Thursday, June 21, 2012

July/August Cleveland Clubs Concert Preview

July/August Club Concert Preview

            Visit Nighttown in Cleveland Heights this summer, especially to have a cocktail and sit on their beautiful patio. And, of course, check out the great jazz artists they have playing all summer long.  Two great upcoming shows include Dave Matthews’ sax player Jeff Coffin bringing a five piece jazz ensemble on Monday, August 13; and the return of the Hot Club of Detroit on August 15 & 16 with their hot Gypsy Jazz. For info on all the things happening at this landmark club/restaurant visit

            With the Tribe fighting for first place that means the Gateway area will be hopping the rest of the summer, including some great shows at Wilberts. Alternative country rockers the Mallet Brothers Band will be there on July 11; roots rockers the Steel Wheels will be there August 1; and Friday, August 10, will be the return of Candye Kane and her blues band. If you have never seen her, please check her out, she really rocks. Don’t forget Wilberts is the cheapest place to drink before and after Tribe games, with $2 domestic beers. Go to for more info.
The Kent Stage features four great shows this July with Mary Chapin Carpenter
on July 19; Mitch Ryder as part of the Kent Blues Fest
on July 21; Josh Ritter on July 22; and the return of Kris Kristoffersen on July 27. I caught Kristoffersen the last time he played the Kent Stage and he was outstanding with some great songs and storytelling. For more info go to
On the West Side at the Winchester things will continue rocking through the summer. This Saturday, June 30, roots rockers Peter Karp and Sue Foley share the stage; guitar legend Phil Keaggy returns on July 14; and singer/songwriter Shawn Mullins appears July 18. Mullins recently co-wrote the #1 country hit “Toes” for the Zac Brown Band. For everything going on at this Lakewood club visit
As always there are great things happening at the Beachland Ballroom in Collinwood. This Saturday, June 30, is the Annual Waterloo Arts Festival, and the Beachland will feature free music all day. Celtic rockers The Haggis Craic Brothers from Toronto play on July 6; Justin Robertson (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) plays July 17; and 1950’s Cleveland rockabilly legends Johnny Fay and the Blazers play on July 20. On Sunday, July 29, the Human Fund does their annual fundraiser to benefit the All City Arts Program in the Cleveland School District featuring Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and his band. Call 440.893.7529 for tickets to this special event. For more info on the Beachland Ballroom visit
As always downtown at the House of Blues there is a lot going on including Brandi Carlile on July 5; Dan Miraldi and the Albino Winos in the Cambridge Room on July 12; and Zappa playing Zappa on July 18. For more info on these shows and more at the Cleveland House of Blues visit 

Monday, June 11, 2012

"My Cleveland Story" and "Home and Away Games" now available for eReaders

My first two books, My Cleveland Story (1998) and Home and Away Games (2006) are now available for all popular eReaders. If you are a Kindle or Nook fan, or use your computer or smart phone to read your favorite books and best sellers, you can now use them to read my stories.

 To access My Cleveland Story and Home and Away Games for an electronic reader to to my website where there are links to both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.