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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
venues →

ConcertHotels.com

 

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 CONWAYS IRISH ALE

A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March

 

Shiner Wicked Ram IPA

Wow!!! The 'biting' yet 'bready' flavor is very unique in my perspective, and not something typically seen but something GREATLY appreciated nonetheless. Yes!!! this is an 'IPA's' IPA, with plenty of hops and real things to appreciate here. People who have noticed the 'skunkiness' of other West Coast IPAs wil ADORE this!!!!!! Even if you are new or a slight beginner to IPAs (say, you have seen Lagunitas or the like) you will absolutely enjoy this as well!!

I MUST say, the brewing is simply fantastic. One of a kind and I believe they are on to something! The 'cold-filtered' effect, yet still STRONG presence of complex flavors leads me to astonish as to whether they will continue making these incredible beers! HIGHLY under-rated in my opinion! If these are nearby, do yourself a favor - get these,, a bunch of COLD beer glasses, PERHAPS ice (otherwise, don't be afraid to let the beer CHILL first...) and have a PARTY!!!! These are awesome - SOOOO ENJOYABLE and genuinely could not be more recommended and preferred!

It's Back!

Leinenkugel 
Summer
Shandy


SMELL: Strong odors of artificial lemonade are slightly offset by mild wheat aromas along with subtle scents of honey and spicy hops.
3 out of 5
TASTE: The palate is instantly violated at first sip by strong flavors of bittersweet, artificial lemonade. The bitterness is immediately bolstered as mild flavors of stale cracker strike the taste buds. Mild flavors of wheat and grass attempt to rectify the initial failure, but fail to do so. Not even the trailing of the mild spicy hop and subtle honey flavors can ameliorate the overpowering bitterness.
2.5 out of 5
NOTE: What smelled mediocre, proceeded to taste displeasing. The bitterness from the lemonade and grain profile was too much to bear. This was not a terrible beer as I would prefer this over Bud Light any day, but this certainly made my foul beer list.

 

Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” fluffy white foam collar that recedes to a thick, sticky film. S: Grassy hop nose, light grains, T: Starts with rich malt flavors, more grains than biscuit or bread – almost a little uncooked, then there is a touch of light fruit – juicy – and then a grassy floral hop kicks in to round out the flavor and to bring it on home. F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation O: A full flavored amber ale.

 

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

 

Tuesday March 28

CLE MONSTERS VS. Chicago Wolfes

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

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.

 

Wednesday March 29

Reggae / Fusion from Eugene, OR -Eugene Weekly's "Best Band of Eugene"

Sol Seed

A funk ray blasted into your brain, sending you on an psychedelic journey through the perception of love....funky, funky love

Sol Seed brings a distinct sound combining elements of Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, World Music and Psychedelic Jam all over a solid Reggae foundation to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. With thought-provoking lyrics, infectious grooves and high-energy live performances, Sol Seed creates an unforgettable live-music experience for people of all ages to enjoy. Since transplanting to Eugene from Southern Oregon 6 years ago Sol Seed has rapidly gained momentum and created a diverse and loyal fan base in the Northwest and beyond. Sol Seed has been awarded "Eugene's Best Band" five years running (2012-present) by Eugene Weekly readers, and was declared "Eugene's Next Big Thing" in 2013. Additional awards include WOW Hall Awards "Best New Act" in 2011 and "Favorite Local Band" in 2012 and 2013. Regularly sharing the stage with national acts such as Ziggy Marley, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, The Green, Collie Buddz, Fortunate Youth, HIRIE, Zion I, Pepper, The Expendables, New Kingston, Tribal Theory, Courtney John Project, and many more, Sol Seed has earned their place as the go-to regional act. Sol Seed's much anticipated third full length album "The Spark" drops Feb. 24th, 2017. Previous projects include "Grown Deep" in 2012 and "Family Tree" in 2014. The boys will be headed out nationally for their third national tour in as many year.

Thursday March 30

St. Louis based blues/rock trio

OddsLane

Start with a simple base of driving Blues Rock guitar riffs and funky R&B grooves.Next mix varying amounts of reggae, new wave, swamp boogie, and garage rock. Then serve with a melody that will delightfully linger on your palate long after it is finished. This is the music of ODDSLANE. The band is the musical outlet of the songwriters Doug Byrkit and Brian Zielie.The duo worked together while in college studying music, subsequently touring both nationally and internationally with various artists. After recording at legendary Sun Studios, they released the first of several projects as independent songwriters in 2004. Last Night On Cherokee, released in 2016, is the second albumas ODDSLANE and an exciting chapter in the bands career. Their 2012 release Dark Matters garnered Byrkit an ASCAP Plus Songwriting Award and an endorsement deal with custom guitar pick maker Steve Clayton Inc. The band also appeared on The Chevy Music Showcase and signed multiple licensing deals with networks such as MTV, Oxygen, E, A&E, WE, Oxygen and Fox Sports. Following Dark Matters, the band was eager to broaden its sound. A well received reunion show with Ruf Records artist and former band mate Mike Zito inspired Byrkit and Zielie to delve deeper into their South St. Louis funk/blues roots. After an intense period of songwriting and experimentation, ODDSLANE emerged with Last Night On Cherokee.This invigorating addition to the bands catalogue was recorded at Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis, mixed in Los Angeles by Grammy Award winning producer David Z (Prince, Johnny Lang, Etta James),and mastered in New Orleans by Grammy Award winner David Farrell (Arcade Fire, BuckWheat Zydeco,Royal Southern Brotherhood)

Opening

Cleveland Blues band with searing Harmonica (Harp) and Guitar

Backstreet Blues Band

Cleveland Blues Harmonica and Guitar driving the swinging blues boogie beat!!

Brantt KingBee Hamilton (Harmonica/Vocals) is a veteran of the Cleveland Blues Scene, having played  Northeast Ohio clubs, festivals and events for 30 years.  He started out at the age of 19 with Princess Ladia's Blue Knights from Chicago when they wanted an authentic amplified harmonica.  He played every Sunday night in the Cleveland Flats as a featured special guest of  Bill Dawg and the Extrordinaires, then fronted several of his own bands for several years.

He co-founded the KingBees, bringing a blues element into a big band sound that has been part of Cleveland culture for 25 years.  Now he is returning to his roots playing footstomping, juke joint, party-and-dance-all-night  blues, swing, and rockabilly.

Jimmy Lee (Guitar/Vocals) -- Has been fronting his own Jimmy Lee Experiment on the Cleveland scene for the last decade, while also performing solo and performing duo gigs with wife.  He loves playing blues, rock, country, rockabilly, classics.  His grooves are reminiscent of the great Vaughn brothers and deep blues like Jimmy Reed, with a touch of West Coast Swing and some down-home country.

