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Whiskey Island




Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much



Home of The
Labatts and Labatts Lite-the BIG BOYS - 16oz-Yea just 2 bucks too!
FireBalls are just $4  & so are  shots of Jameson.
Where everything is homemade Fresh and down right delicious!
1/2 Slab of Ribs with hand cut Fries and a Salad - JUST $9.99 (HH)
The BEST Homemade barbeque sauce- It's Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!!!
We pride ourselves on having the
Best Service
Best Food
at The Best Price in the neighborhood
+ Awesome Music! = Home of over 80+Grammy Winners!
So see us before during and after the tribe games.
In the Historic Caxton building just north of the stadium off Bolivar and east 9th;
WILBERTS-Bringing you over 120 years of Miller Hospitality to Cleveland!


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


All shows are all ages. 

Weekend shows (Fri.&Sat.)

start at 9:00 p.m. and

weekday shows start at

8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted, with doors 2 hours

before show time. 

Dinner reservations are suggested. You can make

them by calling or texting me @ Text> 2163755966

If you leave a message make sure you leave your phone #, and we'll call you back with a reservation conformation, or better yet,-you can e-mail

us at


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!

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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



Founders All Day IPA

The beer you've been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day's work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life's simple pleasures.


Great Lakes

Rally Drum Red Ale

With a tip of the cap to Tribe superfan and bleacher seat percussionist John Adams, our Red Ale fields a double header of bitter hop and roasted malt flavors.

Flavor Citrusy and piney all-American hops wind up and deliver the pitch to cleanup hitter dry roasted malt

Crisp weiss beer with natural lemonade flavor

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy

A unique take on Franz Kugler's original Munich tavern tradition. Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is our traditional weiss beer with refreshing natural lemonade flavor that makes it the perfect summer beer. As we like to say, it's fresh-squeezed Wisconsin-brewed beer.

Summer Shandy won a Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit Wheat Beer category.

Brew Kettle



A hop forward IPA without the bite! Big fruity / citrus flavor and aroma with the addition of the spicy character of rye malt!


Portside Brewery

Mayo Irish Red Ale

An Irish-style red ale with strong notes of crystal malt is a more traditional red ale than our previous hoppy Riptide Red. This brew pays tribute to our friends of West Mayo Brewery in Cleveland's Irish sister city.s


Tröegs DreamWeaver Wheat

This beer is a very nice hefeweizen. The aroma is full of fruit, pepper and cloves. The flavor is wheat, cloves and fruit and is very nice. The beer is a slightly murky golden color with a smooth texture. a very good beer, highly recommended.

Platform Beer Co.

New Cleveland Palesner

This Pilsner/Pale Ale Hybrid is a clear straw color with a crisp German malt body and refreshing Noble hop finish with floral and herbal aromas. Can design done in collaboration with CLE Clothing Company


Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

This crisp and refreshing cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle dryness for a balanced cider taste. The fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor make this cider hard to resist.


Fat Heads Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale




Brewed with fresh harvested spring honey stolen from some very angry bees (we have the welts to prove it) and infused with fresh blueberries. Creating a light, refreshing ale with a nice blueberry aroma, crackery malt flavors, a hint of sweetness and a refreshing blueberry finish. Get yo buzz on!

Goodwood Louisville Lager

Goodwood Louisville Lager is the first and only beer brewed with 100% Kentucky-grown grains. And, in a tip of the cap to our Slugger-making neighbors downtown, white ash – common in baseball bats – is used to enhance brewing. This results in a light-bodied, perfectly balanced lager with a sweet finish delivered by those Kentucky grains.

Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla Porter

Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure.

Flying Dog Brewery

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

The color is a pretty orange-amber with a thick, creamy milk white head and lacing. The smell is fruity and hoppy but with a noticeable sweetness. This one starts with some sweetness: toffee, vanilla, and some sweet fruitiness, which quickly gives way to cloves, citrus, and a hoppy pine bitterness. This ale is well carbonated and it masks its 8.30 ABV quite well. Overall, it's an excellent example of a Belgian-style IPA; enough sweetness to make it interesting and refreshing.

