Ghostface Killah brings you romance, DiNizio and Johnston hand you pop, Scott Morgan gives you rock n’ roll

4 11 2009

Amy Casey provided by Zg Gallery, NYC, and the New York Times, from Neko Case's "Middle Cyclone"

Not unlike the democracy in which many of us participated this past Tuesday, today’s Beachland Blog entry is a jumbled hodgepodge.  As in many elections, we’ve got controversy, old favorites, new ideas, a few winners, and some losers; namely, YOU, if you don’t check out some of these events at the Beachland and in North Collinwood.

We don’t have many hip-hop shows at the Beachland, but what we lack in quantity is made up in quality by Thursday night’s apperance of the Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah.  Hopefully he’ll do more than appear–you’ll bounce to cuts off his new CD, Ghostdini, Wizard of Poetry In The Emerald City.  Onion offshoot the AV Club gives a wryly humorous but informative lesson in love, based on Ghostdini‘s worldly wisdom.  If you need more x-rated grime and less shine, listen to his entire album on IMEEM.

Saturday night boasts championship-caliber singer-songwriters Pat DiNizio (from the Smithereens) and Freedy Johnston.  This marquee matchup gets a big up from blogs Addicted To Vinyl, Cleveland Bachelor, from and from the Scene. So it is with great pleasure that we urge you to follow those links and learn.  If you choose to attend this show, please know that a portion of the proceeds will go to the National Autism Association – Northeast ohio Chapter.

If you ever wake up in the morning thinking, “Gee, does anyone remember ROCK music?” after a perusal of the boob tube or generic radio, check out what alternatives Detroit rock veteran Scott Morgan (Rationals, Sonic’s Rendezvous, The Solution) offers you at the Beachland on Saturday night.  Now, if you’re wondering, “Who the hell is Scott Morgan?”, read this interview with this contemporary of the MC5 and hard-rock Swedes the Hellacopters.  The Stash Dauber does a fairly complete retrospective of Morgan’s history with his 60s soul band, The RationalsAnn Arbor-based writer Kevin Ransom also shares some insider info on Morgan and the Rationals, along with a killer audio clip.On Saturday night, Morgan and his Detroit all-star band (It’s all very hush-hush. You’ll just have to be here)–will perform as the Irrationals, taking on Rationals cuts, which means a whole lotta rock n’ soul a la another Michigan mate, Mitch Ryder.

If you just can’t get enough soul in your life, one of America’s great musical treasures, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, can recommend some second-line tuba-infused stomp.  Take a big gulp of their New Orleans funk on Thursday, November 12th–for your health, and to commemorate their 25th Anniversary Tour.  Here’s the band with “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” and the Meters’ badass classic, “Cissy Strut“.

While the DDBB play some low-down street music, you can find Low Life Gallery on our street, as they open their Realities Unseen show thi Friday, November 6th, at 6 pm. As Cleveland-based Pink Eye Magazine reminds us, this show features the works of Andrew R. Shondrick and Adam H. Hoskins.  Also opening at Arts Collinwood that very same night is a show by lauded Cleveland-gone-national artist Amy Casey, and Jen Omaitz.   Shoparooni’s Natural Resources show gets going that night as well.

This weekend, Cleveland, vote with your feet and with your dollar bils, ya’ll!





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