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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$2 DOMESTICS

on Saturday September 20

We were

The

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE"

AWARD WINNERS

@

Whiskey Island 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 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!
OUTSTADNING!

 

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

 

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

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 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 them

All (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

 

DRAFT beer

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Nosferatu

American Ale

ABV:8%

Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Company is an Irish-Style Red Ale. Great Lakes Brewing Company has given Nosferatu the following description: "Highly hopped imperial red ale rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced.Like vampires (most especially, the notorious German vampire from the 1920s film era), this beer has a bit of a reputation as ?the Beer with the Bite.?"

 

Columbus Brewing Company

IPA


Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color capped by a meringue of a head that leaves plenty of splashy lacing

Smell: Floral and fruity, with sugary citrus and tropical fruit aromatics

Taste: A hint of sugary malt and then the hops dominate, bringing pineapple and ruby red grapefruit tones; there is a hint of melon but this is all about the lively hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A great West Coast style IPA; this brewery knows their way around the hop farm

Southern Tier Pumking

"....Big pumpkin, nutmeg, maybe cinnamon. Unbelievable. ABV is non existant. Mouthfeel is thick, but delicious....highly recommended...."

Reviewed by: Beeradvocate.com

 

Left Hand

Milk Stout

Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. “Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment.” Udderly delightful.

 

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.

 

Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Smell: A sweet and toasty aroma of caramel malt, pumpkins, and fall spices. Big hints of pumpkins upfront. Bready toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, nuts, and some tea like hints. Mix of fall spices including hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and allspice. Slight hint of candied sugar. Background hints of earthy and floral hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and nicely sweet pumpkin taste with a big malt presence and spices. Solid upfront vegetal taste of pumpkins. Toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, tea, grains, nuts, and yeast. Solid mix of fall spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove. Light notes of brown and candied sugar. Solid hop backing with some floral and earthy notes. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, fairly spicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good pumpkin ale. Good balance of pumpkin, toasty malts, and spices with a decent hop backing

Southern Tier 2x Milk Stout

Pours a completely opaque black with a short beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving fine rings of lace on the glass.

S: Wowee, milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, barley, malts, hickory smoke, has a very rich, roasted, aroma to it

T: Man this is good, I can really tastes those lactate sugars as mentioned on the bottle, makes me crave a herheys bar so bad. Rich, thick, roasted coffee flavor, hints of vanilla, it is quite sweet, has earthy, smoky tones to it, twang of hops at the finish

M: Rich, full body with ample amounts of carbonation and balances well with the flavor. Very rich, robust, complex, hoppy, bitter finish towards the end.

O: Overall this was what I was hoping for, the smell of it was astounding, love that early morning coffee smell. All around this was great and I recommend


Black box Cucumber Belgian White Wheat

One of the most unusual beers produced in Ohio back. Black Box Brewing Co. in Westlake hasl release the first new batch of Cucumber Belgian White Wheat in three

Leinenkugel SUMMER Shandy


I was surprised at how perfect this beer was.

It tasted amazing and had the nicest cloudy unfiltered wheat beer coloring.

Just the perfect consistency all around.

And the sugar content wasn't too heavy either. I know a lot of summer beers like to load up on the sugars and fruit additives, but this one is just perfect from the keg.

Had it from a bottle later on in the night and it just didn't taste the same.

If you can find this on draft, go for it. You won't be disappointed.

It's just a very smooth drinkable beer and it really packs a punch in the flavor department. I tasted cardamom, orange peel and some other unique spices.

Columbus IPA - Columbus Brewing Company


Samuel Adams OctoberFest


A - Amber and copper color with an off white head
S - the smell is malty
T - I get mostly malts. noticing a good amount of sweetness and a a little bit of hops
M - Medium body and a little carbination. goes down smooth
O - The first seasonal Sam Adams in awhile, Its one of the better ones I have had.

 

Irish Setter Red

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company


A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A typically malty aroma with some traces of caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and some hops in the finish. Not exactly what I'd call a groundbreaking flavor, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Overall, this is a solid, well made, drinkable beer.

Dales Pale Ale

One of the quintessential American hoppy Pale Ale of our time! beeradvocate.com

Top U.S. Pale Ale
New York Times

Gold Medal – 2010
World Beer Championships

World's Best Canned Beer
Details Magazine

Top Five American Pale Ales
Ratebeer.com, 2005-2009

Gold Medal
Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival

 

Victory Summer Of Love

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a modest head that leaves just a few dots behind
Smell: Slightly grainy with a hint of citrusy hops
Taste: A hint of bread up front with a developing grainy aspect; in the middle, a hint of citrus balances the malt flavors; surprisingly peppery on the finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation
Overall: For a Blonde, this is a tasty beer and would be a treat on a hot Summer day

 

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

 

Labatt Blue


Light golden color. Head fizzes quickly, then dissipates with good lacing.

Not much of a smell going on here. Really can't pick up anything.

Taste is refreshingly mild. Not overly sweet, not bitter. And surprisingly not extra corn-filled. It is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, with the proper amount of carbonation. Not overly bubbly, which is a good thing.

Overall, this is a quality Canadian Lager. Anyone who appreciates a simple, yet refreshing brew can appreciate this. No need at all to bash it, as it does indeed have its place in the beer world.

