This will be a fantastic evening of live music by Queue Up and Roniit (see more below), great dance with DJ Tweakbaby and DJayExcess, and dress up (down?) fun in your favorite pajamas. We will be giving out $50 in cash prizes to the most creative pajamas and the move sexy bedtime wear.
Joining us will be the lovely Roniit (row-neat). Hailing from the mountains of Colorado, Roniit has taken the current trend of doing-it-yourself to the Nth degree. Her new release was written, recorded and produced in her home studio. She designed her own look and web presence logging hours in front of the computer screen. And she spent over 4 months booking a tour, contacting almost 100 venues trying to convince bookers to give her the opportunity to prove her self. Her perseverance paid off getting one out five venues to give her a chance.
On the road since mid January in a cargo van she created into a quasi mobile home, Roniit does the driving along with her drummer Eric racking up thousands of miles. To keep her company and give her moral support, Navi, her Basset Hound is making the tour too.
Roniit’s ability to draw people over to her side was proven when the van got pulled over in Mississippi. After a conversation with the officer, he wanted to know about going to the show instead of giving her a ticket.
Lush and Dark
A lush and dark sonic palette sweeps Roniit’s music, probably due to her nature of writing songs at 2am. “…it helps me work through my problems at that time…” The Press has said:
“Roniit classifies her music as “dark pop,” and the term really fits, in my opinion. It’s electronic music laden with haunting arrangements, minor chords, lots of low tones, and Roniit’s pure-toned voice over the top of it all. Very strong production value for an indie artist!” – Oomph Music Blog
“Every once in awhile, there is this album that comes along that totally blows you away. Roniit‘s self titled release is one such album.” – Migrate Music News
“Roniit’s masterfully executed synthesis of two seemingly juxtapose genres yields a unique, original sound that could easily catch on with the right promotion.” – Lodo Magazine
Songs from two of the greatest Rock Musicals, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show, will shake the Beachland Ballroom Friday, December 30th.
Performing the songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be the reunion of the original cast members from the 2000 & 2001 Cleveland Public Theatre production. Following suit the cast from this summer’s production of The Rocky Horror Show will come together to do the pelvic thrust for the fans that made record-breaking ticket sales for the Chagrin production. Rounding out the night will be a rare appearance by Cleveland’s notorious Vanity Crash. Get advance tickets here.
In 2000 Cleveland’s finest and most outlandish musicians came together to pull off the pomp and attitude of 70’s glam rock (a la Bowie, T Rex, Lou Reed) to become the Angry Inch. The rhythm foundation was Steve Mehlman (Pere Ubu, Rocket From the Tombs), the hardest hitting drummer in the world, and rock solid bassist Mark Gamiere (The Wake, Screw Tractor). To add the harmonic structure glitter boy pianist Mike Seevers and wild queen guitarist Miss Melvis (Chump, Flat Can Co) joined sonic guitarist Dennis Yurich (Queue Up, Vanity Crash). Fronting the Angry Inch were Cleveland’s most dynamic voices, über lungs Alison Garrigan (Queue Up) and theater’s rising star Dan Folino (Vanity Crash).
The ensemble paid off with the CPT production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch exceeding all ticket sales expectations prompting a three-week sold-out extension, making the show the highest yielding production in CPT’s history.
Unfortunately Alison Garrigan cannot make this performance and will be replaced by her lovely understudy Kristy Lee Miller.
This summer The Rocky Horror Show took the conservative town of Chagrin Falls by storm. Under the skillful direction of Greta Rothman, the show met with rave reviews and record-breaking ticket sales. The Rocky Horror Show never looked or sounded better. With an outstanding cast backed by a rocking band, Rocky Horror exploded onto the stage becoming one of those rare star-aligned productions.
After all of the blood sweat and tears, ending a production like this was sad, but the cast vowed to recreate the magic again some day. So they have rejoined as the Phantoms to perform the songs from The Rocky Horror Show – and take you all on “a strange journey” for one more night.
Vanity Crash has been rockin’ the scene with outrageous performances, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, Gogol Bordello and Constantine Maroulis. They released their self-titled debut CD to critical acclaim, and placed two songs in the movies Kingsbury Run and Hellweek. Lead singer Dan Folino has been acting full time at the Barter Theater in Virginia so Vanity Crash hasn’t hit the stage in 2 1/2 years. Now is the opportunity to witness them before they disappear again.
Musicals That Rock
9pm – The Phantoms – Songs of The Rocky Horror Show
10pm – Vanity Crash – Songs about girls, sex, drugs, murder and stardom
11pm – The Angry Inch – Songs of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
ONE NIGHT ONLY
The Beachland Ballroom
Friday, December 30
Doors 8:00pm; Show 9:00pm
Tickets $10, All Ages, Get advance online tickets here.
