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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special



Jarabe de Palo Has been Postpone ti'll Spring


Published on Sep 1, 2015

“La vida te da sorpresas, sorpresas te da la vida”. Así lo canta el Maestro Rubén Blades y así es como es la cosa. Esta sorpresa empieza con un leve dolor de barriga. El resto aquí os lo cuento.




and the Crown Electrics

FRIDAY Rocktober 30


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 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!


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 →




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



Great Lakes Octoberfest

Beer poured a medium copper color with an off-white head that was one finger-width wide.

The beer has a bready smell, which is very strong.

The initial taste sweet, and the hops follow immediately. The flavor is complex in the middle. This beer does not have the typical toasted caramel Marzen punch. It has fruity tones mixed in with the hops and malt. The finish is very nice and slightly sweet. There is absolutely no hint of bitterness .

The mouth feel on this beer is full bodied and smooth. The carbonation is noticable, but nicely balanced.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. If you are looking for a typical Oktoberfest, this is not the right beer. If you want something in the Oktoberfest style that is slightly more sophisticated, then this is a great choice

Southern Tier Pumking

Poured deep orange with 1/2 thick head that lightly dissipated. S:rich pumpkin pie crust with cinnamon and nutmeg. T: almost spot on with how it smells; pumpkin pie crust with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and slight hints of allspice. I have to admit, I'm a fan of the sweeter craft seasonal beers, and this is one of them. Best pumpkin beer I've had to date. Absolutely amazing!

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald


Pours an opaque brown with a thin off-white head. A wonderful Carmel, chocolate, nut smell. A very sweet malt right off the back. Mid has just a touch of coffee and hop that slides into chocolate nut goodness. A wonderful porter!


Portside Brewery

East Bank Belgian Blonde

Golden Ale/Blond Ale · 6.0 ABV · Brewed by Portside Distillery

A light malty blonde ale with mild Belgian esters and a side of sweetness


Columbus IPA - from Columbus Brewing Company

  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.

Platform Beer Co.

New Cleveland Palesner

This Pilsner/Pale Ale Hybrid is a clear straw color with a crisp German malt body and refreshing Noble hop finish with floral and herbal aromas. Can design done in collaboration with CLE Clothing Company


Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy

After hearing friends for 2 years talk about this beer I finally tried it. I am rather upset that I didn't try this sooner. The taste of the beer hits the spot on hot summer days. I never drank anything other then Miller or Coors but have ventured into other brands. This is so far the best that I have tried.


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




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!


BREW KETTLE Four C's American Pale Ale

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color that borders on brown and wears a creamy white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of citrus and pine, grapefruit and resin mixed with a bit of caramel. Taste is nicely balanced between malt and hop with a nice citrusy old school pale ale kind of feel to it. Medium body with a bit of residual sweetness, moderate level of carbonation and a lick almost sweet mouthfeel. Nice easy drinking pale ale with enough hop to keep it interesting

4 String Brewing Co.

Brass Knuckle Pale Ale

Appearance - I drank it out of the can, but I'm giving this a 4 because the can art is fantastic.

Smell - Even just smelling through the can opening, I smell a great hop aroma. Not too overpowering for an APA. A little sweetness tingles the nosebuds.

Taste - A great mixture that allows the taster to experience the hoppy bitterness one expects in a pale ale, but is not overpowering and sour tasting.

Mouthfeel - crisp, smooth.

Overall - Perhaps it is some of my Columbus bias, but I am going to be picking this up much more for my cheap, keep in the fridge summer offering. I like it quite a bit .


Jackie O

Firefly Amber Ale

Firefly Amber is Jackie O's lightest offering. We refer to it as our gateway ale, as introducing it to macro-drinkers has proved to be effective in converting them into craft beer followers & aficionados. Seasoned craft beer drinkers also admire the drinkability and soft (but wide!) range of flavors embedded within this amber ale. Lightly roasted malt gives Firefly Amber a biscuit-like finish. Carefully selected hops provide an herbal, mildly citrus, aroma and flavor.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Labrador Lager

A- clear dark golden amber, dense white head with lots of drippy lace. Settles to thick ring and a thin membrane of foam.

S- sweetly malty with some caramel undertones. Fruity apple, pear, orange, watermelon rind, peach, white grape. Very mice stuff goin on here.

T- aroma transitions nicely to the flavor with a perfect hop flavor and bitterness. White pepper, sandalwood, All the fruity and grain components are here as well with grapefruit and pine from the hops. Sweet bready maltiness fades gracefully into a crisp sprucey And spicy hop finish.

MF- somewhere between light and medium bodied, totally crisp and refreshing with very tight carbonation similar to champagne but without the pricklies. Dries out a little still with a sweetish grain feel.

Postnote: out of the bottle and at a later date it was a bit too sweet so maybe the batch was too sugary or I'm just a nitpicker. Still love the thirsty dogg. Woof.

D- I could definitely knock over a 1/6 barrel of this stuff in a couple days. A Great offering from the boys in akrowdy. It's an agreeable beer for the lighter beer drinkers with enough flavor and complexity to please the real beer drinkers


Elevator Brewery

Dirty Dick's Nut Brown Ale

An American adaptation of a Northern English brown style, our nut brown ale features a deep mahogany color, rich malt character with toffee and chocolate barley malts combine to linger in a smooth finish.


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  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


Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$5 Irish



Right On!

-Tell your Friends!


Get It ToGo!!!


Thursday Rocktober 8

High-energy bluegrass and americana band from Boulder, Colorado


Unconventional Bluegrass

From their home in the Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters have been scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and beyond-bluegrass music. For a debut album, The Railsplitters sound remarkably assured, playing with the kind of abandon their live shows are known for. Bringing real depth and formidable talent, this group draws influences from all the greats--from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to modern groups like Uncle Earl and Crooked Still. The Railsplitters are nothing if not enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so, with rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals and good-time breakdowns! Using powerful female and male vocals, enchanting harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that can raise mountains and even a few eyebrows. - Mindie Lind , Hearth Music


bluegrass from Bellleville

Old Salt Union

Newgrass, Bluegrass, Popgrass, Folk

  • Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up this group are not complete r ... ebels, they are certainly thinking about the future of music. They find influence in the bluegrass roots of The Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, but also draw inspiration from Bill Evans, Danny Elfman, Punch Brothers, and many more talented musicians. What makes Old Salt Union so special is their ability to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music by incorporating in-depth musical arrangements, a catchy hook, and an uncanny pop sensibility. They truly are a new generation of bluegrass in the industry.

    Established in May of 2012, Old Salt Union recorded their debut album “Western Skies” in October of the same year. While their album was independently released in March of 2013, it was clear by the overwhelmingly positive response that their fan base would grow rapidly in the following months. In January of 2014, Old Salt Union began exclusively touring the country, so that their reach would expand, exposing more fans to their type of complex, high energy, and well-executed sound.

    With the release of their second studio album, “Bridge”, in August of 2014, Old Salt Union tells a tale of transition. The two years that they have been together has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of music. They have established solid roots, winning the STL Riverfront Times “Best Bluegrass Band” in 2013 and “Best Country Band” in 2014, all while traveling the country. They have made appearances at the John Hartford Memorial Festival, Wakarusa, LouFest, and Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Festival, sharing the stage with The Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Jeff Austin Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs, and more – and no ma'am, they ain't stopping yet.


-2014 Riverfront Times Best Country Artist

-2013 Indie Music Channel Awards (Best Folk Song "Walk Away", Best World Song "Flat Baroque")

-2013 Riverfront Times Best Bluegrass Band

→Looking For a Local Opener←


Friday & Saturday Rocktober 9 & 10

HUGE!(Bigger than Big itself!)

Garth Brooks Party!

@5 and Just add'd 7:30!

See Him Now - I'm telling yea!

Happy Hour and Beyond!

Andrew Salgado

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

Andrew Salgado's singing and his guitar playing have evolved into a signature sound that is unique. This Country artist writ ... es lyrics that flow from his life experiences and are filled with love, laughter and life lessons. His stage persona is electric and playful which always resonates with his audiences. A born performer, he captivates his listeners with his energy and his ever present mischievous smile.


Monday Rocktober 12

Indie / Alternative / Rock from Harrisonburg

The Dawn Drapes

The Dawn Drapes are an alternative indie rock trio based in Harrisonburg VA. After playing together in various projects in both the Washington DC and Harrisonburg, VA music scenes, friends Michael Sanzo, Daniel Rice and Eggy Gorman formed the group in late 2012. The band are self-described as:

“Lyrically conscience shimmering rock and roll with a devastating groove.”

