The Painesville Party in the Park is Ohio’s largest free music festival. Featuring over 30musical acts on the 3 stages, featuring up-&-coming local acts, award winning Cleveland musicians and national touring acts from all reaches of the US including California, New York, New Orleans and more. The Party in the Park strives to provide a very unique musical experience by bringing together musical acts of many different genres including Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Indie, Folk, Rock-a-Billy, Country, Classic Rock, Jam Bands, Latin, Soul, Bluegrass and more! With a new band going on stage almost every hour from noon till midnight there is something for everyone to enjoy at the PPITP so come on out and join the Party!
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Friday, July 19 at 11:00 am
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Hosted By Istvan Medgyesi -A showcase featuring original singer/songwriters
Sean Benjamin is a performer and entertainer that crosses the boundaries of pop, r&b, acoustic, folk, blues, rock, swing and mischief. His shows can be unpredictable, but that makes sense with a singer/songwriter who hates the idea of being cornered into a single genre. http://www.facebook.com/seanbenjaminmusic
Friday, July 19 at 5:00 pm
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Welcome to Andy’s Last Band, Rev. G. This travelling “Rock-Therapy” troupe has certainly gone through some changes over the last decade. BUT, the passion is still there, AND, it’s STILL all about the fun! Their reputation for rocking out the classics has kept them atop the list of Northeast Ohio’s party bands. Always drawing big crowds at area festivals, wineries, and clubs.
Andy’s Last Band are Party in the Park vets and are always a crowd pleaser.
Friday, July 19 at 6:00 pm
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Singer/songwriter Jenn Cristy has been refining her original sound for nearly a decade now as a solo artist, pushing in new directions with each album while always retaining the rock n’ roll soul that has brought audiences across the country to their feet.
For the latest album, Crawl, Cristy spent nearly two years working with her band members before even entering the studio. The result is her most polished and nuanced album to date, a blend of storytelling lyrics with pop hooks and dazzling instrumental work that is sure to please both devoted fans and first-time listeners.
Now on her fourth solo album, Jenn began her career with John Mellencamp, meeting the Hoosier rocker in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was in the midst of an all-American swimming career at Indiana University. During her stint with Mellencamp’s band she proved her versatility, playing flute, piano, percussion, organ, and violin in addition to singing. When she embarked on her solo career in 2003, she wanted to create a sound that both honored all of her varied influences – from Ben Folds to Pink and Bruce Hornsby to Queen – while creating something decidedly original.
It is clear that her music has found a hungry audience. Cristy has played around the country, sharing the stage with a veritable who’s-who of artists – Shawn Mullins, John Eddie, Antigone Rising, Indigenous, Bree Sharp, Jeffery Gaines, Danielia Cotton and Michael Gabliki (Rusted Root) –or dominating it herself. Her songs have earned praise everywhere from blogs and small-town newspapers to The New York Times. The piano-driven rock is a platform for lyrics that encompass everything from matters of the heart to politics to straight-ahead fun…or murder. In Cristy’s world, every story has a melody.
Members: Jenn Cristy-Vocals/Keys, Dave Dwinell-Drums, Allen Paurazas-Bass, Chris McConnell-Guitar
Denver, CO – Make no mistake: the Fox Street Allstars (FSAS) reek of the roadhouses and West Texas honky-tonks of the deep south that inspired their signature sound. FSAS is a roller coaster of roadhouse blues interwoven with super-sized helpings of funk with elements of rock, soul and jazz. No one really has any idea where front man Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard channels his soulful, whiskey soaked vocals and frenetic stage presence but the result is a blistering powerhouse of sound.
After hitting 20 Southeastern markets in just 24 nights in October of 2012, FSAS returned home to Colorado where they promptly sold out their end of year show. The band also sold out their New Year’s Eve show in Jackson, WY in advance at the Pink Garter Theatre. It’s full steam ahead as the band enters 2013 and has released their sophomore album Tough Talk on 2/26/13.
Eric Lindell writes music that is as at home on your front porch on a summer evening as it is in a hot sweaty club on a Saturday night. It is southern soul music, infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk. It is blues music, glazed with a taste of country. It is simple, heartfelt song writing; melodic guitar solos and energized live performance.
