Live Review – Poison-A Night To Remember

One of the top concerts I have been to in my life , make sure you get them on your bucket list.

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – The mighty 80’s powerhouse house Poison ,  descended on Blossom Music Center last week on  a warmer then usually summer night . The heat on stage however was much , much hotter and the audience could not have been more pleased. I knew  with just  the intro video that this  night is one  I was never going to forget and one for my musical history books.

Poison live on stage ,
Poison live on stage ,

I have seen and worked with Bret Michaels  several times over the last few years and he always put on a stellar show however this was ever better  .The brotherhood of Poison , and yes it is a brother hood ,let me make my case. If you have worked and lived together, toured the world and had ups and down and still survived you are brothers in every sense of the word. To see the brothers together on stage again is a moment I have waited years to see and I could not have been happier.

Poison live on stage ,
Poison live on stage ,

The night started out with ” Look What The Cat Dragged In ” and in a sense of irony it was fitting as it was where the band started from as it was a hit from their debut album. The next two hours were a blur of hits, guitar solos , smiles and bass and drum fills. ” Ride The Wind ” ,” Fallen Angel ” and ” Something to Believe In ”  were some of the best versions I have witnessed.

Poison live on stage ,
Poison live on stage ,

I did something at this show  I usually do not do , I was within close proximity to C.C. Deville and I communicated with him via hand jesters signaling that I had mad respect and love for the  music and thank you for all you do . Not only did he acknowledge it , he thanked me for the comment . A true class act all the way .

If you have been living under a rock or are related to  Rip Van Winkle  the members of Poison are Bret Michaels on vocals acoustic guitars. Mr C.C. Deville on guitars, Mr Bobby Dall on bass guitar and Rikki Rockett on drums .

To learn more about the tour and see this five star show . please see the official website at


Live Review – LaureLive 2018 – Music With A Mission

Proving yet again while they are simply the best large scale independent festival in the state .


Geauga County, Ohio- The Butler Campus of the private all girls school Laurel set the stage for one of the best run festival in Ohio for the third straight year in a  row. LaurelLive, in conjunction with the Elevation Group and the Laurel Academy is the end all to beat all of festivals . Not only do you get great music from some of the best international artists around . The festival features workshops, student empowerment , community education and support and a plethora of healthy lifestyle choices from food to yoga and everything in between.

It is impossible to cover the entire festival in one article so we decided to list some of out favorite highlights from it .

Magic Giant Live on Stage
Magic Giant Live on Stage

The most active performance I saw was from Magic Giant , a band that I never saw before but I will always check out once they are in town . Wow is all I can saw .

Matisyahu Live On Stage
Matisyahu Live On Stage

Most spiritual and enlightening was Matisyahu , a genre defying artist who does reggae , rap, sings , poetry all mixed together . Extra points for having local  resident Joe Tomino as his drummer who did an excellent job .

Matisyahu Live on Stage
Matisyahu Live on Stage
Sage live on stage
Sage live on stage

One to watch is newbie Sage of 

.Her song ” I Want To Be Famous ” should be featured on a movie soundtrack  , its deep message and  and soft sounds , really break thru the muck of today’s millennial society .

Flint Eastwood Live on Stage
Flint Eastwood Live on Stage

I am really glad I was able to catch Flint Eastwood who I have heard about for years and finally was able to see .

Hannah Wicklund and The Stepping Stones
Hannah Wicklund and The Stepping Stones

Most surprise for me was Hannah Wicklund and the Stepping Stones. The woman can wait on a guitar like Hendrix and needs to be seen live wow .

Well that’s my wrap up , make sure you check them out in 2019 because they will be back and it will be no small feet to top this years artists.

LaureLive This Weekend

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About This Weekend


1.    Parking is free!  Four area lots are available for parking with continuous Cortland Bank Shuttle Service to/from the Laurel School Butler Campus.  THERE IS NO ON-SITE PARKING AT LAURELIVE.


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2.    Tickets are still available.  Options include VIP tickets, general passes, child (3-10) discounts, single day and weekend.  Burntwood Tavern is providing all VIP Catering.  Get your tickets today.





3.    Gates open both days at 11:30AM.  Music runs 12:30P-11:00P on Saturday, June 9.  The day ends with Foster The People, Fitz and the Tantrums and X Ambassadors.  Sunday, June 10 begins at 12:15P with Yoga presented by WEYV, featuring the music of Magic Giant.  The day concludes at 10:00P with Brandi Carlile, Cold War Kids and Trombone Shorty.




