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
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!
Wilbert's Food & Music
812 Huron Avenue E.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
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
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
is greatly appreciated. Hopefully we can hold another event there soon.
I will definitely keep in
touch with you
Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale Nitro
Our dry-hopped Pale Ale takes on a completely different attitude when infused with nitrogen. The medium body and malty sweetness remain strong, with an intensified creaminess that gives the citrus of the Cascade hops a smooth allure all its own.!
GREAT LAKES Rally Drum Red Ale
With a tip of the cap to Tribe superfan and bleacher seat percussionist John Adams, our Red Ale fields a double header of bitter hop and roasted malt flavors.
Citrusy and piney all-American hops wind up and deliver the pitch to cleanup hitter dry roasted malt
Bell's Oberon Ale
Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
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.
Epic Brewing Los Locos Mexican-Style Lager
Los Locos is a sessionable, refreshing lager with a hint of corn sweetness, a dash of sea salt and the perfect kick of natural lime juice. It not only pairs perfectly with spicy Mexican dishes but is a great accompaniment to all of your favorite summer activities
Great Lakes Hops Maddness
Formerly known as Quitness. Beware, drinker! Hop hysteria could happen to you! Especially after indulging in our dry-hopped Double IPA's shockingly intense tropical aromas and hair-raising bitterness.
Samuel Adams Cold Snap
Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way
Stella Artois Cidre
Crisp and refreshing belgian cider made with hand-picked apples
Victory Brewing Company DirtWolf
HOPS: Citra, Chinook, Mosaic, Simcoe
MALTS: Pilsner, Ligh Caramel Malt, Dextrose
Flavor: Citrus, pine, resin, tropical fruit, loaded hop nose from heavy Mosaic and Simcoe dry-hopping. Full bodied with hop bitterness and resinous hop flavor. Leaves a lasting impression. Citra: heavy citrus aroma, fruity flavor; Chinook: grapefruit, resinous pine; Simcoe: dry, piney; and Mosaic: earthy and mildly floral, with notes of sweet citrus and spice..
Lagunitas Aunt Sally Sour Ale
A Unique Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale. We soured the wort on the Hot Side with Lactobacillus for a few days and then brewed up this smooth and hoppy sour. It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what's the difference? It's sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes. For all the Aunt Sally's out there, You know who you are...
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.
Brew Kettle White Rajah IPA
A West Coast style IPA full of citrus-like and tropical fruit like hop flavor and aroma with an assertive yet smooth bitter finish....malt, take a back seat please
Odd Side Bean Flicker Blonde w/Coffee
Clean burnt gold with a large white foam head leaving fishnet lace all over.
Smell is a little metallic and vegetal--(what is it with light Odd Side ales and the cabbage patch? Seriously it almost smells like raw potato)--with coffee and vanilla.
Taste is coffee, vanilla, and shortcake with a tiny spritz of lemon and a hint of grassy or vegetal earthy bitterness.
Feel is full but light, frothy and semi-wet
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
grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla
A classic. Mainly
roasted malt, with a
touch of cream and
milk to it
The paradox of our
time in history is that
we have taller
buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways,but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less.
We buy more, but
We have bigger
houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less
less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more
medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much,
spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive
too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much,
and pray too seldom.
have multiplied our possessions, but
reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate
too often. We've
learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years
to life not life to years.
We've been all the
way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger
things, but not better things. We've cleaned
up the air, but polluted
the soul. We've conquered the atom,
but not our prejudice.
We write more, but
learn less. We plan
more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more
computers to hold
more information, to produce more copies
than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These
are the days of two incomes but more
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'.
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
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"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."
Jeff grew up in Ripley, WV where he was always surrounded by music. It started with his grandfather who was a gospel singer in the 1970s. He would hold Jeff on his lap while playing piano and singing. He would also play his guitar for him as well as spend hours just playing records and listening to different kinds of music.
At the age of 14, Jeff started playing guitar. He immediately sunk himself into learning to play and figuring out how to play different songs. This continued throughout his high school years. By the time Jeff graduated high school, he had already played dozens of shows. He spent the next several years playing with a number of bands throughout the eastern United States.
In January 1996, Jeff went to Los Angeles with his lifelong friend, Brian Nutter (now of the Keith Urban band). They wanted to form a band and get into the L.A. music scene. Unfortunately, they couldn't find the right people to play the music that they were writing. After a few months, they realized that in order to form the band they had in mind, they would have to return to West Virginia. So, in July of 1996, they returned to WV and formed the band Mo' Bigley with their old friends, Anders Bush, Terry McGee, and James Greathouse. Mo' Bigley was together for several years and played shows up and down the east coast. Jeff said, “Mo' Bigley is probably my favorite band I've ever played in. We had a magical chemistry and sense of brotherhood”, about his former band. Many of the songs Jeff still plays today were born during the Mo' Bigley days.
