Roots Rock in the ‘Summertime’; real Mothers (of Invention) for ya

11 02 2011

According to the ever-reliable Weather Underground site (home of some nifty, near-psychedelic graphics), it’s practically going to be summertime this weekend, people, with highs in the 30s. Get crazy! Doff that winter cap! Shuck those long johns! Hell, you might even turn off your infrared space heater and save some pennies in the process.


This Moment In Black History, Friday night. From

This heat wave’s a timely one, too, as we have quite a bit you should come and enjoy. On our Facebook page, the Beachland and her friends have been chatting up this weekend’s  Walk All Over Waterloo: Valentine Day’s Edition. We weren’t quite keen on bringing up the “v-word”, but there it is, lonelyhearts, you can’t escape it, you might embrace it, and if not, there’s some cheap n’ easy fun to be had on our block.  This Friday night features The Davenport Ball (with CLE bands covering Black Sabbath, The Replacements, Wilco, and others) at the Beachland, The Waterloo Alley Cat Fundraiser, and a special apperance by This Moment In Black History at Arts Collinwood.  Think of it as a rugged counterpoint to Tremont’s ArtWalk, but with cheaper drinks, easier parking, and actual rock n’ roll.


Hoots and Hellmouth, this Saturday

If hoedowns and throwdowns are more your style – that is, if twang’s your thang – our entire Saturday’s filled with variations on roots rock. Our 7 pm Tavern show features Long Road, a bunch of serious local singers and strummers with their take on 60s-style folk. Long Road features cats like Ray DeForest, Kevin Richards, and David Budin, all of whom have played a role in Roots of American Music, a music and education non-profit.  At 10 pm, the Tavern gets grimier with honky-tonk, hillbilly, and hardrock compliments of The Not So Good Ol’  Boys with Detroiters Doop and the Inside Outlaws.   Meanwhile, Beachland favorites Cabinet rock the Ballroom with the energetic and magnetic Hoots and Hellmouth:

ZAPPATISTAS: Sunday night features the return of a certain Bunk Gardner to his native home of Cleveland, Ohio. He’s performing with his old Mothers of Invention bandmate Don Preston under the straight-ahead moniker of  “The Don And Bunk Show”.  If you know anything about Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, though, this music will be anything but straight-ahead:

And here they are, much grayer, but without a single musical misstep:

Curious? Read this article on these two ex-henchmen of the legendary Frank Zappa, and come by on Sunday night for The Don and Bunk Show, with opening act Cuda, Renko, and Cuda.

We hear it’s going to be warm on Sunday.


Sunday, Pierced Arrows; Monday, Farmer’s Market; an open call for art

1 10 2010

Scarcity of Tanks, opening for Pierced Arrows, Sunday October 3

Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.  ~Mark Twain

Somewhere within the guts, veins, and bone of rock n’ roll, there exist the urge to stave off death.  Rock n’ roll wants to steal that withering scythe and its shadowy cloak in order to wave away the smoke of total finality. This is pagan stuff: devouring your enemies, or consuming that which you seek to become, in order to provide the gift of life everlasting.  Maybe that’s why Pierced Arrows’ Fred Cole looks not unlike a wizard with his now-legendary garage-punk trio, Pierced Arrows.

Pierced Arrows is an offshoot of gnarly old Dead Moon, a trio consisting of Cole, his wife Tootie on bass, and drummer Andrew Loomis.  They sounded like Buffalo Springfield far too gone on speed and peyote, listening to Aussie punk records; they raged with a passion that stretched beyond any technical aspects.  Drums could be off, guitar strings might snap, and the sound could be a shambles, but Dead Moon kept rockin’, railing against the dying of the light:

“Let It Rain”, Pierced Arrows

“Paranoia”, Pierced Arrows
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This Sunday night, Pierced Arrows plays with other vets rattled by rock over the years: Scarcity of Tanks have been toiling collectively and individually over the decades.  Vocalist Matt Wascovich got a late start assembling and fronting a band, but fortunately has fallen in with such talented cronies as (for this gig): drummer Scott Pickering , bluesman Ted Flynn, and bass monster Jeff Deasy.  Between touring, garnering lovely press in Signal To Noise and LA Weekly, SOT’s managed to squeeze out a new record, Bleed Now, out on Parisian label Textile Records.  Here’s a bit of their SST-meets-CLE vibe:

Also on this Sunday night bill are the most excellent Exploding Lies. Getcher tix NOW, friends.