While well known in the up and coming Harrisonburg, VA music scene, the band is quickly covering lots of ground up and down the East coast, captivating audiences from New England down through the American south and everywhere in between. In the fall of 2013 the band headed into Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg to work on their debut release She, which includes six original tracks showcasing the band's songwriting and musical talent. Since the release, She has received a wave of positive reviews:
“The disc opens with the dark, progressive bounce of “Ezra.” Brilliant, influential oddities of Steely Dan, Carole King and The National flash across my memory banks as I listen to this stark and arabesque journey to the center of their minds.” – John Pfeiffer – Shoreworld, Asbury Park, NJ

“Clocking in at a little over 28 minutes, She washes over the listener like a concise vivid dream that lingers for the rest of the day. All told, The Dawn Drapes have created a mature piece of art that is remarkably clear in its vision for a debut album” – Mike Schoeffel – The Dominion Collective, Harrisonburg, VA

“It is always a pleasure to listen to high quality music that does not cross that pretentious edge, but instead has thought behind it all that moves it beyond the ordinary boundaries of rock music.” – David Hintz – DC Rock Live, Washington, DC

Moving forward The Dawn Drapes will continue to bring their unique brand of music to the masses, entertaining audiences throughout the east coast and expanding into the universe

→Looking For a Local Opener←


Cavelier Of a Happy Hour

Cav's vs. Bucks (Preseason)



"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard." -Living Blues Magazine

Ghost Town Blues Band

Beale Street's latest success story, BBMA 2015 Nominee for “Best Blues Band and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa's blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their rapping trombone player.  Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumntalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and smoke-soaked vocals." With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Jeremy Powell on keys and finally Josh Roberts on lead guitar, the grooves go from funky to "funk-nasty" as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. 

“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.” -Living Blues Magazine

→Looking For a Local Opener←

Thursday Roctober 15

Cavelier Of a Happy Hour

Cav's vs. Pacers (Preseason)

→ Then Starting at 8pm ←

Rockabilly Trio from Saint Augustine Florida

Go Get Gone

Mike - Vocals and Guitar
Angi - Upright Bass and Backup Vocals
Katie - Drums

Formed in early 2009 and comprised of Mike, Angi, and now Katie,"Go Get Gone" was created as homage to a time in early Ameri ... can music that will never be forgotten. Mike has been playing guitar and singing since the age of 3, and Angi has been picking up different instruments and singing for as long as she can remember. With years of combined experience as professional musicians, "Go Get Gone" is the closest you can get to the feeling of first experiencing early Rock and Roll with a modern twist. With an unbridled and lively stage presence, it is more than just a cover band performing songs of long ago.


Rockabilly/Appalachian punk band from CLE

Scoliosis Jones


Friday Rocktober 16

Home Opener PARTY!

Lake Erie Monsters vs Iowa Wild

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


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

Live on our stage

Happ Hour

Whitechapel Jack

Mosters Happy Hour Party ~

Electronic Live Looping Alternative folk

Starting at 8pm

City Limit's

first annual

Halloween Ramble. Costumes, ghosts, ghouls, music, dancing, fun and festivities

it's a party!

Mark your calendar

City Limits

A Blend of Folk, Rock, Country, Blues & Contemporary Original Music

City Limits is
Amanda Walsh - Songwriter, vocals, piano, violin, mandolin

​Rick Sockel - Songwriter, vocals, lead guitar, mandolin

Rick Szekelyi - Songwriter, vocals, rhythm guitar

GB Giesey - Vocals, percussion

Matt Urminski - Vocals, bass guitar

ABOUT City Limits

City Limits, a collaboration among Amanda Walsh, GB Giesey, Rick Sockel, Matt Urminski and Rick Szekelyi, offers a spectrum of original music from rock and blues to country and contemporary, with a few covers thrown in from time to time. Instrumentation includes keyboard (piano if you have one), violin, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, percussion, and (where appropriate) an original Woodstock handcrafted wooden kazoo.

Saturday Rocktober 17

Afton Musical Showcase

Starts 6:30 PM: The Battle, The Wileys ~ Stee_Bro, SBG TIGGY, Buk Troy, Kayode & Invisible Tongues, Fly Guy Fee, Breezy Beez, Curt B eckham, SnapFrost BArS


Sunday Rocktober 18

Browns vs. Broncos Brunch

Opening at 9AM

With The Best Specials in The Neighborhood!


$4 FireBalls & shots of LeBronJameson


$3 Mimosa


Bloody Mary

in Town

and our world famous Breakfast Burrito

with Fluffy Eggs and Chorizo!


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


Monday October 19

Cavelier Of a Happy Hour

Cavaliers vs. Mavericks (Preseason)


blending elements of jazz, rock and  improvisation From CLE byway of SFO

glimpse duo

Guitarist Mike Sopko , a fixture in the Bay Area who's just returned to his native Cleveland, is proud to announce the release of Sopko-Laswell-Pridgen . This ferocious studio document captures Sopko's rapport with drummer Thomas Pridgen (formerly of The Mars Volta) and bassist Bill Laswell , a musical hero to many including Sopko himself. Balancing free improvisation, collective composition and inventive post-production, the trio encounter proves to be as uninhibited and rhythmically charged as it is focused and refined. A second album, culled from the same sessions, is already in the wings. Since 2010 Sopko has led the Glimpse Trio with bassist Chris Lopes and drummer Hamir Atwal (a guest on one track here). In 2014 he released Cascading Liquid Rainbows , also with Lopes and Atwal but adding Sopko's close friend Martin Dosh, a multi-instrumentalist and influential artist in his own right, on keyboards. Dosh adds keyboards to four tracks on Sopko-Laswell-Pridgen as well, making a profound impact on the music. “My mom introduced Dosh's parents a long time ago,” says Sopko. “We grew up with each other.” In addition, Cleveland native Joshua Smith (Birth) and Minneapolis firebrand Michael Lewis (Happy Apple, Dosh, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver) each make guest appearances on saxophone. Sopko-Laswell-Pridgen grew out of Sopko's duo project with Thomas Pridgen, ironically called Big Band. “Thomas and I have the same birthday, November 23,” Sopko reveals. “Our bands played a show together in Oakland, and one of my friends reached out to him for me. Then I was talking to Oz Fritz [the engineer on this session], who's done Tom Waits' Mule Variations and lots of stuff with Bill Laswell. He reached out to Laswell for me, and Laswell was totally into it. He was super nice, really easy to work with.” Sopko adds: “What I love about Laswell is that he can work in any genre, with anyone, from Herbie Hancock and Peter Gabriel to John Zorn and Milford Graves. My favorite record of his is with Derek Bailey and Tony Williams [ Arcana , 1996], the second to last album Tony did before he died. That record had such a big impact on me. I loved those Praxis records too, with Laswell and Buckethead. I fell in love with those albums, and then the band with Fred Frith, Massacre. Also the Painkiller band that he has with Zorn, and Tabla Beat Science with Zakir Hussain. I thought it would be so cool to be in a trio with this guy someday.” The music on this session, Sopko explains, is “improvised and composed collectively. Or it's improvised and then composed or arranged after the fact. I thought about how I could add a part or pull out a part to make it more compositional. Some tracks are just one guitar, but on others I lay something down and instead of headphones I'll crank the music on loudspeakers, and then play on top of that. I almost feel like I'm jamming with a live band. You play it back a few times and you really get in the zone and feel so connected to the parts. I crank it and then play to it, multiple times, sometimes just one pass, and I really feel like I'm locking in with it.” From the precision riffs of “Praxis 1” and the opening “MJ” (titled for either Michael Jordan or Jackson, “depending on which one you prefer”), to the atmospheric moods of “Daybreak” and “Shades of Sunny Days,” this is music on the borderlands between free jazz, experimental rock and funk, even acoustic music. The acoustic guitar breakdown at the end of “Grazin'” prompts Sopko to mention the output of Derek Bailey, Joe Morris, Fred Frith and others. “I love acoustic improvised guitar,” Sopko says. “I practice on acoustic a lot, I love the way they sound.” In contrast, Sopko's Anderson Cobra guitar positively roars on “Detroit,” so named because “it has that kind of funk, more than the other tunes. Laswell spent a lot of time in Detroit. Cleveland and Detroit have such a rich history but they've also struggled a lot.” Ohio gets its own dedication with the closing track, which “sounds like it's in outer space, interplanetary,” Sopko remarks. “It so happens that Ohio has more astronauts than any state, so I named the track based on that.” (Stream Two Tracks on Soundcloud) The sonic ingenuity and simpatico displayed by Laswell throughout is gripping, but his prodigious, elastic improvisation on “Airplane Mode” and “Acres” merits special mention. Pridgen, too, has a relentless and fluid attack and a way of providing forward momentum to the freest inventions. Sopko explains the song title “Buddy Rich” as follows: “Thomas's playing is so ridiculous, and he has such a big personality that some are intimidated by it. I think Buddy Rich had a similar thing. I thought it was a great title because both these dudes are extremely badass.” Sopko, who took private jazz guitar lessons starting at age seven, left his native Cleveland for Anchorage, Alaska in 1998, attending the University of Alaska, studying classical guitar and “mainly just doing stuff on my own.” From there he moved to San Diego, then Washington, and finally in 2003 the Bay Area, where he remained for 13 years until returning to Cleveland in late June 2015. After meeting Hamir Atwal in California “things started snowballing,” Sopko says, recounting several coast-to-coast and West Coast tours with Atwal and a period of artistic growth that is ongoing. He returned to Cleveland to take advantage of the Midwest's shorter touring distances, plus the city's proximity to Chicago and (more distant but still doable) New York, where he intends to launch a number of new collaborations. Meanwhile, Sopko looks forward to releasing volume two of this Laswell project and the first of what promises to be several “Big Band” duo releases with Pridgen. “I was always interested in practicing my own music and improvising,” he says. “I ended up doing my own thing.”

