Community Concerts

Community Room #125

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The Crooked River Stompers 
Ragtime and String Music of the ’20s & ’30s

1 – 1:45, Room 125

Crooked River Stompers

The Crooked River Stompers is a folk orchestra in the grand style of the classic string bands of the 1920’s and 30’s. The three members, Jack DiAlesandro, Jon Mosey and John Reynolds, have been playing this music individually for nearly 40 years. Together they’ve formed one of the most exciting groups to come out of Ohio in decades. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Martin, Bogan & Armstrong, Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, the Mississippi Sheiks, the Dallas String Band and the Quintette Of The Hot Club Of France, the Stompers swagger confidently through a lexicon of early 20th century music with a flair and confidence born of their intimate knowledge of the styles.

Video: Stomp That Thing

Songwriter Song Swap 
With Bethany Joy, Josee McGee & Noah Budin

2 – 2:45, Room 125

Bethany Joy is a singer-songwriter from Cleveland, OH. She is recognized for her powerful, emotive vocals and captivating song writing style.

Video: Beautiful Girl

Josee McGee

For Josee McGee, learning to sing was one with learning to talk. Raised in Canton, music was at the center of her family’s lifestyle. The death of a close friend led her to songwriting in her teens. Twelve years later, we can process moments of love, passion, grief, and hope through Josee’s collection of songs.

Video: No More Graves

Noah Budin

Noah Budin is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, actor, storyteller, educator and program director. In addition to recording CDs of original music and performing concerts around the country, Noah is the full-time Life Enrichment Coordinator for Stone Gardens Assisted Living at the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood. Noah was a cast member of Cleveland’s longest running hit show Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding at the Hanna Theater. In the 1980’s and 90’s Noah was a member of the Chicago based acapella music and comedy group “Four Guys Standing Around Singing.”

Video: Mi Shebeirach (A Prayer for Healing)


Sugar Mules  
Not so traditional bluegrass

3 – 3:45

Sugar Mules

Sugar Mules is a Cleveland based six-piece bluegrass band combining traditional favorites, with originals and new covers to provide an inescapable need to stomp your boots and let loose a holler.

Video: Mules in the Wild

Custy & McNamara
Traditional Irish Songs & Tunes

4 – 4:45pm

Custy & McNamara

Custy & McNamara play an exciting blend of music from old traditional ballads to original songs and modern covers and their driving tunes will make you want to get up and dance.

Nikki Custy is a talented multi-instrumentalist who can be heard all around Cleveland. She has performed with many different bands including  Pitch the Peat, Lia Fail, Brace Yourself Brigid, and the Portersharks. She uses her extensive knowledge of playing tunes on fiddle and banjo to influence how she backs the music on the guitar. Her intuitive guitar style is a delight to play with!

Samantha McNamara has a BM in viola performance and is a certified Suzuki Violin teacher. She transitioned to playing traditional Irish music in 2011 and has now played all over the country and in Ireland. She now plays and teaches traditional Irish music through the McNamara School of Irish music here in Northeast Ohio.

Video: St. Patrick’s Day 2022 at the Music Box

Bill Lestock w/ Brad Smedley 
Original Mandolin

5 – 5:45pm

Bill Lestock

Bill Lestock composes and blends folk and traditional music with modern ingenuity on mandolin and fiddle. Performing music for more than 40 years, Bill mixes styles of baroque, old time, bluegrass, blues and rock n roll into his compositions. Bill, a 32-year veteran firefighter, adds the culture of firefighting into the music in the form of fiddle tunes and present-day string sounds that are best defined as modern acoustic music of Northeast Ohio. Brad Smedley, accomplished guitar and accordion player band leader of the band “Hot Djang” will join Bill in Original Mandolin.

Brad Smedley

Brad Smedley began playing music at an early age, but it wasn’t until moving to Cleveland in 1978 that his passion for roots music was ignited. Since then, he has explored a variety of instruments and has formed bands in the styles of Old Time, Cajun, Zydeco, and Gypsy Jazz. 



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