Giveaway: Eddie Palmieri at Tri-C JazzFest

Tri-C Jazz Fest

If you’ve lived in the northeastern Ohio area for any appreciable amount of time in the past 30-odd years, you know that the Tri-C JazzFest is a Cleveland institution. In that time, JazzFest has hosted everyone from legends like Miles, Ella, and Dizzy to young stars like Esperanza Spalding and Trombone Shorty, and even non-jazz greats like Buddy Guy, Aaron Neville, and the Roots.

This year, in addition to the usual indoor concerts at Plahouse Square, JazzFest will be shutting down part of Euclid Avenue (between 13th and 14th streets) to host free outdoor shows, as well, including local bands like Bethesda, Broccoli Samurai, and Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites. You can check that schedule here.

Eddie Palmieri

And, of course, there’s the usual line-up of great artists playing at the Hanna, Palace, and Ohio theatres of Playhouse Square. You can see that list below, but the one NTSIB (or, at least, the NTSIB Cleveland contingent) is most excited about is Latin jazz bandleader Eddie Palmieri. Among the awards and accolades that Palmieri continues to receive for his 50-plus-year career, Palmieri was awarded the Grammy for Best Latin Recording in 1975 for his album “The Sun of Latin Music” – this was the first time Latin music was recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

If you’d like to join NTSIB in seeing the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra play Tri-C JazzFest on June 27th, drop a comment below that includes your e-mail address. We will choose a winner at random on June 20th.

Tri-C JazzFest Official Website
Tri-C JazzFest on Twitter
Tri-C JazzFest on Facebook

Murder by Death Is Coming to Cleveland

Murder by Death


The best voices in modern music are not those that are technically proficient but those that are dented and torn, so full of character that they could tell a whole story just by humming a few notes. Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen… as their careers continued their lives seeped into their voices, expanding, contracting, cracking, causing deep crevices. Adam Turla of Murder by Death is well on his way to becoming a member of this camp. In the early days of MbD, Turla’s voice was like a flower bud, green and simple. Now, a decade on, his voice has a timbre closer to another one of those vocal icons, Johnny Cash.



And like those other singular singers, Turla is not relying merely on his battered vocal chords to carry him forward. He integrates it with A) a great band, and B) great stories. While this is clearly a band with a sense of humor – not only are they named after the 1976 murder spoof starring Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, and more, but titles in their catalogue include “Spring Break 1899”, “Intergalactic Menopause”, and “Killbot 2000” – their strongest suit is balancing this voice, this music, and these stories to create transportive moods. This craft is at its most whole on their latest album – their sixth full-length album and their first for Bloodshot Records – Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon.


“Foxglove” – Murder by Death (Violitionist Sessions)


Murder by Death will be bringing it all to the Grog Shop in Cleveland on February 22 when they co-headline with the quite different, but also great Man Man. Damion Suomi will open. To get more of a live taste of these exciting bands, check out this Murder by Death concert at NPR and this Man Man performance at Amoeba Music.

Bonus: Enjoy Adam Turla navigating an interview with a couple of kids.


Grog Shop Official Website

Murder by Death Official Website

Murder by Death @ Twitter

Murder by Death @ Facebook

Man Man Official Website

Man Man @ Twitter

Man Man @ Facebook

Damion Suomi @ Facebook

The Dad Horse Experience in Cleveland Tonight


It’s not often the surprising and enchanting Dad Horse gets to tour the United States, but he’s on our soil right now, preaching the kellergospel. Here’s a clip from his recent stop at the Muddy Roots Festival.


“Through the Hole” – The Dad Horse Experience


He will appearing tonight at Now That’s Class tonight, and it promises to be an interesting experience. There’s no telling how long it will be before he makes it back this way, so don’t miss it.


“Kingdom It Will Come” – The Dad Horse Experience


Thursday, September 6, 9 PM
The Dad Horse Experience
The Misery Jackals
Johnny and the Applestompers


Now That’s Class

If you’re too far away to catch this gig, Dad has a bunch more American stops coming up with more being added all the time. Keep tabs at the tour page.