In the spring of 2011, Jeff got the call to play for Nashville recording artist Troy Olsen who had two country top 40 hits including “Summer Thing” and “Good Hands”. Troy also wrote Blake Shelton's number one hit, “I'll Just Hold On” and “Love Don't Let Me Down”, for the Country Strong movie soundtrack. After Troy's tour was over, Jeff returned to West Virginia until getting the call to play for the Locash Cowboys who co-wrote Keith Urban's “You Gonna Fly” and Tim McGraw's “Truck Yeah”. He toured with the Locash Cowboys playing shows all over the United States and parts of Europe. He eventually returned to West Virginia to start his own band and pursue his own career of singing, playing guitar, and songwriting. Having grown up being a fan of artists such as John Mellencamp and Tom Petty, Jeff's music has roots in American rock and roll as well as country music.
-Latest album, “Simmered & Stewed", debuted at # 1 on the Roots Music Report
Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru's songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. It's not for nothing that Cru has received wide praise for his songwriting. As Downbeat magazine notes, "His songs are blues poetry - crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!" Bruce Iglauer, founder and president of Alligator Records calls Cru “a rare, real writer.” Live, these songs are performed with power and passion as observed by Living Blues magazine, "The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!"
Cru's first foray into the blues came after leaving the US Navy when he was asked to join a band formed by a former shipmate named Delray Streeter, a bluesman of unlimited bravado and attitude but limited singing and harmonica skills. Streeter was raised in El Dorado, Arkansas and claimed a rich blues heritage from his upbringing. This partnership, though shot-lived, proved to be very influential as Streeter's repertoire tended toward the older and much rawer country blues. Cru's schooling in country blues later served him well and is infused into his original songs along with his Sun Records and rock-blues influences.
Tas Cru's discography includes seven albums of original songs:
• "Biscuit" (2006),
• "gravi-Tas "(2008),
• "Grizzle n' Bone" (2009),
• "Jus' Desserts" (2010),
• "Tired of Bluesmen Cryin" (2012)
• "You Keep the Money" (2015)
• "Simmered and Stewed" (2016)
His new album, “Simmered & Stewed", debuted at # 1 on the Roots Music Report and 8 of its 12 songs have been in the top 25. It also debuted on the prestigious Living Blues chart at #2.
In addition to these recordings is Cru's 2009 release, "Even Bugs Sing the Blues,' and 2016's "Doggone Blues", both albums of original blues music for kids. Cru donates copies to schools, community groups and blues societies to use for their fundraising efforts in hopes that it will help inspire a new generation of blues fans and musicians. Tas donated over $2,000.00 to the Blues Hall Of Fame Fund from sales this year.
Wednesday July 26th
→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!←
$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS
$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson
1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99
Live on Our Stage at 8:30
Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll Band from Bienne, Switzerland
The Wild Orchids are a Rockabilly/Rock'n'Roll Band from Bienne, Switzerland with it's roots from the Rockabilly Revival movement in Europe that took place in the 1970's and 1980's. Formed in 1989 after Didier Tarquini (Front man for the band) returned from service in the army. The original lineup for the Wild Orchids was Tony (electric Bass), Pat (drums) and Didier Tarquini (Guitar/vocal). The original trio added Didier's wife, Iris Tarquini a few months later on Rhythm guitar and vocals. In 1991, The Wild Orchids released an EP 45 in Europe. Coincidentally, that was the last year for mass production of vinyl recordings in Europe. They pressed only 1000 copies which makes them a collectors item today among Rockabilly Revival enthusiasts. Last performance for this lineup of the Wild Orchids was in 2000 at the 'Salle Royale' in Tavannes, Switzerland. In 2007, Maurine (Didier and Iris' oldest daughter), only 12 years old at the time, received an Electric Bass for her birthday. She learned how to play it quickly and asked her parents about putting the Wild Orchids' band back together. In 2008, Morgane, Maurine's young sister, asked for a drum set for Christmas. In 2009, The Wild Orchids began touring again with Didier on lead guitar/vocals, Iris on Rhythm guitar/vocals along with their daughters Maurine on bass and Morgane onDrums. 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.
Thursday July 27
DAY GAME - Open @ 9am
→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!←
$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS
$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson
1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99
Whipped Fluffy Eggs, Chorizo Sausage,Tater Tots, Fresh Jalapenos, Chopped Tomatoes, Scallions All Wrapped in a Flour Tortilla
Dani Records recording artist... Johnny Fay along with his band the Bel-Aires... are available for gigs in Northeast Ohio. Along with his originals that he wrote and recorded in the 1950's and early 1960's, we perform a number of covers by artists such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Elvis... just to mention a few. Johnny Fay has also toured Europe twice within the past 4 years. You can find many examples of his recent performances (within the past few years) and his early originals such as "Sweet Linda Brown", "Cindy", "True Love", and "Charlotte" on You tube.
