Welcome to the Cleveland Sessions, a live-music concert series showcasing new music coming from the heart — and the fringes — of rock ‘n’ roll.
Music is part of Cleveland’s soul. It’s why we’re home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And it’s why the city still rocks today, with new generations of artists and clubs.
The Cleveland Sessions, a partnership between Cleveland.com, the Music Box Supper Club and oWOW, aims to play that reputation forward with video and audio recordings of special performances by bands both local and national and indie and established.
Husband-and-wife act By Light We Loom features vocalist Shanna Delaney and guitarist-vocalist Eric Delaney. They got their start in the popular folk band Bethesda. The duo’s synth-filled indie-pop takes vocalist Shanna Delaney’s signature pipes to new heights. They perform a three-song set.
Ravenna Miceli interviewed Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick backstage at LaureLive about the Fitz and the Tantrums decade-long history, tour lifestyle and songwriting process.
The Jack Fords were founded in 2005 when singer-songwriter Brent Kirby and guitarist Bobby Latina met and started playing music together that seared with the influence of Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers, the Band, Bob Dylan, Faces, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, Uncle Tupelo, Springsteen, to name a few. Also in the band are Ed “Angel” Sotelo on bass and Greg Campolieti on drums. Here are the Jack Fords live on the Cuyahoga River.
Madeline Finn, the singer, songwriter and guitarist of Cleveland rock band The Whiskey Hollow, has been active in Cleveland’s music scene for years, including leader of the pop-punk band Envoi.
Bad Bad Hats are a Minneapolis-based indie rock band, which formed in 2012 by Kerry Alexander, guitarist Chris Hoge and bassist Noah Boswell at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They released their debut EP, It Hurts, in 2013 and its first album, Psychic Reader in 2015.
Columbus’ Red Wanting Blue perform “High And Dry,” “Ulysses” and “Younger Years” at LaureLive 2018 in the Cleveland Sessions video feature. The band just released The Wanting, their 11th studio album in April, which was produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge. The band features Scott Terry (Vocals, Tenor Guitar, Ukulele), Mark McCullough (Bass, Chapman Stick, Vocals), Greg Rahm (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals), Eric Hall (Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals) and Dean Anshutz (Drums & Percussion).
Madeline Finn is the leader of The Whiskey Hollow, a popular Cleveland alternative rock band, which has released two EPs: 2016’s X Waters (2016) and Greenhouse (2017). Finn also appeared on the current season of American Idol and reached the Top 75, which netted her a trip to Hollywood before being eliminated. The Whiskey Hollow is Finn (vocals and guitar), Holly Camp (bass), Griffin Pereksta (guitar) and Tom Stankiewicz (drums). The band evolved from a solo project by Finn. Finn will also continue to record solo projects.
Seafair is a Cleveland-based band best described as a diverse amalgamate of progressive rock, pop, and classical. Seafair consists of violinist Andrea Belding-Elson, guitarist Michael Flaherty, drummer Ryan Kelly, bassist Josh Riehl and vocalist and keyboardist Chayla Hope. The band released its first full-length album The Querencia in 2015. A new album is set for release later this year.
Falling Stars have all the right components to go the distance and spread their Cleveland-based rock and roll to the world. Falling Stars is fronted by well-known local musicians Chris Allen, who has released three solo albums, five with Rosavelt and three with the Ohio City Singers and Tim Parnin, formerly of Rosavelt, Cobra Verde, and Sweet Apple. Their debut album, Stranded In the Future, was produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M., Smithereens, Matthew Sweet, Marti Jones, Hootie & the Blowfish) with the help of Mitch Easter. Falling Stars is rounded out by Dave Padrutt, bass and Gerry Porter, drums. Falling Stars’ debut track, released last year, “Down and Out in Ohio” made number 13 on oWOW’s 2017 Cleveland 50.
Jon Langford is a Welsh musician and artist now based in Chicago. His interest in a musical career developed from artists he admired, especially David Bowie and Roxy Music. Langford is one of the founders of the punk band The Mekons, the post-punk group, the Three Johns and alternative country bands, the Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts.
Performing on this Session: Jon Langford, guitar and vocals; John Szymanski, electric guitar; Bethany Thomas, vocals and Tom McGettrick, pedal-steel guitar.
It features the Modern Electric, a Cleveland band that has won a following with its brand of cinematic pop.
In this premiere Cleveland Sessions episode, The Modern Electric delivers a distinctive live performance, taped at the Music Box. The show also features an in-depth interview with the band about their lives, music and upcoming endeavors.
Music discovery and rediscovery is at the heart of Cleveland Sessions. We have teamed with Cleveland.com and the Music Box to produce the series because they share that vision.
We will unveil new Cleveland Sessions episodes on a regular basis. Some will feature national acts visiting the city on tour. Others will be local artists primed for international exposure. Either way, it will be great music, delivered in the same spirit that made Cleveland the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame city.