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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

Devon Allman

Alvin, Dave

Amble Eric

Andersen, Mike

Andre The Giant

Pete Anderson

Andrews, Jake

Michael "Tunes" Antunes

Brian Vander Ark

Armstrong, James

Ben Aurther

Arvey, Steve

The Assassins

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

The Bellfuries

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 Joe and the Dynaflows

Big Leg Emma

Big Sam's Funky Nation

Big Sugar

Big Shoulders

Big Time Sarah

Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows



Sugar Blue

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

Lachlan Bryan

Bruso, Nora Jean

Buchanan, Roy

Jeff Buckley

Buckwheat Zydeco

richard buckner

Cindy Bullens

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

Hazel Chapman (Tracy's Mom)

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


A. J. Croce



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


The Devil Makes Three


Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Disco Biscuits

Dixon, Floyd

Joaquin Diaz

Doctor Hector & the Groove Injectors


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

Emily Earle

Stacy Earle & Mark Stuart

Tim Easton

Alejandro Escovedo

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Kurt Elling

Eddie Money


Eddie From Ohio

Bleu Edmondson

Earl, Ronnie & The Broadcasters

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

Jason D. Federici

H-Bomb Ferguson-Wiggin' Out!

Steve Ferguson

Melissa Ferrick


Joe Firstman

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

Rayna Gellert

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

Guitar Shorty

Guy, Buddy

Guy, Phil

Guyger, Steve


Gym Class Heroes

Stu Hamm

Hammond, John

Col. Bruce Hampton

Harman, James

Debbie Harry

Corey Harris

Mic Harrison

Bill Harvey

Colonel Bruce Hampton

Wayne "The Train" Hancock


Jimmy Herring

Hart, Alvin Youngblood

Hacienda Brothers

Sib Hashian (Fron the band Boston)

Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls

Haunt the House

Ronnie Hawkins

Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails

Ted Hawkins

Al Hendrix -Jimi's dad

Hayes Carll

Ron Haynes

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)

Hollywood Ending

Holmstrom, Rick

Holt, Scott

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

Col. Bruce and the Aquarium Rescue Unit

The Honeydogs

Hot Club of Cowtown

Howling Diablos

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

Jarabe de Palo

Jazz Mandolin Project

The Jazz Passengers

Donna Jean and the Tricksters

J. Geils

Jill Jack

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

Jones For Revival 

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Jordan, Stanley

Kaiser Cartel

Kane, Candye

Karp, Peter

Mamar Kassey

Kazanoff, Kaz

Keb' Mo'

Larry Keel

Shawn Kellerman

Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum

Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins

Will Kimbrough

King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell)

Chris Thomas King

King Johnson

Kingsley Flood

Chris Knight

Sonny Knight & The Lakers

Davy Knowles

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

Chris Layton

Lazy Lester

Ledet, Rosie the Zydeco Sweetheart

Lee, Floyd

Amy LaVere


Lenz, Mike

Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom

Liberty Deep Down

Eric Lindell

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

Low Cut Connie

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

Delbert McClinton

Pat McDonald

Roger McGuinn

Jamie McLean Band

Larry McCray

McLagan, Ian


"Mean Gene" Okerlund WWF

Tift Merritt

Bobby Messano

Michael Hill's Blues Mob


Mighty Lester Band

Bill Miller

Scott Miller & the Commonwealth

Mighty Diamonds

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

Whitey Morgan and the 78's

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

Mean Gene Okerlund

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

Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys

Bobby Radcliff

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

Jason Ricci

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

The Samples

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

Nina Simone

and daughter......

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

Sol Seed

SONS OF CREAM – Kofi Baker & Malcolm Bruce with Godfrey Townsend

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!)

Derek St. Holmes


Strange Folk

Strehli, Angela

The Strumbellas

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line

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 Boneshakers

The Bridge

The Brothers Creeggan

The Claire Lynch Band

The Clancy Brothers

The Jazz Passengers

The Magnificent Sevens

The Nields

The Nighthawks

Todd Thibaud

Chris Thile

the Zen Tricksters

Poet Daniel Thompson

Richard Thompson

Thomas, Irma

Too Slim and the Taildraggers

Tony Rice

William Topley

Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun


Chris Trapper

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


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

Don "ELVIS" Wright

Woody Pines


Young, Mighty Joe

Young Dubliners


Dan Zanes

Zen Tricksters

Mike Zito

ZERO-w/ Steve Kimock

I'll keep adding as I remember more.

A list of Canadian Acts that have played for me

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
Pat MacDonald of (Timbuk3)
Ashley MacIsaac
Baldry Long John
Big Sugar (Gordie Johnson )
Blue Rodeo
The Brothers Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)
Rick Danko
Fred Eaglesmith E.I.E.I.O
Sue Foley
Anthony Gomes
Great Big Sea.    Ronnie Hawkins  Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails
Colin James
King Biscuit Boy (Richard Newell)
Natalie MacMaster
Moxy Früvous
Old Man Luedecke
Sprit of the West
The Strumbella
The Magnificent Sevens
Wide Mouth Mason

     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, internation, 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!

Delicious Food


Fast Friendly Service

Pre-Game Meeting, Eating, & Party Place


The List of Gammy winners that Have Played For Me = 90!

John Scofield

Buddy Miller

Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum )

Steep Canyon Rangers~ Mike Guggino, Charles Humphrey, Woody Platt, Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp

Wayne Toups

Steve Riley

Anders Osborne

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

Jason Ricci

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)

Reckless Kelly

Stephen Bruton

Susan Tedeschi

Rebirth Brass Band

James Cotton

Leslie West


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 58 -- he's a family man now. He and Rachael have the sons (12-year-old Evan and 10-year-old Jonah) and an 7yr-old daughter, Maegan.(and now Twins -Teagan and Julian 4 ) 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." But you always working from home....If you call the club it just goes directly to my cell phone-so I'm always punched in!"

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 119 years of Miller / Cleveland Hospitality-Just saying........