Sunday, June 25, 2017

Local Latin Jazz Star Sammy DeLeon Kicks Off Today's Lakeview Cemetery Concert Series

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Lake View Cemetery just might be one of Northeast Ohio’s most bucolic settings. With that in mind, the folks at Nighttown will kick off their fourth season of concerts there this evening.

Today’s performace features local Latin jazz star Sammy DeLeon, who’ll perform from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Garfield Monument lawn. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Admission is free.

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Sammy Hagar Focuses on the Hits at Sold-Out Show at Hard Rock Live

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 9:52 AM

  • Scott Sandberg
Sammy Hagar and the Circle’s show at the Hard Rock Rocksino has been sold out for months — something that could partially be attributed to the fact that it’s been nearly a decade since Hagar played his last full-length solo show here.

But then again, whether it’s been 10 years or a couple of weeks, you can always count on his fans (“redheads,” as they’re affectionately known) to show up in droves. As the lights dimmed, a video montage showcasing Hagar’s “Four Decades of Rock” quickly demonstrated just how many miles he’s traveled since his humble early beginnings in the San Francisco area in the early ‘70s. You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Morning Jacket Brings Dynamic Holiday Jams to Cleveland

Concert Review

Posted By on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 10:50 AM


With gray skies hovering warmly over downtown Cleveland on Friday night, My Morning Jacket quietly emerged onto the stage at Jacobs Pavilion and dropped into "Victory Dance," one of the primo openers in their arsenal. Singer Jim James wandered around the stage, looking wholly in his element with a small sampler tied around his neck, singing the entrancing lyrics. The capacity crowd was along the ride at every twist and turn throughout last night's show.

A few years removed from their most recent album, The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket has found themselves in a summer tour less restricted by new releases and singles. On the banks of the Cuyahoga, MMJ kicked the second show of that tour, a real heater in every sense that built on a terrific past year since regrouping after 2016's Ray LaMontagne tour (on which members of MMJ performed).

This was the first time I'd seen MMJ after years of listening to their albums here and there. I've always liked them, but — and this seems off-base in light of last night's excellent show — I let them exist on the periphery of my regular listening. I knew that I'd enjoy the show, and now I'm sitting here thinking that I should have been going to Jacket shows for years.

The three moments that really stood out to me:

(1) Wonderful and Golden worked really well as a gentle, lap steel-infused breather.

(2) State of the Art was a great, shining moment for James, and then immediately afterward Dondante dovetailed into an incredible jam segment bookended by James' bluesy one-man lament and a later bit that featured Carl Broemel on sax. It was a thrilling peak that truly anchored the main set.

(3) The encore was just spectacular. I wasn't sure if they'd be going into a second set, like I was hoping, but the five-song encore did the trick well enough. There was a jam out of either Lay Low or Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2 that absolutely blew my mind. (I'm thinking of the one where Broemel just walked to the back corner of the stage and faced the river.) One Big Holiday was unbelievable, and the lights were really just out of this world at this point.

Bottom line: This was a great show, and the first real tremendous rock 'n' roll show of the summer here in Cleveland. James told the crowd before Blowin' In The Wind that it was "an honor and a privilege" to be here in the city. (Keys man Bo Koster, who was on fire last night, grew up in Lakewood and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music.) The band will be in Columbus Aug. 10, if you'd like another trip this season.

If there are any tapers out there, please do get in touch.

Victory Dance
Outta My System
First Light
Evil Urges
In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)
The Dark
Thin Line
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
X-Mas Curtain
Believe (Nobody Knows)
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Compound Fracture

Blowin' in the Wind
Lay Low
Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2
One Big Holiday

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Folk-y Duo the Rough & Tumble to Perform Today at Cuyahoga Public Library’s Fairview Park Branch

Posted By on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 10:10 AM

A couple of years ago, the Rough & Tumble’s Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler sold everything they couldn’t fit in Graham’s sister’s spare closet, quit their day jobs, admitted they were in love and bought a camper.

They hit the road and haven’t looked back. On last year’s Pieces and Pieces, a soundtrack written for a short film, they write about issues of women in war, PTSD and “mending the gaps of a life that has been torn to pieces.”

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Ambassador of L.A. Funk to Play Late-Night Set Tonight at CMA's Solstice Party

Posted By on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Pasadena-based DJ, producer and vocalist Dām-Funk (pronounced Dame) will be playing a late-night set tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Solstice party alongside some of the best international talents the world has to offer. No slouch himself, Dām-Funk has worked with and is respected by the biggest and brightest including Todd Rundgren, Snoop Dogg, Ariel Pink, Juan Atkins and the late Junie Morrison. The Los Angeles Times recently bestowed upon him the dubious distinction of being the "Ambassador of LA Funk."

"I appreciate it," Funk says of the title via telephone. "I don't really trip off that because people make their own interpretations of what it is, but I'm honored that somebody can put me in that sort of space. Especially since I do feel like I'm underappreciated. So when you do remind me of that, it does make me feel like some of this shit didn't go in vain. I think what happens is that a lot of people study the underground, they take it and flip it and make it a little bigger, polished and touched up. Cats like me stay true to it, so whenever someone says that I just appreciate it."

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Daniel Romano Holed Up in an Isolated Cabin to Record His Terrific New Album

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Romano plays a variety of different instruments, but he possesses an unusual affection for drums.

Romano made his stage debut at the age of 8 while playing drums in his family’s R&B band.

“I wasn’t allowed to be in the bar when we weren’t performing, so I spent a lot of time drinking ginger ale and hanging out with the kitchen staff,” he says via phone from a Lancaster, Pennsylvania tour stop. He performs on July 1 at the Beachland Tavern. “I didn’t think much about it at the time, but it showed me the simple enjoyment of performing music and probably rhythm, to some degree.”

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Avon Lake Singer-Songwriter Callie Sullivan Participated in a Songwriting Session with John Mayer

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 9:33 AM

  • Kelly Davidson
One of six young songwriters chosen to perform an original song for John Mayer at Berklee College of Music (Mayer’s alma mater) in Boston last Friday, Avon Lake’s Callie Sullivan performed her tune “The Sinner” in front of a crowd of about 500 peers.

Mayer offered a mix of praise and reportedly said he liked the way she mixed “colloquial speak” with poetry as he gave her a couple of tips.

“There’s something about A minor that’s really nice to write in...but there can be real emo feel to it,” he said. “It’s strange to resolve back to the minor…it doesn’t pay off as much as it should.”

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