Cleveland Music Legends to Perform Tripleheader Concert
at Grand Prix of Cleveland
Michael Stanley and the Resonators, Armstrong Bearcat, and Alex Bevan to perform free concert
for all ticket buyers
CLEVELAND, June 1, 2007 – Rock n’ roll and summertime racing at Burke Lakefront Airport are two Cleveland traditions that will come together as part of the “three day festival of speed” at the 2007 Grand Prix of Cleveland, which roars back to town June 22-24. Three Northeast Ohio music legends - Michael Stanley and the Resonators, Armstrong Bearcat, and Alex Bevan – will form an exciting “Cleveland Trifecta” during a concert on Saturday, June 23 at the Grand Prix.
The concert will take place on the Budweiser Stage after the day’s racing action and will be free to all ticket buyers, meaning fans can enjoy all the day’s racing action and the concerts for just $5 (by purchasing a Grounds Admission ticket to the Grand Prix). Gold Circle premium seating is also available for $25, which gives fans a reserved seat right in front of the stage. The three acts will perform consecutively beginning with Alex Bevan at 6:00 p.m.
Headlining the concert will be Cleveland legends Michael Stanley and the Resonators. At their peak in the mid 70's to the mid 80's, the Michael Stanley Band enjoyed a strong and fiercely loyal following and toured with some of the superstar bands of that period including Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner and The Doobie Brothers. The band produced several Top 20 and Top 30 hits, among them "He Can't Love You" in 1980 and "My Town" in 1983. The Michael Stanley Band’s live performances experienced wild success in the Cleveland area, including the legendary 1984 shows at the Blossom Music Center that saw the venue's all-time attendance records shattered. The band disbanded in 1986 after performing nine 'farewell' concerts at Cleveland's Front Row.
Although the group took time off and Stanley went on to launch a broadcast career that has seen him become a popular radio and television personality in Cleveland, it didn’t take long for the former band mates to collaborate once again. Following the release of the compilation "Right Back At Ya" in 1982, the Michael Stanley legend has been perpetuated with a number of archival releases, new material, and reunion concerts that continue to be fervently supported by the group’s loyal fans.
Armstrong Bearcat was formed in 1989 and for the past eighteen years the blues-rock power trio has thrilled fans at their live shows with electrifying guitar licks and lead bass solos. The Cleveland-area group emerged out of storied jam sessions at Euclid Tavern, and guitarist Butch Armstrong and bassist Stutz Bearcat have remained a fixture on the area music scene ever since. Now teamed with drummer Billy Coakley, the well-respected musicians form a trio that delivers an energetic and powerful live performance.
Emmy Award recipient and Cleveland favorite Alex Bevan practices storytelling in the acoustic tradition, weaving intricate and singable melodies with words that fill the inner reaches of the heart and mind. His guitar playing is flawless, his voice compelling and his performances are masterful.
In recent years, Bevan has penned an album of songs about his beloved Lake Erie (“South Shore Serenade”), produced five recordings for popular Put-In-By/Key West performer Pat Dailey, written over one hundred radio and TV commercials, won an EMMY for his postscore of NBC’s “American Promise” documentary segment “The Rustbelt Blues”, re-released many of his earlier titles on compact disk and worked as vocal and guitar talent on many friends’ projects. His most recent release “Rules of the Road” is a live recording in a small concert setting.
For more information on the Grand Prix of Cleveland contact the event’s downtown business office at (216) 619-RACE (7223) or visit www.grandprixofcleveland.com.