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Blues Supergroup






Harmonica monster Mark Hummel, of the Blues Survivors, and Little Charlie Baty, monster guitar man from the Nightcats, have teamed up with some other monsters.  Anson Funderburgh of the legendary Texas band, the Rockets, an all star Austin rhythm section.  The result is a California Texas super band...Tasty yet nasty, smooth yet rough, suave boogie woogie for every kind of bootie."

Whiskey Island




Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much



Home of The
Labatts and Labatts Lite-the BIG BOYS - 16oz-Yea just 2 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!


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


All shows are all ages. 

Weekend shows (Fri.&Sat.)

start at 9:00 p.m. and

weekday shows start at

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


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

Thanks MM!

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



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



Founders Centennial IPA

pours a clear amber with a medium,foamy, offwhite head - low 

to medium carbonation visible peach marmelade,mango,







grassy -finishes dry -medium to high bitterniss for the style 

medium carbonation -light to medium body -alcohol detectable 

A great IPA.

Great Lakes


Great Lakes Oktoberfest brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., With an ABV of 6.50% This brew pours out a deep brown amber color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of most Oktoberfest brews on the , now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Great Lakes Oktoberfest is rich with sweetness grains , malts and hops. This is a real inviting brew. There is a slight roasted smell to this brew. Now for the taste, it is rich with roasted grians and malts at first, then a nice mild ness of hops at the end. There is a lot going on in Great Lakes Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest brew has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew is, It's really hard to pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel of Great Lakes Oktoberfest, is bold,rich,clean and smooth. Overall I'm giving Great Lakes Oktoberfest a 4.5 out of 5 . I would buy this brew again. Thank You Great Lakes Brewery.


Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch Shandy

Bring out the best of the season with our Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch Shandy. It’s a traditional wheat beer that we blend with notes of nutmeg, allspice and clove for a flavor that reminds us of homemade pumpkin pie and pairs perfectly with fall. It’s the perfect pumpkin shandy to pick this season. For an added touch of fall flavor, try pairing it with spicy beef chili or caramel flan.


420 Extra Pale Ale 

Our most popular beer. 420 Extra Pale Ale is a tasty West Coast Style Pale Ale with a good hop feel to it and a crisp finish. First brewed on April 20th, 1997 this beer has developed quite the following in the Southeast. Drink em if you got em Medals: 2002 Silver Medal - Great American Beer Festival; 1997-2003 Creative Loafing - Readers and Critic’s Choice - Best Local Beer; Silver Medal winner at the 1998 World Beer Cup; Voted top ten beers in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution


Portside Brewery

Marblehead Amber Ale

Marblehead lighthouse has been the longerst-operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes since it was built in 1821.  nestled into a natural limestone deposit on Lake Erie, it has long served as a beacon in the dark, to warn ships from running aground in the shallow body of water.  Coincidentally, this drinkable amber ale can be your guide through the hectic bustle of mdoern life.  It features low-level toasted mal and slightly sweet, full body, with a fruity hop finish.




This IPA pours a slightly hazy, pale orange with a balanced malt flavor and finishes with a wonderful flavor and aroma only American hops can provide. This beer is served unfiltered to retain all the bouquet from the hops

Platform Speed Merchant ipa

Pours a hazy orange/amber color without much head retention. The aroma is sharp of citra and amarillo hops. A touch of belgian yeast in it's smell also, but the aroma is truly dominated with big, juicy, citra hops. Flavor is big grapefruit rind with orange, lemon, and pineapple notes. Huge citrus fruit forward IPA. Medium-bodied. Solid mouthfeel and good carbonation.


Magners Irish Cider

Pours clear, deep orange with a reddish tint and a frothy film. Decent aroma, actually, with semi-ripe apples, some apple sauce. Medium sweet flavour with flinty notes, a slight artificial tang, juicy apples. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Not nearly as bad as I had feared.


Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt Scottish Al

Presentation: Very cool bottle in the traditional Thirsty Dog K-9 style with eye-catching graphics and font. Label gives IBU info and ABV info, a small description of the beer, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Appearance: Poured out of its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a deep orange amber color that has just a slight haze to it. An aggressive pour lead to a 3 finger off white fluffy foam head of of a medium airy density. Excellent lacing. Head retention was 4min 58sec before fading to a thick airy coating and ring. Smell/Aroma: Smell is of sweet tasted caramel malts along with a slightly bready yeasty aroma. Hints of spiced fruit also hits the nose. Flavor/Taste: Taste starts out very bready with a slight fruitiness that turns to a toasted caramel malt flavor before finishing with a bit of a bitterness along with a toasted bread flavor. A nice toasty aftertaste is experienced. MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth with a slightly below average carbonation. Very drinkable, even chug-able. Overall/Comments: A very good Scottish Ale that is extremely tasty and smooth. Highly recommend trying this! Classified as a Scottish Ale @ 5.2% ABV.

