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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$3 DOMESTICS

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Whiskey Island

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE"

AWARD WINNERS

@

Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much

 

WILBERTS IS OUTSTANDING!
Home of The
$3 DOMESTICS-$3 BOMBS
Labatts and Labatts Lite-the BIG BOYS - 16oz-Yea just 3 bucks too!
FireBalls are just $4  & so are  shots of Jameson.
Where everything is homemade Fresh and down right delicious!
1/2 Slab of Ribs with hand cut Fries and a Salad - JUST $9.99 (HH)
The BEST Homemade barbeque sauce- It's Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!!!
We pride ourselves on having the
Best Service
Best Food
at The Best Price in the neighborhood
+ Awesome Music! = Home of over 90-Grammy Winners!
So see us before during and after the tribe games.
In the Historic Caxton building just north of the stadium off Bolivar and east 9th;
WILBERTS-Bringing you over 120 years of Miller Hospitality to Cleveland!
OUTSTANDING!

 

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

 

All shows are all ages. 

Start @ 8:00 p.m.

unless otherwise noted, with doors 2 hours before show

time. Dinner reservations are suggested. You can make

them by calling or texting me

@ Text>

2163755966

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

us at

wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Dinner reservations must be made for at least an hour or more before show time. By 7pm week days and 8pm week ends

Thanks MM!

A website helping fans of concerts and events find hotels close to the
venues →

ConcertHotels.com

 

EVAN (my oldest son) AND GATEMOUTH!

Great Place for

a Party!

We'll cater to all your wants & needs!

Special Menus,

Open Bar/Cash Bar

Holiday & Cocktail Parties,

Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners, Wakes & Weddings, Retirements, Farewells, Etc…… We've done themAll Such as...

(Jane Scott's 75 B-Party!)

Mike Millers

Cell # 216.375.5966

e-mail wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Delta Zeta Formal →

Thank you so much for all

of your services on

Saturday night. Everyone

had a blast and said the

food was amazing!! This

was the perfect place to

have our fall formal. Everything you have done

is greatly appreciated. Hopefully we can hold another event there soon.

I will definitely keep in

touch with you

 

ON TAP!

Founders oatmeal stout

TRULY

OUTSTANDING!!!

A Founders take on a classic style, brewed with a generous amount of flaked oats, chocolate malt, roasted barley and a healthy helping of Nugget hops, Founders Oatmeal Stout is nitrogen-infused to give it an extra smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An attractive cascade effect gives this beer its forthright visual appeal—and the body and clean flavor delivers on that initial promise!

GREAT LAKES Chillwave Double IPA

Name Origin: On the West Coast, surfers have a term for that perfect time of day, when the waves are breaking just right and it feels like you can ride forever. They call it Alchemy Hour. In Cleveland, our surfers have to work a little harder to find a perfect swell. Dressed in wetsuits, up at dawn, they camp out on the shores of Lake Erie in near-freezing temperatures, waiting for the ultimate wave. Crazy? Yes. Extreme? Definitely. Alchemy Hour Double IPA pays tribute to the North Coast’s unlikely surf bums and the ancient quest for liquid gold, wherever it may live: on the ocean, in a lake, in a bottle

 

Shiner Wicked Ram IPA

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

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

It's Back!

Leinenkugel 
Summer
Shandy


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

 

Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus

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

 

Market Garden Prosperity Wheat


This wheat beer does it all nicely. It starts a little cloudy with little fizz and a nice pale yellow color. The aroma is strong with wheat malts, yeast and finishing hops. The taste is a nice, slightly off balance, and hoppy. A hefeweizen that makes no attempt at being subtle. This is another exceptional brew from Market Garden. Sweet. Highly recommended

Bell's Winter White Ale

Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance.

 

Stella Artois Cidre

Crisp and refreshing belgian cider made with hand-picked apples

 

Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale

This beer's name sums up the idea of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout

Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good thing~ you'll want to drink more than one!

 

Brew Kettle "All For One" Session IPA


This is a very solid session IPA. Citrusy and tropical with lean malts means big hop flavor dominates. It begs you to drink another and another. Yes please. I'm happy to oblige.

GO CAV'S

 

Lager Head

Relaxer IPA

Pours a pale gold with a finger of white head that settles into a film and some trailing lace. Surprisingly herbal, fresh hop nose, kind of dank, with citrus, florals, and pale and bready malts. Flavor is more of the same, but not as pungent. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a clean, dry, bitter mouthfeel. Good session IPA

Brew Kettle

Big Woody Lager      

Sweet smelling with a sweet and bitter flavor with alcohol notes present but didn't really affect the flavor. It is really full of taste and sort of reminds me of Breyers Ice Cream-just the raw materials with no extras. This is really an exceptional lager

Fat Head's Bumble Berry

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that faded to leave a thick halo and light wisping. Solid retention.

S - Ohhhh yah. Blueberry explosion. Fresh berries and light skin notes. There is some faint grain aroma along with some very faint honey aroma. Loving how blueberry forward this is.

T - A tad too much honey for me that overshines the natural sweetness and deliciousness of blueberries. Blueberries are nice, fresh tasting. Almost dessert like. I get some faint malts and super, super light earthy/grassy hops. Mighty tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is great, not over carbonated, not too sweet. I can definitely see gulping this back on a hot summer day.

O - Overall this was a mighty tasty beer, definitely my favourite blueberry beer to date.

 

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla

 

Guinness

A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it

 

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The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

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

We buy more, but

enjoy less.

We have bigger

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

sense, more

knowledge, but

less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more

medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive

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

and pray too seldom.

We

have multiplied our possessions, but

reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often. We've

learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We've added years

to life not life to years.

We've been all the

way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We've done larger

things, but not better things. We've cleaned

up the air, but polluted

the soul. We've conquered the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but

learn less. We plan

more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more

computers to hold

more information, to produce more copies

than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These

are the days of two incomes but more

divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes.

These are days of

quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway orality, one night

stands, overweight bodies, and pills that

do everything from

cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there

is much in the

showroom window and nothing in the

stockroom. A time

when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you

can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit 'delete'.

