Past Shows

Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp

Saturday, July 22nd

Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm

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Nikki Talley is one of the best Americana singers and songwriters we've come across in the past couple years. It's hard to decide what's more powerful - her songs or her voice. Some of our best concerts have been duos that are couples -- Nikki and husband/guitarist Jason Sharp are definitely going to keep that streak intact.

It has to be said that some of the most exquisite vocalists of the generation belong to the Americana scene. For those of us who have been lucky enough to find them, the voices of Sarah Jarosz, Anais Mitchell, Rachel Ries, Diana Jones and Aoife O'Donovan represent an era of truly exceptional singing and storytelling which often goes beyond the sometimes superficial, mass-produced music of your everyday arena artist. Nikki Talley is another name that can be easily added to this tantalising list.NorthernSky Magazine

"One thing she isn’t: afraid of the microphone. Talley has undeniable stage presence…"  – Mountain Express

 
 

Qiet

Sunday April 2nd

Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7:00pm

 


We love hosting great bands that don’t sound like anyone else and are hard to describe, let alone categorize. Well, Qiet is the hardest to describe we’ve ever had, but here we go…

Qiet is ridiculously fun and energetic. They play horn and fiddle spiked pop-rock that blends in bits from gypsy jazz, funk, soul, and folk music. They remind us of Talking Heads, not because they sound similar, but because both play smart music that makes people dance.

“The album is a sort of a carnivalesque, vaudeville revival with funk/soul breaks and Klezmer interludes. Dispatching with the failed attempts at categorisation, this album is a lot of fun. The standout track on the album is the manic ‘Cosby Sweater’, a song that begs to be played on repeat and has me involuntarily snapping my fingers along to the beat.” – Seattle Pi on their debut album

“Kiss of the Universe is Qiet’s most fully realized album yet, with horns, violins and Vincent’s larger-than-life vocals punctuating songs filled with dark humor, surreal wordplay and the existential poetry of a life lived on the edge. It’s the kind of stuff that could become pretentious in the wrong hands, but Qiet keeps everything grounded with danceable rhythms, inventive arrangements, and tons of hooks.” – Spotlight West Virginia on their latest album


This is going to be a great show. We hope you can join us!


G.S. Harper and Tom Evanchuck

Saturday January 28th
Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm

After skipping a couple of years, we're going back to our tradition of hosting two Cleveland-based performers in January. These shows are a lot of fun and Cleveland has some world class musicians. G.S. and Tom are prime examples. Not only are they great songwriters and singers, they sure do know their way around a guitar!


G.S. Harper is a Texas native and you can hear it. He fits solidly in the Texas songwriter tradition that has given us greats like Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Townes Van Zandt.

"His music makes you feel you are sitting on a porch on a rural state route in a beat up old rocking chair, sun setting somewhere in the distance, sipping a glass of small batch bourbon backed up with an ice cold lemonade...He’s the real deal alright." - Cleveland52.com

 
 
 
Tom Evanchuck has made his own stew out of influences like Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Neil Young and Lighting Hopkins. He's very much his own thing, but if you like Ryan Adams best work you will like Tom's music.

"Song after song could have been a showstopper and he used each one to fuel a masterful fire of a set. The Chardon native was channeling spirits from an age of music almost forgotten." - altohio.com


We're thrilled to be hosting two of our favorite Cleveland songwriters on one night. Come join us! Our past local showcases filled up very quickly, so please reserve your spot soon.

The Bones of J.R. Jones

Saturday Nov. 12th
Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm


"The ex-punk rocker’s dedication to early folk and blues men remains, especially in his haunting, often higher pitched vocals. All the material is original, but most of these songs sound like covers of obscure pre-war sides, a high compliment indeed." - American Songwriter Magazine


The Bones of J.R. Jones is like a one-man Black Keys - he sings and plays drums, guitar, banjo, and harmonica like a champ. We really dig his latest CD, which is equal parts old blues and dark folk. He's great live - no wonder we are hearing from so many of his fans!

Here's a couple videos, a stomper  and a pretty one. If you like Shakey Graves or Mechanic Street alums Vandaveer, Smooth Hound Smith, and Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle,  we are sure you are going to love this show.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the musician.

Please email us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com for more info or to reserve a seat.

