Wednesday, January 16, 2019

House Concert Announcement!

I’m thrilled to be announcing my 8th house concert!  My last show with Mike Edel in May was so good, I was actually nervous about hosting another one that could match that experience.  As soon as I saw Oliver Hazard opening for Mt. Joy at the Beachland Ballroom, I knew these could be the guys.  I chatted with them after the show and they seemed amenable, but they also have a lot of things coming up for them.  Luckily, we were able to work this out!

Please RSVP on my FaceBook Event.  (If you don’t have FB, please email me at

I have limited seating, so reservations are necessary!  I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting these guys, and I hope you can come!


Get to know the band!

Some press:


"‘We got so much acclaim from people at the bar that it made us think maybe we were playing good music,’ says Belazis, who returned to California and stayed there for most of 2017. 'We have played one special show about every three months, but it worked out because we haven't burned out our fanbase and we have seen measurable growth.’"

(Via Waterville's Oliver Hazard Turning Heads With Its Twangy Tunes | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)


"The three friends, who together make up the indie/folk band Oliver Hazard, announced in January they were put on the bill to play this summer’s annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, a three-day event that had more than 90 acts including Eminem, The Killers, Paramore, Bon Iver, and Khalid at a 700-acre Tennessee farm.

The gig was the biggest show Oliver Hazard has ever played. Yet, when the band walked on stage at 9:30 p.m., the trio had played no more than 20 shows as a band."

(Via Notes from Bonnaroo: Oliver Hazard celebrates biggest gig so far | Toledo Blade.)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Troye Sivan indulges in a beach romance in his sexy new video for Lucky Strike.  Sharon Van Etten has released a new video for Seventeen off her new album coming out (this Friday!).   Monarchy has a new video for their single Back to the Start, which it kinda feels like for them.

Bonus:  Computer Magic just released a cover of Suspicious Minds, with a new video shot entirely on an iPhone.

Tomorrow: Twisted Pine @ Beachland Tavern

I got lucky enough to score some free tix to see this fun folk band from Boston, MA.  Looks like it’ll be a good show with an interesting local opener,  Cleveland’s own americana band named The Morning Bird.

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"Praised by NPR for their ‘upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos’ and ‘tight harmonies,’ the acoustic quartet deftly reimagines seven pop, rock, and disco favorites."

(Via Twisted Pine – Tickets – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH – January 16th, 2019 | Beachland Ballroom & Tavern.)

"Cleveland americana band The Morning Bird formed in early 2018 with the goal of crafting songs that resonate with the common man."

(Via Twisted Pine – Tickets – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH – January 16th, 2019 | Beachland Ballroom & Tavern.)

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Cleveland Week:ender (1/12/19)

I have *finally* made it to the Harbor Inn for the Week:ender dance party.  I’m always trying to support any form of dancing in this city, and have been really wanting to make it to this party.   Overall, the music was great, as was the lighting and the dance floor space.  I’m really looking forward to continuing to support it.  However...

The Harbor Inn.  It’s basically known as the hard-core Republican bar. The bartenders continue to wear the shirts they created for the Republican National Convention back in 2016 - as well as sell them.  While that’s their right to do so (though debatably distasteful), it was the continuous rotation of R. Kelly songs on the Jukebox was - as well as the loud comments overheard supporting him - that made me uneasy.  

As a gay man, this was not an environment I felt comfortable in - notably with much more privilege than many others who I’d love to see on that dance floor with me.  Granted, the Week:ender party was a separate party upstairs - in a really cool space that I never knew existed - but still.  Are there no other places that can support the Week:ender where one can feel included and accepted on many levels?  If the Week:ender wants to create a safe and inclusive space, the Harbor Inn is apparently not the place to do it.

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Article: Where Stadium Concerts Are Concerned, It's Now A Pop World

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"Those of us who grew up with rock tend to remember the stadium concert as a bastion of the legendary rock performers like The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Black Sabbath among many others. While those bands and more from that era still manage to play stadiums (at least before they retire), that part of the concert business is now being dominated by a different genre of music. Would you believe that Pop is now #1 in the UK?

When I first started going to concerts, inevitably at stadium venues, it began with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Warrant, etc…(thanks to my big sister) but still… 

The BBC wanted to determine just who’s winning that particular music scene, so it looked back at every concert or event in Wembley Stadium’s history since 1980 and gave it a value as a ‘pop’ or ‘rock’ event. Shows with the same performers playing over multiple nights were counted separately. What they found was pretty surprising.

