Scott H. Biram in Cleveland

Scott H. Biram is coming to the Grog Shop this Friday, June 24, and I am freaking excited. Even though it took me a while to sit down and listen to a Biram album, I knew from the first moment I heard of him that he was my kind of guy. A tattooed, foulmouthed, drankin’ Texan who amps up a mix of country, blues and punk and survived a collision with an 18-wheeler only to get back on stage a month later. (And that accident wasn’t any damn love tap, either.)

And his music?

 

 

Ho-lee…

Tickets are $8 advance, $10 the day of the show. Grog Shop doors open at 8 PM. Heelsplitter and Not So Good Ol’ Boys open.

And as much as I hate to wish ill on a hardworking musician, I’m kind of hoping Biram breaks a string Friday night so I can catch something like this in person.

 

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Whitey Morgan & the 78s in Cleveland

 

I don’t usually like to use PR blurbs, but I couldn’t get it better than Bloodshot’s PR already has it on Whitey Morgan.

Outlaw’s always been the rough-around-the-edges, tuff guy uncle at the country music family picnic. Denim and leather, not Stetson and Nudie. Hair by Pennzoil, not Pomade. But, in the right hands—Haggard, Paycheck, Junior, Willie and Waylon and now Whitey Morgan—Outlaw is more than beards and bandanas, ink and attitude, it’s goddamn folk music. It’s about doing the best you can, about getting by and about cold beer and colder women—everything that keeps the honky tonks full on a Saturday night. It’s about standing up when it’d just be easier to fall down.

Coming from Flint MI, the always forgotten civic little brother to Motown but no less a hard town with empty factories and emptier prospects, loaded Whitey Morgan & the 78’s with that survivors’ f.u. mentality. The self-titled debut Bloodshot album was recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock NY, and while their antecedents are pretty clear, Whitey and the boys play with a muscular attack and energy that makes us think they HAD to learn to play it that way to be … Continue reading

Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, Jun 4| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    The Hesitations
    $10
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Sat, Jun 4| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    T-Model Ford & Gravel Road
    Shouting Thomas & The Torments
    DJ Kitty B. Shake
    $12
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sun, Jun 5| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    Southern Culture on the Skids
    Whiskey Daredevils
    $15 adv / $17 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Mon, Jun 6| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    Zoe Keating
    Nick Diodore
    $18 adv / $20 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Tue, Jun 7| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    Del The Funky Homosapien
    Bob & The Devil
    Bukue One
    Muamin Collective
    Unseen Handz
    Groovesmith
    $12 adv / $14 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Tue, Jun 7| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    Daryl Hance
    Physical Rockett
    Andrew La Ponza
    $7
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Wed, Jun 8| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
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T-Model Ford in Cleveland

“It’s Jack Daniels times.”

T-Model Ford, the 90-year-old bluesman from the Mississippi hill country, the Bad Man, the Ladies’ Man, the Tale Dragger, will be putting players half his age to shame at the Beachland Tavern tonight.

He’ll be backed by GravelRoad. Shouting Thomas & The Torments and DJ Kitty B. Shake open.

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:30. $12 gets you in. You can buy me a drink while you’re there.

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Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Fri, May 27| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    Mr. Gnome
    Phantods
    Rare Birds
    $8
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sat, May 28| 8 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Zeke
    Antiseen
    Joe Buck Yourself
    Goddamn Gallows
    $20
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Sat, May 28| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
    $7
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sun, May 29| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    The Bottom Dollars
    Debussi
    $6
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Tue, May 31| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    Taking It To The Bank: Benefit For The Cleveland Food Bank
    The Blue Drivers
    Sweeteven & The Abydos Studio Band
    The Covert Operation

    (Show is a CD release fundraiser for The Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest For Hunger food drive as is the Taking It To The Bank Album. Each album sold will provide at least 16 meals. Admission includes copy of CD.)

