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Wilbert’s Food
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812 Huron Avenue  
Cleveland, Ohio 




People have asked me to Compile a List of people who have played for me-I'll start with the Blues guys first-OK-Everybody!!!!!!!Ha Ha!

Now here you Go-

16 Horsepower
5 Chinese Brothers
A, Johnny
Adcock, C. C.
Michael Allman
Allison, Bernard
Allison, Luther
Alvin, Dave
Amble Eric
Andersen, Mike
Pete Anderson
Andrews, Jake

Michael "Tunes" Antunes

Brian Vander Ark

Armstrong, James
Ben Aurther
Arvey, Steve
Assembly Of Dust
Asleep At The Wheel
Austin Lounge Lizards
Austin "Walkin' Cane"
Austin, Reneé
The Bad Examples
Bacon, Billy and the Forbidden Pigs
Ryan Adams (Whiskey Town)
Backsliders, The
Dan Baird
Bad Livers
Baldry Long John
Ball, Marcia
Ballinger, Daniel Slick
Barefoot Truth
Pato Banton
Roosevelt 'Booba' Barnes
Barton, Lou Ann
The Beat Farmers
Beard, Chris

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Adrian Belew

Carey Bell
Bell, William
Benoit, Tab
Tony Bennett, (will I did meet him in a restaurant on Captiva Is) Hey it's my list!!
Big Brother & the Holding Co
Big Leg Emma
BIG SAM"s Funky Nation .

Big Sugar

Big Shoulders

Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows



Blue Moon Boys.The

Blue Highway
Blue Rodeo
Black 47
Jeff Black
Blackwater Surprise
Bland, Bobby 'Blue'
Blind Boys of Alabama
Block, Rory
Blood Oranges
The Blue Moon Boys, featuring lead vocalist Nic Roulette
Bogart, Deanna
Bohren, Spencer
Bon Ton Roulet
Boozoo Chavis (That's Who!)
The Bottle Rockets
Robert Bradleys Blackwater Surprise
Bramhall, Doyle
Branch, Billy
Brave Combo
Brewer & Shipley
Dee Dee Bridgewater
The Bridge
Jonatha Brooke
Brooks, Lonnie

Brooks, Ronnie Baker

Brown Bird

Savoy Brown
Stephen Bruton
Brooks, Wayne Baker

Charles Brown

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra

Brown, Clarence 'Gatemouth'
Brown, Junior
Sarah Brown
Bruso, Nora Jean
Buchanan, Roy
Jeff Buckley
Buckwheat Zydeco
richard buckner
Burks, Michael
Kenny Burrell
Bx3 - Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin

Cain, Chris

CACTUSFeaturing Jim McCarty

Buddy Cage

Mikhal Caldwell

Troy Campbell

Caravan of Thieves
Drew Carey
Larry Carlton

Ralph Carney

Sean Carney

Carrier, Chubby and the Bayou Swamp Band
Jim Carroll
Caitlin Cary

Peter Case

Caravan of Thieves

Hayes Carll
Paul Carrack (Squeeze vocalist on "Tempted")
Chris Castle
Castro, Tommy
Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans

Chenier, CJ

Chicago Rhythm And Blues Kings


Cigar Store Indians

The Clarks
Guy Clark
Clark, W.C.
Clay, Otis
Slaid Cleaves
Clearwater, Eddy 'Chief'
Cobham, Billy
Commander Cody


Jude Cole

Freddy Cole (Nat's Brother)
Coleman, Deborah

Coleman, Wallace

Stacie Collins

Company Of Thieves
Connor, Joanna
Copeland, Shemekia

Johnny ' Clyde ' Copeland



Larry Coryell
Costello, Sean
Cotton, James
Albert Collins
Ralph Covert
The Brothers Creeggan
Cummings, Albert
Curfman, Shannon
Curran, Nick
Mary Cutrufello
Rick Danko
Olu Dara
Dash Rip Rock
David Gans
Davies, Debbie
Davis, Guy
Ray Davies - came in, had dinner and stayed for the show!
Davina & The Vagabonds
Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie

Ronnie Dawson


Delta Highway

Deadstring Brothers

Delta Moon

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones Featuring Dennis Gruenling
Zach Deputy
The Derailers
Rick Derringer
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Disco Biscuits
Dixon, Floyd
Joaquin Diaz
Dollar Store
Donna the Buffalo
Double Trouble
Downchild Blues Band
Driftless Pony Club
Drive-By Truckers
Drums & Tuba
Duarte, Chris

Slim Dunlap

Joe D'Urso

Zach Deputy
Stacy Earle & Mark Stuart
Tim Easton
Alejandro Escovedo
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Kurt Elling
Eddie Money


Eddie From Ohio

Bleu Edmondson
Earl, Ronnie
Edwards, Honeyboy

Fred Eaglesmith


Ellis, Tinsley
Joe Ely
Wreckless Eric
Ernie and the Automatics
Estrin, Rick
John Alec Entwistle (WHO?)
evan and jaron
Fabulous Thunderbirds
Fairport Convention
Danny Federici
H-Bomb Ferguson-Wiggin' Out!
Steve Ferguson
Melissa Ferrick


Samantha Fish

Foley, Sue
Steve Forbert
Ford, Robben
Forsyth, Guy
Radney Foster ,
Pete Fountain - My Great Uncle produced over 45 LP for him! and Hoagy Carmichael-Bud Dant
Michael Fracasso
Stewart Francke
Kinky Friedman
Freund, Steve
Funderburgh, Anson w/ Sam Myers & the Rockets,
Robbie Fulks
Lowell Fulson
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
Gaelic Storm
Chris Gaffney
Frank Gambale
David Gans
Garaj Mahal
Greg Ginn ( Black Flag)
Donna Jean Godchaux

Goober & the Peas- With White Stripe/Raconteur Jack White on drums under the moniker of Doc Gillis!

Seth Glier

Jon Dee Graham

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Jude Gold

Gomes, Anthony
The Gourds
Kevin Gordon
Robert Gordon
Gordie Johnson (made me go and get everyone ear plugs before he when on!)
Garaj Mahal
Barry Goudreau (From the band Boston)
Greyboy Allstars w/ Karl Denson
Great Big Sea
Green, Peter and the Splinter Group
Patty Griffin
Grupo Fantasma
Gruenling, Dennis and JumpTime
Guy, Buddy
Guy, Phil
Guyger, Steve

Gym Class Heroes

Stu Hamm

Hammond, John
Col. Bruce Hampton
Harman, James

Debbie Harry

Bill Harvey

Colonel Bruce Hampton
Wayne "The Train" Hancock


Jimmy Herring

Hart, Alvin Youngblood
Hacienda Brothers
Sib Hashian (Fron the band Boston)
Ronnie Hawkins
Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails

Ted Hawkins

Al Hendrix -Jimi's dad

Hayes Carll
Brian Henke
Scott Henderson
The Holmes Brothers
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Peter Himmelman

High Noon

Tish Hinojosa

Hubert Sumlin
Deborah Harry
Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys

Will Hoge

Hole, Dave

Holland, Jools
The Hollisters(Mike Barfield)
Holmstrom, Rick

Holt, Scott

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

Col. Bruce and the Aquarium Rescue Unit

The Honeydogs
Hot Club of Cowtown
Hubbard, Ray Wylie
Stu Hamm
Hummel, Mark
Wayne Hancock
Candye Kane
Hunt, Kelley
Smoking Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Hunter, Long John
Hunter, Charlie
Hypnotic Clambake
Iko Iko
The Iguanas
Jack Ingram
Jason & the Scorchers
Mike Ireland

Jabali Afrika

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers

James, Colin
Jason and The Scorchers

Jazz Mandolin Project

The Jazz Passengers

J. Geils

John Brown's Body
John, Colin
Johnson, Jimmy
Johnson, Big Jack
Johnson, Jimmy
Johnson, Johnnie
Johnson, Luther 'Guitar Jr.'