1980s Rock 61% Pop 39%

1990s Rock 54% Pop 46%

2000s Rock 58% Pop 42%

2010s Rock 20% Pop 80%"

and then there’s this little bit... 

"Interestingly Hip-Hop is the most popular music genre in the United States and accounts for 38% of all music streams, yet only 11% of the concert revenue. Except for Drake and Beyonce, the major hip-hop artists just don’t do the same amount of concert business as either the pop or rock acts, although they don’t seem to tour as much either."

(Via Where Stadium Concerts Are Concerned, It's Now A Pop World - hypebot.)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Video Day #tzaupbeat

This Claire Laffut video first caught my attention just by the image, but the song is great as well!  Django Django got beamed up and beyond for their new video.  BROODS have a new album coming out in February, and I ran across their second video / single off of it!

Bonus this week is going back and discovering the other single off the upcoming BROODS release, another retro-inspired piece.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Article: Study claims that attending concerts can add nine years to your life

Every time one of these articles comes out, I’m usually tagged on social media (hi Brooke!).  I love it.  And I hope it’s true.  😊

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"Concerts can be daunting as you get older, what with late start times, a slew of opening acts, and the prospect of standing next to tall, sweaty people for several hours. A new study, however, claims that the effort’s worth it.

Conducted by O2 and behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan and reported by NME, the study finds that regular concert attendance can increase one’s lifespan by up to nine years. The logic here is that live music increases feelings of self-worth, closeness to others, and, especially, mental stimulation, all of which contribute to one’s sense of well-being. According to the study, there’s a ‘positive correlation between regularity of gig attendance and well-being,’ and ‘additional scholarly research directly links high levels of wellbeing with a lifespan increase of nine years.’"

(Via Study claims that attending concerts can add nine years to your life | Consequence of Sound.)

Tomorrow: Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters & Eliza Gilkyson @ Beachland Ballroom

I have such a soft spot in my heart for music by female singers of a certain age, particularly from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, and of course Joan Armatrading.  There’s something that’s relevant, timeless, and often poignant about it, as I know the music of these three women will be.  I’m casually familiar with Mary Gauthier & Eliza Gilkyson by name, both have had venerable careers.  As does Gretchen Peters, i’ve since discovered.  Should be a great night of stories.  I’m looking forward to it.


"Three women, three guitars and the words, music, and hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song. Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, multiple award winning female songwriters whose songs cut through the murky layers of life's complexities. Writing from their own experience, these songwriters are skilled in balancing personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the mythic and the timeless."

(Via Beachland Ballroom & Tavern | Cleveland's most eclectic music venue.)

"Talk about how this tour came together. Peters: We’re all good friends. We love and admire each other’s works. Mary and I had done some touring together, and Eliza and I had done some dates together. We shared a booking agent, and when we started talking about it, we said we wanted to team up with the three of us. We enjoyed the format of it. People seem to love it. We had to come up with a title for it. We did that based on the old Harlan Howard quote about country music being three chords and the truth. Gilkyson: I think all three of us really decided to be more out in the world with our careers late in life. We were all over 50 when we made that decision. I didn’t start touring until then. That’s very unusual. That’s when women are supposed to not be seen or heard. We felt the calling to be out there. We confirm it in each other in a really respectful way. We’re all really respectful of each other’s artistry. One of the things we see again and again is that once you have become famous you can break the rules about your place in society. But for every famous woman, there are thousands of not-famous women being told that they can’t do this. Most people deal with a lot of prejudice."

(Via Unique Songwriter-in-the-Round Tour Lands at the Beachland Next Week | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Moonbeau (1/4/18)

This was the first Friday of the new year, and Mahall’s was HOPPIN’.  Shows were happening at both stages and both bowling alleys were full!  I was fully expecting this show to be on the main stage, but didn’t mind at all to be in down in their locker room stage.  I sensed this band would be fun, but I was also happy to see how many people knew the words to the songs of this up and coming Cincinnati band.  I like their newest album, and look forward to see what else these guys do!

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The Modern Electric (12/23/18)

As usual, The Modern Electric hosted their North Coast Christmas party at the Beachland Ballroom.  What a brilliant idea.  A local band with a great Christmas song, throwing a party before everyone goes into the holiday craze with family.  The Ballroom was full and everyone was having a great time.  I hope they keep this going!

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