Frank Amato’s Christmas Jam

Monday
23
Dec

A Tribute to Cleveland Music Hosted by Frank Amato of Beau Coup

Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lorain County

 
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There will be an auction items and a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters here.

Frank Amato’s Cleveland All Stars is an opportunity for Frank to perform with other area musicians, that he has long been a fan of and now is friends with! Not only is Amato having a great time with the collection of Cleveland notables, he considers it a privilege to give back to a city that has given him so much, and the chance to help children of Northeast Ohio, via Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lorain County makes the endeavor that much sweeter!

The Frank Amato Christmas Jam featuring the Cleveland All Stars is in it’s second year.
 

Performers:

Beau Coup Members
Dennis Lewin
Don Krueger
Billy Sullivan
Bill March
Frank Amato

Additional Performers:

Cleveland All-Stars
Paul Wolf Christensen – Michael Stanley and the Resonators 
Eric “Eroc” Sosinski – Michael Stanley and the Resonators/Wish You Were Here                  
Jennifer Lee – Michael Stanley and the Resonators                           
Joey DePasquale – Disco Inferno
Steve Jochum – Wild Horses                                                   
Billy Sullivan – Herman’s Hermits
Rich Spina – Herman’s Hermits / Love Affair 
Tommy Amato  – Rock Relief   
Debbie Lewin – The Divas
Michael Tyler – Unglued
Neil Zaza – Guitar Virtuoso                                                 
Theresa Rose – Caliber
Jimmy Clark – Formerly of Beau Coup /Joan Jet / Debra Harry
Tommy Rich – American Noise / Donnie Iris
 

Frank Amato Bio
Frank Amato was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Growing up in a musical family (his father, Frank “Papa” Amato was a recording artist for Dot Records known as “The Singing Fireman,” and actually opened for Elvis Presley back in the 50’s!) Frank, like his dad, loved to sing. His parents would put the toddler on top of the dining room table so he could perform for visiting friends and family. This love of music grew as the years progressed.

From singing with his buddies in the schoolyard to playing in garage bands as a teenager, Frank knew that Rock and Roll was his destiny. Soon his High School cover band, Liberty, was born. He played a few gigs until he broadened his circle of friends to form Thrills & Company, featuring guitarist Neil Giraldo. Thrills went all the way to California to seek fame and fortune, but only Neil stayed behind. Back in Cleveland, Frank formed an original rock outfit called Task Master with drummer Eric Singer of Kiss. Once the opportunity to sing with Classic Rock icon Savoy Brown arose, Amato toured with the band until a band, closer to home, came knocking on his door. Frank’s brother Tom had started a musical project using the members of Task Master in Frank’s absence, later to be named Pop Opera with pianist and songwriter, Dennis Lewin and bassist Bill March of Jonah Koslen and the Heroes, also former band mates of Frank’s. It was good friend Eric Carmen who suggested to their manager, Henry LoConti Jr. of the Agora, that the brothers join forces. The name then changed to Beau Coup and the rest is Rock and Roll History.

Cleveland welcomed their hometown heroes to it’s stages and airwaves with much enthusiasm. WGCL adopted them as their own, having the band record their radio station jingles, which lead to Beau Coup becoming known as the “Baboon Band,” a term coined by rival station, WMMS. The feud between the stations finally broke: leading Beau Coup to perform a sold out show at the Front Row, with opening act Jeff and Flash of The Buzzard Morning Zoo. This lead to many concerts and an album that included “Born and Raised on Rock and Roll,” considered by many to be the anthem for the city that houses the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band did a parody of the tune called “Born and Raised on Cleveland Browns,” which is still played by local sports station 92.3 today. Beau Coup also created a tribute song for Plain Dealer Rock Writer, Jane Scott, entitled “Jane” and performed it at her memorial. The band’s first single, “Still In My Heart” remains a radio favorite, while the song “Sweet Rachel” earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Beau Coup still plays from time to time, having done their 30th Anniversary show in 2015, but Frank Amato has broadened his interests as owner and operator of Amalon Recording Studio in Mayfield Heights helping other upcoming artists reach their musical goals. He also owns Amalon Entertainment, a mobile entertainment service, with his wife, radio personality Lisa Dillon. They can be seen at various establishments hosting Karaoke shows nearly every night.

So, why form Frank Amato’s Cleveland All Stars? Well, for Frank, it’s an opportunity to perform with other area musicians, that he has long been a fan of and now is friends with! Not only is Amato having a great time with the collection of Cleveland notables, he considers it a priviledge to give back to a city that has given him so much, and the chance to help children of Northeast Ohio, via Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lorain County makes the endeavor that much sweeter!

