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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2014 Band Schedule
We would like to thank our back stage caterer, Harry Buffalo – Painesville TWP.
Friday, July 18 at 11:00 am
Senor Mexican Restaurant
Hosted By Istvan Medgyesi -A showcase featuring original singer/songwriters
William Drake, Quinn Sands, Matt Harmon, Mark Kindler, and Maura Rogers
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.
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 18 at 6:00 pm
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Snyder Auto Center
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
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.
Friday, July 18 at 9:00 pm
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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 19 at 12:00 pm
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Ken Keich Enterprises
“Alice Wallace has had her heart broken. You can tell in her music. But she won’t break yours.” – Susan Smiley-Height, Ocala.com.
Since the release of her debut album in 2011, southern California-based singer/songwriter Alice Wallace has been garnering attention both locally and throughout the U.S. for the strength of her vocals and the personal, emotional storytelling of her songs. And with her 2013 sophomore album release, “A Thousand Miles From Home,” Alice displays the maturity she has developed as a touring performer and songwriter in the last two years.
Alice quit her full-time job in March of 2013 to completely immerse herself in the world of music, and she hit the road for tours that stretched through more than 30 cities and eight U.S. states. She has played at festivals from California to Ohio, and continues to expand her nationwide fanbase with each tour she books.
Alice’s style is heavily influenced by modern folk singers like Patty Griffin and Brandi Carlile, but is also rooted strongly in the iconic voices that have defined folk and country music for decades: Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Linda Rondstadt. The 10 tracks on Alice’s new release, “A Thousand Miles From Home,” range from soulful blues to twangy country, but all of the songs have Alice’s distinct blend of influences across the folk, country and blues spectrums.
Alice moved to the Los Angeles area in 2008 from her home state of Florida armed with only a rough demo of recordings and an idea to try her hand at a music career. She had picked up the guitar at age 16 after growing up in a house where folk and country music was a regular presence. Alice’s childhood evenings were often spent listening to her parents singing duets to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris songs, and it was a natural progression for Alice to pick up the guitar and start doing the same. Almost immediately, she began to pen her own compositions about life and love, and would play her songs at open mics, talent shows and anywhere else she could find an audience.
Once in southern California, Alice threw herself into the performing circuit – steadily attracting larger audiences and landing opening spots with well-known artists like Lisa Loeb, Shawn Mullins, Sophie B. Hawkins and Shawn Colvin.
She recorded her debut album, “Sweet Madness” in late 2011 at the Compound Studio in Long Beach, Calif. (which has hosted the likes of Ryan Bingham and the Coldwar Kids), with help from engineer and producer Anthony Arvizu. That first professional recording helped Alice get attention from local and regional press for her songwriting and performance. She began to plan local and regional tours solo and with her full band, expanding her reach outside of the southern California sphere. In early 2013, she was invited to compete in the Orange County Music Awards’ Best Live Band competition, and LA radio station KROQ called her performance in the competition “polished, vibrant, and with a voice as rich as the sun.”
Alice’s new album was recorded at The Music Box Studios in Tustin by producer Jon O’Brien, whose credits include early recordings of rock/pop band Young the Giant, as well as many of southern California’s most successful independent bands: Yellow Red Sparks, Jeramiah Red, and more. The new effort showcases a more refined songwriting style from Alice, gained from consciously studying the women songwriters who so strongly influence her music, as well as from relentlessly touring and performing across the country since her debut release.
Watch www.AliceWallaceMusic.com for information about the release of “A Thousand Miles From Home” and tour dates across the U.S. for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.
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Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 pm
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Mary Anne Hurley- State Farm
Brooklyn based AARON ZIMMER is proud to announce the release of The Surgeon / In Stone, the second in a collection of 7″ vinyl releases. Written, performed, recorded and produced by Aaron, these songs were inspired by the passing of his father in 2013.
Zimmer is making a name for himself in NYC and across the country not only for his brand of pop/rock, but also for his engaging one-man live show that includes a multitude of instruments, percussion and loops. Zimmer is touring clubs and college campuses throughout 2014.
