Beachland Hosts Memorial for Cleveland 60s/70s Music Groundbreaker Brian Sands

Tue 10/23 @ 6-11PM

Brian Kinchy aka Brian Sands was one of those intriguing people who floated around the edges of various local music scenes without rising to a position of prominence where most people knew who he was.

Born in 1951, he was part of the generation entering their teens when the Beatles came out, guys who were bitten by the bug to be rock stars in a band with three or four of their buddies, or even pretend to be British. He was 17 when he formed the theatrical rock band Moses with fellow Lake County musician Denny Carlton in 1969, wearing costumes and masks and using props, and playing gigs in local teen clubs, even opening for Alice Cooper and the MC5.

The band was short-lived although he and Carlton tried to recapture some of its vibe with Milk in 1974, adding a strain of snide whimsy to their artsy punk rock. He was also legendary for starting the first David Bowie fan club in the U.S., as the artist’s sensibility dovetailed with his own.

After that he sporadically came out with new projects on his own BizArt label such as the seven-song 12” Reheated Chocolate Tangos in 1979 and Fixation in 1980, and played scattered gigs in new wave-type clubs such as the Phantasy during the ’80s. Then he faded into obscurity.

Kinchy died in August at the age of 66. His passing will be marked with an evening at the Beachland Ballroom called “The Life of Brian, a Celebration of Brian Sands.” It’s all ages and all are welcome. It’s free although donations are welcome to help defray expenses.

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