Adriane Bennett (Bass/Vocals) is a fresh face in the Cleveland music scene, but not a newcomer.  Returning after some time off, she is a regular at many jams, playing nearly every night.  Her love of rockin' blues and swing music led her to a place at the heart of the Backstreet Blues Band.

Bubba Ruscin (Drums/Vocals) is the solid backbeat of the Backstreet Blues Band.  He cut his teeth in the Travis Haddix band for two years, then on to 12 years with Frankie Starr, and for the past six years has been with blues/rock outfit Mojo Honey.  His abilitu to improvise and his bluesy, growly voice make him much more than a drummer...he makes every band better because he is part of it.

The four met at local gigs and jams, particularly Cleveland Blues Society events.  They decided to form the Backstreet Blues Band to bring their love of blues, swing, rockabilly, and country into a houserockin', foot-stompin', juke joint-thumpin' BLUES band from the backstreets of Cleveland. 

 

Friday March 31

Come Party like a WORLD CHAMPION!

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

Happy Hour with

Amanda Walsh &

Rick Szekelyi

Songwriters Amanda Walsh and Rick Szekelyi have been performing as a duo over the last few years. They are also members of the band, City Limits

  ( http://www.citylimits.us ). Their set list includes songs they wrote individually, songs they wrote together, as well as interpretations of standard and contemporary covers.  

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

When Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People hit the stage things get torqued up quickly like a tent revival during tornado season. Named Top Ten Bands to watch by CityPaper, and winner of the 2015 Roc Awards, "Best Local Band", Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People transcend musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful groove and soul. The band is the groove while Ponder's pipes keep it rooted in soul. And according to Ponder, soul is more than a sound.

“Soul music is something you feel,” she says. “It gives you goose bumps.”

This Rochester, NY Native has spent the past years rendering goose bumps by perfecting her style and charismatic performance. She sings, you listen, you melt. The result of her focus and dedication is a tone that is both enchanting and seductive along with a riveting, honest stage presence. It is this voice that has helped her secure gigs opening up for powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi and The Roots.  The band has also completed two successful European tours. Boyd Kletter of Bourbon Street Blues Club in Amsterdam said "Danielle shines bright both on and off the stage. She's truly is a star!"

In 2016 the singer released her debut EP Blow Out The Sun. Soultracks.com said  “Ponder's vocals combine the spirit of the church with the speak-truth- to-power assertiveness of a movement leader. “  Jeff Speak of the Democrat & Chronicle wrote "Ponder's tough-sounding vocals on “Three Word Revolution (I Love Myself)” is a defiant call to self worth. That title track feels custom built as a room-shaking anthem for women in the audience.”

It is clear that Ponder writes to empower and uplift. But Ponder's commitment goes beyond her stage performance. Like a  soul singing superhero, during the day Ponder works as an attorney for the poor. Her work as a Public Defender was recently highlighted in The Guardians Side Hustle podcast. 

To Ponder, the community is integral to the performance. They are, in a sense, part of the band. We are all tomorrow people.

"When I get on stage I want the audience to be just as important as the musicians. I want to hear them, feel them, and see them dancing and moving.”

And the crowd does just that. This daughter of a preacher take the audience to church, as she dances across stage and belts out her notes, it is clear that her gospel roots have had a strong influence.  This sensational singer also lists powerful influences that lit her fuse like Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, and Lauryn Hill. Ponder opens her mouth to sing and it's readily apparent; there's another name that belongs in that pantheon as well. Danielle Ponder, and her time is now.

"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

Opening

Indie / pop / rock Painesville, OH

Nick Zuber

There's something about the Midwest, that makes it fertile breeding ground for the type of artist that identifies themselves as a singer / songwriter. Maybe it's the quiet corners of “Any-town, U.S.A.” where the gambit of human emotions are played out in everyday life, far away from the glitz and the glam of the idolized, silicone, cult known as the modern celebrity. The earnest lives of John and Jane Q. Public lend an endless supply of songwriting fodder for these gifted observers to notice, and then translate in a palatable manner for us to digest in light of our own hopes, fears, insecurities, and shortcomings.

Cleveland, Ohio's Nick Zuber is certainly capable of being counted amongst the best of the modern Midwestern singer / songwriters. Born and raised on the east side of Cleveland, in the tiny suburb of Painesville, Nick Zuber was granted a front row seat to a intimate education of the interactions between people, and the extraordinary occurrences that happen to ordinary folks. At the tender age of eighteen, Nick Zuber first picked up a guitar and started composing songs shortly afterwards. Once he graduated from high school, Zuber attended Lakeland Community College for a year studying Graphic Design, but left to make his musical calling a career. Zuber recorded his first full length album when he was only twenty years old. An impressive effort for a young man barely out of his teens. Zuber's music is full of thought provoking lyrics, and wonderful melodic surprises. Musically, one can find Nick Zuber somewhere between Dave Matthews and John Mayer. The Folky, Acoustic Rock of Nick Zuber's music is dynamic, and has a great field of diversity sure to please wide variety of tastes.

Since leaving college, to pursue music full time, Nick Zuber has had the opportunity to work with many major label recording artist including Eric Church, Blessid Union of Soul, Rooney, Matt White, Zee Avi, and Ryan Star. Nick Zuber was also give the opportunity to tour with EPIC Records recording artist Howie Day in 2009 and 2011. Nick Zuber has also been covered extensively by many different media outlets through the Cleveland area. He was interviewed and gave performances for WJW FOX 8 Morning Show and WKYC's Live on Lakeside television broadcasts. Nick Zuber and his band was also a featured artist on The Rock Office video podcast and blog, and Bad Racket recording studio's internet series. Zuber's music has been played on STAR 97.1 FM as well as WRUM 91.1. Zuber has also been the subject of articles in the Cleveland Scene and Voice magazines.

Nick Zuber has been touring and recording steadily now for almost a decade. For being a young man, Zuber is already a seasoned veteran of the recording studio and road. After having toured throughout most of the United States and releasing a handful of albums including 2008's “Harvest,” 2009's “Out on a Limb,” 2010's “Heart and Fist,” and “Piper” in 2012, Nick Zuber is getting ready to debut his latest album “Sketches in Magnacolor” later in 2013. “Sketched in Magnacolor” is poised to set Zuber as one of the foremost singer/ songwriters throughout midwest and beyond.

and

K. Smith

"Pray the real prospers forever."

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
.

