04.01-04.08.2020 The Beat Goes On


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The Beat Goes On


Music will save our soul. 
Even as working musicians have been sidelined, their incredible music will not be denied.
Local musicians are posting video online, hosting streaming events from basements and bathrooms, even writing hilarious songs about the pandemic.
Masks are becoming a thing. The Census is going forward.
Music will be our lifeline. Get with the beat.

Photo by Thomas Mulready


Musicians Confront the Pandemic

Yesterday, local musicians made their living from gigs, lessons and school programs. Now they’ve lost most or all of their income, but not the passion to make music. They’re posting videos, releasing new songs, hosting live-streaming concerts and open mics, even writing songs about the pandemic. It’s time to check out and support some of our local talent.  Read More


The Power of the Mask

What’s the deal with wearing masks? Should we or shouldn’t we? What kind of mask, and who’s making them? CoolCleveland fashion columnist Dru Thompson talks about what’s behind the decision to wear a mask and how it impacts the wearer’s behavior. Read More


Chris Butler: Pre-punk, New Wave, DIY Art Band, Post-punk, Semi-Refined Trailblazer Speaks Out

Chris Butler’s musical journey has been remarkable: 15-60-75 The Numbers Band, also spawning Gerald Casale who formed DEVO. Next, Butler founded The Waitresses and Tin Huey, then became a producer, a television bandleader, and collaborator with the The dB’s and Richard Lloyd. This year, he started the Akron Music Awards to give something back. Read More


Census Day Is April 1

By now, you’ve received your census. Now do your part and complete the form. No, the info is NOT used against you, a fear of many undocumented people and folks on public assistance. And it’s more critical than ever. A full count means our fair share of resources, and after COVID-19, we’re going to need them.  Read More


Release Party Delayed But Music Is Here 

Cleveland-based rockers Guy Snowden & the Citizens were all set to release their new album with a release show at the Music Box two weeks ago — and well, you know how that story ends. But the band’s British Invasion-influenced album is ready for listening now. Read More



WED 4/1
Surrounded by Sound
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory is reprising past performances in a YouTube series, with a new concert from the vaults posted each week. They stay online for leisurely listening.*  DANCECleveland shares weekly videos for homebound dance fans.


THU 4/2 
All-Night Music
Akron global/folk rocker Angie Haze will perform online from her home studio for 12 hours and then hand things over to her various band members and musician friends. * Watch video from a talk & blues set by painter John Carlson at HEDGE Gallery.


FRI 4/3 

Last August Welshly Arms wowed a crowd in Budapest, Hungary. Now they’re hunkered down in Cleveland writing music for a new album. They’ve posted video of that concert to remind fans of once & future good times.

* Local musician Bob Frank has written a humorous song about the pandemic.


SAT 4/4
Summer in the Air
Cleveland’s reggae king of positivity Carlos Jones has posted an old song to keep fans’ spirits up until he can play out again, along with a new song about staying upbeat in a time of COVID-19. * North Union Market at Shaker Square opens for its regular outdoor season.


SUN 4/5
Surviving a Weird Time
Artist Jake Kelly is well known in the music community for the visually and narratively complex flyers he designs for venues such as the Beachland and the Grog Shop. He’s now created a numbered, signed poster based on his mural in the Grog Shop, with sales helping support the club’s employees while they’re out of work.


MON 5/6
Just Another Manic Monday
Musician Meg Stepka hosts Manic Monday open mic nights at Kelley’s Pub in Lakewood & she’s not letting a pandemic stop the music. She’s taken her open mics online where you can sign up to perform or just be a listener. *Niights frontwoman Jenna Fournier AKA Kid Tigrrr released tracks previous only put out in Japan in conjunction with her tour there.


TUE 4/7
Good Vibrations
“Dreadlock Dave” McDougald, formerly of Waterband, is known for his infectious smile & music with a groovy jam-band feel. He’ll be live-streaming every Tuesday “spread the good vibes, peace & love” in a difficult time.*  Rock Hall offers online programs and shopping during closure.


WED 4/8
Live From Annie’s Bathroom
Singer-songwriter Anne E. DeChant, an Avon Lake native, may have moved to Nashville, but gets home to play at least twice a year. She’s broadcasting daily from her bathroom until she can play live again.* CoolCleveland’s Thomas Mulready featured on new podcast from Tunesmate



The Calculus of DeathOne can suppose their diabolical logic is, “What’s the value of a few million lives of older Americans anyway … how much are they really worth in the grand scheme of things when compared to the wealth of the plutocrats that run the country?”…  Read More 

Binding Up Our Nation’s Wounds

As a nation we have always engaged in hubris and jingoism due to military might, but what is called for in this situation is a cohesive sense of national purpose, something that has been sorely lacking in the past…  Read More

Racism, Classism, or Simple Supply and Demand

I suppose there could be a perfectly logical reason for the disparity. It could have simply been that more people shop at the Steelyard Commons outlet and therefore deplete supplies more swiftly. Or could it be something more sinister?…  Read More




Holden Arboretum has closed for now, but before it did, we walked around the grounds, photographically collecting signs of spring, such as these netted irises, to share with you. Better days are coming!

Count it off with me.

-Thomas Mulready






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