David Loy started his musical career in 1981, doing guest vocals with legendary Cleveland band, The Generators (inspiration for the Joan Jett/Michael J. Fox movie “Light of Day”). David's first band, The Tomcats (1982), was primarily a rockabilly band performing both originals and covers. When the band's guitarist left The Tomcats to pursue other opportunities, David took over at guitar and vocals, and the band's name was changed to David Loy and The Ramrods. By the end of the ‘80's, David's song writing began to borrow from influences outside of rockabilly, including ‘60's soul, R&B, and pop. To reflect these changes, the band's name was changed to The David Loy Band in the early ‘90's. During his career, David has toured regionally, as well as nationally, and opened for The Romantics, Joe “King” Carrasco, Blackfoot, Maggie's Dream, Jason and the Scorchers, and Bill Kirchen. He has performed on local radio and television, and MTV's “Amuck in America”. In addition to his own projects, David has played guitar on many of Alan Leatherwood's recordings (Ohio Moon Records).
Getting back to his rockabilly and Americana roots, David brought back The Ramrods with his longtime bass player, Steve Bennett, and veteran Cleveland drummer JD Hades. David Loy and The Ramrods recently opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Wanda Jackson.
David Loy and The Ramrods can also be seen backing folk/rockabilly legend, Alan Leatherwood in his live performances. When not playing with The Ramrods, David can be seen backing Cleveland's own Johnny Fay. David is currently in the studio, working on an album of new rockabilly material with the Ramrods, with an album of ‘60s inspired originals to follow. Regardless of the genre, David has received RAVING reviews throughout his care
“Raucous numbers like 'Fade Away,' with its boiling drumbeats and catchy guitar riffs fueled by Loy's powerful vocals, made the short set seem even shorter” Scene Magazine
“A must to see Loy live” Spot Magazine
“... the energy and angst of Faith No More; his Ramrods are a tight rock outfit” Free Times
“Loy's blues-based rock ‘n' roll cuts through the metal-cluttered, techno-drenched local music scene like a red-hot saber through melting butter.” Scene Magazine
Saturday July 29
CLE Country Bar Crawl
opening at noon
The nation's largest Country Bar Crawl comes to CLE
→With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!←
$2 = 16oz Labatts,Labatt Light andPBR ~ $2
$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS
$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson
1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99
Classic Rock from LA
Meet Rio Bravo. If our name isn't an immediate indication of our love for the classics, then our music definitely is. We are a classic rock band with a twist. Although based in Burbank, California - Rio Bravo has grown a fan base on the west coast and east coast with a song list of not only the popular hits from the 60's and 70's, but also the surprising hits. A band of six extremely skilled musicians and vocalists, we pride ourselves in playing the songs that other bands wouldn't dare attempt. From the Beatles to Zeppelin, we have an immense and eclectic list of songs, which we continue to populate weekly. It is our goal to stay fresh and exciting whether you are seeing us for the first time or the 100th time. There is always something new.
The Skyla Burrell Band is a full time, hardworking traveling blues band. With co-founder Mark Tomlinson on lead guitar and Skyla Burrell on vocals/lead guitar, the band's live show consists of all original high energy elec-tric blues. Called “one of the most smokin' blues bands in the US”, the band's ten year history bears out in its fiery, vibrant live performances. Skyla Burrell's voice not only shines, but her guitar work also cuts through. Music Monthly magazine said "Many women in the blues have great voices and have made their careers singing the blues, but not too many can double it up, slice it, dice it and sacrifice it on the best Fender has to offer like Skyla can." Supporting their acclaimed debut release on Vizztone Records, “Blues Scars”, Skyla and company deliver unpretentious, self described "hard drivin' blues" in which strength and understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock.
Friday August 4
Live on Our Stage
After the Game ~ funk, rock, jazz and soul progressive blues from CLE
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.
Sinatra CLE is a jazz quartet that performs the music of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Michael Buble, and many others. Patrick (vocals) is supported by Randy on piano, Shawn on bass, and Scott on drums to bring you the best that Cleveland has to offer!
Remember ~ Wilberts ~ Fireworks
"Primitive Rock & Roll"
Clayton Brothers Band
Take the list of Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. That's a good place to start.
Some tell that we're brothers of our dad's five wives. Some say "we are all brothers under the sun". This much is true. The Clayton Brothers are Marc on vocals and lead guitar, Rob on vocals, harp and bass, Terry on vocals and rhythm guitar, Bill on drums & Jon on 2nd rhythm guitar, vocals and sometimes bass.
