Music Box Concert Series Offers a Comprehensive Overview of Rock's History

Concert Preview

Music Box Supper Club's Induction Week Celebration April 10-17, various times 1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.COM

Taking Place from april 10 to 17, Music Box Supper Club's "Rock Week" will offer a decade-by-decade tribute to Rock Hall inductees. Each night, local musicians and "select national performing artists" will celebrate rock's history.

And it's all for a good cause too. At each performance, Music Box will collect donations for the annual Harvest For Hunger campaign, a food and fund drive which provides aid to local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio.

"it's our first season here and since we're neighbors with the Rock Hall, we thought it would be fun to help celebrate the hoopla," says Music Hall Program Director and President Colleen Miller. "We wanted to go decade-by-decade through the years. It's not strict by any sense." Here's the day-by-day schedule for the concerts along with Miller's take on what to expect from each performance. The series starts with a tribute to the '50s and then proceeds to honor the rock artists of the prsecnt day, offering a comprehensive look at rock throughout the decades.

Friday, April 10

Elvis Presley celebrated by Walt Sanders & the Cadillac Band

7:30 p.m. in the Supper Club

Johnny Cash, Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison and more celebrated by Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys, Ryan Humbert & Emily Bates

8 p.m. in the Concert Hall

"Walt Sanders is a flat out Elvis impersonator," says Miller. "It's a full-on Vegas show. It's more Vegas-era jumpsuit Elvis than '50s. It's a show. The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash do some Cash tunes, but they're an Americana rock band. They're doing their show. They draw their inspiration from Cash. Rachel is doing a '50s inspired set. She'll play some Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. Rachel lends herself perfectly to that. Even her original stuff has a retro feel to it. Ryan and Emily are doing a power set of Everly Tunes. It's going to be great."

Saturday, April 11

Celebrate the Band, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and more with the Band Tribute: the THE BAND Band, Thornetta Davis, Chris Hatton

7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall

"The THE BAND Band is very solid and very popular. This will be their Cleveland debut. They'll focus on the early material of the Band, the '60s and early '70s might creep in. Thornetta is a blues power house from Detroit. She will bring Aretha and Janis and Stevie Wonder to her set. She's bringing her band. She's a well-known regional act. She's the real deal. [Local singer-songwriter] Chris Hatton is game for anything. He'll do a power set of Beatles versus Stones as a one-man band with some looping and whatever creative brilliance he'll bring to the set."

Sunday, April 12

Celebrate Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Grateful Dead, Marvin Gaye, Buffalo Springfield, Pink Floyd and more with Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band and the JiMiller Band

7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall

Celebrate Steely Dan and Muddy Waters with the FM Project and Chicago blues icon/Muddy Waters band member John Primer

5 p.m. in the Supper Club

"FM Project is a big band with horns and they're so very good at channeling Steely Dan. We have John Primer, a former member of Muddy Waters band. He's been doing a tribute that's excellent. Carlos Jones is going to focus on the inductees that are of the '70s soul flavor like Bill Withers. He and JiMiller like to do a lot of Grateful Dead tunes but there won't be a ton of that. JiMiller will do Pink Floyd and other classic rock. We have a limited number of wristbands if you want to go between the two shows."

Monday, April 13

Martha Davis & the Motels

7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall

Celebrate Hall & Oates, Cameo, Blondie, Men at Work and more—with Chris Hatton

8 p.m. in the Concert Hall

"We have Chris Hatton back. He's going to do guilty pleasures of the '80s. Martha Davis is on a true comeback tour. Her voice sounds better than it did in the '80s. I've been wanting to book her for almost a year. I had a chance to see her in New York. She's very good. She has new material and her '80s classics."

Tuesday, April 14

The Verve Pipe with Sam Brenner

7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall

The Chardon Polka Band rock the '90s

8 p.m. in the Supper Club

"This will be really cute. The Chardon Polka Band will bring the Polka version of their favorite hits from the '90s which will be Vanilla Ice and the Proclaimers and things like that. It probably will be a medley. It will be a power '90s medley. They'll take a break and then do a set of their own music. The Verve Pipe is another group that has been touring since the '90s and putting out new material. They're one of the bands that defines the sound of the '90s."

Thursday, April 16

Celebrate Ohio's Greatest Hits: Dean Martin, Black Keys, Devo, the James Gang, the Pretenders, the Raspberries and more with Ryan Humbert, Erin Vaughn, Nancy Redd, Carlos Jones, Cody J. Martin, Erin Kufel (Fat Tuesday Big Band), Sam Getz (of Welshly Arms), Nathan Hedges (of Cities and Coasts), Sarah Benn (of Shivering Timbers), Shanna Delaney (of By Light We Loom), Brian Lisik, Greg Miller (of Whiskey Daredevils), JD Eicher, Wesley Bright ( of Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites) and Joe Vitale ( The Eagles, CSNY)

8 p.m. in the Concert Hall

"Ryan Humbert is really organized and very good at putting together a show. He's been thinking about doing Ohio's Greatest Hits for some time. This is the perfect opportunity. I begged him to do it here. He has an extensive list of Ohio artists. It's not necessarily artists who are inductees. He has a very tight house band and guest singers. This is going to be the show."

Friday, April 17

Celebrate the music of Lou Reed, the Clash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, B. B. King, Sex Pistols and many more with Chris Allen Band & Friends (featuring Austin Walkin' Cane, Tom Prebish, Chris Hanna and Fred Perez-Stable) and guest vocalists such as Michael Stanley, John Petkovic, Tim Parnin, Alexis Antes, Kelly Wright, Doug McKean, Dave Smeltz, Dave Kasper, Colin Dussault, Laurie Caner, Rachel Brown and Ray Flanagan

8 p.m. in the Supper Club

"Chris Allen is really amazing at putting together a show. It will be a looser rock show. It will be a ramshackle rock 'n' roll show. High energy. It will focus on the rock aspect of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It will be super rock and super fun. That's our blowout party night."

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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