Music Feeds People

Thursday
31
Oct

A Benefit for All Faiths Pantry featuring Umojah Nation & Friends with acoustic performances by Dave Smeltz, Charlie Mosbrook, Alexis Antes, & Brian Henke

Costume Contest! Big Dance Floor! “Stompin’ Charleston Okafor” will MC!

Purchase the $50 AFP VIP Package to help support All Faiths Pantry’s work in the community. The VIP Package includes 2 drinks, premium reserved seating and fun swag!

 

Why you should see this show…

Some of Cleveland’s most down to earth musicians share the stage this Halloween to help support All Faiths Pantry’s work in the Cleveland community. Join us for this special Halloween Bash, as diverse musicians, individuals, and groups unite with the power of music to help those in need. All ticket proceeds will go to help AFP’s program delivering nutritious groceries to seniors and people with limited mobility. The unique collaboration of special guests playing with Umojah Nation includes Carlos Jones, Cholly O, Mark Hunter of Ark Band, See Fari and Sista T, and Wayne of Jah Messengers.
 
All Faiths Pantry is a simple, practical program that delivers nutritious groceries to seniors and people with limited mobility once a month at no cost to the recipients. With our direct deliveries to clients’ homes, we are practicing our vision of a community where diverse individuals and groups unite to feed the underserved.
 

Umojah Nation Bio
Women like Marcia Griffiths, Phillis Dillon, and Tanya Stephens have provided some of reggae music’s brightest moments over the years. Yet too often women involved in the genre are delegated to singing back-up or otherwise providing a minor supplementary role to a dominant male front man. Few realize that quite often the best results are dependent on an equally collaborative effort. Certainly, the husband and wife team of Tracey and Stefano Nguma would concur. Together they lead Northeast Ohio’s most inspired new reggae band, Umojah Nation.

The group adopts its moniker from the Swahili word for unity, and while seeded in Jamaican roots and dancehall, Umojah Nation possesses an original style of reggae all its own. Both Tracey and Stefano are gifted singers and crafty songwriters. Intelligent lyrics adorn intricate musical arrangements that recall the great British reggae bands Steel Pulse and Aswad from their late 70’s heyday. But Umojah Nation refuses to be pigeonholed. The group is just as likely to punch its way through a dancehall rave up that could give Cecile a run for her money. Stefano’s tasty bass lines provide the perfect complimentary foundation to his wife’s thoughtful material. Umojah Nation is fleshed out by a sturdy seven-piece cast of expert musicians and a heaven-sent chorus of back-up singers.

Tracey overflows with charisma and is incredibly versatile. Where “Travel” is a light-hearted dancehall scorcher giving thanks to Jah for bringing forth precious herbs, her somber “I Cry,” on the other hand, is so moving it could coax a tear from a rock. “Temptation” is a sassy number infused with a glorious dose of R&B. She possesses all the pizzazz and sex appeal of a reggae Billie Holiday. Stefano’s songs are equally inspired. “Right Place Right Time” is a sincerest of love songs that could be a hit in any style of music. “Smoke Screen” finds this normally chipper Rastaman lambasting the Babylon system that seeks to hide the righteous truth from Jah’s children. His impassioned vocals and desolate lyrics are delivered over raw-beef bass and an in-the-pocket one drop that shatters into an enlightened rockers march for its rich harmony laden chorus.

Umojah Nation naturally plays a varied stockpile of popular cover songs from the likes of Bob Marley and Freddie McGregor to Tanya Stephens and Buju Banton. Umojah has opened for popular acts like Beres Hammond, Mighty Diamonds, The Itals, Culture, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Dub Is a Weapon, as well as Cleveland’s beloved Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band. Umojah Nation live performances are exceedingly vibrant, while the band can entertain a most diverse crowd of any age or demographic. Which makes perfect sense; after all, Umojah is unity.

