Thor Platter Band / Brent Kirby / Chloe & The Steel Strings
A special one night event Thanksgiving Saturday.
For the past few years, Brent Kirby and Thor Platter have put on a Thanksgiving weekend show to celebrate live music in Cleveland. We invite all of our friends, fans and fellow musicians to come out to Forest City Brewery and enjoy a night of live music in the great Waldorf Beer Hall space!
Thor Platter Band
Chole & The Steel Strings
Saturday November 30th
Forest City Brewery – 2135 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, OH
$10 suggested donation at the door (goes to the musicians)
Cleveland singer-songwriter Thor Platter is a loyal purveyor of Americana music for many reasons. “The tradition and history of American music have influenced my songwriting and musicianship for my entire life; it encompasses many sounds and styles from many different eras,” he explains. “Above all, it is music that resonates to my soul.” With his latest album Take Time, Platter is setting out to showcase his mastery of the genre, as well as capture the energy, spirit, and infectious harmonies of his live shows. Platter’s gentle, affecting vocals – which have earned him numerous comparisons to Willie Nelson – are carried along freely by the melodic arrangements of the songs. Fans of the classic ‘70s singer-songwriter genre will delight in Platter’s seamless transitions from toe-tapping jams to sweetly confident ballads throughout the set’s 10 tracks.
Take Time was recorded and produced by David Mayfield in Akron, Ohio. Platter, who grew up in Buffalo, NY, had a childhood seeped in rich musical influences – from Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Flatt & Scruggs – but his biggest inspiration to date has been Neil Young. “The way [Young] lived his life, the way he recorded, not being that mainstream guy–that was a heavy influence on me,” he explains. “I’ve never wanted to be a pop star.” True to Young’s experimental and personally driven nature, Platter approaches songcraft without specific genre boundaries, choosing instead to allow his music to evolve instinctually.
Platter has been the featured performer at multiple large local music festivals, hosts a “Roadhouse Sunday” each month at Forest City Brewery which pays tribute to Classic Country music from the 1950’s and surrounding decades. He is a seasoned roadman, keeping up a steady schedule of regional gigs while continually working on new music. A new album is in the works for a late 2020 release. He will be touring in support of Take Time throughout 2019.
For more information, please visit www.thorplatter.com
Publicity: Mike Farley/Michael J. Media Group/608-848-9707/ email@example.com
One of the Plain Dealer’s “25 Acts to Watch”
Brent Kirby is a night’s stroll with a rock n’ roll romantic. This does not mean Kirby’s merely a smitten troubadour, or a bard for the wayward but colorful life of musicians. Though his own songs bring up those immortal topics, Kirby’s romanticism is much bigger than that. His songs start with the introspective stir of strum and voice, but just like his performances, quickly move outward and embrace the listener. Kirby, who grew up in Wisconsin and has lived playing music in places as varied as Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cleveland, has acquired a keen narrator’s eye. Playing bars and clubs since his early teens, his lyrics dictate life in the moment, not as nightly grinds, but as places where dreams really come to life in gritty color.
Brent Kirby’s been called by many of his peers one of Cleveland’s hardest working musicians and his actions prove that. In 2013, Brent Kirby was voted “Best Singer” and also “Best Male Vocal” by the Cleveland Scene, and 2012, he was voted “Best Musician”. When he is not playing solo or with his band, called His Luck, he writes the tunes and fronts the Jack Fords (2007, 2009 Best Rock Band Cleveland Scene), leads the monthly revival of Gram Parsons with his band The New Soft Shoe, and plays drums for the talented Cleveland holiday band, the Ohio City Singers. His 10 x 3 Songwriter showcase weekly series at Brothers Lounge has created an encouraging, vibrant original music scene.
In addition to all of the awards garnered by all the other groups Kirby has been a part of, he has been individually nominated multiple times by the Free Times and Cleveland Scene for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Male Vocalist. This has led to sharing the stage with Elizabeth Cook, Edwin McCain, Jorma Kakounen, Ellis Paul, Michael Stanley, Will Hoge, John Eddie, Band of Heathens, Southside Johnny, Bottlerockets, Augustana, Devon Allman, The Yayhoos, James Gang, Marah, The Trews, Dave Alvin, Paul Thorn, Elephant Revival, American Aquarium, Bobby Keys, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, among many others.
Fueled by an arsenal of songs in the spirit of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, to the more recent Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, and Wilco, Kirby delivers a charismatic performance with a heartfelt sincerity that’s been honed by countless gigs and a sheer desire for perfection.
Chloe & The Steel Strings:
Captivating lyrics, sincere vocals, dynamic instrumentals, and a set of identical twins- Chloe & the Steel Strings, an Americana Folk-pop outfit, brings back the authentic, heartfelt singer-songwriter nostalgia of the past with great hair, good vibes, and astounding live performances.
Hailing from the Toledo and Cleveland, OH areas, Chloe & the Steel Strings cultivates a unique sound that is often compared to the styles of Norah Jones, Jewel, Fiona Apple, and Sharon Van Etten.
“Their songs are catchy and melodic, but utilize instrumentation and movements that are alternative to what people consider norms of pop” says North West Ohio music legend Jake Pilewski. Band members Connor Ward (bass), Anna Wagenhauser (piano & vocals), and Eric Stuehr (lead guitar) were classically trained from a young age and agree that it’s the foundation for the group’s tight performances and creative songwriting style.
“I’ve always been passionate about writing songs” lead singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist Chloe Wagenhauser explains. She describes her first performance with Connor at a coffee shop near the University of Toledo, where they met at an open mic night.
“Back then, we didn’t know that writing and performing were something we’d pursue as a career,” Chloe says, reminiscing on her decision to decline a medical school acceptance in late 2017 to play music full-time. Since then, the band has played more than 250 shows across the Midwestern U.S., including some of Northern Ohio’s largest local music festivals.
When they’re not on the road in their Volvo Cross-Country, Chloe & the Steel Strings is writing and arranging new music for an EP release in mid-2020. They look forward to performing a Midwest tour next summer.