Arts Collinwood, complements of

In other Beachland-related news, our friends at Arts Collinwood are submitting an open call for art and ‘art happenings’ that utilize their entire space in a non-traditional way. Guidelines are that artists must set the work up themselves, and provide your own materials. The work must also be semi permanent, or performance based.  Art happenings must also occur during the Arts Collinwood Cafe’s operating hours, which are Tues – Sat 11am – 11pm, and Sundays 11 – 10pm.  These events, installations and performances start Friday, October 8th, and run until the end of the year.

Painters, sculptors, dancers, multi-media artists, and any mad innovators are encouraged to participate.  The proposals are piling in, however, and available time/space is limited! Submit your proposal to, or contact Arts Collinwood at 216.692.9500.

Coit Road Farmers' Market, complements of

And for all you foodies, urban farmers, and hungry types: The Coit Road Farmers’ Market presents The Taste Of Autumn 2010 Benefit: Monday, October 4, 6 – 9 pm, at the Beachland Ballroom.  Hosted by Cleveland TV celebrity Fred Griffith, you’ll taste the harvest from local farmers prepared for you by ten local chefs including Bistro 185, Greenhouse Tavern, Grovewood Tavern, Angela-Mia Pizza, Go Bistro,  Umami and private chef Eric Wells. There will also be door prizes, a silent auction and an awards presentation recognizing Market supporters past and present.

Tickets and directions are available at the Beachland Ballroom by calling 216-383-1124. You can also buy tickets for $35 at the Coit Road Farmers’ Market or online at  For more information, contact Kevin Scheuring 216-531-3230 or 216-249-5455 during market hours.


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Weekend Preview: Buy Art!

4 12 2009

Combine being in a Cleveland State of Mind, plus some P.M.A. (positive mental attitude, friends) and you will find a way to mitigate the nasty venom of Erie’s winter winds.  A little sun–which we find in abundance this Friday–helps as well.  Also aiding you is this weekend on Waterloo, which features:

  • Low Life Gallery brings you Enliven, a series of works by Bridget Caswell (photography) and Sunia Boneham (mixed media). Enliven opens with a reception from 6-10 p.m. Friday, and continues through December 26th, at Low Life Gallery (16001 Waterloo Rd.) For further information, call Low Life at 330.671.6123.
  • On Friday, December 4th, from 6-9PM, our friends at Blue Arrow Records throw a book release part for Mick Ronson: The Spider with the Platinum Hair. Stop by the Blue Arrow for an evening of music, readings, give-aways and more!  This book was lovingly put together by two Cleveland-based Bowie & Ronson fans who named themselves “Weird” and “Gilly”.  After much consulting with the Ronson family, they’ve released this book of anecdotes, photos and stories.  Surely this’ll help push the movement to have Ronson installed in the Rock Hall. For more on Mick Ronson: The Spider with the Platinum Hair see
  • Thrift-minded indie music shoppers should roll by Music Saves this weekend. On Friday, take 50% off all used CDs. On Saturday December 5th, from  noon – 5 pm, take 10% off all items (except turntables).
  • Shoparooni lights the fuse to their Holiday Art Bomb, on Saturday, December 5th from 6 – 10 pm.  Works by KRK Ryden, Squeaky Queen, Ron Copeland, and many others will be available at special discounts; for information, call Shoparooni at 216-383-3633.
  • The Beachland holds a Rock N’ Roll Flea Market in the Ballroom, which will be packed to the lights with oodles of vintage clothing, vinyl records, geegaws, gefunkas, and doodads.  Roll up from 11 – 4 and get yourself a rarity or a cool collectible!
  • If you’d rather give yourself or someone else, the gift of live music, and you enjoy the warm thump of heavy bass and righteous riddims, check out John Brown’s Body, who’ll be delivering unto you powerful roots reggae music tonight (Friday, Dec. 4) :
  • If live music and a community spirit drives you, check out tonight’s Community Shares benefit with mellow R&B group Vitium, rootsy oldboy, and other acts who’ll be rockin’ to raise funds this Friday.  On Saturday, powerhouse alternative rock quartet User Sets Mode (ex-Frans, racermason) stands at the helm of the “F*ck Cancer” Benefit for the Taussig Cancer Center.  Read about these shows, and others, at


Hey, Cleveland: We Got Art A Cookin’

9 07 2009


“Nothing to do in Cleveland?” Don’t drink the haterade, friends.

