Damnation of Adam Blessing Bassist Puts Together Players to Do the Old Songs at the Music Box

Sun 6/10 @ 7PM

If you were a fan of local music in the early ’70s, you certainly remember Damnation of Adam Blessing, who capitalized on the trench for sludgy blues-based rock music that was so popular then (Iron Butterfly, anyone?)

One of the original members of that band, Ray Benich, has put together a group of musicians to perform “The Best of Damnation of Adam Blessing,” drawing from the band’s four-album catalog, the first two which have just been reissued on formerly Cleveland-based Exit Stencil Records.

While Benich is the only member of Damnation involved, he’ll be bringing along some other legendary Cleveland players from that era when they perform at the Music Box: drummer Tony Mazzone from Wild Horses and East Wind and guitarist/violinist Tom Brehm of Dragonwyck along with Dave “Shaggy” Snodgrass on bass and Rick Ray on guitar. Vocalist Bobby Huszar, who fronted the North River Street Rock Collection in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and gospel singer Martha Conyer Allen will also make special appearances, and East Wind will also perform.

The evening at the Music Box will also include Cleveland rock and roll trivia with winners getting copies of the albums. The first 50 people to arrive with get a DVD featuring the only known live footage of the original band.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.


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