack White III
Lenny White
Miss Lavelle White
Woods, Mitch
Don "ELVIS" Wright

Tommy Womack

Mitch Woods
Woody Pines
Young, Mighty Joe
Young Dubliners
Dan Zanes
Zen Tricksters
Mike Zito
ZERO-w/ Steve Kimock

I'll keep adding as I remember more.

A list of Canadian Acts that have played for me

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin
Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
Pat MacDonald of (Timbuk3)
Ashley MacIsaac
Baldry Long John
Big Sugar (Gordie Johnson )
Blue Rodeo
The Brothers Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)
Rick Danko
Fred Eaglesmith E.I.E.I.O
Sue Foley
Anthony Gomes
Great Big Sea. Ronnie Hawkins Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails
Colin James
King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell)
Natalie MacMaster
Moxy Früvous
Old Man Luedecke
Sprit of the West
The Strumbella
The Magnificent Sevens
Wide Mouth Mason

     Clevelandís premier restaurant-slash-roots music venue. With a huge room and an great sound system, WILBERTíS FOOD & MUSIC is the place to go downtown for a great meal and a top-notch concert.

     Open for the quality music showcase features a bistro-style menu with new ideas alongside old Ninth Street favorites, affordable appetizers, and a stellar draft list.

     An adult music venue thatís still in the hospitality business; a place where you can get a drink, full-service food, and an intimate concert experience-Wilbertís promises to deliver some of the finest in live national, internation, regional, and local roots, blues, folk, world, jam, reggae, jazz, acoustic, pop, rock, indie and soul music downtown at a safe and conveniently located club at 812 Huron Rd E. Also accessible on Bolivar, directly across from Progressive Field and next to the The "Q" Arena and the thirsty parrott (the old Pete and Dewys)

The Place to go before and after any Gateway event

Now We Have Both

BBQ=Sweet/Smoky/Spicy Salsa=All Natural fresh Ingredients!

Hard To Choose!? Buy Both!


OK-You Asked For It-We now Sell Our Own Salsa-All Fresh Ingredients

Get It ToGo!!!

Our first salsa sale!

Delicious Food


Fast Friendly Service

Pre-Game Meeting, Eating, & Party Place


The List of Gammy winners that Have Played For Me = 90+!

Albert Collins
Anders Osborne
Asleep At The Wheel (Ray Benson)
Beausoleil (Tommy Alesi, Jimmy Breaux, David Doucet, Michael Doucet, Al Tharp, Billy Ware)
Bill Miller
Billy Cobham
Blind Boys of Alabama (Caleb Butler, Jimmy Carter, Donald Dillion, Clarence Fountain, Ricky McKinnie, George Scott, Joey Williams),
Bobby Rush
Brave Combo (Jeffrey Barnes, Alan Emert, Carl Finch, Bubba Hernandez, Danny O'Brien),
Buckwheat Zydeco
Buddy Guy
Buddy Miller
Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum )
Chris "Whipper" Layton
Chris Thomas King
Chubby Carrier And The Bayou Swamp (Adrian "A.J." Bellow, Chubby Carrier, Randy Ellis, Randy Kelly, Earl Sally)
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Cyril Neville
Daniel Zanes
Dave Alvin
Dave Weckl
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Derek Trucks
Grupo Fantasma
Irma Thomas
Jack White
James Cotton
Jim Lauderdale
Joe Ely
John Hammond
Johnny Copeland
John Scofield
Jonny Lang
Keb' Mo'
Keith Urban
Koko Taylor And The Blues Machine (Steve Freund, Willie Hays, Emmet "Maestro" Sanders, Bay Williams)
Kurt Elling
Larry Carlton
Lenny White
Leon Russell
Leslie West

Jeff Lorber
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson
Mark Ronson
Otis Rush
Patty Griffin
Pinetop Perkins
Queen Ida
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Rebirth Brass Band
Robert Lockwood Jr
Stanley Clarke
Steep Canyon Rangers~ Mike Guggino, Charles Humphrey, Woody Platt, Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp
Stephen Bruton
Steve Riley
Sugar Blue
Susan Tedeschi
Taj Mahal
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Tommy Shannon
Wayne Toups
William Bell
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

From The old Holiday Inn

Michael Miller of Wilbert's Food & Music appreciates his role on music scene: Tastemakers

Gus Chan photo,

"Expect nothing. Appreciate everything." Thats How I get thru life!