The Brothers have been rockin' all their lives but decided to form the band ten years ago. Playing roots rock and British Invasion, our goal is to perform out at least once a month, and bring the fun out in each and every one of our shows. This is not an Oldie show! We play what we've named "Primitive Rock & Roll". We play it for the Now Generation. Are you part of the Now Generation? We'll be lookin' for ya. ( No we don't wear goofy native grass outfits.)
It's all about having fun!
Sunday August 6
Opening at 9:30AM
Start Your Game Day With
Whipped Fluffy Eggs, Chorizo Sausage,Tater Tots, Fresh Jalapenos, Chopped Tomatoes, Scallions All Wrapped in a Flour Tortilla
Jess and George met at party in 2009, with their spontaneous duet of the Prince song, "Pussy Control". Soon after that they formed a band around a principle of originality and ruthless editing of their work. The name of the band draws inspiration from southern author William Faulkner who would tell his writing students that 'sometimes in writing you must strangle your darlings'.
Jess is a trained classical violinist but picked up cello and discovered that she was actually a bass player. George found his degree in English Lit pays better as an indie musician and so learned the mandolin. They have written and toured as a full band but once they decided to tour the US full time and in a 20 foot RV, there was only enough extra room for the little dog.
The music is built on deep sense of rhythm and groove, carried by George on mandolin and Jess on custom tenor bass & foot drums. His mandolin bursts out in a slalom of notes and snare drum rhythms. Her solid body custom tenor bass weaves an intricate counter melody and her feet pound a percussive groove. The voices and the lyrics are the hidden third member of the band and the story behind the music. The songs work with nontraditional subjects for inspiration. Some song subjects include: the works of great authors (Faulkner, William Blake, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Donald Bartheleme, Anna Ahkmatova) as well as witchcraft in the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy and the media impact of Neil Armstrong.
Strangled Darlings have released 3 full length albums and one EP, receiving critical praise from local and national press alike . In between touring, they live in South Londonderry, Vermont.
"Strangled Darlings have created a brand of swampy, darkly grooving, foot stomping music." Anchorage Press
"The Truehearts' rich harmony blend and honest song-craft evokes the heart and soul of another Nashville duo, Wild Ponies. Purgatory Emporium is filled with people who are finding trouble and strife while imagining a finer place. "The story's never right or never wrong, it's just who sings the song," Debra and Steve sing at album's end. These stories found the right singers." PETER COOPER ? (Grammy nominated Singer-Songwriter, Music Journalist, Author)
The Truehearts are a Nashville based Americana duo comprised of singer/songwriters Debra Buonaccorsi & Steve McWilliams. Their music is characterized by close h armonies and close ties to the roots of American country and folk music; rich with the sound of wood and steel and stories of the everyman. Their songs are melodic, expressive and muscular, ranging from melancholic ballads to boot-stomping rockabilly.
“The music feels good, with guitars that jangle and shimmer, vocals and harmonies that recall Emmylou, Kelly Willis and Tom Petty, Steve Earle and even The Whites, The Jayhawks and Mary Chapin Carpenter, with an occasional sidelong glance at The Beatles”
Tommy Womack (Singer-Songwriter, East Nashvillian Magazine)
"I've known Steve McWilliams for more years than I care to count. His music has always led from the heart, full of melody and an open spirit. With Debra, he has found a perfect partner, in voice and song and music. The Truehearts make you think and make you happy. What more could you ask for?"
Eric Brace (Red Beet Records, Last Train Home)
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.
Mitch Woods is easily one of the finest boogie pianists on the planet, and I would argue that he also
incorporates wing-dinging swing, jumping blues, and gut-rocking rhythm & blues fury at its best. So we in New Orleans are especially proud that he has chosen to devote so much of his mega talents in honoring the great music and musicians of our city. He and the crack local musicians make that music sizzle like greasy onions, bell peppers, and shrimp for an especially tasty po-boy.
From the first notes of GUMBO BLUES,those who ever heard old-time New Orleans blues and r&b know they are in the EZ Chair of funky good times...and that's not to say La-Z-Boy! In New Orleans we take our fun seriously! It takes years of hard work to perfect a perfect cradle of butt-bumping, beer-sloshing celebrating, and for non-natives capturing that magic is even harder. But Mitch Woods has pitched hip-switching around the globe many times. And one of his favorite stops is the Big Easy, where he visits often and is an adopted favorite son.
On GUMBO BLUES Mitch devotes the entire CD to New Orleans undeservedly forgotten master of
shouting jump blues, Smiley Lewis, who is best known for having recorded the original versions of other peoples hits "namely Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knocking, Elvis Presley's One Night, and Fats Domino's Blue Monday. As the author of the (box set) biography on Smiley Lewis, I can attest to Mitch's remarkably authentic revival of his music, with all of super tight musicianship and manic explosive intensity that marked Dave Bartholomew's finest sessions. No one could ever duplicate
Smiley's weird foghorn voice, but Mitch's muscular vocal cords make the songs very much his own.