**********************

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  Games with $2-Domestics-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Bud Select, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-Killian's Red, Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Landshark, Great Lakes

Dortmunder,

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$4 Irish

Car

Bombs!

Right On!

-Tell your Friends!

 

Get It ToGo!!!

 

Wednesday Rocktober 1

Wine & Gold Scrimmage

Stop By Before

for The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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

Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!

Award Winning!.... btw!

 

Friday Rocktober 3rd

BLUES HALL OF FAMER

JOE LOUIS WALKER

BRINGS HORNET'S NEST TO CLEVELAND!

Joe Louis Walker was born in San Francisco on Christmas Day, 1949. He was raised and schooled in the famed and dangerous Fillmore District. His parents were both from the South and they brought their love of blues with them when they headed west. Walker's dad played blues piano, and his mom played B.B. King records. Walker picked up the guitar as a child, and by the time he was 16, was an in-deman ... d musician on the local club scene, regularly backing touring blues artists rolling through town. As a 16-year-old, he was the house guitarist at San Francisco's famed musical playground, The Matrix, where he played with or opened shows for everyone from Lightnin' Hopkins to Jimi Hendrix to Thelonious Monk. In addition to his work at The Matrix, he was a regular at Bill Graham's famed Fillmore West. San Francisco's music scene was quickly becoming a melting pot of blues, jazz and psychedelic rock, and Walker was right in the center of it. These ear-opening surroundings explain the ease with which Walker blends blues, rock, gospel, jazz and country, making it seem as if the walls between the genres never existed in the first place.

The blues legends Walker accompanied shared not only musical knowledge but also their personal wisdom with the teenage up-and-comer. Fred McDowell, Ike Turner, Albert King, Freddie King, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Lightnin' Hopkins and many others taught, fed and chastised the youngster. Blues icon Willie Dixon told him to set his sights high. “What's your style? You need your own sound,” Dixon preached. Walker took the advice to heart and developed his own fiery, melodic and always unpredictable guitar attack.

Walker met legendary guitarist Michael Bloomfield in 1968 and the two became fast friends. Bloomfield introduced Walker to many of the day's top rockers, including Sly Stone, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead), Jorma Kaukonen (of Jefferson Airplane) and even jazz legend Wayne Shorter. Bloomfield helped push Walker's blues in a more rock-fueled direction, and he became the single biggest influence on the young Walker's sound. The two shared an apartment for years and remained close friends until Bloomfield's death in 1981. Walker is quick to acknowledge Bloomfield's impact, saying, “I can sometimes feel him in my playing.”

From 1975 to 1985 Walker performed nothing but gospel music, playing and singing as a member of The Spiritual Corinthians. During this period he attended San Francisco State University and earned two degrees, one in English and one in Music. While performing with The Spiritual Corinthians at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1985, Walker was inspired by the R&B, blues and rock music swirling around him. He decided he could no longer limit himself to gospel music and returned to playing the blues. On the strength of a demo tape sent to Hightone Records, Walker was signed to his first recording contract. In 1986, the label released Walker's debut CD, Cold Is The Night. Firmly rooted in blues, gospel, R&B and rock, the album caught the attention of music fans around the country. The San Francisco Chronicle said, “He expertly updates the timeless urban blues sound.”

Prior to joining Alligator Records in 2012, Walker had released 23 albums and toured the world virtually non-stop. He has garnered four Blues Music Awards (and has been nominated a whopping 52 times) and holds an international reputation as one of the blues' most prolific and talented stars. He's also recorded as a guest with some of the blues world's best-known artists, including appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and James Cotton. His Alligator debut, HELLFIRE, took the blues world by storm in 2012, receiving the Living Blues Critics' Award for Blues Album Of The Year. The Chicago Tribune said, “His playing is ferocious. His solos spin wilder and wilder with the kind of fierce embellishments that Jimi Hendrix might've conjured.” The success of the album helped land Walker and his band on TBS's CONAN to perform the song "Ride All Night."

With each subsequent release, Walker's audience continues to grow, as his touring schedule continues to expand. He's played all over the U.S. and Canada, major European festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Notodden and Montreux, as well as festivals in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Turkey and Brazil. Now, with HORNET'S NEST, Walker is excited about bringing even more people to his music. “Blues is a big tent,” he says, “morphing into a bigger tent. Young folks like good blues when they hear it, and I'm here to make sure they want to listen.”

 

Sunday Rocktober 5

First Preseason Game

Cavs vs. Israeli-league power Maccabi Tel Aviv

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

Starting with

$3 Mimosa's

$4 Award Winning Bloody's

AND AS ALWAYS

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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

Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!

Award Winning!.... btw!

 

Wednesday Rocktober 8

Saskatchewan singer songwriter street folk artist

Zachary Lucky

grandson of Canadian country music legend Smilin Johnny Lucky

Zachary Lucky truly is the bread and butter of the massive Canadian folk scene.  With an emphasis on songwriting and an ear for delicate arrangements - Lucky's songs will haunt you and remind you of what country and western music was originally conceived as. Its safe to say that Lucky is at the forefront of the outlaw country - singer songwriter movement.  Settle down and find a home in being lonesome with Zachary Lucky's "The Ballad of Losing You."

Hearing  Zachary Lucky 's songs, or reading or writing about this emerging and indelible Canadian artist's past, it would seem impossible to separate the singer-songwriter from his prairie origins. With his sixth and latest release,  The Ballad Of Losing You , there is an inherent shift. As the album title suggests, Lucky has constructed an earnest and personal narrative about the uncertainty of loss and of transformation.