Samuel Adams

Cold Snap

White Ale       

Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.


Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla



A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it



The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

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

We buy more, but

enjoy less.

We have bigger

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

sense, more

knowledge, but

less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more

medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive

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

and pray too seldom.


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


We're always  open

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


-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-

Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Great Lakes


Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$6 Irish



Right On!

-Tell your Friends!


Get It ToGo!!!


Monday May 23

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Tuesday May 24


With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

# Believeland !

Wednesday May 25

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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


Thursday May 26



With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

# Believeland !

Friday May 27

Indians vs. Baltimore

Happy Hour

→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Live on our Stage after the


blues-based rock ‘n' roll cuts through the metal-cluttered, techno-drenched

local music scene like a red-hot saber through melting butter

David Loy

& the


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

Saturday May 28


Indians vs. Baltimore

Happy Hour

→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Sunday May 29

Party Starts at 9:30am

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

Indians vs. Baltimore


Best Bloody Mary's $4 / Damn Delicious Mimosa $3


Breakfast Specials

Breakfast Burrito

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Quesadilla

French Toast Crème Brûlée


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

Saturday June 18

Americana / Blues / Rock 'n Roll Chicago, IL

Nick and the Ovorols

Nick and the Ovorols kicked off 2013 in style with a new record titled Telegraph Taboo and a Gulf Coast tour with stops in N ... ashville, TN. They have since made this a routine. They continue to build their following playing around Chicago and since that first tour in 2013, they've been on the road every month or two. Making this coming January a 2-year milestone of steady touring for the band. Last year (2014) they supported the late great Johnny Winter at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI, and Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band at The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans. Aside from critical acclaim on their 2013 indie record release, they continue to gain recognition and are slowly and consistently building their following and industry network. They realize that bringing their music to as many people as they would like requires dedication, hard work and perseverance. But the journey doesn't have to be an arduous means to an end and the band makes a conscious effort to enjoy the journey thru bringing fiery, energetic, and emotional performances to their audiences.


Wednesday June 23

joey gilmore

South Florida's blues legend

  • International Blues Challenge (IBC) Award,  Best Blues Band
  • Blewzzy Award,  Best Blues Song "Blues All Over You"
  • 2015 Latin World Talent Lifetime Achievement Award 

Joey Gilmore is the consummate bluesman. A true Blues and R & B master, he incorporates new and varied styles in his music, performing original compositions mixed with traditional standards in his high energy live show.

Based in South Florida, his career spans over 40 years.  Gilmore is a highlight at festivals and clubs too numerous to mention.

He's shared the stage with legends like James Brown, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Johnny Taylor and numerous others.

The blues community rewarded Gilmore with the IBC Best Blues Band award in 2006. It's no wonder. Combined with a great band and an engaging stage show, Joey Gilmore is a live force to be reckoned with.

Saturday June 25

Afton Musical Showcae

T LOUD EZ SLEAZE & PAPER BOY LZ, Shak Diesel, Isogreat, Renny, Johnson Realism Music Productions, Shawty Young, stay chiefy, Fly Ellz, FFD Bandz & Yung Gin, SELFMADE KINGZ ENT MARLEY, AfroLouis, LRD+cc× (Gthaayce), Jay Huncho, Ben P., Black Sheep Affiliates, Cash Daniel, Eclectic crew, match box muzik

