Eli Radish Band Memorial Tribute
Melanie May, Boris Menart
Cleveland, OH, 44110
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Goin'-Blind Angelle Sheridan is Cleveland’s very own civilly disobedient outlaw songwriter with a heart of gold. Creating and performing for decades, Angelle has over 100 original compositions.
Angelle has worked with such acts as Cleveland’s Wild Horses, Dreamstreet, Universal Joint, The Sheridans, and The Jets.
Rock, Blues, Americana country, and more.
Melanie May, a 28 year old Ohio native, is a new fiery force in country music that walks between heaven and hell. She was fronting her own band at the age of 15, playing covers that ranged from AC/DC to Miranda Lambert, as well as her own originals; entertaining five to six nights a week while juggling 4H, High School, and two jobs. She sang anthems for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and many other minor league baseball teams as well as First Energy Stadium events. Word spread quickly in the small town of Middlefield where she grew up, and she was soon opening for artists like The Marshall Tucker Band, mini KISS, and The Kentucky Headhunters. These experiences only fueled her fire to keep chasing her dreams. After begging her parents to move to Nashville they compromised by taking her to Tennessee nearly every month to get a “lay of the land” and make some connections.
Thanks to her amazing support system she signed with an artist promotion team and released her first single to country radio in 2009. This heartfelt, military love original, went top 40 on music row charts and won a songwriter’s competition through Strum Magazine where May was offered the chance to perform a USO Tour with Operation Troop Aid. Due to her storytelling lyrics, she was also given performances at the CMA Festival, the Country Radio Seminar, as well as numerous writer’s rounds and showcases.
The day after her 21st birthday she made the move to Nashville, TN. She began singing a few nights a week on the famous Broadway strip, meeting songwriters, producers, and musicians. It wasn’t but a few months later when she met her current producer Johnny Garcia; lead guitarist for Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.
Melanie is currently working on her first album. As she says, "I want this album to truly reflect where I've been and what I've been doing the last few years on this amazing ride called life. My heart has been ripped out, my heart has been full; it's kept the beat through sad times and through joy. My heart is what wrote this album. Reckless, the album title, is set for release in Spring of 2019 and reflects Melanie's growth as a more seasoned songwriter and mature singer.
She is anything but old news.
Bo Menart’s roots-infused debut solo album Out of the Woodshed -- now available on iTunes and other online music platforms -- is the culmination of a lifetime spent as a player, singer, songwriter, record producer, and studio engineer. Co-produced by Menart and veteran producer-engineer-guitarist Simon Higgs, the collection features six original songs written or co-written by Menart and seven covers heard in brilliantly imaginative and unexpected arrangements.
Menart recruited a host of notable musicians active on Los Angeles stages and in local studios – many of whom he has collaborated with over the course of his career – to lend their talents. He says, “Over the years I’ve worked with all of these players at some time, so I knew who the good people were.” The core rhythm section includes bassist Larry Antonino (Jeff Beck, Ronnie Laws, Pablo Cruise), drummer Anastasios “Toss” Panos (Sting, Steven Stills, Paul Rodgers), and keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum (Joe Bonamassa, Mandrill). Guest stars include guitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, and many more); pedal steel guitarists Jay Dee Maness (the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Buck Owens Buckaroos) and Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, kd. lang); drummer Stacey Lamont Sydnor (Jacksons, Mandrill); fiddler/violinist Lisa Haley (The Zydekats); accordionist Eddie Baytos (Annie Lennox, ZZ Top), and Latin percussionist Luis Conte (Madonna, James Taylor, Phil Collins).
“I think it’s unique,” Menart says of the album, much of which he recorded in an eight-by-twelve-foot shack (seen on the record’s cover) behind his home in Shadow Hills, CA. “I took advantage of the fact that I could do pretty much anything I wanted. If I heard something, I put it in there.”
The Cleveland-born musician and technician began working in studios in his teens, when he aided his father, a Slovenian refugee, at a local radio station where he aired foreign-language programming. After moving to Los Angeles following high school, Menart landed a job at a studio where his father worked.