In 2012, he resolutely sang, “it's not the east seas, nor the westerly– here in the plains I shall remain.” Throughout that fifth release, Saskatchewan, in homage to his beloved heartland, Lucky evokes a depth of connection and a nostalgia that is rarely experienced let alone conveyed. And it was there that he refined his commitment to unveiled storytelling, and his maturity and control in crafting a conceptual album. While these aspects of Lucky's songwriting and musicianship remain the principal building blocks on this sixth and latest release, the style of  The Ballad Of Losing You  has drifted from his folk beginnings into a country and English ballad tradition. The tape and analogue production quality blend it with a purity and an honesty that parallel the lyrical narrative. It is a break-up record on surface level. But a deeper listen and a glance at the extent of Lucky's road dates suggest that other transitions and departures are at play in his creative evolution. 

Engineered by Chad Mason, the album features such session players as Aaron Goldstein ( City & Colour ,  Daniel Romano & The Trilliums ) and Karrnnel Sawitsky ( The Fretless ) as well as mixing by Jonathan Anderson ( Aidan Knight ). It is a serious and heartfelt listen- one that sacrifices modern perfection for an older sensibility, character and quality of tone and mood. With a much-anticipated release date set for September 17th of 2013, Lucky will be playing dates nation-wide well into late November. He also has plans to tour Canada, The united states and Australia in early 2014.

plus

Rodney and The Regulars

one of the finest, most true to roots Hot-Hillbilly & Honkytonk bands!

What you see is what you get. We thrive off traditional sound which is one of authentic roots music. We are passionate about songs of the past and want to share that with others. If you ever have that feeling — you know what I mean — lowdown, heartbroken, tearing-in-your-beer kind of feeling, or if you're into a hot hillbilly, swinging, get-down-and-boogie kind of mood come out and let us entertain you. We promise you will not be disappointed!

 

Thursday Rocktober 9

Indie Rock/Experimental Folk ~ from Portland

Bike Thief

Layered with guitar, classical strings, xylophone and percussion, this experimental indie/folk ballad is like a tour of your secondary school music room. It'saken from the band's debut LP Stuck in a Dream , which is also worth a download.

also

Rock/Americana/Country from Canton

Justin Allen

"It's all about finding yourself and your true north", says Justin, as he's taking a slow drag off of his cigarette and discussing the details of his upcoming EP; slated to be released in the Winter of 2014/2015.

Justin Allen is a seasoned player and songwriter, having played-out in bands since he was 13 years old, the now, 26 year-old says that he's ready to get his solo act on the road.

Combining elements of country, rock and blues, Justin has created his own brand of rock 'n' roll and, as a first to him, it's all acoustic based - for now that it is.

"I plan on adding a full-band as soon as possible, but getting the foundation laid is what I'm currently focusing on", says Justin, when asked of future plans. With a keen sense focus, he continued on with, "Right now, I'm just excited to get the EP released and we'll see where it goes from there".

Make sure you stay up to date on all future Justin Allen updates!

www.JustinAllenMusic.com
Facebook.com/JustinAllenMusic
Twitter.com/JallenMusic
Instagram.com/JallenMusic
Reverbnation.com/JustinAllenMusic

 

Friday Rocktober 10

Their Baccccck!

The CORDOVAS

featuring

JOE FIRSTMAN

multi-genre singer, songwriter ~ bandleader from NBC Last Call with Carson Daly

The Cordovas is an American band created in 2011 by Nashville musician, Joe Firstman, comprised of members Graham Spillman, Pat Heraghty and Chris Hannigan. The Cordovas' eagerly anticipated second full-length studio album Love Bravely was released May 2014 and adds to the band's discography which includes full-length record and live album

Bio Joe Firstman bought an $18 cross-country Greyhound ticket from his home in North Carolina to Los Angeles, arriving with a beat-up guitar and head full of songs. He quickly found the big stage. It all happened quickly: first came the big Hollywood gigs, then the industry buzz, then the big deal with Atlantic Records and national tours with big rock stars like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson. There was ego and excess and beautiful ladies and music, music, music. Firstman wrote it all down and sang his songs like his life depended on it.

"In the songs of Joe Firstman, sensitive young men prowl the hills of Los Angeles, searching for fame and beauty, only to find self-destructive behavior and egos gone wild…" wrote Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. "While Hollywood's peaks and pitfalls have been prominently charted by songwriters from Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne to Warren Zevon, Firstman aims to reinvent the milieu for his own generation."

When the world stopped spinning, he'd landed a regular gig as the bandleader on the "Last Call with Carson Daly" show. For four years, this was his university – playing and writing songs in whatever style the show's musical guests played and learning how to engage a studio audience, day in and day out.

Firstman released his 7th studio album, "Swear It Was A Dream," on September 6, 2011. The album features 10 new songs written and recorded over the last year in studios in Charleston, SC, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Of the album, Firstman shared, "You can really feel the year in the record, you can feel the whole journey in there and it's my best piece. It's my best thing thus far."

The album's first single, "Who's Turning Your Light Out?" is Firstman's exploration of straightforward, unadulterated songwriting. "It was just a very personal lyric, but I tried to make it into a pop song that everybody would get. Its got lyrics about South Carolina and falling asleep with your head in your hands—I thought the imagery was relatable, " says Firstman.

