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Wednesday April 8

Comedy show with

CHRISSIE MAYR

from the Wet Spot presented by Funny Noizes Productions

“A natural joke writer” -The Village Voice

​”Mayr hails from the same high school as fellow funny folk Amy Schumer, Dave Attell, and Colin Kane. Looks like she’s following in their footsteps.” – CBS New York

“Always delightful”  – Broadway World

“Self-Deprecating!” “Delightful!”  “Worship your queen!” -TimeOut New York

A New York native, Chrissie Mayr has appeared on NBC's America's Got Talent, FOX's Laughs, FOX's Punchline, The Chris Gethard Show, and The Wendy Williams Show. Her many appearances on Sirius XM, Compound Media, and GAS Digital Media has garnered her a loyal fan following as well. Her "Comedy at Stonewall" show at the landmark Stonewall Inn in New York City received critical acclaim in the New York Times, Timeout NY, and The Village Voice. Chrissie and Comedy at Stonewall have been selected as part of the New York Comedy Festival three times. Chrissie can be seen headlining nationally when she isn't performing at some of New York City's top comedy clubs. She can also be seen every Monday night hosting the Wet Spot, a sex/dating/relationship advice show on Compound Media.

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Saturday April 18

Afton Musical Showcase Rock to Hip Hop

Ajthekid, BullGang, 5TAR, Devo ILLey, Joe-Y, Sean Frost, HEEM GANG, Kapone Tha Ceo FT.H.T.L and guest, Finesse216 & Guests

START - 6:30 PM
ONLINE TICKETS: $12.00
Available at http://www.aftonshows.com
*Online Tix w/Early Purchase Promo Code Only $9
Door Price: $15.00
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Friday May 29

Pre Game

The Brits meets TEXAS

BLUES MEETS GIRL

Mr. Downchild and Kasimira met at a jam session when a mutual friend asked them to sit in. It was immediately evident that their musical styles worked well together. Later, Mr. D would invite Kassy to show up at his gigs and have her up to do a couple of tunes. Before long it became…

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Post Game

Award winning Swing, Jump Blues, Soul and Funk

JOE BELL & THE SWING LIZARDS

On Festival bills, in nightclubs, concert halls and amphitheaters, Joe Bell & The Swing Lizards can be found performing for Blues, Jazz, Rock and Soul fans on the North Coast and around the country. Just be ready to dance.

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Saturday May 30

Pre Game

BRIDGETOWN JUNCTION

Singer-Songwriters, Amanda and Rick ~ interpretations of contemporary covers.

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Post Game

Knuckleheads Baseball Party with

CATS ON HOLIDAY

Cats On Holiday is a Roots-based, Swamp Pop band that has been pleasing audiences for over 20 years with their own special blend of Texas and Louisiana inspired Blues, Rock, Roots & Zydeco, infused with healthy doses of original songs and poetry about urban life. They perform throughout the year at the best live music venues in Northern Ohio, upstate New York and the Lake Erie Islands. Cats On Holiday are booked annually at almost all of the major outdoor venues in the region, and are regulars at Parade the Circle, Hessler Street Fair, Wade Oval Wednesday, and Lock 3 Live. They have also played at major festivals such as Great Blue Heron, Land of Nod, Starwood, Lazy Daisy, Voices in the Valley, and Blue Sky Folk Festival.

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Sunday May 31 ~ 4pm

this is the best live band in the country right now and they have such a deep heritage in blues and rock and roll." Jeff Wignall - WPKN Music Director

PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROWMATIX

“Roots Music Royalty” - playing the fabric of American Music
Professor Louie has emerged in the music industry as the torchbearer of the true spirit of American Roots Music. Seasoned live performer, prolific recording artist and versatile multi-instrumentalist, Professor Louie also wears the hat of award-winning recording Producer and Engineer, capturing the talents of some of the worlds most highly acclaimed musicians, most notably, The Band.
Grammy Nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix began as the studio backing band for Aaron Professor Louie’s musical productions for the The Band. Rick Danko christened him Professor Louie due to his work with The Band. Louie collaborated with them for over 17 Years.
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix from Woodstock, NY play 150 shows a year in the US and worldwide. Featuring songs from their extensive music catalogue, Roots Music at it’s best! Playing songs from their 15 studio CD’s including original songs, fan favorites, Blues and select tunes from The Band, Bob Dylan & more. They have performed at the Thunder Bay, London, Windsor, Falcon Ridge Festivals, Sellersville Theater, BB Kings, NYC, House Of Blues, LA & Professor Louie has performed three times on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
They have 15 studio CD's on the Woodstock Records label including their latest 2019 CD Miles Of Blues which has been on the RMR Charts in the top 50 for the past three months. PL&C have been inducted into Blues Hall Of Fame, NY Chapter and hold a permanent place in The Canada South Blues Museum.
“All the best parts of great music are on display with Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. It’s clear these folks are driven to match the all time greats.”
- Cash Box
~ The Crowmatix ~
Professor Louie (keys-accordion,vocals) collaborated with The Band 17 years.
John Platania (guitar-vocals) great performances with Van Morrison.
Gary Burke (drums) performed with Bob Dylan’s The Rolling Thunder Review.
Miss Marie (vocals-percussionist-keys) preformed, recorded with Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson.
Frank Campbell (bass-vocals) Levon Helm’s MD with the Woodstock All-stars.
Info: www.professorlouie.com www.woodstockrecords.com

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             Monday June 1 = post game              Tuesday June 2= pre game

Ottawa Canada based original roots blues/rock band

MURRAY KINSLEY & WICKED GRIN

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin are an Ottawa based original roots blues/rock band. Gritty vocals and guitar and an “in your face” groove that doesn’t quit!
Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin was a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2019.
Wicked Grin’s latest album “Murder Creek,” released October 2018, has earned widespread industry acclaim and was a semi-finalist for the 2019 IBC Best Self-Produced CD Award.
Bassist Laura Greenberg has won two Maple Blues Awards for Bassist of the Year.
To the journey!

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Wednesday June 10

BLISSFUL HARMONIES AND SHUFFLING BANJOS AND GUITARS – MAGNET

THE HARMED BROTHERS

The Harmed Brothers roots lay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the town of Cottage Grove. The Axe & Fiddle Pub is more than likely the place where, in early 2009, singer/songwriter Ray Vietti first encountered Alex Salcido. Vietti would come to recognize Salcido as a kindred spirit in both vision and song, and the young tunesmith would help write the Harmed Brothers saga with an insightful, often wistful lyrical and instrumental voice that offers a fitting complement to Vietti’s gritty baritone and powerful chords.

The Harmed Brothers have always ridden, zigzagging endlessly in vans across the nation. It’s known as the “Harmed Family Roadshow,” and it’s as much a nightly happening as a sound in constant flux — from a jangly acoustic three-piece one night to a manic mariachi string band the next, a wall of rock-and-roll bombast at times giving way to the whispered incantations of two folk troubadours, often within the span of a single song.

PRESS

“THE FACT THAT THE HARMED BROTHERS HAVEN’T ACHIEVED THE POPULARITY OF, SAY, THE AVETT BROTHERS OR THE LUMINEERS REMAINS AS BAFFLING AS IT IS FRUSTRATING.” – COUNTRY STANDARD TIME
“MELDING INDIE ROCK FERVOR WITH THE INTRICATE FRETWORK OF BLUEGRASS, THE BAND STEER THEIR WAY THROUGH BOTH GENRES WITHOUT SLOWING AND MANAGE TO COME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE WITH SOMETHING UNIQUE AND WHOLLY THEIR OWN.” —BEATS PER MINUTE
UNLIKE THE UNMUSSED FASHION-GRASS COMING FROM THE MUMFORDS OF THE WORLD, THERE’S SOMETHING RUSTY AND RAW IN THE HARMED BROTHERS’ SONGS, SOMETHING HUNGRY AND A LITTLE WILD-EYED – PORTLAND MERCURY
“BETTER DAYS WILL SLOT IN NICELY TO ANY COLLECTION THAT HOUSES CLASSIC RYAN ADAMS, WHISKEYTOWN, UNCLE TUPELO (AND THEIR OFF-SHOOTS) OR THE AVETT BROTHERS.  WHAT IT MAY LACK IN SHOCKS, IT MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR IN WARMTH AND EXECUTION.” —IAN FILDES – AMERICANA UK
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Thursday June 11

 Has appeared as a guest harmonica player on albums with Johnny Winter (grammy!), Nick Curran, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, Cedric Burnside, The Mannish Boys and Joe Louis Walker

