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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$2 DOMESTICS

#ALLinCLE

Friday July 31

Texas Roots Blues Aficionado

Delbert McClinton

 

Whiskey Island

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE"

AWARD WINNERS

@

Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much

 

WILBERTS IS OUTSTANDING!
Home of The
$2 DOMESTICS-$3 BOMBS
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 80+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!
OUTSTADNING!

 

Wilbert's Food & Music
812 Huron Avenue E.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216.902.4663

 

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

wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

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

Thanks MM!

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

ConcertHotels.com

 

EVAN (my 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 them

All (Jane Scott's 75 B-Party!)

Mike Millers

Cell 216.375.5966

e-mail wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Delta Zeta Formal →

Thank you so much for all

of your services on

Saturday night. Everyone

had a blast and said the

food was amazing!! This

was the perfect place to

have our fall formal. Everything you have done

is greatly appreciated. Hopefully we can hold another event there soon.

I will definitely keep in

touch with you

 

ON TAP!

Conway's Irish Ale

A malty Irish Ale with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Named after Patrick Conway, the grandfather of co-owners Patrick and Daniel Conway and a Cleveland policeman who directed traffic for 25 years near the brewery. Style origin: Second to Dry Stout, this style of ale is Ireland's other most distinctive brew.

Best With:  A "meat and potatoes" type of beer. Also goes well with corned beef, shepherd's pie, stews and other traditional Irish fare.

 

Founders

Red's Rye IPA

Rated 98=World Class!

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.

 

Founders Breakfast Stout

Rated=100

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

 

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Nosferatu

American Ale

ABV:8%

Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Company is an Irish-Style Red Ale. Great Lakes Brewing Company has given Nosferatu the following description: "Highly hopped imperial red ale rich with flavor, yet remarkably balanced.Like vampires (most especially, the notorious German vampire from the 1920s film era), this beer has a bit of a reputation as ?the Beer with the Bite.?"

 

Breckenridge

Vanilla

Porter


Who would have thought deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grew the perfect ingredient to build an extraordinary Porter in Colorado? An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure, real vanilla bean. Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter. A vanilla kiss in a rich, dark sea.

Dogfish Head Brewery

60 Minute IPA

is continuously hopped -- more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. (Getting a vibe of where the name came from?)
60 Minute is brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast IPA with a lot of citrusy hop character, it's the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts!

 

Left Hand

Milk Stout

Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. “Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment.” Udderly delightful.

 

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

This crisp and refreshing cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle dryness for a balanced cider taste. The fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor make this cider hard to resist.

 

Fat Heads Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale

 

"MOST REFRESHING BEER IN AMERICA"

BREWING NEWS GLOBAL WARMING OPEN

Brewed with fresh harvested spring honey stolen from some very angry bees (we have the welts to prove it) and infused with fresh blueberries. Creating a light, refreshing ale with a nice blueberry aroma, crackery malt flavors, a hint of sweetness and a refreshing blueberry finish. Get yo buzz on!

Labatt Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale

Introducing flavor that's too big to ban. Our new Prohibition Series is a nod to Labatt's role in keeping the beer flowing during America's “dry spell”. The two distinctively bold flavors, Bourbon Barrel Ale and Apple Harvest Ale, transport drinkers back to that exciting era of smugglers and speakeasies.

21st Amendment Black IPA

Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.

 

Jackie O

Chomolunga

honey nut brown ale


Chomolunga is Jackie O's honey nut brown ale, something akin to Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. It smells just as you would imagine – sweet and nutty – and tastes much the same. The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly warming, and it's very easy to drink. This beer is much more interesting and tasty than Firefly Amber, and for that reason it's my go-to when I want something I can down a pitcher of.


Samuel Adams Winter Lager


Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice. The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.

 

Bell's Oberon Ale

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

 

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla

 

Guinness

A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it

 

**********************

The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

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

We buy more, but

enjoy less.

We have bigger

houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less

sense, more

knowledge, but

less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more

medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive

too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much,

and pray too seldom.

We

have multiplied our possessions, but

reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often. We've

learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We've added years

to life not life to years.

We've been all the

way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We've done larger

things, but not better things. We've cleaned

up the air, but polluted

the soul. We've conquered the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but

learn less. We plan

more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more

computers to hold

more information, to produce more copies

than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These

are the days of two incomes but more

divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes.

These are days of

quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway orality, one night

stands, overweight bodies, and pills that

do everything from

cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there

is much in the

showroom window and nothing in the

stockroom. A time

when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you

can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit 'delete'.

Remember, spend

some time with your

loved ones, because

they are not going to

be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone, who looks up to you in awe, because that little

person soon will grow

up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one

next to you, because

that is the only

treasure you can give

with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say,

"I love you" to your

partner and your loved ones, but most of all

mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from

deep inside of you.Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday

that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak and give time to share the

precious thoughts in

your mind.

A Message by

George Carlin

Reminder

We're always  open

before all Indians/Cav's home  Games with $2-Domestics-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Bud Select, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-Killian's Red, Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Landshark, Great Lakes

Dortmunder,

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$5 Irish

Car

Bombs!

Right On!

-Tell your Friends!

 

Get It ToGo!!!

 

Sunday May 3

Indians vs. Blue Jays

Opening at 10am

With

$3 Mimosa-Breakfast Burrito

Crème Brûlée French Toast

and

The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

after the game ~3:30

Bluegrass / Adirondack Freight Train String Music / Dust Ball of Frantric Dancin Whip Crackin Energy Saranac Lake, NY

