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Tift Merritt - Beachland Ballroom / Grovewood Tavern


WHO: Tift Merritt
WHAT: A superb singer with tinges of Blues, Folk and Country.
WHERE: Beachland Ballroom
WHEN: Tuesday, February 5 @ 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
OPENING: David Wax Museum (strange name for a folk group)
$16 advance / $18 at the door


JUST $12

Ballroom | All Ages



We just obtained a special 32-percent Members-Only discount for this show.  You must answer the questions in the RSVP process and do so before RSVPs close at 11 a.m. the day before the show.  Names will be placed on a VIP list and held at the door.  This applies only to advance RSVPs here with tickets purchased at the door.  Tickets are not $16 or $18, but just $12 for Music Cleveland!

This is subject to being on our RSVP list.  Don't wait - if this sells out and you are not on our VIP list you'll be seated in the parking lot!












DINNER - 6 p.m. at the Grovewood Tavern, 17105 Grovewood Avenue, 44110, 216.531.4900.  Web Site (click here)

Directions (click here)
















The New Yorker has called Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry,” a standard upholding that got underway in earnest with Bramble Rose, the 2002 solo debut that put her on the Americana map forever. As her sophomore album, Tambourine, was followed by Another Country and See You on the Moon, Merritt found acclaim coming not just from critics and awards orgs but her own heroes, like Emmylou Harris, who marveled that Merritt “stood out like a diamond in a coal patch.” Now a leading lady in her own right, Merritt is hardly one to hog the spotlight. She engages in dialogue with fellow artists of all disciplines on her public radio broadcast and podcast “The Spark With Tift Merritt,” bringing in fellow sojourners ranging from Patty Griffin and Rosanne Cash to Rick Moody and Nick Hornby (who devoted a chapter to Merritt in his 31 Songs book).












For Traveling Alone, Tift Merritt’s Yep Roc Records label debut, Merritt put together her dream cast to make a record that was real, raw and live off the floor. Recorded in Brooklyn in 8 days, this album was produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket), features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird and a band that includes Marc Ribot (Tom Waits), Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Son Volt), John Convertino (Calexico) and longtime collaborator Jay Brown. These songs were written and traveled by Tift Merritt.
RELEASED: October 02, 2012

Traveling Alone Video (click here)















Trouble Over Me” (click here)

Tift Merritt – “Virginia – No One Can Warn You” (click here)

Web Site (click here)










Tift Merritt - Another Country from the Renee Zellweger film "New In Town" (click here)

Tift Merritt – Austin City Limits – “Good Hearted Man” (click here)

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Beachland Ballroom




15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH[masked], US
216. 383. 1124


Directions and Parking:  (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









Read what some of the Music Reviewers have written (click here)

Tift Merritt – Good Hearted Man (click here)


Merritt began her professional career with her band The Carbines playing small clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh such as The Cave, Cat's Cradle, and the front porch of the General Store in Bynum, NC.[8] In 1998, The Carbines released a 7-inch single "Jukejoint Girl" b/w "Cowboy". In 1999, Merritt made a guest appearance on a seven-song EP on the by Yep Roc label with the Two Dollar Pistols, led by John Howie, Jr. The record was called The Two Dollar Pistols with Tift Merritt. The EP featured two original tunes and five cover songs.[9] In 2000, she won MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest,[10] found a manager, and signed a contract with Lost Highway Records.

In 2002, Merritt released her debut album, Bramble Rose, containing eleven original songs recorded with her long-time band and produced by Ethan Johns. The record landed on the top ten lists for both Time and the The New Yorker, and was called the best debut of the year in any genre by the Associated Press.[11] A song from the album, "Trouble Over Me", was featured in writer Nick Hornby's 31 Songs.[12] While touring to promote Bramble Rose, Merritt opened for fellow North Carolinian Ryan Adams, who had helped her secure her first management and record contracts.

Her follow-up release, 2004's Tambourine, was produced by George Drakoulias and featured backing by Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Neal Casal and Don Heffington (of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band and Lone Justice). Tambourine was honored with a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Country Album nomination, though its sound was frequently described in quite different terms, such as "rock-soul throwdown".