He became active as a recording and mastering engineer in several L.A. facilities, most notably North Hollywood’s Fidelity Recording, where Menart met the legendary producer Phil Spector. He served as the engineer on the Spector-produced Ramones album End of the Century and on sessions with the Canadian superstar Celine Dion. “At the point I got involved with Phil,” Menart recalls, “I had mastered the Steely Dan cleanliness was the best way to go in the studio thing, and he taught me how to make it more magical.” As an engineer and producer, Menart went on to work with such acts as the funk bands Mandrill (including their new album Back in Town) and the Gap Band; tracks with Mandrill and Kenny Vance appeared on the soundtrack to the cult movie The Warriors.
As a musician, he was a member of Amigo (with writing collaborator Fred Guerra) and the African Highlife/Reggae unit Kadara, led by Jerri Jheto. In the ‘90s and early ‘00s he headed the independent label Terra Nova Records. But a life event led him to apply himself seriously to his own music. “Back in 2005, I had a minor heart attack,” Menart says. “As I was lying in the hospital, I thought, ‘I’ve been helping everybody else with their music, and I’ve never made any of my own.’ So I began to focus on that. I basically did woodshed – just playing at home for a couple of years, working on arrangements and my guitar playing. I started recording the album in 2009. I started out with six songs, and then I added a few more, and then a few more as it went along.” He adds with a laugh, “It took a long time – Barack Obama served two terms as president and I recorded an album.”
Leading off, appropriately enough, with the countrified Bo Diddley beat of “6 Pack 2 Go,” Out of the Woodshed features a brace of original songs that range through a variety of styles: honky tonk (“What Can I Do”) Menart and Guerra’s “Dancing With a Rose”, roots reggae (“Born in Babylon”), old-school soul (Menart and Higgs’ “Gonna Fly Away”), and a touch of country rockin’ gospel (“I’m Goin’ Up”). The latter features a blazing solo by Elliott Randall. Menart says of the latter number, “I had the track, and I had another guy playing the guitar parts, but I though, ‘I really need someone to rip out a nice guitar solo.’ I was driving in my car and ‘Reeling in the Years’ came on the radio and I thought, ‘That’s the kind of thing I need.’ And I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know that guy!’ So I tracked Elliott down. He lives in London now, and I sent him the track and he did his parts and emailed them back to me.”
The album’s smartly reimagined covers include the leadoff single, a stirring take on John Prine’s “Paradise”; a ballad version of the Beatles’ rocker “She Loves You” (with a melodic lift from the Fab Four’s “It’s Only Love”); a surprising Dixieland reading of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s blissful “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind”; a countrified take on the Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin soul masterwork “Respect”; a string-infused reading of David Allan Coe’s “Chapel Bells”; and (in a masterful play on the Blind Boys of Alabama’s Grammy-winning 2001 version of “Amazing Grace”) a reconfigured rendition of the blues ballad “House of the Rising Sun,” sung to the tune of the gospel standard.
Now Out of the Woodshedonce and for all with this highly original and soulful offering, Bo Menart is already contemplating his future solo projects. “I’ve already conceptualized my next three or four albums in my head,” he says. “I have material done for my second album, which is going to be a band record.”
$5.00 - $12.00
The legendary Eli Radish Band (Official) lost Sun Records sessions from the 70s featuring biker favorites David Allan Coe and the boys live have been FOUND! You are invited to come hear select tracks from these (in)famous sessions at a very special listening party. This Memorial Tribute marks the third anniversary of the death of Radish founder, bassist Danny Sheridan & also marks one year since Radish co-founder and pedal steel/guitarist, Tom Foster passed away.
Included in the DJ portion of the night will be:
- music by Eli Radish Band
- music by Radish bassist (the late) Danny Sheridan
- sing-along songs by David Allan Coe
The party continues with live performances from:
- Radish producer Bo Menart and his brand-new album release
- Ohio Outlaw Country Gal Melanie May
- A Blessing of the Bikes Ritual by Rev Angelle
- Toast & Jam Musician's Night - Open Mic
Hosted and DJed by Angelle Sheridan