It’s A Vintage Weekend: Roy Loney (from the Flamin’ Groovies); The Hesitations

18 01 2011

Roy Loney, former Flamin' Groovies frontman, this Friday

Hello, Cleveland and Parts Beyond!  It’s been a while since we’ve utilized our Beachland blog, as we’ve shifted the heavy online PR lifting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.  We’re saving this blog space – and your precious time and attention – to shows we feel are truly special and worth more than a quick post or tweet.  This Friday and Saturday are filled to the brim with great musical acts – Roy Loney, from legendary 70s rockers The Flamin’ Groovies, and Cleveland soul group The Hesitations – that you couldn’t really see anywhere else.  So we’ve taken the time to get you hip to the sounds that are going down this weekend!

In many circles, Mr. Roy Loney needs no introduction. But to many others, he seems like a footnote in the annals of rock and roll.  Fortunately for Loney neophytes, we’ve got some Cleveland friends helping us tell the story of Loney and his band, The Flamin’ Groovies.  Former Mirrors drummer and CLE alum Michael J. Weldon shares his insights into Loney via the site for his shop, Psychotronic and Mia’s Bead Shop, which sells a wide variety of far-out rock and roll collectibles.  Please note that this is a thorough interview with Loney , so make sure to settle in a comfy chair!  http://www.psychotronic.com/psychotronic-interviews/roy-loney

Loney as new waver

For those of you readers pressed for time, here’s a quote from the Flamin’ Groovies’ bio, provided by the ever-essential Trouser Press, that sheds light on these San Francisco forerunners of punk, roots rock, and DIY record labels:

Starting out in San Francisco as early as 1965 (actually predating the Grateful Dead!), the Flamin Groovies were always out of step with the rock world. Ten years before bands routinely released their own independent records, the Groovies issued a 10-inch mini-album, Sneakers; in the ’70s, when that same do-it-yourself spirit was inspiring countless innovative bands to try and challenge the old boundaries, the Groovies retreated to make albums of beat group nostalgia, wearing period clothes and refusing to acknowledge that times had indeed changed.

Always more cult-popular and influential than commercially successful, the Groovies, led by irascible but talented guitarist/singer Cyril Jordan and (until 1971) singer/guitarist Roy A. Loney, always embodied the rebellious, youthful spirit that fueled punk, but held tenuously to their musical roots — ’50s American rock’n’roll and ’60s British pop. In effect, they provided inspiration for countless bands (how many covers of “Slow Death” can you name?) and are legendary for good reason.

So you’ve got your Groovies lesson, then. Let’s fast-forward to 1979, whereupon Mr. Loney solo career boasted a blasting sound akin to punk rock (warning: cute kid alert at the end):

Here’s a 2010 updating of a classic Loney tune, served up for the madwomen and madmen of Madrid, Spain:

Loney plays this Friday, January 21st, backed by former CLE surfoholics The Purple Knifs (Waitresses and Walkin’ Clampetts guys who’ll be playing a set of their own).  Also on the bill are Living Stereo, most recenly remembered for a powerhouse Halloween set covering the Sonics.

The Hesitations in their heyday. Performing 1 / 22.

Saturday night, we’ll have a homecoming of sorts for Cleveland’s very own Hestiations.  This 60s soul group’s brief career got them not only airplay in the States, but in Europe and especially in Great Britain.  That nation’s Northern Soul fans gobbled up singles like “Soul Superman”, “The Impossible Dream”,  “Who Will Answer”, and “You Can’t Bypass Love”:

“….the Hesitations are ready to work again; reunited in 2006 for a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the four singers and five musicians discovered last March that they can indeed draw a crowd, headlining the Northern and Modern Soul Weekender in Prestatyn, North Wales and pulling 3,000 to 4,000.

The Hesitations will perform at the Beachland Ballroom on January 22, helping Beachland manager Mark Leddy celebrate his 51st birthday. A long-time fan of Northern Soul, Leddy says: ‘I generally use my birthday as an excuse to book some kind of show. Often, it’s a soul-oriented show, so it seemed like the thing to do.'” Carlo Wolff’s great, four-page article on The Hesitations on OhioAuthority.com

John Benson, writing for CoolCleveland.com, has also penned a profile of The Hesitations that’s brief and concise.  However, for the purposes of you, The Blog Reader, we’ll go back to YouTube vids that show the Hesitations in front of an enthusiastic UK crowd, having a good bit of cheeky fun with their hit, “Soul Superman”:

The Hesitations will perform on Saturday, January 22nd, with help from DJ Charles McGaw, and DJ Racecard, aka Lawrence Daniel Caswell, one of the voices on local NPR affiliate WCPN, bassist for the bands This Moment In Black History, Vernacular, and National Suicide Day, and all-around polymath.  It’s also the birthday party of Mark Leddy, one of the Beachland’s co-owners. Expect nothing but good tunes and good times.