Sep.07: THE BRASS RAIL, Fort Wayne, IN
Sep.08: TIP TOP DELUXE, Grand Rapids, MI
Sep.09: WANDER INN, Mishawaka, IN
Sep.10: REGGIES, Chicago, IL
Sep.11: OUTLAW RADIO CHICAGO, living room session
Sep.12: TBA, Le Claire, IA
Sep.13: THE DUSTBOWL, Madison, WI
Sep.14: WISE GUYS, Mason City, IA
Sep.15: WILD TYMES, Saint Paul, MN
Sep.16: FLOWER SHOP, Sauk Rapids, MN
Sep.17: NORTH STAR BAR, Rochester, MN
Sep.18: ROZZ-TOX, Rock Island, IL
Sep.21: THE CRACK FOX, St. Louis, MO
Sep.22: NEW DAISY THEATER, Memphis, TN


The Dad Horse Experience Official Website

The Dad Horse Experience @ Facebook


Shivering Timbers Album Release Show


If you loved the Shivering Timbers Dan Auerbach-produced debut We All Started in the Same Place, be ready for a little shift. Sing Sing, the Kickstarter-backed album for which they’ll be playing an album-release show at Music in Akron this Friday, diverges from the quirky nursery rhyme tunes of their debut, instead reflecting more accurately the band’s live sound, with Sarah Benn’s strong vocals soaring open wide while Jayson Benn’s gorgeous guitar weaves and fuzzes out back on earth.

As Sarah noted in her interview with Tim Quine over at Rubber City Review, We All Started… was largely an on-the-spot creation. But through all the subsequent gigging, Shivering Timbers have grown confidently and reflect that growth, their stronger self, gloriously on the Brian Olive-produced Sing Sing.


Shivering Timbers – Generations from TurnStyle Films on Vimeo.


While the album begins on lighter, brighter notes with title track “Sing Sing” and Neil Diamond cover “Holly Holy”, the stream of the album roils with the kind of darkness born from standing resolutely against life’s foes, reflected here in the Chuck Auerback-penned “Annalee”, as Sarah asks, “Who told the Lord I didn’t need her? Who told the Lord I didn’t love her? Who ever said He could take her? When I find Him, I’ll put Him in His grave.”


06 Annalee by Shivering Timbers


The clouds begin to clear by the end, and the playfulness of the Shivering Timbers’ first album is revisited in the charming blues tune “The Mopping Floor”.


12 The Mopping Floor by Shivering Timbers


We All Started in the Same Place was Shivering Timbers’ calling card to get your attention. With Sing Sing, they’re ready to show you what they can really do.

Sing Sing will be released to the wide world on September 4, but if you can make it to Akron this Friday, you shouldn’t hesitate.


Shivering Timbers album release show
at Musica
Friday, August 31, 8 PM
Good Morning Valentine
White Pines
Light of the Loon

$8.00 advance / $10.00 door
Advance tickets available via TicketWeb.


Shivering Timbers Official Website

Shivering Timbers @ Facebook

Shivering Timbers @ Daytrotter


JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Return to Cleveland + mp3

In the time since we lost wrote about JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, you may have seen their name thrown around some more, garnering more fans with their incredible live shows, and being added to this year’s Lollapalooza lineup. And maybe you’ve become curious enough to want to experience the ass-moving power for yourself. Or, at least, you damn well should have.

But do you want more (eh? See what I did there?) to entice you? Check out the video for “Sister Ray Charles” (eh? See what they did there?) below and download the mp3.



Download: “Sister Ray Charles” – JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound


Now that you realize the regret that would dog you all the days of your life if you didn’t experience this fantastic band of entertainers live, mark your calendar for August 19, when JCBUS will return to the Beachland Tavern. R.A. Washington and the Family Dollar will play support (Washington was named among the most interesting people of 2012 by Cleveland Magazine) and DJ Charles McGaw will keep the sounds rolling between sets. I cannot properly express here how worth your time this show is, so go see and hear for yourself.

Sun, Aug 19 | 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

R.A. Washington & The Family Dollar
DJ Charles McGaw spins before & between sets

$10.00 adv / $12.00 dos
Tavern | All Ages


JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern


Deep Blues Festival Cleveland 2012

It’s coming back! They showed ’em it could still be done, last summer in Cleveland, spawning the Year of Deep Blues this year with the return of the original DBF in Minnesota last month and DBF Northwest coming up early next month. And Cleveland will be doing it again this year, with another great line-up.

Favorites will return from last year, like Scissormen, Ten Foot Polecats, and the incomparable Molly Gene One Whoaman Band. And new don’t-miss acts are on the slate for this year, like Husky Burnette, the uniquely entertaining Bob Log III, and the great Robert Belfour. Damn!





Here’s the info:

Saturday September 22 2012
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio
$20/all ages/5pm EST start/4pm EST doors

Scheduled bands:

If you’re outside of Cleveland, you can purchase your tickets through Ticketweb. Though I recommend locals purchase tickets from one of your friendly local establishments.

This year’s DBF Cleveland will be dedicated to late musician Jeff Norwood, who passed away this spring.


Deep Blues Festival Cleveland Official Website


Daniel Knox Is Coming to Cleveland (and Other Points East)


Oh, I’ve been waiting for this one. The sardonic Mr. Daniel Knox is bringing his unsettling cabaret songs to the Beachland Ballroom this Wednesday, April 11, when he opens for the Traveling Ladies’ Cello Society, a.k.a., Rasputina.