Wednesday April 5

Mark Hummel's

Blues Harp Blowout

( Sonny Boy Tribute)


Harmonica player,songwriter and blues singer Sonny Boy Williamson II

(Aleck "Rice" Miller) was born in Glendora,MS in 1912. Williamson stole the name of the younger and more popular singer -harmonica man  John Lee"Sonny Boy" Williamson, who lived in Chicago and was murdered in 1948. Because Rice did not travel outside of the Deep South nobody was the wiser that he had adopted John Lee's name and popularity. By the late forties, Rice had caught on due to a daily noontime radio show on KFFA in Helena, sponsored by bread maker KING BISCUIT FLOUR. The show had Rice and band playing live in the studio for five minutes everyday, advertising both flour and gigs in the South and was called King Biscuit Time. The band was normally guitarists Robert Jr. Lockwood or Joe Willie Wilkins, pianists Pinetop Perkins or Dudlow Taylor and drummer Peck Curtis. Soon Rice began recording for Trumpet Records out of Jackson,MS. Rice had a tendency to pick up and leave at a moments notice, many times due to financial opportunities or women troubles, so the band would usually hold down the fort on the radio show. Rice moved to Detriot,Cleveland & Milwaukee during this period thru the early sixties off and on. By the mid-fifties Rice signed with Chess Records in Chicago, where he re-united with Lockwood to make most of his most famous releases ,DON'T START ME TO TALKIN, HELP ME, BRING IT ON HOME,NINE BELOW ZERO,EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND, ONE WAY OUT and CHECKIN UP ON MY BABY(many were originally recorded at Trumpet Records and re-recorded at Chess a few years later). These songs have become blues and rock standards due to the many bands that have done versions of them, such as Allman Brothers,Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton(in the Who's Tommy), Blues Brothers,John Mayall, Muddy Waters, the Animals(who backed him in UK), the Yardbirds(who backed him in UK with a young Clapton) Jr. Wells, Canned Heat, BB King, Aerosmith,New York Dolls, Ten Years After, Joe Bonamassa, Doobie Brothers, Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne and countless others. Major credit should be given to the fact that when Rice played the 1963 & 1964 American Folk Blues Fests all over Europe, many young up and coming musicians were seeing this blues man they'd only heard on records. Due to Rice's incredible playing, mangling of the English language to great and imaginative effect with his original songs and outrageous stage antics, he took Europe by storm and stayed in Europe between the two tours, playing and recording with many UK bands like Yardbirds and the Animals, while touring the continent. Rice returned to the States, a forgotten man back home. He resumed King Biscuit Time in Helena with Peck Curtis and Houston Stackhouse, meeting the Band(fellow AK native Levon Helm talks about this in THE LAST WALTZ movie) before dying in Helena in 1965 at fifty years old.

With

MAGIC DICK

Blow your face out!

is the original harp man from the J. Geils Band, whose many hits flooded the airwaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Chart-toppers like "FreezeFrame", "Centerfold", "First I Look At The Purse", "Must a Got Lost", "Give It To Me" and Magic Dick's own "Wammer Jammer" were in the Top Ten off and on for 20 years and made them one of the few top bands(other then WAR) that featured a harmonica prominently in the frontline. Dick went on to start "Bluestime" with J. Geils after the original band broke up, making two CDs for Rounder Records.   |    www.magicdick.com

SUGAR RAY NORCIA 

started the popular East Coast blues band THE BLUETONES 30 years ago with guitarist Ronnie Earl. They backed Big Walter Horton, Big Joe Turner, Jimmie Rogers, Otis Rush, JB Hutto & countless others in the early '80s all over the North East and recorded two albums for Rounder Records. In 1991 Norcia hooked up with Roomful of Blues and toured the world with the 11 piece band, appearing on their Grammy-nominated Rounder release TURN IT ON, TURN IT UP. Norcia also recorded the Grammy nominated Telarc release SUPER HARPS during his Roomful tenure with harmonica heavywieights Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton and Billy Branch. Ray was nominated along with Hummel for a Grammy for their participation on Blind Pig's Remembering Little Walter, which won two BMA awards in 2014.Sugar Ray & the Bluetones are up for seven BMAs(Blues Music Awards) in 2017 in Memphis including Best Harmonica.   www.sugarray.com/

ANSON FUNDERBURGH

Born in 1954, Anson Funderburgh hails from Plano,Texas, where the youngster first picked up guitar. In high school, he got bit by the blues bug through Jimmy Reed and Lightning Hopkins. By 1978, he started Anson & The Rockets with vocalist/harp player Darrell Nulisch, and the group was signed by Black Top Records a couple years later. In 1986, Nulisch was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed until his death in 2006. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy's.

MARK HUMMEL

is the Grammy nominated, Blues Music Award winning, harp blowing front man, vocalist, bandleader,,author & promoter/founder of the Harp Blowouts. Hummel started the Blues Survivors in Oakland in 1978-they have recorded & toured w/Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers, Lowell Fulsom, Charles Brown, Brownie McGhee, Charlie Musselwhte, Percy Mayfield,Joe Beard and Big Joe Duskin, Mark has recorded over 25 cds including Grammy nominated Remembering Little Walter. Hummel also was nominated for Best Independent Book Award for BIG ROAD BLUES: 12 BARS ON I-80. He started Golden State/Lone Star Revue w/Texas guitarist Anson Funderburgh & Little Charlie Baty in 2012,which has been Hummel's main touring group since starting it.

Plus Golden State-Lone Star Revue w/Anson Funderburgh, Wes Starr, RW Grigsby & Chris Burns( Keyboards). This band is nominated for Four Blues Music Award

"Within the context of the group everyone shines. They're all tight and loose at the same time and this doesn't change as they put together this blues concoction.Any fans of these musicians and regional styles will find this appealing" Matt McDonald-Blues Magazine 

"Their self-titled debut(***1/2) is a blast from start to finish. Effortlessly melds California and Texas as well as Chicago blues on a set of originals. Nick Cristiano-Philadelphia Inquirer

"They just might be the best blues band going" Kent Wolgamott-Lincoln Journal Star

"A stunning piece of work from start to finish" Roger Gatchet-Living Blues

"Top notch from start to finish, skip this one at your peril." Mark Smith-Music Revue

"These guys have a sound as big as their combined resumes..." Kevin Wierbicki-antiMusic

"Though described as a blues 'supergroup', this fivesome refreshingly displays none of the showboating or excess such a tag can suggest. Veteran harp master Mark Hummel fronts a lineup which lays down a set of blues as rock solid as each of the individual resumes." Duane Verh/Roots Music Report

"All respected instrumentalists in their own right, this collaboration is a premium showcase of West Coast Blues.These guys are all veteran blues men playing what noted critic Dick Sherman dubs'Real Deal Blues'! " Jim Hynes-Elmore Magazine

"Great bluesmen from California and Texas, including Mark Hummel and Anson Funderburgh....This is authentically real blues music. Dig It!" Joe Wolfe-Ear To The Ground

"Terrific-this excellent release with more joint contributions and only a few individual blow out solos, making it walk like a sleeping giant" Bman's Blues Report

"Having so many years under their belts, the band members are thrilled to be in a new project that can get them excited night after night. Feeding off each other's ideas, they bring something new to the table each show, keeping themselves as well as the audience entertained with the best effort they can put forth." Eric Sweedlund-Tucson Weekly

Opening

Blues / Jazz / New Orleans R&B from CLE

BLUE LUNCH QUINTET!