Tickets are available at http://www.beachlandballroom.com.

EAS

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Thursday: Elephant Stone, from Montreal

9 11 2010

 

Elephant Stone from Montreal, this Thursday.

Lovers of that delicious and lysergic mash, gobbled by those who hunger for pop and psychedelia, sizzling in their brains like electric fizzy candy? Look no further than this Thursday’s show with Montreal dudes Elephant Stone, named aftera great tune written by Brit Pop giants, The Stone Roses.

From Here We Go Sublime writes in a piece dating back to last year:

SITAR – a hippie’s instrument of choice usually comes off as pretty cheesy in most instances. However, Elephant Stone is an exception. Hailing from Montreal, Elephant Stone is one of the better psychedelic bands of the recent years. They are relatively unknown but the recent nomination for 2009 Polaris Music Prize should definitely help them to gain some publicity….Rishi Dhir who fronts the band has also done some sitar work on the last Black Angels album titled “Directions To See A Ghost”. Check out Rishi’s amazing sitar work on the track “Dee-Ree-Shee”:

Rishi once played in The High Dials, a band whose sound gained affection from not only the Beachland, but from the programmers at Little Steven’s Underground Garage.  Rishi, a swell guy if you’ve ever met one, plays a variety of instruments in this band, but as the blurb above says, he rocks the sitar. His untraditional approach  lays to rest stereotypes of Indians being incapable of ROCK ACTION. Then again, everything lays rest to rock action when you run it through an amp, loudly.

Here’s “Alap”, from The Glass Box EP, by Elephant Stone:

Opening this show are Cleveland favorites Chief Bromide and Hastings Refrigerator Company.

EAS





This Week, Part One: Menomena, Watson Twins, Basia Bulat

27 09 2010

"Poor Payton Hillis" (to the tune of "Poor Professor Higgins")

Feeling the near-October chill, Cleveland? Or do the Browns have you frozen with disappointment? Well, we’ve got something hot for you tonight, which is Monday, September 27th: Portland, Oregon’s art-rock trio Menomena, who don’t exactly tour the Midwest as frequently as we’d like, return to the Beachland tonight. Their riffs, grooves and tunes are how this dude keeps warm:


Watson Twins and Laura Veirs, this Tuesday

Substantially less hairy and more sultry are the Watson Twins, who play this Tuesday, September 28th, in the Tavern (tickets still available!). Compliments of our ‘friends’ at CBS, here the girls play the neo-60s “The Devil In You”:

Please leave your Watson Twins fantasies, marriage proposals, and shattered hopes of true rock n’ roll romance. On the other hand, if it helps you buy some of our beer, each and every one of our Beachland bar staff is well-trained in, er, alcohol counseling.

While we’re on the subject of ladies who rock, let’s forward to Canadian Basia Bulat, who performs here on Wednesday in support of her new album, Heart of My Own. Hear some of  her beautifully lonesome Northern tunes, evocative of changing leaves, tumbling gray clouds, and burning hearts on CBC Radio. Thanks, Canadia!

Basia Bulat, singer/songwriter, Canadian

Not only does Bulat have that tremulous voice, rich with Celtic romanticism, but she plays a mean autoharp. Yes, autoharp, that ancient instrument about which Bulat says, “You can kinda go anywhere with it, and there’s not really a lot of rules”.  Autoharps are relatively cheap, easy to play, and fun for everyone from wee ones to grandmas.  Here, Basia gives us a cheery primer on this multi-stringed wonder:

Basia, her voice, her band, her autoharp, and her totally fantastic hair will be here on September 29th. She’ll be performing with The Acorn (not to be mistaken as the nickname for our sister city 40 minutes south), and CLE kids The Modern Electric.

EAS





Walk All Over Waterloo, Friday, September 17th

13 09 2010

Abbreviate one of North Collinwood’s favorite sightseeing and shopping events–Walk All Over Waterloo–and you’ll spell out the word WAOW, which is a kitty-kat version of what the shops, vendors, artists and other Waterloo friends and family hope you’ll say on Friday, September 17th.  Starting at 6 pm, an all-star cast of Cleveland‘s finest hangouts and hideaways will enthusiastically cement Waterloo’s place as one of the hotter blocks in town, alongside such notables as Tremont, Ohio City, and the ever-expanding Gordon Square Arts District.

Your Walk All Over Waterloo team this time ’round includes superstars / ringleaders Music Saves, who’ll be offering discounts on CDs and vinyl; they’ll also have someone (they’re not saying who yet) performing at the store. Kevin and Melanie, Music Saves owners, have impeccable taste, so you can trust it’ll be someone good.