Arc Iris


Saturday Oct. 1st
Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm


 



Arc Iris is a feast for the eyes and the ears. When they performed here in 2014, they decorated our living room, wore costumes, and put sequins on their faces. Let's just say it wasn't your average house concert : ) We're thrilled that they’re coming back!

Arc Iris sound like Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa made an album together and it turned out amazing. Their music is unique, complex, and beautiful. They have been touring constantly the last two years, with highlights including performing at Bonnaroo and multiple European tours. That time on the road has distilled their sound, which you can hear on their great new record Moon Saloon. Better yet, come hear the trio here!

Please email us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com for more info or to reserve your spot

"Though they are only a three-piece they have a large arsenal of sounds and sensibilities to work with, and they use every bit of it to make beautifully textured soundscapes difficult to box into any genre. " -Stereogum


Eric Bachmann

Friday August 19th


"The veteran frontman of the beloved bands Archers Of Loaf and Crooked Fingers has shifted gears with each new project, from witty, wiry indie rock to subtle, subdued songcraft. In the new album, Bachmann explores a fuller yet more intimate approach — one that retains all of his endearing rough edges and warm, winning turns of phrase."
-NPR Music



Finally! We’ve been trying for three years to get Eric Bachmann to come do a show. He’s a perfect fit for a house concert because his music is full of details that would get lost at most clubs.

Eric is one of Joel's absolute favorites. His records range from killer indie-rock to driving and dark folk and perfectly crafted indie-pop. All with equal aplumb. If you like Neko Case, you will probably like Eric -- in fact he's been playing in her band lately.

This show is a rare treat. As far as we can tell, it has been at least 10 years since the last time he performed in Cleveland. This is also the first tour where he is playing house concerts.

We hope you can join us for a night that has been on our wish list for years!

 

If Birds Could Fly


Sunday April 24th


Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7:00pm



“If Birds Could Fly represent the kind of soul-driven authentic country music that drives a genre. The lead vocals are in a class all their own. 

- Ear to The Ground Music

“Should If Birds Could Fly return to town it is a band to seek out. I’ll see you there.”
-Wilmington-area Arts and Entertainment



 Loretta Lynn. Janis Joplin. Dolly Parton. Most singers would be thrilled if people said their voice was like any one of those greats. Well, critics have referenced all three to describe the singular voice of Brittany Carter of If Birds Could Fly. And they weren’t exaggerating – her voice is amazing.

People usually talk about a singer’s range in terms of octaves, but part of what makes Brittany’s voice so great is the range of styles it fits perfectly. It’s a good thing, because If Birds Could Fly seamlessly weaves together country, rock, and soul. Joel calls their music “Appalachian soul.”

We started hosting house concerts to spotlight great bands that not many people know about. That fits If Birds Could Fly to a tee. They have toured like the dickens, but still fly below the radar. Many nights they have to win over crowds in small town bars, which they do with aplumb. Imagine what they’ll do with an audience as welcoming as you!

Vandaveer


Saturday March 12th


Doors open at 7:30pm, music starts at 8:00pm




"Vandaveer’s third album, Dig Down Deep, is a good representation of the alt-folk genre: storytelling with a modern acoustic flair. The album’s sweetest moments come with the pairing of Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin, whose voice sounds like Emmylou Harris’s. Although the general theme of Dig Down Deep is a weary and hardscrabble life, that’s easy to overlook when the two sing."
- The Washington Post

We had the pleasure of seeing Vandaveer live last spring and we were blown away. Great harmonies, great songs, great performers.Their music is dark and catchy - a winning combination! Vandaveer is to folk music as The Cure is to rock music.

They have a new record coming out soon and NPR is previewing the first video.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the band.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please email us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com.


Keiran Kane




Saturday September 12th



Doors 7:30, Music at 8:00


Kieran Kane (photo: www.myspace.com/kierankane)

We haven't had many unaccompanied singer-songwriters since Keiran Kane came in September 2013. Frankly, he set the bar insanely high. He is one of our favorites and we are thrilled he will be here again.

Kieran is an iconic songwriter and performer and one of the founding artists of the Americana movement. His ability to create mini-movies within his songs—check out “Go Jane Go”—prove that Kane is among only a small handful of writers capable of blending traditional roots music with modern themes.