Remember, spend

some time with your

loved ones, because

they are not going to

be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone, who looks up to you in awe, because that little

person soon will grow

up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one

next to you, because

that is the only

treasure you can give

with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say,

"I love you" to your

partner and your loved ones, but most of all

mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from

deep inside of you.Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday

that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak and give time to share the

precious thoughts in

your mind.

A Message by

George Carlin

Reminder

We're always  open

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

$2-Domestics

-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-

Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Great Lakes

Dortmunder,

Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$6 Irish

Car

Bombs!

Right On!

-Tell your Friends!

 

Get It ToGo!!!

 

"When I went to school, they askedme what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."
John Lennon

 

Sunday April 30

Opening at 9:30AM

Start Your Game Day With

Breakfast Burrito

Whipped Fluffy Eggs, Chorizo Sausage,Tater Tots, Fresh Jalapenos, Chopped Tomatoes, Scallions All Wrapped in a Flour Tortilla

OR

BREAKFAST QUESADILLA

OR

French Toast Creme Brulee '

Plus The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

after the indians game ~3:30

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

King Washington

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

Monday May 1

A CAVALIER OF A HAPPY HOUR

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

 

Wednesday May 3

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

WITH roots rockin’ funk soul blues out of Woodstock, NY

DYLAN DOYLE BAND

“As we say in the the south, 'this boy boy has the real goods'.”

Butch Dener - Manager of 'The Band'
"It is with great pleasure I put the spotlight on a wonderful musician, Dylan Doyle. Dylan is only eighteen, but his abilities as a guitarist go well beyond those years.There truly must be something in the water in Upstate New York. Dylan joined the group Minstrel (Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Will Bryant, and Brandon Moss) and me last September at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. He sat in on Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken” that evening. His playing was flawless and inventive. Live performance is not about only playing a song but being aware of the conversation and flow of those you’re playing with. He spoke beautifully and was listening to what was going on around him. His musicianship was impressive. I wish him the very best on the journey he’s undertaking as a songwriter and leader of his own band. I look forward to our next conversation."
-Bill Payne of Little Feat

Southern born, Northern raised , Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Bob Dylan, Wes Montgomery, and Bill Withers to John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the delta of Roots, Rock, and Jazz, giving him a style that defies classification.
Touring nationally since age 15, Dylan became a seasoned professional at a very young age. He has played with such notable musicians Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan, Don Mclean), John Platania (Van Morrison, Natalie Merchant), Ben Cauley (Otis Redding) and Bill Payne (Little Feat). Stoner called Dylan one of the most prodigious players he has known with abundant natural talent. John Platania has referred to Dylan as “The Future.” Ben Cauley, after playing with Dylan in Memphis said, “Dylan Doyle sounds like a young Jimi Hendrix.” In the words of Bill Payne upon sharing the stage, “Music is a conversation. Dylan spoke beautifully and was listening to the musicians around him. His play was imaginative and original.”
Attesting to Dylan’s versatility, Dylan has played the King Biscuit Blues Festival three consecutive years as well headlining the Grateful Garcia Gathering, the largest Grateful Dead festival in the Midwest. Dylan consistently packs houses around the country as is looking forward to the band’s European Debut in 2017.

 

Friday May 5

VAA - Cinco de Mayo -

Harvest for Hunger Happy Hour!

prizes raffles + Delicious Appetizers

+

CLE Gladiators

PaRtY

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

At 9pm

Reggae ~ New York, NY

Predator Dub Assassins


Personal Information P-Dub is a New York City based artist who, together with his band Predator Dub Assassins, has developed a unique brand of contemporary music fusing Hip Hop and RnB with Pop and Reggae elements.
Since 2005, P-Dub and Predator Dub Assassins have released 5 full length albums: "Predator Dub Assassins" (2005), “The Hardest” (2007), “East Coast Dub Cartel Volume One” (2008), ”Fully Qualified” (2009), and P-Dub's solo debut “Frontline” (2010). The group made an appearance on the hit TV series “American Chopper” in 2009, and supplied music for other popular TV programs on the Food and Fuel TV networks.
As a singer/songwriter and producer, P-Dub has worked with a diverse range of artists including: Akon, Britney Spears, Twista, Trina, Sean Kingston, FloRida, Collie Buddz, Dipset/The Diplomats, Pharoahe Monch, French Montana, Jadakiss, Three 6 Mafia, Paul Wall, Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Wayne Wonder, Billy Blue (Def Jam), Ace Hood and others. He has also appeared on some of the same albums as pop luminaries like Lady Gaga, P-Diddy, Trey Songs, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Lil' Wayne, seeing a #1 Independent (Billboard), #2 Rap (Billboard), #4 Hip Hop/RnB (Billboard), and two top 10 albums on iTunes (reggae) in the process.

 

Saturday May 6

90's BAR CRAWL

With

War Twins

Known for their dynamic live set full of passionate energy, rock n' roll soul and deep electronics from Boston/Philly

Later on

AFTON

musical showcase Folk Rock to Hip Hop. 7pm

 

Thursday May 11

Guitarist Chambers achieves the distinctly American blues/soul/country/rock that the Stones used to aspire to