Guitarist Mike Sopko releases Sopko-Laswell-Pridgen A Raw, Powerful Trio Album with Legendary Bill Laswell on Bass, Thomas Pridgen on Drums
With Guests Martin Dosh, Hamir Atwal, Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Joshua Smith (Birth) Out October 16th, 2015

Tuesday Rocktober 20

→ Quadruple Bill ←

progressive rock/funk/jazz fusion from Sandusky/Bellevue Ohio


Big Black Galactic

The Big Black Galactic got their original start in the spring of 2010 where they were in a project together known as Ebin's ... Flow. In the summer of 2013 The set out to find the true passion that drove them. Thus, The BBG was formed. Dance worthy instrumentation intricately wrapped in subtle melodies and atypical transitions is the M.O. of The BBG. A combination of many influences, with the ability to remain ambiguous in the world of genre classification.


Stack-math from Akron OH

From Borealis

From Borealis is a three piece post/math-rock band from Akron Ohio.

Mike Lowden- Guitar
Alex Owens- Bass Guitar
Brian Dotin- Drums

Also Welcoming

Prog Rock, Post-Rock, Instrumental from Kansas City

After Nations

face-melting, mind collapsing prog rock.


Instrumental-metal from Cleveland


Guitars: Mike Sloan
Guitars: Mike Krzeminski
Drums: Tom Malloy
Bass: Anthony Dolar


Wednesday Rocktober 21

@ WILBERTS B-4 The Show

Live on our stage at 8pm

Chicago R&B/soul sensation

Aryk Crowder

Long before the first volume of his 2x4 EP series, everything about Chicago R&B/soul sensation Aryk Crowder has been about building a sturdy, tangible structure on which his unique vision can thrive. From his early four-track recordings in a studio apartment to recent grass-roots efforts in crowd-sourcing and charity work to the hand-stamped artwork and distribution of 2x4, it's all innovative, creative and certainly DIY, but Crowder's ethic also hearkens back to a time before DIY was hip or underground. With his own two hands, Crowder isn't building walls in order to stand-out, so much as bridges.

After months of perfecting his demo in the late 00's, Crowder began his quest for success in the heart of Chicago. The city's local music scene eagerly opened its arms to its newest musician. Soon after arriving, he had booked live performances at some of the city's most prominent venues, many of which he continues to be requested back to, such as the House of Blues, Reggie's, Hard Rock Cafe, Subterranean, Martyrs' and Uncommon Ground. Whether solo or joined by his infections live band, Crowder has wow'd audiences as an opener for New Kids on the Block's Jordan Knight and singer/songwriter Mat Kearney, as well as at a sold-out, debut appearance at Angels & Kings (owned by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz). Crowder has also racked up several stunning live on-air performances on WGN 720AM, WBEZ 91.5FM, Vocalo 90.7FM and Fearless Radio, reaching worldwide audiences listening over the internet.

Through a slew of engaging, independent releases (including 2010's Ready, Set... EP and 2012's Over Getting Over), Crowder has once again topped himself with the 2x4 series, with Volume II expected late 2015. Accompanied by lush strings, pristine finger snaps and subtle, heartbeat-like percussion, Crowder is at home on Volume I, keeping things at a mild boil musically, while letting his romantic side genuinely runneth over. Though comparisons to Jeff Buckley, John Mayer or Ben Harper aren't unwarranted, Crowder sports more love for true soul music than any of the above, as evidenced through the rustic tones of acoustic plucks. Though the focus is on Crowder's expert vocals and masterful guitar work, this project is rounded out by hefty contributions from Sidewalk Chalk members Charlie Coffeen and Tyler Berg (co-production/keys and drums, respectively), mixer Chris Harden of IV Lab Studios (who has worked with Plain White T's and Hard Working Americans) and Boiler Room master person Colin Jordan, responsible for assisting a who's who of Chicago hip-hop talent over the years, such as Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Twista.

Crowder's connections to his fans are far from done when the final note is sung or the last instrument cable is wrapped up for the night. He's bringing human emotion (and handmade keepsakes in which to collect them) back in an age of a point-and-click music industry.

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Friday Rocktober 23

“Tight, classy kick ass…Deep grooving, high energy music…Music to season your soul with.”-Maximum Ink
“…the Charles Walker Band, a quintet whose chops are strong,
whose command of the genre is certifiable, and who generate excitement at every turn.”-Jeff Tamarkin, All Music Guide


Charles Walker


Neo-Funk, r&b & soul From Milwaukee

Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has refined their unique sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion
of funk, r&b and soul infused with melodic pop influences. Though compared to an array of musicians
(Prince, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, George Clinton, and James Brown)

their music retains deepgospel influences and positive lyrical messages.
Growing up, Walker was influenced by Luther Allison, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. He synthesized
those influences while contributing his own ever-growing musical and personal maturity into the CWB
sound. Walker has played saxophone since the sixth grade, when a music teacher said, despite his
protests, he had the perfect mouth for it. He continued his training on sax and keys throughout college,
participating in the prestigious UW Eau Claire jazz program.
Charles Walker’s musical versatility is demonstrated through his strong, passionate vocals,
monstrous saxophone leads and funky keyboard parts. Walker, once a stand-up and improvisational
comedian, is known for his spontaneous, engaging banter. Walker also spends hours planning and
rehearsing the band’s show so it is musically tight AND visually engaging. One fan said, “I had to go to thebathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!” Porsche Carmon shares the lead vocal role as well as performing on congas, which adds another dimension and excitement to the performance. (Nasty Nate P lays rhythms on guitar, The Sledgehammer backs the band on bass, while Josh Mchatten nails down drums.)
As a testament to their live magic, the group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind &
Fire, Aaron Neville, Robert Cray, BB King, Richard Marx, Eddie Shaw (Howlin Wolf’s Sax Player), Booker T, Cameo and Bernard Allison. The ensemble has been featured on Fox News, NBC “Live in the Morning,” nationally syndicated “Discover Wisconsin,” and was the featured artist on the Blues Revue (2010) and Soul Bag (2007) sampler CDs and has been nominated four years in a row for best soul/r&b act in Wisconsin by WAMI, winning the award in 2013.
Counting Ghetto Prophet, Charles has released eight albums, each album an evolution in their
sound. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records: "One in a Million, where the title of the album comes from, tells the story of a child who grows up impoverished and becomes something great. In this album, I again departed further in funk and Motown while remembering it’s 2015.”


R&B/Soul Cleveland, OH


Zy'mire possesses vocal talent that spans far beyond his years, proving that age is nothing but a number when it comes to performing. Considering the stage his second home, the young teen with a seasoned voice states, " I love the quote by Hans Christian Anderson, " When words fail, music speaks.", its comes natural for me, whether its writing in the studio, or performing on stage!".

Surrounded by music since birth, Zy'mire's grandfather was a guitar player, and his father was a singer. At the age of 8, the Cleveland native began to pick up the guitar and played in a kids bands where he played a lot of old school r&b, pop, rock & blues. This birth him into a world that influences his music today. Developing a serious discipline for the arts, Zy'mire knew he wanted to pursue a successful career in the music industry. By the age of 12, he became the youth choir director, and teen praise team leader at the age of 15.

