blues show appropriate at tax time
By Charles Cassady
Published April 13, 2005
tax time again, and chances are that most readers, feeling like
the victims of a federal mugging, will not be in the mood for lavish
The blues go
hand-in-hand with the idea of being poor/broke and disempowered.
Therefore Mojo Whitey are doing a public service (perhaps even a
deductible one!) in putting on a free show tonight at the Savannah
in Westlake, home of the blues on the West Side of Cuyahoga County,
and where there is seldom an admission or cover charge.
play all over northeast Ohio, and they have just issued a CD called
"57 Miles," consisting of original blues tunes is a trio fronted
by John Walsh, who also masterminded the weird local arts/entertainment
Web site called Clevelandweirdness.com
- which is weirdly not linked to the band's site, www.mojowhitey.com.
Walsh and his
bandmates Dane and Randy play the Savannah tonight beginning at
8 p.m. The Savannah is located at 30676 Detroit road in Westlake;
taxes make you feel angry instead. Punk rock comes to the rescue
at the Hi Fi Club in Lakewood, as Thursday night at 8 p.m. sees
a gig by the Youngstown-based Johnie 3, which is a quartet, oddly
enough. Johnie 3, which has been around one form or another since
2000, have released their first CD, "Sit on It." In addition they
recorded a split 7-inch with the Dallas-based skateboard/punk performer
Christy Brigitte Darlington (who is a guy, go figure), and the Hi
Fi Playdate markes the first round in a 10-day regional tour with
Darlington that will take them all the way to the famed CBGBs in
New York City.
into Ramonesy/ Queers/Screeching Weasel/Riverdales kinda punk this
is your show!" say Johnie 3. "If you're undecided, go anyways, it's
Also free at
the Hi Fi, on Monday night, April 18, is Squeaky Fromme. No, the
Manson family member Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme isn't free; she's
still serving a life sentence for trying to assassinate President
Gerald Ford. But the Squeaky Fromme concert is; this is a New York
City-based rock quartet with a classic-rock sound.
Pratt started recording music at age 15 while still in high school.
In a band called The Damien Pratt, he released three albums that,
according to his Web site, sold about 500 copies in Japan. After
Pratt's reuniting with some old buddies, the ensemble became The
Squeaky Fromme and have just released their first EP recording,
"Photography," to upbeat critical notices. Their 18-and-over show
at the Hi Fi begins with the doors opening at 7 p.m.
The Hi Fi Club
is located at 11729 Detroit Road. in Lakewood; phone (216) 521-8878.
IS BETTER THAN TO RECEDE: Finally, even at tax time some people
still find it within themselves to give even more. Meaning, of course,
state and municipal taxes.
So if you're
feeling especially bled white this year, know that April 15 is also
the traditional date of the Blood Suckers Buffet annual American
Red Cross blood drive at the Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland's Flats.
from 7:30 a.m., for the pre-work crowd, to 1:30 p.m. for the lunch
bunch, the American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the Odeon to
receive donations, in a party atmosphere with free movies showing,
music and complimentary oil changes for your vehicle. The event
is open to those 17 and older, and donors must weigh at least 110
pounds, possess a valid photo ID and be in good health. For more
The Odeon is located on the East Bank of the Flats at 1295 Old River
Road; phone (216) 574-2525.
But what if
one weighs less than 110 lbs., is deathly pale and can prove no
identity, aside from a name like Thanatos Vampiros Mauslos or Rotwurm
the Gravedigger? Then the best place for you to be on April 15 is
at the Chamber, the area's premiere gothic/darkwave-music dance
club. That night there will be an "unhappy" birthday bash for for
resident DJ DV8, who turns 25. "Come mourn the passing of the first
quarter-century of DJ DV8's unlife," goes the invite. It's an 18
and over event, and the black doors open at 10 p.m.
is located at 11814 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood; phone (216) 226-9801.