“There’s an understated power in the songs of Kieran Kane, all full of twang and heartache and romance and guys who were born to ramble.” - Associated Press

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to Keiran.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please email us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com.

Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin

Sunday July 12th

Doors 6:30, Music at 7:00

 


We’re ecstatic that Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin came back! People still tell us how much they were wowed by Kristi & Fats's performance here in 2011 (has it really been that long?!).

Kristi Rose is a powerful singer and songwriter who is as adept with a torch song as she is with a murder ballad. Fats Kaplin is an amazing multi-instrumentalist who has worked with a broad array of great artists, including Jack White, Tinariwen, Elvis Costello, Buddy Miller, and Emmy Lou Harris. Together, they play “Pulp Country”—a highly eclectic musical genre of cinematic proportion where urban and rural collide. Imagine a cross between Patsy Cline, Nancy Sinatra, and Neko Case.

We couldn't find just one video to sum them up, so here's two: one happy and one less so.
 
 


The Honeycutters

Sunday June 21st

Doors 6:30, Music at 7:00


“I can see a day when The Honeycutters’ Amanda Anne Platt is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier and Gillian Welch.  She’s just that good.” – The Real Southern

“Random thoughts, hidden emotions rising to the surface, daring admissions of guilt or pleasure.....that's what you'll get from The Honeycutters. Their new album, When Bitter Met Sweet, is not a therapy session, but rather a joyful release. One of the top three albums of 2012.” – Jim Blum from Folk Alley



It’s rare for a band to put out three great albums in a row, especially if all they have is three albums. Well, The Honeycutters have pulled off this musical trifecta. Three great albums, each better than the last.

How have they done it? First and foremost, Amanda Anne Platt has a great voice with just the right amount of drawl and is a top-notch songwriter. Second, they are damn fine musicians on pedal steel, mandolin, guitar, bass, and drums. Third, they have their own sound, which they call “Appalachian honky tonk.” You can hear it in this video.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the musicians.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please email us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com.

We hope to see you soon!
Lynn & Joel




Mike Farris




Sunday March 29th



Doors 6:30, Music at 7:00




“Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.” – Buddy Miller


We love Mike Farris and are thrilled about this solo concert. His music blends the blues rock that fueled his misspent youth and the soul and gospel that drives him now. His latest record just won the Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album. It is filled with joy, hope, and power. If you like the Staples Singers and Al Green, you will love his huge voice, dynamic performance, and passion. No wonder there was a line around the block the last time he played in Columbus!

Here’s a video to enjoy.



 

Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle

Saturday Feb. 7th


"This is music that has a pulse and a heartbeat. This is music that breathes." - Vocals On Top


Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle is a barnburning, footstomping Americana band from Cincinnati. It's a tight quartet with guitar, upright bass, mandolin, drums, and great harmonies. The Hustle take classics, both familiar and obscure, and make them 100% their own. While their harmonies are beautiful, their music is gritty and high-energy. Sure to heat up a winter night!

Here's a video to enjoy.

The Matt Flinner Trio & Harmonious Wail

Saturday November 8th


Joel plays (and some would say is obsessed with) the mandolin. We are hosting an afternoon of workshops and an evening concert featuring two great mandolin-centered bands. Click here for more info on the workshops.

The Matt Flinner Trio

“Flinner continues his reign as perhaps the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today.” -Jazz Times

 

The Matt Flinner Trio has fun straddling the lines between jazz, bluegrass and classical musics. Their instrumental music is catchy and beautiful. Matt Flinner, the Trio's leader, is a Winfield Mandolin Championship winner (a huge honor) and a member of the grammy-nominated Modern Mandolin Quartet. Here's a video.

Harmonious Wail


“You’ll be smiling from the moment Harmonious Wail starts to play… As a matter of fact, if they don't set your toe to tapping and a smile on your face, you should probably get medication.” - Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

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Harmonious Wail is a gypsy swing trio that is never afraid to bring new things to the genre created by Django Reinhardt. Joel has been a fan for 15 years (thanks, Mom!). It was founded by mandolinist Sims Delaney-Potthoff, a nimble fingered protégé of the legendary Jethro Burns. The trio also features a truly killer jazz vocalist, Sim's wife Maggie Delaney-Potthoff. Enjoy their take on "My Favorite Things".

