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Welcome to Cleveland Rock and Roll - Your Concert Connection chronicling the North Coast's rich concert history along with who's playing here today. It's our goal to share memories with you - the memories of concerts that helped shape each of our lives!

Feel free to look around, and don't hesitate to share your memories from any of the shows listed!

Help us keep the memories we've all had alive in the greatest rock and roll place on the planet - NORTHEAST OHIO!!

Photo - Blue Sky Riders at The Kent Stage 2012 (Courtesy Of Scott Alan)

Upcoming Concerts

Are you going to one of these concerts?  Don't forget to visit CLEVELAND ROCK AND ROLL after the show and give us the full review.

Nov 22nd - Carlos Jones (Brothers Lounge)

Nov 22nd - Alex Bevan (Kent Stage)

Nov 29th - Real Friends (Agora)

Dec 2nd - Slayer (Agora)

Dec 6th - Jessica Lea & David Mayfield (Kent Stage)

Dec 16th - Chris Isaak (Kent Stage)








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  • Chris Isaak Returning To Kent Stage December 16th

    The great Chris Isaak returns to The Kent Stage on December 16th

    Yes, after more than a quarter of a century into his career, Chris Isaak has finally created the album he's always wanted to make. Beyond the Sun, Isaak's first Vanguard Records release out Oct. 18 "is truly a labor of love.

    As a child spinning his parents 45s in their Stockton, California home, this deeply committed artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis' Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there" including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewisâ€"all of them discovered and nurtured by the late, great Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. Now, at long last, Isaak has acted on this lifelong obsession, magically recapturing the transformative hepcat brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-'50s, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity. Beyond the Sun will be available in both the 14-song standard set as well as a double album version that includes an additional 11 tracks. 
"I did this because I love this music that's the entire reason," Isaak explains, advising, "you gotta listen to the original ones they're classics " they're awesome but you can have fun with them. These guys discovered this music for us and we had to rediscover it. There's no way to do it exactly like they did it, so you've gotta give a little bit of your own take on it.

    For information and tickets go to www.kentstage.org


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  • Jessica Lea And David Mayfield Coming To Kent Stage December 6th

    Jessica Lea and David Mayfield are bringing their "Sibling Rivalry Tour" to The Kent Stage December 6th

    Growing up in Kent, Ohio, Jessica Lea and David Mayfield were surrounded by bluegrass and folk music. Both David and Jessica first performed with their family band One Way Rider, traveling across the country in a 1956 tour bus once belonging to Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells, and Ernest Tubb. David began performing at age 12, while Jessica joined a few years later at age 8. Most of their time growing up was spent singing and absorbing the stories and lessons taught by veteran musicians. 

    Jessica with a record currently out on ATO Records, "Make My Head Sing", and David with a record currently out on Compass Records, "Strangers", have decided to take some family time to play a few exclusive shows taking things back to their roots and also performing striped down versions of their own material as well.

    For information and tickets go to www.kentstage.org


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  • Glass Harp Returning To Kent Stage January 31st

    In the late '60s and early '70s a power rock trio from Youngstown, Ohio called Glass Harp reached for the stars. They must have made contact, as references to stellar events seem to pervade much of their music. As a reviewer of their debut album observed,"...no fewer than five songs mention the sky, and three of the remaining ones talk about things like stars, rainbows, and the moon."

    They were a bare bones group in the tradition of Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and fellow Ohio band, The James Gang. But Glass Harp developed a signature sound of their own-a progressive one that allowed the members, collectively and individually, to stretch beyond the confines of standard form; breaks in songs for guitar, bass, flute, and drum solos were de riguere , as extended improvisations that would take the bands performances into the late hours.

    The trio's following was particularly amazed by the lighting style and precise technique of the bands 18 year old guitarist Phil Keaggy, who aside from his youth, had the use of only nine fingers. Neither strike impeded his ability to produce highly lyrical solos. Combined with the tasteful, rhythmic bass lines of Daniel Pecchio and the sharp, assertive drumming of John Sferra, Glass Harp created a wall of sound that would thrill sell-out capacities across the upper Midwest and beyond.

    While the band dissolved on the cusp of achieving mainstream rock stardom, they garnered a large and loyal regional following. National notoriety followed as they toured with the likes of, Traffic,Yes, The Kinks, Humble Pie, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, and Grand Funk Railroad. " They were just the warm-up group," recalls a journalist of the day, "But it was the first time I had heard a local group and felt that I had heard the headline concert."

    Today they are back and better than ever and in concert at The Kent Stage January 31, 2015.

    For information and tickets go to www.kentstage.org


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  • CD Review: John Garcia - John Garcia

    John Garcia

    JOHN GARCIA

    For many of you, the name John Garcia doesn't mean a whole lot. I get that. For some of us - people that have long loved the world of Stoner Rock and Metal, John Garcia is every bit the musical God that people like Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson are in the world of "classic metal". With Kyuss alone, Garcia quite literally defined exactly what this genre is supposed to sound like. His post-Kyuss projects all ventured in slightly different directions and showcased an uncanny ability to add more and more to an already brilliant musical style. For the first time since Kyuss, Garcia seemed to truly put every creative thing together perfectly with Vista Chino. Much like artists do though, he immediately ventured away from that to do something again a bit different and much more personal to him. That project is the simple, self titled JOHN GARCIA. While it's not quite as accessible as Vista Chino was to the every day fan, this might just be his best work yet. The legend continues.

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  • CD Review: Black Label Society - Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

    Black Label Society

    CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN

    When Zakk Wylde decides to release new music, the metal world definitely stops for a moment and listens. They may not like it all, but they do listen. It's a testament to how unbelievable the man is on guitar; a true legend who stands shoulder to shoulder with the Eddie Van Halen's and Dimebag Darrell's of the world of guitar playing. If Zakk has a habit though, it's to release an album that's dull every once in awhile. It doesn't happen all the time, but it certainly has been known to happen. SHOT TO HELL was pretty lame, and 1919 ETERNAL was a little too full of concept instead of substance. Still, the last two releases, ORDER OF THE BLACK and the acoustic THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME left me thinking that Wylde was back to his creative best, and caused a lot of anticipation for his latest. Unfortunately, CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN just doesn't measure up. Slow, plodding and mid-tempo, the word that comes to mind throughout is boring.

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Happening At The Kent Stage

  • Happening At The Kent Stage

    175 East Main Street  Kent Ohio  

    330-677-5005    www.kentstage.org

    November 21st - Hot Rize

    November 22nd - Alex Bevan

    December 6th - Jessica Lea and David Mayfield

    December 13th - Woodchoppers Ball

    December 16th - Chris Isaak

    January 31st - Glass Harp

    February 13th - Al Stewart

    February 22nd - Beth Hart

    March 4th - British Invasion

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