Remembering Our Friend Michael Stanley – David Spero, Jennifer Lee and Danny Powers

Thursday
10
Jun

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Sold Out

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Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm
In accordance with Ohio regulations, masks are required except while eating and drinking at your dining table. Congregating is not permitted, so plan to enjoy the show from your seat. Advance table reservations are required, and our host will seat you accordingly. We kindly request guests depart immediately following the concert.

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • FREE ADMISSION – NO COVER CHARGE
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Rosewood Bitters Salad
    • My Town Schnitzel
    • Napoleon

     

Story topic this week…

Remembering Our Friend Michael Stanley
David Spero, Jennifer Lee, and Danny Powers will team up on stage for a special evening honoring the life and musical career of the late Michael Stanley. Together, they will share personal memories and fascinating stories from Michael Stanley’s career in and out of the spotlight.
 

David Spero Bio

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David Spero was destined to be part of Rock and roll’s history!

Starting at age 13, he worked on his father Herman’s Upbeat TV show holding cue cards and later serving as ‘Talent Coordinator’ and then Associate Producer. Upbeat was seen in over 100 cities between 1964 and 1971. He has since produced four Upbeat Live shows on Cleveland television garnering 3 Emmy nominations. A radio career started in 1968 (at the age of 17) at WXEN-FM in Cleveland. Stints at WNCR, WMMS, M105 and WNCX helped establish him as a top disc jockey in, the then new and emerging, field of FM radio. He was inducted into the Ohio Radio and TV Hall of Fame in 2004.

Hanging around with recording stars evolved into a career in artist management. David Spero Management was formed in 1973 steering the career of local icon Michael Stanley and producer Bill Szymczyk (Eagles, Who, Bob Seger etc) as well as Father Guido Sarducci from Saturday Night Live.

David took a thirteen year break from Rock and Roll when he accepted a job as Managing Director/Midwest for Columbia/Tri Star Pictures. He coordinated the regional releases of such pictures as Ghostbusters, The Natural, Tootsie, and Gandhi during his tenure.

But Rock and Roll came calling again in 1990 when Eagle Joe Walsh asked Spero to manage his career. He added other artists such as Harry Nilsson, Vanilla Ice, Eric Carmen and Ian Hunter. Spero produced ‘The Joe Walsh/Glenn Frey Tour’ which was the precursor to ‘The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over Tour’.

The rigors of touring took their toll and in 2000, Spero ‘retired’ and accepted the position of Vice President of Programming and Education at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this position, Spero produced the successful MTV show Live At The Rock Hall which aired for two seasons and featured the first TV appearances of such artists as Linkin Park, John Meyer, Godsmack, Avril Lavigne and Alicia Keyes.

But again, antsy for that Rock and Roll lifestyle, David Spero Management was back in business in 2003 representing the careers of Billy Bob Thornton, Hall of Famers Dickey Betts and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Survivor, Nelson, Don Felder, JD Souther and The Funk Brothers. After adding Richie Furay as a client, Spero helped put together the Buffalo Springfield reunion tour. A young, up and coming band The Empty Pockets fill out the current roster along with Albert Hammond, G.E. Smith, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Jesse Colin Young, Petula Clark, Ted Neeley and Bad Company.

David, 68, is a former (and original) member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Board of Directors. David was inducted into the Ohio Radio Hall of Fame in 2010. He lives in South Euclid Ohio with his wife, Ellen, of 42 years. They have a son Adam who is a graduate of John Carroll University.
 

Danny Powers Bio

DannyPowersDanny Powers joined The Michael Stanley Band in 1982 where he had the opportunity to tour the country playing on stages with countless rock legends such as Ringo Starr, Heart, 38 Special, Asia, Michael McDonald, Joe Walsh, Eddie Money, Eric Carmen, Donny Iris and recently, Don Felder, Styx and R.E.O Speedwagon.