"Swear It Was A Dream" is the follow-up to Firstman's two 2010 releases, "El Porto," and "Live At The Treehouse," both released on Rock Ridge Music. In 2009, Firstman's full-time, four-year job as bandleader on "Last Call with Carson Daly" ended when Firstman shifted his focus to his independent musical pursuits. Prior, Firstman put out a full-length ("The War of Women") and an EP ("Wives Tales") on Atlantic, plus another full-length ("DrAma") and live EP ("Live at The Sandbox"), which were released independently.

As Firstman was wrapping up "Swear It Was A Dream" in Nashville, he formed a new band with longtime friends and collaborators Jaron Lowenstein, Toby Weaver, and John Lloyd, dubbed "Cordovas." Their debut, self-titled, album features all new songs written and produced by Firstman in his first efforts at writing for a full-band and three part harmonies. Additionally, Firstman is currently producing Lowenstein's forthcoming solo album.

On September 3, 2011, The Cordovas launched their first US Tour, featuring a solo Firstman as the supporting act. The Cordovas tour wraps November 15 in Yakima, WA and Firstman will immediately jump into his tour with Zach Myers (Shinedown, The Farewell.) Firstman usually spends over 200 days touring per year and has shared the stage with such acts as Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson.

 

Saturday Rocktober 11

Cleveland Blues Greats!

Pete London's Blues All-Stars

Featuring Peter London~Harp,Tim Matson, Bob Hoffman guitars, Rodney Reisman Drums & Chris Vance, Bass

Plus

from The Rhythm Kitchen in Detroit

Americana / ROOTS / Blues Chicago Blues, Texas Shuffles or West Coast Swing

Hank Mowery

Hank Mowery raced onto the local and regional blues scene in the Mid 90's his band The Hawktones. As General Manager of The Rhythm Kitchen Cafe, Mowery honed his skills jamming nightly with the local and national blues acts that happened through The Kitchen. During this time Mowery had the opportunity to share the stage with true legends of the blues such as Pinetop Perkins, Gary Primich, William Clarke, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Anson Funderburg, Mark Hummel, Rusty Zinn & many more.
In 1996 & 1998 Mowery had the opportunity to tour briefly with Blacktop recording artist Mike Morgan & The Crawl filling in for their ailing front man. Mike Morgan comments "I was amazed that Hank could step in on a national level like he did, He is a cool harmonica player and singer with an old school feel, like Little Walter and Big Walter Horton...the cool stuff. Two minutes in our first show we knew he wasn't a replacement, he was part of the band."
Over the years Mowery has had the pleasure of playing with Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Little Frank & The Premiers, George Bedard, Steve Nardella, Rusty Zinn, Ronnie James Webber, Mark Hummel, Bill Lupkin, Joe Filisko, Jim Liban, Nick Moss and the legendary Gary Primich.
With the release of his new CD ACCOUNT TO ME on Old Pal Records, Mowery leaps onto the international scene and is causing a buzz around the blues community. The fresh sound of the recording, different textures in the music and strong musicianship are causing people to stop and take note of this formidable blues/roots outfit. With a follow up CD taking shape in the studio you can bet you will be hearing about Hank Mowery for a long time to come.

This band weaves together a show laced with old school sensibilities and modern day energy. Chicago Standards, Texas Shuffles or West Coast Swing, you will know it is Hank Mowery and you will like what you hear.

““This is a strong record – reminds me of the early 80's heyday of the original Fabulous Thunderbirds…but more adventurous.”” Talkin' The Blues

"Hank Mowery is a talented harmonica player that can sound as fresh and experimental as Little Walter or can deliver the big toned, old school harp of Big Walter Horton." Blues Music Magazine

“Whether tribute, homage, remembrance or whatever, Primich left music behind that simply waits for someone to come along and put its boots on so it can continue to kick some ass. Mowery keeps it in the pocket and you can be sure Primich is smiling, as you will be too...Well done.”MIDWEST RECORD

“The initial cut, Mowery's own Spend a Little Time is a rave-stomp followed by Primich's title cut, a slow almost Appalachian number with a surprising degree of Buddy Holly alongside the distance between delta and Chicago, echoing Butterfield and Bloomfield. Both cuts make evident Mowery's prowess on the harp...”Mark S. Tucker - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange / Acousticmusic.com

"Account To Me", closes with the Rev. Robert Wilkins composition, "That's No Way To Get Along". This has Jimmie Stagger stepping in and doing a wonderful job as Vocalists, as well as, playing a mean National Guitar, and as throughout the album, Hank Mowery, played some more fantastic Harp. This one was a really good closer for this extraordinary album. 5***** Highly Recommended and Thoroughly Enjoyed...John Vermilyea - Blues Underground Network

“The music is new, the attitude is classic. The album features musicians who blend seamlessly (and standout a mile when called for). The give and take between the instruments paints the air with an abundance of emotional colors, not just blues. ”Greg Victor - ParcBench

"Mowery and the band did an exceptional job at catching the essence of Gary Primich, not an easy task given the fact that he was without a doubt one of the world's greatest harmonica players. My sincere thanks go out to the Primich family for sharing their precious gifts and to the band that took special care to honor Gary's memory with every note. They did a stellar job. Account To Me is a fitting tribute and will be added to my collection of Gary Primich albums and CDs. It is a worthy addition to any collection. The musicianship is superb..."Bill Wilson - Reflections In Blue

"Hank Mowery is new to me, but with that great sound he's obviously been around!"