The Blind Owl Band

The Blind Owl Band, from Saranac Lake, NY, in the Heart of The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY, are expanding their groun ... d in 2015! Since inception in September of 2010, The Blind Owl Band has forged a unique sound with their stringed instruments. A relentless approach in all they do, whether a packed touring schedule or energy packed show. Get ready, for this freight train will not stop!
“Although we look like a bluegrass band we are not. We are a musical representation of what sounds float around in our heads. We use the instruments of our ancestors, but play music of our time, influenced by all that has happened in the musical world over the past 26 years. We achieve a unique personal sound through a raw instrumentation. In a time of perfection and an expansion of the realm through digital processors, we hope to inspire use of wood and metal. To take a basic approach and expanded it to a sound all its own.”
The Blind Owl Band, call this Freight Train String Music, it would fall under the broader category of Northern Contemporary Bluegrass. The band pushes this music concept from all 4 sides from start to finish of each performance. The band is a 4 piece string band, featuring Arthur Buezo (Guitar, Vocals), Christian Cardiello, (Double Bass, Fretless Bass), James Ford, (Banjo Vocals) and Eric Munley (Mandolin, Vocals). The band views their traditional arrangement as just the start of the musical concept. There is no one conductor of this band, but four shovel boys pushing the limits of their engine.
In just under three years the band has released their debut album "Rabble Rousing" a 15 track album featuring all original music. Just this past July the band also released the follow up This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel, a 12 track, completely original album, displaying the continued development of the band. Heavy regional touring has also ensued all over the North East playing over 450 shows in 16 states since the band starting regional touring in January 2012. The Blind Owl Band has also appeared at over 60 festivals during this time. This includes: The Peach Music Festival, The Susquehanna Breakdown, Jerry Jam, Backwoods Pondfest, Jibber Jazz Madsummer Meltdown, Fiddlers Picnic, The Purple Pig Music Festival, Harrys Harvest Festival, Sterling Stage and More.The Blind Owl Band has shared the stage with: Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Hackensaw Boys, Larry and His Flask, The Rumpke Mtn. Boys, Hot Day at The Zoo, Floodwood, Cabinet, Driftwood, Jatoba, Eastbound Jesus, The Mallett Brothers and more! It has been a positive start for the Blind Owl Band. They look forward to expanding new grounds in 2015 both on the surface of the earth, and in the noise in the air! Get ready for Adirondack Freight Train String Music!

 

Monday May 4

Cav's Continue!

 

The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

 

Tuesday May 5

Private Party

 

Wednesday May 6

Cav's Continue!

Best Party Place!

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood

$2 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson

PLUS

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

Friday May 8

L.A. Blues Rock Guitarist

(Think SRV, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Bonamassa)

ERIC STECKEL

A young Blues veteran, a powerful player and an authentic Blues soul……

Hailed by many as one of the next big things in the Blues!

Few blues guitarists can improve on young Eric Steckel's impressive resume.
The Eric Steckel Band's debut CD, "A Few Degrees Warmer", was recorded live in April 2002 when Eric was just 11 years old. It wasn't long until the "ESB" appeared at the 2003 Sarasota Blues Festival where Eric's powerful set became the talk of the day. Before the night was over Eric was introduced by British Blues legend, John Mayall as the youngest guitarist ever on stage with the Bluesbreakers. Eric left a lasting impression on Mayall and, in 2004 Mayall invited Eric to appear in Sweden, Norway and Denmark during The Bluesbreakers' Scandinavian Tour. In early 2005, Eric traveled to Los Angeles where he joined Mayall for session work on the "Road Dogs" record.
Eric was instantly embraced by a knowing European fan base over the following years filled with marquee festival dates and sold out concert tours in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. He opened for Johnny Winter at The Paradiso in Amsterdam, thrilled audiences at the Tegelen Bluesrock Festival and shared the prime-time bill with Gregg Allman at the legendary Pistoia Blues Festival. Back in the States, Eric rocked the main stage four years in a row at the Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville, Florida and became a yearly fan favorite at Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Eric released a series of quality records beginning with “Havana”, a live record that recalled the sound of the 60s and 70s Bluesrock era and featured a stirring performance of the Hendrix classic “Little Wing”. Eric followed with the Allman Brothers influenced “Feels Like Home”, a Bluesey record that featured original songs like “Southern Skyline” and the radio-ready “Just Walk Away”. Later, Eric's quest to put the feel and soul of the Blues into a modern day rock record led him to the Pocono Mountains and the powerful sound of the “Milestone” release.
10 Years After
Road-tested and seasoned from 10 years on stage and in the studio, yet young enough to deliver the passion and feeling of the Blues to a wider audience, Eric is a skilled player with a powerful voice and a winning personality. And he is on the move to the next level with the critically acclaimed new album, “Dismantle the Sun.” Don't miss this young star on his way up!
VISIT THE RECORDINGS PAGE TO PURCHASE THE ALBUM THAT HAS BEEN FEATURED IN AND HAS RECEIVED RAVE CRITICAL REVIEWS ON FIREBRAND ROCK MAGAZINE, BLUESROCKREVIEW.COM, BLUESWIRE RADIO & MAGAZINE, ROCK-TIMES MAGAZINE, BISHOP.FM RADIO, SIRIUS/XM RADIO, BLUESMOOSE RADIO, PURPLE HAZE RADIO, AND MANY OTHERS!
Eric has been featured in The Allentown (PA) Morning Call, The Doylestown (PA) Intelligencer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The (NY) Times-Herald Record, Music Head Magazine, The Warren (NJ) Reporter Forum, Guitar World Magazine, The Easton (PA) Express, The Bridgewater (NJ) Courier Times, The Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, the Lancaster (PA) Sunday News and The Florida Times Union. International press includes features in the Haagshe Courant, De Telegraaph, BluesMagazine (NL) and a MusikMaker (NL) feature. Eric was also featured in a Comcast CN8 TV News Extra and he has appeared on NBC 10 in Philadelphia, Comcast CN8, Fox Philadelphia, SNN6 in Sarasota and Reuters TV.

 

Saturday May 9

starting at 2pm

from "Waylon Speed" Scratchy vocals, and gritty guitars happy hour!

Kelly Ravin

Leathered, Weathered, Worn & Wiser

Music found under blue collars. Kelly Ravin is a musician hailing from the Green Mountain State of Vermont. He writes songs ... about real life. Kelly's latest album, "Leathered, Weathered, Worn, and Wiser", was recorded live in a tattoo shop in Belfast, ME with shotgun shell mics, and a room full of friends and family. Scratchy vocals, and gritty guitars seem to explain it all. So now, the vans packed, the road is clear, and there isn't an end in sight.

