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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Music Box Supper Club to Host a Special Facebook Live Concert with Auld Pitch

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 8:46 AM

To help locals who didn't get to visit their favorite bar on St. Patrick's Day, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, the Music Box Supper Club will host a special Facebook Live concert with Auld Pitch.

"Please be assured, the performers are all going to be practicing ‘social distancing’ on our stage," reads a press release announcing the gig. "There will not be any in-house audience. The show will be free to watch and will feature Auld Pitch, an all-star group of some of Cleveland’s finest Irish musicians."

There will be a donation button on the Facebook page, and all donations will go to the hourly staff of the Music Box who are laid off due to the shutdown caused by COVID-19. You can think of the donation as a tip to a Music Box server or bartender.

The live stream starts at 6:45 p.m. to give people a chance to "tune in." The show will begin at 7.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In Place of Performing on St. Patrick's Day, Flogging Molly Releases Acoustic Version of 'Float'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 4:38 PM

  • Courtesy of Clarion Call
Since the Irish punk band Flogging Molly wasn't able to perform on St. Patrick's Day for the first time in its lengthy career, the group's Dave King and Bridget Regan recorded an intimate acoustic rendition of their hit “Float,” a song about positivity in times of turmoil, and posted it to their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

They recorded the tune in Ireland last night.

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Local Singer-Songwriter Hosts Facebook Live Concerts and Classes to Raise Money for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 2:07 PM

During the coronavirus pandemic, local singer-songwriter Jesse Friedberg has decided to host live interactive concerts and classes at 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Facebook with the goal of getting viewers to donate money to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

“They've been well-received,” says Friedberg. “We posted one yesterday, and I think we’ll hit 1,000 views. The exposure is great, and I love that my Facebook likes have gone up by like 200 a day, but I’m focused on raising money for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. I’ve worked with a lot of kids who rely on school to get fed. I personally know a few kids who will be suffering from this. I want families to have some activity and entertainment, but I hope they see there’s a page where they can contribute to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank. We’re currently at $500, which is great.”

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Rolling Stones Postpone Their Summer Tour

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 1:32 PM

  • Joe Kleon
The Rolling Stones have just announced that they've postponed the summer tour that would have brought them to Cleveland for the first time in almost 20 years.

The group was slated to play in June at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"We're hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour," reads a statement put out by the band. "We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together — and we'll see you very soon."

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Rock Hall Offers Free Online Resources for Teachers and Parents

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 12:19 PM

  • Courtesy of the Rock Hall
Closed on account of the coronavirus pandemic, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sent out a press release earlier today encouraging parents and teachers working to create plans for distance learning to explore its free online resources.

Rock Hall EDU, the Rock Hall’s new digital learning platform, you can access professionally developed lesson plans, activities, presentations, videos, playlists and digitized primary source materials from the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives.

Rock Hall resources meet national and state learning standards in a variety of subject areas, including music, social studies, English and more.

Rock Hall EDU posts new content regularly and its database is searchable by subject, grade (kindergarten through college), decade (1950s through today) or media type. There’s an extensive collection of material on how music played a role in the Civil Rights Movement, and in one segment, the E Street Band’s Max Weinberg gives an introduction to drumming. You can also see how Pete Seeger used his banjo to make political statements, all good stuff if you're stuck at home with or without kids.
The Rock Hall is closed at least through Friday, March 27.

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Update: Following a Volume of 100 Songs He Released Two Years Ago, Cleveland Musician Releases Another 100 Songs

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 10:30 AM

  • Courtesy of Paul Francis
Update: Two years ago, local musician Paul Francis composed and recorded 100 audio tracks that he made available to local filmmakers, so they could use the tracks on the soundtracks to their films.

Dubbed Contribution, that project proved to be fairly successful, and Francis has now just released another 100 tracks.

“I call them soundscapes,” he says of the music. “They’re atmospheric mood pieces that I leave open, so they can be used for anything. They’re not meant to be used for anything specific. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the first project from all the connections I made. Networking was a big part of the project especially when I was starting out. I met some awesome Cleveland film folks. I was also able to show the community’s talent because a decent number of local artists were involved.”

His songs from the first volume appeared in several short films and in ads for restaurants. Some music appeared in a NASA documentary. A California filmmaker also used some tracks in a documentary about a famous snowboarder, and Francis's music is on the soundtrack to the Cleveland Clinic short documentary “Hawk’s Heroic Tale.”

Other artists involved include Bryan Robinson, Ryan Koppelman, Christine Lewis and Sierra Townsend.

Francis wrote and recorded all the new songs himself, and you can hear his music in a short film directed by Fernando Lopez.

You can hear all the new music here.

Contribution Vol. 2 from Paul Francis on Vimeo.

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House of Blues Announces New Dates for Many of Its March Shows

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 9:11 AM

House of Blues has announced new dates for several of its March and April concerts that were cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

The March 14 show featuring Mr. Speed, the KISS tribute band, has been moved to May 2, and Hippie Sabotage will now play on Aug. 12.

Andrew Santino has been rescheduled for July 31, and rapper G Herbo [pictured] will now perform on Aug. 10.

Tickets for all the rescheduled dates are currently on sale.

The beabadoobee concert slated to take place on March 31 will have a new date, but it’s TBD at the moment.

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