Strengthening his acting and dancing while attending The Cleveland School of the Arts in middle school and high school, he was selected 3 years in a row to attend Usher Raymond's Camp New Look located in Atlanta,GA. He was awarded opportunities to sing backup for Usher Raymond at the world leadership awards in 2010 becoming the youngest member to participate. During high school, the young passionate singer became a semi-finalist in "The Voice" regional mid-west competition, performed at the historic "Agora", political events, birthday parties, and festivals as well. One of his most memorable performances was being able to perform for Michael Jackson's mother at the Michael Jackson Festival in Gary, Indiana. After giving a stellar performance, he was asked to come back to the festival the next day and be one of the openers for the national acts. On March 22, 2015 Zy'mire was named the winner of Live Music showcase held at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio.

After graduating high school, Zy'mire began to take his musician skills of piano, guitar, and drums to the next level and began to write and produce his own records and records for other artist around the Cleveland area.In 2015, his first single entitled "Confidential" was released on Sound cloud, Reverbnation, Music Xray, and iTunes, receiving great reviews, feedback from industry professionals, building a fast growing fan base."I know this is what I was called to do!", says the young entertainer who is currently working on his debut album which is schedule to be released the summer of 2015. Zy'mire creative musical talents will win new audiences across the world.

Saturday Rocktober 24

$18 to enter at the door. Includes first 2 free drinks,$2 domestic $3 bombs, Fireballs and Jamo -$4 $4 well drinks
All you can eat food buffet to include
Chicken Fingers
BBQ Pull Pork Sandwiches
Cheese tray
and a ton of Home Made Halloween Desserts

Get your best costumes ready because YOU can be the 2015 Costume Contest Winner!!
Tell all your Friends -This is not to be missed.
Candy Corn Vodka!
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Beer!
Ciderball - "Can You Dig It!"




Official Opening Night Watch Party


Saturday Rocktober 31

Hard Rock'n Blues from Westlake, Ohio

The Dirty Baxters

The Dirty Baxters is a trio formed in January 2011 by students of the School of Rock. Featuring Melissa Willis on vocals and bass, Kevin Thiede on guitar, and Pat Boland on drums, their music is a dynamic blend of blues, metal, and punk influences.


two passionate and musically diverse artists


ie~98(.6) kakorrhaphiophobiabreakers

We all have an ultimate purpose in life, some of us are lucky enough to find clarity at an early age, while others are left meandering through the deserts of their own fears in search of their purpose. We however, were lucky enough to realize that our true purpose in life is to not only make music, but to also inspire people to believe in themselves, to take a step out of the abyss that is their comfort zone, and face their fears no matter how large or minuscule it may be. We are two passionate and musically diverse artists that came together to form 98KB. The members are: It's Miggs (have to say the “It's”), and Valente. It's Miggs and Valente are the brothers who came up with the idea of 98KB. The Jamaican brothers started off as talented soccer players until the injuries got the best of them. They always had a passion for music, but did not take it seriously until after Valente graduated high school in 2013. It's Miggs, with his hard flow, ability to adapt to any beat, and unique appearance, is sure to leave an impression. Valente, with his sly metaphors and similes, will surely leave a smirk on your face as you pick up on all his different references.



Sunday November 1

Browns vs. Cardinals Brunch


Tuesday November 3rd

Kinky Friedman

Governor Of The Heart Of Texas
"Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder"
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/k/kinky_friedman.html#X5hYXwVS8E2YHWgH.99

Like so many cool people in the boom generation, Kinky Friedman first saw the world through the Peace Corps in the sixties.  Kinky did his PC time in Borneo as an agriculture extension worker, wherein he introduced the Frisbee to the natives and taught farming techniques to people who had been farming successfully for thousands of years.  But it was in Borneo that Kinky began to write the tunes that would propel the rest of his life.

Kinky had formed his first band,  King Arthur & the Carrots  while a student at the University of Texas, prior to his Peace Corps stint, but when he returned to the states, he really got serious with his second band,  Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys , the unit for which he is most famous, musically.

For his first album, Kinky released ‘Sold American' in 1973 for Vanguard Records.  His repertoire mixed  social commentary  (‘We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You') and maudlin ballads (‘Western Union Wire') with raucous humor (such as ‘Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed'). His ‘Ride 'Em Jewboy' was an extended tribute to the victims of  the Holocaust , and one of his most famous tunes from this session, ‘They Ain't Makin'  Jews  Like  Jesus  Anymore,' is still on many hip playlists.

In the mid-'70s, Friedman and the Jewboys toured with Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue. By 1976 he had recorded his third album, ‘Lasso From El Paso,' featuring appearances by Dylan and Eric Clapton. The Texas Jewboys disbanded less than three years later, and Friedman moved to New York, where he became a Sunday night fixture at the legendary Lone Star Cafe.  His performances, often featuring guests like Robin Williams and John Belushi, were equally legendary.

During the seventies, Kinky set several high water marks in his early performance career.  In 1975, Friedman and the band taped an  Austin City Limits  show which was never aired. According to the show's executive producer, Terry Lickona, this was the only time in the show's long history that an episode went unaired. Lickona told the  Austin Chronicle  "I've seen it many times –  I think it was a great show, and it might be as offensive today as it was back then." 

Kinky was a musical guest on  Saturday Night Live  in October 1976, the first year of SNL, and he claims to have been the first full-blooded Jew to take the stage at the  Grand Ole Opry .  Apparently, this is true.

Starting in the early eighties, Friedman shifted his creative focus to writing  detective novels , after a bizarre incident at an ATM machine.  Kinky spotted a woman being robbed and dashed to her rescue using his bank card to gain entry to the locked ATM lobby.  The episode unleashed Kinky Friedman, the private detective, and sparked a series of detective novels that have become world-famous.  Featuring a  fictionalized version of himself  solving crimes in  New York City  and dispensing jokes, wisdom, recipes, charm and  Jameson's whiskey  in equal measure, the books are written in a straightforward style which owes a certain debt to  Raymond Chandler , though Kinky has also quite fairly been referred to as the “Mark Twain of Texas.”

Kinky continued to tour throughout the eighties, this time in support of his novels, and a series of international publishing deals took that touring around the globe.  During this period, his musings began appearing in such places as the New York Times, Playboy and Texas Monthly (where he later wrote a regular column).  Ebooks and audio books (read by Kinky, himself) of all his great detective novels are available on line.   

In 1986, Kinky took a break from writing and touring to try something new - politics.  He ran for justice of the peace in his home town of Kerrville, Texas.  Though he lost the race, he did discover a passion for politics.  It would be another eighteen years, but he would revisit that arena.

In the nineties, Kinky began branching out with more personal writings.  Since then he has discussed everything from social mores (‘Kinky Friedman's Guide To Texas Etiquette:  Or How To Get To Heaven Or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth') to armadillos (‘The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic:  A “Walk” In Austin').  He's even written a hit children's book (‘The Christmas Pig:  A Fable').

In 2004, the Kinkster returned to the political field, this time daring the state of Texas to think big and elect him governor in 2006.  Running on a shoestring budget, with help from folks like Jesse Ventura and his Minnesota team of political handlers, Kinky garnered over a half million votes - not good enough to win it, but good enough to influence Texas politics long onto the future.  Kinky was the first candidate in the history of the state to make it onto the November ballot as an Independent candidate - astounding, considering his campaign motto:  “Why the hell not?”

In February 2007, Sustain Records released a compilation of the songs of Kinky Friedman sung by other artists called ‘Pearls In The Snow.'  The album includes contributions by  Dwight Yoakam Willie Nelson Lyle Lovett , and  Kelly Willis , and is one of two Kinky tribute albums available today.  More recently, hot rising star Jesse Dayton recorded a full cd of Kinky songs, which received enormous interest in Nashville and around the US.

A second return to politics in 2014 saw Kinky running for Texas State Agriculture Commissioner on a full-legalization platform that may not have won him an election, but that has been instrumental in Texas now considering both medical use and personal use marijuana legalization in its state legislature, proving once and for all that the Kinkster is truly the governor of the heart of Texas.

And now Kinky has reinvented himself yet again, this time with his first all new studio album in nearly forty years.  Just signed to Avenue A Records/Thirty Tigers, Kinky, with the help of producer Brian Molnar and guitarist Joe Cirotti, presents an “all new Kinky,” with his cd, ‘The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.'  Filled with never-heard-before Kinky originals and beautifully rendered covers of such artists as Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Willie Nelson, the new cd is all about Kinky's ultimate ability to deliver much more than just a funny line or humorous tune.  The spare, yet lush arrangements all point up Kinky's unique talent as both a songwriter and interpreter of great material.  Guest performers Nelson, Little Jewford and Mickey Raphael support but never override the simplicity and grace of the tunes and the artist.