Kelly also plays in the national touring band, "Waylon Speed". Being the road dogs that they are, you will probably see them in a town near you!

after the Game ~6:30

Ohio's premier tribute to the Boss

Swamps of Jersey

is a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute from Cleveland, Ohio that captures the heart and soul of Springsteen's live performances, but does not attempt to do an impersonation of Bruce. Swamps of Jersey are known to play a mix of well-known Springsteen hits, as well as special themed shows such as entire albums and re-creations of famous Springsteen concerts. The bands repertoire spans Bruce's first album, his latest work, and up-to-date live arrangements of E Street Band classics.

FREE ~ NO COVER!

All-Ages, General Admission

 

Sunday May 10th

After the game

Rootsy Americana from Philadelphia

UP THE CHAIN

Up the Chain's tight, well-crafted Neighbor Rock songs strike the perfect balance of catchiness and substance. For years the ... product of Reed Kendall's solo songwriting, the project has recently evolved into a trio. With the additions of Kirby Sybert on drums and Noah Skaroff on bass, the retooled Up the Chain charge crisp three-part harmonies with raw, infectious energy.
The band's live performances had long featured Kendall on acoustic guitar, centering a group of soloists he hand-picked from the bountiful Philadelphia music scene. Reed wrote the songs, the hired guns did the instrumental heavy lifting.
The tipping point came when Up the Chain began booking longer, farther reaching tours (among them a month-long stint in Germany/Switzerland and dates opening for Leon Russell and 10,000 Maniacs). Up the Chain needed a dedicated, core group of bandmates to capitalize on its growing popularity.
Sybert and Skaroff have provided that and then some. The live shows swell with ragged energy. With Skaroff and Sybert holding down the rhythm section, Kendall is comfrotable being the front man, using electric guitar, taking solos and a seat behind the keyboard, adding a new dynamic to the performances. The sound is crisp, the harmonies well measured, but the experience bleeds into a louder, unfettered free space with the leaner, meaner lineup.
The newcomers also bring with them fresh songwriting sensibilities that have given the new record “The Prison Break” a wider scope than the previous two Up the Chain albums. During recording, Kendall opened the door for Sybert and producer Karl Petersen (Miley Cyrus) to add their own flavors to the tracks. The record is the first from Up the Chain to feature a song written by someone other than Kendall (Sybert's "Game Kids"). The result overall is a deeper, richer sound on “The Prison Break,” the most collaborative and ambitious effort yet.
The band's name is an anagram for many other phrases that describe their personalities. “Each Hip Nut,” “Epic Tan, Huh,” “Ha! Epic Nut” and “A Pic, Eh? Nut!” are all reassembled versions of "Up the Chain." Other anagrams have more poignant messages, such as “Ha, Cute Nip”, which speaks to the startlingly small size of the lead singer's nipples. “P'chau, He Nit” is a tribute to a healthy snacks advocate in Oakland, California.
Kendall's songs are largely autobiographical, but the band's evolution comes from his willingness to share in the creative process. The lyrics in “The Hardest Stone” speak to the reimagining of the band's aesthetics and their boundless potential.

"with every changing tone
and every truth unknown
we take our guarantees
and melt the hardest stone"

and

Indie / Alternative / Rock from Harrisonburg, VA

The Dawn Drapes

The Dawn Drapes is an alternative indie rock trio that formed in early 2011 as the brain child of songwriters Michael Sanzo and Daniel Rice. Early on the group played folk inspired rock and roll with a hint of avant garde. Over the next few months the group gained experience by playing with a rotating group of musicians that brought influences from many different genres, further expanding the music palette of The Dawn Drapes. In May of 2011 the group recorded their first full length self-titled and self-recorded album, during which their sound began to move away from the folk rock genre hinting that something truly unique was on the horizon. In 2012 singer / drummer Greg "Eggy" Gorman joined the band to round out The Dawn Drapes sound. The heavy hitting, yet well thought out drumming style of Eggy, along with his ability to harmonize perfectly with the rest of the group finally completed the band's sound which has influences ranging from Nirvana to Fleetwood Mac. Since then the band has been playing extensively up and down the east coast all the while honing their craft and pushing their musical boundaries.

 

Monday May 11

A retro-soul blowout of epic proportions" -Blurt Magazine

Sonny Knight

&

The Lakers

Sonny Knight & the Lakers~top best live acts | Chris Riemenschneider | Star Tribune

O n April 29, 2014, the debut album from Sonny Knight & The Lakers, I'm Still Here , will be released by Secret Stash Records on LP, CD, and digitally. In person, Sonny Knight defies his 66 years of age. When he talks, his low gravely voice betrays the roundness of his singing. His smile and gestures radiate youthful energy with the reassuring confidence of a captain or pilot; they bring a sense of ease rather than being brash. He is a natural performer, even on a  cold Thursday night in Secret Stash's basement recording studio. Standing in a rehearsal room, framed by old guitar amps, instruments, and blanket covered walls, Sonny stands up to the mic to lay down the vocal track for “I'm Still Here (Pt. 2).” Despite his drab surroundings, eyes closed, he performs for an invisible audience. His body moves in rhythm, arms jabbing like a boxer before a fight. As the horns hit, he jerks his head in time then begins delivering each line. His face physically expresses the emotion of every word and as he reaches the crescendo of the chorus, knees bent, head tilted toward the ceiling, his mouth buckles to unleash the exclamation, “I'M STILL HERE!”

In reference to “I'm Still Here,” Sonny relates, “That song is me giving my thoughts and ideas about what my life is about. People are trying to live too much in the future, or are stuck in the past. The idea is to focus on right now.” In part one of the song, he describes the worries and doubts he experienced upon returning from Vietnam. The world was a confusing place, and he discovered childhood friends had grown up and gotten in trouble. Its message is about not losing sight of yourself while getting through difficult times. Part two stresses how paramount it is to live in the present. Knight recounts, you “never know when life's ride will come to an end. I'm still here. I know one thing's for sure, can't start it again. I'm still here.” For Sonny Knight, making the album I'm Still Here was like pressing the reset button on his music career. The synthesizers of the 1980s and the four on the floor disco flourishes of the 1970's have been replaced by classic arrangements and production values commonplace when his career was just beginning.

