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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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


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.


A Word from Beachland Co-Owner, Cindy Barber

30 12 2009

from Esquire Magazine's review - click to read

(reposted from the Beachland Mailing List. Sign up for it HERE and get weekly updates on our shows!)

“So it’s the end of ’09, the end of the first decade of the new century, and the Beachland is looking at its 10th anniversary in March. It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for an entire decade!

This year has been particularly tough. The Cleveland economy is not making it easy for independent stores, restaurants or venues like ours. Job cutbacks and forced furloughs make it harder for our longtime supporters to come out as often to see live music. But to all of you who have been so loyal, we thank you for every dollar you have spent at our establishment. There were a few times these past few months when we thought, “let’s just do our 10th anniversary shows and call it quits, this is too hard.” However, there seems to be a greater force at work, whispering in our ears that we will find a way. People have been coming out of the woodwork with both financial and emotional support (though we could always use more)! And we, like many of you, still believe in the healing and inspirational power of music.

Even though the music industry today is in deep trouble, there are so many redeeming points and we certainly had many this year. Highlights included Paul Thorn with his band transforming the tavern into a rapture, Brave Combo creating a frenzy of dancers and energy in the ballroom, St. Vincent pulling us all into her fascinating artsy musical world and the upbeat and generous Bootsy Collins sitting in with the Crop Bistro band when we hosted the Cleveland Food Rocks benefit in our parking lot this past summer.

We were proud to see acts we have watched from their musical infancy like Josh Ritter, Dr. Dog, Eli Paperboy Reed, and Trampled by Turtles, grow into major acts at the Beachland. We got to host old friends this year like Neko Case, the Bellrays, Jack Oblivian, Bonnie Prince Billy, Jon Spencer’s Heavy Trash (which was amazing by the way), both Black Keys’ side projects, Cadillac Sky (which now features Northeast Ohio’s talented David Mayfield) plus an almost instantly soldout Sufjan Stevens show (thanks Sufjan and Ali for that). We were able to present truly special concerts by elder statemen like Van der Graaf Generator, Os Mutantes, Hugh Cornwell, Magic Christian, Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Webb, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jonathan Edwards, and old school Detroit performers like Scott Morgan, Death and Rodriguez (who IS a musical shaman).

We were inspired by newer acts like Dent May, Phosphorescent, and Shilpa Ray. And got to see alot of personal friends of the Beachland like Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers (who even wrote a song about the Beachland!), the Sadies and the Waco Brothers, Fred Eaglesmith, Roger Clyne, Asylum Street Spankers, Holly Golightly, Raul Malo, Katy Moffatt, Lucy Kaplansky, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Chuck Prophet, Reigning Sound, Bill Kirchen, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Hi Risers, Joe Buck, The Hold Steady, Dale Watson, and Los Straitjackets (who were one of the first bands to start telling other performers about the Beachland in 2000).

And then there is all the wonderful local bands we’ve gotten to watch and support like Mr. Gnome, The Numbers Band, The Schwartz Brothers, Unsparing Sea, Afternoon Naps, This Moment in Black History, Bill Fox, Lighthouse and the Whaler, HotChaCha, Mystery of Two, Whiskey Daredevils, Uncle Scratch, Chuck Mosley, Hot Rails, Beaten Awake, and on and on…All in all it was a great musical year.

Since we’re facing a decade, we’d like to hear from you about a favorite show you saw in the last 10 years or a band you discovered at the Beachland…. send your tale to and we’ll start putting your testimonials up on our blog as we move toward March and the anniversary. As we enter 2010, remember Music Saves is more than the name of our favorite indie record store! For that reason we hope to keep the Beachland going for another decade.”

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The Full-Court Holiday Press: Parties, Reunions, and Shindigs

15 12 2009


Some of you sitting cozily in Blogsville might have experience the rush and the push of holiday hubbub: rehearsing for a Christmas pageant, gearing up for Hannukah hijinks, finding new footie pajamas for the Baby Jesus, and the like.  Cooking, shopping, cleaning, and making travel plans seem to be inextricably tied to the season of Peace on Earth and Goodwill To All. Yeah, peace and goodwill can wait–we’ve got work to do! 

Likewise, the Beachland is rolling and tumbling through the prep work needed to insure that this year’s seasonal shows work flawlessly, like a certain mythological character’s sled.  We do the work, so you don’t have to.  Just lively up yourself and we’ll nice up the dance,  as Bob Marley and reggae greats Mitchigan & Smiley both wisely said.  Just bring your ID, your admission fee, and your cheer; we’ll do the rest. 

