This is an awesome party for a great cause. We've been going pretty much since its inception and its always an amazing time!!!
This will be my sixth year, being part of this event. I have never been part of anything so worthwhile and fun at the same time. It is without a doubt, a top notch holiday event with the added benefit of having an awesome cause! Who wouldn't want to pitch in to brighten a child's Christmas...all while partying with a great bunch of people! It's great to see some of the same faces, year after year, plus, the crowd has grown exponentially every year. With delicious, free, food, dancing, a chinese auction with awesome prizes, and loads of fun for everyone...I can't wait for Saturday to come! This is truly the ultimate event of the season.
Toys for Shots is a GREAT charity event & an AWESOME party too!!! I have attended this event every year. This is going to be the biggest & greatest one yet. It makes me sad that I'm having surgery Friday & I can't go this year. If you've never been to it, you definitely need to go this year! The people, music, Chinese raffles, dancing,food are all AMAZING!!! But the best part is knowing that you're making Christmas better for the less fortunate.
Toys for Shots is one of my favorite philanthropy events each year and my absolute favorite of the holiday season. This event started as a few friends getting together over a few brews and collecting a couple toys so some children in need could have better Christmases and it has grown to one of my favorite parties each year and benefiting a lot more children.
The food and music are always amazing and the prizes are more and more unbelievable each year. I don't often add reviews online, but when I do - it's for an amazing cause that is organized by the best!
Beside being an AMAZING charity event, this party is a blast! The raffle baskets are so impressive, the music is great, and it really gets you into the holiday spirit! The pile of toys that they collect for Toys For Tots is totally heartwarming and it really gets everyone into a great mood to see that the cost of admission to this great event is simply making a child smile for Christmas. This will be a Christmas tradition of ours as long as they keep putting it on!
DONT MISS THIS SHOW!! TONS of underground talent from Ohio will be there, including your home team STEAL ROTTEN!! SEE YOU THERE!!
Patrick Graney, the percussionist, was tight as can be. What a great show!
What an awesome show. EVERYONE on the stage was extremely talented and I didn't want them to stop.
To everyone that attends the show we will be giving Discount Cards for Sweeney Todd At The Great Lakes Theater the cards is good for $10.00 off your tickets. :) We are also giving away alot of prices!
Emerging from the Cleveland music scene less than three years ago, the quartet of seasoned players brings a contemporary spin to melodic hard rock with progressive roots. With a symphonic sound that puts meat on the bones of the songs, the Krypton Monkeys produce the kind of music bands made 30 years ago that still gets airplay today.
Lead guitarist Ron Redfield conceived the band after playing on a couple of album tracks for progressive rock keyboardist/producer Erik Norlander of Asia.
That inspired him to start going through the material he’d penned over the last 20 years “to see which songs I thought were worthy of doing something with but never got my attention.”
He put together a band to play a gig to take the material out for a spin, recruiting drummer Jim Dudash, keyboardist/vocalist John McLaughlin, and lead vocalist Bobby Huszar.
(Individually and collectively these musicians has provided support to some of the biggest names in rock opening up to such groups as Peter Frampton, Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Walsh, Jefferson Starship, Grand Funk Railroad Guffria, Humble Pie, Jason Bonham, and REO Speedwagon to name a few.)
Something clicked. “After the gig, everybody said, ‘keep it going,’” Redfield recalls. So they did. All four members of the band are experienced veterans who’d known each other a long time, so they meshed quickly.
Redfield played with popular Ohio cover band Quick, working in his own tunes when he could, before forming the all-original band Dreamstreet in the ’90s.
McLaughlin and Dudash both played in a variety of groups from rock bands to touring lounge acts, honing their impressive chops.
Huszar’s roots go back to when he fronted the popular band North River Street Rock Collection. He’s continued to perform over the years, both in rock bands and special occasion groups.
Once they’d decided to make the band an ongoing project, the next step was getting the music recorded. Redfield turned to former Clevelander Mike Farona, producer/engineer and owner of Middle-C Music Studios in Nashville.
“I would record basic tracks at SUMA [in Cleveland, Ohio], and I would send them to Mike in Nashville,” says Redfield. “We would communicate what I was looking for. We’d start with one mix and keep going until we had all the tracks done.”
The result is an album titled Crush, released in August 2013. It features ten tracks, including the two by Norlander that Redfield had played on and used on his own album with Norlander’s OK.
Seven tunes were penned by Redfield, several in collaboration with McLaughlin. One track — the instrumental “Defenders Bain” — was written by McLaughlin.
Redfield describes the songs as “rock with a little twist of progressiveness in them.” The solid rhythm section ably supports the full-bodied keyboard textures and lush vocal harmonies, with Redfield’s forceful guitar leads giving the tunes some rock ’n’ roll bite.
“I’ve always been a Foreigner type of guy,” says Redfield. “That’s how I write. I would call it rock with a pop edge. I always make sure there are harmonies; I always make sure there’s a hook in every song. Through the vocals and keyboard textures, it’s melodic but it’s got hard-rocking guitar.”
“Working with Erik opened another door to try another genre of music,” he adds, referring to the music’s progressive aura, like the embellishments that expand at pop tune like “Empty Eyes” to nearly seven minutes.
The Moxies put on a show that should not be missed!
TEXAS PLANT HAS SUCH A GOOD SOUND, MUST SEE BAND!! FOLLOW THEM ON BANDCAMP/FACEBOOK/WHEREVER. WORTH CHECKING OUT!!
Hello everyone! Just a quick update about this event: it actually begins at 3:00 PM, not 4:00 PM. We hope you will join us; contact information is located above for tickets!
Toby Keith WAS SOOOOO AWESOME!!!!! HAD A GREAT TIME AS ALWAYS!!! TOBY NEVER DISAPPOINTS AND ALWAYS DELIVERS THE GOODS!!!! CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!!!!!
Kounterclockwise rocked that show!!!
Thank you for writing this article!
Just to clarify: "tonight" means Friday, June 14, 2013 and it's at 7:30 p.m. (no 10:15 show)--though after the concert, maybe around 10 p.m., the Vietnamese performer is actually supposed to head down the street to the Blue Rock Cafe in Hudson and sit in with the blues band there (called MOJO HONEY)!
Also, although invited to Cleveland by The Cleveland Foundation, the performer's host is Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, who have presented her in many school workshops in the Cleveland public schools since she arrived in April 2013.
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