Wednesday July 6


Reggae 'n' Roll from La Pincoya, Santiago, Chile

Without a doubt, Gondwana is the most prestigious, solid band of the Hispanic world. With a constant movement across the continent and a myriad of vibrant shows, the band continues to present a bullet-proof repertoire. In addition, the band is the most internationally known Chilean band and continues to move forward with more and more energy in a daily basis.
Formed in 1987, the band maintains an acclaimed trajectory which includes multiplatinum albums and numerous presentations in the most successful and well- known festivals across America (as an example of their massive impact across the continent, the band has performed in Reggae on the River in California, Rock al Parque in Bogotá, Vive Latino in Mexico, Pepsi Music in Buenos Aires, Cosquin Rock in Cordoba, Quito Fest in Ecuador and various appearances in the prestigious Festival de Vina del Mar in Chile).
A surprising aspect of Gondwana is their notable digital activity track record as demonstrated by their ever-growing YouTube fan-base (over 40 million views) and an average of 30,000 monthly visitors access the band's official webpage. This can be attributed to a rarely witnessed romance between the band and its fans. The fact that the band maintains such incredible web fan base demonstrates what a massive impact the band has in order to reach millions of young hearts across the world, especially considering that the band has lacked the support from prominent producers or the support of a music label during recent years.
After editing their first CD and DVD live set, recorded in Buenos Aires in 2010, Gondwana began 2011 ready to further increase their already busy agenda.
At the beginning of the year the band released their first official best-of (with the active participation of the band). The album is titled Pincoya Calipso, edited by Sony Music, in which 17 songs are compiled from the band's catalog along with a re mastered sound and adding two new songs. These two songs are an anticipation of their new studio album which is set to be released in August.
After touring through various Chilean cities, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Caracas, the band began to prepare and record their upcoming new album within their own studios and the incorporation of their new lead singer, MC Jona, who has already recorded the vocals of two songs that will form part of a Bob Marley Tribute album which Sello Pop Art will soon release within the continent.
Since 1997 until today, the band has finished 5 studio albums, a dub album and three best-of’s; all of these were released in the USA as well. Their discography has been published across the globe through the specialized record company, RAS Records; to this date, the band has surpassed the 450,000 mark for sold records. They’ve also had 9 platinum albums in Chile and a history of over 800 concerts.
Songs such as Sentimiento Original, Nuestros Suenos, Chainga Langa, Armonia de Amor, Antonia, Verde Amarillo y Rojo, and Dulce Amor have already become classics that have not just withstand the test of time, but have also broken musical boundaries attributed to their shows in 17 different countries. During the past three years, the reformulated nine-member band has visited numerous international stages. Countries in Central America, Latin America and Europe have witnessed their tremendous talent; they have become in the band with the highest international activity within Chile. Gondwana is one of the bands that heads the Latin Reggae movement, along with Los Cafres and Cultura Profetica. The three bands shared the same stage in nearly 10 separate occasions.

Cuando The Police debutó en el Festival de Viña del Mar (febrero de 1982), en una pequeña y combativa población del norte de Santiago, La Pincoya, un joven Locks Labbe sorprendido e influenciado por esa actuación tomó la decisión que cambiaría el destino de su vida y la de muchos: fundar una banda, que esa banda llegue a ese mismo escenario y tocar el bajo. Todas esos deseos se cumplieron: en 1987 fundó GONDWANA, el primer grupo de reggae de Chile y uno de los primeros en Sudamérica. Con el paso del tiempo, también llegó al escenario mayor de la música chilena, actuando tres veces en el Festival del Viña Del Mar, siendo el bajista y compositor de muchas de las canciones de la banda.

El reclutamiento de los demás integrantes fue lento y nada fácil, comprando instrumentos de a poco y tocando donde se podía. La sorpresa vino cuando los primeros GONDWANA comenzaron a darse cuenta de que lo que hacían gustaba, y mucho, logrando desde el comienzo tener una creciente y fiel cantidad de seguidores.

Luego se mudaron al bohemio Barrio Bellavista, donde la escena musical tenía su epicentro. Allí comenzó la expansión del prestigio y la convocatoria de los cada vez menos amateurs GONDWANA. Llegaron los escenarios más grandes, incluso abriendo a Los Pericos en una aplaudida actuación en el Teatro Caupolicán en 1994. Se grabaron cuatro canciones como Demo en los estudios Anachena, de los hermanos Frugone, y luego llegó el primer contrato discográfico con BMG. El debut no pudo ser mejor, disco multiplatino, con varios singles en el Top 10 radial, tónica que se mantuvo para los discos posteriores.

