[intro-text size=”25px”]From industrial rock to country jams, you’ll hear it all at this year’s Rock n’ Restock CLE music festival next Thursday at FWD Day + Night Club in the Flats.[/intro-text]
Proceeds will benefit both the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the family of Scott Boiani, a long-time friend of concert organizer/realtor Al Stasek, who is battling glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer.
Boiani and his family are facing an exorbitant amount of medical bills – his surgery to remove the tumor alone was a million dollars. He says he’ll be at the show and is looking forward to “seeing friends and family, seeing the bands and contributing to helping feed people in need.”
Boiani was frank about how donated money will be used. In addition to the medical bills, “school supplies, clothes for my daughter…” The standard prognosis with glioblastoma is 12-14 months; treatment can add another 4 months.
Despite the struggle, Boiani takes pleasure in the time he’s been given, no matter how short or how long it ultimately is: “Every day I wake up and I look forward to seeing her come down the steps, have daddy make her breakfast and get her off to school. We go sit outside and wait for the bus and we just sit there and talk for 20 minutes, half an hour, which is cool because a lot of parents don’t get to have that time with their kids.”
Along with the Boiani’s, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will be the other beneficiary of this year’s show. The Food Bank’s Samantha Martin says the benefit concert, now in its second year, raised over $5,000 for them in its inaugural year. “This equates to 20,000 meals,” she says. Al Stasek, the owner of Stasek Real Estate Experts, is a regular donor to the food bank, gifting a certain percentage of funds for every home his agency sells.
“We encourage monetary donations rather than food donations because we’re able to purchase fresh produce and nutritious foods that people living in poverty don’t have access to,” says Martin. The food bank has prior purchasing agreements with local growers to buy fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods in bulk and at a much lower rate than the food normally sells at retail cost. Fresh food is generally more nutritious than canned and boxed goods, and is often quite more expensive, putting it out of the reach of Cleveland’s poorer populations.
Reid and his band are regulars at the Thirsty Cowboy in Medina, one of Northeast Ohio’s hottest country nightclubs and the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield – listen for his charming and melodic signature track, “Moonlit Sky”. You’ll get to hear smashing new tracks, too, as Reid been in Nashville this summer working on a new EP.
Bobby St. Vincent, from Bay Village, brings his jangly, literally off-beat feel-good guitar melodies to Put-in-Bay and Kelly’s Island every summer. Bobby left Ohio with his band for Arizona in the mid-2000s to jump in to the grassroots live music scene happening out west, but eventually returned to Northeast Ohio. St. Vincent says returning to Cleveland was “interesting, to say the least” and admits some of the songs “just didn’t work as well here.”
“But,” he adds, “when you’re not playing four gigs a week you get a chance to practice a little more often, and in that learning process, you learn to love it again.”
Richard Patrick will return to Cleveland with Filter to headline Rock n’ Restock. “We love helping out,” says Patrick. “We’ve done charity shows all over the world. We love meeting and learning everything we can about the different organizations. We’ve met the people in charge of Rock n’ Restock and they’re really great people. Now that I have kids, my job is to make them cool people that try to help others. Doing important shows like this is a great example for them.”
Filter’s current line-up includes acclaimed lead guitarist Oumi Kapila, exquisitely-talented bassist Ashley Dzerigian, who has played with artists from Adam Lambert to Elle King, drummer Chris Reeve and Bobby Miller on keyboards and backing vocals. Their seventh studio album, Crazy Eyes, was released this past April, featuring a more ambient theme and wide use of effects while still holding firm to the layered, guitar-heavy buzz that is Filter’s signature sound.
The FWD Day & Night Club, formerly Fagan’s in the Flats, will be one of the more unusual venues Filter has played, especially since achieving mega-stardom over 20 years ago. “Yeah, shaking it up a bit!” exclaims Patrick. “We are customizing the set to be just right. We will slay and make this an amazing show.”
The concert kicks off at 7:00 p.m. next Thursday, 22 September. For ticket info, news updates and general information on the show, follow ‘Rock n’ Restock CLE’ on Facebook or go to Eventbrite to purchase tickets.