29 May- The Chardon Polka Band
The Chardon Polka Band is not your average polka band. They are a group that brings new life and energy to this traditional music. While the group has an extensive catalogue of traditional polkas, they are not afraid to bring their own tunes into the mix along with polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Ga Ga. The band got their start in the Cleveland music scene; playing countless area fairs, festivals, and venues. While remaining very active in Cleveland, the band can often be found taking their music on the road and performing at a variety of events across the east. From performing at an NFL game to headlining for some of the largest Oktoberfests in the nation to opening for the prestigious Cleveland Orchestra; the band loves pleasing crowds anywhere and everywhere.
26 June- Lorine Chia
Born in Banso, Cameroon, Lorine Chia was destined to perform. Releasing her first mixtape entitled Lorine on Thanksgiving in 2012, the Ohio native received praise and attention from Complex Magazine, France’s OFive TV, Live Mixtapes, Mercedes-Benz and more, thanks to her futuristic, airy production and soulfully distinct voice. Now as Lorine focuses on her future, let’s dig into her past.
Named after Lorine Okotie, her father’s favorite African songstress, the first generation immigrant moved around the east coast with her family, stopping in several cities before settling in Willoughby, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. At six years old, her parents flung her in front of their church’s audience to sing an African spiritual and to her own surprise, Lorine not only sang well but she loved the experience.
As the years carried on, she matured into a good student and reunited with her musical leanings by joining her elementary school’s band. But after playing the trombone and violin and later singing in the school choir in the ninth grade, she tired of instruments and musical group activities. Then in the tenth grade, she accidentally rediscovered her talent for singing through a school project.
“We had to participate in a poetry slam as either a performer or help in setting up the show,” she recalls. “I said I’d contribute by playing the guitar, but I didn’t know how. So I taught myself how to play in a month and sang ‘Give Love a Try’ by the Jonas Brothers. Everyone liked it and I got an “A” so I thought, ‘Hey, maybe music’s my thing.’” Drawing on her breakthrough, the then 15-year-old began writing and recording songson her home video camera and uploading the clips to her Facebook page.
Graduating from Willoughby South High school in 2011, Lorine took the traditional college route as a co-ed at Toledo University but her heart wasn’t in it. “I tried the whole pre-med thing, and I got a 2.4 gpa for the first time,” she said. “My parents were so confused. I couldn’t return because I couldn’t afford it, but in that time, I made my Lorine album. It was released on Thanksgiving, and everyone loved it.”Shortly after the free album hit the Internet, Complex Magazine’s website featured Lorine as a must-listen project as did Live Mixtapes. On the branding front, Mercedes-Benz sought out the young artist’s music to include on a compilation created by the luxury car company to “compliment the A 45 AMG’s striking design and compactinsanity.”
A mixture of alternative, acid Jazz and futuristic R&B, Lorine’s first collection of eleven songs delves into the passion and dreams of the young singer. With her haunting voice, her delivery reminds the listener of a young Skye Edwards of Morcheeba. However, Lorine admits that her influences run the gamut.
“Some of the people I listened to while making Lorine were John Legend, Coldplay, Mr. Hudson, Amy Winehouse and James Blake,” she shares. “I looked at their song structure and melodies. I grew up listening to John, and I’ve always loved the way all of these artists sounded. Each of them have a cool and soulful voice that couldn’t be imitated, and I try to have that.
“Coldplay really helped with guitar and making melodies. James Blake came in when I realized I could make my music sound futuristic like artists do in the U.K.,” Lorine continues. “I like to ask, ‘What would James Blake do?’ when I’m creating. Amy Winehouse just had so much soul and sang so effortlessly, so I try to do that. I try to make it seem like the coolest thing to have this voice.”
“Crazy Things” is the young singer’s first single and video from Lorine where she tackles a baffling relationship.
“I wrote ‘Crazy Things’ for everyone going through a relationship where their significant other is acting out of character, irritable, and just flat out doing things that turns them off,” she explains.
Elsewhere on “You’re Alright,” Lorine delivers a self-addressed pep talk borne from her own academic crossroads.
“You’re Alright’ is one of my favorites!,” she says. “I wrote this song when I came to a realization that every bad thing I’ve been through in life shall pass. I’m going to be just fine no matter what.”
On “Life Without Dreams,” she admits her hopes for the future.
“This is a special song to me because it represents my dream of being a musician and how it’s possible for it to come true,” Lorine says.
As for her Cameroonian roots, the first generation Ohio native says her heritage seeps out in her attitude.
“Where I’m originally from has made me more determined in whatever I do, especially music,” she says. “Now I want producers to create sounds similar to Cameroonian rhythms, specifically the drum patterns.”
Now Lorine is focusing on creating her next project, but as a one-woman band.
“My ultimate goal is to make my own album from scratch by myself, including producing, lyrics, singing … everything,” she says. “I’ve begun learning how to make beats, play more instruments and build my voice so it sounds great during my live performance.”
By naming Ms. Lorine Chia, her parents might’ve had more foresight than they could’ve ever imagined.
31 July – The Moxies + Opener
The Moxies are a three piece outfit from Cleveland, Ohio consisting of Marco Ciofani (vocals, guitar), Kevin Werfield (drums) and Tyler Adams (bass). Their sound is an amalgam of rockabilly garage rock with a gritty, blues sensibility. They found their name on a retro, blue cream soda pop. They found their signature look in wing-tipped shoes and a black tie aesthetic. And they perform with a passion and vehemence akin to the origins of rock and roll.
At seven years old, Marco received his first guitar on Christmas day. At fourteen, he was jamming at Cebars Euclid Tavern on a regular basis for blues night. By the end of high school, he was the winner of several Battle of the Bands. In late 2011, Marco decided it was finally time to form a serious band, and recruited long time best friend and drummer Kevin Werfield to the cause, and thus The Moxies were born. Since they’ve been touring and also recorded a five song EP with producer Bryan Patrick (Cherry Monroe) at Jungle Studios in Cleveland.
The Moxies draw from classic influences from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Etta James, to modern artists such as their hero Jack White, Cold War Kids, and Cage the Elephant. Because the band’s sound is shaped by decades of rock, they appeal to audiences of all ages. Marco writes lyrics that range from aggressively energetic with songs like “Night Crawler” and “Dead Man Walking” to bluesy angst (“Conrete”, “Just A Boy”) to the romantically charged (“Main Street Drive-In”, “Rain Dance”), with enough youthful energy to make even the most jaded listener sing and dance along.
28 August – Luca Mundaca
Luca Mundaca is the latest in a long line of great Brazilian artists who have gained national and international acclaim.
Luca is a musical artist in her prime. A formidable composer and arranger, Luca Mundaca’s albums “Day by Day” and “Primeiro,” features all original compositions.
Luca won the 2008 Independent Music Award in the World Fusion category. In addition to her own album, Luca’s work has been featured in the American movie “End of Watch” (2013), “The Visitor” (2008), ABC TV Show “Mistresses”(2013) TV Show “Californication” (2008), the independent movie “Kissing Paris” (2008), and the Brazilian TV show “TiTiTi” a telenovela (2010).