Eric has been writing and recording songs for over 15 years, and is now touring behind the strength of his latest release I Still Love You. His band’s rhythm section, Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums, have been with Eric for over three years, making their performance on I Still Love You, as well as their live shows incredibly tight and intuitive. Both players are young, but have a swing feel of much more seasoned musicians. Rounding out the band are saxophonists Brad Walker and Chris Fitzgerald, whose horn section work serves the purpose of the church choir, answering in the affirmative to the soulful vocals, giving the music the feel of a packed bar in Memphis or New Orleans, where soul music reigns supreme.
The Brickhouse Blues Band was formed around 1986. Since then the band has kept on a steady track at playing the blues. The band has had its changes with band members, but has never stopped playing. The original members were Tommy “Nightdog” Nichols, Ronnie “Alleykat” Carroll, Dave Nida, and Davey Burke. In 1988, Jack Freeman took over Davey’s place as the bass guitar player. This unit played consistently for the next seven years, till a much needed break from a heavy and hectic schedule. Reforming six months later, Bobby “Blindboy” Carroll took over the drum slot. This band unit played up till 2004 when Tommy “Nightdog” Nichols decided to pursue other avenues, such as session and studio work, leaving it open for frontman Billy “Skinnyboy” Conklin as lead singer, harmonica, and coronet player. We have had great success and the good fortune to have played some of the best clubs, wineries, festivals, national shows, benefits, weddings…just about every kind of venue you can think of. It is our passion and love of performing and playing the blues, playing the music that keeps us “keeping on” that comes through when we hit the stage. Also, if it wasn’t for the support of our families, friends, and fans…well, it just wouldn’t be that much fun without cha,,,, Thank you so very much, We love ya and can’t wait to see ya at the next gig,,, Payin our Dues and Playin the Blues-TheBrickhouseBluesBand,,,THE “NIGHTDOG” IS BACK,, Tommy Nichols is back with the Brickhouse Blues Band and playing the Blues with a vengence, Hot Blues ,,Smokin Blues ,,the Band is on Fire , Looking forward to bringing you great shows and Original music in the making , as well as remakes of classic blues and some unknown blues done (as always) the BRICKHOUSE BLUES way,, see you soon ,Thanks so Much,, Ronnie “AlleyKat” Carroll
Saturday, July 20 at 12:00 pm
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Singer songwriter Alex Bevan has learned the “Rules of the Road” during the past twenty six years making friends through his music in Northern Ohio. Born in East Cleveland, Ohio in 1950 Alex began his musical career playing the French horn at Chambers Elementary School. His melodic imitations of rogue elephants stomping through wild savannahs came to an end in 1965 while at Shaw High School (yes, the one in East Cleveland) with the acquisition of a six string classical guitar. Propelled by a lust to expand his musical palette, Alex haunted Cleveland’s now legendary “La Cave” and “Faragher’s Back Room” night clubs and various coffeehouses singing at all the local “hoots” (we call them “open mics” today). While influenced on one hand by the pop icons of the day ( Beatles, Byrds, CCR), his early idols were of the “lyric folk” variety (Bob Gibson, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Rush, Ian & Sylvia, Tom Paxton and just a smidgen of Bob Zimmerman). By the time Alex was a ready to graduate from the hallowed halls of Shaw High School he was performing as a backup musician with Irish folk singers Gusty and Sean at Fagan’s Beacon House in the Flats of Cleveland.
The formative years from 1968 to 1970 were spent with Alex bouncing around coffeehouses and nightclubs in Ohio as an active participant, backup musician, budding songwriter and full time student at Akron University while holding various jobs as a mold setter in a plastics factory, stock boy, farm hand, truck driver and bicycle mechanic.
The release of “Springboard” with the classic “Skinny Little Boy” song propelled Alex to a that of a regional star. Performing with an acoustic trio consisting of two guitars and electric bass, Alex became a favorite with the new FM- Album Oriented Rock stations and widened his performing base opening shows for the likes of Seals and Crofts, The Michael Stanley Band, The Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates. It was during these years that Alex’s fast paced verbal improve skills were honed and his reputation grew on the college concert tours enabling Alex to add percussion and harmonica (in the form of Tiny Alice’s David Krauss) to his show. The “Grand River Band” or “Alex Bevan and Friends” continued touring in various incarnations from 1979 until 1981 producing such works as “The Grand River Lullaby”, “Alex Bevan and Friends Live” and “Simple Things Done Well”.