Syl Johnson

King Johnson

Chris Thomas King
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Jordan, Stanley
Kaiser Cartel
Kane, Candye
Karp, Peter
Mamar Kassey
Kazanoff, Kaz
Keb' Mo'
Shawn Kellerman
Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins
Will Kimbrough

King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell)

Chris Thomas King

King Johnson
Chris Knight
Kirchen, Bill
Kirkland, Eddie
Jann Klose
Kooper, Al
Adam Kowalczyk (Of Live)
Kubek, Smokin' Joe & B'nois King
Landreth, Sonny
Lane, Jimmy D.
Lang, Jonny
Patty Larkin
Jim Lauderdale
Jimmy LaFave
Bettye LaVette
Lazy Lester
Ledet, Rosie the Zydeco Sweetheart
Lee, Floyd
Amy LaVere

Lenz, Mike

Ron Levy

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
Little Brian

Little Malcom & the Houserockers

Little Mike & The Tornadoes


Lindell, Eric
Lindley, David
Liquid Soul
Little Charlie and the Nightcats
Little Milton
Richard Lloyd ( Television)
Lil' Brian & the Travelers
Lockwood, Robert Jr.

Nils Lofgren

Logan, John 'Juke'

Sinéad Lohan

Mike Lombardo
Loose Diamonds

Los Straitjackets

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

Louisiana Red

John Lurie

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans

Claire Lynch Band
pat mAcdonald
Ashley MacIsaac
Lonnie Mack
Buick MacKane
Doug MacLeod
Magic Dick
Magic Slim and the Teardrops
Lil' Malcolm & the Houserockers
Mallory San Marco
Margolin, Bob

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's Mark May and The Soul Satyr Horns

Mark May and The Soul Satyr Horns

Tift Merritt
Mathus, Jimbo
Mayall, John and The Blues Brakers
Ashley MacIsaac-Did a sound check-but stepped on his fiddle and got mad!!!
Natalie MacMaster
Mamar Kassey
Mama's Black Sheep
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Pat McDonald
Roger Mcguinn
Jamie McLean Band
Larry McCray
McLagan, Ian
Tift Merritt
Michael Hill's Blues Mob
Mighty Lester Band
Bill Miller
Scott Miller & the Commonwealth
Mighty Sam McClain
Milligan, Malford
Buddy and Julie Miller
The Modulators
Katy Moffat
Ryan Montbleau Band
Montgomery, James
Montoya, Coco
Moonshine Still
Ian Moore
Allison Moorer (well she didn't play for me-but kept my $200 deposit!)
Morgan, Mike and the Crawl
Teddy Morgan
Morganfield, Big Bill
Shana Morrison - (Van's Daughter)
Moss, Nick & TheFlipTops
Mouth Music
Moxy Früvous
Muldaur, Maria
Shawn Mullins
Peter Mulvey
Trish Murphy
Matt "Guitar" Murphy
Musselwhite, Charlie
Myers, Sam
Norman Nardini
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
Hani Naser
Neal, Kenny
Neal, Lil Ray
Neal, Rafu
New Birth Brass Band
David Nelson
Paula Nelson
Nelson, Tracy
Németh, John
Carrie Newcomer
New Monsoon
New Orleans Klezmer All*Stars
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Cyril Neville & Tribe 13
Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk
Willie Nile
John Novello

Nulisch, Darrell

Old Man Luedecke

Omar and the Howlers
Outside the Box
Oranj Symphonette with Ralph Carney and fellow Waits alumni Joe Gore and Matt Brubeck
Beth Orton
Osborne, Anders
Judith Owen

Packway Handle Band

The Paladins

Palmer, Sue
Bobby Parker
Graham Parker
Maceo Parker
Parnell, Lee Roy
Charlie Parr
Pearl and the Beard

Jaco Pastorius (long story!-of course!)