    $15
    Ballroom | All Ages

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Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, May 21| 7 PM (6:30 PM door)
    Tom Evanchuck
    Ty Kellogg
    $6
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Tue, May 24| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
    Dan McCoy & The Standing 8s
    $12
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Fri, May 27| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    Mr. Gnome
    Phantods
    Rare Birds
    $8
    Tavern | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Sat, May 12| 6 PM
    Terror
    Stick To Your Guns
    Trapped Under Ice
    Close Your Eyes
    Your Demise
    $13
  • Sun, May 22| 8 PM
    Cloud Cult
    The Wilderness of Manitoba
    $12 adv / $14 dos
  • Wed, May 25| 8 PM
    Sloan
    The Modern Electric
    Dearly Beloved
    $10 adv / $12 dos
  • Thu, May 26| 7 PM
    Smoke Screen
    Twenty One Pilots
    Urbindex
    Plastic Hearts
    $8 adv / $10 dos
  • Fri, May 27| 6 PM
    Eisley
    The Narrative
    Christie Dupree
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Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, May 14| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    The Schwartz Brothers
    $6
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sun, May 15| 7:30 PM (6:30 PM door)
    Marcia Ball
    Cats on Holiday
    $25
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Sun, May 15| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Uncle Lucius
    Crooked River Blues Band
    $10
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Tue, May 17| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Reverend Horton Heat
    Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
    (Preshow BBQ Tailgate Party in the Tavern)
    $12 adv (limited number of advance tickets) / $20 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Sat, May 14| 9:30 PM
    Tape Toons
    Red Buttons
    Basement Ha Has
    $5
  • Tue, May 17| 7 PM
    Cake
    (@ Cleveland Masonic Auditorium)
    $28-$42

Now That’s Class

  • Fri, May 13| 8 PM
    Horrible Fest Day 2
    Human Eye
    Cola Freaks
    Natural Child
    Tinsel Teeth
    Psandwhich
    Plates
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Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, May 7| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    Cloud Nothings
    Afternoon Naps
    Fishtank Apostles
    $8
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sun, May 8| 7 PM (6:30 PM door)
    A Benefit for Crazy Marvin & Blues Boy Lonnie

    Vernon Jones Blues Cartel
    Blue Lunch
    Schwartz Brothers

    Also appearing –
    Butter Scotch
    Hollywood Slim
    Wallace Coleman
    Collin Dusault
    Becky Boyd
    Alan Greene
    Fletcher Barton
    Donnie Baker

    $10
    Ballroom | All Ages

  • Tue, May 10| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    Bad Manners
    Wanyama
    All Over The Place
    $15
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Tue, May 10| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    Vandaveer
    Ferraby Lionheart
    Lowly The Tree Ghost
    $8.
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Wed, May 11| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Les Nubians
    Torrey Canyon Ltd.
    $18 adv / $20 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
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Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, Apr 30| 8 PM (7:30 PM door)
    The Volcanos
    The Madeira
    DC 3
    $8 adv / $10 dos
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sun, May 1| 5:30 PM (5 PM door)
    “Rebels With a Cause” PetFix Benefit
    Exhibit A
    Hillbilly Idol
    State Road
    $12 adv / $15 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Wed, May 4| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    .357 String Band
    Hiram Rapids Stumblers
    Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band
    $8
    Tavern | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Sat, Apr 30| 10 PM
    Southeast Engine
    The Modern Electric
    Extra Medium Pony
    $7
  • Mon, May 2| 8 PM
    Devin The Dude
    Coughee Brothaz
    $14 adv / $16 dos
  • Tue, May 3| 8 PM
    Beats Antique
    Beard-O-Bees
    Glacial 23
    $12 adv / $14 dos
  • Wed, May 4| 7 PM
    Ted Leo
    Max Stern
    @ B Side Liquor Lounge
    $10 adv / $12 dos
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James Leg at the Northside Tavern, Cincinnati, OH, 4.23.11

Trucked on down to Cincinnati Saturday to see James Leg and drummer Andrew Jody put on a rattle-the-rafters show for the Solitary Pleasure record release show. After a European tour and a rough week of re-entry back to the States, Leg and Jody were ready to have a good time back at home with friends.

 

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The show served triple duty as a birthday party for a number of locals and a memorial show for local musician David “Bones” Hebert who was killed April 18 under questionable circumstances. Despite what could have been an angry or somber occasion, spirits were high, and the crowd was encouraged to shake their asses, which they did. And Leg did, too, at one point getting up to dance around his stool.

Leg is currently shoring up some U.S. tour dates, and, if you hadn’t guessed, I highly recommend you catch him if you can.

4/30: Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s w/ Bohannons (record release)
5/20: Rock Island, IL @ RIBCO
5/21: Dubuque, IA (dubuquefest.org)
5/22 and 23: Bayport, WI @Bayport BBQ
5/24: St. … Continue reading