The new cd drops on October 2nd, and Kinky hits the road to support it on October 9th.  ‘The Loneliest man I Ever Met Tour' will extend right up into the holiday season, as Kinky, ever the peripatetic, mounts one of the longest tours of his career.  It is also his first record company supported tour since his earliest days with the Jewboys.  It is already being projected as Kinky's most successful adventure yet, in a career filled with wondrously successful adventures.

And there is more on the horizon too!  Kinky has just completed his first detective novel in ten years, ‘The Hard-Boiled Computer,' which will likely mean another extended tour, this time behind the book, in early 2016.  Perhaps even more exciting for the future, Kinky is now collaborating with Billy Bob Thornton in creating a series of television movies based on the who-done-it books, with Billy Bob slated to play Kinky.  So, is Kinky merely the Governor Of The Heart O Texas, or is he President of the Heart Of America?


Kinky's Producer & Opening Act

Brian Molnar

A bonafide tale teller and songster of the highest order.

Brian Molnar & The Naked Hearts (he'll be solo this time out)

With each of Brian Molnar & the Naked Heart's last 3 albums peaking out over fixtures of their genre on radio play charts all around the country, it would not be surprising to have an overwhelming feeling of comfort and familiarity when experiencing their music for the first time. For nearly a decade Brian Molnar has been carrying his acoustic guitar and wrought melodies back and forth across the United States connecting audiences with a feeling of American tradition and unique thoughtfulness that has been too often diluted in recent memory. Now with a full supporting band behind him, sharing the stage with contemporaries such as Ralph Stanley, Chris Hillman, Bernie Worrell, Garth Hudson, and Neal Cassal, it seems that a genuine Americana resurgence is upon us, with each new Naked Hearts' release setting its tone.Brian Molnar's newest release "Of the Fall" spent 4 weeks standing strong at #1 on the World Wide Roots 66 chart, and remains in the top 10 nearly 4 months after it's release. The band's prior live record "Miss You" hit #7 on the Roots Music Report chart in NY, and #36 country-wide, while the band's previous studio work "Temperance & the Devil" peaked at #27 on AMA (Americana) chart, and #9 on the FAR radio chart in Europe and USA. With such a promising track record and constant live appearances by Molnar with and without the Naked Hearts, the sky is the limit, and makes Brian Molnar a name to remember in the coming years."...they continue to push the boundaries of Americana in sound and spirit beyond what has become an ossification too frequent in the form."-Chris Spectre, Midwest Record, on "Of the Fall"“The Naked Hearts play Roots Country with conviction… the band demonstrates a thorough understanding of what it takes to make authentic music.” -Steven Stone Vintage Guitar Magazine on "Of the Fall" "Treading the midnight highway dividing line between country and the Ash Grove, he evokes a turning point just before everything changed and too much got lost."-Mark S. Tucker, Fame, on "Of the Fall""Just when you have had your fill of artists who can obtain a great studio-produced sound, but lack luster onstage (or downright "suck, live"), or in a parallel universe deliver showmanship and power in concert whilst never being able to focus and produce a decent studio record, here is a band that thankfully can capture both."-Torchy Blaine, WDVR FM, on "Miss You""Molnar and The Naked Hearts show enough talent to suggest they can, and will I am sure, go on from here —since the core of the music (ever tastefully produced) and Molnar's story-telling vocal style is compelling."-Maurice Hope, Americana UK, on "Temperance - See more at: http://www.brianmolnar.com/band_bio/#sthash.ZkUDIVYJ.dpuf


Monday November 9

Indie Pop Alternative from Eau Claire, WI

The Millenium

"If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they could be, we make them better."
That's the mentality alternative pop rock band, The Millenium, aims to exemplify through their music. Breaking into the scene in early May opening for The Summer Set, the group has since been hard at work playing shows, showcasing their music, and meeting new people. Within a few short months the band has successfully completed numerous midwest and east coast tours securing a loyal fanbase and finding a place in their hearts with their debut EP, "It's So Much Friendlier With Two," a record dedicated to love, loss, and learning - themes that resonate not just with each member individually, but have gone as far as defining our generation as a whole.
While often feeling like a pop band in a punk world, The Millenium strives to bring more non traditional elements into their sound. Incorporating realms of indie, acoustic and electronic styles in a sometimes eclectic fashion, one is sure to appreciate a genuine sound showcasing undeniably catchy and melodically driven tracks intertwined with a playful and inventive blend of acoustic guitar and keyboard.
"These songs are an extension of ourselves, much in the same way as our arms and legs," says The Millenium. "These songs created us more than we created them, and it is with this we hope to connect to our audience through shared experiences."
It was the demise of their previous bands around relatively similar times that brought Kyle Culver and Matt Hasenmueller, from The Last Semester, and Kyle Featherstone from The Picture Perfect, together. Everyone felt drawn together creatively after becoming friends through the music scene while living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After much preparation, they hit the stage for the first time on May 2, opening for The Summer Set at UW-Eau Claire. They have since toured with Hollywood Ending and Late Night Reading


Indie American alt-country singer songwriter from Joplin, Missouri

Carter Hulsey

(born June 28, 1988) is an American alt-country singer songwriter from Joplin, Missouri. Being raised by his mother and father gave him daily musical exposure to the likes of Willie Nelson, Elton John, and Jerry Jeff Walker — all on vinyl, of course. At age 13, Hulsey found his father’s acoustic Guild guitar, and his long love for music finally came to a head. He started writing songs. Hulsey’s sound and talent was developed with four bands prior to his breakaway as a solo artist in 2008. Hulsey blends honest lyrics, catchy melodies, undeniable hooks, folk and rock.
Three albums and five years later, Hulsey released his newest album, Drive Out, on February 4, 2014. This album that takes a modern twist on “country” with raw emotion, a deep groove and clever storytelling. The strength of the material and performance suggest Hulsey has curated his personal sound and his music is all the better for it. The low-key folk-rock blends with an ambient sound to create a haunting and unique vibe bound to keep the listener coming back for more. Hulsey has a talent for continuing the deep felt conversation with listeners with an intentional voice for love, loss, travel and the grit of southern culture with ease. Hulsey harnesses the story, channels, and delivers to the listener.
Hulsey is known for his captivating live performance delivered with intensity and purpose. It is often lamented that this sound that cannot be captured in the studio. Hulsey’s writing style is that of the un-reliable narrator, assuming the character of others with a talent in telling their story. His concepts and narratives are inspired by great storytellers such as Steven King, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Hit and David Sedaris with musical influence by Todd Snider, Ryan Adams, John Prine, Guy Clark, and Gillian Welch.


Acoustic-soul songwriter from Nashville

Kiernan McMullan

Writing songs to several people in particular and many in general, acoustic-soul songwriter Kiernan McMullan places importance on both honesty and melody as the foundation for his career. Ten years of extensive travel, performing, and crafting songs guided him through five music releases and over 2,000 tour dates by the time 2014 came to a close.
Not really being from anywhere, the Irish-Australian brings an outsider's perspective to his international fan base by writing songs about atypical subjects - covering life on the road, love, anti-love, and complacency. Kiernan was influenced by everything from The Roots to Jimmy Eat World, Rage Against The Machine to Otis Redding, and created his own intersection between the genres. By the age of fifteen, the songwriter knew that this was where he fit. The last few years of touring have proven he made the right decision. To date, McMullan has performed at sold-out shows, festivals and tour dates in the US with well-established talent including the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, Dave Mason and Mat Kearney. In Ireland he accumulated a list of shows with big names including The Coronas, Cathy Davy, and The Blizzards.
His newest release, appropriately titled Common Sense, came out this past July and garnered heavy local interest, radio play, and set an even higher standard for his songwriting. Although Kiernan writes about serious and controversial subjects, it's his humor and genuine interest in his audience that always seems to immediately win over the crowd. An old soul, his soft-spoken lyrics consistently captivate rooms, festivals and theaters worldwide. His newest record captures the identity of an independent musician and is an incredible album of well-thought production.
Brought up by an Australian mother and an Irish father, Kiernan was raised listening to artists such as Van Morrison and Lyle Lovett. But it was by studying artists like Ryan Adams, Lupe Fiasco and Marvin Gaye that he developed his eclectic style. Cutting his teeth in both Boston and Ireland, McMullan went on to sign his first record deal with a Warner subsidiary, 111 Records in 2008. With nothing but a hiking bag and his guitar, he hitched and bussed the length of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, playing shows every other day. "My parents met on a plane, so being a gypsy was always in my genes.." he says. Constant traveling, performing and perfecting his sound have helped him develop an international grassroots following of dedicated fans.

