Jane Scott Memorial at Rock Hall, August 28, 2011

30 08 2011

Jane Scott, hard at work

I was among the many speakers at the Rock Hall on Sunday, August 28 to honor and pay tribute to Cleveland’s legendary rock writer Jane Scott…I got through my prepared remarks but skipped a few lines under the pressure…so posting here as they were originally written:

 The very first time I bumped into Jane Scott was at the Rolling Stone Teen Club in Brookpark for a Bob Seger and the Last Heard show. I was a teenager seeking out rock and roll. There might have been 20 other kids there. To us, she looked out of place. But what I learned was that Jane never was out of place. Like so many of you, over the years, I encountered that silly giggle of Jane’s in countless situations. When I worked for MCA Records, Jane would saunter in in her white gogo boots to listen to some advance release in Mr. Green‘s office. And all the girls in the order dept would whisper, Jane Scott’s here. At some point in our friendship, I got to be on her annual Christmas party invite list and join the inner sanctum, and it was a huge thrill going there the first time, seeing pictures of her with famous rockers scattered about her small apartment with her collection of scarves and cool hats. And like a polite hostess she always introduced you to everyone in the room.

To me that’s symbolic of what Jane did for an entire generation. Jane stood as the fearless observer, notebook in hand, really listening, and telling us all the behind the scenes stories of every performer’s life, which made us want more. And she also reached behind her, turning to ask the audience what they thought, wondering who these kids were showing up to listen to that crazy Persecution Smith song, validing our right to assemble at the alter of rock and roll.

Today, when I look back at Jane’s style, she was sort of the newspaper equivilant of Facebook wasn’t she? But she encouraged you to leave your house and find the front of the stage. The first t-shirt we made at the Beachland I had Derf create a cartoon scene of some rocker on our stage shouting out Hello Cleveland, like so many of them do, but I asked him to specifically put an image of Jane standing right in front of the action. The thing I hope we always remember, and that we find a way to pass on in this city, is her undying dedication to live music.  Just put a peanut butter sandwich in your purse or in your pants pocket…and go. –Cindy Barber

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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





Saturday Night’s Trash Night: The Gories, Alarm Clocks, Eddie Kirkland, DJ Mr Fine Wine

23 11 2010

Prepare yourselves now for the rapacious and raw rock n’ roll of The Gories, a Detroit legend who’ve resurfaced from a world of untuned guitars, busted amps and punk rock obscurity, to bless the current world’s need for “primitude”, that feedbacky slapdash approach to music that so many of us love:

How Detroit is this? Postapocalyptic bliss, dancing on the ruins.

And now, back to the future, in front of crazed Parisian partisans, playing John Lee’s “Boogie Chillun”:

As Chiagoist.com writes:

The existence of the underground garage rock trio The Gories was a rock and roll paragon: dirty, loud, fast and with an early demise. The Detroit-based band came together in the mid-’80s, building a steady cult following in the metro area before their cassette-only releases landed them a deal with Crypt Records, a Hamburg-based imprint specializing in ’60s underground rock. Three official LPs on Crypt followed, and some single releases and a European tour later, the band called it quits by the early ’90s. Yet despite having been broken up for nearly a decade, The Gories influence was significant enough to pave the way for the various blues-infused garage rock imitators of the early aughts

This Saturday night of sweat, soul and shimmy wouldn’t be complete without one of Cleveland’s many contributors to that gnarly pre-70s sound: The Alarm Clocks (featuring new-ish guitarist Tom Fallon, from The New Salem Witch Hunters, Pink Holes, and many other CLE classics):

Opening are Detroit bluesman Eddie Kirkland and WFMU soul DJ Mr Fine Wine, whose great radio shows you can download in podcast form at http://wfmu.org/playlists/SV.

a flyer for our special guest, DJ Mr Fine Wine

Here’s your Thanksgiving, Cleveland. So shake that stuffing, turkey.  No tunes from a box of Stove Top–just a bounty of sound!  And if you haven’t properly peeked at http://www.beachlandballroom.com, you might want to–we’ve got holiday mayhem lined up for pretty much every night of this coming week!

EAS





Tonight: Los Lobos / Jorma Kaukonen @ Masonic Auditorium!

4 11 2010

 

Los Lobos - Tonight @ Masonic Auditorium

To celebrate tonight’s very special joint effort between the Beachland Ballroom and Visible Voice Books–Grammy-award-winning Latino rockers Los Lobos (media player) at The Masonic Auditorium–we’ve brought in a guest blogger.  Annie Zaleski, a native who now makes her living as music editor for a St. Louis weekly, chimes in on what makes the Beachland and Cleveland so gosh-darned special:

I lived in Cleveland for the first eighteen years of my life, went away to college in Boston and currently live in St. Louis. (This is my day job. ) I’ve seen bands at venues around the world – from the Dandy Warhols in London and Morrissey in L.A. to Bjork in Boston and LCD Soundsystem in Chicago. But in the past year or so, I’ve been reacquainting myself with Cleveland venues, because I’m dating someone who lives here. Seeing as both of us are huge music fans, I’ve spent a ton of time at the Beachland seeing shows. (And oh yes, having brunch!)

What stands out to me – besides the abundance of delicious, delicious Great Lakes beer they stock – is the caliber of bands playing at the venue. Clevelanders are lucky when it comes to touring bands – really lucky. No, really: The city’s location makes it an ideal place to stop between Chicago and New York City, and the Beachland capitalizes on geography with their booking. (To put this in perspective: St. Louis is a place bands often drive through on their way from Chicago or Nashville to Kansas City/Lawrence. It’s not known as the Gateway to the West for nothing.) They’re also still willing to book artists with a career, not just ones with a blog buzz; a few notables that pop up in my mind include Grant-Lee Phillips, the Gories (at Beachland Nov 27), Josh Ritter (Nov 15), Eddie Spaghetti (Nov 9) and Leon Russell. The fact that these artists have a place in Cleveland is comforting.