John Hook - Roadhouse Blues & amp; Boogie Show

"This is a great blues band. Hank's vocals and harp, along with Troy Amaro's guitar, are as good as it gets in contemporary blues that knows its roots. Hank Mowery pays tribute to his mentor, Gary Primich, on a CD that should launch him onto the national stage, a place he's belonged for a long time." .

Blues Boy Brian - Itunes Music

"Every once in a great while, a recording comes along that shakes up a genre, begs to be trumpeted to the world, and perks up the ears of normally aloof, dispassionate music critics. Account to Me is just such an album..." Revue Magazine

"Although considered local, Hank Mowery has the talent to be a top national act. I've been fortunate enough to play with James Cotton, Jr. Wells, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza. Rick Estrin, Lynwood Slim and many other great top national touring harmonica players...I consider Hank a peer and an equal and I've had the pleasure of playing with Hank on stage many times and we've always had a ball!!!" Nick Moss - Blue Bella Recording Artist

"...very cool harp player and singer. He is always welcome on stage with us when we are around...."Gary Primich - Legendary Harmonica Player

“Hank Mowery & the Hawktones have become a pretty formidable blues outfit, boasting a lineup of outstanding musicians from across Michigan.” John Sinkevics - Mlive.com / The Grand Rapids Press

"...Opening the show was Hank Mowery and the Hawktones - Really great local band from Grand Rapids. Would definitely go see them again. Excellent!" - Blues Traveler Show review (Aug 2010) Ticket Master

“When I arrived shortly after 10 p.m., the parking lot was full, Godfrey was lined with cars and the nightclub was teeming with a standing-room only crowd cheering....A highlight: Mowery joining Valentine on stage to really tear it up on harmonica and vocals. Sweet!” John Sinkevics - The Grand Rapids Press

 

 

Sunday Rocktober 12

Opening at 9:30AM

Browns Party

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

Starting with

$3 Mimosa's

$4 Award Winning Bloody's

PLUS The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

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

Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!

 

Tuesday Rocktober 14

Americana / Alt-country / Folk from MELBOURNE Australia

Lachlan Bryan

and The Wildes

Sounds Like: Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson

Lachlan Bryan is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne.

His solo debut – Shadow of the Gun (Core Music/Sony Music Australia) – is a collection of 12 original, deeply personal narratives. They represent thinking-person's country music – somewhere between the outlaw-country of Willie Nelson, the tongue-in cheek storytelling of writers like John Prine and the heart-on-sleeve confessional style of Gram Parsons or Townes Van Zandt. The album was produced by Rod McCormack at The Music Cellar and features guest performances from Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers and Catherine Britt.

Lachlan emerged in 2009 as frontman and songwriter for The Wildes. Their debut album Ballad of a Young Married Man gained widespread critical acclaim and brought Bryan's songs to the attention of the Australian media – both inside and outside country music circles. After touring the record heavily for two years the band took a break, allowing Lachlan to write new songs, travel to Nashville with Sounds Australia, sign a solo deal and record Shadow of the Gun.

With the album release, support spots for Steve Earle and John Hiatt, a coveted invitation to perform at the 23rd annual Byron Bay Bluesfest (alongside John Fogerty, Lucinda Williams, The Pogues + more) and a mainstage spot at The Gympie Muster, Lachlan is already off to a flying start in 2012.

In August he will set off on a two month tour of the USA, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. The tour will include return visits to Nashville, Austin and New York as well as a gruelling itinerary across the southern states.

Lachlan's songs have characters, back-stories, sometimes even plots. His records have body counts. His protagonists are neck-deep in (and out) of love. They're lovers, sinners, criminals and religious zealots.

His live performances are intimate, passionate experiences – regardless of whether he is with band or solo on guitar, vocal and harmonica.

Here's just a few things the media has had to say about Lachlan's recent work…

“It has become apparent that Lachlan Bryan, frontman for Melbourne alt.country band The Wildes, is equally as mesmerising on his own – with a voice like molasses and guitar skill to match. Think Jordie Lane, but more of a country bent, and you've got Lachlan Bryan, who is destined for bigger things” Sam Fell, Rhythms Magazine

“Is it too early to be talking top 10 for 2012? The songwriting here stands out, and would sit comfortably alongside the country storytellers Townes Van Zandt and John Prine” Denise Hylands, Stack Magazine

“From track 1 to 12, the album is simply flawless” Anna Rose, Northern Daily Leader

“Bryan's voice sits right beside you. It's music made for sharing” Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald

“Lachlan is an extraordinary songwriter, in the spirit and tradition of writers like Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch and John Prine. His songs are dark and layered expressions of human frailties and foibles, fragile hopes and possibilities” Susan Jarvis, Capital News

“Lachlan Bryan is a genuine country contender. The songwriting shines” Jeff Jenkins, Inpress

“If you had given up on the younger generation of country performers, Shadow Of The Gun may re-instill your faith for the future. Via its 12 songs, Lachlan Bryan proves he is the real deal” Matt Lawrence, The Oz Country Chronicle

“Shadow of the Gun is a really wonderful album and one of the best in any genre of Australian music in recent memory” Sophie Hamley, Jolene: The Country Music Blog