On July 11th, Low Life Gallery returns to action with “BBQ: Backyard and Beyond”.  This show cooks up an homage, nay, a rumination on this classic summetime activity by artists Hannah Verbeuren, Kerry Lang, and Aaron Gunderson.  The BBQ show starts stoking the coals on Friday, July 10th, from 7 – 11 pm.  For more information, check out

Meanwhile, Arts Collinwood offers a latest addition gallery show opening July 10th.  The reception for this one runs from 6 – 9 pm.  Read more HERE.

Let’s not forget your rock options, either.  This Friday we’ve got the haunting, heavy, and sometimes hellacious blues of Bostonians Tarbox Ramblers.  Here’s a ditty about death:

From the same session, we have these boys exhorting you to “Shake ‘Em On Down”, covered by just about everyone with a slide and a guitar:

Let all this talk of roasting coals and crackling fires also prepare you for the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ Throwdown, on Sunday July 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. No kiddin’.


Waterloo Arts Fest Wrap Up

30 06 2009
Waterloo Arts Fest 2009

Waterloo Arts Fest 2009

Thanks to everyone who made it out to this past weekend’s Waterloo Arts Fest.  The sun kept the street cooking with vendors, food, and kids’ activities. The Beachland’s AC kept all involved appropriately cool with brews and sets by Arte Povera, The Modern Electric, and other fine bands.  The block felt like a neighborhood, and even better, like a mini-Cleveland.

Here are some links, if you want to either re-live what you saw, or check out what you missed:

Positively Cleveland handles a large number of photos here. Careful, you might be in one of them!

Cleveland Bachelor presents us with the closing night of Low Life Gallery’s “This Is Cleveland” show, which coincided with the Fest.

Can You Keep Up gives a parents’ view of the Waterloo Arts Fest.

The night of the Waterloo Arts Festival also brought the always-stellar Jonathan Richman to the Beachland Ballroom. Photog Lou Muenz provides some pics HERE.

If you’ve got more blogs and photos you’d like to share, please leave us a comment with a link!


Waterloo Arts Fest, The Church, Jonathan Richman, Van Der Graaf Generator, and more

22 06 2009
Waterloo Arts Festival 2009

Waterloo Arts Festival 2009

To say that we’re looking at an upcoming whopper of a week is a real feat of understatement.  We believe the colloquial term is “blowin’ up”; in our case, the Beachland and Waterloo Road will be exploding with light, sound, and people at an amazing level.  Being Clevelanders, however, we can handle pretty much damn near anything.  And being Clevelanders, we ask YOU to join us in our enjoyment of art, culture, and music this weekend.

Saturday’s annual Waterloo Arts Festival promises to be the biggest one yet.  Thousands will descend onto a street full of vendors, family activities, and three stages’ worth of live music.  Performers such as yo-yo artist / raconteur Steve Brown and Leia Alligator’s Picklefight Puppet Theatre will be making the rounds on the block.  The Sculpture Garden stage will host roots music, like the bluegrassy sounds of Heelsplitter; the Beachland Tavern (for those of you who dig the comfort of AC and a fully-stocked bar) includes performances by the trunk-rattling electrofunk duo Arte Povera and Pere Ubu offshoot, Cleveland avant-garde ensemble Home and Garden.  Various DJs will hold court at nearby Blue Arrow Records; look for appearances by punk platterista Miss Allisun, and soul sides by Lawrence Daniel Caswell of WCSB’s “No Ways Tired” (which will surely contain tunes by Cleveland-born Rock Hall Inductee, Bobby Womack)