Ellis Paul

Paul & Storm

Nicholas Payton

Pearl and the Beard

Ann Peebles
Perkins, Pinetop
Perry, Bill
Peterson, Lucky
Perpetual Groove
Phelps, Kelly Joe

Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Piazza, Rod and the Mighty Flyers (Fist National act I Booked)
Piccolo, Greg
The Legendary Marvin Pontiac
Popa Chubby
Popovic, Ana
Portnoy, Jerry
Grace Potter, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Preacher Boy
Ben Prestage
Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band
Toni Price
Lou Pride
Primer, John
Primich, Gary

Principato, Tom

Snooky Pryor


Queen Ida

Rabson, Ann
Ramos, Kid
Ramsey, Bo


Amy Ray

Rays Music Exchange
Rebirth Brass Band
Leon Redbone
Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band
Reckless Kelly
Red Hot & Blue
Reverend Horton Heat
Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
Rhodes, Sonny
Richey, Kelly
Kim Richey
Steve Riley & The Mamuo Playboys
Rishell, Paul and Annie Raines
Amy Rigby
Tabu Ley Rochereau
Robillard, Duke
Tad Robinson

Charlie Robison


Rocker, Lee

Jimmy Rodgers (Blues)

Carrie Rodriguez

Rogers, Roy
Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom

Roomful Of Blues

The Rounders

Rupa and the April Fishes
Rush, Bobby
Rush, Otis
Russell, Leon
Tom Russell

Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Walter Salas-Humara

Salgado, Curtis

Joe Sample
Satan & Adam
Sauce Boss (Bill Wharton)
Merl Saunders
Savoy Brown
Sayers, Hadden
Saw Doctors
Schultz, Alex
Scofield, John
Scott, E.C.
Seals, Son
Martin Sexton
Shannon, Mem
Shannon, Tommy
Shaw, Eddie and the Wolf Gang

Shepherd, Kenny Wayne

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septe

Shorty, Guitar
Guitar Slim
Sicilia, Gina
The Silos
Simien, Terrance
Simmonds, Kim
Simone (w/ liquid soul)
Keaton Simons
Sister Carol
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Alex Skolnick Trio
Slim, Lynwood
Too Slim and the Taildraggers
The Slip
Anna Nicole Smith (well she came in and danced one night!)
Smith, Byther

Darden Smith

Elliott Smith

Smith, Josh
Steve Smith
Smith, Willie 'Big Eyes'
Smither, Chris
Clem Snide
Todd Snider
Solberg, James
Sol Driven Train
Soul of John Black
Sprit of the West
Split Lip Rayfield
The Spring Standards
Michael Stanley Band
Steep Canyon Rangers

Mike Stern

Corey Stevens

John Stewart ( Kingston Trio-fame not the TV guy-which I did have some people show up for!)
Strange Folk

Strehli, Angela

The Strumbellas

Studebaker John
Stuve, Bill
Subdudes ,The
Sugar Blue
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Sumlin, Hubert
Trent Summar & the New Row Mob
Sun Ra Arkestra
Sweany, Patrick
Taj Mahal
Greg " Fingers " Taylor ."
Taylor, Koko
Taylor, Melvin
Mick Taylor
Taylor, Otis
Tea Leaf Green
Tedeschi, Susan
Ten Years After
Thackery, Jimmy and the Drivers
The Bridge
The Brothers Creeggan
The Claire Lynch Band
The Clancy Brothers
The Jazz Passengers
The Magnificent Sevens
The Nields
The Nighthawks
Todd Thibaud
the Zen Tricksters
Poet Daniel Thompson
Richard Thompson
Thomas, Irma
Too Slim and the Taildraggers
Tony Rice
William Topley
Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun
Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra
Tony Trischka
Greg Trooper
Trout, Walter
Trucks, Derek
Tumatoe, Duke and the Power Trio
Two High String Band
Keith Urban "The Ranch"
Ulmer, James Blood