The guys in Blue Lunch have been playing the blues so long, either individually or as group, that their live shows almost become a lesson in blues music, showing influences from Chicago, New Orleans, Soul, 50's Rock and Roll, and everything in between. Their fifth release on Wilberts Records Sideswiped does the same thing, with fifteen solid tracks featuring Blue Lunch's many styles and talents.

The disc includes seven originals and eight covers. Bob Frank, Pete London and company have you up and dancing on almost every track. The best of the originals include the title track, a great Memphis sound number; "All Things to Come," one of their favorite live tunes; and "Don't Point that Thing at Me." Amongst the covers are the R & B classic "Everyday will be Like a Holiday," with great four part harmony on the chorus; and the album's closer, a rowdy version of Doc Pomus's "Too Much Boogie."

Blue Lunch is Frank on guitar and vocals, London on harmonica and vocals, Raymond DeForest on bass, Scott Flowers on drums, Mike Sands on piano, Keith McKelley on tenor, Bob Michael on trombone, and Mike Rubin on trumpet. The guest list for Sideswiped is a who's who of the blues, including a couple of great sax solos by Boston's "Sax" Gordon Beadle.

I highly recommend Blue Lunch

Friday April 7

Funk Ska Punk Dance Psychedelic from Gaithersburg, MD

LITZ

LITZ brings together a wide array of musical influences ranging from funk, jam, go-go, soul, electronica and just about everywhere inbetween to amalgamate a new sound for the ears of the world. Their sound strides to sonically transport its listeners to another planet free of the stress, struggles, and tribulations of modern day life through the use of funky horn riffs, wah-wah keys, pounding bass, driving/progressive rhythms and melt your face guitar.

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

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Rock, folk-rock, and gritty blues from the gritty town of Akron, Ohio

The Tenants

Rock, folk-rock, and gritty blues from the gritty town of Akron, Ohio

 

Tuesday April 11

Thursday April 13

Psychedelic Funk Rock Reggae from Colorado

Zolopht

Zolopht has become a premier act in the Colorado music scene. Loosely described as psychedelic reggae-rock, Zolopht has an entirely unique sound that is as catchy as it is progressive. Lovingly crafted music and rigorous touring has provided the band diehard fans around the country and beyond. Zolopht has shared the stage with artists such as: The Wailers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Passafire, Ballyhoo! and Katchafire. With two full-length studio efforts (pH-Balanced/Flexor*) under their belt and a third on the way, Zolopht has gained an unstoppable momentum.

 

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

Happy Hour with

Indie Folk Singer-Songwriter from Erie PA

Tyler Smilo

Rock Erie Music Award (REMA) for Best Acoustic Act

Born in Texas and raised deep in the Rustbelt of Ohio, Tyler Smilo has lived a vagabond's lifestyle before settling in Erie, PA and taking the city's music scene by storm. An award winning acoustic artist, Smilo's Americana influenced folk songs are mostly autobiographical. However, the themes are easily relatable to the “everyman” and his performances both heartfelt and moving.

The release of two successful solo albums: Blood Into Sound and Dust In A Grave, a series of official videos dubbed The Rooftop Sessions, and fronting his own full bands Daybreak Radio and Smilo & The Ghost, has earned Smilo accolades in both regional and national entertainment publications. The genuineness and passion of Smilo's music cannot be denied, and will make a lasting impression on anyone who chooses to take the chance to listen.

↓ After The Game ~ 6:30/7 ↓

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.

Wednesday April 19

Harmonica based Funk and Jump Blues from Salt Lake City

TONY HOLIDAY

& THE VELVETONES

Winner of 2016 'Best Blues Band' by City Weekly Music Awards

Tony Holiday and The Velvetones mix their many influences into a musical gumbo of Dirty Rock and Down Home Blues . With Tony Holiday on harmonica and guitar, Ad am Fifield on the Hammond organ, and Dave Idan on drums, it's a compact trio that packs a big punch and will keep the place dancing till the sun comes up. Tony Holiday and The Velvetones travel the country spreading their music. Based out of Salt Lake City, you'll either find them currently on tour or prepping hard for their next one. It's just what they do-they live and breath the open road. Tony Holiday and The Velvetones are endorsed by Shaker Harmonica Mics, Coalatree Organics, and Wasatch Glass Works.

 

Thursday April 20

Indie-Rock/Alt. Country from Boston MA

THE BIG LONESOME

he Big Lonesome is an indie rock band from Boston, MA. Formed in 2009 after songwriter Chad Gosselin released a collection of home recordings, he recruited hi s brother Luke Gosselin (guitar/lap steel/vocals) and friend Joe Ziemba (bassist) to play coffee shops, living rooms, and dilapitating rock clubs around the northeast. In 2012, they were joined by drummer Andy Korajczyk. The band quickly developed their sound into a four piece tapestry of shoegazed indie rock with a sensibility for pop. 2016 saw the departure of Ziemba and the addition of Sam Okon. Their music has been described as sounding like "The Rolling Stones covering Sonic Youth" and has drawn comparisons to Guided by Voices and early Wilco.

In 2014, the Lonesome released its first formal EP Undone along with producer Sean McLaughlin (Matchbox 20/Elliott Smith), and mastering engineer Jeff Lipton (Wilco/Spoon/Bon Iver). The band toured the northeast and east coast the following summer in support of the record, garnering national radio attention along the way.

The Big Lonesome are currently working on their sophomore effort which is set for an early 2017 release date.