Goodwood Louisville Lager

Goodwood Louisville Lager is the first and only beer brewed with 100% Kentucky-grown grains. And, in a tip of the cap to our Slugger-making neighbors downtown, white ash – common in baseball bats – is used to enhance brewing. This results in a light-bodied, perfectly balanced lager with a sweet finish delivered by those Kentucky grains.

Breckenridge Brewery

Vanilla Porter

Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure.

Flying Dog Brewery

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

The color is a pretty orange-amber with a thick, creamy milk white head and lacing. The smell is fruity and hoppy but with a noticeable sweetness. This one starts with some sweetness: toffee, vanilla, and some sweet fruitiness, which quickly gives way to cloves, citrus, and a hoppy pine bitterness. This ale is well carbonated and it masks its 8.30 ABV quite well. Overall, it's an excellent example of a Belgian-style IPA; enough sweetness to make it interesting and refreshing.

Samuel Adams

Cold Snap

White Ale       

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.


Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla



A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it



The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

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

We buy more, but

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.


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


We're always  open

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


-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-

Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Great Lakes


Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$6 Irish



Right On!

-Tell your Friends!


Get It ToGo!!!


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


Sunday October 23

Join the Cleveland Chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment for our 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Enter your chili in the contest, watch the Browns v. Bengals on the big screen, and help support our recipients, the Barr family! $25 per person includes food and 2 drink tickets. Kids are welcome. Celebrity judges from The Cleveland Bagel Company will be in attendance!
Date: October 23, 2016
Place: Wilbert's (812 Huron Ave.)
Time: 12:30
Cost: $25

More information on the Barr family:
On September 10th, sisters Sophia Barr, 17, and Sierra Barr, 16, were in a catastrophic car accident. Both girls were rushed to the hospital, where both were in a coma. Both sustained traumatic brain injuries and require long term care and rehabilitation. Funds from the Chili Cook-off will help the Barr family with monthly expenses.

Tuesday October 25

Opening @ Noon

Best Party Downtown!


Cav’s Official Opening Night Party


Thursday October 27


With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Friday October 28


With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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



Music ShowCase


indie rock band, based in NYC via Australia


Influences: Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, U2, Elbow, INXS, the Doors, Beatles

Our new album is entitled iF . Now available on iTunes worldwide.
The album was recorded over two years in New York City and in Melbourne, Australia. Produced by Kevin Killen , who has worked with greats like Peter Gabriel and Tori Amos, engineered by Andy Baldwin , whose outstanding work is featured in Björk and St. Lucias music. Finally mixed by Ken Thomas in London, who has been part of the making of Sigur Ros' signature sound and also mixing electronic outfit M83.
Finally the artwork was created and completed by non-other than Storm Thorgerson , the man who created some of the worlds most iconic artwork for Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and Led Zeppelin's "House's of the Holy" . Thank you to everyone who's supported us this far, we are super excited to share this collection of songs with you.

Saturday October 29


With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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


Performing Elvis' greatest songs from the Fifties and early Sixties.

Johnny Elvis and the Crown Electrics!

Cleveland's most outstanding Elvis!


Sunday October 30

Opening @9:30am

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!

Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets




Best Bloody Mary's $4 / Damn Delicious Mimosa $3


Breakfast Specials

Breakfast Burrito

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Quesadilla

French Toast Crème Brûlée


With The Best Specials DOWNTOWN!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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


Tuesday November 1


Wednesday November 2

A Fresh Blend of Roots music, Southern Soul, Blues, Rock and R&B from Buffalo, NY

Miller and The Other Sinners

Experience the soul empowering music of Miller and The Other Sinners. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Miller and The Other Sinners brings a fresh blend of roots music, southern soul, blues, rock and r&b, that will move you at the core. Lead by David Michael Miller who's sophomore solo album, Same Soil, ended up at #34 for the top blues albums played worldwide on radio according to the Roots Music Report in 2015 and climbed as high as #3. David has received worldwide press as well as numerous awards including “Artist of The Year” by the Arts Services Institute of Western New York, "Best Blues Male Vocalist" for Night-Life Magazine (2013, 2014 and 2015) and has shared the stage with artists such as Gary Clark, Jr., Jonny Lang, The Steve Miller Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, the late Bobby Blue Bland, and many more.
David is accompanied on the road by former Buddy Guy sax player of nearly 10 years, Jason Moynihan and an exciting young rhythm section with occasional guests by members of the internationally renown, Campbell Brothers.
Whether in the 4 piece touring band, or in the 8 piece festival band, Miller and The Other Sinners blows people away everywhere they play.


