Wallace Coleman

Sponsored by North East Ohio Blues Association

Wallace Coleman

Jarred Goldweber, Jake James Friel

Saturday May 11 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Beachland Tavern


This event is all ages

Primarily Seated, GA. 

International Blues harmonica legend Wallace Coleman , Jarred Goldweber. And Jake James Friel will be performing! Sponsored by the North East Ohio Blues Association "NEOBA" and lined up with heavy hitters...  Open Jam at the end of the show, join us but be tuned, prepared and ready!

Wallace Coleman
Wallace Coleman
As a youth in eastern Tennessee where country & western music still prevails, Wallace Coleman was instead captivated by the sounds he heard from his radio late at night. It was Nashville's WLAC and they were playing ...the Blues. The sounds haunted him by day where, he says, "I would be sittin' in class and hear the Howlin' Wolf singin' just as clear in my head..."

It was on WLAC that Coleman first heard those who would also become his greatest musical influences: Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Wolf, Muddy Waters. Creating and laying down the guitar foundation on many of those recordings was Robert Lockwood Jr. - a man who, some 25 years later, would play a pivotal role in Coleman's future.

Coleman left Tennessee in 1956 to find work in Cleveland, Ohio. He found steady work and, to his delight, an active Blues community where Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, B.B. King and others came to perform.

A self-taught musician, Coleman played the harmonica on his breaks at work. One day a co-worker brought his cousin to the jobsite to hear Coleman play. That meeting sparked a year-long pairing with Cleveland's Guitar Slim at the Cascade Lounge. A real Blues juke joint setting nestled in his city of Cleveland where he could play good old Blues was more than Coleman thought he could ask for.

But the next step was just around the corner.

The Cascade Lounge is where Coleman caught the ear of Robert Lockwood Jr., who had come to hear him play. Lockwood liked what he heard. He asked Coleman to join his band. Coleman had a while longer to work in order to retire from his full-time job. Lockwood asked Coleman to call him after he retired. One year later, Wallace Coleman did retired, marking the end of his 31 year career at Cleveland's Hough Bakeries. Then he made the call to Lockwood as promised.

And at the age of 51, Wallace Coleman joined Robert Lockwood Jr.'s band...marking the beginning of his professional music career.

Soon he was traveling throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas playing major Blues Festivals and clubs with one of this American artform's most creative architects.

For the first time, Lockwood would be performing his own music and the songs of his step-father, Robert Johnson, accompanied by harmonica. He asked Coleman to find ways to bring his richest harmonica tone to these songs. An innovator himself, Coleman created and developed 3rd position harmonica parts that perfectly complemented Lockwoood's guitar.

Lockwood knew that Coleman had a lot to offer with his playing and singing and recognized that Coleman should form his own band. As time went by, Lockwood encouraged him to do just that. In 1997, Coleman left Lockwood's band, graduating to the post of full-time bandleader. Shortly before leaving, Coleman recorded with Lockwood on his Grammy-nominated "I Gotta Find Me A Woman."

Coleman's introduction to the 1950-60s Cleveland blues scenemeant seeing as many of the touring artists as possible. IN the 1960s, Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson II, who had been performing together in the south, made their way to Cleveland via Chicago, taking up residence and performing.

While COleman would not meet Lockwood until much later, Coleman often went to see Williamson perform at local venues. The two became friendly, discovering they lived only several blocks apart. Williamson would soon depart for Europe while Lockwood made Cleveland his permanent home. The elders of the Blues inspired Coleman, whose time as a young man new to Cleveland and hungry for the Blues would shape his life for years to come. Little did he know that he would one day take the stage, recognized for his own artisty and contributions.

In the 1940s, Coleman's mother, Ella Mae, saved her money to surprise he young sone with his very own radio. The gift opened a new world to young Wallace when the Blues arrived on the nightly radio waves of Nashville's WLAC. They were sounds he'd never heard before. And sounds that would always be with him from then on. Coleman established his own record label, now named Ella Mae Music, in honor of his late mother.

With his Ella Mae Music lable, Coleman produced four CDs - "Stretch My Money," "Live at Joe's," "The Bad Weather Blues," and the newest, "Blues in the Wind" Remembering Robert Lockwood Jr. all critically acclaimed in the US and abroad.
Jarred Goldweber
Jarred Goldweber
Jarred Goldweber is one of a handful of innovative young harmonica musicians in the world. Backed by his band The Park Brothers, these veteran Bluesmen know how to deliver a show. With their backgrounds and experience in the Blues, R&B and Funk; these talented and seasoned musicians, deliver a show for a new generation.

All hailing from Cleveland Ohio. Finalists for best band in the Hot list they are members of the Chicago, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and Memphis Blues Societies. They tour extensively along the Blues Highway from Cleveland to Clarksdale Mississippi Delta.

Along with their local recognition, they have performed along the blues highway over the years, from Memphis Tennessee to Clarksdale Mississippi. Individually and collectively, they have opened, performed, and toured with amazing talents.

Jarred Goldweber and The Park Brothers are forging a new look and sound for what the Blues represents; a new experience that not only makes the audience feel the emotion of the music, but takes them there.

They’re adapting the blues to the modern-day sound, a blues band that crosses generations. With this fusion, the band can express the new energy of the modern bluesman with the heritage of the former.

Jarred and The Park Brothers believe in Philanthropy and have supported many causes such as Alzheimer/ dementia research, Domestic Violence, Women's support organizations and Community Development events locally aw well as while they are on tour, especially in Clarksdale Mississippi for the Crossroads art and Cultural Center.
Jake James Friel
Jake James Friel
Akron Ohio native son, Jake first stepped on stage with a harmonica in his hand at the age of 8 years old. Since that day he has been chasing the sound he found on vinyl records printed long before his time. As Jake has grown older, his style and sound have evolved while remaining true to the blues that first inspired him to take the stage.
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110