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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
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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 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.

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GREAT LAKES Rally Drum Red Ale

With a tip of the cap to Tribe superfan and bleacher seat percussionist John Adams, our Red Ale fields a double header of bitter hop and roasted malt flavors.
FLAVOR
Citrusy and piney all-American hops wind up and deliver the pitch to cleanup hitter dry roasted malt

 

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.

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.

 

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.

GO CAV'S

 

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

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

 

Monday June 26

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

HappyHour w/

Americana / Blues / Folk Chicago, IL

JUSTIN HOWL

Born and raised in southern Mississippi, but based out of the South Side of Chicago, Justin Howl is a true throwback performer. Despite his home base in the belly of modern blues, he delivers an all-original set that ranges from acoustic to electric while capturing a feel that existed in music 70 or years ago.
Howl migrated to the Windy City in the mid-2000s to attend graduate school at the prestigious University Of Chicago. Although he’s recently been touring the U.S. as a soloist, he and the Salty Dogs have appeared regularly in greater Chicagoland since forming in 2011, performing tunes that are rooted firmly in the pre-War sound even though the songs were penned four or five generations after its heyday.The lineup ranges from a four-piece band with Justin on vocals, guitar and harmonica, backed by a second guitarist and rhythm section to an acoustic guitar/harmonica duo. Regretfully, information regarding the other musicians is lacking. They’re only listed by their first names in the literature: Martin on drums, Matthijs on bass and Tim on second guitar with guest appearances by Lynn on violin and Bennie on six-string for one cut each.
Howl’s material deals far more with the land of his upbringing than it does with the bright lights and big city. Despite its title, “Streetwise” kicks off with a dog howl and gong. It’s a country-flavored number played on six-string banjo that describes freezing to the bone and sitting at the side of the road beside everything the singer owns wrapped in a burlap sack. A strong singer, Justin’s voice still possesses a slight hint of the bayou. The only things he requests are that you don’t stand in his sun and that you sit down beside him so he can give you a piece of his mind.A harp intro kicks off the two-man acoustic “My Voodoo Lady,” a bright tribute to a woman “who’s specially made for me/She ain’t no hand-me-down,” before the medium-fast “Dear Daisy,” a musical letter, serves as an apology for non-appearance because the writer’s currently serving time behind prison walls. “The judge took 15 seconds,” he says, “to give me 15 years.”Next up, “Shara Mae” gets the full electric band treatment as it asks a woman why she has her red dress on before things calm down again for the acoustic blues, “God-Forsaken Road.” A sprightly harp line accompanied by finger snapping kicks off “Going Somewhere,” an announcement that the singer is leaving his cheating woman behind, but quickly evolves with an electric, full-band arrangement. It’s acoustic banjo and Jew’s harp for “Jesus Was A Hobo Man,” which is delivered somewhat like Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” before Howl shows off his yodeling skills on “Boxcar Waltz.” A tune that could have been written in the ’30s, it’s a ballad of loneliness while riding the rails. The set concludes with “Poor Farmer,” a country blues, and “Wino’s Plea,” which comes across with the feel of an old-time Scottish/English reel.
Available through CDBaby or directly from the artist’s website (address above), this album will strike a chord with you if your tastes run to old-timey blues. Although there’s some inconsistency in the presentation as the ensemble switches from one format to another, Justin’s tunes are worth a listen and are intelligent throughout

 

Tuesday June 27

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 June 28

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

@ 9pm 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.

 

Thursday June 29

DAY GAME!

opening at 9AM

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

 

Friday June 30

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Happy Hour!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

+

AFTON

musical showcase Folk Rock to Hip Hop. 7pm

 

Saturday July 1

The Best U2

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

@7pm

AFTON

musical showcase Folk Rock to Hip Hop. 7pm

 

Tuesday July 4th

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

Blues Happy Hour w/

NICK SCHNEBELEN

Blues Music Awards

"Band of the Year"

"Album of the Year"

The Albert King Award for "Best Guitarist" at IBC.
Best Band Winner- International Blues Competition

Nick Schnebelen has quickly built a reputation as killer lead guitar player and impassioned vocalist.
As founding member of the award winning popular family band Trampled Under Foot ( TUF), Nick
has traveled the world playing festivals such as Notodden, Montreal, and as fan favorites on the
annual Legendary Blues Cruise. Today Nick performs with his own band, as does his sister Daniele,
and brother Chris. The siblings still perform a few re-union shows as Trampled Under Foot. Now,
Nick Schnebelen continues to tour world-wide, bringing his raw blues energy guitar and vocals,
backed by a hot rock n blues band.