Powerhouse of Blues and Funk from CLE

The Underworld

Blues Band

Gaetano's Underworld Blues Band - Gaetano Letizia - Leader, Guitar & Vocals, Larry Kellery - Bass Guitar, Mike D'Elia - Drums & Vocals

Member Biographies

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.


Tuesday November 1


Saturday November 5

Live Perfomance by Singer / Song Writer Co-Founder of the Band ORLEANS and Congressman

John Hall

Still the One: A Rock'n'Roll Journey to Congress and Back

Sonny Bono may be more famous, but he's got nothing on author John Hall when it comes to playing guitar or writing songs for artists from Chet Atkins to Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck to Bobby McFerrin, Bonnie Raitt to the Doobie Brothers and James Taylor before serving as a member of the US Congress. It was John's musical colleagues performing at fund-raisers that made it possible for him to finance his winning campaign against an entrenched incumbent in a historically Republican district.

In this absorbing memoir, John shares stories about moments that stand out in his remarkable musical and political journey.

From childhood memories of being raised to be an optimist, to the thrill of finding himself at age eighteen in the middle of the '60s music explosion, to the cresting of his passion for environmental issues in helping to cofound a musician's antinuclear advocacy group, to holding elected offices at both the local and national levels, and beyond—John's life path is jam-packed with fascinating people and intriguing stories.

Titled after John's best-known song, Still the One: A Rock ‘n' Roll Journey to Congress and Back is ultimately an ode to engagement in creating a better world.

John Hall is looking forward to telling stories, playing songs, signing books, and talking with fans and anyone interested in anyone interested in music, the environment, politics, optimism….  He will have copies of his new memoir, STILL THE ONE: MY ROCK'n'ROLL JOURNEY FROM CONGRESS AND BACK.  
Best known as the founder of the band Orleans, with hits including “Still The One,” and “Dance With Me,” John co-wrote Janis Joplin's “Half Moon,” Steve Wariner's #1 country hit "You Can Dream of Me," and also “Power,” which became the theme of the NO NUKES concerts in the 1970s. John has collaborated in the studio or on the stage with Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Chet Atkins, Carly Simon… 
His environmental concerns led him into community activism, which also got him on the road into politics, first serving in the Ulster County, New York legislature, then as trustee and president of the Saugerties school board.  Hall won a seat in Congress in 2006, and returned to music in 2011 with Orleans.   John's optimism comes through in stories from his life in the musical and political worlds in STILL THE ONE: A ROCK'n'ROLL JOURNEY TO CONGRESS AND BACK.    


Elie Small

Wednesday November 9

Come see why Rolling Stone magazine says:

"Yes believe the hype! This show lives up to it!"


Kiss The Sky is the premier, historically accurate Jimi Hendrix Re-Experience featuring Jimy Bleu, the world's longest running Jimi Hendrix tribute artist. Just like Jimi Hendrix, Jimy Bleu is a virtuoso, left handed guitarist and performs all of Hendrix's signature stage moves. Kiss The Sky is so accurate to Jimi Hendrix that on November 16th they will appear on the AXS-TV show "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands". Kiss The Sky performs all of Hendrix's classic songs with both The Experience and Band of Gypsys and features meticulously replicated 1960's custom clothes, instruments and gear of those actually worn and used by Jimi Hendrix and his band. All of the musicians in Kiss The Sky are world class touring and recording musicians. In the past, Kiss The Sky has had the honor of welcoming to the stage with them Hendrix's own band members Billy Cox, Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez. 


Thursday November 10

from Boulder, CO

  DeadPhish Orchestra

A Seamless Web Of Grateful Dead And Phish To Split Open And Melt Your Face

Band Interests~Cookies and milk

The Deadphish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together.  But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene.

While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges–funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens.

The guys in DPO have posed themselves a unique challenge in merging the two styles.  Setlists end up with segues that look like Divided Sky > Morning Dew > Divided Sky, or Help  > Slip > Frankenstein.  Or how about Mike's Song > Stella Blue > Weekapaug Groove.  Or even stranger, like My Friend, My Friend of the Devil…or It Must Have Been The Roses Are Free.  You can see that between the vast repertoires of the two bands, the possibilities are endless.

It's just about as much fun as humans are allowed to have.

