Cleveland International Records Relaunch Concert

Cleveland International Records Relaunch Concert

Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Dirty Dan of The Boyzz, Cerny Brothers

Saturday May 11 2019

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

Beachland Ballroom

$18.00 - $22.00

This event is all ages

Cleveland International Records
Cleveland International Records
Forty two years after Meat Loaf’s epic, multi-platinum global smash Bat Out of Hell put Cleveland International Records in our collective musical consciousness, the legendary indie label is back in business, re-launching with a CD and LP re-release of its mid-90’s all-star compilation on April 5 th called, Cleveland Rocks which is available for pre-order on Amazon the first time ever digital releases of up to 15 of its iconic albums, and a mission to start signing and championing artists.

The third incarnation of the label that gave us everyone from Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band to Meat Loaf to America’s polka king Frank Yankovic is being guided by Steve Popovich, Jr. a veteran satellite radio and industry executive whose father, the late famed record industry exec Steve Popovich, founded the label in the mid-70s. Prior to launching Cleveland International, the elder Popovich rose through the ranks at CBS Records, becoming their youngest ever VP of Promotion for Columbia Records.

Steve Popovich, Sr. was twice named Billboard magazine’s National Promotion Man of the Year and won the Clive Davis Award for Promotion Excellence. His successes included Simon & Garfunkel, Boz Scaggs, Loggins & Messina, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Santana, Janis Joplin, Dave Mason, Mahavishnu Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Johnny Mathis, Chicago, Tony Bennett, Earth Wind & Fire, Taj Mahal, Miles Davis, Mott the Hoople, Johnny Winter and The Chambers Brothers.

After his history making run as head of promotion, Popovich Sr. became VP of A&R at Epic Records and built a team that launched the careers of Boston, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Jaco Pastorius, Wild Cherry, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, The Hollies, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. He was also a key member of the A&R team that signed and brought the Jacksons, including Michael and Janet, to Epic.

“My dad’s story is pretty fascinating, here’s this guy who grew up in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania to becoming one of the most beloved and respected people in the history of the record business,” says Popovich, Jr., who began working at the label out of high school during its second incarnation (1995-2003) Over the years, his roles included everything from handling inventory control to overseeing the catalog including production, artwork, manufacturing, distribution, promotion and marketing of the Cleveland Int’l catalog and its subsidiaries. “We were a two man company for the better part of those last few years so working that closely with him on a daily basis with that down in it tenacity was like getting a masters degree in this business.” Says Popovich Jr. He will run Cleveland International out of his home base of Nashville.

“The idea to relaunch had been simmering for a while,” he adds, “when my father’s estate was finally settled after seven in a half years after his passing, it seemed like the perfect segue to me transitioning away from my company, Wrecking Ball Entertainment to relaunching Cleveland International. Home is where the heart is and it was time for me to pick up where he left off. This means everything to me. I knew how much this label meant to him so to now be in this position is quite an honor. This isn’t about me, it’s about him, an opportunity to pick up that torch and carry on his legacy.”

On April 5, Cleveland International is set to re-release their Cleveland Rocks compilation on both LP and CD. In addition to Meat Loaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” the 13 track collection includes classics by Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople (the anthem “Cleveland Rocks”), Ronnie Spector & the E Street Band (“Say Goodbye to Hollywood”), Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (“I Don’t Wanna Go Home”), Just Us Girls (“Time Warp”), Iron City Houserockers (“Have a Good Time But Get Out Alive”), Euclid Beach Band (“There’s No Surf in Cleveland”), The Boyzz (“Too Wild To Tame”), Essence (“Sweet Fools”), Mike Berry (“I Am A Rocker”), The Rovers (“Wasn’t That A Party”) and Bat out of Hell collaborators Jim Steinman (“Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through”) and Ellen Foley (“We Belong To the Night”).

Also in 2019, the label will re-issue on digital platforms for the first time 10 to 15 albums from its back catalog. Though the release schedule is not finalized, it will likely include recordings by David Allan Coe, Frank Yankovic, Iron City Houserockers and Brave Combo, among others.

In addition to working on a documentary about his father’s life, Popovich, Jr. says that the label will launch an apparel line and other creative projects unrelated to the signing and recording of new artists and digital releases. “There are several opportunities we are looking at,” Popovich Jr. says. “Am extremely excited to relaunch the label and for people to know that we are back in business.”

