Hey Mavis

Friday
31
May

Brilliant Northcoast Americana & Folk

"This crew could single-handedly ignite a whole new folk music scare. Killer stuff!" -Midwest Record

 

Why you should see this show….

With a charming, yet serious, banjo-driven sound, Hey Mavis has single-handedly ignited a whole new folk music following out of Akron, Ohio. The group’s increased popularity around the country stems directly from the originality, amazing vocals, impressive songwriting, and openness to experimentation in their rockin’ Americana music.
 

Hey Mavis Bio
Northcoast Americana band “Hey Mavis” was formed in 2010 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Christmas compilation CD and went on to produce their first two albums, both of which hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and amassed favorable reviews across the globe. Hey Mavis’s third release, produced by Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala, received similar accolades and has outsold its predecessors by a factor of two.

Hey Mavis’s latest project, funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is a book/CD of original songs and illustrations based on stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal, in collaboration with nationally-acclaimed artist Leandra Drum. Reviews have ranged from “unconventionally beautiful” to “startlingly original.” A traveling gallery exhibit accompanied by Hey Mavis performances is currently being scheduled in cities throughout the Midwest, including appearances with the Muncie Symphony and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic.

Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR’s Whad’ya Know?, and PBS’s Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio. In 2017, Melissa Etheridge saw Hey Mavis perform at a benefit concert and recruited the group to perform as one of seven headliners (including Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan) on her 2018 music cruise.

Band Members:
Laurie Michelle Caner (vocals, banjo, songwriting) is a homeschooling mom, a songwriter, and Ms. May in the 2015 Banjo Babes Calendar. She has been hailed as a role model for mothers who strive to honor their own artistic vision while continuing to raise a healthy family. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a foundation for her lyrics. Laurie’s songwriting tells the story of life—with all of it’s beauty, heartache, disappointment and joy—weaving a musical tapestry that speaks of love, life and the human condition.

Eddie Caner (violin, viola profunda) spent a dozen years performing as a sideman in national touring bands and orchestras, including Page & Plant, Luciano Pavarotti, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. Eddie always amazes the audience with his Hendrix-like tone and precision—he can soar beautifully over Laurie’s vocals or play a raucous, dirgy groove. He was once labeled by the legendary music critic Jane Scott as “the most versatile musician on the planet.” Eddie spends his free time as a physics instructor at Case Western Reserve University.

Bryan Thomas (bass) is a versatile and nationally well-respected musician. He studied Cuban music in Havana with Carlos Del Puerto, served as Ohio Arts Council guest artist-in-residence and toured as bassist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Bryan steals the show every time Hey Mavis performs. His playing is a wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000,” a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal. Bryan currently holds the position of Bass Professor at Kent State University and is a sought-after clinician.

Anthony Taddeo is a drummer, composer, and Out of the Drawer Percussion (ODP) performing artist. Anthony graduated with honors from The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City and has performed with a wide variety of artists from all genres of music, including Melanie Charles, Nitzan Gavrieli, Rachel Brotman, and Tony & Grammy winner Steve Kazee.

 

Dining Option

Purchase of a ticket to a show in the Supper Club ensures you will have a seat for the concert. However, if you intend to dine before or during the performance, you also need to make a dining reservation. To make a dining reservation, click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250. Click here to see Rusty Anchor menu.

If you are attending a concert in the Supper Club with a party of two or more, please have one person make a reservation for the whole group to ensure you are seated together. If you are attending with a party of eight or more, you must call the Box Office to make your reservation at (216) 242-1250.

To better serve all our customers, we require that you arrive on time for your dining reservation. Arriving more than 15 minutes after your reserved time will result in the cancellation of your reservation. You will be seated for the concert, but you may be put on a waiting list for dining.

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