15 60 75 The Numbers Band

Saturday
10
Aug

50 Years of Alternative Blues & Experimental Rock

Shape-Shifting Blues

 

Why you should see this show…

Climb in your car and travel back to mid-1970s Cleveland, Ohio, courtesy of blues innovators The Numbers Band. Since the beginning of their 49 years of live performances and recordings, they have been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications for their undefinable “psycho-noir” blues. Don’t miss one of Cleveland’s best kept secrets at the Music Box.
 

Numbers Band Bio
Many fans are under the impression that The Numbers Band remains obscure by choice. In fact, they have never been offered a contract from any recording company in the industry, ever. The music “cannot be categorized,” “it is undefinable,” “too original.” Even “alternative” music has become a label. The founder of the band, Robert Kidney, explains, “The music industry, the media, and the television are defining for the American public what is good music by only playing and supporting what is profitable. (The Numbers Band) give the people our best. Our effort goes into being creative, unique and original. We define our own sound. There are no rules because we don’t play the game. We are not in it for the game, we’re in it for the music.”

So, the band continues to create and evolve outside of the “Rock & Roll” establishment. The majority of the recordings were financed by friends who loved the music enough to put up their own money. Hundreds of photographs taken of the band in different stages of its existence by different amazing people tell a story of intense performances, long nights, and the passing of time. Band members have come and gone, and returned again. Robert sees music as much more than an emotional release or a performance. It is a job, a job for which he demands respect and payment for services.

Robert Kidney picked up a guitar and began teaching himself to play when he 16. He bought a 45 record called “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” and his cousin, Larren Hesson, taught Robert the licks. He also taught him to play one of his favorite songs, “Riders On The Storm.” At 17, Robert played solo in coffee houses and also opened for several acts at La Cave in Cleveland such as Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponys and Janis Ian. He never found the time to learn to read music. After a short stint in the service in Chicago, he moved back to northeast Ohio in the spring of 1969. A friend, Gary Hawk, had formed a band called Pig Iron in Wadsworth, Ohio. Robert opened for them at the Akron Art Museum and several band members asked him to come to a rehearsal sometime. When Robert did show up, Gary had left the group, and the remaining members wanted him to be their front man. Robert changed the name of the band to 15 60 75.

The title of the band has always aroused curiosity from fans. The fans called them The Numbers because it was easier than trying to get the figures right. Numbers had not been used in a name before, and the political climate in 1970 was quite Orwellian. Robert choose a sequence of numbers mentioned in a book written by Paul Oliver called The Blues Fell This Morning. In the chapter “The Jinx Is On Me,” Oliver describes the Numbers Racket popular in Harlem in the 1950s and how dreams were analyzed as number sequences and used for placing bets. The band’s music theory specialist, Terry Hynde, also discovered that 15 divided 15 is 1, 60 divided by 15 is 4, and 75 divided by 15 is 5. In a musician’s world, “1, 4, 5,” is referred to as the “universal progression.”

The band has been described as “shape shifting” because of its ability to leap from one genre to another, evading easy definition. Now in its 49th year, they have been playing original music since its inception. They have several recordings under their belt and more music than they can afford to release. Residing in Northeast Ohio, Robert Kidney and the band have worked together often in the last ten years. Current Numbers Band members include Robert Kidney (vocalist, guitar), Jack Kidney (harmonica, tenor sax, keyboard, guitar, vocalist), Terry Hynde (alto sax, soprano sax, keyboard), Bill Watson (stand up bass, electric bass), and Clint Alguire (drums).

 

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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