“A very strong debut, which should earn Lachlan a rightful place as one of the best in the new crest of country songwriters” Alysha Main, Southern Harmony Club

“Lachlan Bryan's Shadow of the Gun is one of those singular song collections that keeps throwing up surprises with subsequent listens. It is no ordinary piece of work” Denise Torenbeek, Country Update

“A beautiful collection of handcrafted narratives 4.5 stars” Mat Baker, Pearl Magazine

 

Thursady Rocktober 16

melodically and lyrically focused singer-songwriter from NYC by way of LA

Johanna Samuels

Johanna grew up on pop music. Lennon and McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Van Morrison, The Band. Johanna would play these songs on repeat and rush to the piano to find the melody on the keys. Chasing out a beloved lick helped her capture what she loved about each song, helped her understand the feeling behind the chord progressions. To this day, Johanna still plays by ear, but this is hardly a handicap—she approaches songwriting without the logic of measures and keys and time signatures. The result is a wonderfully pure collection of songs, melodically uninhibited and lyrically generous.

26-year-old Johanna Samuels broadens the definition of pop music. The melodically and lyrically focused singer-songwriter sings about the depths and dualities of life with her unique bell-like voice. Standing on the shoulders of the great musicians of the 1960's and 70's she manages to create a sound and sense of musical place that is completely her own. The native New Yorker grew up in Los Angele ... s, where from a young age she sang in school choirs and obsessively learned to play the songs of her musical heroes by ear.

After moving back to New York at the age of 18, Samuels began writing her own songs alone in her bedroom. Soon after, she was playing solo shows at small downtown music venues like East Village's Sidewalk Café.

In 2012 she recorded and self-released a six-track EP, Giant Fantasy Life and assembled a 4-piece backing band. With her rapidly growing audience and her delightfully authentic performing style, she is one of most promising acts to spring from the New York independent music scene.

In early spring of 2012 she set out to record her first full-length album, titled Double Bind. After recording basic tracks with the band at a quilt factory-turned-studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Samuels and drummer Fen Ikner, who produced Double Bind, finished recording wherever they could get the chance.

The songs on Double Bind were written in Johanna's apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and all share a sentiment of necessary separation or as Samuels puts it “…attempting to own myself and stand on my two feet.” She explains, “While recording the album, a good friend had described the term Double Bind: a dynamic wherein two emotional demands are met but consequently negate each other, leaving one person to feel trapped. For some reason that struck a deep chord in me. It is from that place that many of these songs grew.”

With her feet firmly planted, Johanna plans to stick around the only ways she knows how: earnestly pouring out her heart, soul and creativity in the form of ear candy for us all. Double Bind is expected for release July 2014.

Plus
Alternative experimental math indie rock pop from Oberlin

Idol Hour

 

Friday Rocktober 17

Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Happy Hour Party with

David Paige

Has a sound that rocks harder than pop and is more accessible than much of today's alternative rock - his music is a must for any fans of either genre. 
With memorable melodies, powerful grooves, and energetic live performances, David and his band will give you a show that you won't soon forget. 

@9pm

"The soulful fury of this talented three-piece, the Travis Larson Band, washes the stink of the recording industry's lame offerings out into the gutters while unleashing it's unique brand of instrumental rock fusion (think of a musical stew mixing a thick brown Rush gravy with big hearty chunks of Steve Morse and a dash of Jeff Beck).”

Travis Larson Band

With six studio albums and two full-length performance DVDs, the award-winning Travis Larson Band is firmly rooted as one of instrumental music's premiere acts, having worked on record with Steve Lukather (Toto), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck), Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Dixie Dregs), Vinx (Sting, Herbie Hancock) and having shared live billing with Ted Nugent, UFO, Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), Ronnie Montrose, to name a few. Travis Larson Band's recent release Soundmind earned accolades as Guitar Player Magazine Editor's Top Three in 2011.

Comprised of Travis Larson (guitar), Jennifer Young (bass), and Dale Moon (drums), TLB's complicated phrasing, impossible timing, and seamless flow cause some to suspect that the band must surely operate from only one, albeit enormous, brain.

Aided by endorsement relationships with Ernie Ball/MusicMan, Electro-Voice, Digitech, Markbass, DV Mark,Gretsch, and Sabian this tiny band with the big sound has found its way into the festivals, theaters, clubs and music stores across the nation, not to mention the traveling 53-foot tractor-trailer truck tours and music industry events.

Well known for their live performances, the Travis Larson Band masterfully delivers full throttle rock-fusion that soars with originality and some say, has the power to unshackle the listener of the chains that bind them to the doldrums of day to day living.