Saturday, July 19 at 2:00 pm
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Richmond St. RediGo
Ryann Anderson is a instrumental guitarist from Cleveland, OH. While drawing from several musical styles & genres- including jazz, classical and folk- he stands apart with an original sound. His performance is fun and yet soothing, enlightening, and a pure joy to hear. Many have considered his music “ice cream for the ears”.
Ryann performs regularly all around the Cleveland area as a solo guitarist, in a duo with bassist Albert Dennis, and leads The Ryann Anderson Trio. In addition, he also plays bass with anitakeys and friends & Prime Directive.
Ryann Anderson has released two full-length CDs- Patchwork and Hodgepodge- and is currently finishing a third.
Saturday, July 19 at 3:00 pm
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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 19 at 4:00 pm
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Bassel & The Supernaturals officially released “Dreamer” as a 12-inch vinyl EP in February 2013 at The Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL. Charitable donations from/since their soulful release have been directed towards non-lethal, humanitarian aid in Syria during an intense civil war that has dramatically affected Bassel’s family along with over 10,000,000 others that are in critical need of assistance.
“Bassel Al-Madani doesn’t want audiences to just have a good time getting down at shows. He wants fans to leave Bassel & the Supernaturals shows with a sense of connection and, perhaps, new political awareness. The 25-year-old bandleader of the contemplative indie-funk ensemble is first-generation Syrian-American and has been using the band’s shows and releases to benefit humanitarian efforts in war-torn Syria.”
– Jessica Hopper (Chicago Tribune)
Since relocating to Chicago during the summer of 2010, Al-Madani has faced his own set of obstacles. Despite a massive house fire, the theft of an automobile, and a handful of bone fractures, his focus on global awareness and charity has never been greater.
“Dreamer” was engineered at Hinge Studios in Chicago, IL by Jeff Breakey. The 2013 vinyl release was an independent effort by Bassel & The Supernaturals, using funds generated from their release to support a 3-week US tour and a charitable donation to Syria.
Bassel released his second production in 2010 as an indie-songwriter effort at Used Kids Records in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly after the conclusion of a 4-week solo tour supporting the album, he was invited to open the Pelotonia kickoff ceremony with The Counting Crows & Augustana in the ride against cancer.
Bassel’s debut EP was released in 2008, and features the production talents of Ahmed Gallab (aka – Sinkane, who has performed in Yeasayer, Caribou, Of Montreal, and Born Ruffians). The 5-track EP was recorded at Relay Recording in Columbus, Ohio.
Music is why I’m here. Music and Peace. And Love. A near-death bout of appendicitis brought me to the path of music when I was 16, and I haven’t looked back since. As soon as that wood and steel was in my hands, I began writing songs, and within three months, I had a number of regular gigs at coffeehouses all over Northeast Ohio. After attending a Jewel concert, I decided music was what I wanted to do forever. Music is who I am. By the time my second CD came out in 2000, I was performing 100+ shows a year, and I had begun touring around the region. In most places I played, I found myself the youngest one in the room, especially in the venues I wasn’t even legally allowed into. When my 21st birthday rolled around, my 3rd CD was coming out, and I had jumped up to 200 shows a year. As 2014 clicks in, I just released my 15th official CD (with 3 more slated for release this year) and tour coast- to-coast. In fact, my van (The Buffalo) and I are on the move someplace in the country more often than not. Nothing makes me happier than writing songs and singing them for people. Everything from house concerts to yoga classes to amphitheaters to charities to cafes to theaters are on my touring schedule.
The last few years, I have been in the midst of a spiritual and personal quest that lead me to the works of Gandhi, Tolstoy, and in turn, Martin Luther King. A new door opened inside me as I read about the work for nonviolence within and without. With a friend, I created the Akron Peace Project to spread nonviolence in the self, the home, and the community. It has made leaps and bounds in its short existence. Coupled with my Love Initiative movement, my music which is naturally very hopeful and optimistic has been able to lend its voice to the power we all have to change ourselves and the world.
The Troubadour of Peace.