Friday November 11

Instrumental Rock~blending blues, jazz, funk, some electronic and rock from Charleston, WV


began with the idea to take instrumental music, imagined with non-traditional ideas, and push the barriers of conventional music. The result is a blending blues, jazz, funk, some electronic and rock. This fusion is approachable with a tasty experimental vibe. Focused on building a strong regional following, the band spent the last several years touring and evolving its sound. Trielement has been described as a “tightly ran progressive trio” with “instrumental music that keeps your attention.” The newest, self-titled release, was recor ded at Fish Bowl Recording, mixed and mastered by Aaron Fisher. This new release (2016) captures a slight change in direction but continues the musically experimental open-mindedness of the band. Trielement completed a small March 2016 tour with Neil Zaza, and as shared the stage with The Aristocrats, Sean O'Bryan Smith, and Soften the Glare to name a few.  
TriElement is:

Kenny Booth - guitar
Joey Lafferty - bass
Dave Roberts - drums/synth programming


Rock / Progressive / Psychedelic from CLE

The Rick Ray Band


Saturday November 12

FOLKGRASS from Lakewood,N Y/ Jamestown,N Y

Out of BIG LEG EMMA come Steve Johnson (Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) with his new band


See them live -FREE/ No Cover 9pm

The Probables are best described as Fire Folkgrass Roots Rock, with a driving edge through deep cutting echo's of the roots folk world, this five memeber group can bring it and provoke thought at the same time. The Probables are...Stev e Johnson, former frontman for BIG LEG EMMA, Tom Hodges (former lead guitar player from BIG LEG EMMA),Dyla n Derby (THE DERBINES) Stand up Bass and Matt Gronquist (Accordian ,Fiddle,Mandolin)

So much great music comes from the great state of New York that it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes to wade through all the new releases. The Probables broke though the stack for me and made an impression with their new EP The Home. They call it Folkgrass and I tend to agree. Song writer and singer Steve Johnson gives us some great folk lyrics but I think Its Matt Gronquist on Accordian, Fiddle and Mandolin who crosses it over into that wonder blend of Bluegrass and Folk that makes this band a instant fave. The songs "I'm Home"  and "Homeward Bound" were instant standoutsfor me and should be added to any Bluegrass or Folk radio rotation.

Tuesday November 15

"Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls speak to the heartache and joy in the
world, with the wisdom not to try to separate them, and the skill to make
all of it beautiful. They're one of my favorite new groups,.." - Dave Marsh

Jason Heath & the Greedy Souls

Acoustelec tric Agit-POP Arena Folkountry Rawk from L.A.

Jason Heath-big mouth, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica;
Justin Salmons-El ectric Guitar; little mouth
Jason Federici (Danny's son!)-a ccordion, organ; little mouth
Casey Johnson-dr ums & percussion
Jose Esquivel- bass & little mouth;
Ysanne Spevack-fi ddle;
Chris Joyner-pia no, wurlitzer

It's easy and somewhat accurate to slot Los Angeles's Heath and his band between electric Dylan, Tom Petty and particularly Bruce Springsteen, the latter because Jason Federici, son of late E Street Band member Danny Federici is a member of Heath's Greedy Souls unit. But even though there are plenty of musical nods to Heath's influences, this group constructs hard rocking, literate American rock and roll that's authentic and powerful, if not terribly unique.

Most songs such as the rollicking “All the Fighters” are constructed with arrangements that toss in elements as disparate as banjos, accordion and violin, often when you least expect it, to a mix of blistering, sometimes Southern rock leaning guitars and driving percussion. It's all in the opening title track; the shadowy, dramatic Celtic underpinnings and dusky lyrics make it a perfect harbinger of what is to come. Heath's songwriting crams smart, sharply observed, often politically slanted lyrics (“if you want a revolution, better get some evolution now” from the Faces sounding “Evolution Now”) into music sturdy enough to handle the pressure. 

Two previous albums have garnered positive press and notice from high profile musicians such as Tom Morello, Wilco's Nels Cline and the MC5's Wayne Kramer for whose Industrial Amusement imprint Heath now records. But this one combines Heath's tough wordplay with tight playing, consistently rugged material and a more robust attack. It also keeps melodies hummable as the group cranks up the rocking like on the Skynyrd leaning first single “Turn On (the Radio).” Heath's restraint is dispalyed on the singalong “Armageddon Town,” a tune you can almost see a club full of fans singing along with. He's just as convincing on a handful of ballads that keep the mood varied such as the bittersweet “Sophia” that pushes into Springsteen territory with an urban, street wise sound and the younger Federici's accordion.

Whether this is the disc that puts Heath more firmly on the Americana map is yet to be seen, but if you're a fan of rock and roll, it deserves to be on your shortlist as one of the most heartfelt, honest and intelligently soulful rocking albums of the year.

Take This Hammer

Take This Hammer was formed in 2004 by veteran Clevelnad songwriters who, in addition to their original material, also pay tribute to the great folk music of the 30's through 60's that has inspired them.

The usual suspects:
Howard Micenmacher - vocals guitar
Ann Marie Micenmacher - vocals, guitar
Andy Oster - bass
Sonny Miller - pedal steel, slide guitar
Dave Smoot - Drums


Saturday November 19

THE Blues Event Of The Year!