Danny has recorded, produced and engineered on over 22 albums, performed in music videos and has made many television appearances including American Bandstand and Solid Gold. In 1988 Danny began producing records in Los Angeles, where he worked on music for many artists including Cock Robin and Jennifer Love-Hewitt. In 1996 he headed to Germany to record an album and tour with his own band, The Holograms along with Manfred Mann.

Over the years Danny has had the opportunity to work with some of his favorite players such as Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa), Pat Mastelatto (King Crimson, Mister, Mister), Pete Beckett (Alan Parsons), Paul Morris (Rainbow), Fernando Saunders (Jeff Beck), J.T. Lewis (Herbie Hancock, Lou Reed), Alan White (Yes), Michael Cartelone (Damn Yankees, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Neil Geraldo (Pat Benetar), Joe Vitale (Eagles, Joe Walsh) and recently The Who’s Roger Daltrey.

Danny has had his songs appear in several films including Out Of Darkness starring Diana Ross, Love Potion No. 9 starring Sandra Bullock, Kiss Of A Killer starring Annette O’Toole and A Killing In Beverly Hills: The Story Of The Menendez Brothers.
Danny has been the anchor guitarist each year for the Tribe Jam, featuring musical talents of the Cleveland Indians and the Browns Jam, which includes the musical talents of The Cleveland Browns. Danny performed, co-wrote and co-produced the record, THE C.A.R.E. SESSION featuring the single, “Eyes Of The Children” with such illustrious rockers as Ben Orr (The Cars), Rickie Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot), Joe Vitale (Eagles, Joe Walsh), Skip Martin (Dazz Band) and the Raspberries among others. He played lead guitar for Michael Stanley and The Resonators and currently composes music for film soundtracks, as well as writing and recording music for his own solo projects.
 

Jennifer Lee Bio

JenniferLeeJennifer Lee is a Cleveland-based singer-songwriter who has been performing live and in the studio professionally since 1981. Starting with local bands, then to original band Jewel of the Deep with Danny Powers, playing at some of the greatest live music venues and doing the legendary “Coffee Break Concert” at the Cleveland Agora. After working on the “Eyes of the Children” project with Michael Stanley and a whole host of other talent with ties to Cleveland in 1985, she was tapped to join Michael Stanley “and friends” in the summer of 1987. This led to The Ghost Poets in 1991, then on to Michael Stanley and the Resonators. She has done extensive jingle work over the years, including the Ohio Lottery and the McDonald’s “I’m Lovin It” campaign. She has performed on countless recordings with artists such as Eric Carmen, Jonah Koslen, Alex Bevan, Mark Addison Nation of One, First Light, Jason White and the Janglers to name a few, and of course; Michael Stanley. Jennifer has performed on every post-MSB new music release with Michael, and they showed us the magic of creating one voice from two. When she began her solo project in 2001, she of course included Michael as rhythm guitar player; including other Cleveland greats such as Danny Powers, Billy Sullivan, and Paul Sidoti of Taylor Swift. She had the honor of opening for Ringo Starr and has played the Rock Hall on several occasions. She played keyboards and sang for Eric Carmen’s solo project in 2001 and followed that with joining the Raspberries on tour and in the studio from 2004 through their last show in 2009 at the Rock Hall. Jennifer was honored to perform lead or background vocals for the iconic Joe Walsh, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Sheila E, Billy Squier, Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, Andy Kim, Ron Dante, Mark Farner, Maxine Nightingale, Southside Johnny, Deniece Williams, Patty Smythe, Taste of Honey, Kim Carnes, Martha Reeves and many more. Jennifer had the pleasure of performing with Paul Shaffer and Will Lee from the original “The David Letterman Band,” along with NY greats Ricky Byrd, Rob Arthur, and Liberty DeVitto. One highlight of her 40-year career was opening for the Eagles with Michael at a sold-out Clemson University stadium. She recently finished her 18th album with Michael called Tough Room which is currently in pre-sale, and is looking ahead to get back in the studio to record.
 

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
 

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