 

Smooth Hound Smith

Friday August 1st

"In the case of Smooth Hound Smith, two is all that’s needed to brew a raucous clash of backwoods folk, raw blues, and underground rock. The duo, consisting of Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonica) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion), generate enough power to fuel a full band." - No Depression 
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We first saw Smooth Hound Smith at Brite Winter Fest in February, where they turned a room full of strangers into fans. We have been spinning their latest CD ever since and love it. It is amazing how much different music they pack in -- and with just two musicians! Raw electric blues? Check. Sweet blue-eyed soul? Check. Country blues? Check. Plain old rock 'n' roll? Check.

Dawn Landes

Saturday June 28th

"Landes's voice has never sounded better, and [her latest record] appears to be her finest work yet. Simply gorgeous, all of it." - No Depression

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We like artists who are hard to pin down, and Dawn Landes clearly fits that bill. Her latest record is beautiful, delicate folk-pop, but her catalog includes 60's-style French pop music (complete with French lyrics) and rocking indie-pop. All of her work has two constants: her great songwriting and gorgeous voice.

If you like Aimee Mann, Brandi Carlisle, or Laura Cantrell, you will love this concert.


Rosetta Trio

Sunday May 4th
 

“Impressionistic at times, but also soulful and singing, interlocking like a beautiful puzzle” -PopMatters

Please come join us for our first ever jazz show, and what a first! Rosetta Trio is Stephan Crump, Liberty Ellman, and Jamie Fox, three very busy NYC players. The interweaving guitars of Ellman and Fox wind around the solid core provided by Crump's bass and compositions. Their lovely music bridges the Americana music we usually showcase and modern jazz. If you like The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Vijay Iyer, or Bill Frisell, you will love this concert.

 

Arc Iris

Saturday April 12th



“It may not be much of a critical insight to say it, but the debut album by Arc Iris makes me happy — not only for its musicality, sense of adventure and ample wit, but for Ms. Adams' willingness to share her joy. Why resist it?” 
-NPR All Things Considered, April 3rd 2014

Arc Iris's new album just came out and it is incredibly good. This orchestral pop band is led by Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem, and features piano, cello, guitar, trumpet, and many more cool instruments. They've been compared to Joni Mitchell and Bjork. Their live show is not to be missed (it sometimes involves a tapdancer wearing a fox tail).
They are already getting really good reviews for their album, which has been out for less than a week. They have been featured by NPR's All Things Considered, the New York Times, and Rolling Stone. It is pure freakin' luck that they'll be playing at our house. We hope you can come!

 

Woody Pines

Sunday March 23rd
 


“Woody sounds like Willie Nelson singing a Johnny Cash song in a 1930’s Alabama Juke-Joint.” 
- No Depression 

If you dig Old Crow Medicine Show, Pokey LaFarge, or Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, you will love Woody Pines. This fun band plays "rag & roll", a mixture of rag time, blues, and early rock. They tour constantly and are tighter than a snare drum. Don't miss this one!




Honeybucket & Austin Walkin' Cane

Sunday January 12th 


This year's local artist showcase will be a blast! Honeybucket plays fun rock & pop using bluegrass instruments and tight harmonies. They are great live and have been featured at Cleveland Museum of Art, Brite Winter Fest, and Burning River Festival. Austin Walkin' Cane is a bluesman who keeps it gritty. He's played all over Northeast Ohio, but also blues fests all over the world. We can't wait!! 

Make your reservation early. It's looking like this one will be at capacity well before the 12th!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Welch

Friday, October 11th


Without Kevin Welch, we would not be doing house concerts. He is the first Americana musician who caught Lynn's ear. The first time we went to a house concert it was to see him. He is an incredible performer who has so many great songs that it is hard to sum him up. One song will be a scorcher about partying in Amsterdam, the next a snapshot of life in Oklahoma oil country, and the next a prayer for a long, full life. This is another rare treat. Since we moved here in 2007, the closest he's come to Cleveland is Columbus (it was SO worth the trip).


Kieran Kane

Saturday, September 14th
Doors open at 7:30pm.     Music at 8:00pm.


$15 suggested donation, all of which goes to the artist. You must email mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com to reserve your seat. We'll send you our address and other details a day or two ahead.

