Community Concerts

Community Room #125

Tim Wallace

The Tim Wallace Community Concerts are free community concerts, held from 1 to 6pm in an informal, intimate performance space. This year the Lake Erie Folk Fest is honoring the memory of Tim Wallace, who passed away in 2015. An Elyria native, Tim spent his life singing in his rich booming voice and writing songs that brought belly-aching laughs to his audiences. He was a champion of singer-songwriters and a dear friend to many.

Steve Madewell with John Barile 
Songs from the Heartland

1 – 1:45pm

Steve Madewell

Steve Madewell has performed as both a solo artist and in bands throughout his adult life. He routinely plays at Northeast Ohio wineries, community events and festivals. Many of his songs have a deeply personal edge to them, such as “Gifts,” as each day has a story and everyday has a gift; “Hometown Blues,” inspired by watching rural towns irreversibly change through prosperity and growth; “Rough Edges,” a song about how time wears us down, much as water erodes a riverbank; and the lighter “Full-Time Job Being Me,” an answer to being asked what will you do once your retire.

Steve has had two major influences, music and nature. He enjoyed a successful career in the conservation field and been a performing musician for decades. He writes songs that are often inspired by Ohio’s landscape. He has been the opening act for many national touring artists including Leon Russell, John Prine, Doc Watson, New Grass Revival

Watch video: Steve Madewell, “Everybody’s Favorite”

John Barile

Performing with Steve is John Barile. John is a multi-instrumentalist currently living in Toledo where he is a mainstay in the vibrant Northwest Ohio music scene.

John grew up in Cleveland Heights and has been performing professionally for over three decades. He spent many years performing in Northeast Ohio before embarking on a national tour with The Rivermen. John is versatile on 20 different instruments, and is exceptional on both mandolin and guitar, especially slide guitar.

John Barile on mandolin, “Girl from the North Country” – video

SpYder Stompers 
Traditional American

2 – 2:45pm

SpYder Stompers & Sugar Pie cook up a tasty spread of foot-stompin’ pre-war acoustic country blues, ragtime and string band classics. The band includes Kevin T. Richards, Jack DiAlesandro, Ray DeForest and Sheela Das.

SpYder Stompers video – “Jackson’s Cow Cow Stomp”

Young and Blue  

3:15 – 4pm

Young and Blue

Rick Campbell is a music teacher who enjoys teaching people of all ages the basics and more of bluegrass music. Rick also formed and leads the bluegrass band Young and Blue, which consists of some of his students – Nick Smith, Aaron Retych and Ron Zahursky, as well as Rick himself – who play a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, banjo and upright bass. 


John McGrail Trio
The Dark Prince of Cleveland Folk

4:15 – 5pm

John McGrail

Cleveland based singer songwriter John McGrail (vocal and guitar) shares the stage with Jay Bentoff (bass) and Sheela Das (whistles, flute and guitar). John has been writing music for the last 40 years and performing for over 35 of those years. Categorized as a folk musician he accepts that, and on some level even agrees, but his influences range far beyond that and they all contribute to the ‘folk’ music that he creates. Analysis of his tunes would find things like odd meters, Floydian textures, and the occasional stinging guitar solo. Then there are the lyrics… well there are those who have described him as the Dark Prince of Cleveland Folk.

Listen to John McGrail

Video: You Don’t Know My Mind


Patty C and the Guys 

5:15 – 6pm

Patty C & the Guys started in February 2014. The members include Patty Candela on button box, Joe Strukel on piano accordion, Phil Hrvatin on Sax, Denny Bucar on Bass and Paul “Pops” Magooch on drums. The band plays different styles of polkas, waltz and other music like rumbas, latin and slow song favorites. In November 2014, 2015 and 2017 the band won the Button Box Group of the Year award from the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.

Video: Patty C and the Guys, “In Heaven There is No Beer Polka”







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