Carolyn has a unique place in folk music history, which she will talk about in between numbers. Learn how her career intersected with fellow Texan Buddy Holly, how she introduced her young harmonica player Bob Dylan to producer John Hammond, and what role she played in the formation of Peter, Paul, and Mary. Her two albums with Columbia Music opened the way to the possibilities of folk musicians recording with rock bands and pioneered the folk-rock period of the mid-60’s. $15 donation requested.
A widely respected songwriter in many genres, James has spent over two decades writing songs that have been honored with Grammys, Country Music Association and Academy Country Music Awards, and countless other Billboard Chart Toppers and finally, three songs collectively surpassed the BMI Certified Radio Spin 5 Million mark.
He has written giant hits for some of music’s most talented voices ranging from Diamond Rio to Dwight Yoakum to Martina McBride
His latest success has carried over from Music Row to Beale Street by working with guitar-slinger Joe Bonamassa, Britain’s Joanne Shaw Taylor and the powerhouse voice of Beth Hart.
His songs always have a soul and blues undertone. As a singer, James’ voice has that rough soul that is his secret weapon as a writer and performer. As a guitar player, he lets his Fender Strat do the talking. $20 donation requested.
The Appalucians play music from the mountains of Western North Carolina, featuring spirited songwriting, tight harmonies, and a layered interplay between dobro, guitars, bass, and banjo. The band is the musical union of two couples Jay Brown and Aditi Sethi (Shantaavani, Aditi and Jay) and Angie Heimann and Cas Sochacki (The Blushin’ Roulettes.) Their debut album “Bright Hills,” released in early summer 2018, has flavors of mountain folk and barroom twang. $15 donation requested. www.theappalucians.com
This six piece group led by Brent Kirby performs the music of Gram Parsons. By fusing the timeless twang of country and the youthful energy of rock 'n' roll, this cult hero blazed a trail for the likes of the Eagles and any number of other so-called "country-rock" artists. Parsons himself preferred the term "cosmic American music" to describe his sound. $15 donation requested.
PROGNATION is one of the most talked-about classic prog-rock acts, demonstrating first-class performances of YES, King Crimson, Genesis, ELP, Moody Blues, and more all in one band! ProgNation is a huge hit with classic progressive rock fans old and new at concerts, festivals, and special events. DEREK DEPRATOR opens. $15 donation requested.
Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys are a delicious musical anachronism – Americana music of today that seems like it could have come from a time when milk came in glass bottles and doctors still made house calls. Powered by singer-songwriter Brown’s multi-octave voice, fed by guitarist Dave Huddleston’s tasty licks and harmonies, decorated by the smooth grooves of string bassist Bill Watson and drummer Roy King, the band journeys through the musical landscape of country, jazz, blues and gospel on a trip you want to take over and over.
Rachel has opened for many top artists including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Peter Cooper & Eric Brace, Nathan Bell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Kirchen, Chuck Mead, Phil Lee, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Vern Gosdin, Clint Black , Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley,Richie Furay, Donna the Buffalo, The Carpenter Ants, Little Jimmy Dickens, Southern Pacific, Ricky Scaggs, David Jacobs Strain and The Judds. Rachel is also a music teacher for the Elyria City School District. $15 donation requested.
1:00-5:00: Zizzling Hot Americana / Roots groups come rambling through Ohio up to our door step at Barnegie Hall. You will want to reserve seats early as this should be a sell-out. With the help of promoter Ron Silverman, the line-up will include Bridgetown Junction (Honeybucket History), Magnificent Goat Brothers (Magical Theatre), Nouveaux Honkies (sweet pickers up from Florida), Thor Platter Band (on the country charts), and concluding with Nashville recording artists, The David Mayfield Parade (Bonnaroo, Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons). Five toe-tapping, foot-stomping groups!
$25 donation requested.
CLAY EVANS, CONNOR NASH, & MICKEY KELLEY are each talented in their own right and could do a solo show. Having the three together is three times more fun. Good voices, strong material and entertaining personalities, you will feel like you have a front row seat at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. $15 donation requested.