Solo singer/songwriter syndrome provided Alex with a fresh palette once again with which to work upon the imaginary canvas of his audience’s minds. Through the middle ‘80’s he concentrated on his writing and raising of his infant son, William Cody Bevan. The albums (yep, recordings were still 33 1/3 and groovy back then) “Best Kept Secrets” and “Cuttlefish Live” document Alex’s forays into the studio and foreshadow the work to come in the early 90’s.
Dissatisfied with the more electric direction that his music had taken, Alex concentrated upon natural themes throughout a loosely connected body of works. “Watersongs” in 1991 heralded this return to a view of music more “felt than contrived” that has continued to this day. During this period Alex and Dave Young collaborated on a musical fairytale with an environmental message titled “Who Killed the Dragon?”. The work, while ambitious, seemed only to reach a narrow market but did set the stage for two well received and award winning critically acclaimed works. “Magic Moments from the Children’s Nature Schoolhouse” (produced for the Lake Metroparks) and “All the Rivers Run” (Produced for the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center) mark the maturing of Alex’s “children’s educational” music into a style that is engaging to young people and not offensive to parents (Barney, watch out!).
In recent years Alex has penned and album (oops…CD) of songs about his beloved Lake Erie (“South Shore Serenade”), produced five recordings for popular Put-In-By/Key West performer Pat Dailey, written over one hundred radio and TV commercials, won and EMMY for his postscore of NBC’s “American Promise” documentary segment “The Rustbelt Blues”, re-released many of his earlier titles on compact disk and worked as vocal and guitar talent on many friend’s projects.
Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 pm
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The eventual meeting of three fairly local musicians; Greg Wascak (Keyboards), Fred Cousin (electric and upright bass) and Brooke Kilpatrick (drums) has brought us Cleveland, Ohio’s modQUAD. Arriving on the Cleveland music scene in 2005 with a series of shows at popular Northeast Ohio clubs, modQUAD is adding its sound to the jam/improvisational band scene currently thriving in the area. In the music, you can hear and feel as they openly draw on a variety of scattered influences. One minute will find them playing a funk inspired tune while the next will have them serving up a deep groove with hints of jazz and solid improvisation. With their blending of solid grooves and extended instrumental jams, modQUAD looks to develop an original sound that is for the listener’s appreciation.
Hard to believe that it’s been nearly 10 years since Robbing Mary formed from the ashes of other bands that had either outlived their time or gone awry. Initially, original members and longtime Clevelanders Dan Mills (vocals/guitar), Jennifer Vilimonovic (vocals/violin) and Steve Keefe (bass/guitar) poured their hearts and countless hours into scoring a broad array of original material. Not long after, lead guitar player, Rom Cullers was recruited to lend additional vocal, guitar and songwriting depth and cohesion to a growing catalogue of both originals and unique interpretations of some of the greatest songs ever recorded – some well known and some overlooked gems. With the addition of the experience and professionalism of expert drummer Wil Jones in 2008, Robbing Mary has emerged as one of the premier indie/rock/alt-country bands in Northeast Ohio and beyond. Robbing Mary’s concerts are simultaneously powerful, dynamic and memorable, and the band is flexible enough to deliver exceptional performances in shows ranging in length from 45 minutes to 5 hours.
Cats On Holiday is a hard rockin’, swamp poppin’ outfit serving up a healthy dose of American influenced roots, country, cajun and blues. Reigning from the Cuyahoga River Valley on the shores of the great Lake Erie, this band has been pleasing crowds from bar rooms to outdoor festivals and concerts over the last 6 years.
Armed with an arsenal of well-crafted original tunes and an eclectic blend of party songs, it’s hard for most listeners not to swing and sway. With a constantly full itinerary, it’s easy to catch these guys tearing up some bandstand around town….and it’s highly recommended!
Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 pm
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Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, at age 5, Samantha began to sing solos at school programs. By the 3rd grade, her piano teacher offered her free vocal lessons because she saw and heard Samantha’s potential as an entertainer. At 12 years old, she joined her mother Charmaine Fitzpatrick with the singing duo The Sweethearts Of Harmony. They were a tribute to the girl groups from the 50s and 60s . The duet performed car cruses, sock hops, and birthday parties all over Ohio and eastern Pennsylvania. The Sweethearts were part of the biannual Do Wopp Festival by Flamingo Productions in Conneaut Lake Park PA’s Dreamland Ballroom, opening for many national groups such Pookie Hudson and the Spaniels, The Capri’s, and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. Unfortunately the ballroom burned down in 2008. The Sweethearts will however, forever be known as part of the last act to ever perform on that stage, opening for The Edsels at the famed Dreamland Ballroom. At age 16, Samantha Fitzpatrick went solo and accompanied herself on guitar at local coffee shops and open mic nights. Her sophomore year at Ohio State she started playing various venues throughout Columbus, Ohio. That led her to find and join the Fogery Run band as the rhythm guitar player and backup vocals. This band was honored by opening for national country star Eric Church.
A couple years later, she moved back to Cleveland and formed the Samantha Fitzpatrick Band with Jono Yowell at her side at Stand up and Electric Bass. Samantha’s talent has also won her a car in a singing competition! She has performed all over Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. She recently felt privileged to sing our National Anthem at minor league baseball’s Captain Stadium in Eastlake, Ohio, At the Wolstein Center in Downtown Cleveland, And for ESPN for the NCAA Women’s National Bowling Championships.
Currently, with her amazingly powerful yet sultry voice and with right hand man/ bass player Jono Yowell, Sax player Bryan Connell, and Drummer Alex Dominish, they continue to wow audiences with their wide array of music and jaw dropping talent as they tour the eastern United States as a must see acoustic act, with their brand new album “The Samantha Fitzpatrick Band Above Blue Waters.”
Saturday, July 20 at 5:00 pm
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Bursting through generation barriers and worn out trends, Winslow’s music is timeless. Out of Cleveland’s hard rock/metal dominated music scene, Winslow’s award winning sound has gained the band praise, loyal growing fan base, and the reputation of one of the Midwest’s rising musical acts.
Winslow’s unique blend of soul, funk, rock and jazz has been described by many members of the press and fans alike as a musical breath of fresh air. This sound, combined with the 6-piece outfit’s polished and passionate stage show has led them to sharing the stage with such major acts as Incubus, Earth Wind & Fire, OAR, Robert Randolph, Keane, Mat Kearney, Rusted Root, and many more.
Winslow’s heavily awaited sophomore album is the culmination of 4 years of growth and changes. With 3 new members and a new recording contract with Little Fish Records, Winslow has brought in the assistance of Grammy Award Winning producer Edwin “Tony” Nicholas(Gerald Levert, Barry White, Mary J Blige) and Grammy Nominated engineer Nick Chahwala(Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, Gym Class Heroes). The band also brought in Cleveland reggae legend Carlos Jones for a guest spot on their single, “Nothin’s Easy”.
There are only so many times you can take back that cheating lover or accept excuses from a lazy scrub. It’s easier said than done, but one soul band is taking a stand. The Right Now isn’t going to take it anymore. The Right Now is fed up. And on their second record, The Right Now Gets Over You.
The challenging title is a reality check, but delivered with a smile from singer Stefanie Berecz. “It’s just a representation of the stories in the songs. Nearly every track has a cheating character, or someone who’s had enough of their lover. It’s a mixed bag of empowerment and regret.” Gets Over You continues the “it’s complicated” theme of 2010′s Carry Me Home, although this outing shows Berecz in a darker, seedier role.
Recorded in a cathartic, week-long session in Los Angeles with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), Gets Over You takes the Chicago septet’s soulful sound to the warm, crackling world of analog tape and vintage instruments. Berecz’s voice, often compared to those of Chaka Kahn and Joss Stone, takes center stage. The band shines with raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements that are the result of countless hours of performing, rehearsing, and traveling together.
Berecz’s emotionally-charged vocal performance has been the band’s calling card at over 200 shows in the past two years. The Right Now’s electrifying live show — matching suits, choreographed horn section, and all — has earned them a reputation as “dynamic, complex, hip and just downright fun” (Gapers Block).