Uncommon outcomes and unique conversations with strangers have fueled Kiernan's insatiable thirst for touring. Included in his plans for 2015 are back-to-back tour dates covering the majority of the year and moving forward with his fourth full-length album. While simultaneously acquiring song ideas and passport stamps, his willingness to physically bring music to his fans marks his path to success. "People romanticize being an entertainer based on the highlight reel they see. You could be playing for 5000 people one night.. and twenty the next. I go wherever people will listen - and that's where you find the stories."

Thursday November 12

Alternative Pop/Rock from Chicago

David Paige

David Paige has a sound that rocks harder than pop and is more accessible than much of today's alternative rock - his music ... is a must for any fans of either genre.

With memorable melodies, powerful grooves, and energetic live performances, David and his band will give you a show that you won't soon forget.

For information on how to blast David Paige's music in your car with the windows down, please visit www.davidpaigemusic.com


Psych-tinged Americana vibe like a post-modern Neil Young,

or what  Willamette Week  calls "fearsome folk." 

Joshua Powell


The Great Train Robbery

“Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery” may not fit on a marquis, but the name suits the band just fine. Joshua and his folk band borrowed their brand from a 1903 silent Western and have crafted their sound in that sure-footed Americana tradition ever since. The crux of their music is in the storytelling – stories that embrace the fact that we are all human together. The band has two new releases: The Commonwealth EP, available for free on Noise Trade, and a new LP, Man Is Born For Trouble, available in April from digital outlets.

The band may have originated in the heartland ( Anderson, IN ), but there is something distinctly Southern about their songs. There is dusty peacefulness in the lulling folk that evokes comparisons to Iron and Wine and Fionn Regan, and an unmistakable grit that erupts like a bar fight when the band delves into their rockier side. Joshua and the band spent nearly two years in Indiana perfecting this duality as they played every Midwest bar and coffeehouse that would have them.

Their self-produced debut EP, We All Say Hello, enjoyed immense exposure and success on Noise Trade in 2011, sharing the chart with acts like The Civil Wars and Young the Giant. They subsequently released their first full length, Traveler, which Stereo Subversion heralded as having “diverse harmonies” and “immense depth.”


Rock, Blues-Rock, Alt-Rock, Indie-Rock, Rock-Rock from the Rock Capital CLE

The Great Perhaps

Formed by Tucker Mindrum and Colin Payton in 2009 at Wittenberg University, the band grew quickly around friendship and musi ... cal virtuosity. Through various early incarnations of The Great Perhaps, the band developed stylistically to resemble the classic rock and roll, blues, progressive rock, and avant garde roots of the members' upbringing. After bearing the bated breath of friends and family, (Pr)Elude - EP marks The Great Perhaps' undeniably optimistic debut. Now with new members and a new city, The Great Perhaps is poised to take the Cleveland music scene by storm. Join them, for there is much more to come.




Friday November 13

Texan & Chicago soulful/rock'n Blues

From The heartland - Columbus OH

Terry Davidson & the Gears



-BLUESMATTERS MAGAZINE - U.K. REVIEW - APRIL 2015: Terry Davidson has been performing in the USA for close on fifty years, the album is his seventh release and leaves a really positive glow, the thirteen tracks are all self written but sound strangely familiar, there is a good mixture of soulful and harder Blues here covering all the American styles, with Texan & Chicago most prominent. The four piece band deliver their music in a style not too dissimilar to the Rolling Stones and certainly take no prisoners, the pace is non stop with all the band demonstrating high levels of musicianship.  Terry Davidson fronts the band on  vocals and guitar  with a very confident blues, easy vocal style that allows him  to move between  Rock & Roll and slower blues numbers effortlessly. I am sure  the band name  of the "Gears" was suggested as it reflects the ease that they  move between  the styles covered here, there are no weak links with the material,  the highlight  is the final track "Without the Blues" which starts with spoken words  setting  the scene for Terry to sing about the Blues stars he worked with during his career, very cleverly done and I recognized at least twenty individual artists names. Strong rocking blues album that gets better the more you play it.

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Monday November 16

Rock. Alt. Pop. from Kokomo, IN

Shiny Penny

Since 2011, Shiny Penny has been delivering it's soulful pop/rock to fans around the Midwest, performing anywhere and everywhere from Van's Warped Tour to buzzing street festivals. After being nominated for NUVO's 2015 "Best Pop Act in Indianapolis" the band has become a staple in the music scene in Indiana and surrounding states. The band's personal and authentic sound, combined with its high energy and engaging live performances, has made them fan favorites throughout the region.


UK British Blues Award winner

British blues guitarist who sings with old school soul

Bex Marshall

A unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock, rag-time and roots pickin’.

Her voice is a powerful melting pot of old black woman’s heart-ache and rock diva soul.
Bex is a writer of distinction. She pushes the boundaries of blues, with songs that have been called “timeless” with “touches of genius.”
Bex’s latest CD release ‘The House Of Mercy’ has received stunning reviews worldwide. It won 3rd Best British Blues Al-bum of the Year Award 2013 and is featured in DOWNBEAT magazines 'Best Album of the Year’ list 2013 with a rare 4 star review.
Bex Marshall
British blues guitarist who sings with old school soul UK Blues Awards 2013, 2nd place— Best British Blues Vocalist 3rd Best British Blues Album of the Year Award 2013 for “The House of Mercy”

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Friday November 20

bluesy, funky, soulful from Grand Haven, MI

Jim Shaneberger Band

Songwriter and performing musician Jim Shaneberger has been a mainstay in the Michigan music scene for 15 years and counting, recording and touring with Flint, MI blues powerhouse Greg Nagy and the legendary Donald Kinsey.

Best known as a bass guitarist and vocalist, Shaneberger's songwriting prowess makes its debut on Work in Progress. Recorded at Redwall North Recording Company in Grand Haven, MI, the songs boast a bluesy, funky, soulful combination with Shaneberger playing all parts except drums, which are held down by Jim's longtime friend and bandmate Karl Schantz.

Shaneberger's original songs are a showcase of his diverse range of musical interests, each drawing from a unique genre and theme. “Trouble” is an r&b song with socially conscious lyrics; his ‘change the world' song. “Running Your Mouth” is a nod to old school blues with a few twists and some very frank lyrics. “Work in Progress” is a commentary on his own life philosophy about growing goals leading to new challenges. “Little Lylia” is a poignant acoustic guitar instrumental written for his baby daughter. “The Storm is Coming” is a song about planting his flag in the music scene as a solo artist, announcing his arrival and “Drinkin' Muddy Water” is about the urge to travel and get his music out into the world, expressing the hunger for touring. Musically, it's like Johnny Winter meets Led Zeppelin.

The Jim Shaneberger Band brings together adept musicians with backgrounds in blues, rock, gospel and funk for a lively stage performance. Schantz, featured on the album, and Shaneberger have worked together previously in the Greg Nagy Band, Mercurial Son and The Funky Gentlemen. Bassist Robert Pace is steeped in gospel, jazz and r&b and has played with Marvin Sapp, Ken Reynolds, The Williams Brothers, Twinkie Clark, The DeBarges and more.

“It's been a long time comin',” said Jim Shaneberger. “I've always wanted to put something out there that's truly mine.”

Work In Progress has been nominated for four 2014 WYCE Jammie Awards: Best Album by a New Artist, Song of the Year ("The Storm Is Coming"), Best Blues/Soul Album, and Album of the Year.

The Jim Shaneberger Band won the 2014 Kalamazoo Blues Challenge, earning them a spot in the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

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Saturday November 21

Legendary American Blues and Roots Rock Band

The Nighthawks

The Nighthawks are:
Mark Wenner: Vocals, Harmonica
Johnny Castle: Vocals, Bass
Paul Bell: Guitar
Mark Stutso: Drums, Vocals (who's really cool!)

When Mark Stutso, master of the deep groove, joined The Nighthawks at the beginning of 2010, the 21st-century version of the legendary American roots band was complete. With Paul Bell and Johnny Castle in the band for nearly a decade, and founding father Mark Wenner the remaining original, this team outshines all previous incarnations.

The Nighthawks was an idea in Mark Wenner's brain long before he was able to implement it. The musical product of pre-1958 radio in Washington, D.C., he did not know there were rules against mixing blues, R&B, honky-tonk country, doo-wop, gospel and rockabilly into one delicious stew.