Music Industry agrees: In 2008 Trampled Under Foot (TUF) won the International Blues Competition
and Nick won The Albert King Award for "Best Guitarist". Shortly thereafter Nick and his family band
TUF recorded two great blues releases with Tony Braunagel producing ( Taj Mahal, Robert Cray):
"Wrong side of Blues" and "Badlands" and the latter debuted #1 on Billboard and won "Best
Contemporary Blues Album at the Blues Music Awards in 2014. Today, Nick is again working with
Tony Braunagel for Nick's next album to be released in 2017. "It's great to be working with Tony
again. I am currently writing new songs for this release. It's going to be a blast recording in LA".

Nick Schnebelen has blues in his blood. Nick and siblings grew up with their parents who played
music full time in the Kansas City blues scene. Their house often became a jam space for their
parents Lisa Swedlund and Robert Schnebelen's popular blues band, Little Eva & The Works. Today
Nick continues that tradition with the blues as he travels world-wide with his own band. Look for even
greater success for Nick in the coming months

At 9pm

Rock'n electric blues from Gainesville FLA

BRIDGET KELLY BAND

“With a superb guitarist and a rhythm section that is second to none, that leaves Bridget Kelly on vocals. This woman has a set of pipes that just won't quit. Her vocal range runs from fierce as a mama lion to sultry and passionate as a schoolgirl who has found her first love. The band overall has a deep love for the blues that is evident in every note they play. Add to that the fact that they play what they know and you have a winning combination. Then you have Bridget's striking beauty, which, theoretically should not be an issue but we all know better. After all is said and done, the Bridget Kelly band has everything a person might look for in a band. They have a timeless quality, sounding like something we grew up listening to our entire lives. 2014's Forever In Blues is a winner, hands down. –Bill Wilson”

Wednesday July 5th

With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

Happy Hour with

Americana, Rock, Blues from L.A.

DELTAZ

The Deltaz have worked over a decade to master a wide spectrum of sounds, from heavy blues and psychedelic rock to classic country and folk. Brothers John Sieg el and Ted Siegel spend many of their days perfecting new records at a handmade studio adjacent to residence in the hills of Mulholland Highway that overlook Los Angeles. They have become mainstays at a nearby Southern Californian institution, The Old Place, regularly performing for patrons at the ever-packed restaurant in the mountains. There, they caught the ear of the late bassist Rick Rosas (Neil Young, Joe Walsh), who became a mentor to the group. They spend their remaining hours rigorously touring, headlining shows across the country while attracting the attention of sonic peers such as alt-country act The White Buffalo and Mississippi Blues legend Watermelon Slim, playing with both on several occasions. The Deltaz have had their music placed on CMT and MTV television shows such as Jersey Shore and Party Down South.
The Deltaz were formed while the brothers were still in high school. The boys had already immersed themselves in the last century of popular music by that point, and this passion led them both to quickly pick up their respective instruments of choice. Ted has grown into one of the sharpest guitarists among the independent scene in Los Angeles today, while commanding drummer John has expanded his role in the group over the years to include impressive harmonica work and vocal harmonies that leave audiences overwhelmed at his coordination. The two have clearly learned to work with each other, feeding off of each other's talents to bring ever-climactic performances to energized and extremely diverse audiences.