The past two years saw immense growth for The Right Now, including a sold-out release party at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall; tour dates throughout the Midwest, East, and South; festival appearances at SXSW, North Coast Festival, and Summerfest; and opening stints for Fitz & The Tantrums, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Bettye Lavette, Otis Clay, Orgone, Kings Go Forth, Jamie Lidell, and Tortured Soul. USA Today, MP3.com, MySpace Music, and eMusic.com have featured the band as a favorite, and live TV appearances (WGN) put the Chicago act on the national stage. Placements in 90210 and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and promos for Gilly Hicks and other national retailers also broadened the band’s appeal.
“It takes a man to admit that it’s over,” Berecz confidently croons on “Half As Much.” “But if you can’t, I can do it for sure.” While Stefanie Berecz may have gotten over the man in this song, audiences won’t be getting over her any time soon.
Stefanie Berecz- vocals
Brendan O’Connell- keys/guitar
Chris Corsale- guitar
Greg Nergaard- bass
John Smillie- drums
Jonathon Edwards- bari sax
Jim Schram- tenor sax
Growing up together in the same Cleveland, OH suburb, The Floorwalkers played little league baseball together as children. Then in high school, they began playing music together from 2000-04. Part of the band moved to Columbus, OH and released a self titled acoustic EP in ’05. As a three peice, the band travelled the midwest in support of their EP. By 2007, the whole band had relocated to Columbus.
While working on a debut full length album, they managed to garner a strong midwest following. In November 2010 they released their first full length “The Natural Road.” Since then, they have toured nationally, and remain completely independent. In a time when the music industry is reeling, The Floorwalkers have embraced the changes and built a truly grassroots following.
In 2013, The Floorwalkers plan to release their sophomore effort. The band intends to fully fund the recording and promotion of the album through crowd funding. The use of a crowd funding platform offers a unique opportunity for you, the fans, to directly support the band, and allow them to stretch their creative legs without the necessity of major investment and oversight from a record label. It’s a very positive direction for the band to be headed in.
Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 pm
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Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!
BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
Almost any one of the many tools at the disposal of Indie rockers Mathien could lead to a successful modern band. The tongue in cheek clever observational song lyrics, a band of musicians who seem bred to experiment in every possible musical style, and a versatile vocalist equally comfortable crooning a soul ballad, screaming a rocker or shifting to hip hop: put them altogether and you’re no longer talking about a potentially successful band but a great one. Singer, songwriter, guitarist Chris Mathien, the force behind the band’s lightning rod of musical influences, fronts a band boasting three multi instrumentalists, and a drummer who would not be out of place in a thrash band. This diversity allows Mathien to cross musical boundaries that recall early ‘70’s soul, funk and R&B while staying contemporary and avoiding any derivative comparisons.
New Moon Rising is an Alternative / Indie Rock / Folk Rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. Our style is the perfect combination of Folk Rock and Alternative / Indie Rock with influences ranging anywhere from Neil Young, The Eagles, The Smashing Pumpkins, and My Morning Jacket to the smooth and mellow vibes of artists like Jack Johnson and Paul Simon. The bands four members all bring unique talent and musicianship to the band. Terry Campbell (rhythm guitar, main vocals, harmonica) is the lead singer and songwriter of the band with a smooth and soulful vocal style and the ability to write great songs. Mike Gray (lead guitar) is an extremely talented guitar player with the ability to turn up the distortion and wail on his guitar when the song calls for it and tone it down to a beautifully smooth lead when the mood is mellow. David Etling (bass, backup vocals) brings the whole band together with his energetic vibe, uniquely catchy bass riffs, and soulful backup vocals. Cory Lastoria (drummer) brings a ton of energy to the band with his unique style of drumming and off the wall beats. Each member of the band has overcome their own struggles and came together through their individual passion and love for creating music to form New Moon Rising.
Lords of the Highway from Cleveland, Ohio have been tearin’ up asphalt since 1992, bringing you hillbilly punk rock that knocks ya flat, runs ya over, and doesn’t look back. The Lords have hauled along the highway from NYC’s CBGB’s to honky tonk dives in the hills, playing with the likes of Reverend Horton Heat, Southern Culture on the Skids, Hank III, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Dick Dale, Nekromantix, Tiger Army, El Vez, Hasil Adkins, Lee Rocker, Ray Condo, and many others – not to mention countless of kick ass punk bands. They’ve played events including Daytona’s Bike Week, and are regulars at the biggest baddest party in this hemisphere, Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston-Salem, NC. The Lords are also no strangers to the big & little screens, having appeared in the Campbell Brothers motion picture ‘The Red Skulls’(2006) as well as being contestants on the TV show ‘The Next Great American Band’. On the show, The Lords cut the mustard at the LA. tryouts only to be given the boot by Sheila E. & Goo Goo Dolls front man John Rzeznik. Yes, Sheila E. (who everyone knows is a true a rock connoisseur) The Lords can only take this rejection as a true sign that rock is dead in the corporate world. You also can find the Lords music as soundtracks for 6 other independent films, and the band also has a DVD of their music videos.
Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm
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5 Reasons to See any Rambler 454 show:
1. Vices are encouraged
2. Because we never practice, there is little chance of us repeating a show
3. Women are encouraged to attend topless
4. The men are encouraged to keep their shirts on
5. What other band will play King Of The Hill theme, Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello?
Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 pm
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RINGING AN ECLECTIC MIX TO THE TABLE AND A NEVER-ENDING ENERGY TO EVERY PERFORMANCE, BRR TAKES PRIDE IN BRINGING TOGETHER ELEMENTS OF ALT ROCK, REGGAE, JAZZ, FOLK, AND BLUES INTO A BREEZY, CATCHY MUSICAL CACOPHONY. THE BEST WAY TO EXPLAIN THEIR SOUND IS SIMPLY TO LISTEN.
a 3-5 piece band from cleveland, this mid-western band understands the blue collar mentality of musicians. working hard to put together good music, good shows and work hard doing it.
they strive to make every show an event, something you won’t soon forget. the self-released ep “by the light of the moon” combines well-crafted, unique songwriting with wistful, sometimes epic, to downright heavy rock and roll. these songs give you a feeling that is as old as it is new with songs ranging from hopeful to haunting.
Sunday, July 21 at 5:00 pm
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Chris Hatton doesn’t believe in genres. In fact, he doesn’t even know what the word means. Whether going full on electric with his band, The Italian Sound Machine, or looping sleazy grooves as a solo acoustic act, Chris is a musical chameleon, drawing from a multitude of influences and bending styles to create one unique sound.
In October of 2011, Chris decided to focus completely on making music. He quit his cushy office job and moved into a house with a recording studio. There, he spent 7 months writing, recording, and producing his latest LP, titled The Beard Album, which was released in August 2012 on Analog Beard Records.
“My goal was to retain the original feeling that was the catalyst for each song”, says Hatton. “In order to capture that emotion, I recorded the songs as soon as possible after they were conceived. No click tracks or digital editing was done to any of the album.”
Tracks like Medicine truly embody the organic vibe of the Beard Album recording sessions. “The drum track was recorded in one take by Tommy Rich, who had only listened to the song once” explains Hatton.
Hatton describes the song Automatic as a stream of conscious tune, written in real time. This track is one of several on the album to feature horns, played by Italian Sound Machine member Bettyjeane Quimby. “Her saxophone added a really beautiful filthiness to the album.”
Prior to The Beard Album, there has never been a shortage of music in Chris’s life. Working with various bands over the last decade, Chris has released nearly an album a year including, but not limited to: The Lament of The Betrayed Chosen, My New EP, and N’them.
Current solo shows showcase Chris acting as a one man band, by utilizing a technique known as looping. On stage by himself, he blends and combines sounds and textures, harmonies and backgrounds to grow songs before your eyes. Each handclap, guitar tap, beatbox, shaker, and guitar riff combine to add layers of music to both originals and covers.
Chris Hatton currently makes his living as a musician. He will continue, indefinitely, to fulfill his cosmic obligation of performing and recording music
Sunday, July 21 at 6:30 pm
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The Bullbuckers rock the party and your backyard. Their penmanship, and accents are from the States but the music’s heartbeat at it’s source starts in Jamaica and American roots. Influenced by the sounds of Boss Tunes, Irie Vibes, Soul, and Rock & Roll.
Sunday, July 21 at 8:00 pm
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Like a mix tape made by a well-traveled friend, The Ragbirds music is diverse and foreign, yet somehow familiar. The voice at the front of The Ragbirds carries the freshness of the journey itself, and the lyrics point out the scenery like a friendly tour guide.
With a brand new album in 2012, this up-and-coming Michigan band has been traveling the country with their “infectious global groove” gathering a passionate grassroots fan base of all ages.
