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.


Folk with Frontier Ruckus, Hoots and Hellmouth on Weds, Feb 3

2 02 2010

Frontier Ruckus (pictured above) and Hoots and Hellmouth, this Wednesday

The tendrils of roots music are constantly growing and mutating before our very ears.  Perhaps there’s something thrilling, relaxing and maybe even transcendental in the wooden strum of an acoustic guitar underneath a human voice?  Whatever the reason, this music fulfills an essential human need; Wednesday’s two bands grab this desire in ways that are diverse and yet equally lovely.

Frontier Ruckus prefers to sing about night haunts, lit only by moonglow glimmers, where old legends float on the snowy northern winds of their Michigan home.  Here Frontier Ruckus performs the moody “Nerves of the Night Mind” for Paste Magazine:

They also performed Neil Young’s “Campaigner” at the same session:

In contrast, Hoots and Hellmouth sound like friends and family gathered near a bonfire, ready for singing and dancing.  These high-energy dudes bring some much needed stomp and song to these Philly morning TV stiffs:

Here they shake up the radio waves in Louisville, KY, with a rousing rendition of their gospelly number, “Let My People Go”:

Doors to this shindig fly open tomorrow ’round 8:30 PM. White Pines opens. For more information, go to