“We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get,” Zach professes his life’s philosophy on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years.
This mantra is not only something Zach sings, but something he lives. In 2010, he started the Akron Peace Project, an organization working to educate and inspire nonviolence in the community. This project works with numerous organizations to increase compassion and peace in our daily lives. Recently named “Humanitarian of the Year” by Akron Life Magazine, he is also a yogi, Kingian Nonviolence Trainer, and a World Peace Diet Facilitator.
Yet, perhaps his most powerful impact is through his music. “Music is so powerful. It can touch a soul at such a level as nothing else can,” Zach says. Lending his music to compassionate causes and events, he performs across the US nearly 200 dates annually for everything from yoga classes and veggie and peace fests, to house concerts and music festivals.
His latest release, The Antidote, reflects his vocation and passion for creating a better world. He hopes it can “inspire people to their highest goodness, to encourage us all to manifest this goodness in some way in our lives.” This idea echoes in “Ignite the Soul,” when he sings, “Give, give, the gifts you give. Ignite the soul.” With themes of believing in our own power for kindness (Manifest), peace building (Peace By Piece), social politics (Ohio Breaking), and veganism (Plants), this record is a spiritual journey and social statement. One song takes on fracking (I Want a Future Too), which has been a winner in the Artists Against Fracking Video Contest, chosen by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon; while songs like “Hymn” remind us that, “when the world comes to drag you down, light your smile, it keeps the darkness out.”
Also released this year, Provenance was a co-writing collaboration with 17 artists from 5 states. Released as duets, this project brought much of the northeast Ohio songwriter community together.
Additionally, all proceeds from this record are creating the Love Initiative Fund, a fund which will help area nonprofits create programs to educate and inspire nonviolence in the community.
As 2014 approaches, Zach plans on releasing a yoga-and-music collaboration, as well as a debut record with his new duet, The Poplars. His voice and guitar will be touching lives across the country day in and day out, and his life and smile will be spreading compassion and kindness.
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.
Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 pm
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FairBridge Hotel Cleveland East
Often leaning on the simple descriptor, “Bourbon-fueled, Bayou rock”, The Delta Saints are a Nashville-based quintet composed of Ben Ringel (vocals/resonator guitar), Dylan Fitch (lead guitar), David Supica (bass), Ben Azzi (drums), and Nate Kremer (organ). They have spent the past six years carving out their very own space in the musical gray-area occupied by other blues-inspired artists like Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, and North Mississippi Allstars.
The band’s founding members met in the fall of 2007 as a group of college transfer students looking for drinking buddies. Friday night hangs quickly turned into Friday night jam sessions, and before they knew it, a friendship had formed. The discovery of their shared passion for creating and performing music eventually brought about the need for a name. Ringel’s upbringing in south-central Louisiana seemed an obvious connection, but he will be the first to tell you, “It just sounded right.” He continues, “One day we’ll make up a great story about how we got our name. It will involve prison and bourbon and voodoo, but until then, the truth will have to suffice.”
However it happened, once they found their footing, The Delta Saints never looked back.
In 2010, they recorded and released two separate EP’s, Pray On and A Bird Called Angola, respectively. Over the next two years they toured relentlessly throughout the United States and Europe. In 2012, having amassed a troop of diehard supporters, they completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the creation of their first full-length record, Death Letter Jubilee.
Officially released in early 2013, Death Letter Jubilee marked the beginning of what proved to be a very productive year for the band. Highlighted by major support slots with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Goo Goo Dolls, Robert Randolph & the Family Band; festival plays at Wakarusa (US), Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival (Belgium), Moulin Blues Festival (Netherlands); and a summer tour that touted 20 sold out shows in 13 different countries.
Rest assured the momentum building behind The Delta Saints has not gone unnoticed. They kicked off 2014 with an extensive 50-city international tour opening for Zac Brown’s southern rock brethren, Blackberry Smoke. To commemorate the occasion, the band released a new 3-song EP called Drink it Slow, featuring two new studio recordings and one live recording. The EP is available as a free download from the band’s website.