At 9

Jaw dropping Blues & Soul from Boston

GRACIE CURRAN

&

THE HIGH FALUTIN' BAND

Born and raised in a small town on the edge of Boston, MA, Gracie began singing in church with her mother. There was always music in her house and Gracie found a love of Blues and Soul at a young age, mostly by picking through her Dad's record collection. Influenced by singers such as Etta James, Ray Charles, Big Mama Thornton, Sharon Jones, and Billie Holiday, she quickly found her own sound and voice.
In 2010, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin' band played their first show to a sold out house in Boston, and in the years that followed, amassed a tremendous following, regularly packing venues throughout New England. In 2012, the band won the Boston Blues Challenge, and began recording their debut album with Producer Richard Rosenblatt, and featured the world famous Roomful of Blues Horn section and Bruce Bears on Keys. By 2013, the band was touring, releasing "Proof of Love" , while competing in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The album was met with glowing reviews from around the world and received heavy radio play, eventually earning the band a Best New Artist nomination for the 2014 WC Handy Blues Music Awards. In addition to the BMA nod, the band also received Boston Music Award and New England Music Award nominations for Blues Band of the Year. In January of 2015, Gracie relocated to Memphis, TN to tour full time, subsequently earning yet another Boston Music Award nomination, and winning the award for Blues Artist of the Year.
In the past two years, Gracie has rocked houses all across the country, becoming a crowd favorite, known for not only her amazing voice, but her comedic stage banter and hugely entertaining live show. With appearances at The White Mountain Boogie & Blues in Thornton, NH, The Heritage Blues Festiival in Wheeling, WV, The North River Blues Fest in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Tall City Blues Fest in Midland, TX, Tampa Bay Blues Festival in Tampa, FL, regularly appearing at venues such as Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, IL, Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, FL, and as a house band at The famed Rum Boogie Cafe on legendary Beale Street in Memphis, TN, the band is looking forward to a busy 2017. Gracie is currently working on her long awaited and anticipated sophomore album with Producer and Guitar phenom, Damon Fowler, and will be joined by a host of special guests. The album is expected to be released by Spring of 2017.
 

Thursday July 6

Blues from the deep south = AKRON!

THE GUNDRY PROJECT

BLUES / ROCK / FUNK

In our band is Michael Honeycomb Hennigham, vice president of the Cleveland Blues Society. We are a band of adult seasoned musicians of mixed race and a common love of the blues. Our music is a mix of rock and blues with a heavy addition of soul

 

Friday July 7

At 9pm

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

At 9:30pm

Hot Country from Pittsburgh PA

JUSTIN FABUS

While its Justin's soft, edgy voice that lures the listener it's his passion that captivates the audience. For Justin, that passion started at an early age. With the tragic loss of his father at the age of three, his grandparents became a central role in his life. They passed along their love of music by introducing him to Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and of course his grandmother's favorite, Billy Ray Cyrus. It was his grandfather that gave Justin his first musical instrument, the banjo, along with his first record player. Seeing his love for music, his other biggest supporter, his mother, gave him his first acoustic guitar, which he still writes and performs with today. While other kids were outside playing, Justin spent hours listening to music and teaching himself to play the instruments. Throughout his childhood and teen years, Justin found solace in music.
As he honed his talents, he began performing first acoustically and then with his first band, “3 AM”. It didn't take long for Justin to branch out to form his own band as a country artist. Eventually, Justin began performing at fairs, festivals and venues across the east coast, appearing with such greats as Gary Allan, Craig Campbell, Randy Houser and David Nail. 
In September 2013 Justin released his debut EP, “Save Me” which was the bases of his first full-length music video starring MTV actress, and model Cara Parrish. Great success came in the summer of 2014 with the release of “Kiss of a Gypsy”, the first single off his debut album. ‘TouchTunes' jukeboxes named Justin “Breakout Band of 2014” and his single was added to 60,000 jukeboxes throughout North America and Europe. The single later won ‘Best Song' by Iron City Rocks and went on to chart on the DRT National Airplay Top 200 Chart for 12 consecutive weeks. Closing out 2014, Justin was named as one of the years “Best-Up-And-Coming Pittsburgh Bands” by CBS and KDKA. As summer 2015 rolled around Justin came out with his debut self-titled album, produced by renowned artist, Steve Hornbeak. Justin's track record of success was noticed and on February 22, 2016, he announced his three year record deal with Mi5 Recording/Universal Group. On that same date his self-titled album charted at #3 on “The iTop iTunes 100 New Country Releases”. Justin was invited to perform on Printers Alley during the 2016 CMA fest in Nashville where he showcased his songs and soon after ‘Pittsburgh City Paper' named Justin ‘Best Country Artist'. In December 2016 he was proud to become a member of the CMA. On May 5 2017, Justin released his latest single "I Hope She'll Think of Me". Later that month he was chosen as a 2017 'CMA Emerging Artist'. Justin's hard work and passion for country music is the driving force behind his continued success.