He was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1948, moved to St. Paul as a youngster, and took to music. Little Sonny Knight & The Cymbols recorded their debut 45 for New Teenage Records in 1965, when he was 17. Then music took a backseat to a three year call of duty in the army. A few more years in the Bay Area followed before Sonny returned to Minnesota in the mid-1970s and joined the band Haze. Like many other groups, opportunities dried up in the 1980s and Sonny found a full time job as a truck driver. Musical work came again in the 1990s when former Valdons vocalists Monroe Wright and Maurice Young extended an invitation to join their new group, The Bachelors. In 2012, The Valdons were featured in Secret Stash Records' compilation Twin Cities Funk & Soul . The record spawned multiple concerts which reunited musicians and singers from the era to perform for new generations; it also revived The Valdons, for which Wright and Young tapped Knight as a new member. After six months of working together in soul revue shows, Sonny and Secret Stash's Eric Foss formed the group Sonny Knight & The Lakers.

Sonny Knight & The Lakers. Photo Credit: Mike Madison

In the spring of 2013, Sonny and the Lakers hit the ground running – playing gigs a few short weeks after their first rehearsal. Within months they had grown into their own as a band. In the fall, they spent a long weekend at a cabin in Northern Minnesota and it became a defining moment. Staying up late, listening to old 45s, learning gospel songs, and wood shedding tunes was a way for the band to develop a similar vocabulary and refine their direction. It transformed them from a group of good players into a band. When they returned home, they set up a string of performances and residencies in Minneapolis and St. Paul. As they honed the craft of putting on a great live show, they built a following of fans. By the end of their residency at the Eagles club in South Minneapolis, virtually no breaks interrupted or slowed down their live sets. Non-stop rehearsals and live performances helped The Lakers tighten up their sound. That, coupled with the inspiration found during the cabin trip, laid the ground work for recording an album.

The way I'm Still Here was recorded was the product of many months of thought, just as the songs on the album were developed over hours of collaborative effort for Sonny and the band. The album covers a wide range of tempos and soul forms. Since the Lakers were spearheaded by a reissue label focused on obscure music, the band encompasses more than just Motown and Stax inspired sounds. The many hours spent digging for and listening to forgotten sixties and early seventies soul and funk records have practically oozed into the rehearsal space and studio. What stands out most are the strong performances by the band and Sonny's exuberance and energy. As a listener, there's never any doubt about what feelings he wants to convey.

Nearly fifty years have passed since Knight's first recording, but for the first time he feels like the center of attention. He says, “Sometimes I wonder, why me? Why are all these great things happening now? All I can say is thanks. These are dreams that I had forgotten. Only now that they are starting to come true do I remember that I had them at all.”

 

Tuesday May 12

UK Blues Award Wining Artist/Producer/London, UK "....at last a woman who plays guitar like a goddess, sings like an angel, writes like Dylan and smiles like the devil" Booker T.

Bex Marshall

UK British Blues Award winner Bex Marshall's unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock, ragtime and roots pickin'.

Her voice is a powerful melting pot of old black woman's heartache and rock diva soul. Bex is a writer of distinction and notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues, her songs have been called timeless, touches of genius, and now with anything up to a 7 piece band, she is literally a musical tornado. Bex Marshall just won second place in the UKs Blues Awards 2013 for Best British Blues Vocalist

On Bex's latest self produced album you will find swamp blues, splashes of gospel and colorful bluegrass all with an exciting lyrically British twist. 

Biography

A Devonshire lass now residing in London, the product of two very different family's, one blue blooded landed gentry, the other Irish Romany.

As a child at family gatherings her uncles would always play and stand her on the table to sing, at 11 years old she was given a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird by her Uncle David and started playing, she got hooked on instrumentals and classical guitar standards which stretched her fingers and gave her a great basis for her own music to develop, flamenco, ragtime, country chicken pickin', rock and on to blues and roots where she is now in her element.

She always had a passion for travelling, its in her blood and trained as a croupier at 18 began her travels around the world working gaming tables on cruise liners to Park Lane even dealing illegal poker games in Amsterdam. She hitch hiked the coast of Australia on cattle trains and always with a guitar on her back living and storing tales.

She is a musical adventuress, described in the world press with comparisons to Memphis Minnie, Joan Armatrading, JJ Cale, Derek Trucks and….“Bonnie Raitt and Led Zep jamming in an everglade moonshine joint”.

Bex has been asked to be the guest JANIS by 'Big Brother and the Holding Company's original guitarist Sam Andrews on their their upcoming 2014 European Tour!

 

 

Wednesday May 13

Happy Hour w/

Blues / Roots Music / Ragtime / Viper Jazz

from Asheville, NC

Woody Pines

Down Home Swing!

No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78''s and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woody Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.

Recently signed by Nashville's Muddy Roots Records, they will have a brand new album to promote in 2015, produced by Grammy-winner Mitch Dane  and Mixed by Vance Powell, renowned as one of the best from studio work with the likes of Jack White, JD McPherson, Seasick Steve and Beck. 

The trio's distinctive bigger-than-three viper sound is beefed up by Skip Frontz Jr on upright bass, adding both foot tappin' low-end and rapid fire percussion with his red hot slap technique, and Brad Tucker on vintage electric guitar, Resonator and vocal harmonies. 

Maverick magazine praised the last album as  “an intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music” , and after they appeared before him at the Nelsonville Folk & Blues Festival, Billy Joe Shaver, the top gun Outlaw Country legend came on stage and declared:  “They're the best damn band I've ever heard!” 

The band has previously played International events such as Celtic Connections and Shetland Folk Festival  and some of the premier American Roots festivals on the North American Continent  such as Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Muddy Roots, Nelsonville Music Festival, Middle of the Map Festival, Black Pot, SXSW.  After they appeared at the big midwinter musical jamboree in Glasgow, reviewer Rob Adams said:  “They've got engine-like momentum, a machine with a very human heart.” 

After The Game....

