Samantha Fitzpatrick: All Work, All Play

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(photo: April Ely) Samantha Fitzpatrick is no stranger to hard work, and this is the reason for the widespread success of her current rock-Americana effort, The Samantha Fitzpatrick Band, which has been playing across northeast Ohio for the last few years, seamlessly linking original acoustic roots music with ten-minute epic jams and cute, clever interpretations [...]

Welshly Arms: A Disarming Conversation about Music

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  When I first met Mike Gould, drummer for Cleveland’s gritty rock foursome, Welshly Arms, it was under a sort of duress.  You see, I had been producing a talent competition event called Rock War, and one of my celebrity judges cancelled on me at the last minute.  The replacement, discovered at the eleventh hour, [...]

Slowback Gin: One Guitar Chord Started it All

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You can study music in college.  You can play in front of thousands. You can credit a Def Leppard chord with giving you a lifelong obsession with live performance. Or you can do all three and call yourself Slowback gin.  One of Cleveland’s most dynamic club acts, this energetic rock group is by velvety vocalist [...]

Silverlights Joins Rock City

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With their debut release about to hit iTunes on February 19, Silverlights is indeed the sumof its parts–and that’s a good thing.  Lead singer and guitarist Nathan Hedges (the Curve, Nathan Hedges and the Imports) leads the group, accompanied by drummer Michael Gould (The Curve, Welshly Arms), Joshua Jansen on bass, and Chris Manby manning [...]

Jay Guerrero, Welshly Arms On Board for Rock City 2013

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Rock City is proud to gain the support of Jay Guerrero and Welshly Arms for the 2013 Project.   Jay Guerrero, appearing for the first time on the Rock City Project Album this year, appeared at the Rock City 2012 festival.  After recording four full-length albums, touring across the country, and receiving multiple songwriting awards, Jay [...]

Dan Robertson Band, Slowback Gin on Board for 2013 Festival

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Today two artists were added to the bill for the 2013 Rock City Festival on July 26-27, starting with local favorites Slowback Gin, led by the velvet-voiced Ginny Valentik and the rock-solid guitar-work of Rick Lowe, both natives of Lorain County where the Rock City Festival is held. Ginny Valentik and Rick Lowe of Slowback [...]

Samantha Fitzpatrick, pOUT On Board For Rock City 2013

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The first two artists to confirm appearances at the second annual Rock City Festival (July 26-27, 2013) are Cleveland favorites pOUT and Samantha Fitzpatrick. Samantha Fitzpatrick’s arrival on the north coast live music scene came like a bolt of lightning in the summer of 2012 with appearances on Cleveland’s Fox 8 Television, with audiences drawn [...]

Thunderstruck Rolls Into Rock City This Saturday

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North America’s ultimate AC/DC tribute act Thunderstruck is headlining the Rock City Festival this Saturday night at Quaker Steak and Lube in Sheffield, OH.    Widely hailed as the most explosive (and most authentic) tribute to the Scottish-Australian hard rockers, Thunderstruck will be playing AC/DC’s most famous songs during their headline set at Rock City Festival. [...]

Dan Robertson Joins Rock City

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Hailing from Norwalk, about ninety minutes west of Cleveland, Dan Robertson holds a guitar-resume that’s a mile long.  His two albums “Corban” and “Pavlov’s Dog” both pay a quirky homage to classic, and even progressive influences, and that’s no surprise: Dan has played lead guitar with everybody from The Guess Who to The Imperials. “Dan [...]

Jay Guerrero Joins Rock City Festival

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When you combine a sterling, soulful voice with a unique, understated acoustic guitar technique, and years of touring and concert experience, you get Jay Guerrero.  Jay’s unique folk style is as accessible as it is spiritual–and audiences from Cleveland to Nashville to DC to Atlanta all agree. Teddy Wallingford, producer of Rock City Project says, [...]