Blues Supergroup





with drummer WES STARR and bassist RW GRIGSBY

The Golden State/Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California -- Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist, bandleader and Grammy nominee), Little Charlie Baty (ex-Nightcats bandleader and guitar hero) and RW Grigsby (bassist) -- and Texans Anson Funderburgh (guitarist and Rockets bandleader) and Wes Starr (famed Austin drummer who has played with a who's who of Texas music royalty).

Hummel's Blues Award nominated release; "The Hustle Is Really On", features the GS/LS Revue, which has just completed a new recording for 2016 release. Besides producing and playing on Blind Pig's "Remembering Little Walter" with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Little Charlie Baty, Nathan James, June Core & RW Grigsby, the CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and has recently won Best Blues Album & Best Traditional Blues Album of the year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

Hummel's latest CD on ElectroFi "The Hustle Is Really On" just placed #2 on Living Blues Radio and features the Golden State/Lone Star project.

" When this trio of pilots took it for a spin, it soared and rocked, powered by electricity and an elite crew who make flying the blues-friendly skies a reality, not a catchphrase. " Grant Britt - BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE

" On the "Hustle Is Really On", Hummel and his co-conspirators invoke the spirit of these greats with plenty of verve and chops to spare. " Michael Cote - BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE

" Mark Hummel came of age in the early 70s, at the height of rock and roll,like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn't stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience. " - THE NEW YORKER

LITTLE CHARLIE BATY - is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act"Litle Charlie & the Nightcats". Charlie and the Nightcats have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast's most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years. They've played every major Festival you can think of and every blues joint from Maine to Spain.

Guitar World declares, "Baty's straight blues playing is eye-popping...he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down." "Little Charlie Baty plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together," raves The Village Voice. "He is one of the swiftest, most fluent guitarists working in any genre".

ANSON FUNDERBURGH - Born in 1954, Anson Funderburgh hails from Plano,Texas, where the youngster first picked up guitar. In high school, he got bit by the blues bug through Jimmy Reed and Lightning Hopkins. By 1978, he started Anson & The Rockets with vocalist/harp player Darrell Nulisch, and the group was signed by Black Top Records a couple years later. In 1986, Nulisch was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed until his death in 2006. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy?s.

After Myer's death, Funderburgh took a seven-year hiatus from performing to devote to his new family. In 2011, Funderburgh resumed performing with both The Rockets and the Eric Lindell Band. The latter part of 2012 saw the first of many tours of the Golden State/Lone Star Revue. Funderburgh has played with Delbert McClinton (and joins his Sandy Beaches Cruise every year), Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King and Jimmy Buffett. Funderburgh is also the inspiration for Beavis (Beavis & Butthead); former bassist and creator of the characters, Mike Judge, worked as a Rocket for three years.

Rounding out the GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR Revue are RW GRIGSBY on bass & famed Texas drummer WES STARR (Anson And The Rockets. Between these two old Rome, GA cronies, they've played with a who's who of famed musicians - Omar & the Howlers, Jr. Brown, Jimmy Vaughn, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton & many more!

""they just might be the best blues band going." (Kent Wolgamott/Lincoln Journal-Star)

"a stunning piece of work from start to finish…There is no jockeying for position here despite the formidable talent…Hummel handles lead vocals and is the featured soloist more often than not, but Baty's swinging, sophisticated guitar lines…and Funderburgh's more aggressive and stinging--but always tasteful--approach anchor every song on which they appear. From the swinging, mid-tempo 'Midnight Hour'…to the closing 'End Of The World', an extended slow blues with ominous undertones that are reinforced by the sound of police sirens looping in the background, these artists display a chemistry that evinces their decades of experience touring and performing with some of the top names in the genre…rhythm section deserves special mention…They seem to have scratched the surface of their creative potential--here's hoping this collaboration will endure well into the future." (Roger Gatchet/Living Blues)

""harmonica monster Mark Hummel, of the Blues Survivors, and Little Charlie Baty, monster guitar man from the Nightcats, have teamed up with some other monsters.  Anson Funderburgh of the legendary Texas band, the Rockets, an all star Austin rhythm section.  The result is a California Texas super band...Tasty yet nasty, smooth yet rough, suave boogie woogie for every kind of bootie." (BluesMobile)

"The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark Hummel, featuring guitarists Anson Funderburgh, and Little Charlie Baty. All respected instrumentalists in their own right, this collaboration is a premium showcase of West Coast Blues. ...the guitar interplay is tasteful and they give each other room. The spotlight of course will shine on Hummel as vocalist, but he wisely integrates himself in the band for the reliable blues band situation. As this music continues its generational journey, the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue represent the contemporary keepers of the flame, assuring the blues will never die." (James Nadal/All About Jazz)