JASON RICCI & THE BAD KIND

Jason Ricci is one of the best and most imitated blues harmonica players of the 21st century. He picked up the instrument as a teenager when he started playing in a punk rock band. His journey started in earnest when he watched and later was mentored by legendary harmonica player Pat Ramsey in Memphis. As Ricci gigged and grew as a player he found work and support from the southern blues community. He lived and played with Junior and David Kimbrough in Mississippi and then worked as a sideman with Big Al and The Heavyweights for more than a year. In the late 90s, he formed Jason Ricci and New Blood, a band that toured around the world for more than a decade and released critically praised albums like Done With The Devil and Rocket Number 9. Ricci’s latest chapter is the New Orleans band Jason Ricci and The Bad Kind, a band influenced by the sounds of New Orleans and artists like The Meters and Doctor John. What defines Jason Ricci as an artist is the fearlessness with which he approaches his instrument and music and transmutes the hardships we all face into unforgettable music.

  • Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Step Back’
  • Has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010.
  • Featured performer at the Rock & Roll hall of fame with Zac Brown & Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015

Friday June 12

sad boy indie rock band out of Memphis, Tennessee

BLVCK HIPPIE

Blvck Hippie is a sad boy indie rock band born out of Josh Shaw’s dorm room his Junior Year of college. Named after a nickname he got from his mom, the band Blvck Hippie combines dark lyrics about lost love and grief, with dreamy guitars and stylistic drums to create “VHS” inspired rock. Made up of Guitar and Vocalist Josh Shaw, with Casey Rittinger on Drums, Tyler Marberry on Bass, and Nick Monty on Guitar.

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Monday & Tuesday June 15/16

HaPpY hOuR w/

Nashville’s #1 Troubadour

MARK STUART

Americana/folk /All Around Nice Guy

After growing up in Nashville, TN and playing professionally from age 15 on, Mark Stuart set his sights on being a recording/touring artist. Much of the time in the 1980s and 1990s he fronted his own roots music band in the US southeast. The rock, blues, country, and folk mixture that poured from his vocals/guitar/piano/songwriting defined him as being more versatile than most artists, musically speaking. At times, he took jobs as a guitarist for hire to get a respite from being a bandleader, front man, self-booking agent. This is how he became visible to some as a guitar wiz, instead of the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that he is. Some periods he toured with Texas legend Freddy Fender, or folk-rocker Steve Forbert. Then, there were stints with country-rocker Steve Earle (who became his brother in-law). While being an opening act (with wife, Stacey Earle) for folk icon Joan Baez, Stuart so enamored the headliner that she would bring him onstage during her show to showcase his guitar work. This took place nightly on a two month tour!
In 1998, Stuart and his wife made her first album on their own label, Gearle Records. Mark’s co-producer and guitar/vocal “stamp” was very present on Stacey Earle’s “Simple Gearle” CD. And, this lead to his own record “Songs From A Corner Stage”, the next release on their label. After touring hundreds of dates in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe the couple decided (in 2001) to join forces as an official duo (Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart). Some two thousand concerts later, Mark has re-embarked on a solo career, as the duo is dormant.
In 2014, Mark Stuart is touring heavily and his performances are littered with great guitar pieces, self-penned songs from his solo records and duo records. Also, he does “tribute” songs to those notable artists he used to work for, and, includes fascinating stories about the experiences along the way.
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Wednesday June 17

Paul Bonn and the Bluesmen

Electrifying Blues from St. Louis

Singer, composer and entertainer Paul Bonn has been electrifying audiences for more than fifty years throughout the Midwest. Those who have seen him live never forget the good times surrounding his performances. The Bluesmen feature some of the finest players from the St. Louis area, with decades of experience performing throughout the world.