The SEAN CHAMBERS Band

SEAN CHAMBERS – BIO - 2017
"Guitarist Chambers achieves the distinctly American blues/soul/country/rock sound that the Stones used to aspire to long ago." - Jerry Shriver, USA TODAY
Florida born Sean Chambers began his career in the Blues back in 1998 when he toured with the legendary Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader until 2003. During Sean's tenure with Mr. Sumlin, Britain's own G uitarist magazine named Chambers as “One of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.”
In 2009, Chambers went into the studio to record his most critically-acclaimed album, Ten Til Midnight.
When Ten Til Midnight was released in October, 2009, it garnered rave reviews and also appeared on the Living Blues chart for the first three months after its release. It received steady airplay in 45 states around the U.S, as well as many markets overseas. The title cut was featured on “The House of Blues Radio Hour” as a “Blues Breaker;” and the album also generated significant airplay on Sirius/XM Radio's blues channel as a “Pick to Click.”
Sean Chambers released Live from the Long Island Blues Warehouse in 2011, which featured 10 tracks of mostly originals, along with Sean's distinctively searing takes on “Full Moon on Main Street,” a highlight song from an early album by The Kinsey Report; as well as a blistering version of Elmore James' “Dust My Broom,” which recalls Johnny Winter in its approach.
Live from the Long Island Blues Warehouse appeared on BB King's Bluesville XM/Sirius Blues Charts as a “Pick to Click” for 6 weeks in a row, as well as 15 weeks on the RMR Weekly Blues Roots Chart and 11 weeks on the House of Blues Radio Chart. The album was voted “Best Live Blues Album of 2011” by Canada's Blues Underground Network and ranked as one of the Top 3 Live CD's in Germany by the magazine Wasser Prawda. In addition it was nominated for a Jimi Award for “Best Live Blues Album of 2011.” Guitar Player Magazine did a full page feature story on Sean in February, 2012, and the same month Vintage Guitar Magazine ran a two page feature story.
On October 15, 2013, Sean Chambers released The Rock House Sessions, on Blue Heat Records. The album received great reviews and was also nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award in 2014 for “Best Blues Rock Album of the year”. The album was recorded at Rock House Studios owned by acclaimed keyboardist
-Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton Band) – hence the album name The Rock House Sessions.
On March 17th 2017 Sean Chambers will release his newest album entitled “Trouble & Whiskey” on the American Showplace Music label. The album is produced by Ben Elliott who has recorded classic artists such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons and Les Paul among others. The core band on the album aside from Sean on lead vocals and lead guitar includes Michael Hensley on Hammond B3 & keyboards, Todd Cook on bass and Kris Schnebelen on drums. Special guests include Jimmy Bennett on guitar on track #8, John Ginty on Hammond B3 on track #4, and Andrei Koribaniks on percussion on tracks #1 and #7.
Trouble & Whiskey features 10 tracks which include 7 new original Sean Chambers compositions, and 3 well chosen covers including “Bullfrog Blues” by Rory Gallagher, ‘Cut Off My Right Arm” by Johnny Copeland and “Be Careful With A Fool” by Riley B. King/Joe Bihari.
Sean Chambers currently resides in Southwest Florida with his wife Karen who handles his merchandise sales while on tour.

Friday May 12

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

THE

GREG FINGER BAND

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

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

But how did this all happen?

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

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

 

Saturday May 13

funk, rock, jazz and soul progressive blues from CLE

THE UNDERWORLD BLUES BAND

Formed in 2010 by guitarist/composer Gaetano Letizia to play a style of progressive blues that combines it with funk, rock, jazz and soul. Desiring to stand on the shoulders of the blues greats, the band strives to produce creative, new blues music that honors and expands their great tradition. The group has a core of three veterans (Gaetano Letizia, Larry Keller, Mike D'Elia) and an extended family of feature artists that join in when needed.

The UWB will release its first CD, “Voodoo Doll & Other Blues Lessons” in the fall of 2013.

Gaetano Letizia, Guitar & Vocals*
40 year veteran of the US music scene with blues and jazz performances in LA, NYC, Europe and Asia. With ten albums to his credit and glowing revues in Downbeat and Guitar Player magazines, Gaetano now performs and teaches throughout the US.

Mike D'Elia, Drums & Vocals*
Playing professionally since age 13, Mike is the “go to” blues and R&B drummer in Cleveland. Mike is in heavy demand by many bands and venues in the area, able to play and sing all the tunes including his own compositions.

Larry Keller, Electric Bass & Vocals*
Respected for decades by Northern Ohio blues, funk and soul musicians as one of the finest bassists in the Midwest. Larry holds down the bottom end for many of the area's best blues, rock and soul bands. Larry's style combines the best of the old school R&B players with all the energy of today's new school blues rock bassists.

 

Sunday May 14

A Blend of Folk, Rock, Country, Blues & Contemporary Original Music

CITY LIMITS

City Limits, a collaboration among singer songwriters Amanda Walsh, Rick Szekelyi with GB Giesey,  John Pistone and Spencer Dieck offers a spectrum of original music from rock and blues to country and contemporary, with a few covers thrown in from time to time.  Instrumentation includes keyboard (piano if you have one), violin, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, percussion and, where appropriate, an original Woodstock handcrafted wooden kazoo. 

 

Monday May 15

Elements of Blues, Old-Time Country, and Southern Psychedelic Rock come together with ancient mountain melodies in an energetic, engaging musical root bag sprinkled with some Sea Island hoodo from Hilton Head Island

CRANFORD HOLLOW

It's a boot stomp on a dusty bar floor. It's the clang of a whiskey bottle at last call. It's grit. It's the sounds of the South. It's Cranford Hollow, a blended mix of Southern Rock, Appalachian Fiddle Music and American Rock and Roll.

The Hilton Head Island quintet, comprised of vocalist and guitarist John Cranford, bass man Phillip Sirmans, drummer Randy Rockalotta, fiddler and vocalist Eric Reid and newest member guitarist Yannie Renencke, have won over thousands of loyal fans with what they call Lowcountry Stomp, a sound that is at once eclectic but uniquely their own. Elements of Blues, Old-Time Country, and Southern Psychedelic Rock come together with ancient mountain melodies in an energetic, engaging musical root bag sprinkled with some Sea Island hoodoo. Since 2011 Cranford Hollow has been playing upwards of 200 shows a year, steadily expanding from the South Carolina Lowcountry to places far afield including multiple western tours.

