This is a past event.

Watershed at the Beachland

As a member of Columbus-based band Watershed, Joe Oestreich has spent 25 years not getting famous. That quixotic, and generally unsuccessful, quest for rock-star status inspired his recently published memoir, Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll. The book details the arduous — and often hilarious — life of a musician on the road waiting for the big break that never seems to come. Ironically, the process of telling his story nearly spelled the death of the band. “I spent so much time writing, that I didn’t have that much time to play. The title was almost The Book That Killed My Band,” the author jokes. While he’s reluctant to label himself a writer (“It seems kind of pretentious”) Hitless Wonder isn’t a just a one-off for the singer and bassist. A creative writing teacher at Coastal Carolina University, Oestreich has crafted a number of short stories and served as a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Esquire too. While much of his Esquire work seems to center on bars and gay pirates (don’t ask), he did manage to sneak in a nod to the Beachland Ballroom, naming it to Esquire’s 2007 list of the Best Bars in America. And in Hitless Wonder, an entire chapter is devoted to the spot. Tonight, he and the band return to their old stomping ground for an 8 p.m. show in the tavern. The performance is part of a national tour to support the book and Watershed’s new album, Brick & Mortar. While the appearance isn’t being promoted as a book talk, catch Oestreich between sets and you never know what you might learn. Doors for this all-ages show open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 online or at the venue.

Venue Details

  • Beachland Ballroom

    15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland East Side/University Circle/Little Italy

    216-383-1124

    55 events

Nearby

  • or

Newsletters

Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

All the Restaurants Participating in Cleveland Burger Week (July 11-17) and What They're Serving for $6

It's time for Cleveland Burger Week (July 11-17) and $6 burgers from your favorite Cleveland restaurants. From gourmet blends to off-menu specialties and…

By Scene Staff

 All Saints Public House 
1261 West 76th St., Cleveland 

 All Saints Public House will be offering a 1/3 lb. steak burger, topped with fontina cheese, tomato balsamic bacon jam and chipotle aioli. Served on a fresh toasted brioche bun and a bed of wild arugula. $10 Brew Kettle Special available.
52 slides

Photos From FELOH's Crown Day Beauty Experience at Garden of Eden

For Everyone's Love of Hair & Beauty or FELOH, held a celebration in honor of the CROWN Act — the law that…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From FELOH's Crown Day Beauty Experience at Garden of Eden
28 slides

All The New Restaurants That Have Opened in Cleveland So Far This Year

Cleveland has said goodbye to plenty of restaurants during the pandemic years, but it's also said hello to a healthy batch of…

By Brett Zelman

House of Creole
668 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Jeffrey Miskiri, owner of a Washington D.C.-based restaurant group with multiple concepts with names like Po Boy Jim, Creole on 14th, Suga & Spice and Miss Toya's Creole House, recently opened House of Creole in the former Sixth City Sailor’s Club and Hodge’s space downtown. Since opening, House of Creole has been dishing up Big Easy-style starters like fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and deviled eggs with shrimp. For the main event there will be fried fish po' boys, seafood etouffee, Cajun shrimp and grits and jambalaya loaded with shrimp, chicken, sausage and rice.
34 slides

All the Cleveland Restaurants That Have Closed Since the Pandemic Began

Unfortunately, the last two-plus years has been a rough period for the restaurant industry. From social distancing and people not eating out…

By Brett Zelman

 Lola
2058 East Fourth St., Cleveland

Lola was the restaurant that started East Fourth as a dining destination. Michael Symon’s flagship restaurant shut down in November of 2020 after 24 years in business. Symon famously relocated Lola from Tremont to E. Fourth Street in 2006, doing for that neighborhood what he and his wife Liz did for Tremont, which is to say transform it into the epicenter of Cleveland dining and entertainment.
61 slides