Awards = 1996 World Cup

Friday April 21

Grateful Dead inspired band from Chicago

TERRAPIN FLYER

Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. Through the many associations developed there and many that have continued since, the band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired touring acts in the nation. The band draws from the a variety of skilled musicians including Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP). They also tour with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Additionally, they have done one off shows with guest musicians such as grammy award winning blues harpist Sugar Blue, guitar prodigy Fareed Haque, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik and musician, songwriter and music journalist David Gans. The band has headlined major festivals and prominent venues across the nation.
From the band's humble beginnings sprang forth an ever growing network of musicians. From a loosely associated group of musicians at a jam night, a band began to develop. The original band came into fruition when they were asked to perform with Grateful Dead keyboardist (1990-1995) Vince Welnick on a cable access television show and festival in Madison, WI. After that the band continued to tour with Welnick and performed several times as “Vince Welnick and Friends including headlining the 2004 Dunegrass Festival in Empire, MI to several thousand in attendance. After several tours with Vince Welnick, the band was ready to move on to its next potent association.
An 8 day tour was planned in 2004 with Melvin Seals the consummate B3 organist of the Jerry Garcia Band for 15 years. The tour was enough fun for Melvin to recognize that this band could perform under the name JGB on it's next tour and performed to packed houses under the JGB name on another short tour a bit later in the year. From there several shows were performed with that band as Melvin Seals and Friends. After a decade, the partnership with Melvin Seals and Terrapin Flyer continues today and features the band digging deeply into the JGB catalog and sometimes also includes Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan and Tom Constanten as well.
Vince Welnick passed away in 2006. Tom Constanten first performed with Terrapin Flyer shortly after Vince's passing on the “Vince Welnick Memorial Tour” to celebrate Vince's memory. The association with Constanten produced several additional tours including performing as Tom Constanten and Friends on occasion. The pairing of Terrapin Flyer and Constanten continues presently and interprets the era that he performed in the Grateful Dead from 1968 – 1970.
In 2009 Terrapin Flyer began performing with Grateful Dead midi-wizard Bob Bralove. Bralove who produced and co-wrote songs on the Grateful Dead's Infrared Roses album was the proverbial man behind the curtain of the Grateful Dead's legendary drums and space segments. During this part of the Grateful Dead shows from 1987-1995, Bralove was playing sampled strange and beautiful sounds on a keyboard behind the stage. After the demise of the Grateful Dead, Bralove joined Tom Constanten to perform tours and record several albums as the band Dose Hermanos. Terrapin Flyer has explored deepest space with Bob Bralove on keyboards as well as performing shows with both members of Dose Hermanos together on stage.
Most recently in 2011, the band has been touring with Grateful Dead family lead guitarist Mark Karan. Mark was the lead guitarist for the post-Grateful Dead band which featured all the former members The Other Ones. He also performed for 12 years in founding member of the Grateful Dead Bob Weir's band Ratdog. Recently Mark has been consistently performing with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh at his new concert venue Terrapin Crossroads.
Today Terrapin Flyer performs with a lineup that continues to bring in new guest musicians, nationally recognized artists and mix up various members from its history to create new and intriguing musical dynamics to each show performed. Other members of the band include current and former members of Cornmeal Wavy Dave Burligame, Kris Nowak and JP Nowak. Jimmy Tebeau and Dave Hebert from Melvin Seals JGB and many other prominent players in the Grateful Dead extended family.
From a jam night to a nationally performing headlining band, through time the resume of the band Terrapin Flyer has indeed become impressive. The band has headlined such prominent festivals as The Dunegrass Festival in Empire, MI, The Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Nelson, OH, The Highberry Festival in Ozark, AR, The Whippersnap Festival in Earlville, IL , Jam Along the Creek in Millmont, PA, The Grateful Garcia Gathering and the Field Trip Festival in South Elgin, IL. Additionally, the band has headlined major venues such as the House of Blues Chicago, Martyrs', The Traverse City Opera House in Michigan, The Kinetic Playground, 23 East in Ardmore, PA, The Met in Pawtucket, RI, The Shrine in Tulsa, OK, The Mousetrap in Indianapolis, IN, Diamond Concert Hall in Louisville, KY, The Royal Oak Theater in Michigan, Quixotes in Denver, CO, The Rave in Milwaukee, Shank Hall in Milwaukee, SPACE in Evanston, Founder's Brewing in Grand Rapids, the The Old Rock House in St Louis, MO amongst many others.
So what or who is Terrapin Flyer? As you have likely surmised that is not simple to define. What is at the core of fundamentals of the band is the idea that the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia's music still has plenty of life in it and that the music being so improvisational in nature can and should go to new places in each performance. No two Terrapin Flyer shows will ever be the same and you never know who might show up to jam at a show, but you can always count on a great time with some of the most recognized artists in the music community.

Saturday April 22

AFTON

musical showcase Folk Rock to Hip Hop. 7pm

 

Wednesday April 26

a folk-rock / psych-rock duo from Greenville, South Carolina

Brother Oliver

Andrew Oliver and Stephen Oliver are the artists behind Brother Oliver, a project deeply rooted in a folk rock/psych rock aesthetic. With instrumentation that woos and wrestles, their music explores the fearsome tension between one's affections and one's actions. The brothers are transparent and sincere, depicting simple pleasures and complex convictions to their listeners. Through honest song, Brother Oliver narrates the internal conflicts that wear long as life

Thursday April 27

Singer Songwriter~folk, indie, blues, acoustic rock uno!

from Grand Junction, CO
WILL WHALEN

A familiar favorite in the Western Colorado scene, Will Whalen delivers a unique mix of acoustic rock, blues, and indie-folk, employing smooth guitar, raucous e ffects, elegant keyboard, a digital loop station and more to make a full, luscious sound. All this, while maintaining the no-hassle simplicity of an independent singer-songwriter. With a full compliment of originals as well as an eclectic array of crowd-pleasing favorites, Will Whalen fits any room, from cafes and art openings to rowdy bars and staged venues.

About Me:
I feel free when I'm onstage, and I invite the audience to feel free with me. The songs I've written are about everything from new love to heartache, from personal inspiration to national embarrassment. The songs I cover are the ones that feel timeless to me. I choose my venues carefully, accept my fans gratefully, and perform like there's nothing else I'd rather be doing. Because there isn't.

Previous Performances for Charitable Organizations and Educational Events
- KAFM's "Radio Daze" and "Battle of the Bands" to raise funds for public radio.
- The American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" event hosted at Colorado Mesa University.
- "Cool Art for Warmth," an event to raise funds and awareness of homelessness.
- The Western Colorado Center for the Arts' "Spring Art Week" to educate grade-school students on the importance of artistic projects and pursuits.
- Colorado West Pride Fest 2015, supporting equality, understanding, and inclusiveness on the Western Slope of Colorado and beyond.

Friday April 28

Righteous Hillbillies

rock ‘n' roll band launching a revival of the Southern spirit of blues boogie, soul groove

Righteous Hillbillies are a rock ‘n' roll band launching a revival of the Southern spirit of blues boogie, soul groove, along with the primal and visceral energ y of rock ‘n' roll power. Their hometown of Joliet, Illinois is not the likeliest headquarters for one of America's best Southern Rock bands, but Righteous Hillbillies put the map of convention in the shredder a long time ago. With every Allman Brothers or Stax-Volt style lick, and impassioned and intense shout in a mode and method similar to Chris Robinson, Righteous Hillbillies are an axe shredding, ace dealing demonstration of Southern Rock vitality and the value of authenticity. After a recent live performance at a music festival, music critic David Masciotra, author of Mellencamp: American Troubadour, said, “Righteous Hillbillies stole the show. Their high level of skill, energy, and intensity will make anyone dance in one moment, and then knock the wind out of them the next.”

