Following is a partial list of acts slated to perform on the Southwest General Stage at the 2020 Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest. We’d like to extend special thanks to Southwest General for their generous support of our event. To find out when a particular act is set to perform, click here to check out our Southwest General Stage Performance Schedule.
Revolution Pie – A Tribute to the Beatles
When: Fri, May 22 at 6:00pm
Revolution Pie is one of Northeast Ohio’s premier Beatles Tribute Bands. They have played for many thousands of Beatle fans at various events over the last 18 years. Revolution Pie specializes in not just one but every aspect of The Beatles musical history including the early mop top, psychedelic, hippie and rooftop era’s. Their repertoire includes over 100 songs taken from all 13 Beatles albums and covers the entire spectrum of The Beatles stellar recording careers. They use Vox amps, Rickenbacker guitars, the Hofner bass, DW drums and Roland keyboards to achieve the proper sound of The Beatles recordings.
As song recreators, Revolution Pie strives to attain a note for note recreation of the greatest songs ever written both musically and vocally. Their stage show is a high energy, fun filled, family friendly event that everyone enjoys. The band musicians include Ralph Criswell on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Chris Spisak on bass guitar and vocals, Peter Telari on drums, Paul Fresty on lead guitar, keyboards and vocals, Mike Carlozzi on keyboards, percussion and vocals and Jim Bossler on rhythm guitar and vocals.
Revolution Pie has performed at Abbey Road on the River, Cleveland Indians Rock N Blast, The Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Clinic Velosano, Cleveland MetroParks, FOX 8 Morning Show, Cleveland Public Square Paul McCartney pre-concert rally, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Komen Race for the Cure, Cleveland Zoo, House of Blues, Beachland Ballroom, Music Box Supper Club, Akron Civic Theater, Kenyon College, Akron Leadership, Legacy Village, Parma Rib N Rock, Northcoast Beatle Fest and Rubber City Beatle Fest. They also opened for music legends Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon and Denny Laine of Moody Blues and Wings. They have performed at many city events and numerous festivals for many thousands of Beatle fans over the last 18 years.
Revolution Pie is…
Ralph Criswell – Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals
Chris Spisak – Bass Guitar and Vocals
Peter Telari – Drums and Percussion
Paul Fresty – Lead Guitar, keyboards and Vocals
Michael Carlozzi – Keyboards, Percussion and Vocals
Jim Bossler – Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
When: Fri, May 22 at 9:00pm
Bronx Country is…
JEFF BODEEN (VOCALS)
Elmer Harden “Tiny”(BASS,VOCALS)
TROY MCILVEEN (DRUMS)
JOHN CAPOTA (GUITAR)
DOUGIE MANROSS (GUITAR/VOCAL)
CHRIS BLOOMHUFF (KEYBOARDS/VOCAL)
When: Sat, May 23 at 3:00pm
While Willie Brewer is the lead drummer of this band, he is not the only drummer of the band. Between Eric Moss (lead guitar), Spencer Kropog (lead bass) and I, we possess the ability to play each other’s instruments very well. We do have a couple songs that we all switch things up but mostly we stick with our designated instruments. We are a local three-piece band from the Cleveland area.
We specialize in classic rock and hard rock, but we range from country, reggae, funk, soul, alternative rock, pop and even some hip hop. We plan to play an extensive list of covers, as well as a few original songs of ours.
Gary West – For the Love of Cash
When: Sat, May 23 at 6:00pm
Gary West was born and raised in a rural farm area, 35 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana. His given name was Gerald Boger Jr. In 1985 while on tour with Tommy Cash (brother of Johnny Cash) Tommy told Gerald that he needed a new name if he was going to be in show business. Later that night during Tommy’s performance, Tommy introduced Gerald as, “Gary West on the drums”. The rest, as they say, is history. That same band that was backing Tommy Cash that night, was formed by Gerald in 1978. Amazingly that band continued to perform all over the US and Canada for 13 years. That band was the Royal Aces. (That’s a whole other story). In 1988 Gary moved to Nashville, TN in a “1963 GMC 4104 tour bus” with everything he pretty much owned in that bus, and the journey began.
After a few short weeks in town, Gary landed an “artist gig” with Grand Ole Opry star, Del Reeves. Gary went on to perform with many country music legends such as Tommy Cash, Little Jimmy Dickens (12 years total), Jett Williams (1 year), The Drifting Cowboys (1 year), Del Reeves (2 years), Jean Shepard, Charlie Pride, Hank Thompson, Melba Montgomery, Ferlin Husky, and many other Grand Ole Opry legends. Gary recalls, “One of my favorite things to have been a part of was the “Drifting Cowboys”. This was Hank Williams Sr.’s original old band with Don Helms on steel guitar and Jerry Rivers on fiddle. These two men were icons in country music history. They played on Ray Price records and with Patsy Cline and Hank Williams to name just a few. We toured all over Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and the US that year. We also performed with Jett Williams on the German Country Music Awards. What an unforgettable experience.”