Summer 2014 has seen the release of their first live album, Live at Exit/In. The album captures an electric sold out 2-night weekend in their hometown of Nashville. In support of Live at Exit/In, The Delta Saints will hit the road on another international tour highlighted by a handful of major summer festival appearances at Summerfest (US), Summer Camp Festival (US), The Ride Festival (US), Grolsch Blues Festival (Germany) & Leffingeleuren Festival (Belgium).
At the end of the day, The Delta Saints know that their continued success as a band depends on their hard work and willingness to continue soaking up every opportunity they are given.
“We want to grow, but we understand that it’s all in due time,” says Ringel. “We want to fully realize the weight of our experiences, and be able to savor them too. We pay our bills, we fill the gas tank in our van, and we pay for our own albums to be pressed, all because of the people who believe in our music,” Ringel reflects.
The Delta Saints have set out to build a name for themselves the old-fashioned way, winning over one fan at a time. They have already amassed an international following of friends, fans and supporters, and rest assured…they will make a believer out of you too.
Saturday, July 19 at 9:00 pm
Chris Sheridan – Lead Guitar | BG Vox | Songwriter
Our Talented Colleagues & Friends who write, tour, & record with us: MikelParis, Drew Cyphers, Pat Gerasia, Marcus Harmon, Phil Howe, Justin Powell, Neal Brewer
In 2002, Clee Laster of SC and Chris Sheridan a MI native, started out as an acoustic duo. Early on, both musicians displayed innate musical capabilities, which were passed down from family members, and inspired by a diverse collection of original influences. They both grew up on the water, in different parts of the country, but the beach life-blood continues to surge within their suntanned souls, flowing forth in passionate, fun, and energetic jams.
They began playing acoustic shows, revving up and charming the Charlotte, NC crowds, while writing original songs. In 2003, the full band took shape as Simplified. Acclaimed as a dedicated touring machine, they gained new fans, one by one. Simplified’s sound caught on, with a devoted fan base in the Southeastern US. With their incessant touring, an enthusiastic buzz was growing, and in turn they began booking shows nationwide, playing for increasingly larger audiences. With a never-ending tour schedule, including over 3,000 powerhouse, popular performances, Simplified members, with both electric and acoustic acts, are enthusiastic as ever. From Key West, FL to New York City and throughout the Midwest, their hard work, perseverance and commitment have always been key to their hard earned success. Sequentially, in 2011, their song “Shall We Begin” was featured on ESPN’s ‘Kick off to College GameDay.’ Currently their hit “Gettin Home,” is featured in the video game, NASCAR The Game 2013 and they have been praised as one of Pandora Radio’s top played indie rock bands.
Still writing and riding the sometimes choppy, always exciting musical shores, Clee and Sheridan reinvented the band in 2013 with their newest material, while getting back to their island rock roots. This year, they are releasing tracks from their crowd-pleasing, May 10th, 2013 show at Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, FL. Sheridan states, “Our fans have been requesting a live album so we are focusing on getting as much live content out as possible.”
Sheridan and Clee have effectively reformulated the band by adding key ingredients: new players with positive energy, multi-instrumentalists, and a camaraderie that stimulates their passion for writing new material. Now abandoning what others suggested, returning to their roots of a feel good vibe, Clee explains, “We are writing new songs for ourselves and our fans, not for a producer or critic. We are getting right back to where we started, with what we know and love…music that makes you smile.”
Their signature sound is a contagious fusion of rock and reggae, attracting a diverse audience and embracing every kind of fan. Sheridan emphasizes, “We’re a rock band with elements of reggae, funk, and acoustic roots. We don’t limit ourselves musically and it shows in the songs we write.” Conjuring up the island rock roots, Clee expresses, “Our live shows are all about having fun. Each performance will bring you to the beach and right back home.”
A decade later, Simplified continues to evolve and attract new audiences through their crowd-pleasing, relatable songs and ongoing support from their loyal fans. Starting out as two musicians with a dream, to one of the industry’s top emerging rock bands, makes Simplified a true tour de force. There’s nothing simple about that.