The lineup of Righteous Hillbillies consists of Brent James, a singer and songwriter bringing together such seemingly disparate elements as hard rock, country, with rhythm and blues to form an unforgettable style. Also keeping the rhythm on guitar, James is a charismatic but commanding front man, steering the Southern Rock ship to conquer new territory at every concert. By his side is Nick Normando, a prodigy and gifted lead guitarist who received his baptism in blood while growing up playing the blues. Righteous Hillbillies have now cut the leash, and Normando is free to run with the pack, bringing all his ferocious power and unpredictable virtuosity to the stage and studio. Jeff Bella pours the foundation on the bass, knowing when to inject color and character into the music, behind Bella is Barret Harvey – a thunderous powerhouse whose drumming ability is steady as a pulse, but equally dynamic. Trained in rock ‘n' roll and jazz, Harvey adds a unique ingredient to the Hillbillies tonic. Elevating the rhythm of Righteous Hillbillies with a tone of gospel is Chris Bartley, whose keyboards and organ give every song a soulful texture on top the jagged edge of rock ‘n' roll.

Righteous Hillbillies released their first record of original, instant classics in 2008. They followed up their self-titled debut with a stunning sophomore effort, Trece Diablos, in 2012. Like a brilliant poker player, they upped the ante in 2015. Righteous Hillbillies who threw all their talent in a bag and took it to Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, showing that they can stand in the same studio as the legends who made Muscle Shoals famous: Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bob Seger. Citing all of those icons as influence, Righteous Hillbillies' new record, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, gives listeners the thrill of hearing a band on top of their game, and exploring all the high points of American music, from rock to rhythm and blues. The songwriting shines like a new diamond, and the performances are flawless.

The Muscle Shoals Sessions was written and performed by the members of Righteous Hillbillies including former guitarist, singer/songwriter Kev Wright with accompanying keyboards on the album provided by Danny Louis from Gov't Mule and Larry Byrom from Steppenwolf. It was produced by Craig Bishop of New York Noize, who has worked with David Byrne, BB King, Rosanne Cash, Joan Osborne, and Shawn Colvin. It was engineered by John Gifford III (Fame Studios) and mastered by Fred Kevorkian of Kevorkian Mastering, who has worked with Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, The White Stripes, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Trey Anastasio, and more.

Righteous Hillbillies are currently supporting the record throughout the Midwest, and throughout their career, have shared the stage with Bad Company, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, David Allen Coe, Bret Michaels, Phil Vassar, Jackyl, Gin Blossoms, Days of the New, Sonny Landreth, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Black Oak Arkansas, Jimmie Van Zandt, Doyle Dykes, Stoney LaRue, Cathy Richardson, Clint Black, and more.

Righteous Hillbillies are currently writing songs for their next record, promising to make it a Southern Rock explosion. Follow them on Facebook for regular updates on their show schedule, and exciting news about their next project.

Saturday April 29

HappY HouR w/

CLE Singer, Songwriter

JEFF VARGA

When the Urban Cowboy craze blew into New York City in 1979, newly transplanted Cleveland boy Jeff Varga found himself smack in the middle of it.

It's a surprising story, coming from Varga, an unassuming folk-styled, singer-songwriter and 40-year veteran of the Cleveland music scene. He belongs to a seasoned class of artists who followed in the footsteps of the likes of James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon. Unlike the ramblings of suburbanite hipster-folksters who write about washboards they've never touched and moonshine they've never tasted, Varga's music is dipped in a classic brand of folk that values emotional authenticity over populist style.

So when he talks about touring as a member of the somewhat contrived Urban Cowboy movement in the late 1970's and early 1980's, it certainly is an unexpected tale.

Varga started making music as an all-American, Beatle's-loving 16-year-old, too young to play Cleveland clubs without a chaperone. After high school, he moved to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as an actor and started playing open mics and coffee houses in the East Village.

When Country music climbed to the top of the popular music charts and swept New York City by storm, Varga was in that rare position of being in the right place at the right time.

Promoters scoured the city for would-be Urban Cowboy musical talent and Varga was quickly recruited. He spent the next five years as a rhythm guitarist in various groups that toured the U.S. and Europe. One such group sent him on a Scandinavian tour as “rehearsal” for a part in the newly pitched Urban Cowboy sitcom slated in the tradition of The Monkees and expected to become the next-big-thing. But just as quickly as the trend swept in, it drained out.

“By the time we got back [from Scandinavia] the sitcom idea was scrapped and the whole Urban Cowboy movement was over,” said Varga. After that, “I had a little cash in my pocket and I thought ‘I'd like to take a break.'”

He moved back to Cleveland and began the process of writing and performing his own songs. Country folk artists like Lyle Lovett and Guy Clark “were making music that just blew me away,” said Varga, they inspired him to want to do the same. He started playing up to 250 shows a year, sometimes double bills. But then, his voice gave out. Doctors found a pre-cancerous tumor on his vocal chords and operated. Varga wondered if he would ever sing again.

“What I loved to do, I couldn't do,” says Varga. It was agony to be in that position he says. But he refused give up. Six months of therapy and hard determination later, his voice was back and Varga says, he was better than ever.

It's that quality of hope and perseverance that defines Varga's music.

“With my writing, I want people to know that whatever happens, it can get better. There is hope,” Varga smiles and shakes his head.  “It's a three to five minute genre of telling a story and if you can get it right,” he says, that's when you're making something great.”

Varga currently performs on Cleveland-area stages and multi-state tours. He recently scored and performed the theme song for the award winning short film out of Los Angeles, “Burnt,” and released the 7-song album Back Porch Songs

After The Game

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”

 

Sunday April 30

after the indians game ~3:30

Rock N' Roll, Alt-Folk, Indie Rock from LA

King Washington

Saturated in beautiful harmonies and rousing chord progressions alike, the music of King Washington can be described as a throwback to when rock n' roll was a s ongwriter's game and at the same time praised for its modern sensibility and innovation. It has been compared to Grizzly Bear, REM, Bon Iver, The Talking Heads, Radiohead, Mott The Hoople, Kings of Leon, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Fleet Foxes, Muse, and The Beatles. King Washington was born in the late 2000's by a then teenage Tyson Kelly, the son of an artist and a songwriter. Raised in a world of music and creativity, Tyson knew at an early age that he would one day have a band of his own – a band that could be a musical force beyond his imagination. Then he met George. George Krikes has never lacked for natural ability. From surprising his elementary school mates with his voice to wowing professors at USC with his guitar, he had always been, and possibly will always be, the most musically gifted person in the room. Upon seeing Krikes' poetry in motion, Kelly knew what his talents could mean for King Washington; two lead singers with complementary musical talents with which to make the world a canvas for their art. Together, with bassist/vocalist Billy Lee, King Washington's music has been lauded by critics as “perfectly crafted”, “effortless”, and “unafraid”. Some critics have gone as far imploring their readership to “buy this (King Washington's albums) at once”. It's more than the next step in the evolution of indie-rock. It's more than a salute to the music of yesteryear. It is truth forged by skill, kissed by pain, and caressed by love.  