A punto de cumplir 25 años de historia, GONDWANA comienza los festejos con su sexto álbum de estudio. Toda la historia de Gondwana ha sido cruzada por una fuerza de voluntad que ha sabido atravesar todas las adversidades imaginables: barrios marginales, represión y oscuridad en plena dictadura fueron el caldo de cultivo inicial. La falta de dinero y oportunidades forjaron letras concientes y ganas de salir de la oscuridad por partes iguales.

Una vez ya establecidos como la primera banda de reggae el camino nunca dejó de ser ascendente. 10 años en el underground les dieron temple y coherencia. Luego, en 1997, llegaron los discos de Oro y Platino, los singles arrasando las radios de todo Chile y las giras multitudinarias, destacando 3 Festivales de Viña del Mar y un Estadio Nacional con 60.000 personas vibrando al unísono.

El despegue internacional llegó en el 2000 y ha sido una constante fuente de alegrías absolutamente inéditas en el panorama musical chileno. Las giras continentales no han parado de crecer, de la mano de un fanatismo que no conoce fronteras. A la par de la refundación del negocio musical, GONDWANA ha liderado una apabullante actividad en las redes sociales, con récords en YouTube, Facebook y demás sitios en donde es el Fan el que manda y no un mercado musical cada vez más alejado del público.

Ya para el final de 2011, se edita “Revolución” un álbum maduro y potente que se convirtió en un éxito.

Actualmente se encuentran presentando su último disco “Reggae & Roll”, séptimo álbum de estudio, octavo contando el CD+DVD grabado en Buenos Aires.

El disco cuenta con las colaboraciones destacadas de Boris Bilbraut de Cultura Profética, Celsa Mel Gowland, Daniel Sais (ex tecladista de Soda Stereo), Tomás Pearson de Los Cafres, entre varios otros y se edita simultaneamente en Chile, Argentina y USA. Las nuevas canciones incluyen dos covers de dos bandas fundamentales en la historia del rock argentino: “El Rito”, de Soda Stereo y “Qué Ves” Divididos.


Monday, July 11th

The National Parks

The National Parks formed in Provo, Utah in early 2013. Later that year they released their first album, Young, and saw it climb to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. The success of that album, along with additional chart success from their January 2014 standalone single, “As We Ran,” helped fuel touring across much of the United States through 2014-2015. In August of 2015 The National Parks released, Until I Live, their second full-length album, and once again watched their music climb charts – iTunes' Pop Chart and even Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. In April 2016, “Monsters of the North,” a lead single from Until I Live was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world's premiere songwriting competitions. The band continues to tour through 2016, now having played in 50+ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week.

July 18-21


Tuesday July 26

awarded the of being the areas Top Blues Male Vocalist


Blues/Soul/Gospel From Buffalo NY

The new CD - A sweet blend of blues/gospel/americana/r&b with a splash a cayenne pepper!

"Same Soil is a great piece of work...powerful, passionate. From Buffalo NY.

Friday July 30


Skyla Burrell Band

The Skyla Burrell Band is a full time, hardworking traveling blues band. With cofounder Mark Tomlinson on lead guitar and Skyla Burrell on vocals/lead guitar, the band's live show consists of all original high energy electric blues.

Called “one of the most smokin' blues bands in the US” , the band's ten year history bears out in its fiery, vibrant live performances. Skyla Burrell's voice not only shines, but her guitar work also cuts through. Music Monthly magazine said "Many women in the blues have great voices and have made their careers singing the blues, but not too many can double it up, slice it, dice it and sacrifice it on the best Fender has to offer like Skyla can."

Supporting their acclaimed fifth and latest CD release, “Blues Scars”, Skyla and company deliver unpretentious, self described "hard drivin' blues" in which strength and understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock.


Saturday July 31

California Classic ROCK

Rio Bravo

Meet Rio Bravo.  If our name isn't an immediate indication of our love for the classics, then our music definitely is.  We are a classic rock band with a twist.  Although based in Burbank, California - Rio Bravo has grown a fan base on the west coast and east coast with a song list of not only the popular hits from the 60's and 70's, but also the surprising hits.  A band of six extremely skilled musicians and vocalists, we pride ourselves in playing the songs that other bands wouldn't dare attempt.  From the Beatles to Zeppelin, we have an immense and eclectic list of songs, which we continue to populate weekly.  It is our goal to stay fresh and exciting whether you are seeing us for the first time or the 100th time.  There is always something new.