It’s also something not to be taken for granted.  For instance, I recently rearranged a vacation so I could see Alejandro Escovedo at the Ballroom (read a review). To put it in perspective: Escovedo recently played at a big outdoor festival in St. Louis, and is popular enough to play our 2300-seat theater. The idea that he would be playing the relatively intimate Ballroom boggled my mind. And he certainly delivered a fiery set, even on a Monday.

At the same time, the Beachland’s sense of adventure is also evident. I love that on Thursday, they’re co-presenting Los Lobos at the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium. Cleveland has so many interesting, underutilized spaces – I’m rediscovering that as well – and using them to showcase intriguing musical artists is a smart, dynamic move. Cleveland often doesn’t get enough credit outside of Cleveland for the way it encourages art and culture to thrive.

But taking a unique, multicultural band such as Los Lobos and placing them in a unique performance space engages the audience in an intriguing, smart way; it elevates the show into something special, an event worthy of immersion, not just attendance.

Los Lobos, enhanced with Spanish:

Los Lobos, en ingles, peforming “Angel Dance”, re-recorded and turned into a hit by former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant:

“Good Morning Aztlan”

In the opening slot of the show is Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane). Pretty sweet, eh? This Rock Hall-caliber show is TONIGHT at the Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid. Doors are at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm.   All tickets are general admission at a cost of $35.00 and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or 866-468-3401. The Masonic Auditorium is a one hundred year old former opera house and location of Cleveland Orchestra recording and practice sessions.

EAS

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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
(complements of BrooklynVegan.com)

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 cleveland.com

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 r.washington@artscollinwood.org, or contact Arts Collinwood at 216.692.9500.

Coit Road Farmers' Market, complements of tiscleveland.com

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 http://www.coitmarket.org.  For more information, contact Kevin Scheuring 216-531-3230 or 216-249-5455 during market hours.

EAS

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Drive By Truckers wrap-up, gospel singers, and lusty ladies

26 07 2010

gospel singer Naomi Shelton, Wednesday July 28th.

Last Monday’s surprise Drive-By Truckers gig, a very special treat after our Old 97s show and in lieu of the Tom Petty / DBT gig being nixed at Blossom, was the stuff of Beachland legend.  Here are a handful hastily-taken pics for your pleasure. The point is, you’re getting to see just how packed and how manic it was…but it’s also a testimonial to how much people not only love the band, but the Beachland as well.  If you’ve got pics of that very memorable night, find us on Facebook, and cross-post away!

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Our upcoming Wednesday offers another show that could also be legendary, not unlike our early Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings gigs.  Another artist on the Daptone label, Miss Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, will arrive amidst great fanfare.  And they sure do deserve it, too. Look alive, and listen:

While you’re here, listen to this WNYC  interview with Miss Shelton.


Much less holy, but no less fiery, is Friday night’s Burlesque-A-Pades show, featuring the Pontani Sisters (who’ve played here before with Los Straitjackets), featuring other national performers like Kitten Deville, and regional performers like Bella Sin.


Naturally, we’ve got plenty more in the coming months, as we cast out our reel and pull up a nice, juicy August from Lake Erie: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Russian superstars Mumiy Troll, and unstoppable Latin funk band Ozomatli. It’s all at http://www.beachlandballroom.com. We make it nice and easy for ya.

– Beachland





Drive-By Truckers

21 07 2010

whew…that was some night…we heard that the Tom Petty show at Blossom was cancelled so we wondered about our friends the Drive-By Truckers who are opening the Petty dates and invited them to come on up to the Beachland to hang for our Old 97s show….when management told us they were actually looking for a place to play, we offered up our tavern as a post-Old 97s event and next thing you knew we had two vans driving to Akron to get the gear and were selling tickets like hotcakes….sold it out in the time it took to get to Akron and back!

Here’s what Patterson said in his post last night to announce the show: Y’ALL: The last time we played the Tavern Room at The Beachland Ballroom, Cooley tried to punch me out, smashed a guitar and threw the remains of it at Brad then proceeded to tear down the stage. (Feb. 2002).
They had to rebuild the stage the next morning. We had an awkward breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Tonight we return to The Tavern Room to ROCK IT HARD. Our show with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was postponed due to Mike Campbell’s illness (GET WELL SOON!!!) We have been bummed and sad and needed to ROCK. Our good friends at The Beachland invited us to come see our friends The Old 97’s play and we asked if we could maybe give that small stage one more try.

It’s the truth. That show in 2002 has been Beachland legend for some time. Cooley actually did a Pete Townshend on us and smashed his guitar into the stage leaving a pretty good size hole and almost took out a patron when the guitar bounced off the back wall near the bathrooms. We patched the hole in the stage but it was a hasty patch and so there was a lump for probably a year where the lead singers had to stand….so everyone heard the story….that show though for the Southern Rock Opera disc, with only about 15 of us in the tavern, was the Truckers revved on adrenaline, being determined road dogs. It was an amazing show and Cooley just melted down after giving it his all.

Last night, the Truckers once again gave it their all. With sweat dripping from his nose, Cooley ripped it up and Patterson belted out song after song to a grateful 150 fans instead of some 20,000 that would have seen them at Blossom. Supposedly the Petty show is being rescheduled for Aug 31. We’re going to try to go. Thank you Truckers for another legendary Beachland event!