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.

 

Friday May 12

Americana, Country, Rock band from Lexington, KY byway of LKWD OH

THE

GREG FINGER BAND

Hey, my name is Greg Finger. Here is my story!

Let's start with the music. Greg Finger Band is my band. We are a Country/Americana band based out of Lexington, Kentucky combining the tasteful music styles I grew up loving. As one reviewer put it, “Greg Finger Band has made a grand start as a band who combines delightful elements of country, americana, and rock music into sounds that are just plain good to listen to, all the while maintaining an obvious sense of authenticity.”

But how did this all happen?

As a young kid growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, life for me was as normal as it could be for a brown haired, blue eyed, Irish kid. I was adopted at a young age by two loving parents that wanted a better life for me than my birth mother could provide. Struggling for years with addiction, she made the brave choice to choose adoption and a better life for me. I was introduced to music at a young age. I can remember sweet memories of when my Dad used to sing James Taylors “Sweet Baby James” to me as I drifted off to sleep tucked under my blanket. Those are my first memories of how music touched me. Playing instruments has always come naturally to me. My parents bought me my first upright piano when I was in first grade. The funny thing about it is how out of tune that piano is. I can't even imagine how annoyed my parents must have been hearing me play that thing for hours a day as a first grader. I'm forever grateful now when I go back home and play that out of tune piano, because without my “out of tune” start, I wouldn't have discovered music in such a life changing way.” Let me let you in on a little secret. I haven't always been a lover of all types of music. The direction I ended up going wasn't anywhere near where I started. Truth be told, I wasn't a big folk/country music fan growing up…that was, until my future wife at the time introduced me to Zac Brown Band. It was the summer of my junior year in college when I listened to Zac Brown Bands album “Uncaged” for the first time. My heart and my mind instantly clicked. I spent months taking in the sounds and feels of that album. After listening through the album likely 30 times, I thought “This is what I want to do…I want to make music like this.” It was clear to me at that moment where my desires met my gifting. But how was I going to do it? I started writing songs….lots of songs. I admit most of them were awful at first, but for six months I was a songwriting machine I wrote over 80 songs. After sharing a few songs with guitar player/background vocalist Duke McClellan and adding him on the tracks, I knew we had something going. It is a special thing when you genuinely enjoy hanging out with people you “work” with. I put work in quotes because music has never felt like work me, more like something that is instinctively a part of me. Duke is an insanely talented guitar player and background singer, but even more than that, Duke gets the vision. That is invaluable to me.” Coming together very organically, Greg Finger Band came together with Duke as my wingman. Fast forward one year, our debut EP has launched, we have spent thousands of miles on the road, and have been writing and playing the best music we ever have – I am excited. Can you tell?

We have only scratched the surface of what we are going to do, and I look forward to the journey.

 

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.

 

Friday May 19

"not only a member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees,  Daryl Hall & John Oates band,
but also one of the original featured musicians on MTV's " Live From Daryl's House

Eliot Lewis

multi-instrumentalis~Performed with Train, Joe Walsh, Cee Lo Green, Todd Rundgren, Booker T, Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Jewel, Rob Thomas, and Grace Potter just to name a few

Eliot has been blazing his own trail as a solo artist all along.
Performing all over the country, his unique one-man band solo show incorporates all of the instruments he plays into a highly entertaining event.
Having mastered five instruments over the course of his distinguish career,
Eliot has written, performed and produced several solo albums including his latest
“Enjoy The Ride.” A serving of guitar-focused classic rock&soul.
Selling thousands of CDs independently, he has truly become a self-contained artist.
Earlier in his career Eliot was signed to Warner Brothers, Sony Tunes, BMG and RCA as a songwriter and producer. He also performed on hits including Tina Turner's
“The Best” His own "Get Back What You Give" also won him a
John Lennon Songwriting Award.
He spent several years as a key member of the "The Average White Band"
Eliot toured, wrote and also produced several songs for the scottish soul band.

"Eliot is a musician who can do it all, great singer, songwriter and guitarist. He rocks and he's got soul. No one does it quite like him" - Daryl Hall

Saturday May 20

 

Friday May 26

experimental blues rock funk fusion even jazz~Charleston WV

Trielement

Trielement is an instrumental trio fusing rock, blues, jazz, and funk into an electic soup of sounds. They have been described as having a “highly entertaining live show”, “instrumental music that keeps your attention”, and as a “tightly ran progressive trio". The band is Kenneth Booth (guitar), Joey Lafferty (bass), Dave Roberts

 

Sunday May 28

“Cowboy Jazz”

Sons of Pitches

bring their own brand of improvisation to the stage for a thrilling live event.  Their instrumental country jazz originals, and unique arrangements of standards affectionately called “Cowboy Jazz,” provide a musical landscape for staking their claim and pushing on to new frontiers. They swing, they rip, they dip, they dive, they fly…they melt hearts & faces.

 

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.

 

Tuesday June 13

Happy Hour with

Miss Morgan Myles

a country-soul singer-songwriter with a powerful belting voice from Williamsport PA byway of Nashville, Tennessee

QUOTES

Sounds like: "Trisha Yearwood cutting an R& B record in Muscle Shoals.-The woman has got some serious pipes. That's the immediate takeaway from Myles's new EP Miss Morgan Myles, a six-song taste of her soulful spin on country" - RollingStone

"She' s got the voice and hooks to connect with a wide audience. She makes soulful country with warm echoes of rock and R & B, sprinkled with moments that recall why Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and Sheryl Crow transcended their respective genres. …Myles' s artistic success is unquestionable" - The Boston Globe

“Her big soulful voice tugs and pushes, demanding you pay attention until she is finished.” - TasteOfCountry.com

Morgan Myles “makes soulful country with warm echoes of rock and R&B, sprinkled with moments that recall why Faith Hill, Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow transcende d their respective genres,” acclaims The Boston Globe of her recent independently released EP Miss Morgan Myles. Featured in the iTunes New Music, New Artist and Spotlight On Women Of Country categories, Myles undeniably refreshing EP hit No. 22 on the iTunes Country music chart and landed her on several 2016 Artist To Watch lists. Named one of just a handful of artists “poised to tackle 2016's music scene head-on” by Nashville Lifestyles, the triple threat vocalist, songwriter and guitarist has been featured in Country Weekly Magazine's “Who's New,” named TasteOfCountry.com 's Hot Artist To Watch and Critic's Pick, and MySpace.com has called her an artist that “has ‘it –in spades.” Myles stunning new six-song collection includes lead single, “Whiskey Dreaming,” and the music video for the song exclusively released on CMT Pure last fall.