Fats Domino's right-hand tenor man for over 60 years, Herbert Hardesty appears here, along with two young stallion saxophone standbys of Allen Toussaint's band (who also appeared on his tour with Elvis Costello), Amadee Castenell and Brian Breeze Cayolle; they split the solos between them. Other New Orleans men here include Dr. John's guitarist John Fohl, Jon Cleary's bassist Cornell Williams and Bonerama (brass-hop anyone?) drummer Eric Bolivar.
In short, if this music doesn't move you Jack, you dead
Sometimes you need a friend to laugh with and sometimes you need a friend to cry with. The two-man band Sinners & Saints from Charlotte, North Carolina, fits the bill for both. Whether they're crooning about heartbreak or tearing it up with joyful abandon, you'll feel happier for having listened. Perry Fowler and Mark Baran infuse their acoustic, country-tinged tunes with compelling harmonies and foot-powered percussion on repurposed drums from an abandoned kit.
Since the band's formation in 2011, Sinners & Saints has been gathering a following of fans who turn to their whiskey drinking, shit kickin', sweet loving music for a good time but find something more – an irrepressible optimism even in dark times. We're all sinners and we're all saints, and we're all in it together.
The band has shared the stage up and down the east coast with the likes of Flogging Molly, Shovels and Rope, Robert Earl Keen, Daniel Romano, St Paul & the Broken Bones, SUSTO, Sun Kil Moon, Bombadil, and many others.
Sinners & Saints is currently touring behind their second full-length album, On The Other Side , which was released in March of 2017 in partnership with Silent Uproar Records.
“The beloved Charlotte roots duo celebrates the release of its album On the Other Side , which wears its Southern country roots on its sleeve (so to speak). The album illustrates the group's versatility, from foot-tapping bluegrass to tearful honky-tonk to harmony-centered folk. With its feet firmly planted in tradition, it should be as big a hit with the MerleFest crowd as it is with local hipsters.” Charlotte Observer“ Sinners and Saints' debut album Love and Misery is a little slice of Americana heaven. Sounding like the Avett Brothers in their heyday, Sinners and Saints embody what the genre should be. The album is a perfect blend of acoustic guitar, minimalistic percussion, upright bass, great harmonies, and lots and lots of banjo.” WLUR 91.5 FM
“The duo is led by singer-songwriter Perry Fowler, whose vocals have just the faintest hint of a more controlled, bluegrass-tinged Daniel Johnston.” Free Times
Friday August 18
It's a Musical Showcase!
Lost In Visions Entertainment, Eric Wilson, KG, Eclectik life style, PoOh Breezy, TAY$TYLEZ, GuddaGlo & UNO ZAE, R'Guele' De'Marius, Bagz Bogotti, LoyalTe, Vforvonte, Jai, M.O.D., Keystone Bravo, Shawn Cartel & Sceyentifik, WerkshopOTF, The Don Robinson, DreGang9900, GEE
“Emily Davis is a nut. She’s more of an acorn. She falls from a tree sporadically. She’ll either be harvested by a squirrel or spend time on the surface of the ground before growing into a tree of her own. Either way Davis, the acorn, has always found a way to reach an audience so entranced by her art that they often become faithful, and loyal fans as well as deeply connected friends.— Javier Caballero, The City Magazine
“Musically, ("The Worst Kind of Curse") is acoustically driven, full of rhythm and catchy hooks, all tied together with a punk-rock delivery by the singer's strong vocals. The context of her record appears to be a eulogy to death “It’s that one mystery that you never even really get to know or experience because we’re dead," Davis said. "It’s so influential, you see how it influences world views, religion, different ways of perceiving each other and life.””
— Kristopher Rivera, El Paso Times
“Emily Davis is frickin’ good. Just her and a guitar and the occasional back-up musician, the local singer-songwriter slowly has been building a name for herself at gigs in town. She has a steady strum, a voice that can cut through any fog, a commanding stage presence and a gaggle of songs worth singing.”— Ryan B. Martinez, What's Up
Sounds Like: The harmony-heavy, guitar-fueled house band at a Big Pink keg party in 1968
For Fans of: Grateful Dead's American Beauty , Little Feat's Dixie Chicken , Dawes' North Hills
Why You Should Pay Attention: Already cult favorites in Nashville, Cordovas have built honorary home bases across the globe, thanks to recurring shows in Todos Santos, Mexico – where ringleader Joe Firstman runs the yearly Tropic of Cancer Concert Series – and a touring schedule that recently including headlining gigs in Sweden and a stateside run alongside the Turnpike Troubadours. The band's sound, though, is decidedly American. Caught halfway between Duane Allman's Telecaster twang, the Dead's hazy harmonies and the stoned swoon of California's folk-rock heyday, Cordovas wring new life from older influences, hoisting their freak flag high on their upcoming album, That Santa Fe Channel .