Tuesday May 16

Happy Hour w/

Alternative Indie Folk Rock from Hotlanta byway of Accra Ghana

Jake Decker

Noted as a talented songwriter, Jake Decker's lyrics have been acclaimed as inventive and inspiring; his songs are original, and thought provoking. Jake released his first album, entitled Fossils, in September, 2014, which explores the notion of revisiti

Friday May 19

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

Eliot Lewis

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

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

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

Saturday May 20

Hall 'n Oats Happy Hour

AFTON

musical showcase Folk Rock to Hip Hop. 7pm

Friday May 26

experimental blues rock funk fusion even jazz~Charleston WV

Trielement

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

 

Sunday May 28

“Cowboy Jazz”

Sons of Pitches

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

 

Friday June 2

John Nemeth's Freaky Soul live at Wilberts !

John Nemeth

 Feelin'Freaky

His homestate grows more taters than bluesmen. But Idahoan singer/harpist John Nemeth raises a crop usually found in the deep South. Nemeth came by his soulful blues style in a roundabout way, force-fed Brahms,Lizst, Mozart, Chopin, and Beethoven by his Hungarian dad. “Through osmosis you learn a lot about melody from all those cats,” he says. While fellow Idahoans were groovin' on Garth Brooks and Nirvana, Nemeth got into blues and never looked back.After backing Junior Watson, Nemeth self-published '02's The Jack of Harps, debuting solo with 04's Come and Get It. He relocated to Oakland that year, replacing an ailing Sam Myers in Anson Funderburgh's band in '05 -'06. Magic Touch came out that year, produced by Funderburgh. His last release, Memphis Grease, was recorded in his new adopted Tennessee homebase, slathered with boilin' Memphis guitar and punched up with a slab of Memphis fatback horns.For his latest, Nemeth wanders from that model a bit, but there's still plenty of the sound Willie Mitchell got out of Al Green on his Hi Record label in the '70s. “Rainy Day” has that B-3 burble that percolated through Green's  work, punctuated by a horn section that undercoats the melody with brassy velvet. The horn section here is stellar, former Bobby Blue Bland and Gregg Allman Band vets Art Edmiaston on tenor and bari sax along with trumpeter Marc Franklin. But Nemeth's magnificent vocals that carry this one, swooping and soaring, reeking with Gospel soul, Al Green blended with an O.V. Wright snarl, Nemeth scat singing with the horn section.

 

Nemeth can drop down into some deep dish soul, O.V. Wright style, and in the next breath kick it up into the stratosphere, soaring like Al Green at his frenzied gospel peak. “Gave Up On You” works Al Green territory, but Nemeth is no Green clone. He's as much a devotee of James Carr ( “Dark End Of the Street,” “Pouring Water On a Drownin' Man,”) and Junior Parker “Drivin' Wheel,” “Things I Used To Do,”) and on the gospel side, Swan Silvertones and Sam Cooke's Soul Stirrers. He's a crooner cloaked in sweaty, foot-stompin', testifiyin,' churchy, old-school soul. His vocals knock you on your butt, he ain't no slouch with a harp either. Nemeth believes that harpists, not guitar players, are the soul of the blues. “The blues harmonica players have really kept traditional blues music alive,” he says. “A lot of the guitar players stretch out into rock and will go after guys like Stevie Ray or Jimi Hendrix or go as far as Eric Johnson and even incorporate that into blues music. Whereas the harmonica players, they keep the shuffle alive, which was such an integral part of blues music for decades. I honestly believe if there weren't harmonica players out there doing traditional blues music, it might just drift away.” Nemeth's harp playing reflects a variety of styles, and although he admits to being highly influenced by Little Walter melodically, “ I just do whatever it is that I do, “ he says. “ I think that's an essential piece of the instrument, sort of an extension of you, so you gotta find that within your own self.” You get the best of both worlds on “My Sweet Love.” He blows badass backstreet blues, but when the vocal kicks in, it takes his blues into deep soul territory. “Kool Aid Pickle” is an eclectic mix of funk, blues, and soul, Nemeth showing off a quirky sense of humor with his original lyrics about a marriage gone sour, his once beloved now smackin' her lips and puttin' flesh on her hips with her love of kool aid pickles that have run his life from sweet to sour to wrong. Once again, Nemeth has come up with a mixed bag of original,soul-drenched blues that should have that magnificent voice filling arenas with a sound that's equally at home rattling the floorboards in a backwoods juke joint.

Thursday May 31

Pop / Alt.Country / Blues Based out of Columbus Oh and Nashville Tn

MATTY MONK

Happy Hour = Acoustic & Electric After the Game

Based out of Columbus Oh and Nashville Tn, Matty is an American Singer Songwriter/Musician born in raised in the middle of a cornfield in Northern Ohio…”Matty Is A Music Machine!” according to 614 Magazine after the release of his first solo album, “On My Own” Since then he has toured with multiple National Acts as a Guitar player and is the founding member of the bands “The Wildskins” and “88 Keys & The Truth” Matty mixes a hint Country attitude with soulful   guitar/piano and vocal melody. “Its almost like listening to pop music with a telecaster,and Harry Nilsson all on the same Album.” says Jake Bohnman, owner of Bohnam Media Group.

Friday June 10
Happy Hour

with Chart topping UK singer-songwriter

Luke Concannon

Luke Concannon is an English singer-songwriter who writes about people power, hope, and intimacy. After selling over a million records in the UK and Ireland from his own independent record label, he's in America to begin sharing his music. 

Luke wrote his last album inspired by a hitch-hiking adventure from England to Palestine, where he spent time as a peace worker. He says; ‘Integrity is important to me, so signing to a major record label never felt like the right fit; I wanted to speak the truth to power and invest in our local community. My interest at gigs is to hear what people are yearning for (sometimes to sing and dance together, sometimes to be really quiet) and to invite that. I like the community that can be created by playing listening and laughing together'.

Luke is one of the most passionate, honest, and engaged song-writers on the scene right now, putting on one of the most magical powerful live shows going. Come join us to share songs and stories.

 

Tuesday June 13

Happy Hour with

Miss Morgan Myles

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

QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

Then After the Game

Soulful pop-rock from Rochester, N.Y.

The

Tyler Pearce

Project

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

Friday June 16

Legendary Blues and Roots Rock From DC

The NightHawks

The original "Bad Boys of Bethesda" have been making it happen since 1972.

