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New Riders of the Purple Sage @ The Beachland Ballroom / Muldoon's Saloon

Music Cleveland! Presents -

New Riders of the Purple Sage @ The Beachland Ballroom











Wednesday, October 10 | 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. door)
New Riders of the Purple Sage and JP & The Chatfield Boys
Featuring original members:
David Nelson & Buddy Cage
w/ Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna)
Johnny Markowski (Stir Fried/JGB)
& Ronnie Penque (Stir Fried/JGB/Ripple)
Ballroom | All Ages






Dinner at 5:30 to 6 p.m. – before concert at Muldoon's Saloon & Eatery (click here) , 1020 E. 185th Street, 44199, 216.531.3130. Exit I-90/Ohio 2, at East 185th and the restaurant is 100 yards north.



Who: New Riders of the Purple Sage / JP & The Chatfield Boys
What: Very Cool Music!
When: Wednesday, October 10 @ 8:30 p.m.
Where: Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, 44110, 216. 383. 1124 (click here)
Cost: $20Members-Only Price $10 at the door. You must be on our VIP list!

We have arranged a Music Cleveland! Members-Only 50-percent Discount. Please complete all of the questions in the RSVP process including your direct email and phone number (both will be considered confidential) and you will be added to the VIP List that will be held at the door. {This is in keeping with traditional Rock-and-Roll protocol ;)}

Discounts will not apply to on-line or phone purchases.

members Note:  Please don't forget your annual Music Cleveland! Membership fees.  You may pay by credit card by using the PayPal link on the left margin of the group home page or just pay the event host in cash.  Your dues help cover the costs associated with the site and other administrative expenses.  Organizers are not compensated.  We do this simply for our love of music, fine food and wine, and, of course our friends.

And, our sincere thanks to those members who are current!

New Riders of the Purple Sage is an American country rock band. The group emerged from the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco, California in 1969, and its original lineup included several members of the Grateful Dead. Their best known song is "Panama Red." The band is sometimes referred to as the New Riders, or as NRPS.







The History - New Riders of the Purple Sage

In the summer of 1969, John Dawson was looking to showcase his songs while Jerry Garcia was looking to practice his brand new pedal steel guitar. The two played in coffeehouses and small clubs initially, and the music they made became the nucleus for a band—the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

That same year, David Nelson, expert in both country and rock guitar, joined the group on electric lead guitar. Filling out the rhythm section in those early days were Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and engineer Bob Matthews on bass, who was later replaced by Phil Lesh. In 1970, Dave Torbert took over on bass and the New Riders played every chance they got. Soon enough, smoky clubs all over the San Francisco bay area were filling up with whooping, foot-stomping crowds, as their music got tighter and more dynamic. They began to tour extensively with the Dead, and in December of 1970, Spencer Dryden, who had previously showed his impeccable drumming style with the Jefferson Airplane, had stepped in on drums.














One of the many gigs with the Dead included the Trans-Canadian Festival Express with Janis Joplin, The Band, and other American and Canadian artists like Ian and Sylvia, who had with them a brilliant, innovative pedal steel player named Buddy Cage. When Garcia’s busy schedule made it increasingly difficult for him to play with the New Riders, the talented Cage was the perfect choice to fill the pedal steel spot. He moved from Toronto where he had been working in Anne Murray’s band, to California in the spring of 1971 to join the New Riders. With the addition of Cage, the New Riders emerged as a fully independent unit. An excitingly creative band with a special brand of music—sweet country harmonies mixed with pulsing rock rhythms.

The New Riders were signed to Columbia Records in 1971 by Clive Davis and their eponymous first album, New Riders of the Purple Sage, was released in September of that year to widespread acclaim. In December 1971, they played a live radio broadcast with the Dead over WNEW-FM in New York to an audience of millions. In 1972 the pattern of their success continued to grow, with their first European tour followed in June by the release of their second album, Powerglide. They toured the United States extensively in response to increasing demand, and in November, 1972 released their third album Gypsy Cowboy.

