A Million Stories in Cleveland

The challenge was this – take your camera around town for a month, shoot whatever you get yourself into, add some drone shots, pro editing, and some local music and put it on Youtube. These guys are good – and they picked a hell of a town for their subject.

Here I present to you one of the more accurate views of Cleveland, Ohio, USA you will ever see. This is us, this is what we do with our summers. I was at a couple of the events this camera attended, this is our summer of 2014. This is the town that is the butt of so many internet jokes:

Amazing what some good production work can do, huh? We’ve seen so much video like this where the subject was NY, Vegas, LA, London, Tokyo, Austin… but rust belt cities are usually shot so poorly. There’s so much to see and do here when you stop caring about what everyone thinks.

And yes we have to move these parties indoors for half the year, because it’s a grey frozen tundra out there – although the global warming is providing us with milder winters!

Cleveland summer

Bands, Beach, Beer + Gourmet Food Trucks = Cleveland summertime

 

Summer ain’t over yet! This weekend we will be at the Cleveland Garlic Fest – yes – it’s a local farmers market turned street fair with Top Chef contests, bands all weekend, kids area, and Musicians Garden giving music for all.

Just A Touch of Magic – Bernie Worrell & Headtronics

In the summer of 2010 I loaned out this beastly 1980 synth I had at my studio for a few gigs. No one ever wants to borrow my mostly cheap, usually half-broken gear so this alone was noteworthy.

When the best keyboard player in the world is the one to play it, and is probably the only other guy on the planet that can appreciate this particular board, well things came together nicely.

That thing has never sounded better than under Bernie’s fingers, and he seems to have blessed it with a genius residue cuz it sounds much better since!

Upgrade Your Headtronics w/Bernie Worrell

Just a quick clip of one of my favorite new bands: Headtronics.

This is just a small taste of the electro-jam band improvising their way through it all. I also must mention that the big keyboard at Bernie’s left is my baby, a rare Arp/Rhodes 4-voicer that I lent them for some shows. He’s using the Electric Piano patch at the end of this clip.

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Eternal Moments

There truly are times when I pinch myself. I have seen some interesting, crazy, sad, beautiful, and legendary things unfold into my eyes, allowing me the first hand juice of being there.


Worrell


It seems that this digital sharing age still gets blasted back in place by a nice dose of reality up in your nostrils.

I found my eyes watering and my psyche tingling as I caught Headtronics live last Thursday. The show was smoking (of course). Freekbass and DJ Logic did their thing strong as usual.

Their third this night was the legendary Wizard of Woo, ladies and gentlemen presenting Mr. Bernie Worrell!!

Nice, right? How about the legend playing a killer improvisational set through my keyboards? That would be something special, perhaps even the highlight of my musical life so far.

Yes indeed.

Bernie Worrell piano