Kieran Kane is an iconic songwriter and performer and one of the founding artists of the Americana movement. His ability to create mini-movies within his songs—check out “Anybody’s Game”—prove that Kane is among only a small handful of writers capable of blending traditional roots music with modern themes.

“There’s an understated power in the songs of Kieran Kane, all full of twang and heartache and romance and guys who were born to ramble.” - Associated Press

http://www.kierankane.com/

http://www.deadreckoners.com/artists/kieran_kane.html


Swear and Shake

Saturday, June 29th
Doors open at 7:30pm.  Music at 8:00pm


"I really do love all the songs on [Swear and Shake's latest album]. For one thing, they don't sound alike at all. Fabulous is the band who can string together cohesive tunes into a stellar record without regurgitating the same themes, chords, styles, and even melodies.
Fans of She and Him, The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes, and Mumford and Sons will love Swear and Shake. - See more at: http://awaitingtheflood.com/the-new-standard-by-which-all-other-albums-will-be-judged-maple-ridge-by-swear-and-shake/#sthash.bJqw1btr.dpuf
Fans of She and Him, The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes, and Mumford and Sons will love Swear and Shake." -Awaiting the Flood

This fast-rising Brooklyn quartet is coming to Mechanic Street. Lucky us! They blend equal parts soul, folk, and rock into their own fine, fun mix. They've opened for a slew of bands like Weezer, the Lumineers, and G Love and the Special Sauce. With their excellent 2nd release, they are spending more and more time as headliners. This will be a full band show (drums, banjo, awesome lead singer, the whole nine-yards).

Please come enjoy the fun!

http://swearandshake.com/

Gurf Morlix

Sunday, May 19th
Doors open at 6:30pm & Music at 7:00pm


Gurf Morlix is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer from Austin, TX. Often known for his many years as Lucinda Williams' guitarist and producer, his solo work is just as noteworthy. Gurf keeps making great new music in the classic Texas songwriter vein, including his brand new album, "Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense."

http://www.gurfmorlix.com/

$15 suggested donation, all of which go to the artist.

You must email mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com to reserve your seats! We'll send you the rest of the details a few days before the concert.


Kevin Gordon

Saturday April 13th
Doors open at 7:30pm & Music at 8:00pm
Hope you can join us for this show. It's going to be a doozy!
We love artists who are hard to classify. That would apply to Kevin Gordon, except he's figured out a name for his music: indie swamp. Indie because it is literate and bound only by his imagination. Swamp because it has that greasy, loose feeling of rock and blues from Louisiana. It's a fantastic combination that earned him a full story in the New York Times last year. We've seen him live and he delivers the goods. 

His website
$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.com. We're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.



Shivering Timbers! Tom Evanchuck!


SATURDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 2013
OUR ANNUAL LOCAL SHOWCASE IS BACK!

We're hosting our 3rd annual NEO musician showcase on January 12th. 

The first set will be Shivering Timbers, an Akron band that plays awesome, melancholy rock and compared favorably to the likes of PJ Harvey and Iron and Wine. They'll be the first band bringing a full drum kit to Mechanic Street, so it might get loud! ; )

"Utilizing disparate elements like scorching Indie Rock, rough cut Blues, raw Punk, sprightly Pop, tent revival Gospel and dark Folk, Shivering Timbers has crafted a sound that is both hauntingly appealing and a raucous bitch slap." - Cincinatti City Beat


Shivering Timbers - Generations
Watch the Video
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shiveringtimbersmusic.comAfter Shivering Timbers get you all riled up and tripped out, Mentor singer-songwriter Tom Evanchuck will help get your head back together. His voice and songs remind us of Ryan Adams's best work - a mixture of blues, soul, country, and folk. And, boy, does he know his way around a guitar!

"[Tom Evanchuck] has the face of a 15 year old but his blues/soul sound is that of a 30 year Memphis veteran. Song after song could have been a showstopper but ... he used each one to fuel a masterful fire of a set." - AltOhio.com

 
Tom Evanchuck -- My Sweet May Apple
Watch the Video
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More about Tom.


Reserve early. These local shows get booked up fast!

Check out their websites!

Shivering Timbers

http://www.shiveringtimbersmusic.com/

Tom Evanchuck

http://us.myspace.com/tomevanchuck

Doors open at 7:30, music at 8:00.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.



