Michael Stanley


An Acoustic Evening with Michael Stanley & Friends

  • w/ Chris Allen
  • Venue:Concert Hall
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Reserved $75 (ADV), Bar Seating $65 (ADV), $85 (DOS)
Northeast Ohio’s Favorite Son
Why you should see this show…

Michael Stanley’s distinctive blend of Midwest pop and heartland rock has thrilled audiences for decades. Don’t miss this rare, up-close and intimate performance with Northeast Ohio’s favorite son!

Michael Stanley Bio
Cleveland native Michael Stanley played bass with the folk-rock group Silk in the late ’60s. He then went solo and released two solo albums in the early ’70s that fit right in with the “singer/songwriter” era. His talent attracted the likes of producer Bill Szymczyk and guest musicians Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, and David Sanborn from the beginning. He formed the Michael Stanley Band (aka MSB) in 1975 and pursued a more straightforward rock direction. MSB recorded a string of albums through the late ’70s and early ’80s that were modest successes nationally but major hits in Ohio. In fact, the Michael Stanley Band was such a sensation at home that it still holds attendance records at major concert venues. 1980’s Heartland was easily MSB’s best album, and Stanley agrees. It included the hit single “He Can’t Love You” (sung by vocalist/keyboardist Kevin Raleigh) and the minor hit “Lover” (sung by Stanley and featuring blistering saxophone by Clarence Clemons). MSB’s second and last Top 40 hit was Stanley’s anthem “My Town” in 1983. After recording for Epic, Arista, and EMI, MSB independently released two albums on their own before breaking up in 1987.

The Michael Stanley Band was a reliably consistent, meat-and-potatoes enterprise responsible for superb Midwestern rock & roll. Stanley went on to become a popular television and radio personality in Cleveland. He still regularly releases albums — solo and the one-off group project the Ghost Poets — and performs annual summer and New Year’s Eve shows along with occasional acoustic dates; these concerts and albums both feature MSB alumni and other Cleveland musicians. Razor & Tie has reissued most of MSB’s catalog and two excellent best-of collections on compact disc. ~ Bret Adams, Rovi

Chris Allen Bio
“If you miss the straight talking side of Jeff Tweedy…you’ll want to get to know Chris Allen.” Bud Scopa, Paste Magazine

Chris Allen is an acclaimed songwriter from Cleveland, OH, and front man for the alt-rocking band Rosavelt. Said producer Don Dixon to the Plain Dealer about Allen, “Chris Allen is the most underrated songwriter in the country. People like Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams ought to be hiding outside his house going through the trash for his cast off material.”

His band Rosavelt garnered much local and national acclaim in the late ’90s with their 4 releases, including the Sony Red Eye national release of The Story of Gasoline which received 4 stars in Paste Magazine.

From 2006 to present Allen has also released 4 solo albums, including Everything Changes But the Rodeo (2014), available on vinyl, CD and all digital outlets. The album was produced by Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens), it was recorded in upstate New York and features Tom Prebish (Rosavelt/The Ohio City Singers) on bass and Mark Stepro (Ben Kweller/Jakob Dylan/Gavin DeGraw/Keith Urban) on drums.

Allen is also the founder of the all-original holiday band the Ohio City Singers, co-founder of the rowdy Irish band The Boys From The County Hell, and has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively as a guitarist for renowned singer-songwriter Tim Easton.

Allen also currently plays in Falling Stars with Tim Parnin (Guitar), Dave Padrutt (Bass), and Gerry Porter (Drums).


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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