Maine's 2 best folk acts

"Robustly played, masterful amalgamation of bluegrass, folk, and gospel for the Millennial Generation... The Ghost of Paul Revere prove that superior roots music can come from anywhere." - No Depression

The Ghost of Paul Revere

Genre: Holler-Folk & Stomp

Born on the banks of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine's holler-folk band. With a sound built around powerful three-part harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music, their songs have unique identities while still remaining undeniably the Ghost of Paul Revere. They use a masterful combination of melody and energy, somewhere between folk and foot-stomping bluegrass, that has already given Ghost shows legendary status. Fans have traveled vast distances from the most remote corners of the country to catch the band as they make an increasingly bigger mark on the Northeast music scene.

The Ghost was formed around childhood friends Max Davis, Sean McCarthy, and Griffin Sherry. They put the Ghost of Paul Revere together in 2011 with Matt Young. In that short time they have played across the Nation, bringing holler-folk into houses, bars, and music halls. They have shared the stage with Brown Bird, Spirit Family Reunion, Sean Hoots, Will Dailey, and other nationally touring acts. Their critically acclaimed debut EP, "North", released in the summer of 2012, quickly became one of the best selling local albums in Maine and New Hampshire for 2013. Their first full length album,  "Believe", was recorded live with Jonathan Wyman at Halo Studios and, when released in January 2014, it quickly went on to hit the Billboard Northeast chart. It was the best selling local album in Maine and New Hampshire for 10 months straight and continues to be in the top five more than a year later. The Ghost of Paul Revere has since sold out Port City Music Hall, Stone Mountain Arts Center, and the Strand Theater several times, won Best In Maine at the 2014 New England Music Awards, and were an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance International 2015. In 2014, the Ghost of Paul Revere also started their own two day music festival, Ghostland, which will return for its second year in the fall of 2015.
"Simply put, this band is one to see live... A gorgeous blend of bluegrass, folk and good old fashioned rock and roll... their performance takes on a boot-clacking brilliance that transforms each song into a full-on participatory event, sending an electric surge about the room that's near impossible not to feel. Add to that a layered three part harmony coursing through each soulful song, and The Ghost of Paul Revere demonstrated they not only had the chops, but the heart to reach their audience and leave an undeniable impression as well. As the floorboards shook with each pounding stomp, one thing was certain: the band announced they had arrived, loud and clear."- Dispatch Magazine
"Simply put North is an album that shouldn't be missed. (It will) make even the most callous of individuals feel the unbridled joy of Holler-Folk." - Ear to the Ground Music
"A distinguished sound that only seasoned musicians can usually attain" - Portland Press Herald
"(The Ghost of Paul Revere) stole the show. I was so impressed with them. Their harmonies, stomping percussion, and vocal power were stellar... their songs progressed from mellow to powerhouse... their harmonies are superb and their songs have power." -  whatbreesees.com

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a nationally touring songwriter & one man band based in Maine. Since being chosen as Maine's Best New Act he's been putting out new music at a rapid pace while touring the country, playing major folk festivals like GrassRoots and supporting great bands like Frontier Ruckus and Lake Street Dive.

Max García Conover 

“ Man this is some gorgeous stuff. Conover is a hell of a fingerstyle guitarist and he has an arresting vocal style, with a ton of presence. ” — The Portland Phoenix

“ Through smart songwriting and an honest feel to his sound, Conover has received great praise throughout the Portland music community and within the New England scene as well. ” — Indie, Bikes, & Beer

“ Conover has a warm, unique voice, and his lyrics tell stories in literary ways that make people care. Plus, he's a fine fingerstyle guitarist who can definitely walk and chew gum at the same time. ” — Portland Music Awards

“ Engaging, breathtaking, each work on this folk masterpiece is chilling. Max García Conover is a composer of great talent; his songs are unmistakably appealing. ” — Performer Magazine

“ As Burrow comes to its last tracks, I found that the whole album never seemed to die down. 5 out of 5. ” — Confront Magazine

“ His images pour out like Dylan Thomas or James Joyce, like impressionistic paintings, full of feelings. ” — The Noise

 

Friday May 15

rockin' party cover band from Detroit

Twistin' Tequila Worms

TEQUILA! TEQUILA!” Is that the battle cry of Wormies? These hard-core fans travel the Detroit area to check out their favorite rockin' party cover band, the Twistin' Tequila Worms. Heavy-guitar sound? Check! Driving rhythm section? Check! The Twistin' Tequila Worms is a six piece band that keeps the bar hoppin'. They cover an eclectic mix of classic to modern rock – from Pat Benatar to Bazooka Jones, Blink 182 to Joan Jet. Look for the Twistin' Tequila Worms at Rogers Roost, Village Grille or around the metro Detroit area. Wormies are hittin' the road! Soon they'll be on their Midwest tour, where you can catch them at Cleveland's famous Wilberts! HAIL WORMIES

 

Monday May 18

In Celebration of Brittany Week

BREIZH AMERIKA COLLECTIVE

(Fête de la Bretagne - Gouel Breizh - du 15 au 18 mai 2014)

The " BREIZH AMERIKA COLLECTIVE " initiative brings together innovative musicians from Brittany, France and the US to collaboratively work to create and produce original music, bring awareness to endangered traditions, while developing durable Transatlantic links of cooperation and understanding. Breizh-Amerika in Breton language means Brittany-America ( UNESCO lists Breton language as severely endangered ).
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" The Collective 2015 " will be comprised of four musicians from Brittany, France and three Garifuna musicians living in New York City.
Armel an Hejer  (Brittany), Alain Le Clere  (Brittany), Thomas Moisson  (Brittany), Gaetan Grandjean (Brittany), James Lovell  (NYC) and the Garifuna Drums Band will be working in residency during mid-2015, mixing musical traditions and seeking common ground while creating new musical combinations. Studio work sessions will be used to record this repertoire of new multi-cultural sounds. 

The Breton musicians of "The Collective 2015" will travel to Rochester, Cleveland, Chicago, Santa Fe and Albuquerque engaging and partnering with local community organizations and actors to foster new networks and relations while growing awareness for endangered languages, and promoting the F ê te de la Bretagne across the USA.