 
Dave Smeltz Bio
DaveSmeltz Without Dave Smeltz, there might not be a Cleveland reggae scene. When he founded I-Tal in 1978, he pulled the music out of the Jamaican community and shared it with the larger community. I-Tal flourished in Cleveland and surrounding regions for six years before the majority of its members left in 1984 to start the even more popular First Light. Smeltz took I-Tal on the road where it became a staple in clubs in beach towns up and down the east coast.

During that time he developed a serious substance abuse problem, which derailed his career and his life until he went into recovery in 2001.

After his own recovery, he found a passion for helping others, and in 2012, he formed Clean House Inc, which has created a halfway house in the Buckeye neighborhood for men in recovery that hosts AA meetings, martial arts classes and other programs. He’s written a book, Clean: From Reggae to Recovery  to share his story and encourage others struggling with similar issues.

He’s also back to making music with his new David Smeltz Project, assembling a group of old friends, including former I-Tal members Russ Richards on keyboards, Chris Dunmore on drums, Chris DeSantis on percussion and Chopper on guitar, as well as vocalist Eva Dilcue of the Generators and bassist Adam Rich of Love Muffin Records.

They’re celebrating the release of a new album called Recovery  on which Smeltz shares his story in reggae-influenced music to providing hope to people struggling with similar issues.

 
Charlie Mosbrook Bio
CharlieMosbrook For over 25 years, folk music has had an enthusiastic and dedicated voice in Charlie Mosbrook. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy fingerstyle guitar work highlight his performance of original and traditional folk songs, along with his nimble and candid stage presence.

A native and resident of Northeast Ohio, Charlie began his career as a busker, performing familiar and original folk songs on street corners and subway platforms throughout the eastern US. After returning to Cleveland, he began hosting open mics at area coffee shops and performing regularly throughout the great lakes region. Today he travels the country sharing his and many of the songs that have shaped our collective musical history. His recordings have found voice throughout the world on internet and terrestrial radio. As an advocate of folk music, Charlie serves as president of Folknet (Northeast Ohio’s Folk Music Society) and as vice president of FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). In addition to his responsibilities to the greater folk music community, he continues to host a local open mic, supporting his belief that the music needs fertile grounds for continued growth.

In the early 1990’s Charlie found some success with his band The Electric Monkey, but ultimately wanted to pursue folk music in more traditional forms. His focus landed him an appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum during its weeklong conference, “Hard Traveling: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie”. His performance was later noted in a book of the same title by Robert Santelli (R&R HOF, Grammy Foundation, Guthrie Archives).

He has performed on the same bill as CSN, Jewel, Iris Dement, David Bromberg, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Chris Whitley, Dan Bern and many others.

In early 2010, Charlie suffered a spinal cord injury, limiting his mobility significantly. The injury forced him to adapt as a guitarist. This need to reinvent his technique led to a burst of creativity resulting in five new CDs. The new music has received acclaim, including spotlights from FolkAlley.com, No Depression, WFMT’s Midnight Special, and many other outlets. In 2011, Charlie was voted Best Singer-Songwriter in Scene Magazine’s Best of Cleveland edition.

Though he primarily uses a wheelchair, he is not limited in his abilities to spread his musical message. He often travels alone throughout the country, performing his music faithfully to audiences near and far. No stage is too big or tall. As the message of many of his songs suggest, Charlie rises to challenges great and small. Once a month he performs for the patients at MetroHealth Cleveland’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit, where he was treated, sharing his experience and message of strength and hope.

 
Alexis Antes Bio
AlexisAntes Singer/songwriter Alexis Antes’ music is a smooth, soulful, acoustic-edged blend of pop/folk/rock. Alexis has teamed up with platinum record producer/engineer Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Brian Setzer, Incubus, Hoobastank) and Superior Sound Recording Studios for her new recording project titled 13. Alexis was a founding member of popular and influential ‘90s Cleveland-based folk-pop group, Odd Girl Out, and continued on as a solo artist. The highly anticipated 13 is Alexis’ third solo album and was released to a sold-out crowd at Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland on July 13, 2017.