Sunday July 9

CLE's Life Long Original Acoustic Troubadour

6-8:05(Tribe Time!)

MICHAEL MCDONALD

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.
Artist Biography:
“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

 

Tuesday July 11

Woodstock, New York based Americana/roots musical group

PROFESSOR LOUIE

& THE CROWMATIX

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix began as the studio backing band for Aaron “Professor Louie's” musical productions for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, The Band. Rick Danko christened him Professor Louie due to his work and friendship with The Band.

This GRAMMY-nominated Woodstock, NY group plays 150 shows a year in the US and worldwide. They have performed at the Thunder Bay, London, Windsor, Tondor, Falcon Ridge Festivals, Sellersville Theater, BB Kings, NYC, House Of Blues, LA. Professor Louie has performed twice on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix repertoire is steeped in rock ‘n' roll, blues, Gospel and American roots music, they have 12 studio CD's on The Woodstock Records label. Their latest recording, Crowin' The Blues will be released, Feb 17, 2017. In 2016 their CD, Music From Hurley Mountain, was voted best concept record & group by Radio Crystal Blue. PL & C have been inducted into Blues Hall Of Fame, New York Chapter and hold a permanent place in the Canada South Blues Museum.

“Roots Music Royalty!” Extended Play Sessions - Bill Hurley

Professor Louie (Keys-Accordion,Vocals) collaborated with The Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame group The Band for over 16 years.

John Platania (Guitar-Vocals) known for his great performances with Van Morrison for over thirty years and collaborated with Van creating some top hits such as Domino.

Gary Burke (Drums) performed with Bob Dylan's The Rolling Thunder Review recorded and toured extensively with Joe Jackson.

Miss Marie (Vocals-Percussionist-Keys) preformed, recorded with Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson an integral part of Mercury Rev's Gold Album Deserters Song.

Frank Campbell (Bass-Vocals) Levon Helm's music director with the Woodstock All-stars touring the USA, performed & recorded with Steve Forbert on tour.

“I've never been so impressed by a band--this is the best live band in the country right now and they have such a deep heritage in blues and rock and roll.”
Jeff Wignall - WPKN Music Director

“All the best parts of great music are on display with Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. It's clear these folks are driven to match the all time greats.” - Cash Box

professorlouie.com woodstockrecords.com Blind Raccoon betsie@blindraccoon.com

 

Thursday July 13

Fusion of zydeco, ranchero, tejano, southwestern honky-tonk, real blues, gypsy jazz.

Felix Y Los Gatos

Felix Y Los Gatos is one of the best party bands in New Mexico. Nationally Touring. Americana, Blues, Cumbia, 30sJazz, Ranchera, Swing, Tex Mex and Zydeco! Santa Fe calls our music "ZYDEJANO" which is a fusion of new orleans Zydeco and texan/northern mexican ranchero music. We call it Burqueno Blues, gypsy jazz, southwestern honky-tonk, to keep it short: Americana. We just play what comes to us in the moment and when we are playing we aren't thinking at all about what it is called.