As an artist, he performed throughout the US and Canada as “Gary West and the Wild Wild West Band!” This was a hard driving, country/rock style sound with steel guitar. How can you be country without a steel guitar? Later “The Gary West Trio” became very popular in Nashville and he enjoyed a six-year stint at the world famous Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. He mainly performed at the “Pickin’ Parlor” and the “Jack Daniels Saloon” located inside the hotel.
One night backstage at the Opry, Justin Tubb (son of Ernest Tubb) invited Gary to be a guest on the world famous “Ernest Tubb Record Shop”. This is one of the longest running radio shows in the world and has a profound mark in music history. It was truly an honor to perform and be invited by Justin Tubb himself.
The push to be a Nashville recording artist continued as Gary worked with different managers including Mike McDaniel (brother of Mel McDaniel) and Kari Reeves/Del Reeves Productions (she got Billy Ray Cyrus his record deal). He has sung demo’s for many songwriters. In one studio alone he sang 65 demo’s in one summer. He sang several demo’s at Jim Allison’s studio and co-wrote with Jim Allison and Kari Reeves. (Jim wrote seven #1 records for Reba).
In 2002, Gary took a break from singing but continued to perform with Country Music Icon “Little Jimmy Dickens” on the Grand Ole Opry. In 2009 there were changes made in the Grand Ole Opry in that stars with Country Music Hall of Fame status were no longer able to keep their road bands on the Opry after they retired from the road. Sadly, in mid November of 2009, Gary and about 16 other musicians were cut from the roster.
In 1998 Gary began producing his own music and continued producing projects for many songwriters. Gary began using his technical talent and his own recording studio as a service to other musicians, songwriters, and artists. Some notable people Gary has recorded or produced for specific projects include Mark Collie, Craig Campbell, Ken Mellons, Lance Allen, Terry Bayless, Jason Roller, Buddy Spiker, Fred Newell, Johnny Hiland, JD Myers, Chuck Courtney, Becky Coyle, Brian Glenn, Doug Jernigan, Chasing Lexi, Mark Cash, Dennis McCall, Kim Parent, Cotten Payne, Hoot Gibson, Darrin Vincent, Ric Sandler, Mike Oldham, Jessica Miller and more.
Cleveland’s Breakfast Club
When: Sat, May 23 at 9:00pm
Cleveland’s Breakfast Club was formed in 2000 in Cleveland, Ohio. With a primary focus on all the greatest hits of the 80’s, and having opened for acts such as Coolio, Nelly, Bret Michaels, and Lita Ford, they are the ultimate tribute to one of the best decades in modern music. Ranging from the great pop stylings of Journey, Duran Duran, Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams, The Cure, U2, The Cars, INXS, and J. Geils Band to the rock sounds of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Guns and Roses, Van Halen, AC/DC, Night Ranger, and Motley Crue, they are sure to keep the dance floor packed and the crowd singing along. Although their focus is on the 80’s, Cleveland’s Breakfast Club is not limited to just that era. This highly versatile 4 piece band is adversed in all styles of music with nearly 100 years of professional playing experience. They can custom build a song list to your clients liking. Want to hear a great medley by The Beatles and The Eagles or the hot new dance songs by Walk The Moon and Bruno Mars? Cleveland’s Breakfast Club will make your event one that people talk about for a long time and won’t soon forget!
The Joey Amato Band
When: Sun, May 24 at Noon
When: Sun, May 24 at 3:00pm
The Band Cruisin’ was founded by lead singer and sax player Ron Howard in 1986. It’s rare in this business to find a group that has been together for over 30 years. It’s even more unusual for a group to be as successful as Cruisin’.
That success can be attributed to five dedicated guys who have lived and breathed the music of Motown and classic rock, and who consistently perform the high-energy R&B, Motown, and dance hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s with a style, flair and sound second only to that of the original artists.
If you ever have a chance to talk to Ron about the group and the success they’ve had over the years, he’ll tell you it all revolves around a passion for the music. And it’s this passion that provides the background for Cruisin’s powerhouse performances. Ask anyone who has heard them at Put-In-Bay, Kelley’s Island or anywhere in the 5-state area where they perform, and you’ll be told that Ron Howard and the band Cruisin’ are synonymous with “great entertainment.”
