Both are noted Akron bands: Half Cleveland is the 21st Century musical coupling of band mates and writing partners Chris Butler (The Waitresses, Tin Huey) and Harvey Gold (Tin Huey, Sally Spring) currently gigging in support of their new releases, Half Cleveland Live at the Wi-Fi Cafe and Chris’s critically heralded Easy Life.
From the streets of Akron rubber factories to center stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Bizarros have proven that they can, in fact, fight their way uptown. Fueling the Akron music scene in the late 1970s with songs like “I, Bizzarro” and “Laser Boys,” the quintet meshed raw punk energy with new wave. Lyrics range from more lighhearted pop culture references – comic book villains and white screen movies – to more introspective and philosophical verses.
Clone Records was the pioneering early indie record label that served up the first releases by, among others, Tin Huey, The Waitresses and The Bizarros. There will be the show, and some vintage vinyl from the era will be available along with CDs and modern vinyl from these bands subsequently released.
The Club @ the Civic presents Half Cleveland and the Bizarros for one performance Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. This is a cabaret setting and tickets are limited. Tickets are available at the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office, by calling (330) 253-2488, online at www.akroncivic.com, or through TicketMaster (1-800-745-3000). Tickets are on sale now.
The full schedule is available at www.akroncivic.com. Additional events will be added throughout the season. Tickets and information are available in person at The Civic Box Office or by calling (330) 253-2488.