4.    The South Side – New and Improved.  The Medworks Stage will feature a serious array of international talent including: flor, Tall Heights, The Aces, Lewis Capaldi, Muscians from Apollo’s Fire, morgxn, Castlecomer, Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin’ Stones, Walker County, Flint Eastwood and Emily Keener.  



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We are excited to tell you (if you have not heard already) that the 9th annual Lake Effect Comic Con will be taking place on Sunday, June 24th at the Holiday Inn on Rt. 306 (conveniently located between both 90 and Route 2) in beautiful Mentor, Ohio! The show will run from 10 AM- 5PM, and boy do we have some cool stuff lined up for you guys this year!
Admission is $8 for adults, children under 13 are admitted free.  Free parking is provided.
Here is a complete list of confirmed Creators and Dealers that will be at the show!



Confirmed Creators:

Confirmed Dealers:

We will also be holding our popular costume contest!
  • There will be four categories for judging
    1. Girls 12 and under
    2. Boys 12 and under
    3. Women 13 and over
    4. Men 13 and over
  • The first place winners in each category will win a grand prize
  • All entrants will receive a gift
  • Judging will occur in the Hotel Lobby promptly at 3:15 PM
(We would like to remind everyone- no weapons of ANY KIND are permitted at LECC. If you are found to have one, you will be asked to leave with no refund and the proper authorities will be contacted. Cosplay is NOT consent. Please respect our guests and fellow attendees and their right to enjoy the show. Treat people how you would want to be treated. If anyone is caught violating these rules we WILL eject you from the show and no refund will be given.)
So we look forward to seeing you all there! Start working on those costumes, and making those back issues lists!

Live Review – Five Reasons To See Sumo Cyco in Person !

Cleveland, Ohio – I recently saw Sumo Cyco in direct support for The Butcher Babies a few weeks ago and was immediately blown away by the band. In honor of the over the top performance we decided to list the five reasons you must see Sumo Cyco live and in person .

Sumo Cyco live on stage
Sumo Cyco live on stage


The band is just a fun band to watch and listen to. The comradeship on display in the band reminds me of the best part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers just having fun on stage  .The smiling , the fun , the games and the shoulder rides makes it just a fun band to be around.

Sumo Cyco live on stage
Sumo Cyco live on stage

2-  Audience Participation

The  audience  is part of the show whether they want to be or not.With singer Skye crowd surfing , drinking shots and riding the shoulders of guitarist Matt Drake, the fans are at the center of attention. Skye reminds me of the first time I saw Gwen Stefani and I knew that she was going to be huge one day and I feel the same way about Sumo Cyco so see them now before it arenas only .

Sumo Cyco live on stage
Sumo Cyco live on stage

3- The Music

Ill be honest,  I didn’t know a single song or lyric of the band and most of the audience didn’t know them either at the start of the show.But the ability to hold onto and control a crowd and leaving them begging for more when they were not even there to see you shows you the power of the songs. The bass, the guitars , the drums and the vocals work as cohesive team to delight the ears and thrill the eyes. This is one band you will never forget.

Sumo Cyco live on stage
Sumo Cyco live on stage

4- Social Media

The band is very active on social media and fan interaction. They know when and how to meet the fans and anticipate what an  audience needs. Showing that life on the road can be fun but is not always glamorous .

Sumo Cyco live on stage
Sumo Cyco live on stage

5 – The Members

The members included on this tour were ,

Skye “Sever” Sweetnam -Vocals
Matt “MD13” Drake- Guitars
Oscar Anesetti- Bass Guitar
Matt “Trozzi”- Drums

Sumo Cyco live on stage
Sumo Cyco live on stage

This is one band that must be seen to enjoy the full force of them .  Two albums and 17  music videos and binge on it is time to absorb all you can . To learn more about them please see  the official website at


Live Review – 5th Annual Spring Bash and Thrash -The Good , The Bad and The Ugly !


Mentor, Ohio – The 5th Annual Spring Bash and Thrash was held a couple of weeks ago at Mentor on The Lakes Music Lynxx with many  eclectic styles of music to delight even the fickle fan . The night had a mix of good , bad and ugly . In true movie review mode ,  we give you our assessment of the night .