 

Thursday June 22

To put it plainly, Jackson is one of the most gifted singers ever to grace country music from Nashville

Tony Jackson


Is it premature to see Hall of Fame material in a guy who's just releasing his first album?

Not if that guy is Tony Jackson.

To put it plainly, Jackson is one of the most gifted singers ever to grace country music.His video “The Grand Tour” ignited an unprecedented 10 million Facebook views and
200,000 shares in just over 3 short weeks! The respect Jackson has already earned within the music community is evident throughout Tony Jackson, as the new album is titled. It features songs and/or performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Sebastian, Steve Cropper and Dr. John “Mac”Rebennack, Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill, Bill Anderson and Conway Twitty and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame luminary Norro Wilson. But it is ease with which Jackson makes every song—even the familiar ones—distinctly his own that sets him apart. Who else would dare to try and then succeed in bringing a fresh layer of emotional urgency to such a classic as George Jones' “The Grand Tour” or Conway Twitty's eternal “It's Only Make Believe”? On the first-time and lesser known songs, Jackson mints his own classics. With itssweeping steel guitar flourishes and ambient barroom clatter, he transforms John Sebastian and Phil Galdston's “Last Call” into the sweetest, most affectionate separation ballad imaginable. With reverence and a twinkle in his eye, he enlists Sebastian and Vince Gill in revivifying (after 50 years) the Lovin' Spoonful's 1966 romp, “Nashville Cats.” “When asked if we should recut the song,” Sebastian begins, “I said absolutely but we have to get Vince Gill, Paul Franklin and today’s real Nashville Cats in on the session and fortunately it was preserved on video,” he beams. After capturing perfectly, the excitement of new love in Bill Anderson's “I Didn't Wake Up This Morning,” he moves on to a memory-stirring homage to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and Willie Nelson in “They Lived It Up,” a lyrical scrapbook from Anderson and Bobby Tomberlin. Jackson shines as a keen-eyed songwriter in his own right with such memorable excursions as “Drink By Drink,” “Old Porch Swing” and “She's Taking Me Home.” From start to finish, Tony Jackson stands out as a “discovery” album, the kind you listen to with such delight that you have to recommend it to friends. And hundreds of thousands have done just that. Jackson is currently a headliner on the Old Dominion Barn Dance in Richmond, Virginia, and is almost certainly the only major bank executive ever to abandon a prominent IT job in finance at a Fortune 500 company to embark on a career in country music. But he didn't grow up a country fan.


The son of a Navy man, he led a base-to-base existence, at one point living with his family in Rota, Spain for three years. His early musical background was sketchy at best. “I sang 'White Christmas' in the Christmas play in the sixth grade,” he recalls. 'Everybody seemed to love it, but I was a wreck. My mother forced me to sing in the church choir, but I was kind of buried in the voices along with everybody else.” This was basically his entire musical resume until ten or so years ago when a friend whose band had lost its lead singer asked Jackson to try out for the spot. “I did,” he says, “and I was hooked after that.” Two weeks after graduating from high school, Jackson joined the Marines. “I told my dad I was joining because I was sick of taking orders,” he says with a wry grin. There was as much getting-ahead as gung-ho in Jackson’s enlistment. “I was a computer and electronics geek as a teenager,” he says. “When I talked to the recruiter, he told me the Marine Corps had just started a computer science school in Quantico, Virginia. Fortunately, I scored high enough on the entrance exam to go to that school.” It was a smart move. When he finished service, a prominent bank in Richmond snapped him up to work in its Information Technology division, initially assigning him the lowly chore of re-setting passwords. “I was way overqualified,” he says, “so I got promoted fast. I was a senior vice president by my early 30s.” It was while in the Marines that he first started paying serious attention to country music. “My mother listened only to gospel,” he says. “My dad was into jazz, hip hop, R&B, new jack swing—stuff like that. But Armed Forces Radio played everything. When I wasliving in Spain—when I was 10 to 13—Randy Travis came over there on a USO tour. Somefriends and I were out there early when they were setting up the stage, and we actually got to talk to him before we realized he was the guy who’d be performing later. He was really cool tous. In the Marine Corps, when my friends and I played music for each other, we were all homesick. So when you’d listen to these country songs that talked about family and home and heartbreak, it would really grab you.”A song that particularly appealed to Jackson was George Jones’ heartbreaking 1974 hit, “The Grand Tour.” When Jones died, Jackson and some friends went into a Richmond studio and recorded it. In the process, they also made a performance video that eventually wound up on YouTube. By sheer accident, singer Donna Dean Stevens saw the video and instantly decided Jackson should do “The Grand Tour” on the Old Dominion Barn Dance, which she had just resurrected. After she witnessed Jackson’s standing ovation—an honor that hadn’t yet been accorded to any of the show’s headliners—she offered to co-manage and co-produce him with noted talent manager Jim Della Croce. A commanding performer in her own right, Dean Stevens recorded for Mercury Records in Nashville as Donna Meade. She is also the widow of Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean and a zealous guardian of his vast musical
legacy. Dean Stevens and Della Croce then whisked Jackson to Nashville, where he recorded most of Tony Jackson at the hallowed RCA Records Studios. In one of his best-loved songs, George Jones considered the dwindling ranks of country superstars and asked plaintively“Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes.”Tony Jackson volunteering for duty.

The debut album TONY JACKSON will be released May 5, 2017 on DDS Entertainment/Sony-
RED with full marketing, publicity and tour support nationwide.

FRIDAY JUNE 23

Modern afrobeat from around the world / from Barcelona!

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble was founded in Chicago in 2003 by guitarist Aaron Feder . In 2006 Aaron moved to Barcelona in search of a different sound for the AAbE. He quickly found a group of international members, from all continents of the globe. In a short time the band was reformed and headlined the Fiestizaje music and arts festival in 2008.   The band then set about recording their first studio album, Toubab Soul which was released in 2010. Shortly afterwards, they released the remix album, Toubab Resouled , and opened the world music festival Cruilla de Cultures with Konono No 1 .