 

Tuesday May 19

Southern Rock 'n Roll / Americana 4-piece with originals and covers from Austin TX

Bad Marmot

Four guys from around the US, gathered in Austin to make some good old fashioned rock and roll.

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Charles Geil

and his ghost band

Think SRV / Buddy Guy / ZZ Top ~ from the Rock Capital! +CLE

"Call it divine intervention,or following your dream"

Feb. 21 2014  I found myself in the hospital with a medical emergency while there,something occurred to me:life is short & you should make time for things that are important to you.  When leaving the hospital several days later,with my wife at my side feeling great and knowing I just got a second chance at life I picked up my guitar and havent put it down since

  "Caught up in a whirlwind Cant catch my breath " Stevie Ray Vaughan

 

Wednesday MAy 20

Love will not be defeated tour

With

Alli and I

Hello there. (: My name is Andrew Standley. I play the vocal cords in a musical out of Lincoln, Nebraska. And my guitar? Well, you could say she's a lot like my other half. Her name is Allison. Anyway, go ahead, kick off your shoes. You can make yourself at home here. Alli and I will be around for awhile. <3 If you're listening, well then, much love to you. -Andrew

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?The Defeated Royals?

The Defeated Royals are an Alternative Rock band from Rock Falls, IL. The band was originally started by brothers, Josiah (Guitar) and Daniel Hazel (Piano) who made music together in their spare time. They began playing acoustic shows at local coffee shops and pizzerias. They created the project simply as a way to have fun and share their music. Over time they enlisted their friends Joel Wetzell, Dalton Hudgin, Micah Green, and Marcus Castillo to help them craft their sound. The band has quickly and significantly and has exceeded their expectations. They now have added members Hunter & Tanner Seidel. Off the success of their debut EP "Six Songs" the guys are getting ready to hit the studio to work on their new project before they begin touring in early 2015. 

http://youtu.be/iB0swCbGdUU

C.J. Campbell

C.J. Campbell is a speaker, writer, and activist from Rockford, IL He has spent the last 10 years sharing stories with a wide range of crowds from small dive bars to college classrooms.  He is currently working as The Director of Storytelling at Conveyor, an art studio that incorporates storytelling into varied art mediums in Rockford. ( homeforstory.com )  He keeps a blog, The Running Search at  cjcampbell.tumblr.com .  When not being pretentious enough to believe what he thinks and feels should be shared with whoever will listen he sometimes be found at show supporting the local music scene because he still believes that you don't have to be a scumbag to be punk rock.  

You can inquire about booking C.J. to speak at your event via email at cjcampbellbooking@gmail.com

http://youtu.be/zgZ67kH7ZqU

Ashton Blake

Ashton Blake started his musical journey at 10 years old. He formed his first band at 15 that also cut his first CD. At age 16 he was jamming with Louisville legends Rodney Roads (bassist for purple jesus, the hookers, and brothers of conquest) and J.Glenn (original drummer to my morning jacket). Ashton Blake later went on to be spot lighted on ”music central Tv” in front of country pop band ”Sugar Land”. Ashton Blake then left home to join a band out of Michigan called ”Scrapyard” and go on to do an east coast tour at age 19.

Ashton Blake's music has been heard around the world in place's like London,Berlin,Japan, and Australia. Ashton Blake finally decided to go solo for good at age 21. After putting so much effort into bands that didn't want to work as hard as he did. That is when long time musician friend Bobby Danger introduced him to Phillip (CEO) of Independent Ear record label. Now Ashton Blake and his team are working hard to bring you the best musical exeperience. At this point in Ashton Blake's career sky's the limit.

http://youtu.be/WkiwIt__9lE

 

Friday MAy 22

Alt. Indie Rock from L.A.
LAYNE

Layne “Somebody” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with LA-based indie pop/rock artist Layne to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Somebody”! The moody video travels throughout the streets of Los Angeles, from tunnels to laundromats, homes to highways, all interspersed with clips of the band performing.

The music is incredibly catchy and, for some reason, calls to mind the resurgence of 80's pop and rock music that is being used lately in indie horror films. There is a delightfully dreamy and airy feel to this track that is overlain with melancholic wistfulness. This may be a deviation from the usual metal/electronic fare that is posted here regularly but I believe it's a great fit and I'm definitely intrigued

 

Saturday May 23

Show Times=2pm & 6:30

Sunday May 24

Show Times=3:30pm

Rock / Pop / Alternative Ithaca, NY

Mike Brindisi

&

The New York Rock

Sounds Like: Foo Fighters, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Kings Of Leon

Mike Brindisi is not only an independent recording artist but a true power act. From Writing performing and recording his music, to Acting in film/TV, doing Standup Comedy, to performing/touring all over the United States. Brindisi remains active also by hosting his own Rock radio show on 96.7fm "The Vine" in Ithaca, NY. Some of his career highlights include opening for Gavin Degraw, Headlining the NASCAR and INDYCAR races at Watkins Glen international Speedway, collaborating with Legendary Producer Eddie Kramer ,being sponsored by Devil May Care Clothing, having his songs played nationally on independent radio stations, and touring markets such as Nashville, New York City, Austin and Philadelphia! He also appeared on the Howard Stern show, had his music video "Crawl" air on the National TV Station "TheCoolTV", recently starred in an independent film, appeared on Saturday Night Live & toured the country in support of their albums getting national airplay....Full bio at www.thenewyorkrock.com/bio.html

 

Monday May 25

Indie/Rock from NYC

American Opera

"If there is any hope for the future of acoustic folk music, it lies within the chest (or brain) of John Bee."
—MIDWESTAXN

... "American Opera folk rock singer/songwriter may give the likes of Joe Cocker a run for his money. His songs are gritty and moody with just the right amount of edge."
—TOPIAT

"John Bee has already displayed the kind of musical chops veterans of his genre hope to possess."
—UNDER THE GUN REVIEW

"Bee's realistic songwriting tendencies come to life in waves and on a live scale, the rich storytelling is almost more astounding than anything else in recent memory."
—BLARE MAGAZINE

"It only takes one listen to be captivated by the honesty and compelling nature of his songs."
—PUPFRESH

 

 

Thursday May 28

Satisfaction

The International Rolling Stones Show

“Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show" is the international touring tribute show to the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard & Pollstar listed show is now celebrating their 15th Anniversary in production with over 2500 performances listed to its credit. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of its kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to 50 years of classic hits. Featured in Rolling Stone, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio as the world's greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy.