Press Pull Quotes

"Silky bends, sweet legato lines, and tuneful shred characterize Larson's playing... instrumental rock fans should catch this guy." -Guitar Player Magazine

"A lot of meat on the barbecue..." Axe Magazine

"Make no mistake, the fullness of TLB tunes boast an intense wall of sound that Phil Specter would unashamedly trade his gun collection to achieve....Larson has honed the craft of creating soul candy for the ear." -Ray Sansom

"...unquestionably a guitar lover's dream, this dynamic power trio offers much more than the dime-a-dozen Berklee educated wankers vying to dethrone Joe Satriani. .." -Sea of Tranquility

"...this band has all the chops and blazing technique to send all you wannabe shredders back to the woodshed, but what makes them stand so far apart from their peers is the SONGS..." -Foundrymusic.com

"Think of a musical stew mixing a thick brown Rush gravy with big hearty chunks of Steve Morse and a dash of Jeff Beck...I haven't been this impressed since the pairing of nitro and glycerin..." -Ray Sansom

"Travis's bright, sinewy, melodic phrasing technique brings to mind Steve Morse... technically stunning, always tasty...If [this band] don't get your heart beating double time, you probably ain't breathin'." -Progression Magazine

"...a smoking instrumental power trio...With tons of technique to burn... " -Expose Magazine

"...make no mistake: This group is about bringing the unapologetic heat and light of a power trio...and Young employs the appropriately ass-kicking approach..." - Bass Player Magazine

"...every guitar and instrumental rock fan should seek this out..." -Sea of Tranquility

"...Larson's real gift is focusing his pyrotechnic skills toward the service of soulfulness..." -NewTimes

"....filled with plenty of intriguing and memorable tunes that instantly pushed me to repeated viewings..." -Sea of Tranquility

"Sharp, aggressive trio fusion here...moving, hypnotic...a wondrous thing to hear." -Progression Magazine

"The Travis Larson Band hits a musical bullseye with an admirable album of guitar-based all-instrumental jazz-rock. An electrifying studio effort..." -20th Century Guitar

"Larson is a melodically inclined instrumentalist, fierce of chops and clean of tone (as creamy distortion goes)...The trio makes a big, heroic sound..." -The Independent

"This is a great instrumental rock band..." -Bass Frontiers Magazine

PLUS

SuperFunkyBassMan!

Doug Johns

Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Clinician

Cleveland's Doug Johns has more than 25 years of experience on local, national, and international stages, working with such greats as Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles, bass icon Victor Wooten, and many others.

Armed with jaw-dropping funk chops, raw presence and energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess. Bass Player Magazine on Johns: “One of the most credit–deserving bass virtuosos in America…it's his inventiveness that's consistently compelling.”

Doug has steadily risen to the populace of well-respected artists, evidenced by his busy schedule as a performer and clinician at Bass Player Live, BassQuake, Monsters of Bass, and BassBash.

 

PRESS→

“Doug Johns continues to make a case for himself as one of the most credit–deserving bass virtuosos in America… it´s his inventiveness that´s consistently compelling. ”

Bass Player Magazine, Feb. 2009

“Johns is an imaginative electric bassist with a seemingly unlimited arsenal of fresh licks and nuanced grooves…. Pocket Fulla Nasty couldn't apply more than to what Johns & Co. achieve. ”

Jazz.com, February 2009

“Doug´s playing is very deep and chocked FULL of groove and pocket… nothing but great bass work and a stellar band! A very heavy lesson in groove-ology is in store with this one… Highly recommended. ”

Bass Musician Magazine.com

 

Saturday Rocktober 18 ~ 9pm

Essential Groove

Formed in 2012, Essential Groove is a Jam/Rock n Roll band based out of Cleveland Ohio. We all grew up in/near Cleveland and having been making music since! Our mission is to create and play beautiful music for people to enjoy.

Thank you for taking the time to check us out!

 

 

Wednesday Rocktober 22

Mama's Black Sheep

&

Alexis Antes

 

Thursday December 11

The Eric Gales Trio

Rock Blues Soul Funk guitarist from Memphis

•Throughout the show, Gales played more to the spirit of Hendrix rather than a tribute to the radio music that has cemented his legend all these years. Every song was a jam, and with Gales singing in a much calmer, lower key than Jimi’s vocal roars, the frontman essentially reinterpreted each track as he saw fit. Backed by bassist David Pastorius and guest guitarist Tomo Fujita, the band took their sweet time playing their hearts out on each and every tune, with Fujita’s soft, jazzy leads contrasting with Gales’s thick, frenetic chickin' pickin'. Gales was virtually exuberant the entire show, the delight obvious on his face as he played, and he frequently expressed his joy at playing in the heart of New York City. His face would contort with intensity as he frantically ripped through his fretbroad during solos, at one point even pouring beer over his guitar and then continuing to play through a towel to clean it off- - Elliot Levin, New York Examiner (Feb 23, 2011)

•Gales has always preferred his blues on the rocks, but he’s never sounded heavier than with his new supergroup, Pinnick Gales Pridgen, featuring King’s X bassist and vocalist dUg Pinnick and former Mars Volta member Thomas Pridgen on drums. If you imagine that would sound like a classic blues-rock power trio pumped up on progressive metal—you’re right. - Guitar Player Magazine (Jun 4, 2013)

One of the best if not the best guitarist in the world today.-Joe Bonamassa (@JBONAMASSA) Oct 28, 2013

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales who played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King who had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric as Best New Talent, in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. Left Hand Brand which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.

Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy. The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record "That’s What I Am" in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD Crystal Vision for Shrapnel Records and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau Division follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground.” in 2007. In 2010 Eric hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album "Relentless". In 2013 Eric, dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Thomas Pridgen (formerly of the Mars Volta) released the first critically acclaimed record PGP on Magna Carta Records. The same year Eric released his first instrumental album “Ghost Notes” under the new banner The Eric Gales Trio.
As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.

 

Wednesday December 17

Members of legendary drummer Carl Palmer's touring band

PAUL BIELATOWICZ & SIMON FITZPATRICK

A roller coaster evening of classical showpieces and more!

Guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick are two of the UK's finest virtuosos. Aside from their own solo work, they have been members of legendary drummer Carl Palmer's touring band for several years and have performed over 500 gigs in 30-plus countries around the world. Individually, they have also performed and toured with such musicians as Dream Theater, Neal Morse (of Spock's Beard), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Kee Marcello (of Europe) and Les Paul. For this special show, Bielatowicz and Fitzpatrick will take you on a roller coaster ride of the most challenging classical virtuoso showpieces – all played as you've never heard them before!

ABOUT PAUL BIELATOWICZ
UK guitarist Paul Bielatowicz is best known for his virtuoso work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. He's played, recorded and toured the world with the likes of Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) and Les Paul…to name just a few. His 2014 debut solo album, Preludes & Etudes, saw him stripping the electric guitar back to basics, presenting it as a classical instrument – no overdubs, effects or studio tricks: just a guitar, an old amp and raw virtuosity.

“One of our greatest rock guitarists.” - Guitar Techniques Magazine
“One of the most amazing players around.” - Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)
“Totally mind blowing!” - Pat Badger (Extreme)

ABOUT SIMON FITZPATRICK

UK bassist Simon Fitzpatrick has toured and recorded with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia), Joe Lynn-Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), Kee Marcello (Europe) and Michael Hill (B.B. King) among others. Not content with simply being in the background, Fitzpatrick has always tried to take bass guitar playing as far as possible. Using all six strings of his extended range instrument, he performs as a lead player, a soloist or polyphonic accompanist. He has recently released his debut solo bass guitar album, Reflections, in which he uses his virtuoso technique to recreate a wide variety of pieces and styles, ranging from classical to classic rock, on one single instrument. You've never seen a bass guitar played like this before.

“Simon Fitzpatrick is a guy who constantly pushes himself to see what can be done on bass.” - Kevin Johnson (No Treble)
“I had a blast playing with my ridiculously talented band featuring Simon Fitzpatrick.” - Jennifer
Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck)

Paul Bielatowicz
http://paulbielatowicz.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Bielatowicz/68797071299

Simon Fitzpatrick
http://www.simon-fitzpatrick.com
https://www.facebook.com/simonfitzpatrickmusic

FRIDAY MARCH 6

Cash Box Kings

Hailing from the 'Windy City,' Blind Pig recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20's and 30's.  But these illustrious torch bearers also add a bravado, energy and freshness to the mix that results in a distinctive musical experience and a high-energy stage show.  With a focus on the raw, stripped-down, ensemble playing that was the hallmark of the post-war sound, the band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records while adding a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds of the 40's and 50's. Front man Oscar Wilson is a throw back to the front men of the heyday of the Chicago blues scene. Standing 6'3" and weighing in at over three hundred lbs., he's part Muddy Waters and part Cedric the Entertainer.  The band also plays a lot of jump blues and a musical style they call 'bluesabilly'--a hybrid of Sun Records blues sounds (Howlin' Wolf/Joe Hill Louis/Roscoe Gordon) with Sun Records country/roots sounds (Charlie Feathers/Billy Lee Riley). 

The CBKs were awarded the 2010 Blues Blast Music Magazine "Sean Costello Rising Star" Award and are regular headliners at Chicago venues like Buddy Guy's, Rosa's Lounge, Nick's and the Smoke Daddy. They have played several successful European tours and have headlined Euro festivals like the Lucerne Blues Festival and the Hondarribia Blues Festival.  They have also performed several times at the Chicago Blues Festival. Their 2013 release Blind Pig Back Toppin'  album won the 2013 Blues Blast Music award for 'Traditional Blues Album of the Year' and has also been nominated for a Blues Music Award in the same category. The CBKs have performed and collaborated with Chicago blues giants like Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Billy Boy Arnold, and Lurrie Bell.  Described as the "Young Turks" of the Chicago blues scene, the Cash Box Kings' recordings and live performances have earned them rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Although the lineup has changed over the last ten years, the Cash Box Kings are still anchored by Joe Nosek, Oscar Wilson, and Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' Smith. Son of the legendary Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (Muddy Waters' drummer from 1968-1981). The band is now joined by a rotating cast of newly crowned Kings including Billy Flynn (guitar, mandolin, vocals, harmonica), Joel Paterson (guitar and vocals), Brad Ber (upright bass), Beau Sample (upright bass and vocals), Chris "CB" Boeger (bass) and Mark Haines (drums). Barrelhouse Chuck, piano and vocals, also regularly performs with the group.

No Depression Magazine says: "The ghosts of Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Little Walter must be smiling as they listen to the purposefully distorted over amplified vocals, guitar and harmonica which add a gritty retro authenticity that will leave you wondering if these might be some great lost tracks from Chess Records.   Black Toppin' might be the best blues album you'll hear this year.  

Highly recommended." Living Blues Magazine says: "Any of these musicians could have played with the great bands of the golden blues era.  Together they keep a sound alive that many thought was no more.  A great record by one of the best blues bands in the land, Black Toppin' is a dancing and listening pleasure."

Blues legend Charlie Musslewhite says: "The Cash Box Kings play with taste and feel and it was faith restoring to know there's guys out there that still know and appreciate real blues."

 

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

→and remember To be nice & Have A Nice Time!

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

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