PHOTOSTREAM: Celebrating Cleveland Music @ Beachland by Anastasia Pantsios

11.07.21 Celebrating Local Music @ Beachland

Sun 11/7

Veteran Cleveland singer/songwriter/comedian Charlie Wiener hosted and curated yet another night of local music at the Beachland, this one dedicated to celebrating the return of local music to the clubs and raising money for Beachland owner Cindy Barber’s nonprofit Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future, which supports the music scene.

A raft of well-known and mostly equally veteran performers who launched in the 1970s-90s did several songs apiece, including G.S. Harper, Anita Keys, Kevin Richards, Tracy Marie, Jeff Varga, David Krauss, Ray Flanagan, Cary Mathews, Bob Frank and Alex Bevan, assisted by stellar local sidemen such as Bill Watson, Ray DeForest and Ryann Anderson on bass.

Flanagan, who is only in his late 20s, represented the younger generation of versatile musician/ songwriters; he’s known for popping up everywhere and he came onstage to add a vocal to one of Richards’ tunes. Cary Mathews, a relative newcomer to the scene despite being close to retirement age, brought her full band to back her powerful, soulful singing. Bevan, whose career spans 50 years, demonstrated that he hasn’t lost a step with his clear, strong vocals, deft guitar playing and an engrossing new song telling the story of legendary Cleveland guitarist/religious fanatic Glenn Schwartz, who passed away two years ago.

View the PHOTOSTREAM here.

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