Cleveland International’s original heyday ran from 1977-83. In 1986, Popovich Sr. became Senior VP of Mercury/Polygram Records in Nashville, having worked with Tom T. Hall and The Statler Brothers as well as signing such notable artists as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Paycheck, The Everly Brothers, Kathy Mattea, Donna Fargo, David Lynn Jones, Lynn Anderson, Wayne Toups and Frank Yankovic in which he won the first ever Polka Grammy in 1986. Relocating back to Cleveland in 1995, Popovich resurrected the label. Becoming more eclectic, the label expanded from its pop-rock roots into such genres as polka, country, hip hop and rock. Cleveland International scored a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Polka Album by Brave Combo with their album Polaksonic. A portion of the net proceeds from the sales of the Cleveland Rocks release will benefit the Steve Popovich Scholarship Fund at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to benefit students enrolled in the schools music program.
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
From the Iron City Houserockers of 1979 to the current incarnation of The Houserockers, this band has always been one of America's hardest working rock and roll bands. A Rolling Stone review once echoed the words "they are up there with Springsteen, Petty and Seger". Pretty good company, don't you think?! From Love's So Tough to A Good Life, the band has changed but the music remains true to their Pittsburgh, Steeltown roots! Hard edged, rock and roll with fine lyrics from the ringmaster, Mr. Joe Grushecky. More than just a "bar band", a Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers show is one of the best shows you will see, hands down! And here are the guys that are currently making it happen.

Ladies and Gentleman, may I introduce to you...the hardest working band in Rock and Roll...Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers:

vocals guitar harmonica mandolin

"In a better world, Joe Grushecky would live in a mansion down the road from Springsteen's. Instead, this enormous talent spends his days teaching some of western Pennsylvania's most troubled children....Who do you know who has made back-to-back great albums more than 20 years ago, and is doing the same thing now. There's Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, Springsteen, maybe a few more. He's on that level." - Jimmy Guterman, Runaway American Dream: Listening to Bruce Springsteen

Joe Grushecky’s music has stood the test of time. For 30 years publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, No Depression, and countless others have hailed him as one of rock & roll’s most talented singer-songwriters.


"The Ayatollah of Rockandrolla", as Joe likes to say, Art is a founding member of the Houserockers. In fact, it was his idea. Following in the tradition of Duck Dunn and Bill Wyman, he is Mr. Steady As It Goes.

Drums and Vocals

Jeffrey “Joffo” Simmons joined Art and Joe right out of college and has been Houserockin’ ever since. Joffo Says, ”After majoring in percussion at the University of Pittsburgh, I played in various Rock bands in the Pittsburgh area until landing a steady gig with Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers in 1984. My style is influenced by James Brown, John Fogarty, the Rolling Stones, Tower of Power, Chicago, Booker T and the MG's, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and the Beatles. My love for the hard driving Rhythm and Blues style has allowed me the opportunity to become an integral part of "Rock N' Real", "Swimmin' with the Sharks", "End of the Century", "American Babylon", "Comin' Home", "Down the Road a Piece", “East Carson Street”, and “We’re Not Dead Yet.”

Guitar and Vocals

Widely acknowledged as one of the best guitar players in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Danny joined the Houserockers in 2006. He says,” I started playing guitar when I was nine after seeing the Monkees on T.V. "What a cool way to make a living", I thought. I wanted to be Davey but I dug the Mike guitar thing. I borrowed my cousin's green sunburst Tiesco del Ray guitar (I wish I had that now!) and took a few lessons off of a priest at a neighborhood church. A year or so later, probably in the summer of 69 or 70 our drummers cousin Kevin Angeline came to visit from Boston. Apparently Kevin was the cousin of Jimmy McCarty of Cactus fame at the time. Well, Kevin had this long shag haircut, a leather jacket and an old Gibson Les Paul Special and turned me on to the world of Lead guitar.”

Guitar Vocals, Drums and Percussion

Johnny joined the Houserockers at birth!!! He plays with the Houserockers as well as with his band, Milly He brings the excitement and enthusiasm of youth to the band. Already a seasoned veteran, Johnny has grown up before our very eyes and continues to be a driving force behind the mighty Houserockers!

Sound Engineer

Brian has been doing sound for the band for over 20 years. He is a die hard Pittsburgh Pirate and Beach Boys fan. He has quite a collection of rock memorabilia. Brian always makes the band sound good.

Guitar Tech/Stage Manager

Rick has been with the band for 20 years also. He started his career in rock and roll while still in high school. He has toured extensively and has a great knowledge of all aspects of sound and staging.


Rick Witkowski has been in the music industry as musician, writer, producer, engineer for over 30 years. He has composed and produced themes for Nickelodeons KIDS CHOICE AWARDS, GUTS, ACTION LEAGUE NOW, FIGURE IT OUT, FAMILY DOUBLE DARE 2000, as well as VH-1s DIVAS. Along with his wife, Deborah, he has successfully recorded book-to-tape projects for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., NY, NY, and Scholastic Publishing Co., NY, NY, that are featured in school systems internationally. A member of the 70s progressive rock band, Crack The Sky, he has performed and recorded with other groups including Kathy Troccoli, Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor, Joe Grushecky w/Bruce Springsteen.
Dirty Dan of The Boyzz
Dirty Dan of The Boyzz
“One of the Boyzz” is a tight little six-piece “Road House” style band, made up of all veterans of the music business. A couple were signed to major-label record deals, and some were not but all have played in high profile bands, on principle stages, and have opened for national acts throughout their careers. Built on the concept of being a lean, mean, rockin’ machine, this band plays homage to many of the “Rock Greats”, along with playing some smokin’ originals too! The band line-up consists of; Dirty Dan Buck-vocals, Joe Gagliardo- bass guitar, Buddy Wiegelman-guitar, Scott Kelly-drums, Jimmi Perrino-keys and EZ Dave Haines- Sax & Harp.