HIGHLIGHTS: In 2005 the production became the first ever Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas strip to outstanding reviews. The show was also a featured artist on national television news in the 2007 CBS News/New York special on the rising popularity of the tribute industry. For 2008 the show was chosen by Paramount Pictures and the IMAX Corporation to help promote the new Rolling Stones concert film “Shine a Light” by Martin Scorsese throughout the USA. In 2010 the show received their highest accolades ever as they were approved by the Rolling Stones to perform long term engagements with the Walt Disney Corporation. They also embarked on their first ever tour of Russia with sold out shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg in November. Their 2012/2013 was in honor of The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary.

Their latest project debuted in 2014 entitled "Gimme Abbey". It is a Broadway style production complete with multi media featuring The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in concert together in 1969.

Rolling Stone magazine: "One of the best tribute shows in the world"
Las Vegas Sun: "Shined just like the real Stones on the strip"
Showbiz Magazine: "They have you in the aisles like Jumping Jack Flash"
CBS News New York: “A must see….get SATISFACTION!”
Washington Post: “Satisfaction is a spot-on portrayal to the Rolling Stones”

Please visit www.rollingstoneshow.com for more information.

INFLUENCES: The Rolling Stones

 

Friday May 29

Folk Rock, Clap, Stomp from Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Jeremiah Tall

Inspired by an unwavering love for summers spent in the mountains, along with the tall tales from his youth, Jeremiah Tall i ... s a one-man show based out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Tall's tales range from the struggles of finding your feet on an ever-changing landscape to fictional stories of cowboys and the common man's battle with the devil. A hand painted suitcase converted into a kick drum provides a backbone to his own throwback spin on folk rock.

Instagram: JeremiahTallMusic
Twitter: @Jeremiah Tall
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjOxLw7RebM2YIp5KkueyLA
BandCamp: jeremiahtall.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/Jeremiah-Tall

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Afton Musical Showcase

Earlier Rock/Indie Portion Starts 6:30 PM: Sista Slim, Legend
Later Kennedy Blaq, OkayChe X Dj TOPGUN, HippyChoice, M.G.O.D, Sonny Carneige, Meezz2u, King Locust, Double00DayDay, Saben, OSNS(on some new shit), Chris Paul, Kal-El "Muhammad Apollo", Spitshine, lowkey ant, MC

 

Thursday June 11

Maple Blues Award-Nominated Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

Chris Antonik

In 2010, Toronto-based blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Antonik arrived onto the National and International blues scene with his self-titled debut album which received widespread critical acclaim, placed in the Roots Music Report Top 100 charts for over a year, and garnered Antonik a nomination for Best New Artist of the Year at Canada's national Maple Blues Awards. 

In 2010, in its year-end review, British Columbia's Blues Underground Network deemed Chris ‘The Future of the Blues.'  After extensive touring and major blues festival appearances in Canada in 2011 and 2012, Chris returned with his highly anticipated and critically-acclaimed follow-up Better For You in March 2013. 

With Antonik on the majority of lead vocals, guest vocalists on Better For You include: two-time Grammy award-winner Mike Mattison (The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band) and American Blues Music award-nominee Shakura S'Aida.  Other guest artists include blues Juno-winners Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) and Julian Fauth, as well as Canadian music veterans Suzie Vinnick and Richard Underhill.

Since its release, Better For You has solidified Chris' reputation as one of Canada's hottest young blues artists: the album spent three weeks at #1 on DAWG 101.9 FM's weekly album chart (Canada's only all blues-rock FM station), has continued charting on the Roots Music Report, and has attained significant airplay in Canada, the US and Europe, including regular play on Sirius XM (B.B. King's Bluesville), the BBC, Jazz FM, CBC, Galaxie, and more. 

Critics and blues music industry experts in North America and Europe agree that Better For You was one of the best releases of 2013.  Here is what some had to say:

“One of the finest releases from the Great White North in many a year.......a living and breathing masterpiece. Antonik is a blues star rising.”- Cascade Blues Association, Oregon

"The best Canadian blues-rock album of 2013....outstandingly good.....the best sophomore release I have listened to in recent memory." - Blues Underground Network

“A salient reference point is Eric Clapton, especially in Antonik's warm, thick guitar sound, which often sounds in both tone and note selection like mid-to-late 1980s Clapton, around the time of Journeyman.“ - Blues Blast Magazine

“'Better For You' is the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place......[the song] ‘Nothing I Can Do' features a truly spectacular guitar solo that has shades of Buddy Guy and Hendrix" - American Blues Scene

“A superb album....[Turn To Shine] features a superb guitar solo that could easily have been Derek Trucks.” - Blues in Britain

To live up to these accolades on stage, Chris delivers an unbridled and passionate live performance that gives audiences more than their money's worth and leaves them wanting more.   An exceptional guitarist who has been compared to Clapton, a soulful singer and an inventive songwriter, Chris is the real deal.

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Winners of NEOBA Memphis Blues challenge

Luther Trammell and John Sutton

of Strongsville

Whether rockin out with the band or as a solo act, Luther Trammell brings the blues home. Luther has played with The Blues Imperials, Shirley King (Daughter of BB King). Luther and his band performed as House Band for the House of Blues in 2007. Luther commands a sound from his acoustic guitar like none other. Luther's strong voice gives his songs a depth of feeling and experience.

Although Luther does still play with a full band from time to time, he has decided to devote his time delivering his own style and message through his unique style of guitar playing and his distinct vocals. This is Luther's first solo experience and the majority of the songs on this album are cover tunes from artists that have influenced Luther most of his life. He will be in the studio at the end of the year recording a new CD with all original songs.

