Live Review – Songs & Stories an Evening with Art Alexakis & Friends

I rate this show 10 out of 10 a true must see experience .

Songs and Stories Live on Stage
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Cleveland, Ohio – The seminal music venue House of Blues was the perfect venue to play host to one one of the top ten musical events of my life  and I have been to thousands . Art Alexakis of the multi platinum band Everclear  brought an intimate evening to music fans and he was not alone . He brought Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne  ( Stacy’s Mom)  and John Wozniak of Marcy Playground ( Sex and Candy ) and Max Collins of Eve 6 ( Inside Out ) .

Songs and Stories Live on Stage
Songs and Stories Live on Stage

The evening had a great formula , all the guys would come out together and play a favorite cover song (   Dead Flowers and Eve of Destruction  among others )  then one would remain and tell the story about some of their biggest hits and play a version of it .

Songs and Stories Live on Stage
Songs and Stories Live on Stage

John Wozniak was up first and to say this is one of the greatest song  writers of a generation is not an understatement .His ability to tell a story  with emotion and humor is a gift to the ears and manna for the soul .Do not miss him if he comes to your town !

Songs and Stories Live on Stage
Songs and Stories Live on Stage

Up next was Max Collins and to be honest I didn’t care for him from the start . Please read that I said from the start because by the end of the set I was a new fan . But that is  what is music is about , trying new things and seeing if it was for you or not . His sincerity in in singing and writing needs to be heard . In addition to any Hollywood agents reading this , consider casting him in a punk based movie he would be perfect .

Songs and Stories Live on Stage
Songs and Stories Live on Stage

Chris Collingwood is not what I expected after watching Fountains of Wayne Stacy’s Moms video He was a fun show to watch and really talented in his humor. It was nice to see this performance because I usually only have seen Stacy’s Mom performed by Bowling For Soup  and Thomas Ian Nicholas in their sets .

Songs and Stories Live on Stage
Songs and Stories Live on Stage

The man of the hour was none other then Art Alexakis of the megahit Everclear . I had to a chance to talk to to him a few years ago for about an hour on the phone even thou he may not remember it   .We mostly talked about our duplicate history of growing up in the projects and our dads leaving us as kids and being ten years old wondering where our father has gone . He turned his history into the mega-hit ” Father of Mine ” which he played that night . It brought a tear to my eye and even thou he may not remember me  I will never forget him and I thank him for that song . On a happy nope he played other songs including the well received ” Santa Monica ”  for which he teased us all night with .

Songs and Stories Live on Stage
Songs and Stories Live on Stage

This was not a concert in the traditional sense of the word . More like some old friends coming over and just having fun and reconnecting .I rate this show  10 out of 10 a true must see experience .