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland 44110 – (216) 383-1124
Queue Up is excitedly rising from the dark tomb for this year’s best goth rock show. The show will feature the acclaimed The Birthday Massacre. The band has been performing internationally, traveling extensively across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, the U.K. and Europe. They have become renowned for their high-energy live performances, drawing large, mixed crowds through their appeal to fans of a surprisingly wide range of genres. Their fourth full length album “Pins And Needles”, released September of 2010, landed on the Billboard Top 200 chart and in the top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.
Adding to an evening of creep will be Cleveland’s own Lestat. Reuniting a year and a half ago, the band has resurrected the legend it created ten years earlier. Dark and deep and daring.
Rounding out the night will the industrial musing of Filament 38.
While it appears that Queue Up has been lying low of late, Ali and I have actually been quite busy. Ali has been hard at work creating a new theatre company. Talespinner Children’s Theatre will create productions for kids who would normally not be exposed to quality theater. And while Ali was deep in strategic planning, I jumped at the opportunity to play guitar in Rocky Horror. I am lucky to be working with extraordinary musicians who are not afraid to rock hard. Plus the cast is outstanding one and all. The end result is an irreverent execution of the classic musical under the masterful direction of Greta Rothman.
We have now done four shows to enthusiast audiences. Each night has gotten better and bigger audiences, with this past Saturday selling out. This has obviously been fueled by fantastic reviews of the show. We have three more weekends of shows left, so NOW is the time to reserve your seats for a science-fiction rock-n-roll sex comedy that will have you laughing and dancing at the same time. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Oh by the way, this Saturday we are performing our one and only midnight show. DON’T MISS IT!!!
August 5 –August 20
Friday & Saturday nights at 8 PM
Midnight Show on Saturday, August 6th
$18 regular, $14 students and seniors
Call 440-247-8955 (Mon-Sat, 1-6 PM)
Chagrin Valley Little Theater
40 River St. Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-3024
Queue Up will be creeping the streets of Akron and slithering onto the stage of Musica. This will be our first appearance at this fine venue. We recently caught a rare performance by Peter Murphy there and was greatly impressed with the venue’s layout. It is so cool when all the audience can see. We will be sharing the stage with our Akron friends Flowers in Flames. It will be good to gig with them again. The show is FREE and ALL AGES.
The video from our Vampire’s Kiss CD release show is looking amazing, so we have been thinking of pressing and releasing the video for purchase. Shoot us an email and let us know if this would be something you would be interested in. We plan to get a couple of the clips up on youtube by June 1.
Our CD Release Show was a total blast. Thanks to all the fans that came and packed the venue. As usual the audience was treated to a great visual show with the Center for Rock Research’s amazing light show.
The night included special appearances by Queue Up original bass player, Mick Derrick, and Diamond Dogs front man, Rich Klein, who joined Queue Up for a smashing version of Bowie’s Moonage Daydream. Closing Queue Up’s set was a spirited rendition of Bauhaus’ “Spirit” featuring Mick Derrick and Jason Giaco (out from behind the drums) sharing vocals with Alison Garrigan. Also helping out on the song was Frank Prpic on bass, owner of CRR and Queue Up’s original sound person, Brain Hager on guitar, and Tommy Haywood on drums, Alison’s nephew who is amazing.
The night was opened by an over-the-top set by Kristy Lee Miller and Arrogant Rex and was closed by the rockin’ Morticia’s Chair. Nobody went home disappointed.
The show as multi-tracked and video taped. Look for postings on YouTube sometime in December.
at the Center for Rock Research
1761 E. 39th St., Cleveland 44114
$5, All Ages, Doors 7:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m. Arrogant Rex
9:00 p.m. Queue Up
10:00 p.m. Morticia’s Chair
Security for Parking
Hey, All–it’s Ali here…
My band, Queue Up is releasing it’s second CD, “Vampire’s Kiss,” on Saturday, November 20th, and we are kicking it off with an awesome release party! We will be playing in a lovely private club on the east side of Cleveland–it’s BYOB, so you don’t have to mess with ridiculous drink prices. We will be joined for the evening by ARROGANT REX and MORTICIA’S CHAIR, as well as several other surprise guests who will be coming up onstage with us (here’s a hint as to one of them–DIAMOND DOGS!!) We’d love it if you could join us! Here’s the scoop:
Queue Up CD Release Party
Saturday, November 20th
Center for Rock Research
1761 E. 39th St. (off of Payne)
(only MINUTES from downtown, and easily accessible from both the east and west sides)
Doors open 7:30PM
ARROGANT REX starts the night at 8PM
QUEUE UP takes the stage at 9 PM
MORTICIA’S CHAIR takes the stage at 10PM
Feel free to bring friends–we want to party with ALL of our friends (and all of our friends’ friends!)