JUST US is our house band. You’ll hear good harmonies and songs with great melodies from some of your favorites music groups. Songs from Steely Dan, the Eagles, the Beatles, the Byrds, the Doobie Brothers, the Beach Boys, and more! They always donate their performance to the cause so every penny goes to support Music on a Mission. $15 donation requested.
The talented No Name Band of attorneys and judges out of Cuyahoga County bring their singers, horn, and rhythm sections to provide music to dance to or sit back and enjoy. They will rock the place for a fun filled early evening event you won't want to miss.
$15 donation requested.
GRINGO STEW serves up authentic American music, with a touch of southwestern spice. These six musicians individually honed their craft on the beer-soaked stages of Austin and San Antonio, in the smokey bar rooms and concert clubs of Cleveland, Detroit, Boston and Nashville, and in sweaty barns and dance halls throughout the midwest. Whether performing their unique, or reverant, renditions of lesser-known works by great American masters, or their own lively and engaging originals, the musicians in GRINGO STEW insist on one critical ingredient: authenticity. Songs about real life and honest emotions. A chunky, hearty rhythm supplied by bassist Johnny "Mac" McIlwaine and drummer Tom Getz; a dollop of creamy fiddle from Jim Kelly; an infusion of Michael Rendon's savory Texas vocals; topped off with the "5-alarm" smoking guitar of Frank Scialdone; and garnished with spicy harmonies: that's the GRINGO STEW recipe!
$15 donation requested.
International recording artist and singer songwriter, Jesse Terry, returns. He'll do some songs by himself and some backed by his favorite cadre of local musicians - our own "Barn Jovi." His voice has been compared with Jackson Browne and James Taylor. $15 donation requested.
BLUES & ROOTS MASTER STACY MITCHHART returns to Barnegie Hall!!! Stacy brings power and joyful energy to his live performances. His original songwriting, playful delivery, and roadhouse virtuosity have won him an international following and made him the ambassador of the Music City blues scene. Our JOYFUL VOICES CHOIR opens! Suggested donation: $20.
THE DIAMOND PROJECT BAND is dedicated to performing a true replication of the musical styling of a live Neil Diamond concert. Rather than give the audience a straight studio version of Neil's classics, they strive to incorporate the excitement, energy and musicianship that only a live show can provide.
$15 donation requested.
THANK YOU TOM & TOMIE PATTON FOR SPONSORING THIS SHOW!!
April 8, 4:00: HILLBILLY IDOL has been delighting audiences for over two decades with a mix of Classic American Roots Country music. From ballads to banjo, Honky-tonk to harmony, bluesy fiddle to sweeping steel guitar, this band has it all. Enjoy their show, Grand OH Opry Revue, as they pay tribute to their own heroes of Country music, while mixing in traditional and original songs as well. “Not everyone was lucky enough to have been raised within earshot of the Grand Ole Opry. Our job is to make them wish they had.” -Paul Kovac $15 donation requested.
JAMES KILBANE is an internationally known, multi-platinum selling, Irish singer. James Kilbane was the runner up in Ireland's national talent television show You're A Star in 2004. Opening for him is NO STRANGERS HERE, a fun, interactive Irish folk band. NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE.
$15 donation requested.
DREW DOMAN & Friends play all your favorite Tom Petty songs, along with tributes to others who died recently including Prince, David Bowie, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), George Michael, and more! JUST US will bring back Glenn Frey and the Eagles music. NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE.
$15 donation requested.
From the hills of Appalachia, The Kevin Prater Band brings that Pure Kentucky Sound. The Kevin Prater Band bases their sound on strong vocal harmonies, built around high trios, and their style is reminiscent of the classic Seldom Scene and 1970's Country Gentlemen performances. They are also steeped in the tradition of Gospel music, and pride themselves on the a capella hymns and great gospel songs that people have come to enjoy. The band includes classic country in their repertoire and loves bringing old familiar favorites to life. Add a little vintage rock and roll and you never know what else you might experience at a KPB show! $15 donation requested. NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE.