Saturday, July 19 at 10:30 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.”
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.
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.
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 20 at 3:00 pm
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Tom Evanchuck is a storyteller on stage, weaving through tales of love and heartbreak, friendship and the allure of the Midwest. But this is also a musician that seems born from another era. Drawing on the influences of the likes of Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Neil Young and even the Beatles, Tom Evanchuck is carving his own way into a formidable niche.
Coming from the Midwest, Tom Evanchuck never strays too far from his roots. You hear it in the raw guitar, and Tom’s ability to both croon and crank out a harder song at a moment’s notice on stage to provide a true experience, and a chance to envision the early days of folk, blues, or rock ‘n’ roll.
Tom is built to transform your way of listening to this style of music, always experimenting, always working to establish a mood and presence everywhere he play’s. There is real honesty in his music, a certain desire for expression and inspiration from everyone involved, including the audience. With those goals in mind, Tom Evanchuck is ready to usher in the new era of Americana classics.
Sunday, July 20 at 4:00 pm
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Recognized as Cleveland’s Barrelhouse Boogie Kings, The Madison Crawl revives the raw, earthy, swingin sounds of boogie blues, and recreates an atmosphere reminiscent of the clubs, dance halls and juke joints of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Founded in 2003 by bassist Chris Stovicek, this young band has spent the last couple of years honing their chops in clubs, halls and ballrooms around Cleveland, Ohi…o. The Madison Crawl has developed a reputation for their jumpin rhythms, wailing jives, hip charm and retro style. Whether appearing in a pavilion arena, a concert hall or a corner pub these journeymen of jump deliver with reverent authenticity… the purity, simplicity and gritty soulfulness of the boogie woogie and swing traditions. The Madison Crawl’s infectious beats, tremendous showmanship and dynamic solos bring to life the irrepressible music of such hallowed greats as T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Howlin Wolf, Screamin Jay Hawkins, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Big Joe Turner. So if you’re looking for thumpin vintage boogie sounds, be sure to book the Barrelhouse Boogie Kings: The Madison Crawl
Sunday, July 20 at 6:30 pm
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It takes a collection of experiences to know where you’re going. With no perspective, it’s impossible to know what you’re good at or what you want to do going forward. The new album is We Are Electric, and it comes twenty eight months since their last release. And though long overdue, that time has allowed Three Legged Fox to gather both experience, (more than three hundred shows in forty three states) and the clarity to write music that authentically personifies them as a band and as people. Sometimes the best thing one can do, is acknowledge what he or she does best. For this band, the ticket lies within it’s simplicity – turn up the guitars, drums, and keys and deliver songs about what they know.
We Are Electric, the bands fourth album since coming together in 2006, is that step forward, yet a return to the garage; a nod to the reason the whole thing was started. And it’s that kind of perspective that anyone in any facet of life can appreciate.
THREE LEGGED FOX is:
Sunday, July 20 at 8:00 pm
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“Tropidelic formed in 2008 along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in the murky town of Kent, Ohio. Fusing energetic reggae, funk and jam, the group built a local following distributing over 10,000 free copies of their first EP, “Rebirth of The Dope” on campuses and street corners throughout the region. The group toured Florida later that year and appeared at Florida Music Festival in Orlando. In 2010, Tropidelic relocated to Cleveland and bolstered themselves as areas favorite through consistent performances at theater rooms and festivals supporting acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Sublime w/Rome, Soja & many more. In addition to appearing at Warped Tour, their 2010 release, “Erie Vibes & Irie Tides” received regular airplay on several area radio stations. In 2011, the group was chosen from a large national pool to perform at Bamboozle Festival at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ which boasts an annual draw of 50,000+ attendees. Their first full length album, “All Heads Unite” was released in November 2012. Gearing up for extended touring, the group recently renovated a full size school bus, installing 10 bunks and a lounge patterned with Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. The roughneck Rust Belt reggae riders, along with their Tropidelic Family, continue to bring their party sound to venues and festivals throughout the midwest and east.”
Sunday, July 20 at 9:30 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.