The Frank Amato Christmas Jam featuring the Cleveland All Stars is in it’s second year.

 

Beau Coup Bio
Beau Coup is one of the standout Cleveland rock bands of all time. Its “Born & Raised (on Rock & Roll)” is one of the most recognizable Cleveland songs and is considered by many to be the anthem for Cleveland Rock & Roll.

Beau Coup began in the early 1980s when Thomas Amato was recording demos at Agency Recording Studio with brother Frank Amato’s former Task Master bandmates drummer Eric Singer and Mike McGill on guitar, while Frank was touring with Savoy Brown. Keyboardist and songwriter Dennis Lewin and bassist Bill March of Jonah Koslen and the Heroes were asked to join the project by future band managers Henry LoConti, Jr. and Joe Millitello. It was good friend Eric Carmen that suggested to Henry that Frank, be addded to the mix. They found the brother’s voices to be great together. Eric Singer decided to move on to Los Angeles, so John Franks, Jimmy Clark and Donald Krueger lent their drumming skills, all 3 appearing on the album, Born & Raised (on Rock & Roll.)

Ironically, the project did not have a name so they eventually called themselves Pop Opera (which everyone in the band hated.) The band was renamed Beau Coup 5 minutes before they appeared on a Cleveland television program hosted by WGCL’s Dancin’ Danny Wright, a name suggested by another area TV host and friend, Eddie Marshall. The name stuck.

Lewin got busy writing songs including “Still In My Heart” and the haunting “Somewhere Out in the Night.” With help from Henry LoConti, Sr. and the Agora Record Label, Beau Coup put together an EP of 5 songs and released “Still In My Heart” as the first single. Thanks to 98.5 WGCL General Manager Kim Colebrook and Program Directors, Bob Travis and Tom Jefferies, “Still In My Heart” became a top 10 record on the station.

WMMS Program Director John Gorman also took interest in the band, and started to promote them on his station, leading to a sold out show at the Front Row Theater with opening act: Jeff and Flash of the Buzzard Morning Zoo.

Soon, Cleveland manager Carl Maduri and his son became Beau Coup’s managers and the band was signed to Rock and Roll Records, a division of CBS/Scotti Brothers. CBS released “Still in My Heart” as a single, but the entire album was not. Camel Records bought out the contract under new management by Gary Bird, but things didn’t work out there, so next came a deal with Avion Records owned by the late Joe Simone and managed by Bob Skaff and Ron Iofanaro. It was Avion that released the song “Born & Raised (on Rock & Roll) as a single. Next, the band worked with world renown and Grammy Award winning Producer Kirk Yano and record promoter Michael Mannochio became Beau Coup’s manager. Mannochio struck a deal with Amherst/A&M Records. The Beau Coup Born and Raised on Rock and Roll album, CD, and cassette were finally released on the Amherst label and Beau Coup began to gain much international acclaim.
Four of the songs, “Still In My Heart,” “Born and Raised on Rock and Roll,” “Somewhere Out in the Night,” and “Sweet Rachel” all reached local, national, and international charts. The single “Sweet Rachel” reached the mid 50’s on the Billboard Hot 100 along with a video that was played on many International and National Video Shows including MTV and USA Video Hits.

Beau Coup went through many member changes over the years. Mike McGill was replaced on guitar by Danny Powers of MSB, who played all of the guitar parts on the song “Born & Raised (on Rock & Roll.” ) When Powers left, Beau Coup enjoyed the talents of Michael Baranski, (who later left to play with Glen Burtnick and took drummer Jimmy Clark with him,) then Steve Schuffert, of the Godz took over guitar duties, playing all of the guitar parts on the tribute to Plain Dealer rock writer Jane Scott entitled “Jane.” Donald Krueger became the permanent drummer, and Billy Sullivan was added as the primary guitarist once Steve Schuffert left. Back up singers became important to the concert setting, so Jennifer Lee of Michael Stanley and the Resonators, Dennis’s sister, Debi and Michael Tyler often sang with the band, with Tyler lending additional keyboard tech support. Paul Wolf Christensen of Michael Stanley and the Resonators and Task Master is the icing on the cake with his fantastic saxophone! Beau Coup celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2015, joined by Cleveland native, and Taylor Swift guitarist, Paul Sidoti (who admits to being a lifelong fan of Beau Coup and plays with them whenever he is able.)
Beau Coup still plays frequently in Northeast Ohio.

 

Dining Option

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. For this specific concert, the downstairs Supper Club will be closed.
 

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