Wallace Coleman

Midwest Harmonica Workshop presents

Wallace Coleman

Joe Filisko and Eric Norden, Jarred Goldweber

Saturday May 11 2019

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

Beachland Tavern


This event is all ages

Primarily Seated, GA. Sponsored by the North East Ohio Blues Association & lined up with greats, Midwest Harmonica Workshop events brings you a show that everyone will enjoy! This is a night of local blues harmonica greatness with a visit from the "Roots Duo" Joe Filisko and Eric Noden of Chicago IL. Wallace Coleman, an international blues legend in, will perform a great traditional blues show, Jarred Goldweber will be showcasing his modern & technical skill on the blues harp, mentored by Wallace & other greats, Jarred is thought to be be one of the best up & coming young harmonica players in the US. Joe and Eric the "Roots Duo" take you on a journey through roots & blues like no other show you have seen. This is an exciting event to have right in Cleveland OH & it is not to be missed. Open Jam at the end of the show, join us but be tuned, prepared and ready, we will have a list of harmonica players that will go up through the night.

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.
Joe Filisko and Eric Norden
Joe Filisko and Eric Norden
The blues and roots music duo— Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make an unforgettable impression. Their jaw-dropping virtuosity enables them to create more layers of sound and feeling than most full bands can summon, and both are high-energy, ultra-rhythmic performers. The collective result— in both their live shows and their recordings— are charged, dramatic performances that are simultaneously powerful and sophisticatedly subtle.

“Two marvelous musicians who have captured not only the sounds but the emotional spirit of some of the richest bloodlines of American music.” — Kim Field, author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers

“Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make a thoroughly convincing case that this music is the real deal and their spirited performances make it sound both fresh and contemporary.” –Dirty Linen

“Eric and Joe are possessed by the spirits of Howlin Wolf, Sonny Terry, Robert Johnson, Johnny Woods, Sonny Boy Williamson, Gwen Foster and transported listeners back to the 1920’s Delta.. We love Eric and Joe. Please send them back.
 —–Mickey Raphael, harmonica player for Willie Nelson

Just a few short years after their first meeting, Filisko and Noden are displaying their compelling musicality on the world stage. They’ve performed at the legendary Chicago Blues Festival, the Paramount Blues Festival in Grafton, Wisconsin (where some of the greatest of the early blues recordings were made); Sweden’s Eslov Blues Festival; and the Festival Ecaussines in Belgium. The duo also recorded the theme song for the “Sweet Folk Chicago” on the legendary Chicago radio station WFMT. Joe and Eric are expert practitioners of harmonica and guitar styles that defined the blues in its earliest days but are now all too rarely heard. Both of these standout performers also teach and make it a point to share the insights they’ve gained from two lifetimes of deep research into the history of the music. German harmonica master Steve Baker invited the roots duo to teach and perform at the Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, Germany (home of the harmonica manufacturer Hohner), in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014-16 The pair has also offered joint workshops and performances at Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival, the Harmonicales Festival in France, and at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Joe Filisko and Eric Noden’s latest recording, “Diestination Unknown” which follows “On the Move”,”Missed Train Blues” and “I.C. Special” features 13 knockout original tunes that demonstrate how they are using their mastery of classic styles to create an exhilarating, new approach to the blues. The recordings of Filisko and Noden document their joint journey from total immersion in the richest and most complex classic blues stylings to vibrant, original, 21st-century music that moves the blues forward. Each performer brings unique qualities to the duo.

Joe Filisko
Joe Filisko is a master of all the classic blues harmonica styles. As Dennis Gruenling of Blues Review says, “Joe Filisko could be the best prewar blues harmonica stylist in the world today.” Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds agrees: “Joe is one of the rare talents on the instrument of the harmonica. He is the guy that does what most players can’t even think about doing.” In addition, Jerry Portnoy who has played harmonica with Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton says, “Joe plays to the strengths and unique capabilities of the instrument and employs the full range of tonal colors, trills, flutters, chord rhythms, and other special effects that make his playing so expressive – all in service of the music. My admiration for his skill and musicianship is boundless.” Filisko is not only an accomplished performer, but a skilled harmonica craftsman as well. His highly prized work and expertise has earned him the rare honor of having his name on one of Hohner’s instruments— the just-released specialty harmonica, the Thunderbird. Furthermore, Filisko’s customized Marine Band harmonicas have been played by many world renowned artists including Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Howard Levy, Rick Estrin, Jellyroll Johnson, Buddy Greene and Gary Primich. Filisko’s harmonicas are also used by celebrities Bruce Willis, Steven Tyler and former President Bill Clinton. Joe has taught and performed on 5 continents. He was awarded the “Harmonica Player of the Year in 2001 by the SPAH organization. Joe performed at the 2006 Country Music Hall of Fame, Medallion Ceremony for the induction of DeFord Bailey. In addition to his recordings with Eric, Joe also has a CD of classic harmonica material available entitled “The History of the Blues Harmonica Concert”. The disc is collaboration with harp players David Barrett and Dennis Gruenling. For more info visit www.filisko.com and www.filiskostore.com

Eric Noden
Eric Noden is a master bluesman in his own right. Deeply rooted in the music of 20’s & 30’s blues pioneers, Eric Noden’s percussive guitar work, timeless songwriting and well-traveled blues vocals have earned the respect of audiences, critics, and musicians worldwide. The Illinois Entertainer described Eric “As a spiritual heir to Chicago blues guitarists of the ’20s and ’30s like Tampa Red and Big Bill Broonzy. This multi-talented acoustic artist fills an important niche in the city’s mostly plugged-in blues scene.” Similarly, Eric’s mastery was recognized in Cadence: “Intent on mastering older styles while transporting them and us into a new century where the past is not forgotten” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal adds, “The Chicago-based bluesman makes a National Resonator guitar absolutely wail.” Eric Noden sings, shouts and stomps while conjuring old spirits from the strings of his acoustic guitar. Varying his approach from song to song, Noden draws from a deep well of American music that fuels his high energy performances. His right hand thumb often lays down a driving bass figure that weaves around intricate melodic parts played with his fingers. This style, favored by early bluesmen like Charley Patton, Reverend Gary Davis, and Blind Blake, is one that only a few contemporary bluesmen have mastered. Noden recently produced a CD for blues legend Billy Boy Arnold that will be released the Electro-Fi label. In addition to his recordings with Joe Filisko, Eric has released three solo CDs “55 Highway”, “Midwest Blues” and “The Original” as well as “No Lie” with his band Sanctified Grumblers. For more info visit www.ericnoden.com
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.
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110