The Bunny The Bear at Bash and Thrash
The Bunny The Bear at Bash and Thrash

The Good-

I  was already a fan of The Bunny The Bear ( The headline artist ) so I was excited about seeing them .One of the best parts of the evening was being pleasantly surprised by some outstanding acts that even thou I never heard of them, I was delighted to see  them perform .Some of the outstanding acts of the night were FayTree , Echo Black ,You Are a Toy and of course The Bunny The Bear . I saw Konipshun Phit a few times in 2006 and 2007 but this was an almost completely new line up and I see major growth in the band .Another good point of the evening was the staff of Support Cleveland Metal Scene ( The Promoter) specifically  Breanna ” Dragonblade ” Hamilton .She worked tirelessly to make sure the bands were paid and well fed and all their needs were taken care of as they were on the road . Hats off to her I wish all promoters were that involved .

The Bunny The Bear at Bash and Thrash
The Bunny The Bear at Bash and Thrash
The Bunny The Bear at Bash and Thrash
The Bunny The Bear at Bash and Thrash

The Bad – The really only bad point was that one of the bands  decided to set up outside of the venue and perform , hence drawing fans always from the bands on stage and just being rude in general .

 Echo Black at Bash and Thrash
Echo Black at Bash and Thrash
 You Are A Toy at Bash and Thrash
You Are A Toy at Bash and Thrash

The Ugly- 

The Ugly of the night was the delayed times of the acts as some acts were there on time and others late, it thru the schedule into a black hole never to see the light of day .I mean I’m old so I need my beauty sleep so 130am start time for a band it even too late for me . But I also understand it could not be helped and was not any one persons fault.

Konipshin Phit at Bash and Thrash
Konipshun Phit at Bash and Thrash
Fay Tree live on stage
Fay Tree live on stage

All in all if was a good evening and I hope to get to to see future shows put on by them .  Please see the official Facebook page for further info

The Dead Daisies Opening U.S Tour in Cleveland !

This is one of the bands you cant miss !

THE DEAD DAISIES are currently on their UK & European Burn It Down Tour and just shot a music video for the band’s next single “DEAD AND GONE” at Black Box Music (Rammstein, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson) in Berlin before they finish in Milan on May 9th.

Their album “BURN IT DOWN” has entered the charts around the world! Led by a #6 in the US Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #10 in the German Media Control Charts, #12 in the US Hard Music Charts, #14 in the UK Sales Charts, #15 in Switzerland and Austria as well as numerous other charts around the world, the album has delivered on the promise of “Burning down everything in its path”!

At radio “Rise Up” has been added to massive playlists worldwide. The track is climbing the US Active Rock Chart (currently #42), on huge stations in Germany, Italy, France, Swedenand Spain as well as the UK’s Planet Rock Radio’s A-Playlist.

The band returns to Japan in late June to play three packed headline shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya before heading to Europe in July where they’ll play Festivals along with dates with the Scorpions & Guns N’ Roses.

The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).

About Hookers & Blow:

Hookers & Blow, a now legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi is celebrating its 15-year anniversary and includes Robbie Crane and Mike Dupke.

Tour Dates:


Wed 15th / Cleveland, OH / Agora Ballroom
Thu 16th / Fort Wayne, IN / Piere’s
Fri 17th / Joliet, IL   / The Forge
Sat 18th / Flint, MI / The Machine Shop
Sun 19th / Louisville, KY / Diamonds
Wed 22nd / Rochester, NY / Montage Music Hall
Thu 23rd / London, ON / Harris Park
Fri 24th / Toronto, ON / Phoenix Theatre
Sat 25th / Ottawa, ON / The Brass Monkey
Sun 26th / Montreal, QC / Foufounes Electriques
Tue 28th / New York, NY / Highline Ballroom
Wed 29th / Warrendale, PA / Jergel’s
Thu 30th / Cincinnati, OH / Bogart’s
Fri 31st / Lancaster, PA / Chameleon Club


Sat 1st / Albany, NY / Upstate Concert Hall
Tue 4th / Nashville, TN / Mercy Lounge
Thu 6th / Houston, TX / Scout Bar
Fri 7th / Dallas, TX / Trees
Sat 8th / Austin, TX / Come and Take It Live
Wed 12th / Las Vegas, NV / Fremont Country Club
Thu 13th / San Diego, CA / Brick by Brick
Fri 14th / Pomona, CA / The Glass House
Sat 15th / Phoenix, AZ / The Marquee
Sun 16th / Los Angeles, CA / Roxy Theatre

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