They Say: "We did everything live," Firstman says of That Santa Fe Channel , which was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale. "Even the harmonies were recorded together, with all three of us singing. We probably did 15 takes of the first song, 'This Town's a Drag.' Kenneth wanted it to sound as real and authentic as possible, and when I listen back, it gets better and better every time."
Hear for Yourself: "I'm the One Who Needs You Tonight" is rich with harmonies and Grateful Dead inspiration. R.C.
HIGH ENERGY ROCK N’ ROLL FROM NORTHERN ALBERTA CANADA
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 September 6
…This is rock ‘n’ roll, or Americana, or whatever you want to call it, that’s AS PURE AND HONEST AS IT GETS.”
It’s true, every picture does tell a story. But the photo gracing the cover of Tommy Womack’s new album, Namaste, releasing June 24, 2016, silently hints at a lifetime of stories. Stories Womack is glad he’s still here to tell.
The black-and-white image, by Anthony Scarlati, depicts Womack in profile, head bowed toward pressed-together palms. He is, unquestionably, giving thanks. Thanks to those who showed up to support him that particular night, a fundraiser to help him through recovery from a devastating 2015 car accident. Thanks to whatever powers kept him alive long enough to get clean in 2012 after years of addiction. And thanks for life itself — which he no longer takes for granted, not even for a minute.
But there’s something else the photo conveys, too, in the suggestion of a smile and the crinkled crows’ feet almost hidden behind the frames of his glasses. As only the best singer-songwriters can, Womack has always managed to navigate us through his world with a deft balance of humor and pathos, snarky cynicism and occasionally, sweet, unabashed optimism. Like John Prine and Womack’s pal Todd Snider, he’s the rare artist who can regale us with songs such as Namaste’s “Comb-over Blues,” “Hot Flash Woman” and “When Country Singers Were Ugly” (not to mention such semi-classics as “Play That Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick Play” and the existential rant “Alpha Male & the Canine Mystery Blood”), then hit us with the anvil of “I Almost Died,” a harrowing recounting of the time in 2007 when he woke up in an ambulance after his meth- and coke-stressed heart apparently stopped.
Womack had just released his fourth solo album, There, I Said It!, which was supposed to be his music-career swan song after years of frustration, but instead elevated his profile higher. Two weeks after his collapse, he recalls, “I was on the cover of the Nashville Scene and I was the toast of the town. And nobody knew.”
It would take another five years before he felt ready to tackle his addictions, through rehab, AA and the higher power he addresses via a “fuzzy Buddhist Methodist” belief system formed from the vestiges of his preacher’s-kid upbringing in Kentucky.
In fact, death and religion would seem to be two of Namaste’s recurring themes — except that Womack, who’s fascinated by the topic of Jesus the historical figure, not the biblical one, doesn’t exactly embrace the Christian notion of worship. In “God Part III,” he sings, “He’s Jesus with a J now, Lord, Christ The King/A best selling author with advice on everything. He never wrote a word, never started no religion/Maybe never dreamed he’d ever be in this position. My Daddy was a preacher and so am I/I believe in God but now and then I wonder why/I choose to picture Jesus in the clouds up above/I believe in Beatles. I believe in love.”
Oh yeah, Womack makes more worshipful references to the members of that band and other musical touchstones than he does traditional saviors — whether in that song’s outright declaration (and its title, which harks back to the original John Lennon tune and infamous lyric, and U2’s one-upped take), or in slyer twists of lyrical phrase such as “Plasticine porters with looking glass bolo ties” (from the Beat-poetry-styled “Nashville,” his love-hate letter to Music City). In “Darling Let Your Free Bird Fly,” he name-checks assorted icons, including Sting, Geraldo and Chevy Chase, who “were all considered cool at one time.”
Womack himself has always been considered cool, from his days in Bowling Green, Ky.’s next-generation punk-rock band Government Cheese to the Bis-Quits, his first Nashville outing with musical brother and Daddy co-founder Will Kimbrough, who plays guitar on Namaste. Womack built further cool cred with his book, The Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock ’n’ Roll Band You’ve Never Heard Of.
Along the way, he honed his folky twang and Replacements-influenced rock edge into a sound that’s all Americana, filling seven solo albums and writing songs recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Jason Ringenberg and others, including sometime co-writer Snider. He’s also earned two “Best Song” awards in theNashville Scene critics’ poll, and entertained the community with his Clash cover band, Tommy Gun, and an occasional event he and co-conspirator Bill Lloyd called the Alphabetical Kinks.