Individually, we are Tony, Carl, Rick, Chuck, Art, and Erica, but together we are Rio Bravo, not just a band, an experience.
Rio Bravo specializes in covers of classic rock 1-hit-wonders, "B sides" of hit singles and ambitious epics that very few (i ... n some cases the original artists themselves!) have played live. Influences and favorite bands include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Chicago Blues, British Invasion, Elton John, Billy Joel, Leon Russell, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Queen, Creedence, Neil Young and Gram Parsons.
Please explore our AUDIO and VIDEO Samples by Clicking Here ! .

         Classic rock, the way it SHOULD be played

Monday August 1

Award Winning American Electric Blues and Soul Harmonicist Singer Songwriter

John Németh

Boise, Idaho is hardly the place anyone would conjure up as a hotbed of soul music.But for John Németh, it's where his love for the genre began—and the starting point for a journey that's taken him from his first gigs fronting a teenaged band to five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013 alone.It's where this preternaturally talented son of a Hungarian immigrant gained his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of rootsy heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Németh's first paid performance came in 1991, when he was hired to perform drinking songs for a pinochle luncheon held by the Catholic Daughters of America before setting his sights on the Boise club scene, where, for nearly a decade, he played seven nights a week at local pubs, taverns, joints, and parties.
After opening a show for Junior Watson, Németh was tapped as tour opener for the guitar great, a gig that took him across the United States, to Scandinavia, and into the recording studio for his 2004 solo debut, Come And Get It, featuring Watson. When Németh's girlfriend decided to relocate to California, he knew he couldn't lose her, so he packed up the house and traveled west. It was an astute move: shortly after his arrival, Németh was signed by Blind Pig Records to a three-album deal. He also earned critical acclaim placing him in, as Nick Cristiano of the Philadelphia Inquirer put it, “a cadre of young and relatively young artists such as James Junter, Eli ‘Paperboy' Reed, and Sharon Jones.”

“I learned a lot living in Oakland and San Francisco,” Németh says, “from recording and performing with Elvin Bishop to hearing Jimmy Hughes perform. Oakland is like a truly southern city, only it's on the west coast. It wasn't until after I arrived that I discovered that so many great songs I love actually originated there.”

In early 2013, Németh traded his life on the west coast to settle down in Memphis, Tennessee. He and Jaki, that girlfriend he followed to California, had married and started a family, and Memphis made sense for multiple reasons: It's centrally located for touring, the cost of living is inexpensive, and the river town is the historical ground zero for American roots music.

“I moved to Memphis because it is the epicenter for soul and blues,” Németh confirms. “The wealth of knowledge runs deep in the instincts of its musicians and its studios.”

The 2000-mile trek south was wild. Németh's 26-foot Budget rental truck broke down in the middle of the night in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he had to unload the entire truck and reload a new one on the side of the road. A scant two days after that, he was in Memphis and, as improbably as it sounds, in the recording studio.

Németh landed in the perfect place: Electraphonic Studio, home of producer and musician Scott Bomar, who composed the film scores for Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan and produced Cyndi Lauper's Memphis Blues . Backed by the Bo-Keys, Bomar's group of veteran Memphis performers who made their names backing the likes of Al Green, O.V. Wright, Rufus Thomas, and the Bar-Kays, Németh quickly laid down thirteen tracks that, as he describes it, “live in the style like I live in the style.” The tapes from that session caught the ear of manager Charles Driebe, who took the record to Denby Auble of Blue Corn Music. The Americana/roots music label signed Németh that year, adding him to a roster that boasts the likes of Ruthie Foster, Gurf Morlix, and Steve Forbert.

