Patrick Sweany

Friday
15
Feb

Soul, Country, Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

Why you should see this show…

Patrick Sweany is a workingman’s musician. Raw and unpolished music with soulful nuance is the name of the game here. With tours to 49 states and Europe, and six critically acclaimed albums, this will be a concert with some bite to it.
 

 

Patrick Sweany Bio
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.

On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic ’50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy – it’s his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.

It’s no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad’s extensive record collection: ’60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide – with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style.

But Patrick wouldn’t stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of ’50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed him to form a band.

After 7 critically acclaimed records (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and Europe. He’s played premiere festivals (Newport Folk Fest, Merlefest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews) and supported international acts such as The Black Keys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour.

His record, Ancient Noise, came out in Spring 2018. It was recorded at historic Sam Phillips Recording by acclaimed producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margot Price) and features an all-star backing band: Ken Coomer on drums (ex-Wilco), Ted Pecchio on bass (Doyle Bramhall II, Susan Tedeschi), and the legendary Charles Hodges on keys (Al Green). Ancient Noise is a great amalgam of Sweany’s evolving sounds, from the gritty blues of the openers “Old Time Ways” and “Up & Down,” to the piano-based ballad “Country Loving.” “We also added a lot more funk to this record,” says Sweany. “There’s a definite nod to the Deep South ’70s sound of Allen Toussaint productions and Little Feat jams.”

 

 

Gringo Stew Bio
GRINGO STEW serves up authentic American music, infused with southwestern spice. These six seasoned musicians individually honed their craft on the beer-soaked stages of honky-tonks and dance halls from Texas to Massachusetts, and in smoky bar rooms and concert clubs from Cleveland to Nashville. Whether performing their unique, or reverent, renditions of lesser-known works by great American masters, or their own lively and engaging originals, GRINGO STEW insists on one critical ingredient that sets them apart: authenticity; songs about real life and honest emotions.

A chunky, hearty rhythm supplied by bassist ͞”Johnny Mac” McElwain and drummer Tom Getz; a dollop of creamy fiddle from Jim Kelly; a dash of syrupy pedal steel by Dan ͞”Steely Dan” Morris; a hefty portion of Michael Rendon’s savory Texas vocals; topped off with the “5-alarm” smoking guitar of Frank Scialdone; and garnished with sweet harmonies: that’s the GRINGO STEW recipe!

 

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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