The V-Roys

Maurice John Vaughn

Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe

The Ventures

Vital Information

Kate Voegele 
Joe Louis Walker
Walker, Phillip
Seth Walker
Don Walser
Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
Monte Warden
Watson, Junior
Dale Watson
Weathersby, Carl
Dave Weckl
Taj Weeks
Welch, Monster Mike
Wells, Junior
Susan Werner
Leslie West
Wilder Web
Kelly Willis
Keller Williams
Valerie Wellington
Wide Mouth Mason
Willson, Michelle
Dar Wiiliams
Wilson, Kim
Wilson, Roger 'Hurricane'


Josh White Jr.

Todd Wolfe

Jason D. Williams

Carolyn Wonderland

Oliver Wood

Wirtz, Reverend Billy

Jack White III


Lenny White
Miss Lavelle White
Woods, Mitch
Young, Mighty Joe
Young Dubliners
Dan Zanes
Zen Tricksters
ZERO-w/ Steve Kimock

I'll keep adding as I remember more.

     Cleveland’s premier restaurant-slash-roots music venue. With a huge room and an great sound system, WILBERT’S FOOD & MUSIC is the place to go downtown for a great meal and a top-notch concert.

     Open for the quality music showcase features a bistro-style menu with new ideas alongside old Ninth Street favorites, affordable appetizers, and a stellar draft list.

     An adult music venue that’s still in the hospitality business; a place where you can get a drink, full-service food, and an intimate concert experience-Wilbert’s promises to deliver some of the finest in live national, regional, and local roots, blues, folk, world, jam, reggae, jazz, acoustic, pop, rock, indie and soul music downtown at a safe and conveniently located club at 812 Huron Rd E. Also accessible on Bolivar, directly across from Progressive Field and next to the The "Q" Arena and the thirsty parrott (the old Pete and Dewys)

The Place to go before and after any Gateway event


Now We Have Both

BBQ=Sweet/Smoky/Spicy Salsa=All Natural fresh Ingredients!

Hard To Choose!? Buy Both!


OK-You Asked For It-We now Sell Our Own Salsa-All Fresh Ingredients

Get It ToGo!!!

Our first salsa sale!

The List of Gammy winners that Have Played For Me-80+→

Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum )

Steep Canyon Rangers

Wayne Toups

Steve Riley

Leon Russell

Lenny White

Asleep At The Wheel (Ray Benson)

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Queen Ida

John Hammond

Koko Taylor And The Blues Machine (Steve Freund, Willie Hays, Emmet "Maestro" Sanders, Bay Williams)

Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson

Chris "Whipper" Layton

Tommy Shannon

Sugar Blue

Albert Collins

Johnny Copeland

Larry Carlton

Cyril Neville

Dave Weckl

Buddy Guy

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Keb' Mo'

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Taj Mahal

Beausoleil (Tommy Alesi, Jimmy Breaux, David Doucet, Michael Doucet, Al Tharp, Billy Ware)

Joe Ely

Otis Rush

Brave Combo (Jeffrey Barnes, Alan Emert, Carl Finch, Bubba Hernandez, Danny O'Brien),

Dave Alvin

Chris Thomas King

Blind Boys of Alabama (Caleb Butler, Jimmy Carter, Donald Dillion, Clarence Fountain, Ricky McKinnie, George Scott, Joey Williams),

Jim Lauderdale

Jack White

Bill Miller

Keith Urban

Jonny Lang

Irma Thomas

Daniel Zanes

Mark Ronson

David "Honeyboy" Edwards

Pinetop Perkins

Robert Lockwood Jr

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Kurt Elling

Derek Trucks

Buckwheat Zydeco


Stanley Clarke

Patty Griffin

Buddy Miller

Grupo Fantasma

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Chubby Carrier And The Bayou Swamp (Adrian "A.J." Bellow, Chubby Carrier, Randy Ellis, Randy Kelly, Earl Sally),

Stephen Bruton

Susan Tedeschi

Rebirth Brass Band

James Cotton

Delicious Food


Fast Friendly Service

Pre-Game Meeting, Eating, & Party Place



Michael Miller of Wilbert's Food & Music appreciates his role on music scene: Tastemakers

Gus Chan photo,

"Expect nothing. Appreciate everything." Thats How I get thru life!