"Harp heavyweight Mark Hummel has assembled a blues supergroup and the 14 titanic tracks here, recorded at Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studio in San Jose, Ca., will knock your socks off. Joining Hummel for these invigorating performances are guitar greats Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty, plus drummer Wes Starr and bassist R.W. Grigsby. Romping through a variety of blues styles, there's joy and exuberance in every measure...Pure gold." (Paul Freeman/Pop Culture Classics)

""Though described as a blues 'supergroup', this fivesome-plus refreshingly displays none of the showboating or excess such a tag can suggest.  With guitar giants Anson Funderburgh and 'Little' Charlie Baty in tow, master blues harp craftsman Mark Hummel fronts a lineup which lays down a set of blues as rock-solid as each of their individual resumes...Hummel's originals, including 'Cool To Be Your Fool”', 'Lucky Kewpie Doll' and the haunting 'End Of The World' mesh well with well-selected covers such as Mose Allison's 'Stop This World'. Keyboardist Jim Pugh stands out as a guest artist." (Duane Verh/Roots Music Report)

"Baty's fast fingered jazz style of playing is pitted against Funderburgh's smoother, fluid lines and the two play off each other wonderfully...The results are not as much a series of spotlighted solos or a guitar heaven that you might have envisioned.  You can expect to hear that live (and I just did recently) but here the playing is more democratic and ensemble oriented with short, crisp solos.  ...These guys are all veteran bluesmen playing what noted critic Dick Shurman dubs 'Real Deal Blues.'" (Jim Hynes/Elmore)

"the guys have a sound as big as their combined resumes that shines on cuts like a buoyant cover of Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown's 'Midnight Hour,' Lowell Fulson's sassy 'Check Yourself' and Hummel originals like the swinging 'Cool to Be Your Fool,' the twangy and appropriately '50s-leaning 'Lucky Kewpie Doll' and the very slow and smoky 'End of the World.' Guest players on sax, piano and organ help out the all-stars throughout." (Kevin Wierzbicki/antiMusic)

"...Top notch from start to finish, skip this one at your peril." (Mark Smith/Music Revue)

""This is a terrific revue and reports of their shows seems consistent with the music here. The performances are marvelously performed and backed by an excellent rhythm section. Fans of real deal blues are in for a treat with this gem." (Ron Weinstock/In A Blue Mood)

" true blues supergroup crackling with energy and artistry." (B.J. Huchtemann/The Reader)

"Pick Hit...the music here lives up to my lofty expectations... a fine, fine album." (Bill Mitchell/BluesBytes)

"A total modern blues super group, if this doesn't get you fist pumping and jumping around, you better check your pulse to make sure you still have one.  With Mark Hummel and Anson Funderburgh leading the charge, you know you're in good hands...Hot stuff throughout." (Chris Spector/Midwest Record Review)

"terrific! ...This is an excellent release with more joint contributions and only a few individual blow out solos making it walk like a silent giant." (Bman's Blues Report)

> "great bluesmen from California and Texas - including Mark Hummel and Anson Funderburgh…This is authentically, real blues music.  Dig it!" (Joe Wolfe-Mazares/Ear To The Ground)

Friday November 25

Rags to Riches Presents a Thanksgiving Rockabilly Roundup!

Johnny Fay and the Bel-Aires

Real Class Authentic Rock-a-Billy

Johnny Fay and the Blazers is a name known internatio nally to fans and collectors of early rock & roll. Here is the story of Bedford, Ohio native John Furino an d his teenage band the Bel-Aires.
John and friends formed the band while students at Bedford High School in the late 1950s, after witnessing a Cleveland Arena concert by Elvis, Scotty & Bill (with D.J. Fontana on drums). Johnny and The Bel-Aires played local dances and record hops, and after graduating in 1961, John kept the group together with various members.
In 1962 The Bel-Aires were approached by the newly formed Dani Records, a venture started by two Cleveland businessme n. A single was recorded pairing two Bel-Aires originals, “Cindy” and “Sweet Linda Brown”. These highly charged rockers were released under the name Johnny Fay and The Blazers, an identity concocted by the Dani label owners, which John disliked. The record never had a chance as the fledgling record company soon ground to a halt amid a dispute between the two owners.
John didn't think much more about the music business, relocating to Kent, Ohio in 1968. He and a partner opened a barber shop.
Over the years, the rare Dani label single became a favorite of European rockabilly aficionado s, with both sides appearing on several compilatio ns of rare and coveted 45rpms.
In 2011, Matt Baker, an archeologi st of Ohio's rock & roll past, located John and discovered that there were several unissued Bel-Aires demos recorded prior to the Johnny Fay single. While all uptempo rockers, these songs feature some different aspects of the Bel-Aires sound: from a 14 year old John wailing sax on “Bel-Aire Rock”, the Dion & the Belmonts style of “Charlotte ”, the accordion led “Crazy Love”, to the Elvis rockabilly of “Hey Pretty Baby”.
Matt brought John's attention to a youtube video featuring a modern rockabilly group from France, The Megatons, playing a live version of “Sweet Linda Brown”. John wrote to the group to compliment their version and was promptly invited to Paris for a month of festival performanc es and recording with the Megatons in May 2012.
Since 2012, Johnny Fay has toured France twice. He has also played various venues in and around Cleveland during the past 3 years. Johnny Fay recently completed a US tour this past spring with the Megatons (from France) in addition to Cleveland Legend Neil “Crash Coffin” on their “Rockabill y Ball North USA Tour 2015” with dates in Cleveland, Pittsburgh , Harrisburg , and ending up at the “Rebel Nights” in New York City.