Bottle Rockets

Thursday, November 15th, 8:00pm


We love the Bottle Rockets!  For as long as we can remember, we’ve listened to their records on road trips. Their rocking version of Americana makes the perfect backdrop for cruising down the road.

If you like the first couple Wilco records, you’ll love the Bottle Rockets. Their frontman, Brian Henneman, writes great songs with a common man, mid-Western slant and is a top-notch picker. They are a blast live and the full band will be here for an acoustic show! Check out a tear jerker and a rocker.

While this is a concert at our house, it’s not really a Mechanic Street House Concert. How’s that? This show is part of the Bottle Rockets’ “Living Room Tour” and the band is handling ticket sales themselves. Instead of making a reservation with us, you go to this website and buy a $25 ticket. Tickets go on sale at 1PM (noon Central) tomorrow (Monday Oct. 29th). Their Living Room shows have been selling out quickly, so move fast if you are interested!
 
Please come enjoy this amazing band in a rare acoustic living room show. 




Audrey Auld
Saturday, November 10th, 8:00pm


"Singer-songwriter Audrey Auld's heart is in country, folk and Americana music with a presence as big as The Outback. Her songs are the wry and poignant observations of a Tassie girl living in California and Nashville since 2003. Audrey calls it Music with dirt left on it."

Check out her website.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.








Joe Fletcher
Saturday, October 6th, 8:00pm


We believe honesty is the best policy, so we’re going to tell you the straight up truth: Joe Fletcher plays honky tonk. Not throwback, nostalgic honky tonk but honky tonk that feels totally at home today. He has a great voice with the grit and gravel of Johnny Cash and the bluesy elasticity of Hank Williams. Yeah, he’s that good. No Depression says, “No old fashioned posing here. Just rock n' roll with a tip of the hat to tradition. Fletcher continues to showcase a style that has become all his own: story driven songs that never shy away from a little grit.”

Joe Fletcher comes to us highly recommended by Brown Bird (who tore down the house in June). He is part of a growing scene in Providence, RI and all signs are that he’s the breakout artist of this year’s Newport Folk Fest. This fall he is releasing an EP of songs with just him and his guitar and he’ll be playing Mechanic Street the same way.
Please join us for his Cleveland debut!
Here's a great tune.

Check out his website.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.


Trepanning Trio
Saturday, August 25th, 8:00pm


Trepanning Trio is an instrumental, avant-chamber ensemble which performs and records using only classical, traditional and handmade instruments (i.e., viola da gamba, kalimba, guzheng, pan lids screwed onto sticks and played with violin bows, etc).

Since its unofficial formation in 1998, this Northeast Ohio-based ensemble has assembled an unlikely rogues' gallery of composers, artists, writers and ethnomusicologists. Contrary to its name, Trepanning Trio typically performs with a rotating lineup of six to twelve musicians. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they bring hundreds of years of experience to bear on a repertoire forged by a shared passion for sound, texture, rhythm, melody and experimentation.

The band's name derives from the surgical procedure in which a hole is drilled into the human skull. Cave paintings suggest that people once trepanned the skulls of the living in order to let evil spirits escape, thereby curing seizures, migraines, and mental disorders.


Check out their website.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.


Brown Bird
Sunday, June 3rd, 7:00pm

It's no wonder they took the Newport Folk Festival by storm. We loved Brown Bird about 30 seconds into the first track we heard. Their music is a dark and catchy blend of blues, folk, and gypsy music. Imagine a duo that is gritty like Tom Waits and fun like Mumford & Sons.

"A total joy to listen to" - Music Savage

"...MorganEve Swain’s string playing and frontman David Lamb’s guitars and percussion give [Brown Bird] a dark and eerie feel that’ll stick with you." - Paste Magazine

Check out their website.


$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.


Brigitte DeMeyer
Friday, April 13th, 8:00pm

Check out her website.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.


Mike Mangione & the Union
Friday, March 2nd, 8:00pm

Check out their website.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.


Mike Uva and the Bad Eyes
Brent Kirby and the Lost Fortunes
Saturday, January 21st, 8:00pm

Check out Mike Uva's website.
Check out Brent Kirby's website.

$15 suggested donation, which all goes to the artist.

Reserve your spot by emailing us at mechanicstreetmusic@yahoo.comWe're in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Directions and more information will be sent to you once your RSVP is received.




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