It's a nice little aphorism, and it happens to be Michael Miller's new mantra. It explains why Wilbert's Food & Music is still around, 20+ years and two locations after its launch in Cleveland's Warehouse District.

The District and the Flats back then contended for hottest spot for music, with scores of national and regional acts thumping out sounds at several clubs. But few were packed as often as Miller's tiny spot on West Ninth Street. And the names of the acts that he introduced to the city are just about legendary.

A band called the Ranch got $250 to open for local songstress Anne E. DeChant first time and Howard Micenmacher"s " Al's Fast Freight " the second time. The lead guitarist and vocalist for that trio was a fellow named Keith Urban. The same Keith Urban who sold out The Q a few times and, we suspect, made a bit more than $250.

Want a few more names? How about Jonny Lang? Kenny Wayne Shepherd? Alejandro Escovedo? Buckwheat Zydeco? Nanci Griffith? → see list!

Seated in one of the open booths of his club, Miller talked about the changes in the music scene in Cleveland since he opened Wilbert's (named for his grandfather and father) in 1992. The national economy was booming, with a surging Cleveland riding the wave.

Memories are as thick as the atmosphere when it comes to the Warehouse District site, where patrons often shared tables with strangers.

When he finally left, Miller said, "we were outgrowing the space". People walk in here all the time and go, 'I really miss that old place.' I'm like, 'So do I.'

"But I've learned how to survive more here than what I've ever learned throughout my career," he said.

It's not easy, given the downturn in the economy, the paucity of visitors to downtown -- Miller said he never considered any location other than downtown CLEVELAND for a new club !

But learning to pinch pennies has been a good thing for the Gilmour Academy grad who got his start as the food and beverage manager / GM at Barney Google's at the Richfield Holiday inn - after earning a degree at Xavier University.

"I go to the [West Side] Market because know I can get what I need and it's a better deal," Miller said. "I go to the Restaurant Depot and just get what I need. Then I know my prices on everything."

Other things have changed for him as well. at 55 -- he's a family man now. He and Rachael have the sons (10-year-old Evan and 7-year-old Jonah) and an 4yr-old daughter, Maegan.(and now Twins -Teagan and Julian 1.5 ) Laughing when advised that he'll be 76 when the twins graduates from Collage, he joked that at least he'd get preferred parking and a seat up fromt for senior citizens.

Of course, it's been replaced by a bit of workaholic's guilt; not long ago, he decided that lunches were just not making it for him to justify being open. So he's not. He went from working typical restaurateur hours -- 80 to 90 hours a week -- to 50 or 60.

He admitted to feeling a bit like a slacker, but he's content with the decision. And the club has grown beyond the "just music" bugaboo.

Miller, who created all the dishes on the menu, said he cuts his own steaks, makes his own barbecue sauce (he's recently started bottling and selling it) and Salsa sauce's. Plus, he has a homemade veggie burger that he said is a hit with the vegetarian set, who often are surprised to find such an offering in a bar setting.

Call it a non-meat fan's way of adhering to Miller's guide: Expect nothing and appreciate everything. Even a veggie burger.

Zero Live at Wilbert's on 1997-09-26 (September 26, 1997)


Found an ad from The Cleveland Plain Dealer (1928) from my great grand fathers place -just a block away from Wilbert's in downtown Cleveland -

He started in 1896-That's 118 years of Miller / Cleveland Hospitality-Just saying........