Mr Gnome CD release show, Friday December 18 

Though they’re based in Cleveland, this duo’s been slowly but surely acquiring a national buzz with spookily heavy albums such as Deliver This CreatureMr. Gnome’s newest release is called Heave Your Skeleton, which you can read about at the Dallas Observer

Mr. Gnome, “Night of the Crickets”

Music Saves & Square Records 6th Annual Holiday Get Down, Saturday December 19 

When money is lacking, let love be your commerce, says indie record stores Music Saves and Square Records. Hailing respectively from Cleveland and Akron, these two establishments put together a bill of fine young bands from their towns.  Akron’s Walkies bring to mind a lot of the weird beardo folk that’s currently on the zeitgeist’s holiday shopping list; on the other hand, their spiky guitar and banjo duets sound pretty cool: 

The Walkies, “Going Down the Valley”

 Yulesville Pre-Holiday Bash w/ Bears, Unsparing Sea, and a shload more bands, Wednesday, December 23What doesn’t this bill have? From Bears’ candy-flavored, buzz-worthy indie pop and the reptilian metal drones of the mysterious Terminal Lovers, this should have it all.   Dig the Japanese monster riffery on the Lovers’ “Mr. Astronaut Glenn”, and put those toys on your wish-list! 

If anyone asks, this show is sponsored in part by Beachland bud Cleveland Bachelor.

 7th Annual Old Home Night featuring California Speedbag, Kidney Brothers, Home and Garden, and Nicholas Deveney

Memories of Cleveland punk and new wave, grimy but drunkenly hopeful in the 70s and 80s, will belly up at the bar during this 7th Annual Old Home Night. OHN was created by a group of veteran bohemians–among them, the writer Michael DeCapite–who wanted to throw a very special party for ex-pats and current residents of our fair town who hailed from a time when the underground was freshly dug.  Tonight we’ll have an apperance by cowpunk pioneers California Speedbag, avant-lords Home and Garden, the Kidney Brothers (from The Numbers Band), and if you’re not careful, you might see a Pere Ubu or Dead Boys member floating around. Good times, great memories, such as this of CLE punks Numbskull tearing Sabbath’s “Supernaut” to ribbons at the old Variety Theatre (still there on Lo-rain Road!): 

 Cowslingers Reunion Wednesday December 30

If Old Home Night isn’t proof enough that “Cleveland punx not dead”, this two-night stand of total rock should convince doubters.  Rock N’ Roll’s a sure bet, solid as the Hope Memorial Bridge, unyielding as the Cuyahoga.   The Cowslingers were ambassadors for that aesthetic throughout Europe and the US, playing very fast and very loose with sounds pioneered by Link Wray, X, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and other immortal troublemakers. Here’s the kind of trouble the Cowslingers caused, shot at the Beachland many years back (note the difference in decor): 

After their breakup, the ‘slingers formed different bands, such as the Whiskey Daredevils and Jack Fords.   Yet the demand for that special Cowslinger brand of fun never wavered; in fact, tickets are flying out the proverbial door for this near-New Year’s humdinger with Lords of the Highway. ACT NOW. 


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Remember: Rockabilly Friday, Metal Saturday. Got it?

10 12 2009

“The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

One only wonders if FLW would have ever considered setting foot inside the  Beachland Ballroom this weekend. If Frank dug metal and rockabilly–perhaps admiring those genres’ refined musical architecute based on boppin’ and shreddin’–he might pay us a visit.  Yet despite our silly speculation, we figure his quote will become incarnate, as both the Auburn Records’ 25th Anniversary and the Rockabilly Holiday shows promise to shake NoCo (North Collinwood) to the Lake with die-hard believers getting down.

Belief is what’s powered Cleveland-based Auburn Records for 25 years, in the U.S. and in Europe.  For while bands like Shok Paris, Breaker, and others in the Auburn stable seem like occasional bright flashes in the heavy music scene ’round here, in Germany, the riffs of those bands move the masses. Witness Auburnites Destructor (who’ll be playing here on Saturday) totally destroy some Deuchlanders at the Wacken Festival in 2008. Dude, it’s like a battle scene from the Rings trilogy:

Read about metal commitment HERE in a PD article about this weekend’s affair.  Read about the spiritual and physical commitment of former Spudmonsters singer Don Foose, whose semi-eponymous band will also be playing on Saturday.  We could sit here and link and write all day, but the point is this: METAL = BELIEF.  That’s why a film about an unknown band–Anvil! The Story of Anvil–has resonated with thousands of people, to the point of putting its big-screen heroes on the big stage. That’s why Bill Peters, head of Auburn Records, is making this all-day festival FREE on Saturday.  It starts at 4 pm, and ends when the last head bangs.