Friday July 14

JP Soars

and The Red Hots

JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. " I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style. ……… "When I first heard JP Soars I knew right away that he was separate from the rest of the pack" Jimmy Thackery……

This is an album that will warm your blues heart as the nights draw in and get colder with a bit of Southern warmth and exciting guitar and vocals that are full of energy from the opening title track with its Southern Rock driving beat through to the last track Missin' Your Kissin'. - Liz Aiken

PLUS

Maple Blues award winning band from Montreal

PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND

Sometimes you just have to do what you love, and The Paul DesLauriers Band has been very busy doing just that. The is trio made up of virtuoso guitarist and sin ger Paul DesLauriers and masterful rhythm section Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. The self-titled new electric album from these three pillars of the Quebec Blues scene has captured the subtlety and intensity, the unique interplay and excitement they are so well known for. Released to unanimously excellent reviews on March 18th 2014, the album reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart within a month! They are currently touring in support of the new album with notable performances that include The Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Tremblant International Jazz Festival, The Dutch Mason Blues Festival and the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest and The Toronto Blues Society's Blues Summit 7 among many others.
Undeniably part of Canada's musical elite, all three members are currently nominees at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards; Paul DesLauriers for Guitarist of the Year, Sam Harrisson for Drummer of the Year and Greg Morency for Bassist of the Year. Paul DesLauriers is the Winner of 2 Maple Blues Awards in 2014, including Guitarist of the Year. Sam Harrisson is a three-time Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year nominee. Along with Greg Morency, collectively, they have won 13 Quebec Lys Blues Awards.
In June 2013 they released “Enter The Gate” with sitar maestro Anwar Khurshid, a unique acoustic meeting between the Blues and Indian Classical music. The group won the “Best In Festival” award after their performance at the Tremblant International Blues Festival in July 2013.

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!

Huge After Party w/

ANDREW SALGADO

Since Singer/Songwriter Andrew Salgado released his album Absolutely Everything he has been featured on WGN, NBC, FOX and CBS across the country. Including taping a PBS special, and a Special for ABC. Additionally, Andrew collaborated with Brian Wilson and Kacey Musgraves on their duet Guess You Had to Be There. Andrew has also opened or written with Carrie Underwood, Clint Black, Eli Young Band, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Love and Theft, Neal McCoy, Darryl Worley, Jim “Moose” Brown, Jim Peterik of acclaimed bands the “Ides of March” and “Survivor.

Since country singer and original songwriter Andrew Salgado, winner of the Pepsi Southern Original contest, released his album Absolutely Everything, he has been featured on WGN, NBC, FOX and CBS across the country as well as taping specials with PBS and ABC. Additionally, Andrew collaborated with Brian Wilson and Kacey Musgraves on their duet Guess You Had to Be There and has opened for or co-written with Carrie Underwood, Clint Black, Eli Young Band, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Love and Theft, Neal McCoy, Darryl Worley, Jim “Moose” Brown, and Jim Peterik of acclaimed bands the “Ides of March” and “Survivor. Andrew also currently serves as the National Spokesperson for www.MusicOverMiles.org, a music education charity.

“Andrew was awesome on WCL! The audience was blown away by him. I remember they spontaneously applauded after a toss to commercial and the stage director asked them not to. The consensus by the show producers is that Andrew is going to be huge!” -Roe Conn -Wgn

“Give the man a mic and guitar! Andrew Salgado writes amazing music and performs with a passion while trying to meet every single person who comes to see a show. He can entertain with the best." -Gregory “Big Moose” Juszczyk - Program Director WWOF-FM Tallahassee | 103-1 The Wolf

The Chariton Iowa 4th of July committee would like to thank you for turning us on to Andrew Salgado. We can’t express enough what a great performer and performance Andrew put on for our annual 4th of July Celebration. He did it all, from getting the crowd into it, to having a few come on stage with him for a dance competition to taking the mic and heading out into the crowd for a sing along, there was never a dull moment. Some of my personal favorite songs were some of his originals off his latest record, Absolutely Everything. Good Luck Andrew on your quest to the CMA’s. Look forward to seeing you again. Sincerely~Scott WillisPresident

Andrew is a breath of fresh air....” Mike Freidman, Skope Magazine

The best performer we have ever had at Northwestern University, can’t state that enough.” Kaasha Benjamim, NU

Dance On is a terrific song… very well produced. Andrew is easy to listen to.” Rob Rush, Host, Unlabeled, WMJC FM Radio, NY

"Andrew Salgado is a delightful young man and I was so pleased to be able to meet him and visit with him a little. He has such presence, is so talented, has so much passion for his music and what a voice!" Anita Porco - VP, United Cerebral palsy Association

Thursday July 19

Junior Well’s lead guitar player~ the Miami-bred / Chicago blues extraordinaire axeman

ALBERT CASTIGLIA

Big Dog Lets Albert Castiglia Bark All Day

Mike Zito Produced and Ruf Records Released
New Tunes Growl, Wags and Digs Holes In His Big Backyard

 

Big Dog will confirm that Albert Castiglia is a different breed from the lightweights and arrivistes who dominate the modern music scene. After five acclaimed albums and decades of blazing blues-rock shows, you might argue that youve already made his acquaintance. But by the Florida bandleaders own admission, Big Dog is the first release to truly get under his skin. I just wanted to make a record that best represented who I am, as a musician, singer, guitarist and live artist, explains Albert. With every release, Ive come close, but this time, producer Mike Zito helped me nail it. He and label boss Thomas Ruf wanted me to make a raw, rocking blues record. Thats what Im about- thats who I am.
At 46, hes slugged his way into contention the old-fashioned way: writing from his heart, bleeding into his performances, eating up the road. I have no illusions about what kind of guitar player and singer I am, he states. My style is raw, unadulterated, crude and heavy. I dont have the technical proficiency of other players, but I play whats in my heart and what I feel at that moment. When I write songs, they have to mean something.
Recorded at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, theres not an ounce of fat on Big Dogs eleven tracks, with Albert darting between self-penned originals, cherished covers and co-writes with some of his closest compadres. You could smell the mojo in the sweet Southern air, reflects Albert, and you could feel the mojo in the recording studio. We had a studio-savvy band with an incredible amount of soul, and Mikes role as producer was the wildcard.
Albert describes Big Dog as a driving along the highway with the top down kind of record, and Let The Big Dog Eat sets the pace (complete with breakneck riffing and improvised barks). Other foot-down cuts include the call-and-response Dont Let Them Fool Ya, the searing Where The Devil Makes His Deals (written with Graham Wood Drout) and the observational wit of Get Your Ass In The Van. That song was a response to all the poor, pampered souls, grins Albert, who think that music is one big American Idol episode.
Some songs cut deeper. Co-written with label mate and Royal Southern Brotherhoods Cyril Neville Somehow addresses the plight of the homeless and displaced in modern America. The poor are commonly used as tag lines in speeches by politicians seeking public office, points out Albert, but when the cameras are off, they are often ignored and scorned. The song reflects a sadness, yet hopefulness, on how we as a society treat these people.
Another poignant moment is Where Did I Go Wrong. A soul-drenched slow-blues with harp from Johnny Sansone, its taken from the iconic Junior Wells Youre Tuff Enough album, and in many ways, brings Alberts story full-circle. Born on August 12th, 1969, in New York before moving to Florida aged five Albert made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority, but truly hit the international radar after Wells invited the young bluesman into his solo band for several world tours. It was an incredible adventure, remembers Albert. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Chicago bluesman. Junior opened the door for me to do that. He recorded his last studio album, Come On In This House, at Dockside Studios. What a sign!
The gig was a shop-window, and though Wells died in 1998, there was no stopping Albert, whether he was joining the great Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall for national tours in the late-90s, or holding his own in onstage jams with everyone from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer. Nobodys sideman, his own triumphant solo career began with 2002s Burn, followed up by 2006s A Stones Throw, 2010s Keepin On and 2012s Living The Dream.
In 2014, Ruf debut Solid Ground was declared smoldering and intense by blues critics. Now, Big Dog ups the ante, offering eleven new songs to get your teeth into, and supported by a full international tour that promises bark and bite.
If you thought you knew Albert Castiglia, you dont know the half of it. I think this album is a major game-changer for me, he says. No matter what happens after Big Dogs release, Ill always be proud of it. When we tour this album, you can expect a balls to the wall, rockin blues show. Expect to get what Ive always given you my 100%.