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Thursday June 18

2019 Blues Music Award Nominee, 2009 International Blues challenge winners

JP SOARS AND THE RED HOTS

Not every blues artist can create a cohesive sound in the genre by weaving in a diversity of other influences, but guitarist and vocalist JP Soars is obviously not just any blues artist. A 2009 winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN with his band the Red Hots (and the festival's Albert King Award winner as best guitarist to boot), the Arkansas native toured extensively through the United States, Canada, South America and Europe with metal bands after relocating to South Florida, and is one of the few guitarists also capable of adding nuances of his long-standing, Django Reinhardt-inspired "Gypsy jazz" side project.
It all coalesces on Soars' upcoming fourth CD, Southbound I-95, recorded at the familiar Studio 13 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
"I like T-Bone Walker, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Pete Fountain, Louis Armstrong, Guitar Slim, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf," Soars says. "But at the same time, I also love Willie Nelson, George Jones, Tito Puente, Black Sabbath, and old Metallica. If it moves me, I dig it."
Soars got bitten by the blues bug via a legendary source in 1988, when he won a guitar and two tickets in a raffle to see B.B. King in concert. Meeting the iconic guitarist and singer further enhanced the young musician's quest to learn more about the timeless power of the music. Soars started his blues recording career a decade ago with the 2008 release Back of My Mind, followed by More Bees With Honey (2011) and Full Moon Night in Memphis (2014). Collectively, his catalog has received extensive airplay on the XM Radio programs of Little Steven ("Underground Garage") and B.B. King ("Bluesville"); Top 50 status on the "Living Blues" charts, Blues Music Award nominations for "Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year," and "Best Blues CD" and "Album of the Year" accolades from the Palm Beach Post.
A gritty and expressive vocalist, Soars elicits signature tones from hollow-body guitars, plus a home-made two-string cigar box guitar for his incendiary slide guitar playing. All of which has helped him earn dates at the Baltic Sea Festival in Germany, the Liberation Day Festival in Holland, and other shows in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, and Colombia as well as road work throughout the United States and Canada.
In the past two years, Soars and the Red Hots have also played the Peer Blues Festival in Belgium, sharing the stage with Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, and Larry Graham, and the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival in Caxias do Sul, Brazil before 10,000 people. After being discovered by the Brazilian festival's presenter while playing with his "Gypsy jazz" project at a South Florida venue, Soars and company played the side stage in that format, then headlined the main stage with full blues intensity at its ninth annual event.
For the past several years, Soars has additionally been part of the regional all-star blues act Southern Hospitality. Also featuring Tampa vocalist/guitarist Damon Fowler and Memphis vocalist/keyboardist Victor Wainwright, plus Red Hots drummer Chris Peet and Fowler's bassist Matt Walker, the Blind Pig recording artists earned a Blues Blast Award for "Best New Artist Debut Release" for their 2013 CD Easy Livin,' and have toured worldwide in-between the three bandleaders' own schedules. Southern Hospitality appears with a host of international blues icons on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, FL in February.
Soars prides himself with having one of the tightest bands on the scene, with Red Hots bassist Cleveland Frederick and longtime drummer Chris Peet. The trio has extensive touring scheduled through the United States and Europe during the first half of 2018, in addition to appearances by popular demand at blues venues on both coastlines of South Florida, all in support of Southbound I-95. Both his all-star band and new Red Hots CD may have names framed in southern trajectory, but Soars' career is clearly on a northward upswing.
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Friday June 19

Winners of 2019 Independent Blues Award for “Best Blues-Soul Band,”

THE LUCKY LOSERS

The Lucky Losers are a five-piece band from San Francisco lead by veteran blues singer, Cathy Lemons, and harmonica master and vocalist, Phil Berkowitz. Their music is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s — combining gorgeous harmonies reminiscent of the great male/ female vocal duos of that era. Together they bring a full range of talent to their performances as accomplished singers, songwriters, and show producers. They have performed at major venues and festivals across the country and have played in some of the most prestigious clubs in The Bay Area/ San Francisco. In a span of four years they have released three chart topping albums. Their first album, "A Winning Hand," was nominated for "Best Traditional Blues Album" by Blues 411 and made The Roots Music Report’s "Top Albums of 2015". Their second album, "In Any Town," was nominated for a total SEVEN awards. Clearly on a winning streak, The Lucky Losers released an all original album, “Blind Spot,” in 2018 which made several notable year-end lists including Downbeat, Making a Scene (listed at #1), and The Roots Music Report’s “Top Blues Albums for the Year of 2018” (#28). The Lucky Losers were nominated for FIVE Independent Blues Awards in 2019:
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Saturday June 20

Happy Hour with

The Premier Tom Waits Tribute Band

SMALL CHANGE

Dedicated to performing the jazz-influenced music of Tom Waits from Burlington, VT

 

Then at 8pm

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Outlaw Country, Rockabilly, FolkIrish Punk

Stand-Off

Saturday June 20

CRAIC

The American-Irish Punk Band “CRAIC,” named for the Gaelic term meaning interesting banter & good company including music & good drink, takes traditional Irish music and turns it into an energy driven, fist pumping, “in your face” good time. CRAIC is full of a wide diversity of influence which makes the talent of the band stand out, from the beautiful sounds of the tin whistle, to the plucky hollow, bright, incisive clarity of the banjo, to the rich deep sound of the acoustic guitar, all backed up by drums, bass and the distortion of the electric guitar. Topped off with the wailing voices of all, you’ll surely enjoy the full-body sound of CRAIC.