When: Sun, May 24 at 6:00pm
HRadiate Live consists of professional and energetic musicians in the Cleveland area. Featuring Ashley Armanni, award winning vocalist for Cleveland Magazine’s Best Cover Band as well as America’s Got Talent contestant, Marc McMillion. Playing a diverse selection of music to accommodate all event types, this up-beat band will create both a memorable and enjoyable experience for all. Radiate Live is sure to ‘Radiate’ your night!
Radiate Live is…
Ashley Armanni: Lead Vocals
Marc McMillon: Lead Vocals
Tom Vath: Drums, vocals
Sean Walsh: Guitar, sound, vocals
Tim Vath: Bass guitar, keys, vocals
When: Sun, May 24 at 9:00pm
The Spazmatics is a nerd themed comedy tribute to the pop hits of the 1980’s. Performances include songs by artists such as Devo, Ah-ha, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Wham and an assortment of one-hit-wonders.
The band debuted November 13, 2004. The members are experienced and gifted musicians from the Cleveland area dedicated to creating a fun and entertaining experience for their audiences. Early on, their strong performances and musical abilities quickly caught national attention when they were invited to play for President George W. Bush at the White House on the evening of December 17, 2005.
With more than 100 dates per year, The Spazmatics are regularly featured at top nightclubs and perform for many of the highest level private, corporate and charitable events in the United States and abroad. The Spazmatics reputation for humor and musicianship has attracted a celebrity following from the television and sports world. They have played many college campuses as well as international events like the Lexington KY World Equestrian Games Music Festival. From the Hard Rock Cafe to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum the Spazmatics have considered themselves blessed to be entertaining and enjoying the opportunity.
David Dennis “Davey Horowitz” (vocalist) David studied voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music, has sung the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium and Progressive Field, and has performed on the “RockStar” movie soundtrack. He wrote and produced a LP release for Japanese recording artist “Still Alive” and toured Japan in support.
Marc Anthony “Waldo Nova” (drums) Marc has toured most of his life playing in every corner of the globe. His talent and versatility has made him the choice musician to a number of top acts.
Tony Gammalo “Toby Radcliff” (guitar) As a guitarist Tony has showcased for major labels and at SXSW. Currently he is an audio producer/engineer working at Spider Studios in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. In that role he has helped to secure record deals for multiple national and international recording artists.
Greg Golya “Myron Dinkle” (bass guitar) Greg is an Emmy Award® winning broadcast designer from Cleveland Ohio.
In a world of diminishing intelligence and questionable talent, four brave men stand alone in the fight for the de-simplification of technology. They long for the day when science was wielded only by the true geniuses, and computers were the farthest thing from being user friendly.
Four men, united by pocket protectors and bad hygiene, decide that no longer would they live in obscurity, content only being masters of cyberspace. They bravely cast aside their fears of rejection and decided that the time is right for geeks, nerds, and dorks to be proud of their taped up glasses and ill-fitting clothes, and restore “their” music to its rightful place.
Now is the time to fulfill the need for dweeb.
And so Davy, Toby, Myron and Waldo became THE SPAZMATICS… a rare combination of brains and beat. A group way past their time, and not ashamed to admit it.
In a strange sci-fi accident our heroes were hurtled through space and time. Traveling 35 years into the future, they now reside in the 21st century. 1985 might be a distant memory to you, but to the Spazmatics it’s as close as yesterday. Now their mission is to take you on a journey back to a time when synthesizers, drum machines, and infectious beats had preppies and yuppies moving to the nu-wave groove of the geeks they despised. A time when day-glo clothing and hairstyles resembling geometric shapes were the norm. Back when MTV ruled, Michael Jackson resembled an earthling and VH1 was for the old folks.
Since their arrival in the 21st century they have performed for hundreds of thousands including celebrities and the President of the United States and his family. They have become international party sensations and are in incredible demand.
Here is a little known Spazmatics factoid: Researchers at MIT used the music of the Spazmatics in dairy farms to see if it would stimulate cows to produce more milk. Reports indicate that the music was successful and the cows did produce more milk, but unfortunately, it all had an expiration date of March 4, 1985.
The Spazmatics are:
Myron – Electronic Bass Guitar
Waldo – Beat Distribution
Davie – Sexy Voice
Toby – Electronic Guitar
Tiny Hands Band
When: Mon, May 25 at 11:30am
The Tiny Hands Band are…
Jason Florack – Lead Vocals
Jeff Karp – Guitar
Vince Marce – Bass & Vocals
AxlF – Drums & Vocals
Chardon Polka Band
When: Mon, May 25 at 2:00pm
TIn 2003, 16-year old Jake Kouwe was told there was no place for an accordion in his local high school’s marching band. In response, Jake recruited a group of five mismatched teenagers to form a genuine oom-pah style polka band. This group, known as “The Chardon High School Polka Band”, was a rather motley group of teenage musicians that included in the line-up an accordion, tuba, clarinet, saxophone, electric guitar, and trumpet.
The group quickly found a following in the most unlikely of places- local nursing homes. Despite their ripped jeans, high school lingo, long (and even pink) hair, piercings and tattoos, senior citizens and nursing home residents turned a blind eye to their looks and fell in love with the polka-playing teens. However, the phenomena weren’t lost on their own generation. Soon, “Support Your Local Polka Band” t-shirts were being worn in the halls of Chardon High by fellow classmates and fans.
Now, fifteen years later, the band continues and its fan base grows. In the small town of Chardon, Ohio, long haired Jake Kouwe and his oom-pah gang are celebrities. The band no longer calls itself “The Chardon High School Polka Band”, since the original group has all graduated from high school (barely), and is now simply “The Chardon Polka Band”. Though the band’s membership of sometimes eccentric and always unique individuals has changed over the years, their eclectic style and uniqueness has never wavered.
Despite the band’s sometimes gruff appearance, this delightfully eccentric gang is both friendly and outgoing. They are among the greater Cleveland area’s most recognizable performers at local parks, festivals, parades, parties and fund-raisers, and still perform regularly at local nursing homes. The polka band has a faithful fan base, ranging from senior citizens to small children, teens, and twenty-somethings.
Ohio isn’t the only place that these polka-punks are a hit. The Chardon Polka Band has become a well-known act in the fall “Oktoberfest circuit”, headlining at some of the nation’s largest seasonal events. This includes festivities in Indianapolis (IN), Helen (GA), Chicago (IL), Myrtle Beach (SC), Vernon (NJ), Tampa (FL), Alamogordo (NM), Tulsa (OK), St. Louis (MO), New Braunfels (TX), Mount Angel (OR), and many more. The band travels throughout the nation playing various other festivals and events. Their showmanship and humor has won them many fans outside the polka genre.
In the “Member Bios” section of this website, you can view details and trivia regarding the different members of the ensemble. The members of the band, though not all related by blood, are truly an eclectic family. They have a common goal of creating music that others can enjoy and participate in. Each member of the group has something of their own to add to the mix.
The band’s range of style is as equally eccentric as its members. The Chardon Polka Band plays traditional polkas reminiscent of “The Lawrence Welk Show”, a style that has endeared them to traditional polka fans, but sometimes morphs into punk-rock renditions of the same songs, modified to bring in a younger audience. They throw in comedic renditions of oddball favorites, bizarre audience participation songs, and even polka-rock covers of anything from Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” to Lady Ga Ga’s “Bad Romance”! The Chardon Polka Band also has an ever-growing library of original tunes, many of which are featured on their popular studio albums.
When: Mon, May 25 at 5:00pm
Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.
“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod.
“We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.”
Seven Nations has been touring full-time since 1994 with successful stops in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the US. The band has recorded a number of albums with over a quarter million units in sales. The band’s latest album, Time as the Enemy has been praised for “having the appeal of the original albums, yet a mature songwriting style. The lyrics are relatable, surprising, and the pipe/fiddle hooks stir a desire to listen to the album over and over.”
Its versatile and dynamic style has stamped Seven Nations as a highly book-able band, with an ever increasing and loyal fan base. The group has performed at a variety of venues, from nightclubs and pubs to festivals and street fairs. They’ve done it all. Recently, garnering the attention of the Orchestra world by including dates with several American orchestras, most notably the multi-Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. They also became the first Celtic rock band to bring this exhilarating collaboration to the stage at an outdoor Irish festival, when they performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival.
In addition, Seven Nations has played the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Year’s Eve performance at Scotland’s Royal Mile for some 40,000 people, and at the New York City Marathon.
Seven Nations has been the subject of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign and appeared in over 20 major publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Playboy, Maxim, GQ, Stuff, and FHM.
It’s been over a decade and close to a million miles logged on the road for Seven Nations since their inception and they’re just getting started. With a highly anticipated return to their roots of festivals, touring and recording, this indie band is poised for another amazing decade.
Seven Nations are:
Kirk McLeod – Vocals, Guitar
Jim “Struby” Struble – Bass
Christian “Crisco” Miceli – Drums
Victor Gagnon – Fiddle
Will MacMorran – Bagpipes, Guitar