Children’s activities will include mask making, puppet-wearing, building of cardboard cities (future engineers unite!), and a Lego sculpture contest.  For those looking to stay healthy and fit in what is purportedly one of the fattest cities in the U.S. (how do they figure?), a “Clevelanders In Motion” tent will offer ways to stay in shape in the Healthy Living Village.  There’ll also be a mile round-trip bicycle ride from University Circle to the Fest, sponsored by Walk & Roll Cleveland,  the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op, and ClevelandBikes. It departs Rockefeller Park at 11am, and heads back towards University Circle at 2pm.  If you’re riding (or just strolling) fuel yourself up with food from area restaurants, and buy yourself some riding tunes (from Music Saves) or a cooler t-shirt than the one you just sweated in (at Shoparooni).  Heck, if you stop by the Beachland Ballroom, you might find yourself a nice vintage set of wheels at the Rock & Roll Flea Market that’ll be running there from 12-5.

Got all that? The fun runs from 12-7; to learn more, check out

Inside the Beachland, we’ll have some incredible performances throughout the week.  Art-rock legends Van Der Graaf Generator perform their head-scratchingly melodic art-rock on Thursday, June 25th.  The Church, who can see and hear in the following clip, play the the next night with very special guest Adam Franklin (formely of heavily beautiful UK ‘shoegazers’ Swervedriver):

The Church, “Under The Milky Way”

Saturday night’s big Ballroom show features Jonathan Richman and acerbic singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.  Though many folks know Richman from his groundbreaking punk group, The Modern Lovers, many more know him from “Something About Mary”:

The best line from The Modern Lovers’ immortal two-chord driving jam “Roadrunner” is “I’m in love with rock and roll/and I’ll be out all night”.  Will you be too?  There’ll be enough chances this weekend, that’s for sure.  Tickets for all Beachland shows are available through the website or by calling 216-383-1124.


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The Dogs, Ozric Tentacles, Waterloo Arts Fest

18 06 2009
This Is Cleveland Closing Party - June 27th

This Is Cleveland Closing Party - June 27th

This (kinda) just in regarding the successful “This Is Cleveland” show at Lowlife Gallery.  On Saturday, June 27th,  Lowlife and blogger extraordinaire Cleveland Bachelor will throw a closing party with drinks, DJ sets, and a performance by Arte Povera (Mike and Sunny DiLiberto’s new duo).  The above poster was created by Cleveland artist John G, whose other work you can see by clicking the image above.

The Waterloo Arts Fest takes place the very same day, from noon to 7 pm. There’ll be food vendors, retailers (especially our neighbors on the street like Shoparooni and Music Saves), children’s activities, and three stages featuring the following bands and performers:

12:45-1:30 Lighthouse and the Whaler (indie folk)
2:00-2:45 Arte Povera (instrumental electronic psychedelia)
3:15-4:00 The Muttering Retreats (electronic indie pop)
4:30-5:15 The Modern Electric (cinematic pop)
5:45-6:30 Home and Garden (avante-garde rock)

SCULPTURE GARDEN STAGE (Outdoors next to Waterloo 7 gallery)
1:15-2:00 Mary Taylor-Brooks (roots rock)
2:30-3:15 Heelsplitter (americana)
3:45-4:30 Miles Beyond (blues)
5:00-5:45 Nelken (folk)
6:15-7:00 The Church of the Lazy Bastard (old school country)

DJ STAGE (inside Blue Arrow Records)
noon-1:30pm – DJ Gaw from WRUW’s “On the One”
1:30-3:30pm – Miss Allisun
3:30-5:30pm – Drive Time Radio with Kid Flamingo and The 185th Street Shuffle (Bill & Jeff)
5:30-7:00pm – DJ Lawrence Daniel Caswell of WCSB’s “No Ways Tired”

After the festival there’ll be an after party/benefit for Arts Collinwood in the tavern 7-9 PM with food and DJs.

“Fun times in Cleveland today” exclaims the now-famous “Hastily Made Tourism” video.  That’s quite true, according to a recent report from I Rock Cleveland, which mentions this weekend’s Larchmere Porchfest, the Rock Hall’s free Summer Sessions, and more.

Tonight’s Beachland shows feature the full-throttle punk of Detroit veterans The Dogs.  Here they are absolutely tearing it up a while back in front of a manic crowd in Japan:

and we’ll also have a very special performance by prog-psych pioneers Ozric Tentacles:
Wanna know more? Head to for info and tickets.

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