It's a nice little aphorism, and it happens to be Michael Miller's new mantra. It explains why Wilbert's Food & Music is still around, 20+ years and two locations after its launch in Cleveland's Warehouse District.

The District and the Flats back then contended for hottest spot for music, with scores of national and regional acts thumping out sounds at several clubs. But few were packed as often as Miller's tiny spot on West Ninth Street. And the names of the acts that he introduced to the city are just about legendary.

A band called the Ranch got $250 to open for local songstress Anne E. DeChant first time and Howard Micenmacher"s " Al's Fast Freight " the second time. The lead guitarist and vocalist for that trio was a fellow named Keith Urban. The same Keith Urban who sold out The Q a few times and, we suspect, made a bit more than $250.

Want a few more names? How about Jonny Lang? Kenny Wayne Shepherd? Alejandro Escovedo? Buckwheat Zydeco? Nanci Griffith? → see list!

Seated in one of the open booths of his club, Miller talked about the changes in the music scene in Cleveland since he opened Wilbert's (named for his grandfather and father) in 1992. The national economy was booming, with a surging Cleveland riding the wave.

Memories are as thick as the atmosphere when it comes to the Warehouse District site, where patrons often shared tables with strangers.

When he finally left, Miller said, "we were outgrowing the space". People walk in here all the time and go, 'I really miss that old place.' I'm like, 'So do I.'

"But I've learned how to survive more here than what I've ever learned throughout my career," he said.

It's not easy, given the downturn in the economy, the paucity of visitors to downtown -- Miller said he never considered any location other than downtown CLEVELAND for a new club !

But learning to pinch pennies has been a good thing for the Gilmour Academy grad who got his start as the food and beverage manager / GM at Barney Google's at the Richfield Holiday inn - after earning a degree at Xavier University.

"I go to the [West Side] Market because know I can get what I need and it's a better deal," Miller said. "I go to the Restaurant Depot and just get what I need. Then I know my prices on everything."

Other things have changed for him as well. almost 60 (11/11)-- he's a family man now. He and Rachael have the sons (14-year-old Evan and 11-year-old Jonah) and an 8yr-old daughter, Maegan.(and now Twins -Teagan and Julian 5 ) Laughing when advised that he'll be 76 when the twins graduates from Collage, he joked that at least he'd get preferred parking and a seat up fromt for senior citizens.

Of course, it's been replaced by a bit of workaholic's guilt; not long ago, he decided that lunches were just not making it for him to justify being open. So he's not. He went from working typical restaurateur hours -- 80 to 90 hours a week -- to 50 or 60." But you always working from home....If you call the club it just goes directly to my cell phone-so I'm always punched in!"

He admitted to feeling a bit like a slacker, but he's content with the decision. And the club has grown beyond the "just music" bugaboo.

Miller, who created all the dishes on the menu, said he cuts his own steaks, makes his own barbecue sauce (he's recently started bottling and selling it) and Salsa sauce's. Plus, he has a homemade veggie burger that he said is a hit with the vegetarian set, who often are surprised to find such an offering in a bar setting.

Call it a non-meat fan's way of adhering to Miller's guide: Expect nothing and appreciate everything. Even a veggie burger.

Zero Live at Wilbert's on 1997-09-26 (September 26, 1997)


Found an ad from The Cleveland Plain Dealer (1928) from my great grand fathers place -just a block away from Wilbert's in downtown Cleveland -

He started in 1896-That's 119 years of Miller / Cleveland Hospitality-Just saying........