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WYATT COIN

Hailing from several rural suburbs outside of Rochester, Wyatt Coin consists of Jordan Schilling (vocals), Lael Dylag (drums), Dewey Richbar (guitar), and Taylor Lamitina (bass). Since their debut in November 2014, they have received local recognition for their unique sound which has been categorized as "Cow Punk" and compared to the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, and Mischief Brew.
Wyatt Coin has released an EP and single that was featured in the indie horror film "Back Road." Their single 'Lights Out! Kill the Noise!" was featured in the VR video game "Astro Karts." In 2017 and 2018, the band was invited to play the Vans Warped Tour.
In 2018, Wyatt Coin entered the studio and recorded their debut full length album "The Big Sound" under producer and engineer, Jamie McMann. The Big Sound will release in 2019.
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Thursday June 25

THE MURPHS

The Murphs are an American Roots Rock band based out of Atlanta, Georgia featuring Austin Coleman, Katie Coleman, Cody Marlowe, and Rob D’Angelo. In 2017, the four friends came up with the band name after visiting their favorite dive bar; Murphy’s Tavern. Claiming to be regulars of the joint, “The Murphs” were born. Their sound is made up of raw tones, upfront harmonies, and intriguing lyrics rooted in the style of country rock, blues, and folk. The band brings a high energy to the stage every show in the expression of honest rock-n-roll. Catch The Murphs at a venue near you and follow @themurphsband for updates.

 

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Thursday July 2

THE CHRIS O’LEARY BAND

From Boogie Woogie to Southside Chicago electric rockin’ to Louisiana Mardi Gras stompers! From Levon Helm’s band. Blues Blast Best New Artist Debut winner, BMA nominee and American Showplace Music artist, The Chris O'Leary Band plays American Roots music, steeped in the tradition of Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans.

 

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Friday July 3

GRINGO STEW

Country (Contemporary & Classic), Tex-Mex (The Mavricks, Texas Tornadoes, Los Lobos), Texas Swing, Southern Rock Band in Cleveland Ohio

 

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Thursday July 9

LORD NELSON

“A rootsy quintet belting out their vivacious sounds from Charlottesville, VA, Lord Nelson has the crunch of classic rock with a trombone smoothly spread across their melodies. The band has fantastic stage presence and lead vocalist Kai Crowe-Getty’s voice distills the soul of Tom Petty with the charisma of Marcus Mumford. With lyrics heavily influenced by their Appalachian origins and harmonious band chemistry, their shows certainly aren’t worth missing.”

 

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Friday July 10

BRIDGETOWN JUNCTION

Singer-Songwriters, Amanda and Rick ~ interpretations of contemporary covers.

 

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Wednesday July 15

Blues / Rock Blues Gainesville, FL

THE BRIDGET KELLY BAND

Inspired by classic & electric blues, the award winning Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The powerful and sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin' blues guitar; held together by a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Tim Mulberry on drums and Greg Mullens on bass. The band has been performing at blues clubs, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States, and recently had a standing ovation at BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS in Chicago, Infinity Hall in Hartford, Ct, House of Blues Chicago and the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton! Their portfolio also includes many festivals such as Northwoods Blues Festival, Lowertown Funk and Blues Festival, Boundary Waters Blues Festival, Bradenton Blues Festival Appetizer Kick Off, Camping with the Blues, Blues Bash at the Ranch and Marquette Area Blues Society Festival. Their last two albums, Blues Warrior and Bone Rattler have made the “For your consideration list” for a Grammy nomination. As IBC Semi-Finalists in 2015 and 2016, the group continues to gain national media attention. Blues Warrior, Released in June 2018, has been on the RMR Rock Blues Charts for 24 weeks, Bone Rattler, Released in June of 2017, was #1 RMR Electric Blues for over 6 months, made the Living Blues chart, and all five of the Bridget Kelly Band has intense air play all over the globe including Sirius XM radio (B.B. King's Bluesville) and stations around the world. "Outta the Blues" (2016) rose to #11 on the RMR Contemporary Blues chart, hit #1 on the RMR Electric Blues Chart in July and August of 2016, and was the #4 ranked Roots Music Radio "Electric Blues" album of the year. The Bridget Kelly Band has favorable media reviews and regular airplay on Pandora, Spotify, Jango, and Internet radio which expand the band's International fan base.
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Monday July 20