Toubab Soul met with positive reviews from different international publications, such as Afropop Worldwide, calling the album “ as dark and intensely danceable as any African musical experience can be ”, and DJ Floro declared the band the best representation of Afrobeat in the country. While their energetic live show was winning over audiences in Spain, their studio work was included in a compilation CD from Relix magazine , part of a world music compilation from TuneCore digital distributors, and used as the soundtrack for the first ever Nigerian-Spanish film, Super Zebraman . Their connection with the visual arts continued when they had music included in the television show Furgoaddictes , and they recorded the music for the national TV show Museo Coconut.

At the same time the band also began their relationship with manager Javi Zarco ( Ojos de Brujo, Peret ), who is also a founder of the Afrobeat Project cultural association in Spain. Their music was also included on an Afrobeat compilation from Paris DJs and later in the compilation World Music from Catalonia . Their live shows continued to grow in intensity, and they hit the festival circuit, playing at ImaginaFunk with Ebo Taylor , and closing out the WOMAD Canary Islands festival in 2011.

Fast forward to 2014, after two years of crossing the Iberian Peninsula and visiting the Canary and Balearic Islands on various occasions, they return to the studio to record their second album, Life No Get Dublicate . At the same time, the record label Slow Walk Music is formed, and AAbE is on board. The album is released at the beginning of 2014 and receives positive reviews from multiple international sources, with La Vanguardia newspaper saying the album is “ worthy of Blue Note records ”. The band is featured on PRI's the World , and begins to expand outside of Spain. They are selected for the AA++ musical exchange with France , open the Mercé Festival in Barcelona for 10,000 people, return to a sold out show in the Canary Islands in the Umami Music and Arts Festival , and they are selected to tour Spain in the Girando Por Salas program. In November 2014, the band released a short animated film set to the song “ Majority Whip ”.

In 2015 the band changes direction a bit, with singer Joe Psalmist , from Lagos, Nigeria joining the band for their winter/spring tour of the peninsula, Balearic Islands and even a trip to the African continent to play in Ceuta . Additionally, they return to the studios of Radio 3 for another nationally televised in studio concert.

Joe's soulful voice and inimitable stage presence brings the band to the next level. They spend winter recording a new album, and then spend the summer touring Spain and France once again, highlighted by multiple visits to Madrid in the Fiestas de San Isidro and the Festival de Cultura Inquieta , plus a return to Ibiza . Fall 2015 saw the release of their third studio album, It's Time , combining brand new songs with brand new remixes as well. 2016 has seen the band on their first North American tour as well as hitting up London and France .

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Saturday June 24

Live atfter the Game

Pittsburgh's Uncrowned King of Rock-n-Roll

NORMAN NARDINI

Jethro Tull's lyrical observation about being “Too old to rock 'n' roll, too young to die” fell on deaf ears with former Cheswick resident Norman Nardini.One of Pittsburgh's favorite musical sons, who has been performing virtually every week since 1965, not only rocks on, but continues, in his words, “in search of the highest level of music.”
“I still take making music as a very serious activity, and yet, I love to laugh my way through a show,” he says.
“I believe I'm not too old to rock 'n' roll. I look around at the younger rockers and see that they still need us older guys to show them how it's done. I've never considered doing anything other than making music so I always knew that I'd be doing it if I lived to be an older person.”He'll be returning Friday to the Alle-Kiski Valley to provide an energetic reminder that he still has the chops. And he'll be doing it at one of his favorite venues, Wilberts in Cleveland. “Wilbert's does feel like home to me, because I've played there so many times and because it's a real music room for original artists,” he says. “So many greats have been on that stage: Junior Wells, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Roy Buchanan, Sugar Blue, Derrick Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tommy Castro, the list goes on and on and on. I hope the locals realize that Wilbert's is a special place. Real music clubs that last that many years get legendary status.” Nardini, who lives in Wilkins, has a legendary status of his own in the region, an artist who has been there and done that. One of his earliest public performances as a young boy was in a talent show at the Cheswick Theater in 1957, playing accordion, which he learned in a Natrona Heights accordion school.
In addition to his longtime friendship and music-making with Jon Bon Jovi, he has shared concert bills with Aerosmith, Rush, KISS, Ted Nugent, Kansas and Canned Heat, among others. Bon Jovi sang backing vocals on Nardini's CBS Records' 1983 release of the “Norman Nardini and The Tigers” album. Dr. John, Paul Shaffer (of “Late Show With David Letterman”) and Rick Derringer performed on Nardini's 1987 “Love Dog” album, also on CBS.
Rolling Stone gave Nardini and the Tigers' 1981 “Eatin Alive,” recorded live at Cleveland's Agora Club, a four-star review in its record guide. Nardini was lead singer, lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the Tigers. It was in 1975, as bassist for Pittsburgh rockers Diamond Reo, that he had his first national album release. In 1971, while attending Berklee School of Music in Boston, he played guitar for music legend Big Mama Thornton and George “Harmonica” Smith at the Jazz Workshop. “I do feel like an early pioneer of Pittsburgh rock 'n' roll music. The work that we did back in the '70s with Frank Czuri, Warren King, Rob John and Bob McKeag paved the way for younger rockers,” he says. “We're the ones that stood up and demanded to be judged on our ability to make our own music, back at a time when the standard for rock music was much higher. And I continue to make my own Pittsburgh rock 'n' roll music that can be traced back to the '70s.”Bon Jovi said that, even with all of his (Bon's Jovi's) success, he could have been happy being Norm Nardini. “The motivating factor when you're a kid is not to sell 100 million records, but just to learn how to write songs and perform them,” Bon Jovi said. “I wouldn't have known what success of this extent was. I could have been very content to be Norman, play music at his level and Southside Johnny's level. That's all we knew existed. I didn't want to be Zeppelin.”Bon Jovi refers to his friend as “the epitome of rock 'n' roll.” “Norman lives it and breathes it. The greatest compliment anybody can pay a player is that he lives it. God bless him for it,” he said. Nardini appreciates the compliments. “I only hope that I've found my own voice as a writer, player, singer and entertainer,” says Nardini, whose latest album is “Bone A Fide,” his first offering of original material since the late '90s.“I would still like to accomplish so much more. I would love to have more people sing my songs. I would love to teach and produce more young people. I would love to help raise the standard of Pittsburgh and Cleveland original music, and I would love to be able to continue to study and grow as an artist.”The artist says that the simple process of developing songs is something that continues to keep him busy in a most natural way. “Motivation is something that is a constant with me. I must be ‘loco-motivated.' I just really enjoy working with music, and I love getting onstage and putting on a show,” he says. “It's kind of crazy that guys like us are still involved with rock 'n' roll music, but I think it proves that we were doing the right thing along, just doing what we loved to do.”