Tuesday November 29

Prodigal Son~(son of Jack Bruce)

Malcolm Bruce

Composer/Singersongwriter/Musician from London UK

Influences Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and of course, Jack Bruce (Cream)

As the son of musician  Jack Bruce (Cream), Malcolm has always been immersed in a musical environment. He grew up hearing and experiencing firsthand some of the finest musicians around, whether through his father's frequent collaborations with musicians such as Tony Williams or John Mclaughlin, or Jack's own bands with musicians like Simon Phillips and Mick Taylor.

As a teenager he attended the Guildhall School of Music to study composition and has been performing professionally since the age of 16. His musical style is very much his own.

Early in his career, Malcolm performed guitar and piano on  Bill Ward' s (Black Sabbath) record 'Ward 1', which included piano on a track featuring Ozzy Osbourne . He recorded with Dick Heckstall-Smith , and a  Brand X  compilation featuring 2 of his own songs performed with Percy Jones , John Goodsall and Pierre Moerlan . In the 90s Malcolm toured and recorded with ‘Lost City', featuring Rue Phillips and Kofi Baker , which included a double headline US tour with Edan Everly (Don Everly's son).
Malcolm has recently spent time in Nashville at producer Kevin McKendree 's studio (Delbert McClinton, Brian Setzer, John Oates) and was in the studio as assistant engineer with Little Richard for a tribute to songwriting legend Dottie Rambo . Whilst in Nashville, Malcolm also played bass on fretless guitarist Ned Evett 's record 'Treehouse' produced by Adrian Belew . Malcolm also played bass on a song featuring Elton John playing piano and singing a duet with Frankie Miller , which will be released on a special tribute record to Frankie, with Frankie's longtime guitarist Ray Minhinnett and producer David Mackay . 

Malcolm performed shows with his father over the years, in the UK, US and Europe. He appeared on several of Jack's recordings, including 'Shadows in the Air' on tracks with Eric Clapton , and 'More Jack than God' featuring Dr. John , culminating in work on Jack's final album 'Silver Rails', recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2014.

Malcolm has been touring regularly, playing shows in theatres and clubs across the UK and the US, including venues in London such as The Jazz Cafe, The Troubadour and O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, and in NYC at BB Kings, Iridium and The Cutting Room.

Recent live work has included touring in the US with Leslie West and Corky Laing (Mountain), a 60 date tour as support for Joe Satriani across Europe, the US and Canada as part of Ned Evett's Triple Double, and a special Jimi Hendrix Birthday tribute at BB Kings in New York City with Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) and Corky Laing. Malcolm has also toured with Will Johns (Andy Johns' son), Kofi Baker  (Ginger Baker's son), and Chris Page playing the songs of Cream, in the USA as well as the UK. He recently completed a 10 concert solo UK tour as support for Andy Fraser (Free), and toured Japan and Germany with guitarist Chris Spedding (Motorbikin'). He played piano for poet / Cream lyricist  Pete Brown in Prague and Bratislava, at a CD release event for Czech star  Miro Zbirka 's album recorded at Abbey Road with producer Rob Cass . Malcolm played a headline show at The Cutting Room in August, with a band consisting of guitarist  David Malachowski (Antony Rapp, Mamma Mia, Shania Twain), and the cream of the crop of Broadway musicians including drummer Gary Seligson (Rent, School of Rock).

Malcolm is now gearing up to release an album, recorded in Nashville and London, through Pledge Music in late 2016 and will be touring in support of the release through the USA in November and December and into 2017.

Tuesday December 13

Happy Hour with

Singer/Songwriter & front man for Alt-Rock/Americana act Wounded Knee

Marc Delgado

Marc Delgado is a Singer/Songwriter & front man for Alt-Rock/Americana act Wounded Knee. When not writing, recording & performing with the band, Marc tours endlessly as a Solo act. In the past year & a half Delgado has played well over 200 Solo shows. His songs are eclectic & unexpected & deal with characters trying to make sense of The American Landscape

Friday January 21

Gritty, Rockin’ Soul Blues from Ridgway PA

The Charlie Wheeler Band

Northern PA's rock trio, the Charlie Wheeler Band, delivers rippin' guitar jams that make their bad-ass live shows a high energy experience where fans party hard all night long. The band's hard-driving, blue-collar soul music is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of Pearl Jam. With lyrics that can at times be light, heavy, deep, and even funny, the band's songs tell stories of life, love, and living life on the edge.