In 1972, Mark, then 23, returned to his hometown after a New York City band apprenticeship eager to start a real, work-every-night band based on American roots music. He found a receptive local scene. Washington has long been a musical melting-pot of the kind that made Memphis the source point for the evolution of American music in the second half of the 20th century. It just never had a Stax or Sun record label to tell the world. As the city exploded with an influx of people from all the surrounding states during the Great Depression and World War II, Washington became a hotbed of musical cross-fertilization. When Bill Haley first brought his wacky Pennsylvania mix of hillbilly music and rhythm and blues to D.C. in 1952, people got it. And white kids like Mark found the Howard Theater – now recently restored and part of the historic top tier of the Chitlin' Circuit that included Baltimore's Royal, Chicago's Regal and New York's Apollo – just a 25-cent bus ride away from the suburbs.

In 2009, Sirius XM's Bill Wax , having heard that The Nighthawks were playing some acoustic shows, invited the band to record some live tracks for his “B.B. King's Bluesville” channel. In less than two hours, the band cut almost a dozen tunes. A week later, Bill handed them a mixed version with permission to release. After Bill Wolf's magic-touch in the mastering, Last Train to Bluesville was released on RipBang Records. With the able assistance of publicist Mark Pucci and radio promoter Todd Glazer, the CD won Acoustic Album of the Year at the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards in Memphis in May 2011.



Cleveland's Priemer Blues and Blues Rock Band.


Friday November 27

Blues / Rock and Roll / Roots / Vintage R&B from Toronto, ON, CA by way of Austin TX

The 24th Street Wailers

Press Quotes.......

“The 24th Street Wailers continue to step it up! It's been a joy watching the band grow as musicians who have found their own sound. I love the band's energy and deep understanding of blues, classic R&B and roots music.”

-Holger Petersen,  Stony Plain Records, CBC Radio, SiriusXM 169 and CKUA

“Beyond the 12 bar blues bands and weekend warriors, it is amazing to see the 24th Street Wailers among a new breed of young acts creating fresh material and proving there is such a thing as Canadian blues that is as valid as Chicago, delta, West Coast, British or any other kind of blues out there.”

-Chris Martin, CBC Music Blues Community Producer

“this is just great, gritty, fun, live stuff!" - Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd), Host of the House of Blues Radio Hour

“Unshakeable is raw and authentically funky…these young players have the natural rhythm and looseness of studied musicians, which is a breath of fresh air.” - thebluesmobile.com

“a worthy representative of the new face of the blues” - Richard Knechtel, GBFS/Summerfolk Artistic Director

“ One of the hottest acts layin' it down!” - Billieboy Bill Lucas, Host of the “Blue Plate Special” on CHLY Nanaimo

Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls.

2012's Unshakeable reached Top 10 on the Roots Music Report  and carried the band even further — Dan Aykroyd's House of Blues radio show called it “raw and authentically funky.” And Bill Wax's syndicated B.B. King Radio Show on SiriusXM confirmed the band's widespread national and international radio play. The Wailers have put the icing on the cake with a 2nd studio album, released early this year. Wicked is the CD's title, and the adjective perfectly describes the music. Recorded in Austin Texas and produced by Billy Horton, producer and bassist for Texas rocker Nick Curran and who is also currently Jimmie Vaughan's bass player, Wicked is a collection of 11 songs by Lindsay and Emily, with two covers, both of them considerable departures from the originals. Horton's worked produced a who's-who of Texas bands, and he helped put The Wailers' drive and energy into the record's grooves. The band's put their autographs on a number of milestones along the road to success. They've been the only non-Quebec band to win both the Reléve en Blues and the Air Transat/Blues sur Seine competitions at Festiblues International de Montreal, which sent them to France to perform at The Blues sur Seine Festival. The Wailers were nominated for major Maple Blues Awards two years in a row, and for Blues Group/Duo of the Year at the Sirius XM Indie Awards. In February 2012, the band were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, cementing their place among their musical peers.

Booking their own dates — which they continue to do — The Wailers have played in some 35 major cities in Canada. The band's played major U.S. tours, and in 2014 are set to play more than 200 shows across North America.

The band's touring this year includes more than a dozen-two- and three–day blues, jazz and folk events from one side of the continent to the other. A highlight was Jimmie Vaughan grinning for a set while sitting side stage at one of their club dates this year and slinging guitar with them that night.  Said the artistic director of one important Ontario festival last year: “(This band) is a worthy representative for the new face of the blues.”

“New face of the blues”? Yes, the band likes that. “We're just trying to restore faith in what the Blues and Rock and Roll were meant to be,” they'll tell you. But just don't call the Wailers a “young” band, okay?

Instead of pissing them off, call The 24th Street Wailers exactly what they are: one of the hottest groups of blues rockers you can find, and one that always makes the crowd drink, dance and cheer. Tell them that and they might buy you a drink.

The Maple Blues Awards ~ Jumpin' Jonny Wong took home the award for Sax Player of the year!

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Saturday November 28

Think of a Long Tall Cool Musical Drink Mix of ~ Jack Johnson, Sublime, Dave Matthews Band

Joe Moorhead Band

Like a Rum Soaked Cool Breeze Off An Island Shore, Joe Moorhead, offers a musical escape from the daily grind.

“Life Is A B ... each” for the band Joe Moorhead. Born in the most unlikely of places, the gritty urban jungle of Cleveland, Ohio, the band took their laid back attitude and tropical party mentality on the road playing college campuses, music festivals and venues throughout the Americas. Gathering up fans and building momentum along the way like a whipping island breeze about to transform into a tropical storm. An ever growing fan base of loyal fans already know the magic in the music of Joe Moorhead. And so should you.

Like Jack Johnson, Sammy Hagar and the Dave Mathews Band before them, Joe Moorhead creates a laid back groove with insightful lyrics about love and life from a wholly original sound that provides an escape from today's tough times. Not taking themselves too seriously (No Sting like attitude here) the band's shows are fun and original celebrations designed around escaping from the pains and horrors of the real world.
Ready for a musical trip? An around the world escape that is sure to free your mind and move your body? Then you're ready for Joe Moorhead.


Saturday December 5

Party Like a Vikiing Happy Hour

Cleveland State

Mens & Womens Basketball

comes to the Q!

FYI ~ With any Q event ~It always starts at WILBERTS.

$2 Domestics $3 BOMBS $4 LeBron Jameson's & FireBalls!


Sunday December 6

progressive jazz-rock band from Chicago

afternoon show 4-6pm


After the Browns game from 4-6pm

Marbin first started in 2007 as an improvised music duo consisting of Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch. Markovitch and Rabin met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rabin had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, Marbin has been living in Chicago and performing all over the United States, playing over 250 shows a year with the accompaniment of drummer Justyn Lawrence and Bassist Jae Gentile . They have released four albums: Impressions of a City (2009),as part of Paul Wertico's Mideast-Midwest Alliance, and three under the name Marbin (2009), Marbin as a duo,Breaking the Cycle (2011) with drummer Paul Wertico, bassist Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), and Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), and Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013) with its touring band and an array of thirteen guests. Marbin is currently signed to Moonjune Records and Management.

In addition to their regular schedule, Marbin toured with fusion super group Scott Henderson, Mike Clark, and Jeff Berlin in a series of venues on the east coast and the midwest. In March 2012, Marbin toured with Allan Holdsworth's new trio that consists of Yellow Jackets' bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Virgil Donati.



Friday December 11

Voted ‘BEST BLUES BAND IN CONNECTICUT' two years in a row in 2013 and 2014

Balkun Brothers


Balkun Brothers is an world renowned psychedelic blues-rock band hailing from Hartford, Connecticut (USA). Originally formed in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, Balkun Brothers has been described as,  “Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin' American blues… The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock 'n roll.”

Mixing traditional styles of delta and electric blues, with heavy modern rock and funk grooves, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. The band is fusing the past with the present and pushing the sonic bounds of blues into the future. Though the band's sound is deeply rooted in blues tradition, Balkun Brothers draw from a vast range of influences. The band's live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between blues, rock, funk, jam, psychedelia and everything in-between.

Founding members Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals) and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/percussion/vocals) are gaining followers across the world with their gritty hard-rockin' swagger. Balkun Brothers are becoming known for their explosive live shows and are quickly evolving into one of the United States' premier blues-rock acts.

Balkun Brothers was voted the  ‘2015 Best Overall Band In Connecticut', along with  ‘Best Blues Band In Connecticut'  three  years in a row, in 2015, 2014 and 2013, by  CT.com  and the  Connecticut Music Awards . The group also won the  2014 Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge  and the  2013 Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Competition . As a solo act, Steve Balkun was named the winner of the  2012 Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Suo Competition , as well as being a grand finalist at the  2013 International Blues Challenge  in Memphis, TN. Steve, was also hand selected by blues-rock great, Joe Bonamassa, as a top ten finalist in the  2013 Guitar Center Bluesmasters Competition  and played with Joe Bonamassa and his band in Los Angeles, CA.