 

Thursday July 20

Guitarist Chambers achieves the distinctly American blues/soul/country/rock that the Stones used to aspire to long ago-Jerry Shriver USA TODAY

The SEAN CHAMBERS Band

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 Guitarist 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.
www.seanchambers.com
Sean is proudly endorsed by: GHS Strings, VooDoo Amps, Eminence Speakers, DiMarzio, Celestial Effects and Bullet Guitar Cables.
Touring Band:
Todd Cook – Bass / Kris Schnebelen – Drums / Sean Chambers - Guitar/Vocals / Mike Hensley – Hammond B3/Keyboards
Discography:
Strong Temptation / Vestige Records
Humble Spirits / Rockview Records
Ten Til Midnight / Blue Heat Records
Live from the Long Island Warehouse / Blue Heat Records
The Rock House Sessions / Blue Heat Records
Trouble & Whiskey / American Showplace Music
Guest appearance on About Them Shoes / Hubert Sumlin / Tone Cool Records

Radio Promotion: Rick Lusher (917) 742-0254 / rickl11421@hotmail.com
Management: Paul Benjamin (207) 691-0825 / bluesman@midcoast.com

 

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

AFTER THE FIREWORKS........We have fireworks on our stage

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

Sunday July 23

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

seven-piece avant garde~country, bluegrass, folk from Toronto

BEAMS

Every decade or so, a band comes along that perfectly reflects Toronto’s never-ending quest to honour the legacy of its musical past while breaking new artistic ground. In 2015, that band is Beams. For the past two years, the sound of Beams’ two female voices in harmony, combined with banjo, mandolin, lap steel guitar and singing saw, has carved a niche within Toronto’s alternative folk scene. Now, with its new two-song single, The Gutters and The Glass, Beams has fully tapped into its unlimited potential. As a true collective, the seven-piece ensemble’s sound brings together elements of country, bluegrass, folk, and avant garde to create music that echoes long-dead Appalachian voices while bravely injecting that spirit into 21st century pop. With the writing of co-front woman Anna Mernieks as its foundation, Beams pushes the boundaries of tradition, at the same time allowing each member space to contribute their distinctive voices toward a greater end. With The Gutters and The Glass, those results are well beyond anything Beams has conceived up to now. On their own, each song — “The Way We Run” and “Black Shadow” — takes the approach Beams’ employed on its acclaimed 2013 debut album, the Peter J. Moore-produced Just Rivers, to a different level of sonic sophistication, with the array of voices and instrumentation beautifully balanced, and each note perfectly placed. It’s what a great single has always been and should always be—approximately seven completely captivating minutes. Fittingly, the story behind the making of The Gutters and The Glass embodies the band’s artistic intent. In the fall of 2013, drummer Mike Duffield heard that John McEntire was relocating his SOMA Electronic Music Studio in Chicago. The news prompted Duffield to contact McEntire (known best for his work with Tortoise and The Sea & Cake) to see if it was still possible to schedule a session. Beams managed to secure two days just after the New Year, convinced a Chicago friend to put them up at his apartment, and spent the remaining funds on a van for the daunting mid-winter drive. The Gutters and The Glass comes barely a year after Beams’ formal arrival in May 2013 with Just Rivers. In her four-star review, NOW’s Julia LeConte described the initial offering as “an album that never repeats itself and is full of unexpected nods and surprise turns – bluegrassy one minute (okay, many minutes), nodding to ‘60s Britrock the next.” One listen to The Gutters and The Glass will confirm that view and then some. With this single, Beams has set a high standard for its next recording venture, but after this experience, they are sure to live up to it. Enjoy these two songs for the gorgeous documents of two whirlwind days in Chicago that they are, but know that there is also much more to come.

 

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.

Thursday August 3

Smokin' Blues from Chambersburg, PA

Skyla Burrell

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

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.

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 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.”

Tommy Womack

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.”

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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