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To my friends and family, Alex is almost back home and ready to return to work for the Cleveland Indians homestand, and we are in NY – at the Seneca Alleghany Casino tonight and on to a park and photo adventure tomorrow, arriving in Saratoga Springs sometime Friday. This is the weekend of Charlie Eble Day, and if you don’t know what that means, please listen to these podcasts: https://www.spreaker.com/show/charlie-eble-day-may-19-2019-cafe-lena.
On Sunday starting at noon for a mere $5 if you cannot get up to Café Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY., you can stream the concert benefit on the Café Lena Concert Window. You will not be disappointed with the talent, including our own, Alex Hale. Alex will return to NY while our house is cared for by friends. The benefit is produced by Joel Moss http://managramusic.com/site/, not only is he my brother, he is a phenomenon human!
If you come up to Saratoga Springs, please stop by Uncommon Grounds https://www.uncommongrounds.com/ for their great coffee, tea, bagels, etc., and catch a glimpse of my sister-in-law’s (Terri-Lynn) photography. Feel free to make an offer and purchase one of her magnificent visual creations.
On behalf of http://newclevelandradio.net/, I want to thank all those involved in Charlie Eble Day beginning with Sara Craig and her crew at Café Lena. The Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Meg Kelly (and if you are from the area vote for her re-election!) A special thank you to the many musicians in the area that will provide their time, talent, and love for Charlie in putting this event together. It is our way of sharing with Joel Moss how special Charlie was not only to him but to all of us! He was Joel’s brother from another mother, and he will always have a place in our hearts. To Charlie’s sister Patty – thank you for allowing us to honor your brother, not just this Sunday but for years to come as a scholarship fund will be set up in his name to train future production engineers the art he so loved.
Charlie may not be with us in person but you surely can feel his spirit in all of us, even those who barely knew him.
CHARLIE EBLE DAY – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE 2
Getting closer. Please start blasting this out on your social media platforms…especially the fact that it will be STREAMED LIVE ON CONCERT WINDOW so people can check in from anywhere, enjoy the music and contribute to this worthwhile tribute to our friend, Charlie. If you have talked amongst yourselves and decided to collaborate, please let me know so I can make adjustments to the schedule.
Caffe Lena presentation, Sunday, May 19, noon – 5:30 pm
Noon Welcome by Sarah & Me – “Charlie Eble A/V Internship”
12:10 Mayor Meg greeting and declaration of Charlie Eble Day
12:20 Me and my sister Karen, story about Alex and Charlie
12:25 Alex Hale performance to pre-recorded tracks
12:40 Garland Nelson
12:55 Vinnie Leddick
1:10 Patty Urell
1:15 Jonathan Greene, Sergei Nirenburg, Brian Melick
1:30 Bob Warren and Mark Griffin
1:45 Judy Wyle
1:55 Ralph Pascucci
2:00 Jeff Halstead
2:15 Michael Jerling
2:30 Will Severin
2:45 Joe Bruchac
3:00 Ria Curley and Chuck Lamb
3:15 John Nazarenko
3:30 Tim Wechgaelar and Chris Carey
3:45 Marcus Ruggiero
4:00 Peter Davis
4:15 Steve Candlen
4:30 Rick and Sharon Bolton
4:45 Alex and Garland
5:00 Jeff Brisbin
5:15 Group Finale
Last night, Sunday, December 16th, 2018, I had the pleasure and honor to attend a concert at the GAR in Peninsula. To begin with, if you are not familiar with GAR Hall in Peninsula, Ohio, it is now time to draw your attention to this century plus venue. This building is now a Civil War Museum and Concert Hall. “The Peninsula Foundation supports the Arts Community by presenting Voices in the Valley, a showcase of traditional roots music.” A special thanks of appreciation must go out to Karen James Walters, Manager at the GAR, a Peninsula resident who believes in showcasing live music in a music listening room.
Last night’s performance was presented by Four Songwriters, friends for forty years. Each one is a talented genius in his own right, and they are humble to the point of disgust. I am blessed to know each one of them and to call them friends.
Alex Bevin is a musician, songwriter, poet, radio personality and happily married with a grown son. But Bevin is still a kid at heart, performing, creating, and enjoying life. A Northeast Ohio native and area resident, he fills a room with a voice that is distinct, warm and mouthwatering. As my friend Chuck Yarborough of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has written, “Cleveland’s favorite son Alex Bevan has done what I thought was impossible: He has captured the magic of a house concert in a recording. His newest album, “True Meridian,” was recorded with Bevan alone in his workroom and is, by his own admission, far from perfect.” As newclevelandradio.net begins scheduling house concerts this in 2019, we hope you will welcome Alex Bevin into your home. His imperfections are PERFECT.
Charlie Wiener, another hometown celebrity that only sees the perfection in others. A sixties style songwriter, a comedian for all ages, a published author, and he does it all with heart and soul. Charlie has a brilliant mind, if he didn’t, he could not do all he does with such excellence. When Wiener talks you want to listen, it’s like sitting outside at the old country store hearing the tales of yesterday and how they relate to today. Charlie Wiener and I grew up in the same era and yet in comparison to me, he is a walking, talking encyclopedia. Unlike me, he has the words and the charisma to turn his knowledge into words that soothe through music, illustrate in novels, and make you laugh when he does his stand-up comic shtick. Charlie is the father of two grown daughters. He speaks of his beautiful wife in glowing terms (as he should I have met her), and he is the proud caretaker of Greta his bearded collie.
Jim Ballard is a man filled with passion, and he is committed to the people he attracts in life, some of whom call him “UNCLE.” Unlike what the music industry has projected to the media, he too has been in love and married to his young sweetheart for thirty plus years. They have shared the moon from opposite sides of the globe while he served in Vietnam and after traveled to his gigs sharing his voice and talent for others to hear and appreciate. When you google Jim Ballard, it comes up with Jim Ballard, the quarterback, but you need to find: https://www.jimballardmusic.net/ . Jim has been on the music scene since the 1970s most likely influenced by his mother. The musical influence he brings to his audience are the influences of social justice and community. Listening to Jim perform is a unique experience and being part of his life is so much more! In his way, Jim is saving Akron and the world. Look up to the moon at night and connect with Mr. Ballard.
Jon Mosey, where do I begin. Jon was referred to me by another great musician, Andy Cohen. When I first googled Jon after Andy’s request that I podcast with Jon, I found bits and pieces but nothing substantial to tell me who he was. But within a few minutes of podcasting with Jon Mosey, I was mesmerized. I promised to come out and see him perform, I captured him on Facebook, just like I did with the others, but my mission was to get to meet Jon and hear him play. The photos of Jon tell one story, he is the most remarkable and talented man I have met (sorry Richard) in my life. He plays the Piedmont Blues and Ragtime, both of which I had to ask him to explain to me. Last night I heard the fingerpicking style he has acquired, and it filled my heart with sounds that I will not forget. Jon is married to his amazing wife Chris who not only supports her husband but supports so many who are just trying to live each day. She is the sunshine of life that is needed to keep the community together and caring!
Once again, I am blessed to know these individuals, to rub shoulders with them, break bread and call them my friends!