Cleveland's Own. Solo Blues, Steel Guitar, Harp and original blues and folk
About Bob Frank Cleveland Magazine said, “Aside from being an accomplished guitarist, Frank boasts a encyclopedic knowledge of old-time country, blues and bluegrass music.” The Free Times added, “Frank is a first-class guitarist and vocalist.” Jazz and Blues Report added, “A sure-fingered, veteran player, skilled in a wide spectrum of black and white roots styles, Frank comes off as a performer with a strong sense of identity.” And in a recent cd review, Vintage Guitar Magazine said, “Frank is a first rate songwriter and a champion guitar player.”
"Where has this guy been hiding?" That's a common question at Joe Rollin Porter's performances. The answer is irrelevant; what matters is that his music is here now.
Joe's fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing and vocals transcend genre and style, viscerally connecting with music lovers of widely diverging tastes. His live performance can bring a room full of loud distracted drinkers to a hushed silence, hanging on every note. The music primarily consists of Joe's own arrangements of traditional American folk songs, with a dose of early rural blues and an occasional dash of Celtic flavor as well. The end product is truly unique.
Joe does not attempt to "authentically" replicate old-time music. Nor does he try to modernize the old songs to make them appeal to contemporary commercial tastes. Rather, after years of absorbing and internalizing traditional folk music, the songs flow out as natural self-expression. The result is an individual artistic statement that injects new life and energy into the folk tradition, keeping the heritage alive and growing.
If you don't care about any of that, but you like great fingerstyle guitar playing, or simply enjoy high quality entertainment, Joe provides that too.
The music speaks for itself, but the following are a few attempts to describe it from some admirers:
"Nice textured depth & intricate tension/compliment
between guitar & vocals"
"sometimes sounds like 2-3 guys playing at the same time"
"very mature rhythmic phrases and changes"
"A lot of really complex things are going on in that music,
but it's great for just tapping your toes, too!"
Joe's first album "Troubles Just Like Mine" (available at cdbaby.com/cd/jrporter and digstation.com/JoeRollinPorter) is an impressive achievement. With all basic guitar and vocal tracks being live simultaneous takes, and only a minimum of backing vocals and hand percussion added to round out the listening experience, it provides a reasonably faithful representation of his live performances as well.
Joe is a life-long resident of Ohio currently residing in Cleveland, and has played guitar for over 30 years.
Project Runway 6-8pm Junior Fair (Pre-Registered Teams Only)
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The Gypsy Lite Orchestra is a rock, power dance, country and touch of blues band with a female lead vocalist covering a variety of old and new timeless favorites. You will love the variety of songs chosen to make your night out a rockin’ good time. Not only do we have super female vocals, but the guys in the band give the band a special element of change during each show making the whole night interesting and fun for several generations.
The current Gypsy Lite Orchestra bandmembers are:
Lori Matusz - Vocals
Lloyd Sarno - Guitar, Back-up Vocals
Donnie Richter - Drums
Gypsy Lite Orchestra shows feature artists such as Stevie Nicks, Heart, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, Pink, Blondie and Billy Squier, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Doobie Bros, Grand Funk Railroad, Bruno Mars, Elle King, B-52s, Styx, Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Jett, Sugarland, Lita Ford, Bruno Mars, Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert and more.
Gypsy Lite Orchestra rock ‘n dance band was formed in 1990 and Lori is the only original member. The band has played consistently throughout the past 27 years around Northeast Ohio pleasing many dedicated fans. This is a must-see band!
Tom Chernitsky - Guitar & Vocals
Ed Wheeler - Drums
Ron Papa J Jackson - Keys
Bob Laeng - Guitar & Vocals
Jmy T - Vocals
Tue, August 7, 2018, 8:00pm to 10:30pm
CBS Stage in the Beer Garden
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