Eddie Kirkland/The Alarm Clocks/The Gories at the Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, 11.27.10

This past Saturday night at the Beachland (a busy day for the venue on all fronts with four different events taking place) felt more like a package tour out of the 1950s than your regular a-headliner-and-two-openers show. The mirror ball was spinning, and New York DJ Mr. Fine Wine (check out his WFMU Friday night show Soulville) painted the scene with groovin’ chunks of early soul between sets.

Eddie Kirkland

Kirkland’s name might be a little obscure, but his history should make even the most casual music fan pay attention. Aside from his own modest hit “The Hawg” (released on Stax/Volt in 1963 under the name Eddie Kirk), Kirkland played second guitar for John Lee Hooker on a number of recordings throughout the ’50s and toured in Otis Redding’s live band for a while in the early ’60s.

After spending most of his pre-show time sitting behind his amp, waiting for his backing band (second guitar, bass guitar, drums and keys) to arrive, Kirkland suffered a little from a hurried soundcheck (this apparently stemming from the fact that … Continue reading

Rebirth of the Cool: Trick Bag

As I’ve copped to before, sometimes I discover great music through questionable sources. For example, my discovery trail to Earl King’s “Trick Bag” began in 1990 thanks to a cassette tape that featured one of the most ubiquitous songs of that era. But let’s start at the beginning…

Released in 1962, King’s original has a solid, loping, irresistible groove and an engaging story.

 

 

In 1964, Seattle band the Artesians took the song and added layers of noise and bombast with muscular organ and lots of hi-hat. I swear if you put your face close enough to the speaker when you listen to this version, you’ll feel your hair blown back. (Incidentally, if anyone has information on this band, please let me know. I’m having trouble turning up much on them.)

 

 

Now let’s leap to the ’90s. In 1990, Robert Palmer created a cultural phenomenon with his video for “Addicted to Love” – you know the one, with the heavily made-up, dead-eyed ladies in their little, black dresses. Despite the fact that everyone grew sick to death of that song, the album it came from, Riptide, was actually pretty good for its time and was … Continue reading

Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area + The Gories

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Fri, Nov 19| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Asylum Street Spankers
    Caravan of Thieves
    $18 adv / $20 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Fri, Nov 19| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    Whiskey Daredevils
    Lords of the Highway
    45 Spider
    $7
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Sun, Nov 21| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    Raquy & the Cavemen
    Durga Dance Company
    $10 adv / $12 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Sun, Nov 21| 8 PM (7 PM door)
    Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
    Misery Jackals
    $10
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Wed, Nov 24| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    The Floorwalkers (cd release)
    The Modern Electric
    Tom Evanchuck
    $8
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Wed, Nov 24| 9 PM (7 PM door)
    This Way Out 5th Anniversary Show
    Afternoon Naps
    Clovers
    Dreadful Yawns
    (Bands start playing @ 9PM
    Free appetizers 7 PM to 9 PM)
    $5
    Tavern | All Ages

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