If the tables were ever turned and Ray Davies did a Womack tribute, he’d likely get a particular kick out of ”End of the Line.” Co-written with Rich McCulley — and technically, by album producer Brad Jones, who didn’t want a credit — Womack says, “That song is about pursuit of your dream, and I’ve been pursuing mine for 31 years. It’s been like Ahab chasin’ the whale ever since — and knowing that the end of the line is comin’; I’m on the back nine, as a golfer would say.”
Yes, he looks at life differently now that he knows how quickly it could end. And that it’s going to someday, even if he manages to continue avoiding a hastened demise. That’s why the album’s benediction, “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” co-written with John Hadley, sounds so much sweeter. In it, he sings, “I once had the devil hold on to me so/I asked him to free me. He wouldn’t let go/But miracles happen, is all I can say/It’s a beautiful morning. It’s a beautiful day.”
“It’s a song of gratitude,” Womack explains. “God likes prayers that are basically like a thank-you note, being grateful for what you’ve got. A lot of prayers I’ve offered in my years were more like obscene phone calls or ransom notes.”
As Allmusic.com’s Mark Deming once noted, “Womack writes rock ’n’ roll songs about everyday stuff — falling in love, trying to stay in love, life’s ups and downs of all shapes and sizes — with good humor, a strong dose of common sense, and the smarts to understand when this stuff is funny and when it isn't.”
That’s why his friends turned out that night at Music City Roots in Franklin, Tenn. That’s why his head is bowed in a prayerful pose of thanks. And that’s why he titled the album — completed in six days, coincidentally — with that spiritual Sanskrit greeting.
As he sings in the closing tune, “I don’t know what’s coming this afternoon/If I think about it, it’ll get here too soon/Why worry what’s coming, it’ll come any way/It’s a beautiful morning. It’s a beautiful day.”
Life is the influence. After 45 years of playing, no one can quite put their finger on it. Michael will let us know when he figures it out.
“Michael McDonald’s innate good spirit streams through his rich voice and lush guitar strokes. His lyrics put me in the mood of shared stories and dusty roads traveled in the company of good friends.”
- Susan Weber, award-winning songwriter and poet-rocker.
“Michael’s songs on the human condition are on an elevated, poetic level—delivered in a voice that is reminiscent of Tom Rush...This is music that deserves to be heard.”
- Fred Dolan, host of “Visiting The Folks” on WJCU-FM
Wednesday Rocktober 4
"Siberian Surf Rock"
More potent than a Molotov cocktail! from U.S.S.R. byway of Venice Beach!
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.
Wednesday November 1
Vaughan / Hendrix-inspired blues-rock
Native American Music Award for "Blues Album of the Year" "Group of the Year"
Born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Indigenous front man Mato Nanji (Ma-TOE NON-gee) dedicates his latest release Time Is Coming (on Blues Bureau International) to the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations.
Mato Nanji's father, the late Greg Zephier, Sr., was a well-known and highly respected spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council. In addition to this leadership role, he was an accomplished musician and a member of the musical group, The Vanishing Americans. Formed by Greg and his brothers in the ‘60's, The Vanishing Americans toured nationally and shared bills with such legends as Bonnie Raitt. Besides being heavily influenced by the music his father and uncles were making, Mato was exposed to Greg's vast collection of blues records by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King. Consequently, Mato embraced and began utilizing his own musical talent at a young age. With the experience, love and wisdom of their father to guide them, Mato, his brother, sister and cousin formed the band Indigenous while in their late teens.After much time invested in practicing and building a following, they began touring extensively across the country. In 1998, they released their award winning debut album Things We Do . The title track's video, directed by Chris Eyre ( Smoke Signals ), won the American Indian Film Festival Award and was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Indigenous' music caught the attention of blues icon B.B. King and the young band was invited to play on his annual B.B. King's Blues Tour in 1999. Sadly, Mr. Zephier would pass away before seeing his children receive this great honor.
With momentum gaining, Indigenous' 2000 sophomore release, Circle, was produced and arranged by Stevie Ray Vaughan's longtime friend and collaborator, the late Doyle Bramhall, Sr. Three more cds; Fistful of Dirt (2002), Indigenous (2003) and Long Way Home ( 2005) would follow before the 2006 decision by the siblings to ‘disband' and pursue their own musical paths but Mato carried on with the Indigenous band name. “Playing with my family for 10 years was a lot of fun, but it was time to grow and keep moving forward.” Mato continued touring and in 2006 released Chasing The Sun . Two of the cd's songs, “Come On Home” and “Leaving”, were featured on the hit Discovery Channel show The Deadliest Catch. “Come on Home” was also featured on FX's Sons of Anarchy .
