Singer-songwriter Zach has been playing in Northeast Ohio for 15 years now. His soulful voice and positive attitude have made him into a real catalyst on the scene. On his new album, Provenance, he collaborates with local artists such as Brent Kirby, Kristine Jackson and Colin John. Yesterday, he came by our offices and brought Charlie Mosbrook and Rachel Roberts, two of his musical friends who appear on the album, to play a few songs from the disc. Zach's next big gig: he opens for Red Sun Rising on Friday, Aug. 30 at Rockin' on the River. Proceeds from album sales go to local anti-violence charities. The disc can be purchased here.
"Make Fun" is a crowd-funded, independent comedy special that takes the form of a documentary/concert film. It shows the growth of Cleveland's independent comedy scene mixing vignettes, interviews and footage from one live show featuring some of its major players. The project was funded through a kickstarter campaign, and most of its backers were the very people in the audience.
"Make Fun" gives viewers a look at the less-exposed world of standup comedy in a smaller city, where the talent level is high and the performers rely on their community, instead of an industry. Don't worry, this isn't like some "Waiting For Guffman" kind of thing. Everyone involved is a legitimately funny professional.
Here's the trailer
Hailing from Buffalo, the band has managed to roll into Cleveland a handful of times this year (I'm counting four, with a Dec. 23 gig last year to boot). Last night's show topped them all, giving the small but dedicated crowd one of the most stellar nights of music this city has seen all year.
Early highlights arrived in "What's the Connection?" and "Origami," each of which got the far-out treatment. Breaking from the songs' main structures, what Aqueous does best blossoms in the free-form soundscapes they carve out for themselves. Sharp senses of harmony string together sections of brilliant improv. Simultaneously tight and loose, there's a very clear element of communication onstage. Guitarist Mike Gantzer often tosses signals to other guys, prompting the band to spin around on a dime and land in another key, another tempo.
The band even managed to slip in The Offspring's "The Kids Aren't Alright," which they had debuted last weekend in Erie, Pa.
Late in the show, an elderly gentleman worked his way up to the front of the crowd. Seemingly, he had just gotten out of The English Beat's show in the Ballroom and wanted to check out what in the hell was happening next door. He stood at the very front, arms crossed tightly, and looked on in astonishment. Occasionally, he would shake his head in wonder at the musicians; other times, he would laugh to himself as, for instance, Gantzer wove a tension-and-release jam to its peak.
His presence was the sort of thing that may otherwise have gone unnoticed amidst a night of unbelievable music. But his curiosity, drawn ever onward by the pulsating rhythms onstage, is indicative of what Aqueous is up to right now.
Fall tour was announced today, though there are no Cleveland dates. (Not to worry, perhaps; last night's Beachland date wasn't originally included in the summer tour announcement.) Dover, Ohio, on Sept. 14 and Columbus on Nov. 22 will have to suffice for now.
If I can find a Cleveland source with good audio, I'll toss that up here. Until then, here's the band's show from Erie last weekend. (Check out "Marty")
But this video of Kyrie Irving slaughtering opponents at the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am in Seattle should make you equally energized for the upcoming Cavaliers' campaign. It's no secret Kyrie's a superstar, but these moves are increasingly the stuff of Ronaldinho's private stratosphere.