Hailing from a small town called Ridgway, PA, the Charlie Wheeler Band exudes a toughness that can only be cultivated in the working class environs from which they've emerged. Powered by the rhythm section of Rad Akers on Drums (Big Leg Emma) and Dave Fink on Bass (That Dog In Egypt), Charlie Wheeler describes the band as a “song first” type of band. Fans and critics alike appreciate the band's balance of sharp songwriting, engaging vocals and skilled musicianship. With songwriting that is entertaining, even a little irreverent at times, the Charlie Wheeler Band never disappoints with a powerhouse show and sick guitar jams.

While expansive, improvisational jamming is a key component to their live show, their third album Rewind is a solid group of structured songs which allow Wheeler to tear into his vocal and lead guitar work with reckless, pent up hostility. Raves Lou Lombardi of Blue Rock Review, “While Charlie is a great guitarist and vocalist, what really makes Rewind work is the songwriting. Strip away the crushing rhythm section, smoking guitar work, snarling vocals, and we are left with a set of very beautiful and touching songs.” Michael Greenblatt of the Aquarian Weekly said of the album that he was excited to “find some good rock ‘n' roll again after almost giving up!” The summer of 2016 promises a new release and touring up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest.


Saturday March 18

With sultry, mesmerizing vocals, engaging songwriting talent + fiery slide guitar work from Sydney Australia

Kara Grainger

"But the highlight of the opening set will be Aussie soul slinger Kara Grainger who is known for her groove-rooted sound and mean slide guitar; her sultry vocal melting hearts and minds, a true delight to see". -Zaki Zufri, Insing.com 

Kara Grainger boasts an impressive set of skills. This Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist may evoke comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, but she bears a style all her own, a relentlessly seductive, distinctly modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
At the age of 16 Kara joined with her brother Mitch Grainger to form the band "Papa Lips". The band toured consistently throughout Australia and produced two studio albums that received critical acclaim and were played on several radio stations nationally. The band was heavily influenced by the soul sounds from Stax recording in Memphis, and by the funk, soul and blues from New Orleans.

In 2008 Kara signed to Australian label "Craving Records" with whom Kara released her debut recording " Grand and Green River". The recording was co produced in the US with David Kalish and remained in the top 30 of the Americana Charts for 38 straight weeks. 
Since then she has made two further albums whilst residing in the US. Her second recording ”LA Blues" was performed live at Studio City Sound and engineered by producer Tom Weir. The recording paid tribute to some of Kara's earliest blues inspirations. In 2013 kara recorded and released "Shiver and Sigh" through Los Angeles record label "Eclecto Groove." The album was produced by grammy award winning producer David Z and featured some of LA's finest musicians including Mike Finnigan, Hutch Hutchinson, James Gadson and Kirk Fletcher among others. 
Since her beginnings playing the pub scene of Balmain in Sydney Australia, Kara's music has taken her on an incredible journey throughout the globe. She has traveled to Indonesia several times to perform at the Jakarta International Blues Festival, performing together with her band and also as a special guest with The Jakarta  Women's Blues Review.  In 2011 she toured Japan with "The Swampers and Donnie Fritts”, (the infamous house Rhythm section for "Fame Recordings" in Muscle Shoals). Kara has taken her band to Switzerland where she performed at the Lucerne Blues Festival as well as The Sierre Blues Festival'. She also has toured in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain.
In 2015 Kara performed at the "Beautiful swamp Festival" in Calais France and also to sell out crowds on her debut tour of the Uk. This tour included performances at “The Voodoo Rooms” in Edinburgh and ”Ronnie Scotts",  Londons premier blues and jazz venue.
Recently Kara was also invited to play in North east India by the Himalayan Blues Foundation. Her live performance at the "18 degrees cultural Festival”, was an absolute career highlight. The show was incredibly well received and the local people of Shillong were thrilled and amazed after being introduced to the slide guitar for the very first time.
In the US, Kara has performed at several Festivals such as The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival and Blues from the Top in Colorado.  Kara has also  appeared at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
She has also opened for many extraordinary acts such as Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Jonny Lang to name a few.
Kara is currently working on a new cd which is set to be released in the Summer of this year. The recording is shaping up to have plenty of the roots and blues flavor for which she has become known, and also focuses on a simple production highlighting Kara's beautiful vocal and incredible handling of the slide guitar.



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