The 2012 release of The Ragbirds fourth studio effort Travelin’ Machine is a new milestone for the band. It’s the soundtrack of the observant road-warrior, with layers of world grooves that stir the listener to move. The songs strike a balance between home and adventure, drawing upon elements of Pop, Gypsy, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, Middle Eastern and African sounds, with a little Cajun spice.
The energy of multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle demands attention. She is the songwriter and front woman of the band, skillfully switching between violin, mandolin, accordion, banjo and percussion, all while dancing. Zindle wears an infectious smile and a positive message, always spun through a poetic loom.
“It’s folk-rock music at the heart of it”, says Zindle, who started the band with her husband, percussionist Randall Moore, “but I’m influenced and moved by sounds from all over the world”. This interest in world music came first from her own roots. With two Irish grandmothers, the young violinist struck ancestral gold when she discovered Celtic fiddling as a teenager. At this same time the music of artists like Paul Simon, Rusted Root, and Peter Gabriel stirred up a deeper longing, bringing distant ethnic sounds into her small suburban Buffalo, NY bedroom. She began seeking out the source of these sounds and her love for travel and world music became a life-long passion.
Zindle and Moore began their relationship busking on the streets of Ann Arbor with Celtic and gypsy fiddling over tricky beats of tambourine, Middle-Eastern doumbek and tabla. In 2005 the duo gathered three band mates and began to record Erin’s original songs. This recording was released a few months later as The Ragbirds debut album “Yes Nearby”.
Sunday, July 21 at 9:00 pm
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e “iron-man” of the reggae scene in Cleveland, Ohio is without question, Carlos Jones.
Carlos’ journey is a history of Cleveland reggae itself. He started out as a sideman (percussion/vocals) with the band, I-Tal, in the late 70’s, then went on to be the front man for the rock/reggae group, First Light, for 14 years. Now Carlos fronts the Peace Love Unity Syndicate, (aka The PLUS Band), focusing on rootsier reggae sounds and uplifting positive messages.
In April of 2004, the band’s first full length CD, Roots With Culture was released after much anticipation and it did not disappoint. Described in The Beat magazine as “a powerful, 14-track collection of slinky grooves and thundering bass lines, Roots With Culture delivers a message of peace and harmony, with Jones’ heartfelt vocals leading the way, all wrapped in a production that can stand up to the best of them.” It will undoubtedly, over time, become a staple in most reggae collections.” (Chuck Foster – Reggae Update, The Beat Magazine – Vol. 24, no.1, June 2005)
Since their humble beginnings in 1998, Carlos, and his Peace, Love, Unity Syndicate (the PLUS Band) have matured as songwriters, musicians and performers, giving energetic and uplifting performances for an ever-expanding following, which spans generations.
They have been voted “best of” in their category nearly every year in the Scene Magazine and (now defunct) Free Times Music Awards, including being voted Best Live Act (overall) in Cleveland at the 2004 Scene Music Awards. In 2007, the group was awarded permanent “All Star” status in the Free Times Music Awards, thus basically “retiring” their number, but that hasn’t stopped them from being a perennial favorite.
The PLUS Band maintains a hectic pace of gigging out at clubs, private events and festivals all year long – playing an average of 3 shows nearly every week. As a result, the band’s soulful rhythms and heartfelt message have made it one of Cleveland’s top draws for going on 15 years.
The band just released its second full length CD, Leave A Trail last year, and some of Carlos’ music is also featured on the soundtrack of a film which recently premiered at The Sundance Film Festival called North Starr . This year finds Carlos and the band with many exciting things on the horizon, including a trip to perform in Negril, Jamaica – alongside the popular group Ekoostik Hookah this April. They just recently returned from a trip out to Ketchum, Idaho to perform at the annual Marley In The Mountains festival, opening for Mykal Rose, former lead singer of the Grammy Award winning, Black Uhuru. Their electric performance at that show won them many new fans across the country, and further confirmed their ability to hold their own with the best of them. The PLUS Band’s appearances at venues such as House of Blues and Nelson Ledges Quarry Park keep them highly visible and have steadily increased their following among the younger and older generation alike. A highlight for the band is appearing at the much anticipated, Midwest Reggae Fest every year, a 3 day event at The Ledges that draws bigger and bigger crowds each time.