Pubs, Bars, Taversn



Barking Spider Tavern

(University Circle area)
BARKING SPIDER TAVERN, 11310 Juniper Road, Cleveland, OH 44106 - 216-421-2863 MAP

The Barking Spider Tavern serves up an eclectic assortment of imported and domestic beers along with LIVE entertainment seven days a week! You can hear a wide variety of musical styles down at the Spider-anything from folk, rock, and blues, to bluegrass, jazz, reggae, and gospel! A festive air fills the Spider every night, but on occasion, certain events and items of interest deserve a little extra mention...    Back to top

Beachland Ballroom

NE Cleveland (Collinwood)
BEACHLAND BALLROOM, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio - 216-383-1124 MAP

Beachland Ballroom Main website
Beachland Ballroom MySpace website

Great local and national acts. Two venues - the main ballroom and the tavern.    Back to top


Downtown Akron
NORTHSIDE BAR & GRILLE, 111 North Main Street, Akron, Ohio 44308 - (Next to Luigi's) 330-434-7625 MAP

Northside website
Great local acts. A bit crowded and smokey, but always a good time. "Loud food and spicy music!"    Back to top

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION!! There will be more coming soon on Venues, Musica Organizations, Studios, etc....
More to come on: Michael's Cafe, The Grotto, Rio Neon, Work in Progress, Mountain Rose, Summit Song Writer's Circle, Cleveland Songwriter's circle, folknet, folk alliance, just plain folk, Sailin' dog studios, etc.

Softer Music: Folk, Bluegrass, World...
The Brick Road Ramblers Cotton~Eye Joe Fable Impl¿ed Log¿c Jen Maurer and Sam Rettmann Lisa & Heather Malyuk Jon Miller & Presents Roadside Exit Sage Sisters Them Other Folkers
  • The Brick Road Ramblers: Traditional, folk, old-time, popular, and original tunes. One of Akron's favorite bands.
  • Cotton~Eye Joe: Heather Gullstrand on Violin, Viola and Harmonica, and Terry Richardson on Acoustic Guitar, Banjo and Vocals. They perform traditional American and Irish folk tunes and dance songs... and are renowned for energetic performances that makes it difficult to resist foot-tapping and clapping.
  • FABLE: 'New American Folk' that is Poignant, Tender, Edgy, Political, Philosophical, and sometimes Romantic...
  • Impl¿ed Log¿c: Music without a net! Performing for any occassion.
  • Jen Maurer & Sam Rettman: Mo' Mojo MamaJen Maurer and her Mo' Mojo Man Sam Rettman, usually on guitar and harmonica, and frequently joined by some of the area's best musicians.
  • Lisa & Heather Malyuk: Young musicians Lisa & Heather Malyuk are newcomers to the folk music scene, but already they have become celebrated musicians in northeast Ohio and abroad. Their charming performances featuring an articulate hammered dulcimer coupled with inventive guitar and fiddle playing brings their repertoire of eclectic folk tunes to life.
  • Presents: "Musical Gifts of the Moment: with Jon Miller. Jon's play both guitar and harmonica, plus vocals along with his daughter Angela on vocals, his son Adam on percussion, and his friend Michelle Gippin on keyboard and vocals.
  • Roadside Exit:The band plays older, lesser heard traditional and contemporary folk/Americana/roots music, and original acoustic music.
  • Sage Sisters: Two woman who blend their amazing voices to create a mood that can hold a room in a trance. A combo of traditional and contemporary folk ballads and heartfelt melodies a cappella and with accompanying guitar.
  • Them Other Folkers: Original accoustic music.