On 2008's Broken Land s, an intensely personal record, Mato and Leah, his lyricist and wife, pay tribute to his Native heritage. The album decries the poverty, isolation and reality of life on the reservation with “Place I Know . ” The album gains its title from the line , “all is lost in these broken lands.” Of The Acoustic Sessions (released in 2010), Mato commented, “It's a collection of some of my favorite songs that celebrate 10 years of releasing albums. Every song that I have ever written began with the acoustic guitar, so it only felt natural to create an acoustic album.” Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji (2012) would mark Nanji's debut on the Blues Bureau International label and the beginning of his collaboration with noted producer, Mike Varney. Joining Mato on the disc's opening track “Free Yourself, Free Your Mind” is the soulful Jonny Lang. On it, the two guitar-masters trade vocals and guitar solos. It's truly a blues lover's ‘match made in heaven'.In addition to his Indigenous ‘day job', Mato Nanji has been a member of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002. Playing alongside original Jimi Hendrix band members Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell, the tour roster includes some of today's blues greats including Buddy Guy, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble), Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, and Robert Randolph. Once the 2012 Experience Hendrix Tour concluded, Mato and fellow EHT tour mates David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) would collaborate and release the hard-driving, psychedelic blues-infused 3 Skulls and the Truth (Blues Bureau International) disc . The album's no-holds barred setting is the ideal foundation for the three veteran axemen to simply ‘let it fly'. February 2013 would bring the Mato Nanji-inspired release from trance-blues artist Otis Taylor, My World Is Gone ( Telarc ). Mato and Otis explore the plight of the American Indian people in a lightning bolt of musical creativity and social commentary. "Mato inspired the entire direction of this album," says Taylor. "We were talking about history backstage at a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert he had just played, and, in reference to his people, the Native American Nakota Nation, he said 'My world is gone.' The simplicity and honesty of those four words was so heavy, I know what I had to write about." "My dad was my favorite musician so he really influenced me a lot with everything. I just felt it was time to pay tribute to him and his band," says Nanji. That tribute, Vanishing Americans , was released on May 21, 2013 and promptly found its place on iTunes Top 10 Blues Chart. Blues Rock Review (6/5/13) said: “each song is brought together with heavy and powerful guitar riffs akin to those of Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix, while bellowing, raspy vocals turn a talented guitarist's vision into a relatable song for many, just as any praiseworthy blues album should.” “Mato continues to refine his guitar and vocal vocabularies with each new release and is also expanding his songwriting skills with his wife Leah,” said producer Mike Varney of Time Is Coming (May 2014). From the infectious opening track of “Grey Skies”; the Soundgarden/Rage Against the Machine influenced “Won't Be Around No More”; and the gut-wrenching blues of “Don't Know What To Do”, and at all points in between, Mato Nanji “tears at his guitar strings, bending and shaking them to within an inch of their life, it is clear that he is no mere copyist. He is a genuine virtuoso…” (Rhys Williams, bluesblastmagazine.com 5/14). Ultimately, Mato dedicates Time Is Coming, to the Indigenous youth and all young people on the Indigenous reservations. Of the song says Nanji; “still to this day, the struggle continues to just live in peace. Growing up here on the reservation I've seen a lot of broken families…broken homes. I feel our families' “Tiospaye” are the core of what makes us who we are. Now family and its meaning is not as strong as it used to be for our people…almost non-existent. So I send my heart and soul out to the indigenous children having a tough time in their lives and in their homes. This record is inspired by them and made in their honor. I hope for the best for all. Tomorrow is another day.”
The Plateros, a three piece award winning family band from the Navajo Nation in Tohajiilee, New Mexico consider Mato Nanji and Indigenous one of their greatest musical influences. Levi and The Plateros played their first show, a festival in Bird Springs, AZ in December 2004, and by April 2005, they would find themselves onstage performing at the largest PowWow in the world, The Gathering of Nations. Lead guitarist Levi, with his natural born talent, slid across the stage with power chords and screaming blues that amazed the packed crowd. He was just 13 years old.
In the years to follow, Levi, along with his cousins Douglas Platero on drums and Bronson Begay on bass would receive numerous nominations for native music and video awards, and their cd Hang On would take home a win for Best Blues Album at the 2009 New Mexico Music Awards.
In 2012, they joined Indigenous for The Kinship Tour, with The Plateros opening the double bill. They would join Mato for blistering encores that would bring the proverbial house down. Touring in support of Time Is Coming in the summer of 2014, Mato Nanji would once again call on Levi, Douglas and Bronson to hit the road with him. This time, though, would be different. They would be onstage as Indigenous' rhythm section; Mato and Levi trading leads and solos while Bronson and Douglas provided the strong, stable rhythmic foundation that allowed the two guitarists to 'tear it up'. As the band made its way across the east coast, the after show buzz was audible. The incendiary chemistry of Mato Nanji, Levi Platero, Bronson Begay and Douglas Platero innate.
They are Indigenous.
FYI-All shows are all ages and the kitchen is open until I go home!
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