Community Room #125
LEFF’s free community concerts are held from 1 to 6pm in an informal, intimate performance space.
The Blues Devils draws on traditional blues and country blues as well as folk music from the ’20s, ’30s, post-war through the Chicago sound of the ’60s. Their musical influences are Frank Stokes, Gus Cannon, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Bind Boy Fuller, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed to name a few.
Jack Di’Alesandro is a master of the finger picking style guitar and has played throughout Ohio and beyond for 30-plus years. Rockin’ Robin Montgomery (keyboard) plays piano ranging styles from rollicking country blues to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens Bakersfield Country as well as Cow Cow Davenport and Pine Top Perkins blues. A walking encyclopedia of musicology, he knows the back story to most any song you can name or ever heard of. Sheela Das is a multi-instumentalist with amazing vocals in the style of Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Alberta Hunter. She is a musical educator with her own company, Creative Concepts in Music. Tim Lachina (harmonica) can conjure the spirits of Paul Butterfield, Alan Wilson, and Gus Cannon and Captain Beefheart. Tim has collaborated with many fine bluegrass, country, jazz, and rock musicians in northeast Ohio. He is an accomplished photographer and graphic designer who has done branding for the Lake Erie Folk Fest since 2016.
Paul Kovac & Andrew Bonnis
3:15 – 4pm
Ohio Bluegrass stalwart Paul Kovac is joined by string wizard Andrew Bonnis for a set of music on banjo and guitar. Both multi-instrumentalists, singers AND Geauga natives, they will perform music from Kovac’s recent CD, “Ohio Bluegrass: From the Appalachian Plateau,” and songs in the tradition of Bluegrass and American roots music.
Hot Djang! is an acoustic jazz trio. Their inspiration comes from the style of jazz made popula in Paris during the 1930s known as “Gypsy Jazz.” In addition, they play jazz and swing standards from the American Songbook.
Reed Simon (violin) has worked with many of Cleveland’s top jazz musicians and national artists including guitarist Tony Mattolla, vibraphonist Gary Burton and as a special guest on a Duke Ellington program at Severance Hall.
Kevin Richards (lead guitar) is highly regarded in the local roots music scene and has shared stages with Mac Martin, John Hammond, Jorma Kaukonen, Howard Armstrong and local blues legend Robert Lockwood Jr.
Brad Smedley (rhythm guitar) is the heartbeat of the band. He has studied under several of the best jazz guitarists of this genre including Frank Vignola, Gonzolo Begara and Robin Nolan.
Old-Time Tunes with Mark Olitsky, Riley Calcagno & Susie Goehring
5:15 – 6pm
Mark Olitsky has taught clawhammer banjo in Cleveland for the last 25 years and has participated in workshops in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and California. He has been featured in The Old-Time Herald, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited and represented old-time banjo in the 2009 “First Voice” film project showcasing Ohio roots musicians. He has recorded with various string-bands, including jimmyjohnnyjoe with fiddler Joe Thrift, Bad Dog, and Killer Grits with Freighthoppers’s fiddler David Bass.
Riley Calcagno plays with The Onlies and with Vivian Leva. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Riley has performed and worked closely with Elvis Costello, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Rhiannon Giddens, and Bruce Molsky. He is a current student at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
Watch this video for insights into Ohio’s rich musical heritage that covers every type of American Roots Music from folk, bluegrass, blues, New Orleans jazz, Cajun to jug-band, including a spot about Susie Goehring.
The video was part of a series produced by Roots of American Music in partnership with WVIZ/PBS. “First Voice, Ohio” highlights unique roots music from from around the Buckeye state.
Susie Goehring has been active in the music scene as an instructor, performer and also as a collector of roots music for The Field Recorders Collective. Most recently, she placed 2nd with the Mother Cluckers (Susie Goehring, Debra Clifford, Becca Wintle and Tricia Spencer) in the Trad Contest at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival. Watch video.