Award winning, internationally touring acoustic honky-Tonk Americana duo our of Atlanta Ga.

The Waymores

You’ve heard Outlaws, you’ve heard Damsels, and you’ve heard Rockabilly’s… but you haven’t heard anything like The Waymores yet.
Comprised of Kira Annalise and Willie Heath Neal, The Waymores are the epitome of Acoustic Country Music: He was born in a cop car, lived in and out of foster care, and served in the Navy. She used to get stage fright until she was swept up by his charm and grit, started singing country songs, and never looked back. Now they’re writing songs from the road and bringing their intimate, fun, and quirky one-liner-jabs to venues across the country. The Waymores take what’s real about life and relationships and add music, jokes, and whiskey; it can be beautiful, it can be painful, it can get inappropriate, and it’s completely unrehearsed, unexpected, and dangerously wonderful. Their debut album, Weeds, is scheduled to be released in early 2019 on Chicken Ranch Records out of Austin, TX.
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Wednesday July 29

2020 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE WINNER!

Héctor Anchondo Band

Representing the Blues Society of Omaha, Hector Anchondo competed against over 200 acts at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) and won first place for his Solo/Duo performance. He also garnered the Memphis Cigar Box Guitar Award for Best Acoustic Solo/Duo Guitarist.
“I’m so honored by these awards,” Anchondo said. “I love what I do, music in my passion and not very many people get this recognition. It’s truly an honor and I’m just so happy right now, overwhelmed with pride and thanks to all my fans and the people that support my music.”
Growing up on a Missouri farm, Anchondo soaked up Roots music, Latino music, bluegrass and old blues. He picked up the guitar as teen, and as soon as he finished high school, he headed for Omaha, to make a life playing guitar. When the recession of 2008 happened, work dried up in the music scene, and the stress took its toll. Anchondo found himself without a band, working as a dishwasher in a Cuban restaurant.
When you put your mind to doing the thing you were born to do, the universe helps. Anchondo got an unexpected call from an old friend in St. Louis. He’d been a fan of Anchondo’s Latin music, but he had always loved those blues songs Anchondo snuck in even more.
Anchondo wrote 30 songs that summer, narrowed it to five, and put out an EP called Kicking Up Dust. The album did well; he did Young Guns two years later. The band started sharing stages with the biggest names in blues, including Coco Montoya, Magic Slim and the Royal Southern Brotherhood. His most recent CD, Roll the Dice, is saturated with his history of blues, with flavors of Latin, rockabilly and Americana. It showcases the flawless, fluid and brilliant style that he earned in 20 years of love and discipline. The album leaped to the top of blues charts, including the top 25 on the Living Blues chart, and had spent many weeks on the Roots Music Report blues and blues rock charts.
Anchondo’s previous appearances at the IBC included a prestigious finalist performance in the band category (among the top eight vote-getters performing in the IBC finals in 2016). The Hector Anchondo Band also made it to the semifinals in 2015. The International Blues Challenge finals are judged by a panel of blues industry professionals according to criteria established by The Blues Foundation.
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Thursday July 30