The band released their first self-produced studio EP “God Bless Our Fallout Shelter”  in September of 2013. The collection of only six songs was nominated for album of the year along with the first single  ‘Control Yourself'  for song of the year at the 2014  CTMA's . The EP was also named one of the top 50 albums of 2013 by  LonesomeNoise.com . This album has been followed up by two more EP's, “Bluesch Metal Live From The Baeschment”  and “ WE. IN. DETROIT.”,  both recorded live and proving the strong musicianship of the band and the vast array of musical genres that meld into Balkun Brothers' unique sound.

As Balkun Brothers continues to grow and progress, their following has expanded and an impressive touring schedule has featured them at a variety of festivals including: Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), Strangecreek Campout Festival (Greenfield, MA), East Petersburg Blues Festival (East Petersburg, PA), 2 Left Feet Blues Festival (East Hartland, CT), Harry Brown's Hill Festival (Starks, ME), Yellow Phone Music Festival (Milwaukee, WI), Launch Music Festival (Lancaster, PA), Daytona Blues Festival (Daytona Beach, FL) and various others. Balkun Brothers has performed at countless legendary clubs including Toad's Place (New Haven, CT), The Bitter End (New York City, NY), Nectar's (Burlington, VT),  Black Eyed Sally's (Hartford, CT), Rum Boogie (Memphis ,TN), B.B. King's Blues Club (New York City, NY) and Infinity Music Hall (Norfolk, CT). They have also been a featured act alongside well-know artists such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, James Cotton, Popa Chubby, Eric Sardinas, Dopapod, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Mike Dillon Band and many more.


Psychedelic Progressive Hard Rock Fusion band from CLE

The Rick Ray Band

The Rick Ray Band is a four piece psychedelic, progressive, hard rock, fusion band. Al LeDonne - drums, Gary Wood - Bass and vocals, Rick Schultz - Reeds, Rick Ray - Guitar and vocals. RRB has opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd , Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, The Dregs, Robin Trower, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush , Uli Jon Roth, The Steve Morse Band, The Michael Schenker Group, Allan Holdsworth , Crack The Sky, Anvil, Eric Gales Band, Kansas, Y&T, Fates Warning, Gary Hoey, Peter Frampton, Lynch Mob, The Mark Wood Band (members of Trans Siberian Orchestra), The Average White Band, The Happy Together Tour (featuring Flo & Eddie of the Turtles, The Grassroots, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mickey Dolenz and The Buckinghams) and others. Rick has 32 CD's released as of the latest "Can't Lie Hard Enough". A new album will be released hopefully in the summer of 2015.


Monday December 14

Crossroads of Rustbelt Blues 2015 Live Music Event Series

The Cleveland Blues Society

Holiday Jam

CBS Jam Nite w/ Memphis Challenge Winners

7:30-11:30~doors 6pm


Tuesday December 15




(of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy)

Guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick return to Wilbert's for a night of jaw dropping music! Aside from their own solo work, Paul and Simon have been members of legendary drummer Carl Palmer's touring band for several years and have performed over 500 gigs in 30-plus countries around the world. Individually, they have also performed and toured with such musicians as Dream Theater, Neal Morse (of Spock's Beard), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Kee Marcello (Europe) and Les Paul. For this special show, Bielatowicz and Fitzpatrick will take you on a roller coaster ride of the most challenging classical virtuoso showpieces – all played as you've never heard them before!


Paul Bielatowicz is best known for his virtuoso guitar work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. He's played, recorded and toured the world with the likes of Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) and Les Paul…to name just a few. His 2014 debut solo album, "Preludes & Etudes," saw him stripping the electric guitar back to basics, presenting it as a classical instrument – no overdubs, effects or studio tricks: just a guitar, an old amp and raw virtuosity. 


Simon Fitzpatrick has toured and recorded with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia), Joe Lynn-Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), Kee Marcello (Europe) and Michael Hill (B.B. King) among others. Not content with simply being in the background, Fitzpatrick has always tried to take bass guitar playing as far as possible. Using all six strings of his extended range instrument, he performs as a lead player, a soloist or polyphonic accompanist. He has recently released his debut solo bass guitar album, "Reflections," in which he uses his virtuoso technique to recreate a wide variety of pieces and styles. You've never seen or heard a bass guitar played like this before.


(Original Prog/Jazz/Rock Influenced Music)

"CuDa & CuDa"

CuDa & CuDa was formed in 2006. We wanted to do something fresh and get away from playing covers. We wanted to integrate all of our great musical influences and combine them with our own unique personalities and see what would happen. Our efforts resulted in 3 CD's and concert performances with Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Alan Holdsworth, Carl Palmer, Project Object (Zappa Alum) and many others.

Saturday January 16

alternative americana roots from Cincinnati

Red Idle Rejects

Country Music Magazine Review

Steve Bowling is the singer and main songwriter of the Red Idle Rejects, who were just called ... , Red Idle. The name was changed after the band members initially rejected the songs on the new CD, as “too country”. They are not. Can a song be, too country? Probably not, for readers of this magazine. The press release for the disc, calls it a concept album, telling the tale of, “an Appalachian who moves to the city only to discover heartache, but ultimate triumph, found therein”. All ten songs do stand on their own as well.

First song, Mean Dry County, which is also a single, has a country/rock “n” roll feel, and Steve Bowling really “attacks” the tune with lots of passion. The track, Ruthie, is a stunner: a dark bluesy country song with a timeless feel. It's a foot-tapping delight featuring a nagging guitar that gets in your head, and let's not forget the fiddle. Wonderful!

The band may have got nervous about the CD's final three songs, all of which are pure, real country. Where The Lonely Reside has a classic crying-in-your-beer feel, Simple Blue sounds like Commander Cody at his most country, and A Mountain track, with added banjo. The album does have one rock song, Divorce,sounds a little like The Jefferson Airplane with a punk edge. This is one of the better rock tracks of recent years. The song also throws up a dilemma for The Red Idle Rejects. Clearly they can do

quality rock and country, but which way should they go? The more traditional country songs here are so strong, that the country road seems the one the band need to be on.

Steve Bowling is a real find, a very high quality songwriter, with a strong voice, a little over-the-top at times, but it works. Red Idle have performed a fair number of covers, including a very reasonable version of Fleetwood Mac's Black Magic Woman, but any band who has a songwriter of Steve Bowling's talent should be performing, all or mainly original songs. That way the band will create their own identity. This seems to be the way forward. The Red Idle Rejects have clearly got something, it would be a great pity if they lost it. ....Country Music People,


Saturday January 23

Tennessee Southern Blues, Soul, Old School R & B, Boogie from Nashville

John Sutton Band

John Sutton has been rocking the Southeast and Midwest for the past 15 years building his ever expanding fan base. Three piece (sometimes 4), in your face, get you involved rock, country, blues, soul, r&b ... John, Kidd, Eric and Matthew bring vast stage experience to their performances. These Tennessee based boys are at home on any stage. Their latest album 'The World' is bring new excitement to every venue.

Their music is influenced by people with soul and groove, old and new. Al Green, JJ Grey & Mofro, Eric Church, Buddy Guy, George Strait, Robert Crey, Otis, Soulive, G Love, James Brown, Subdudes, Jack Johnson, Gov't Mule, Big Head Todd, for example and the list goes on. “We are true fans of Soulful music!!!” states Sutton.

To quote a review in The Nashville Underground Music Scene, “Three guys who moved to Nashville to be apart of a thriving music scene that they are rarely part of due to their excessive road schedule. Their performances are fun, exciting, and full of great playing.”

Over the past 15 years JSB has been performing for any and all crowds throughout the Southeast and Midwest turning their shows into crowd sing-alongs with both their original and cover music. From club to private party to festival this band loves to perform. As the band has grown, JSB has been through several line up changes. This JSB is truly at home on stage and on the road. A band of professional minded musicians they share a common goal of entertaining everyone who is kind enough to pay them a listen.

Their songs are written in such a way that the purpose of the lyric is not lost in the live jam. Always fun!!! Always a party!!! Always a jam!!! The music comes first right along side the fans of their music. A truly appreciative band, with all the love and support they are getting from their fans, JSB is in this for the long haul. Rock!!! Country!!! Southern Rock!!! Blues!!! Soul!!! Rhythm & Blues!!! Music for the lovers of music

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

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