Memphis Grease, the long-awaited follow up to Németh's fourth solo studio release, 2010's Name The Day! , embodies everything that sets this artist apart from the revivalist pack: it's innovative and unique while epitomizing the absolute best of the genre. It's a deeply forged amalgamation of scorching harmonica-driven blues and sweet blue-eyed soul ala the Box Tops or Roy Head, delivered via two fistfuls of originals and a trio of carefully chosen covers, including Roy Orbison's “Crying,” reinvented here as a slow-burning soul number that matches anything that came out of circa-late 1960s' Muscle Shoals.

The album title itself is evocative of Németh's journey to Memphis. The soul-blues scene he fell into in the Bay Area is historically referred to as “Oakland Grease,” and a pair of Oakland's “greasiest” artists, guitarist Lowell Fulson and pianist Jimmy McCracklin, journeyed south to record two of their best, if often overlooked albums: Fulson's funky psych-blues In A Heavy Bag and McCracklin's soulful High on the Blues. For Németh, Memphis Grease is a natural concept that marries the techniques he honed in the Bay with the intuitiveness that flows between him and the Bo-Keys.

“When it comes to more traditional styles of music, people expect to hear a tribute record. But you can get into a real rut if you're just doing rewrites,” Németh says. “We're creating fresh music here. Our arrangements sound just like they would back then, but what we're doing is so much more innovative.”

With the inter-generational combination of drummer Howard Grimes, guitarist Joe Restivo, Al Gamble on keyboards, producer Scott Bomar on bass, venerable soul vocalist Percy Wiggins singing background, and a killer horn section featuring Marc Franklin, Kirk Smothers, and Art Edmaisten, it's a collaboration that sounds completely effortless. Together, Németh and the Bo-Keys take modern soul from a simmer to a full boil.

The Bo-Keys
Lost in much of the soul revival hype is the fact that many of the originators of soul music are still performing up to their Black Power-era standards. In the early parts of their careers, members of the Bo-Keys performed in B.B. King's orchestra, anchored the Hi Rhythm Section, nailed the unforgettable intro to “Theme From Shaft,” and survived the plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. The Bo-Keys features alumni both of Stax Records and Hi Records, plus younger musicians who've garnered an Emmy award and a Grammy nomination. The Bo-Keys' debut effort The Royal Sessions drew raves, and can still be heard in snippets on National Public Radio broadcasts. Their song “I'm Still in Need,” with Percy Wiggins on vocals, is featured in the new film Grudge Match , starring Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone.

The Bo-Keys include vocalist Percy Wiggins, keyboardist Al Gamble, trumpeter Marc Franklin (Lucero, Solomon Burke, Bobby “Blue” Bland), and saxophonists Kirk Smothers (Buddy Guy, Ike Turner, Cliff Richard), and Art Edmaisten.  On drums is the incomparable Howard Grimes, whose credits include Rufus and Carla Thomas' “Cause I Love You,” O.V. Wright's “Nickel and a Nail,” Ann Peebles' “I Can't Stand the Rain,” and Syl Johnson's “Take Me to the River.”

Bass player Scott Bomar is a founding father of The Bo-Keys, along with the late guitarist Skip Pitts. Bomar's music career began in the 1990s with the instrumental group Impala; the bassist also backed Rufus and Carla Thomas, Rosco Gordon, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, and Motown session guitarist Dennis Coffey. Production-wise, Bomar served an apprenticeship with Willie Mitchell, engineering Al Green's two most recent releases at Mitchell's Royal Studio and working with a variety of musicians, running the gamut from jazz legend Calvin Newborn to punk visionary Jay Reatard. In 2005, Bomar composed the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning film Hustle and Flow, and the Bo-Keys played the film's score. Bomar also produced three songs for the Soul Men motion picture soundtrack, including the Grammy-nominated “Soul Music,” and the Bo-Keys performed on-screen with stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mack. Most recently Bomar won an Emmy for “Best Original Music” for the documentary I Am A Man: From Memphis, A Lesson in Life and co-produced and engineered Cyndi Lauper's Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues album at his own Electraphonic Recording studio in downtown Memphis.

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