Press quotes:

“…her nuanced vocals on 13, burnished and honey-toned. She’s always been one of the area’s outstanding singers, and maturity has just added to the impact of her vocals. The new songs play to her strengths. In fact, the songs, with the full but not overwhelming arrangements and their graceful melodies, pulse with focused energy. Standouts like “Two Hearts” and “Heaven Sent” are both delicate and propulsive.” – Anastasia Pantsios, Cool Cleveland (7/12/2017)

“Singing is a gift. Songwriting is a gift. Playing is a gift. It’s not uncommon to find an artist who does one of the three well; it IS uncommon to find one who does all three well. Add Cleveland’s own Alexis Antes to the final list…” – Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer (7/5/2017)

[album opener on 13, “Fight for a Better Day”] “It’s a righteous tune cut from the same musical cloth as songs by Melissa Etheridge and Ani DiFranco.” – Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Scene
 
Brian Henke Bio
BrianHenke Brian Henke composes and performs his music like a painter putting images on canvas, drawing his inspiration from the world around him. An avid hiker, he often brings his guitar along to create a spontaneous response to his outdoor settings. Mother Earth (Terra) as artist has given an immense living gallery from the humbling spectacle of her natural wonders to the simple, beauty of a treetop against a blue sky. Her majestic legacy and the magical feeling of awe and peace inspire the compositions of this award winning virtuosic fingerstyle guitarist.

Brian’s five solo CDs, Many Waters, Love Song for Terra, Force of Nature, The Nature of Light, and the most recent release Tree of Life are a cornucopia of sonic vistas, he celebrates the seasons, a Grand Canyon sunset, the fireside magic of an American shaman, playful waterfalls, the color of the wind and the light of dreams to name a few. His live DVD, Live at Cuyahoga Community College gives listeners and viewers a chance to enjoy a front seat in an intimate concert setting with a half hour interview afterwards giving the viewer a deeper understanding of where his music comes from.

His unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral or as Brian likes to call it “a big stewpot of everything, stirred up, simmered and served to taste.” His music appeals to anyone who like their music lyrical, thought provoking and performed with virtuosity. Through it all is an undercurrent of spirituality and mysticism that Brian says is very much a part of the creative process. Because of this he has received radio air play on shows as varied as WKSU’s “Folk Alley” and John Dilberto’s “Echoes.” He has also shared the bill on the concert stage with acts as diverse as Yes, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Morse, Yngvie Malmsteen, Robin and Linda Williams, Richie Havens, Christine Lavin, TheKingston Trio, Glen Yarborough, Alison Brown, Adrian Belew, Spiro Gyra and many of the best acoustic guitarists in the world including Pete Huttlinger, Alex DeGrassi, Stephen Bennett, John Doan, Beppe Gambetta, Dan Crary, Laurence Juber, and many, many others.

A winner of many acoustic and electric guitar awards, he has also been a finalist in the prestigious National Fingerstyle Contest in Winfield, Kansas, the National Guitarmageddon regional finals in Boston and New Age Reporters Top 10 for 2006.

“To call Brian Henke amazing is an understatement” – Northcoast Voice Magazine

“Brian’s fretwork is masterful, elaborate and he makes every note count…His compositions are harmonious, sometimes complicated, but always engaging…Brian Henke’s music is organic, mesmerizing and best of all magic.” – RJ Lannon New Age Reporter

“Brian Henke’s music displays both amazing technique and a wonderful sense of calm.” – Pete Huttlinger (National Fingerstyle Champion)

 

Dining Options

You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. The Rusty Anchor menu features a great mix of Cleveland Comfort food including a selection of seafood, steaks & chops. Reservations are required for parties of two or more. To make a dinner reservation, please click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250 and allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of the show upstairs.

Concert Hall – Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. So, there is no additional reservation required. The Concert Hall kitchen will be open through intermission. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.

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