 

 

 

Friday July 31

Texas Roots Blues Aficionado

Delbert McClinton
“I’m an acquired taste in that my kind of music’s not for little kids,” Texas singersongwriter Delbert McClinton says. “It’s adult rock ‘n’ roll. I write from the sensibility of the people I knew growing up, and I grew up with all the heathens, the people who went too far before they changed and tried to make something out of their lives. There are a lot of beautiful colors and sad stories and much-deserved joy in that.”

All those colors and stories, and all that joy, are richly present in McClinton’s
New West album Acquired Taste. The collection is the musician’s fourth studio set for
the label, and it succeeds his Grammy Award-winning Cost of Living (2005), which was
named best contemporary blues recording by the Recording Academy.
The album reunites McClinton with the producer who helmed his very first
Grammy winner, Don Was. The multi-talented bandleader, bassist, and studio wizard
recorded “Good Man, Good Woman,” a collaboration with Bonnie Raitt that captured the
best rock performance by a duo or group Grammy for 1991. Was came to the current
project on the recommendation of New West president Cameron Strang, who had
employed the producer on Kris Kristofferson’s widely praised 2006 album for the label, This Old Road.
“Don and I had kind of a cosmic connection, because of Bonnie,” McClinton
says. “Then he and I got together and recorded a few things that were very, very good.
I’ve been ricocheting off of him for about 17 years now.”Was says, “Delbert’s an erudite, urbane sophisticate, wrapped up as a roadhousesinger. There’s nothing contradictory in his character -- he’s a real Texan. Neither theintellectual nor the roadhouse singer is a put-on. They come in equal parts. He’s one of akind, he’samazing. He defies the categories and slips right through.”Working with Was took McClinton in a welcome new direction.“It was a good thing, because it kind of got me off my ass,” he says. “Since wedid Cost of Living, I’d been writing, but I couldn’t get motivated to go into the studio.During those three years, I was trying to reinvent myself a bit, and even the thought of itwas very daunting. At the same time, I knew I had bits and pieces of songs I had startedthat were, to me, very much unlike most of the songs I write. They were kind of outside the box.” McClinton wrote or co-authored the 14 songs on Acquired Taste; his co-writers
included his longtime musical collaborator and producer Gary Nicholson, his keyboardist
Kevin McKendree and guitarist Rob McNelley, Texas songsmith Guy Clark, Nashville ace and ex-NRBQ axe man Al Anderson, and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. The album was tracked at East Isis Studios in Nashville and Henson Studios in Hollywood by McClinton and his working band – McKendree, McNelley, drummer Lynn Williams, and bassist Steve Mackey. Kicking off with “Mama’s Little Baby,” a grown-up rewrite of “Short’nin’ Bread,” Acquired Taste ranges through a breadth of styles. While longtime McClinton
fans will bask in the gutsy blues of “I Need to Know” and the churning funk of “Do It,” other songs drive onto some freshly-paved stylistic roads – the jazzy, hard-swinging “People Just Love to Talk,” the melancholy tango “She’s Not There Anymore,” the popharmonized “When She Cries at Night.” The album’s balladry – “Starting a Rumor,” “Never Saw It Coming,” “Wouldn’t You Think (Should’ve Been Here By Now),” “Out
of My Mind” – finds McClinton at his most profoundly affecting, while “Willie” and “Cherry Street” show that his sense of humor remains firmly in place. The record’s freewheeling diversity – and McClinton’s career-long defiance of easy categorization – is unsurprising, given his Texas origins. “I saw a chart once in the book Folk Songs of North America,” McClinton recalls. “You open it up, and there’s a map of the United States, with musical influences in color, showing where they came into this country and where they migrated. More colors come through Texas than anywhere – they come from everywhere. All these different cultural
musics come together in Texas.” Born in Lubbock (hometown of such other musical notables as Buddy Holly and Joe Ely), McClinton came of age in the Fort Worth joints. He first appeared on a hitrecord in 1962, when his distinctive harmonica playing graced Bruce Channel’s No. 1 single “Hey Baby” (which inspired the harp work of a young John Lennon). He backed such blues legends as Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson, and honed his chops in local acts like the Ron-Dels, the Straightjackets, and Bobby Crown and the Kapers. In the early ‘70s, McClinton and keyboardist-vocalist Glen Clark relocated to Los Angeles,
where they cut a pair of prophetic roots-rock albums as Delbert & Glen.
Beginning in 1975, McClinton recorded a series of brawny LPs for ABC,
Capricorn, and Capitol that seamlessly melded blues, R&B, and country into a uniquely
soulful blend. At the latter label in 1980, McClinton scored the top 10 hit “Giving It Up
For Your Love,” which pushed the accompanying album The Jealous Kind into the
national top 40. After spending the late ‘80s and ‘90s cutting consistently powerful albums for
Alligator, Curb, Mercury, and MCA, McClinton arrived at New West in 2001 with the
wildly received Nothing Personal, which won him his first solo Grammy, for best
contemporary blues album. Room to Breathe followed in 2002. His high-temperature
show was captured on the two-CD set Live (2003). (His 1982 appearance on the popular
PBS series Austin City Limits is available as part of New West’s Live From Austin TX
series.) Producer and artist both place Acquired Taste among McClinton’s best and most
ambitious work. Was says, “What I like about this album is that it’s a musical journey. It’s got a
really broad spectrum stylistically, and yet his sensibility and persona are so strong that
it’s totally unified when you put him on top of it.” “This one definitely does stand apart, without a doubt,” says McClinton. “There were an awful lot of people wanting to make this really good.
“When we went in to do it, everybody was tense but ready. Don has that bedside
manner to make everybody think they’re the most important one around. We were talking
during a break in the session, and my guitar player said, ‘Man, he just makes you really
do good shit!’ And I said, ‘Yeah, well, he’s kinda known for being able to do that without
letting you know he’s doing it.’ Don’s a magic guy, and I love him more than anything. I
couldn’t be happier with this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FYI-All shows are all ages and the kitchen is open until I go home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

→and remember To be nice & Have A Nice Time!

 

 

 

WILBERT'S is Great Music + Delicious food In An Intimate Setting = What a Concept!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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