In May of 1973, the New Riders appeared on ABC-TV’s “In Concert” program to a nationwide audience. Working hard on the road for much of the year, including gigs with the Dead at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco and R.F.K. Stadium in Washington, D.C., they took a brief time out to go into the Record Plant in Sausalito with producer Norbert Putnam. The result was The Adventures of Panama Red, released in September of 1973, and with Peter Rowan’s title track, this became an FM radio staple and the first gold record for the band. In November they embarked on an east coast tour that included them setting the box office record at New York City’s Academy of Music. This tour was recorded for the group’s first live album, Home, Home on the Road, which was produced by Jerry Garcia.









Early 1974, found bassist Dave Torbert wanting to pursue a more rock and roll direction as he left the New Riders to form Kingfish with old friends Matthew Kelly and Bob Weir. Skip Battin, formerly with the Byrds, joined the band on bass as they kept to their solid touring schedule that had become one of the band’s trademarks. In August 1974, the New Riders gave a free thank you concert in Central Park on a Tuesday afternoon to 50,000 New York fans. Their sixth album, entitled Brujo, was released in October, 1974, and found their recorded sound getting crisper with delicate harmonies and more original songs.

Searching for expanded musical horizons, the New Riders hooked up with producer Bob Johnston, known for his work with Bob Dylan, in 1975. Letting Johnston take them down uncharted terrain, the resulting Oh, What A Mighty Time found the band hooking up with Sly Stone and a bevy of female background singers. Mighty Time also features Jerry Garcia’s electric guitar leads on “Take A Letter Maria.” Just about this time, the music business was entering another era and the New Riders ended their relationship with Columbia Records. The subsequent release of the Best of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, with its infamous cover, fulfilled their obligation to Columbia and the band then signed with MCA Records in 1976.

New Riders, the bands first release for MCA, was comprised of mostly cover material and was the last album to feature Skip Battin, who had left to join his cohorts in the Flying Burrito Brothers. Once again, mining from the Byrds/Roger McGuinn stable of bass players, Stephen Love, also an alum of Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band, joined the band and inserted a renewed energy to the live shows. Love’s songwriting talents contributed heavily to Who Are Those Guys?, which was released in the Spring of 1977. At this point, Spencer Dryden traded in his drumsticks to begin managing the band. Patrick Shanahan, another Stone Canyon Band alumnus, fit right in on drums and is featured on Marin County Line, the late 1977, release that ended the bands association with MCA.

Many more changes would engulf the New Riders personnel from this point on. Buddy Cage and Stephen Love departed in 1978, to join the short-lived San Francisco All Stars with John Cippollina. Skip Battin and his Burrito Brother pals Gib Gilbeau and Sneaky Pete Kleinow were then brought in for what would seem like a dynamic mix. But after a brief tour of the Northeast, they had exited as quickly as they entered. Bobby Black from Commander Cody’s Lost Planet Airmen took over on pedal steel and another Rick Nelson alum, Allen Kemp, took over on bass. Cage would re-join the band in 1980 and the band would make their last major label release for A&M with Feelin’ Alright.

The years of grinding it out on the road and the lack of major label attention led to Nelson and Cage taking a break in 1982. Dawson continued to carry the New Riders torch all through the 1980s and early 1990s with help from Rusty Gauthier, Gary Vogensen, Bill Laymon, and select other Bay Area musicians.

The New Riders of the Purple Sage received a Lifetime Achievement Award from High Times magazine at their Doobie Awards in September, 2002, and performed a brief set (which included “Loneseome L.A. Cowboy” and “Panama Red” with Peter Rowan) at the festivities at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City.