The infamous Dirty Dan Buck performs his own industrial brand of rock, with all the energy of a man half his age! Dirt (as he is affectionately known) has penned five albums; two for Cleveland International Records/Epic Records with the Boyzz from Illinoizz, one for Atlantic Records with Dirt’s Raiders, and two for Down ‘n’ Dirty Records. Dirt has performed with literally an A-Z of the Who’s Who of Rock, from Aerosmith, Heart, Meatloaf, J. Geils Band, UFO, Ted Nugent to ZZ Top to name a few. He has appeared on countless television and radio shows throughout the world, he is a long standing and “voting” member of the Grammy’s, and co-hosts his own Blog Talk radio show promoting local and regional talent. The title song from his debut album, “Too Wild to Tame” is on the Cleveland International Records, compilation CD “Cleveland Rocks” in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you like your ROCK authentic, do yourself a favor and catch this band for an experience you won’t forget.
This is the “REAL DEAL”
Cerny Brothers
Cerny Brothers
The Cerny Brothers' newest release, Looking For The Good Land, is a heartland rock & roll album anchored in the anthemic spirit fo Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and other blue-collar bandleaders.

Since releasing their debut, Dream, Scott and Bob Cerny have built their audience on the road, traveling far beyond their homes - including rural Illinois, where the brothers were raised; Los Angeles, where they sharpened their chops during the band's early years; and Nashville, where both siblings currently live - to play a string of dive bars, living rooms, clubs, and theaters. It's been a musical trial by fire. On countless nights, they've been the new kids in town, relying on their songs not only to make a good impression, but to cut through the clamor of a noisy bar in an unfamiliar city. That kind of touring will sharpen your songwriting. It'll make you louder, too. With Looking For the Good Land, the Cerny Brothers' music takes on an epic edge, expanding far beyond the folksy, acoustic-based sound of their earlier albums to embrace the storytelling, supersized hooks, and cinematic punch of American rock.

Traveling from town to town also opened the brothers' eyes to diversity of U.S. society. They made friends in liberal cities, conservative towns, and everywhere in between. Along the way, Scott and Bob took note not only of the things that make each American unique, but the connections that pull us together, too. They realized that regardless of an individual's past, everyone seemed to have one thing in common; they were searching for their own peace of mind. Looking For the Good Land nods to that universal journey. examining what it means to be part of the American story.

"We're not looking to push any specific ideology," says Scott. "We're just making observations about what we've seen. Across the country, whether you're a musician or a plumber, you're looking for your piece of the American pie. Everyone is."

Decades before Looking For the Good Land's release, Scott and Bob spent their childhood summers upstairs, recording their first songs together in their Illinois bedroom. Downstairs, their two parents led by example, both of them working tirelessly to turn the American dream into a reality. Dad was an army engineer with a degree from West Point and a strong set of midwestern values, while Mom was an outspoken, Spanish-born immigrant who relocated to America at 18 years old. They formed a diverse and devoted pair, instilling a strong sense of brotherhood and workmanlike drive in their boys. The Cerny household wasn't filled with music, exactly - the brothers were left to discover their favorite artists on their own - but it was filled with love, which laid the foundation for the Cerny Brothers' strong family dynamic.

Coincidentally, Scott and Bob began making demos for Looking For the Good Land at Bob's house in Nashville, a move that echoed their very first homemade recording sessions as a band. The actual album was tracked at Cowboy Jack Clements' iconic studio, however, where the brothers captured a high-energy sound - including Bob's pounding piano, Scott's electric guitar, plenty of vocal harmonies, and the insistent heartbeat of a four-on-the-floor kickdrum - in the same room that once housed country icons like Johnny Cash. The siblings had never recorded in Nashville before, and they made good use of the city's musicians. The result is a big-sounding album that tackles even bigger topics.

"Our producer described Cowboy Jack's studio as the Millennium Falcon of Nashville studios," says Scott. "Not the fanciest studio in Nashville, but it'll get you to light speed."

Much of Looking For the Good Land deals with what it means to be an American in the modern age. Songs like "American Whore" examine the curiosities, controversies, and challenges of contemporary life in the USA, while the Springsteen-sized "Day of Thunder" finds its narrator bursting at the seams, ready to escape his Bible Belt upbringingand explore life beyond the city limits.

"'American Whore' was born out of frustration," says Bob. "So many of us rally against capitalism and consumerism, yet we don't always admit we're all a part of it. That system is a product of us, for better or worse - not the other way around. It frustrates me. This 'hate America' thing has been going on for a long time, yet most people I know simultaneously take part in it. We just need to be honest with ourselves. I think we're all looking for the good land."

This is a personal album with a universal bent. It's music for all people - music that highlights the struggle found within all of us.
Venue Information:
Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH, 44110