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

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

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 .

Live Review – Five Reasons Summerland Tour is Best Value For Your Money !

This is one not to be missed !

Cleveland, Ohio – In honor of Art Alexakis bringing both his Summerland Tour and Everclear to town last week ,we decided to list why the Summerland Tour is the best value for your money.

Local H on stage
Local H on stage

Number One-

Nostalgia – The tour brings the best of 1990s’s artists together in a  intimate setting where every ticket is the best seat in the house ( even if you are standing ) Where else can you get top artists playing radio hits and hidden gems for your delight . I honestly have never seen either Local H or Marcy Playground but damn I am glad i was at this show .

Local H on stage
Local H on stage

Number Two-

Value – Three bands, many hits , one low price . To be honest at three times the cost it still would be a great value , they even  kept the band merch at reasonable prices so no over priced $ 75 shirt .  The merch lines were long but well worth it .

Marcy Playground on stage
Marcy Playground on stage

Number  Three –

A Fans Band – Both Local H and Marcy  Playground came out after their sets to meet the fans and pose for pictures and I know  Everclear did meet some the fans before their set as well.  One of the things the bands know is being accessible to the fans is how to keep the fans happy and coming back tour after tour besides I am sure it is nice see familiar faces and new one .

Everclear on stage
Everclear on stage

Number Four-

The Music- It is what started us all  and the most important reason for a show . Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground along with several other hits and not to forget Local H as well .Bound For The Floor was one of my favorite  songs and to get that sound out of a two piece band is beyond imagination .

Number Five –

Art Alexakis -The man behind the music, the ringleader, the MC and all around great guy . The band  Everclear and the music they created really has touched me over the years and Art in particular means a lot to me.  We share a bond over the song ” Father of Mine ” so if a kid from the projects can become a success without a father in the music industry so can a kid from the projects without a father in the media industry so my hats of to Art .

There is a little under a week left on the tour but to see if a date is near you please check out the official website at  http://www.summerlandtour.net