Rock’n’Roll Family Band

THE WILD ORCHIDS

from Switzerland

The Wild Orchids are a Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll Band from Bienne, Switzerland with it's roots from the Rockabilly Revival movement in Europe that took place in the 1970's and 1980's. Formed in 1989 after Didier Tarquini (Front man for the band) returned from service in the army. The original lineup for the Wild Orchids was Tony (electric Bass), Pat (drums) and Didier Tarquini (Guitar/vocal). The original trio added Didier's wife, Iris Tarquini a few months later on Rhythm guitar and vocals. In 1991, The Wild Orchids released an EP 45 in Europe. Coincidentally, that was the last year for mass production of vinyl recordings in Europe. They pressed only 1000 copies which makes them a collectors item today among Rockabilly Revival enthusiasts. Last performance for this lineup of the Wild Orchids was in 2000 at the 'Salle Royale' in Tavannes, Switzerland. In 2007, Maurine (Didier and Iris' oldest daughter), only 12 years old at the time, received an Electric Bass for her birthday. She learned how to play it quickly and asked her parents about putting the Wild Orchids' band back together. In 2008, Morgane, Maurine's young sister, asked for a drum set for Christmas. In 2009, The Wild Orchids began touring again with Didier on lead guitar/vocals, Iris on Rhythm guitar/vocals along with their daughters Maurine on bass and Morgane on Drums. In 2011 they appeared on a local Swiss TV show called 'Mon village a du talent'. Which means in English "There is Talent in my Village". Since 2009, they have toured all over Europe and toured the United States in the summer of 2016. While on tour in the US last summer, the Wild Orchids recorded(in Louisianna) and released (in Switzerland)another EP 45 Vinyl of all original Rockabilly material. Today, the band consists of the same lineup as of 2009 with the addition of Didier and Iris' youngest daughter Moustique (Margot)on maracas. The Wild Orchids are planning another tour of the US for the summer of 2020.
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Saturday  August 1

THE MUCKERS

Folk, Rock, Punk, Irish, Gypsy from Atlanta

“This band is set for the top table of celtic-punk embracing everything that’s great about celtic-punk. Passion and pride in the land of their ancestors but also a willingness to experiment a bit and step away from the confines of Irish folk and inject other cultures and music into what they do. And all the time with a smile plastered across their faces. The obvious fun they have is infectious and if the only thing Celtic-Punk achieves is to make people happy then The Muckers have got a surefire hit on their hands. Get on board before they become massive!”

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Wednesday  August 5

BRANDON SANTINI

He's a Ball of Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson II, The Red Devils, Gary Primich, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters-yea he's that GOOD!

"a uniquely fresh touch to blues injecting it with excitement and masterful technique." Dorothy L. Hill - BluesArt

"a fine young singer, possessing soulful, deep-toned vocals with a slight drawl which enhances that soulfulness." East Side Slim - STL Blues

"a first rate professional, delivering the goods with an eclectic blend of styles." American Blues News

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Thursday August 6

JOHN CLIFTON BLUES BAND

Think The Stray Cats on the BLUES from California

“Vocalist and harp player John Clifton is an outstanding, dedicated musician who plays genuine blues. The real deal!”— Mick Martin , Capital Public Radio

“You’ve got to work hard to make it look this easy and hard is where He starts. He knows how to light up a show with intensity, and doesn’t know how to quit—so he doesn’t . With the electricity turned up to 11, you can count on John Clifton to electrify you!”— The Midwest Record

“John Clifton is an excellent musician / harpist, with the urge to continue making great music. ”— Rootstime.be

“John Clifton may not be a name that instantly leaps to mind like many of the West Coast blues scene harmonica players, but maybe it’s time it should be as he is right there with the best.”— Cascade Blues Assocation

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Friday August 7

BIG AL & THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

Original Louisiana Roots Music founding members Warren Haynes and Big Al Lauro~Funky blues to rock, zydeco to jazz and even country~with a soulful southern flair.

 

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Saturday August 15

BRIDGETOWN JUNCTION

Singer-Songwriters, Amanda and Rick ~ interpretations of contemporary covers.

 

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Friday August 21

JOE LOUIS WALKER

“a Legendary Boundary-pushing Icon Of Modern Blues” - NPR

Joe Louis Walker is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers—a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist and was inducted into The Blues Hall Of Fame in 2013. He has earned a stunning total of 48 W.C Handy/Blues Music Award nominations on his way to four wins. A bluesman of immense talent and drive, Walker tours constantly, playing concerts and festivals across the globe. Raining fire with his guitar and spitting brimstone with his vocals, ‘Everybody Want A Piece’ begins a brand new chapter in Joe Louis Walker’s already

TIX→ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joe-louis-walker-a-legendary-boundary-pushing-icon-of-modern-blues-npr-tickets-101063014196

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Tuesday August 25

THE COPPER TONES

Soulgrass from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hailing from South Florida, The Copper Tones bring sunshine wherever they go. Roots music with a favorable twist of Soul, Rock, Americana and more, they've coined their genre as "Soulgrass." This group of talented and diverse multi-instrumentalists give a performance not to be missed! Voted Ft Lauderdale Magazine's Best Live Act of 2017 and named…

