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 Hillytown.com

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 AllAboutJazz.com 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.
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





Look Out! Soul is Back – Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Melvin Davis at Beachland

6 10 2010

Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves this Sunday. Click for tix!

Soul music fans can’t fail in October.  This coming Sunday, we’ve got Eli “Paperboy” Reed, one of your best Beachland bets if you’re looking for blue-eyed soul backed by a powerhouse band. Here’s a cut from several years back on UK TV:

NPR, as always, provides us with a pretty comprehensive look-see at this young cat who’s reinterpreting soul for 2010 and beyond. They write:

With a big sound and upbeat songs, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and his band, The True Loves, play bright, ’60s-inspired neo-soul. While Reed may be reminiscent of another era, it’s more as if he was born at just the right time to absorb all of his influences — Sam CookeRay Charles, O.V. Wright — and make his own style.

Listen here to NPR’s “Weekend Edition” interview with Paperboy Reed.  Much less brainy is an interview conducted by none other than that immortal women’s mag, Cosmo.  This is from their “Cosmo Girl” section, which means it’s loaded with genius bits like this:

CG caught up with Eli to find out where he gets his suave sense of style, what he was like in high school and what it takes to win his heart!

It’s nice to know that some things don’t change, huh? To find out more about ‘dreamy’ Eli, who’ll be playing at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern on Sunday, October 10th, read this funny and lighthearted Cosmo Girl interview HERE. Now, hide your daughters!

Though we love Eli and obviously want you to come hang out on Sunday, we realize that some of you fine folks out there are doing your best not to get hit by today’s “trying times”. That is, ya’ll got jobs, and we’d like to thank you for keeping America working. That also means Sunday night boogaloos are out of the question.

But for those of you who crave live soul music played with the love, swagger, and reverential funk of years gone by, we’ve got Melvin Davis and the United Sounds coming on Saturday, October 16th.

LIVE SOUL with Melvin Davis on Sat Oct 16. Click for tix

We’ve already written about Mr. Davis and his career in a previous blog entry, dating back to last January.   Let’s cut right to the chase, however, and play you some of his tunes:

And here’s Mr. Davis throwing down at that very same Beachland show, compliments of our friend, videographer tizzyplanet:

(careful, it’s a bit on the loud side)

To get you ready for these two hot shows, we’ve made a Pandora.com station chock full o’ soul that you can listen to right now online. To keep you stoked on Saturday night, your hosts for this show will be Lawrence Daniel Caswell aka DJ Racecard, and Mark Leddy aka DJ Mr. Fishtruck.

EAS





The Return of Beachland Brunch: October 10th. Get hungry. Get fed.

4 10 2010

from cardboiled.com

Sunday, October 10th, from 11 – 3 pm, Beachland Brunch returns, with the help of Donnie DiCarlo, who comes to us from famed Crop Bistro.  Without further adieu:

The Food Menu:

Whole Wheat or Texas Toast w mixed berries, mint cream and honey $7

3 Eggs Your Way w homefried potato and bacon or sausage $7

Beachland Summer Fruit Salad w greek yogurt, granola and berries $7

Morning Sliders w eggs your way, home fries $7

Pigs in a Blanket w/ a Pillow: hot dogs rolled in tortilla w/ poached egg pillow, home fries $7

Hummus Roll Up: roasted red pepper hummus rolled in tortillas w pickled veggies, plus home fries $7

Breakfast Shrapnel: scrambled or fried eggs over a blend of sausage, fries, peppers, cheese and spiced ketchup $8

Frittata: pan baked eggs w/ peppers, mushrooms, onion, cheese & garlic w / either tofu or sausage or onion $8

Breakfast Quesadilla: grilled tortillas sandwiching cheese and veggies w/ either tofu or sausage and bacon $8

Rise and Shine Burger w bacon, egg and cheese $8

Hot Hungarian Stuffed Peppers w jack cheese and marinara $8

The Drink Menu:

brunch cocktails $6 glass / $25 pitcher
chapala: tequila, pomegranate, citrus
hula girl: dark and coconut rum, pineapple, lime
mai tai: two rums, amaretto, cherry, orange and pineapple
sakura sunrise: cherry and ginger vodka, orange and pineapple
naughty geisha: saki, giner vodka
irish breakfast: guiness, kahlua, jameson
monaco: ale, lemonade, pomegranate
tom’s cook kid drink: ginger, vodka, tom’s mix
melanie’s marvelous margaritas: tequila madness flavor of the week
raspberry lemon spritzer: raspberry vodka, lemon syrup, sparkling water

bloody marys $6 glass / $25 pitcher – house-made mix
traditional: house vodka, upgrade for $1
bloody maria: tequila, cumin, oregano
bloody ninja: ginger vodka, wasabi
bloody british: gin, sweet vermouth, cucumber
bloody red-eye: beer, vodka, hot sauce
screw mary: vodka and orange juice
bloody murder: long island

champagne cocktails $5 glass / $20 pitcher
mimosa: orange
bellini: apricot, peach
beachland kir royale: blackberry syrup
love boat: mango, pineapple
shanghai spritzer: ginger, grapfruit, lychee juice and garnish
neil diamond’s cuff links: blueberry syrup, lime slice
gretchen’s bubbly: red raspberry syrup, lychee garnish and orange slice

coffee drinks $4.50 each
beachland buzz: vanilla vodka, irish cream, whipped cream
black forest coffee: cherry vodka, chocolate liquor
irish coffee: jameson and irish cream
mexican coffee: tequila, chocolate liquor, triple sec
caribbean coffee: dark and coconut rum, amaretto

NA bevs: $1.50 – 3. coffee, tea, juice. spritzers – sparkling water, w/ your choice of flavor: mango, peach, apricot, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, blueberry, pomegranate, lychee, red raspberry, blackberry, lemon

Naturally, all items are subject to change. Got questions? Need reservations for a large group? Call the Beachland at 216-383-1124





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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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!