Individual Singer/Songwriters, mostly of a folk nature...
Art Mastin Bob Wood Dave & Irene Stroh Don Henson Ed Amann Jen Stancil Jo Oklessen John Crafton Jon Miller Kathy Johnson Keith Lamont Bachman Leslie Wake Matt Lerner Michael Grady Sarah Kane Steve Wartko Terry Richardson
  • Art Mastin: Art has a great voice, a huge repetoire of classic rock and folk, and is a talented singer/songwriter. Art is one of the core members of 3rd Saturday, always ready to keep the music going with an old favorite or another new original or another "new" oldie that we haven't played before. Art's current projects include Works of Art and The Tofu Fighters.
  • Bob Wood: Bob is a talented singer/songwriter and is a promoter of local music. Many of the people on this page first started in the local scene at one of Bob's open mics that he hosts at Mocha Maiden, Sonnets, and various other venues.
  • Dave & Irene Stroh: Dave and Irene have great voices and a huge repetoire of classic rock and folk. Dave has written a few great songs, and both are founding members of 3rd Saturday. Dave plays guitar and bass, and Irene plays dulcimar. They are members of The Tofu Fighters and Dave is the main vocalist and guitar player for the Brick Road Ramblers. They host an annual birthday party at their country home in Copley in mid-August every year, which in the Mother of all 3rd Saturday parties.
  • Don Henson: Don is a great guitarist and contributes to the vitality of the local music scene. He founded the Summit County Songwriter's circle and keeps up the Accoustic Ohio Calendar.
  • Ed Amann: "I'm mostly into playing and writing music, but once in a while I just have to get up on the soapbox and rant...". Ed is also a member of Implied Logic.
  • Jen Stancil: “Every time that I am not performing I’m dreaming about it, planning it, or practicing for it. I’m not sure what life would be like without music. Our lives are one infinite song; together we all make up the symphony of life.” Jen often has friends and guests perform with her.
  • Jo Oklessen: Jo is a keyboard player and vocalist for Along for the Ride. Her songs are inspired the beauty of the nature and the spirit of life.
  • John Crafton: "My music is centered on the times we share, the building of our nation, my Irish heritage, and my personal journey as a musician, sailor, and gentleman explorer." John is also member of Fable.
  • Jon Miller: Jon's roots are in folk music and blues.He original songs & popular classics, including a variety of themes: story songs, nature songs, songs of love & human growth. People enjoy Jon's ability to play both guitar and harmonica at the same time. He often performs alone; but at times he may be accompanied by one or more other musicians, frequently as a group called "Presents" with his daughter Angela on vocals, his son Adam on percussion, and his friend Michelle Gippin on keyboard and vocals.
  • Kathy Johnson: Kathy Johnson performs American acoustic music, including her own remarkable originals and an entertaining mix of folk music, cowboy songs, old country songs, and music from the 20's, 30's and 40's.
  • Keith Bachman: "I am a singer/songwriter and have been doing so since the age of 10. I write heartfelt love songs and songs about Lake Erie and the surrounding area where I grew up. The music is folk/ rock laced with jazz harmony." Keith is also member of Fable.
  • Leslie Wake: Leslie has been entertaining children for years and I am now working on some adult material.
  • Matt Lerner: Matt has written some folk and rock originals and plays bass, rhythm guitar, and vocals with Along for the Ride and Them Other Folkers. He has collaborated with Sarah Kane and Steve Wartko and is a founding member of 3rd Saturday and maintains the 3rd Saturday websites.
  • Michael Grady: "What I give people through my music is honest, true and of the highest quality. Audiences respond to that by giving me their very best as well. It always makes for a great show."
  • Sarah Kane: Sarah is the female lead vocalist for Along for the Ride as well as Them Other Folkers. She plays guitar and bit of harmonica and cowbell. She has written songs on her own, as well as partnering with Matt Lerner, Steve Wartko, and Keith Bachman. Her distinct, powerful voice is remenisceint of Janis Joplin and other hard core female rockers like Pat Benatar.
  • Steve Wartko: Steve has written a number of folk, rock, and country style originals. He is the male lead vocalist for Along for the Ride as well as Them Other Folkers. Steve's instruments include lead and rhythm guitar, harmonica, bass, piano, and drums. On a few occassions he has written songs with Matt Lerner and Sarah Kane.
  • Terry Richardson : Originals & Covers- English - Irish - American - Country - Blues - Rock 'n Roll - Traditional Folk Music. Terry is part of Cotton~Eye Joe.

Other Musical Friends...
  • Paul DiFranco: Paul has been leading drum circles since 1995 for both public and private groups. His drum circles feature a cross section of songs and rhythms from across the world. Paul emphasizes both the healing and spiritual aspects of drumming, music and sound. He also instructs group classes called The FUN-damentals of hand drumming. Paul is also a founder/member of "Smiling Heart", a devotional chanting group.
  • Phillip and Margaret Nabors: Promoters of local music, owners of the Mustard Seed Market & Cafe and frequent hosts of some great parties! Phillip is a founding member of the "3rd Saturday Music Society" and plays guitar with The Tofu Fighters.
  • Samuel Salsbury & Sabrena Schweyer: Samuel & Sabrena host the Annual Chocolate Party and are friends to us all. Samuel is a gifted violinist and is a member of Fable. He is also an unofficial member of almost every other band listed!
  • Tom Ball: Local radio host of two programs that promote local musicians on 91.3 the Summit and so much more.

This page last updated on May 28, 2006. Please send corrections to matthewlerner @