I was taken by Knox’s rockbottom warble and dancehall piano (and kazoo – don’t forget the kazoo) when I first heard him play Couch by Couchwest back in 2011. He graced the stage again at CXCW this year with a magical rendering of his ethereally menacing “Ghostsong”.



Incidentally, in addition to great albums like Evryman for Himself, Disaster, etc., Daniel has a new single – “To Make You Stay” (with the return of Akron son Ralph Carney on saxophone) b/w “Blue Car” – available at Bandcamp.



Show details:
Wed, Apr 11 | 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
Daniel Knox
$15.00 adv / $17.00 dos
Ballroom | All Ages


You can also catch Daniel with Rasputina at these dates:

04.06.12 Buffalo, NY The Tralf Music Hall
04.07.12 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
04.09.12 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
04.10.12 Chicago, IL Double Door
04.12.12 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant St
04.13.12 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
04.14.12 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory


Daniel Knox Official Website

Daniel Knox @ Tumblr

Daniel Knox @ Twitter

Daniel Knox @ Facebook

Grandfather in Cleveland Tonight


Grandfather is going to be part of a free bar show tonight at Now That’s Class. I wrote about them about a year ago when I was sucked in by their heavy, Steve Albini-engineered album Why I’d Try.



Showtime is 9 PM with Grandfather set to play at 10 PM. Come check them out. If you’re not in Cleveland tonight, they have a bunch more shows coming up around the country, including shows at SXSW.

3.05.12 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
3.06.12 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ White Wolves, Stella, Tenth Generation
3.07.12 – Akron, OH @ Annabelle’s w/ The Hobs
3.08.12 – Bloomington, IN @ The Gourley Hole w/ Otis and the Rufies
3.09.12 – Louisville, KY @ Spinneli’s Pizza w/ Otis and the Rufies
3.10.12 – Nashville, TN @ The Thunderdome w/Otis and the Rufies
3.11.12 – Memphis, TN @ TBA
3.12.12 – Little Rock, AR @ Super Happy Fun Land
3.13.12 – Denton, TX @ Violitionist Sessions
3.14.12 – SXSW in Austin, TX
3.15.12 – SXSW in Austin, TX
3.16.12 – SXSW in Austin, TX 3:30PM Show
3.17.12 – SXSW in Austin, TX 2:00PM Show, 7:00PM Show, 1:30AM Show (Pearl St. SXSSUX Show)
3.18.12 – SXSW in Austin, TX
3.19.12 – Houston, TX @ The Mink w/Giant Battle Monster
3.20.12 – New Orleans, LA @ TBA
3.21.12 – Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar w/ The Helvetica Effect
3.22.12 – Birmhingham, AL @ TBA
3.23.12 – Atlanta, GA @ The BeAtlanta House w/ Big Jesus
3.24.12 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light w/ Mother Mange
3.25.12 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/ Herra Terra
3.26.12 – Richmond, VA @ TBA
3.27.12 – Washington DC @ The Velvet Lounge w/ Treble Lifter
3.28.12 – Baltimore, MD @ TBA
3.29.12 – Jersey City, NJ @ The Lamp Post
3.30.12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Motel Hell w/ Ladder Devils, Girlfight, Psychic Teens
3.31.12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Shop w/ Psychic Teens + more.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound in Cleveland TONIGHT!


CLE, who of you will be out at the Beachland booty-shakin’ with me tonight? JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound will be working out their soul thang in the Tavern.



You can download an mp3 of the above song from Rolling Stone.

Then get yourself to the Beachland and say hey. As always, I welcome you to buy your favorite blogger a drink.

Thu, Dec 1 | 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Aphrodite’s Hero
DJ Charles McGaw
Tavern | All Ages

Black Diamond Heavies: One Night Only!


Aw, hell yeah, this is a cool event, kiddies. On December 7, 2011, at 9 PM EST, Saving Country Music will be streaming the Black Diamond Heavies’ set from the 2009 Deep Blues Festival. BDH performed at the very first DBF, and not only does the 2009 set feature core members John Wesley Myers (a.k.a. James Leg, who will be playing live in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 5 at Now That’s Class) and Van Campbell, but it also includes a reunion with original BDH member Mark “Porkchop” Holder and support from guru/roadie extraordinaire U.S. Justin and BDH buddy Andy Jody (whose long and illustrious resume includes Pearlene, James Leg’s solo album and Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, to barely scratch the surface).



Be sure to trek on over to Saving Country Music ahead of time and download the live player plug-in beforehand so you’ll be ready when the fun gets going. And stock up on whiskey. It will be fucking awesome, I assure you.