 

Sunday June 25

after the Indians game ~3:30

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

The Michelle Romary Trio

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

Wednesday June 28

Reggae/Rock/Funk band hailing from Boston

THE ELOVATERS

The Elovaters are Reggae/Rock/Funk band hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. The band is fronted by lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Jackson Wetherbee who has toured internationally. The Elovaters also feature musicians formerly of New England Music Award winning bands; The Aldous Collins Band and Last Call. The sound is similar to that of UB40, The Police, Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their show is fun, energetic and has festive crowds dancing, grooving, and singing along.They have supporting headliners such as Kool and The Gang, Akon, Ballyhoo, Stick Figure, Collie Buddz, Trombone Shorty, The Movement, New Kingston, and Galactic.

Friday June 30

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Happy Hour!

+

AFTON

musical showcase Folk Rock to Hip Hop. 7pm

 

Thursday July 6

Rev. Raven

& the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.

Rev. Raven and the band won the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and again in 2010. They also received the People's Choice Award in 2006, 2008 and again in 2010. They were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007 for Bamfest 2007.

Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.

Since 1990 Raven has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends. He has also performed with Billy Flynn, R.J. Mischo, Perry Weber, Piano Willie, Stokes, Jon Paris, Clyde Stubblefied, Bryan Lee and the Lamont Cranston band

featuring

Westside Andy Linderman

on Harmonica

Born in 1952, Andy caught the music bug young, and picked up his first harmonica at age 11 in Madison, WI, which he still calls home. Listening late at night on KAAY AM Radio in Little Rock, AR, he got turned on early to Muddy Waters, Little Walter, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, and Big Walter Horton, to name a few. And at that time, there were so many great, iconic players to learn from in the nearby Chicago area. Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Jim Liban, Corky Siegel, Paul Butterfield. Lots of information and inspiration for a young, hungry player.

He's played over 10,000 gigs over some 45 years, working with a Who's Who of the Blues: Luther Allison, Ben E. King, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Barrelhouse Chuck, Hubert Sumlin, Tab Benoit, Gary Primich, Mel Ford, Billy Flynn, Glenn Davis, Paul Black & the Flipkings, Reverend Raven, Jon Nicholson, Corky Siegel, Jim Schwall, Ben Sidran, Tino Gonzales, Clyde Stubblefield, The Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens, and The University of Wisconsin 250-piece band (!).

The Blues is the center, yet Andy plays the harmonica with no genre limitation. His drive to push the envelope has led to many sessions in R&B, Jazz, and Country. He also makes sure to take time to share his love and appreciation for his craft, by playing for and teaching school kids, via "K-12 Blues in the Schools".

Listening to Andy's live and recorded work, you get a sense of the many harpists that have inspired him. Blend that with his own unique tone and style, and you know instantly who you're listening to. It's that "player's player", Westside Andy.      by Bob Harris

 

Friday July 7

Ohio's premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band

SWAMPS OF JERSEY

Swamps distinguishes itself from other Springsteen tribute bands by re-creating specific shows and albums. A special treat for Cleveland fans of a certain age is the Springsteen legendary show that took place at the Agora and was simulcast on WMMS FM/100.7 on Aug. 9, 1978. Micenmacher was not old enough to attend at the time.

"There's an aspect of performing in a tribute band, the level of showmanship and drama that comes from the audience's familiarity with the material, that you don't get in other bands" said Micenmacher. "I consider myself a superfan when it comes to Springsteen. But the music is as much the audience's as it is mine."

Mike Miller, owner of Wilbert's in Cleveland, has booked Swamps of Jersey a bunch of times. And he says he will again.

"I think this is true of all tribute bands as it is of Swamps. Their heart is really in it," said Miller. "They are as thrilled to perform the show as the audience is to hear them."

Saturday July 8

HappY HouR w/

CLE Singer, Songwriter

JEFF VARGA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday July 15

Happy Hour with

Sunset Harmony

Acoustic trio delighting you with 2 and 3 part harmonies to your most beloved tunes! Performing a wide range from the 1950's to todays hits!

Friday July 21

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

Mark Leach

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

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

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

 

Saturday July 22

Happy Hour with "orchestral folk" (violin, cello, bass guitar drums) out of Austin

AMERICAN DREAMER

American Dreamer plays original folk music with strings. It's a unique and lush sound we call 'orchestral folk.' American Dreamer is Sasha Klare-Ayvazian (vocals, guitar), Audrey Lee (violin), Courtney Castaneda (cello), Dana Wygmans (vocals, bass), and Rick Palese (drums).
While steeped in both folk and classical music, we strive to create a sound that is not precisely either in hopes of exploring the space in between. American Dreamer's music offers approachable songs with sophisticated, rich textures, and layered harmony.

AFTER THE FIREWORKS........

From Ohio Players to Liquid Soul to Lenny Kravitz

Chicago Soul Jazz Urban/R&B FUNK!

Ron Haynes(Grammy-nominated!)

Game Changers

 

GRAMMY-NOMINATED Trumpeter RON HAYNES BRINGS HIS GAME CHANGERS FROM CHICAGO TO WILBERT'S

July 22, 2017

To call Chicago a “diverse” city is a massive understatement. Our city is a proverbial melting pot of peoples and cultures, sights and sounds, food and drink, laughter and tears, with different influences brought in every day. Few bands exemplify this incredible level of diversity better than Ron Haynes' Game Changers, a cast of tremendous musicians anchored by Grammy-nominated, visionary trumpet player Ron Haynes and his longtime collaborator, trombonist Norman Palm. Effortlessly blending jazz, funk, rock, blues and R&B, the Game Changers evoke the soulful sounds of Memphis, New Orleans, New York, the deep south and both coasts while remaining fiercely and undeniably a product of Chicago.

“I wanted to incorporate various styles of music because throughout my career, I've had the opportunity and fortune of playing them and was influenced by them,” Haynes explains of the band's eclectic sound. “I had been worked with Norman Palm in various bands around town and asked him to assist me in getting the band going since we shared the same vision. I chose the name ‘Game Changers' because I wanted to focus on having musicians with a high skill level that would enable us to perform music that has elaborate arrangements that you can still groove to.”

The group formed in 2012, and the following year released Game On, an ebullient mix of covers and originals. Over the past three years, the band has appeared at House Of Blues, Reggie's, Underground Wonder Bar, Underground Lounge, the Throne Room, and various Chicago street festivals, and have been as far as Florida, headlining the Bear Creek Music Festival.

The current lineup consists of saxophonist Rajiv Halim, keyboardist Dave Holloway, drummer Vic Baker, percussionist Joe Rendon, guitarist Sam Hasting and bassist Ricky Showalter, each clearly a master of their craft, each believing in the vision of Haynes and Palm and contributing expertly to the experience. With tight rhythmic grooves, shouting horns, blazing solos and abrupt tonal shifts. Songs like “Afrodesia” are dizzyingly complex yet imminently danceable, while the laid-back swing of “Ol' School” is built around a horn-based funk groove, giving each member a chance to stretch out and show off impressive musical chops. The short-and-fast title track is equal parts rock, soul and sports team fight song, delivering a heady burst of adrenaline in under two minutes.

When they appear at WILBERT'S on July 22, 2017 Ron Haynes' Game Changers will make you dance, sweat, laugh, sing and groove until you can't think straight–when that kind of energy hits the stage, there's just no other option. Dress up nice, wear your best shoes and get ready for a night to remember

Wednesday July 26th

Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll Band from Bienne, Switzerland

The Wild Orchids

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 2017.

Saturday August 12

Chicago Rock'n Roll

Radiomen

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

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

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

 

Tuesday August 22

HIGH ENERGY ROCK N’ ROLL FROM NORTHERN ALBERTA CANADA

FKB

In the heart of the prairies of Northern Alberta Canada, amid the noise of farming and oilfield drilling, three young men came together with a dream. The dream was to launch a Rock n Roll revival that would flood the nation like a tidal wave, with a sound inspired by that of their musical heroes of the fifties and sixties, but set on overdrive. While other kids were studying, getting into trouble, or wasting time, Drew, Zach, and Derek were spending their nights locked in a remote garage learning their favorite songs from the Beatles, Beach Boys, and the Ramones.
After building the perfect repertoire they hit the road playing shows wherever anyone would hire them. It was at one of these shows where they caught the attention of Juno award winner Clayton Bellamy, also known as one-third of the Platinum selling group the Road Hammers. Without wasting any time, Clayton offered to produce them and within days they were writing and rehearsing. Producer/mentor Clayton brought in award-winning producer/mixer Scott Baggett (John Waite, Alison Krauss,The Road Hammers) to mix and engineer and the team's momentum grew as they went on to make their first record. Recorded in Edmonton at the Sound Extractor studio and mixed and mastered in Nashville at the Electric Sandbox 1-2-3-FKB is reminiscent of some of the greatest names in Rock n Roll. In a time when the loud and gyrating rhythms began to take the world by storm. Youth was what propelled the music then, and youth will propel the music once again, So holla with me!!! 1-2-3 FKB

Wednesday Rocktober 4

"Siberian Surf Rock"

More potent than a Molotov cocktail! from U.S.S.R. byway of Venice Beach!

Igor and

THE RED ELVISES


If Igor and Red Elvises aren't in the middle of a tour, they are getting ready for the next one - this traveling rokenrol party is constantly in motion and cons istently evolving. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is perpetually globetrotting and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining performers to bring into the fold.
Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed "Siberian Surf Rock". Since then the band has included musicians from all over the world including United States, Israel, Kazakhstan, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria - to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba, ukulele and more. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor's unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock'n'roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.
German born Igor Yuzov grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock'n'roll was illegal. A rebellious streak led him to seek out the forbidden records, which could be secretely traded in some places for those who knew where to look. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for America with his folk band Limpopo. The "Crazy Russian Folk'n'Roll" group were personally greeted by Ronald Reagan and proceeded to win Ed McMahon's Star Search.
Igor started Red Elvises in 1995, following a dream he had that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock'n'roll. Not one to say no to the King, Igor and his Russian friends started playing on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade. Their street musician days did not last long, however, as they drew such huge crowds that the City of Santa Monica brought them to court and ordered them off the streets. Since then Red Elvises have been constantly touring, with occasional breaks from the road to record an album or take part in film and television projects. This constant work for the last 15 years has led to them gaining a world-wide following, with successful tours all over North America, Europe and Russia (Red Elvises bootlegs have been found in Siberia).
Igor & Red Elvises have declined several major record deals, prefering to maintain independent status and produce all their own work. This includes 11 studio albums, one live album, a live concert DVD and a Greatest Hits compilation. Added to their long resume is work in film (Six String Samurai, Mail Order Bride, Armageddon, Skippy) and television (Melrose Place, Fastlane, Penn and Teller's Sin City Extravaganza, VH-1 Behind the Music, MTV). They can be found playing everything from large festivals to private parties, small venues to massive stages such as 2005's Live 8 Benefit Concert. Whatever the event and wherever Igor & Red Elvises go, they bring the party with them.

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

→and remember To be nice & Have A GOOD Time!←

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

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