In addition, record dealers Blue Arrow Books and Records will celebrate the opening of their new Blue Arrow Boutique,  as well as lighting some of their new decor starting at 8:30 pm.  Boogie swing and jumpin’ blues combo, Madison Crawl, will play at 9 pm inside one of Cleveland’s old-school bar gems, the SS&W Boardwalk (right down from the Beachland. Just keep your feet moving and your eyes open).

The Cleveland Yo-Yo Club will do some swinging of their own,  displaying their skills and helping yo-yo newbies starting around 6 pm. Meanwhile, new Waterloo merchants Rebel City Tattoo and Salty Not Sweet will do some equally amazing tricks with your tight budget.  This Walk All Over Waterloo will also feature a special appearance by CLE Clothing Company, who’ll be taking over the old Shoparooni Annex (for one night only) in order to offer 3 for $50 deals on their unique and totally stylin’ CLE-centric t-shirts!

There’s plenty of fun inside the Beachland that same night: lovers of country and bluegrass can enjoy the Beachland Barn Dance, featuring the Hiram Rapids Stumblers, The Wax Wings, and One Dollar Hat; anyone who’s got any modicum of rock n’ roll taste can dig ex-Nerves / Plimsouls main man Peter Case, who’ll be playing in the Tavern that night.

The low-down on all this info can be found either on the Arts Collinwood site, or on the only social networking site that’s had a movie made about it, Facebook.  It’s where you’ll learn about schedule changes, curveballs, updates, and other very necessary data that’ll help you have a happy Friday, Cleveland-style.

Put on your Cleveland at Walk All Over Waterloo, September 17th. Image compliments of CLE Clothing Company


Note:  this Tuesday’s Jenny and Johnny show (Sept 14) should be a sell-out, so get your tickets by clicking on THIS link, or by calling 216-383-1124.  You can also contact retailers like Visible Voice Books (Tremont), Music Saves (Cleveland), Square Records (Akron), as well as other fine retailers.   The Tavern bar will open at 7 pm on this night; after the show, we’ll have a free afterparty with DJ Tom DeChristofaro from the Afternoon Naps.

Now, hurry up already. Get those tickets!





Storm Is Comin’ Through: Cleveland Lottery League 2010, Drive By Truckers, and The Hold Steady

9 04 2010

The Drive By Truckers AND The Hold Steady

Over the next few days, the Beachland will have big shows the way Cleveland’s got potholes.  We mean BIG.

If you haven’t seen all the Facebook ballyhoo, the local musical extravaganza known as the Cleveland Lottery League.  (Full disclosure here: the author of this here blog is also one of the zookeepers in the animal house known as the Lottery League.) So why should you go? It’s a reflection of musical civic pride, not unlike The Rock Hall’s “Summer In The City” events; or even the DIY fests Horriblefest and Compound Fest.  The Lottery League attempts to sum the sensation of these and many other musical gatherings that make our city’s scene one of the most vibrant around.   The Lottery League aspires, much like many of the fests and gatherings in this city, to be an incubator and generator of critical mass whose objective is to make Cleveland a bigger and better musical hub than ever before.  Even our very own Rock Hall has taken note of this special event!

On top of that, you have 140 musicians, 33 bands, 3 stages (!) a lot of beer. Read what Scene magazine’s Lottery League Blog has been saying, and follow these bands as they journey together towards Saturday night’s BIG SHOW. Tickets are $15 adv / $20 DOS.

Here’s footage of merely one of the highly anticipated Lottery League 2010 bands, Beat Vikings:

Speaking of musical celebrations, we’ve got two whoppers coming up within mere days of each other at the Beachland.  The Drive-By Truckers arrive on Sunday, and if you snoozed, you lost, pal.  This show’s sold out.   And on Tuesday, mighty Midwesterners (never mind the Brooklyn) The Hold Steady arrive.  To quote Thin Lizzy: “the drinks will flow and the blood will spill”. 

To make you feel even worse (or better), here’s a real cool find:  The Hold Steady join the Drive By Truckers to perform a raucous version of The Band’s “Look Out Cleveland”. One of the best jams EVER, and hey, isn’t it appropriate?

Tickets to these events and more are available at www.beachlandballroom.com.

EAS





Beachland Weekend, Cleveland-style

13 01 2010

  

In this ish of the Beachland blog, we keep up with the compliments, following from our New Year’s series of posts regarding the upcoming 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Submitted by you, the public:  

As some of the others who have posted about their experiences, it’s very difficult to pick the best musical moment from my many visits to the Beachland.   I have never been truly disappointed with any show; I’ve always heard (or seen) something that made the trip worthwhile; sometimes it was an opening band that I had never heard, other times it was some of the, well, interesting people in the audience.  