Since moving to Nashville nearly a decade ago to pursue her music career, the Williamsport, PA native and Belmont University graduate has teamed up on projects with the legendary Vance Powell and collaborated with top tunesmiths Richie Brown (Garth Brooks, Jerrod Niemann) and Rebecca Lynn Howard (Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood). The powerhouse vocalist, inspired by big voices of the 90s, performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and has opened shows for Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Rick Springfield and more. For more information, visit www.MorganMylesLive.com

Then After the Game

Soulful pop-rock from Rochester, N.Y.

The

Tyler Pearce

Project

The Tyler Pearce Project is an energetic soulful pop/rock band from Rochester, N.Y. The project grew from solo singer-songwriter, Tyler Pearce, who brings soul and power in her honest voice and relatable lyrics, which is often compared to Alanis Morisette and Hozier. Tyler released a solo EP More Than Life (2013) and performed in solo, duo and trio capacities, before deciding the full band sound, energy and shared experience was the real calling. As a yoga instructor, she felt passionate about getting people dancing and moving in their bodies; as well as the power of music to bring listeners into the present moment and connected to their senses. Since creating a band in 2014, she has played 200+ shows and festivals around the Northeast, including stops in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The band is full of energy, sinking you into beat-driven grooves and hip moves, inspired by the likes of Grace Potter and Michael Franti. In 2016, the TPP released full band singles "This Is Me," "Don't Say" and "Patience", currently getting radio airplay in upstate NY. With a full-length slated for March 2017, the Project emphasizes big drums, creative guitar riffs and heavy bass behind Tyler's soulful vocals. You can expect a high energy live performance and captivating visual as well from the Tyler Pearce Project.

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 .

FREE - No Cover

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

 

Sunday June 25

after the Indians game ~3:30

Indie Pop/Rock with songs ranging from Rock, Pop, Funk, Blues, to Country from CLE

The Michelle Romary Trio

is a unique Cleveland group featuring Michelle Romary, vocals, melodica, tambourine; Efraín Hernández, vocals, cajon, light percussion; and Jimmi Chance, vocals, acoustic guitar. This group is perfect for smaller venues and stages, as well as intimate private settings
The Michelle Romary Trio has played in venues throughout Ohio and providing local support for national touring acts, entertainment for wedding receptions, and music at yacht clubs, casinos, breweries, wineries, and restaurants. They perform Michelle's original songs, as well as Top 40 Pop and Rock Hits, Jazz, Standards, Motown, Country, Blues, and everything in between. With the experience they possess as professional full-time musicians, they can read your crowd and cater to the tastes of your patrons. Their performance is lively, family friendly, and engaging and can range from dinner music to dance music based on your preference.
Whether you are interested in a full night of music for your venue, or an acoustic set of original pop/rock material from Michelle's last two albums, send your inquiries via the Contact page

Wednesday June 28

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.

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."

Saturday July 15

Sunset Harmony

Friday July 21

Country like Keith Urban meets Dierks Bentley meets Eric Church from Barberton OH-IO

Mark Leach

When Mark Leach moved to Nashville last summer, it was the start of a new chapter in an already accomplished career. Although just 25, Mark has always had an innate sense of who he is musically. Growing up in Barberton, Ohio, just outside of Akron, he got his first taste of performing in high school, playing with various bands. In 2008, while still in college, Mark took that valuable experience and began fronting his own band. Playing clubs and festivals in the Ohio area, he quickly established himself as an audience favorite across the region.

In the past few years, Mark has released two projects, “With Love From Tennessee” in 2012 and a follow-up EP “Let’s Get Lost” in 2014 (which reached #23 on iTunes), and has toured regularly to support them. In addition to his own shows, Mark has had the opportunity to open for hit artists including Kip Moore, Trace Adkins, Granger Smith, Will Hoge, Chris Janson, and more. With a grassroots approach and a strong team behind him, Mark honed his craft and earned a loyal following of not only fans, but friends as well.

While his home, heart, and so many supportive fans are in Ohio, Mark knew he needed to make that move to Nashville to continue building his career as an artist and songwriter. In the past several months, he has spent much of his time writing with prominent songwriters around town, penning nearly 50 new songs in preparation for his next release. After conducting a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall to fund a new EP, Mark enlisted the help of Grammy-nominated producer Matt McClure, known for his work with Lee Brice, and they are currently in the studio working on what Mark is confident will be his best music yet. The new EP will be available in March 2016, and is certainly only the first piece of this new chapter of Mark’s career.

 

Saturday July 22

From Ohio Players to Liquid Soul to Lenny Kravitz

Chicago Soul Jazz Urban/R&B FUNK!

Ron Haynes(Grammy-nominated!)

Game Changers

 

Saturday August 12

Chicago Rock'n Roll

Radiomen

Known as the baddest rock show in Chicago, The Radiomen have left their mark on stages large and small...literally. Lead singer and guitarist Ryan Fitzgerald can be seen throwing his guitar across the stage, as bass aficionado David Buschauer smashes the neck of his bass guitar on a crash cymbal. Drummer Dean Lazzara is the back beat of the band, making sure everything is in check. The courageous frontman will flaunt tasty licks with a soulful touch of magic, but don't let the malicious solo face fool you, it's all for the love of Rock N' Roll. If you're having trouble spotting Buschauer on stage, he is the one with the permanent smile glued to his face. Don't expect to get a decent picture of Lazzara, because he is always in a blur.

The lively psychedelic stage show adds to the allure of the band. Their effervescent attitude towards their followers is one of love and admiration, as the ambitious trio shoots for their dreams. From empty bars to roaring venues, the group has never failed to entertain. Each bit of raw emotion and power is instilled in every note, regardless of the venue. This three piece band infuses soulful Chicago blues with vintage inspired Rock N' Roll to form deep cutting melodies. Cascading walls of sound have ripped open the hearts of their fans to harmonize with the pitch resonating in their souls.

As The Radiomen release their debut album "Fatal Attractions", they hope to inspire a generation to appreciate the raw beauty in live music. Join them as they embark on a mission to save Rock N' Roll, and invite you to dance to the tune of stomping boots, flaming guitars, wailing solos, and a true unhindered passion for music.

 

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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