In 2005, Merritt and Tambourine were also nominated for three Americana Music Awards by the Americana Music Association: Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Good Hearted Man". During the tour to promote Tambourine, Merritt opened for Elvis Costello and recorded Austin City Limits—a performance later released as a DVD by New West Records. The sold-out homecoming concert for the tour—at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina—was recorded for a live album release; Home Is Loud was released in 2005 and re-released by the German label Blue Rose Records with bonus tracks in November 2009.

After extensive touring behind Tambourine, Merritt rented an apartment in Paris, where she wrote the songs that would become 2008's Another Country album. Before signing with a new label and making that record, Merritt performed Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the I'm Not There tribute concert at New York City's Beacon Theater on November 7, 2007, with guitarist Joe Henry. According to the New York Times review, Merritt had "the night's purest voice."

Released on Fantasy Records in 2008, Another Country featured the core of Merritt's long-time band, along with guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), and again with Drakoulias at the helm. Another Country continued the trend of high-profile favorable press for Merritt's releases. Emmylou Harris said, "I first heard Tift Merritt some years ago during a writers' night at a small club. She stood out like a diamond in a coal patch and everyone there knew she carried a promise of great things to come. She has more than fulfilled that promise withAnother Country." Paste magazine gave the album a four-star review, calling Merritt "a force to be reckoned with in any genre she approaches." The song "Broken" from Another Country was nominated for an Americana Music Award for Song of the Year. The Another Country tour played the Newport Folk Festival, Bonaroo, and in 2009, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and MerleFest. On the Another Country tour, Merritt made runs in both the US and the UK with fellow singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson.

Buckingham Solo, recorded in England, is an intimate acoustic solo concert recording made during the Another Country touring, and released on the Fantasy label in April 2009.

Please Break the Silence of the Middle of the Night, an iTunes EP, was released later in 2008. The EP contains two alternate versions of songs from Another Country, a cover of George Harrisons "I Live For You", an outtake from the Another Country sessions, "Last To Know", and "Wayward And Weary," recorded for the film Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Performance highlights of the later Another Country tour and immediately after it included opening an outdoor show in Santa Monica, California for folk singer Joan Baez,[26] opening the Pine Cone Winter Music Festival in her hometown of Raleigh for Kris Kristofferson,[27]and singing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" for then-Senator Barack Obama at his last campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina before winning the 2008 US Presidential election.

Merritt recorded the follow-up to 2008's Another Country [29] in Durham with producer Tucker Martine. The album, See You On The Moon, was released June 1, 2010 on Fantasy Records. My Morning Jacket frontman Yim Yames (Jim James) is featured on the track "Feel of the World".[30] Again, a review in The New Yorker specified moments on the record to other singers, including Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and additionally U2;[4] and The Wall Street Journal included her in a weekend feature on singer-songwriters, placing her "in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Leonard Cohen.

Touring for Moon began in June 2010 and continued for over a year in North America, Europe, and the UK. In addition to headlining dates in North America and the UK, Merritt has supported Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Amos Lee, Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, David Gray, Ray LaMontagne, Iron & Wine, and Gregg Allman.

Merritt is also a photographer; her first gallery exhibition, Other Countries, ran at The Mahler Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina in May 2009. She also hosts an artist-to-artist interview radio show called The Spark with Tift Merritt which is produced by KRTS in Marfa, Texas, and whose guests have included Nick Hornby, Kiki Smith, and poet C. K. Williams among others.  Episodes of The Spark stream on the show's website and are available as a free podcast.
In 2009, Merritt married Zeke Hutchins, her band's drummer and her long-time partner, in New York City, where they currently reside.

In addition to Austin City Limits, Merritt has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman. Her music has appeared in The L Word, Men In Trees, United States of Tara and the films New in Town and Little Bird. She has also written two songs for the upcoming animated film Dorothy of Oz, starring Lea Michele andDan Aykroyd, set for release in early 2012.


(are you serious?)
The opening act is a regular on WKSU’s programing. They really need help with the group name but their music is first-class.

David Wax Museum (a group) Video (click here)

David Wax Museum - Unfruitful (click here -

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  • Kathleen

    Tift's great...I'll see if I can make it. :)

    January 21, 2013

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