One such moment does stand out- several of us went to the Tavern to see Rosie Flores and Katy Moffatt.  It was one of the rare two shows in one night bills.  Rosie and Katy were great (the shots of tequila we did with Rosie didn’t hurt that impression).   The second show was Chuck Prophet.  I was vaguely aware of Chuck from Green on Red, but was not familiar with any of his solo work.  Our original intent was to leave after the first show, since I believe it was a weekday, and we also thought we might have to pay for the second show.  When it became apparent that we were not going to get kicked out before Chuck came on, and seeing that he had a full band, along with a funky microphone from what looked like the 1940’s in addition to the more typical gear, we decided to stay.
What a revelation.  There is nothing like seeing a live act for the first time that is able to rise above the listeners’ unfamiliarity with his songs, and yet immediately get them over in a memorable way.  The band was tight, Chuck was engaging, and the songs were fantastic.  We stumbled out at the end of the night commenting about how it was just another example of the Beachland magic.  

I’ve been a believer in the redemptive power of live music since seeing Eli Radish in the front of a Chesterland shopping plaza at the age of 12.   I’ve never stopped going to shows, but there was a bleak period of time in Cleveland for roots music after the original Wilbert’s closed and the Beachland’s opening.  It is without question my favorite place to see live music, and I’ve been fortunate enough to go to plenty, both here in Cleveland and in other cities across the country.  

Since you are reading this, you are probably already a fan of the Beachland.  Make it your New Year’s resolution to drag some friends out to see some live music-you know who I’m referring to, the people who were once into music, but just can’t find the time or energy to get out to shows anymore.  I guarantee they will thank you later.   The Beachland and the other live venues in town are as worthy of our support as the other cultural institutions in our city- the museums, orchestra and theaters, all of which get more attention and public funding.  And, I would argue, the support of venues like the Beachland is more important to the 20 to 35 year-olds that this region desperately needs to retain, and to attract.
So, step out with your buds, and feel the redemptive body and soul experience of live music.  Music Saves, indeed.  God bless Cindy and Mark-here’s to another 10 years!  

Vince Slusarz, Gotta Groove Records 


 

There are SO many musicians who deliver an absolutely transformative experience on your stage, but hands-down, my personal favorite was:
 
Nick Lowe (acoustic)–It was in the ballroom, but it felt so intimate…like he was in a living room, singing to you, only.  And he has such an ease with a guitar in his hands…he is truly a master of his craft.
 
Runner up is Greg Cartwright.  No matter what he’s belting out, he really makes you feel it, too 

Karen Downie


Railroad Earth just sounds so wonderful in the Beachland Ballroom. I just love the venue. Great acoustics and all. But then of course I would love Railroad Earth if they were playing under a bridge. 

Mary Lynn Pirtz


 

Tonight, we’ve got one of our favorites, Alejandro Escovedo, who you might’ve read about on this very blog.   This Thursday, we’ve got the feisty pop of Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, written about in Scene Magazine, and who’ve been in steady rotation on new Cleveland radio station 107.3 The Boom.  

Saturday’s a soul session, celebrating the birthday of Beachland co-owner Mark Leddy, with noisy blues breakers The Bassholes and northern soul colossus Melvin Davis.  Don’t be afraid of the dance floor, friends.  

 Pro-Cleveland blogger Cleveland Bachelor has helped us push this Sunday’s upcoming Rural Alberta Advantage / Buried Wires / The Octagon show, which you can read about HERE.  

As Bryan Ferry once crooned, “Don’t stop the dance”: even the coiffed and laquered Mr. Ferry might have to cut a rug at this Sunday’s Beachland Polka Brunch!  Co –sponsored by The Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame, the price of admission also includes a delicious brunch and a free polka dance lesson by world dance champion Valerie Salstrom from Get Hep Swing.  Polka’s a family affair, so grab the crew for a twirl and a tipple:  

EAS





Tonight: Scene Magazine’s Bands to Watch

8 01 2010

Unless you’ve been buried under a showdrift, you probably know about tonight’s hot mess to counter Cleveland’s iciness: the Scene Magazine “Bands to Watch” showcase rolls out at 8 pm. Five bucks gets you through the door and into a world full of Cleveland’s up-and-coming talent, performing in both Ballroom and Tavern spaces.

We’ve attached some videos to warm you up for tonight…god, the bad puns are abundant as Cleveland school closings.

These guys are clearly rockin’ for Cleveland.
The Ohio Sky, “Vanish”

Why is that Kent seems like one long party?
Simeon Soul Charger “Coffin Party”

Well, she seems nice enough! And bluesy too, minus the cliched Janis bit.

Corissa Bragg, “Bad Woman”

These dudes have been given the keys to the riffs of The Lord.

Megachurch, “The Gay Agenda”

Also on the bill: Good Touch Bad Touch, Carley Tanchon, Buried Wires, and more.  See the full list, along with set times, at the Beachland website.

EAS