Even if you’re not a believer, rock n’ rollers should dig this scorcher from Breaker’s Get Tough album. Breaker features noted Cleveland engineers/musicians Don Depew and Mark Klein; Get Tough came out in ’87 and is still kicking asses worldwide, once again demonstrating the staying power of this genre.

Breaker, Get Tough

Staying power and true belief is also essential to rockabilly. While it’s ebbed and flowed over the years, rockabilly’s left a world-wide hot-rod tire mark, especially after its resurgence during the 70s and 80s with bands like The Tuff Darts, The Cramps, and radio-friendly groups like the Stray Cats.  It’s been kept alive by bands like the Nekromantix, trailblazer Rev. Horton Heat, Tiger Army, and countless others.   To many, it’s not just a fashion fad, it’s a lifestyle that’s celebrated at festivals like the famed Heavy Rebel Weekender, Viva Las Vegas, and the Rock-A-Billy Festival in Jackson, Tennessee.  Its credo revolves around style and swing, girls looking like women, and guys occasionally looking like Elvis (or El Vez, depending).

Friday night will demonstrate a show of faith in The Way of Rockabilly, and also a good amount of commitment to keeping pets healthy and fed.  The 14th annual Rockabilly Holiday–which will be thumping alongside Bill Peters’ metalfest–brings CLE faves Capgun Cowboys back together with acts like sideshow artist Jimmy Coffin.  Bring cans of food for our furred friends–cats and dogs, not some dude you “partied” with last night–and you’ll get two dollars off our already cheap price of $10.

To get you up and movin’ for this Friday flock of true believers, we bring to you Mr. Duane Eddy, the originator of the term “Rockabilly Holiday”, and his cut of the same name:

Remember: rockabilly on Friday, metal on Saturday. Sunday–you choose the genre. We’ve done our job! Go forth and rock.


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A Serious Sunday: Death / Rough Francis / This Moment In Black History

23 09 2009

Yeah, we’re more than a few days ahead of time on this one.  Perhaps, inspired by Charles Walker and the Dynamites, we’ve decided to dabble in the outer fringes of what we call “soul music”, to test its elasticity, and to boldly go where no one has gone before (nerd foul); we’re finding that ill-defined border between soul, rock n’ roll, and yes, punk rock.  That border will be in full effect this Sunday, when the Beachland features Death (not the metal band of the same name), Rough Francis, and proud Clevelanders This Moment In Black History.

African-American rockers Death originally walked the streets of Detroit in the mid 70s, when bands like the Stooges and MC5 had, in prior years, achieved a dominance over stoned minds and uncontrollable libidos in the Motor City.    Punk was starting to peck away from inside its grimy shell.

As the New York Times so thoroughly puts it:

Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors — the band’s self-released 1976 single recently traded hands for the equivalent of $800 — Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery last year of a 1974 demo tape in Bobby Sr.’s attic. Released last month by Drag City Records as “… For the Whole World to See,” Death’s newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early ’70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and ’77. Death’s songs “Politicians in My Eyes,” “Keep On Knocking” and “Freakin Out” are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years.

The rest of the article’s a great primer to this Sunday night show.  Learn all about the rise and fall of this lost band, and their resultant musical offspring, Rough Francis.

For more hype, check out Time Out Chicago’s article; Detroit’s own Metro Times gives their commentary as well.  A perusal of this record brings to mind the following: “Let the World Turn” invokes a Hendrixian intro leading into mindbendery travels like some garage-psych Nuggets single; “You’re A Prisoner” and “Keep On Knockin'” bear the stamp of the MC5’s anthems; “Freakin’ Out” might even invoke a bit of Black Flag here and there–years before that band even existed.  Likewise, with the speedy gnarliness of “Rock N’ Roll Victim”, whose spazzy technicalities bring to mind the nascent Bad Brains on their Black Dots record.

Here at Beachland Blog HQ, our locally owned and operated grunts have dug up the following links that will enhance your rock n’ roll pleasure this coming Sunday night:

1. a bitorrent link to  “…For The Whole World To See” (though you really should buy it from Drag City. Brothers gotta get paid)

2. an IMEEM page where you can get your ass kicked by cuts from this record

3. and the webpage of the Death documentary, entitled Where Do We Go From Here?

4.  the blazing blow-yer-house-down This Moment In Black History and “Public Square”: