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New Stuff....

  Eliot Lewis of Live from Daryl's House, Hall & Oates band, and Average White Band will be doing a solo guitar show (instead of the keyboard he plays on the show) at the Little Wing Cafe this Saturday, September 27 from 8-11. No cover.

  New songs in the MVLiveMusic player by Mojo Mary (Few and Far Between, Little by Little, Repo Man), Midnight Rendezvous (Red Lipstick), and Neil Hogue (Home Tonight, Retro Honky Tonk Rockstar, Roadhouse). You can scroll to select these songs or wait for them in random play.

  New release by the Deadbeat Poets:

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  Mulebone, the duo Hugh Pool and John Ragusa, will be performing live at
the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, July 24th. Doors open at 7pm, show 8-10pm. 21 and over. $10 admission at the door. RSVP Pete 330-259-6347

 From Mariano Longo...

Hello to all friends in NE Ohio

Less than 1 week to "The Family Stone" at McMenamy's on "The Strip" in Niles - July 25th. I am also excited about the opening act - Doug Thomas and Karla Seldon. These two artists are some of the best that NE Ohio has to offer; and this is their first time working together on a project. This concert promises to be a great show at a great venue - McMenamy's.

Master of Ceremonies will be another favorite of NE Ohio audiences - media personality - Deborah' Benton.

A special shout out to the H.H.S classes of '68 -'74. 1973 class president Randy Abraham has called for an impromptu reunion at the concert Fri. July 25th, and I second the vote!

 Benefit this weekend...


  Two benefits are coming up in August...


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  Two new songs in the site music player above... "Earthbound" and "The Pirate Jam" by Zero.Set.Memory. Wait for them in random rotation or scroll down to select, and enjoy!

  Catch 22 is looking for a bassist and a lead guitarist. Contact Gene McMath.

  WHITE NOISE Plays Niles, OH, April 5, 2014

White Noise will be performing at McMenamy's, on April 5,2014, doors open at
7:00 PM. McMenamy's is at 325 Youngstown - Warren Rd., in Niles, OH 44446
Tickets are $5.

Four original members of White Noise (Paul Skowron, Allen Sillaman, Carlo
Infant and Jimmy Gumina) are reuniting for a area CD Release party. "Out Of
The Ashes" is a too-long awaited release from the former Youngstown-based
band. The CD is available through the bands website www.whitenoiserocks.com
The track listing is as follows: Party In The Rust, Friday's Child, Money
Maker, Angela, Only A Broken Heart, Can't Let You Go, Rock Me, After The
Rain Falls, Don't Throw Me Away, Take My Hand, Rescue Me and Bad Boys.

In the 1980's the place to be was a White Noise concert. White Noise became
a regular sold out event at the nightclub, Studio West. Wherever the band
booked a show the fans followed. There were times when Charter buses were
rented and fans filled the buses to travel to shows outside of the
Youngstown area.

White Noise was respected for knowing how to play their instruments. Their
set lists included a set of Led Zeppelin songs that most bands wouldn't have
touched. However the White Noise original music was what people knew and
loved. The group had never recorded these songs and they were not available
for sale so Fans brought cassette tape recorders to the shows and recorded
the concerts just so they could hear their favorite songs.

The band ultimately was signed in 1991 to ATCO Records as Noisy Mama .

Now with social media sites such as Facebook, the fans have connected with
the band members and their very first question is, "Why didn't you release
those White Noise songs." In 2011, the band decided it was time to give the
fans what they wanted. "Out Of The Ashes" is exactly what the fans wanted
and deserve. (source: White Noise)

  New songs in the music player... "Maple Street Blues" and "Stubborn Clouds" by Midnight Rendezvous. Wait for them in random rotation or scroll down to select and play.

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  HIGH SCHOOL ROCK BANDS WANTED... Warren F.O.P #34 are planning a music fest in Dave Grohl Alley, and would like to have three high-school-aged bands looking for a cool place to play out - not a competition just a place for them to go on stage and play. This is a fund raiser for F.O.P, the money going to Shop with a Cop and other events in the area. Everything gets returned into the community. The event is scheduled for May 31st from 11 am to 11 pm in the alley. and I will forward to the F.O.P.

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Freeman Sound, Freeman Sound Freeman Sound
LJ Fortier - drums
Kurt Sunderman - rhythm guitar, vocals
Ray Escott - lead vocals, percussion
John Harrow - lead guitar, vocals
"Buster" McCarthy - bass guitar, vocals

thanks to LJ Fortier

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MF Rattlesnake at Coleman's, thanks to Barbara Sorocak


Keith Burke Daniel John 1982, Keith Burke Daniel John 1982 Keith Burke (r) and
Daniel John Streitferdt

thanks to Keith Burke
of G-Force

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Joe Vitale Jr. interview ... Our Canton neighbor talks about his music, bands, and videos, and growing up around (and performing with) Walsh, Crosby, Stills, Nash, the Doobies, and many others. Watch here: http://youtu.be/7_cfoUO-Z04

"My (music) philosophy is to give strength, to give people something they feel empowered after they listen..." Joe Vitale Jr.

Special thanks to Scott Austalosh, the brains behind the Ballyhoo Music Festival, for organizing this interview. Mark your calendar for April 21st, "Cider Night" at the Lemon Grove - Joe Vitale Jr. solo, Hoss & the Juggernauts, and book signing by Joe Vitale (Sr).

Latest band videos... From the last two weeks - Shades of Gray performing their song "Mardi Gras" at Rock for a Cure, Faces Lounge... the Bridge (two videos) at the Wagon Wheel... Shovelhead at the Highland Ave. NAUS... The Blues Devils (two videos, including their "Pretty Woman") at Little Wing Cafe... Sound Bite (two songs / one video) at Longboyz.

Previously unannounced, in case you missed them, from December - Mr. Lucky at the Holiday Bar... Jigsaw (two videos) at Milo's... LongShotz and After Midnight at the Toys for Tots benefit, American Legion 737... Madam Weez w/ Mark Briggs, Michael O'Grady, and Rick Hartley at SOI 2850... Jay Byrd (two videos) at Greene Eagle Winery.

Don't forget to "Stop" or "Pause" the music player above before watching these videos.

John McGreevey deserves a special "thank you" for his generous unsolicited donation to this website. John played in area bands in the 70's and has returned home from Toledo to take the stage at the Blues Benefit Reunion Concerts the past three years. In fact, you can listen to him play in videos from those concerts on this site. Although he no longer resides in the Valley, John appreciates this site's support of local live music and asked if he could help with a contribution, which was gratefully accepted. Thanks again, John.

It has been suggested that I put a "Donate" link button, or something similar, on this page to help with the expenses of maintaining this website and related travel costs. I don't use a tip jar when I play, and you probably won't ever see that button here, either. But, just as I don't turn down unsolicited customer tips, I won't refuse site donations. The Sponsors ads in the column to your right have always been my primary plan for offsetting expenses. Unfortunately I haven't made the effort to "pound the pavement" (the current sponsors have all approached me for ads), but I hope to change that situation soon. Meanwhile, if your business, or a friend's business, would like to be seen in 10,000+ page views/month in an ad on this site, please email so we can discuss it. It's cheaper than you can imagine. The details are at the bottom of the Sponsors page. And, dear readers, please tell my sponsors that you saw their ad here.

More original music by local musicians in the MVLiveMusic.com player, thanks to Modern Roots, LJ Fortier, Signature Event, and Frankie Hunkus...

Frankie sent in two songs that demonstrate his diverse talents - acoustic ballad "Shade Tree", and "The Chase", a rockin' instrumental.

Austintown's Signature Event describes their "Context" release, and tunes "6/8" and "The Question", as tracing "various genres and soundscapes; it is a multitextured collection that explores the meaning of existence, 21st century surveillance paranoia, the infinite chambers of the subconscious, and the last echoes of the death of that consciousness."

LJ Fortier submitted his CD collection of vintage recordings of his 70's band Freeman Sound, appropriately titled "LJ's Mix". I have included two tracks here - LJ's "Time Has No Sympathy", and "Wanting To Be Free", penned by bandmate John Harrow. You can also watch videos of John and LJ performing as Freeman Sound at the 2011 Breast Cancer Benefit Reunion.

Modern Roots also graciously mailed their CD "No Apologies". You can hear two cuts here, "Strike" by guitarist Ken Baker and "As If We Knew" by keyboardist Jeff Alviani. Jeff recorded five albums with "Mississippi Magic" Terry Evans, along with Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner, before returning to Ohio and joining Modern Roots. The band will be playing at Fernengels this Saturday, 1/21.

Scroll down through the music player list to hear the new additions without waiting for them in random play. Check out the artists' websites for additional music and information.

Did you notice the new "Link-back Friends" banner? This site has links to over 1,300 band/musician and venue pages. Many return the favor by linking back to MVLiveMusic.com. The banner pays recognition to those who honor us with a link. If you install a link to this site on your web page (or you already have one that I missed), please let me know and I will add your site to the banner.

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