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Friday August 28

GRINGO STEW

Country (Contemporary & Classic), Tex-Mex (The Mavricks, Texas Tornadoes, Los Lobos), Texas Swing, Southern Rock Band in Cleveland Ohio

 

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Saturday August 29

THE CLAYTON BROTHERS BAND

 making good old Rock and Roll great again

Influences =
Take the list of Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. That’s a good place to start!
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Friday September 11

BRIDGETOWN JUNCTION

Singer-Songwriters, Amanda and Rick ~ interpretations of contemporary covers.

 

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Saturday September 12

Guitar Town

a tribute to Steve Earle

Guitar Town is a tribute to the music of outlaw country troubadour Steve Earle. Guitar Town celebrates the songs of Earle, one of the greatest American songwriters, who blazed the trail for many Americana musicians to come.

Brian Bretton, Ed Holmok, Kevin, McCarthy, Ann Marie Micenmacher, Howard Micenmacher, John "Sonny" Miller

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Friday September 25

SWAMPS OF JERSEY

Ohio's premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band

OUTLAW PETE MICENMACHER-lead vocal, lead guitar, harmonica
CADILLAC KEVIN McCARTHY-piano, accordion, keyboards
SPANISH JOHNNY DEPIETRO-sax and percussion
Madman Drummer BRIAN BRETTON-drums
CHRIS DeHAAS-bass
ROSALITA BONITA MCSWIGGEN-guitar and vocals

 

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Saturday September 26

GRINGO STEW

Country (Contemporary & Classic), Tex-Mex (The Mavricks, Texas Tornadoes, Los Lobos), Texas Swing, Southern Rock Band in Cleveland Ohio

 

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Saturday December 5

4th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl

The 4th Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl is back!

What you get:
🚌 School buses to transport you to participating bars!
💰 $500 Costume Contest! ($250 1st, $150 2nd, $100 3rd)
🎅 16oz color changing Santa stadium cup for all your drinks!
🎉 Access to exclusive after party starting at 8pm!
🎄 Santa Hat for online orders only while supplies last!
🎅 Wristband for entry and drink/food specials!
🎄 No cover with your ticket purchase!
🎅 Drink specials at all participating bars!
🎄 Everyone dressed in outrageous costumes!

🎟️ Ticket link: 12boxcle.eventbrite.com!

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Best Happy Hour

 The BEST DAM DEALS DOWNTOWN! $3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS $4 FireBalls and so are shots of Jameson +

Our AWARD WINNING.....Ribs 1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99 Sweet-Smoky-Spicy! = SENSATIONAL 

Big News

2020 Grammy nominees that have played for me.

  • DELBERT MCCLINTON
  • KEB' MO'
  • PATTY GRIFFIN
  • BOBBY RUSH
  • BIRTH BRASS BAND*

Me and my husband have been to Wilbert's several times and I must say I really enjoy it. I love the menu selection. Particularly the salad selection. The selection of beer is nice too. One of the best places to go after the game! You should totally check out the band Master T.C. and The Visitors. They would fit really well with the hip atmosphere. They are one of the best local bands we have seen around. If you have a large party, Wilbert's is perfect for the whole family! Looking forward to returning to see Mike Edel!

We've been to Wilbert's Food and Music several times now and each time We've had a blast. The drinks are reasonably priced and it's a very cool place to hang with your friends. The staff is very friendly as well! My girlfriends and I really enjoy hearing local music and This is also great place to do so. It's great to have another place supporting local musicians. You should look into getting Master t.c.& The Visitors to play. They are a local band we see a lot they are amazing...

Great food and spirits. Music scene is awesome..

Had a great time! Food was good! Waitress was great! Loved the owner!

Wilberts is an amazing' joint...killer food, wit a 'lil pop to it....warm up your belly......owner, Mike Miller, has been bringing the best in live music to Cleveland for decades.....the staff is pro....great joint

One of the coolest restaurant bars in Cleveland. The food is great, the music is great any night, and the owner is great. Don't listen to some person who tried to get free food, then B****es when he gets caught. Been there 20 times, never had a bad time. Almost never a cover charge, and you can order anything on the menu and it's really really good. Norman Nardini!!!