Liv Miraldi comes home bringing two of her very talented songwriter friends Phil Barnes and Brad Blackburn from Nashville to join her for a songwriters' round. The three will take turns singing their original songs. Liv has been performing in venues in Nashville and Los Angeles and was recently the featured vocalist on EDM producer Ken Loi's track "Hollow." Liv just released a new single "Undertow".
Touring since 2010, Phil Barnes has done over 900 shows and opened for headliners Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and We the Kings.
Texas native Brad Blackburn meanwhile has been burnishing his own reputation since moving to Nashville by winning 8 songwriting contests including the 2015 ASCAP Bart Howard Songwriting Award and the 2016 ASCAP Leon Brettler Award. His performances include playing in the CMA Fest, Belmont University’s Best of the Best Showcase (3 years in a row), the 18th and 19th Annual Grammy Block Party, the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Awards at the Lincoln Center and the Live Wholly Festival. $10 donation requested.
Don Schlitz is one of only three inductees into the 2017 class of the Country Music Hall of Fame, from his usual perch on stage at sold out concerts at the Bluebird Cafe. Don Schlitz’s first recorded song, The Gambler, sung by Kenny Rogers, won him the 1978 Grammy for Country Song of The Year. Randy Travis’ Forever and Ever, Amen earned him the same award in 1988. Don’s won three CMA Song of the Year Awards and two ACM Song of Year Awards. His songbook includes 24 #1’s and such Country standards as On The Other Hand, I Feel Lucky, Houston Solution, One Promise Too Late, He Thinks He’ll Keep Her, 40 Hour Week (for a Livin’), Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain, When You Say Nothing At All, Deeper than the Holler, Learning to Live Again, and Strong Enough to Bend, songs sung by Reba, Garth Brooks, Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tanya Tucker, The Judds and many others. In 2001 he wrote the songs for the Broadway show, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This four-time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993, and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Schlitz received the ASCAP Creative Achievement Award in 2007 and in 2010 was honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting. $20 donation is requested.
#1 hit songwriter, two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, world traveling performer, and session guitarist!! In 2006 he was nominated to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, in 2011 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. There are over five hundred recordings of his songs in various genres including country, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and pop by such diverse artists as BB King, Garth Brooks, Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Etta James, John Prine, Dixie Chicks, Don Williams, Stevie Nicks, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Keb Mo, Ringo Starr, George Jones, The Neville Brothers, Reba McEntire, Robert Plant, Waylon Jennings, Patty Loveless, Kenny Chesney, Guy Clark and the list goes on.
In addition to his Grammy winning records with Delbert McClinton, who has recorded over fifty of his songs, he has produced records for The Judds, Wynonna, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, T Graham Brown, Chris Knight, Taylor Hicks, Seth Walker and others. His work has been included in many major motion pictures and television, the song “Falling and Flying “ is featured in the Oscar winning film “Crazy Heart” performed by Jeff Bridges. ”Peace Dream” recorded by Ringo Starr was co-written by Gary, Ringo, and Gary Wright and features Paul McCartney on bass. Current songwriting credits include a song on the recent Grammy winning release by Bonnie Raitt, another co-written song with Ringo Starr for his new cd, and new recordings by George Strait, Dierks Bentley, The Mavericks, and a BB King/Buddy Guy duet. $20 donation requested. Band members: MIKE JOYCE, DENNIS WAGE, LYNN WILLIAMS.
THANK YOU DAN HOPKINS FOR SPONSORING THIS SHOW!!
Clarence Darrow examines Darrow’s life, his impact on our judicial system and his quest to tackle issues of social justice. This evening of living history provides the audience with an opportunity to examine the growth of our nation and to contrast the social issues of our past as they relate to our modern day struggles. Historical, thought provoking and entertaining, the play will appeal to not only members of the legal profession but anyone interested in our history and the fight for workers’ rights, civil rights, equality and social justice.
Kevin D. McGee is a Cleveland native and a NYC based actor whose recent TV and Film credits included ShowTime’s Billions, HBO’s The Deuce, Gotham, Little Men, Hello Again, Bull, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Grave Secrets, I Did Not Come Here to Make Love, The Anti-Love Story, A Crime to Remember and The Perfect Murder. $15 donation requested.