Henry’s taken the brakes off and 2006, finds the New Riders of the Purple Sage back on the road with a revived and inspired lineup, bringing the songs of John Dawson back to the ears of adoring crowds nationwide as well as taking those songs to places they’ve never been before musically. Led by David Nelson and Buddy Cage, the current touring lineup includes Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna) on guitar and vocals, Ronnie Penque on bass and vocals and Johnny Markowski on drums and vocals. John Dawson passed away on July[masked], but before he passed he had given the guys his blessing and was excited to know his music is being heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. In 2009, the band released its first studio album in 20 years called Where I Come From on Woodstock Records. It features new songs written by David Nelson and Robert Hunter, Michael Falzarano, Johnny Markowski, and Ronnie Penque. The band continues to grow braking out new songs on every tour while staying true to the legacy that was started over 40 years ago by John Dawson and Jerry Garcia.

Panama Red (click here)
Truck Drivin' Man (click here)

New CD











17 PINE AVENUE is the follow-up to Where I Come From which was released by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in 2009. It features 12 new songs, 7 of which were written by David Nelson and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Also included are Just The Way It Goes and Truth Is Dead, written by Michael Falzarano (formerly of Hot Tuna), a live show favorite Down For The Ride, penned by Johnny Markowski, and Shake That Thing by Ronnie Penque. This legendary band’s renaissance began seven years ago and continues to grow today with over 100 shows annually to audiences throughout the United States and Canada.
17 Pine Avenue is psychedelic Americana at its finest.

JP and the Chatfield Boys (click here)

Bluegrass from Cleveland
JP & TheChatfield Boys is an Ohio based national act with variably deep Mid-Western roots and some serious talent. We couple highly charged original songs with forward thinking covers while fusing traditional bluegrass with elements of Americana,Jam,Reggae and Modern-Folk. The bands' sound can seamlessly morph from classic Appalachian into fresh finger-pickin' sound-scapes and back again. There is an exuded sense of trust between the members on stage that tells an audience that this is where they all havelonged to be.JP & The Chatfield Boys' energetic ability to cater to multi-generational crowdsleaves both first time listeners and long time fans yearning for more

Video from Beachland (click here)










What was the Beachland before it was a music venue?
The Beachland Ballroom was built in 1950 as the Croatian Liberty Home, with the ballroom and tavern comprising the original structure. In 1976 the kitchen and back bar area were added. The Liberty Home was active on many social and political fronts and was a true Cleveland landmark before becoming Cleveland's most eclectic music club in the year 2000.

Where's the Beach?
We've had more than a few of you ask with a name like Beachland, where's the beach? Actually it's less than a ½ mile north of here. In fact, one of the nation's best known amusement parks -- Euclid Beach – was right at the north end of E. 156th St. Euclid Beach operated from 1894 until 1969 and "Beachland" became the slang name for the whole North Collinwood neighborhood in those days. A number of reminders of the "Beachland" era remain. On E. 185th St. we still have the "Beachland Branch" of the Post Office as well as hardware stores, dry cleaners and other businesses with the "Beachland" name in the area. On Lakeshore Blvd. there is even a Beachland Presbyterian Church! Sadly, very little of the former Euclid Beach Park still exists. The actual "beach" is still there, much of which is now the Euclid Beach State Park, a public swimming area. The old Euclid Beach carved archway entrance also remains and is now serving rather incongruously as the entrance to a senior citizen high-rise apartment building.

Where do I park?
We do have a small parking lot available to our patrons, but that fills up fast on big nights. The good news is that there are a lot of spaces available within three blocks of the Beachland. You can park on both sides of Waterloo and you can also park on most nearby side streets. Parking is also permitted in the Key Bank lot , despite the signage, as long as you do not leave your car overnight. Key Bank is just west of the club on Waterloo. Be sure to read all the street signs and don't park where they tell you not to. Please do not block driveways.
Handicapped Accessibility
There is limited handicapped parking available in our parking lot. We are wheelchair/handicapped accessible through the side door of the building. If you need assistance please find a manager and they will be more than happy to help you. You are more than welcome to call us ahead of time [masked]), with any questions or concerns.

The Beachland is located at
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH[masked], US
216. 383. 1124


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