All photos: © 2015  Loparo Images.

Eddie Money came to the rescue Sunday night at the Hard Rock Rocksino. Eddie headlined a benefit for the homeless animals of Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village.  The village rescues dogs, cats, horses, and basically any abused animal in need. The no-kill shelter’s 30 staff members, 427 volunteers, 18 board members, and 6,477 donors, offer their time and talents to this special humane society, helping over 6,000 animals in one year alone. Rescue Village is not funded by the State or County, and relies one hundred percent on private donations to continue to help the sick, abused, and injured, or those animals just in need of the gift of time.

The event was sponsored by Ganley Subaru of Bedford, and The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa. Clevelands’ favorite Meteorologist, Fox 8’s own Dick Goddard, former MTV VJ Nina Blackwood, and several other local celebrities helped to host the event. Silent auction items filled the Hard Rock lobby, including Eddie Money autographed guitars and tambourines, autographed portraits of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, signed microphones from Nina Blackwood and Eddie Money, and Lake County Captain suite packages. Dick Goddard graciously took photos and signed 2016 Calendars to raise money for the cause. Auction winners went home happy with their winnings. Just before the show began, Rescue Village was presented a $5,000 donation from The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa, and even more monies were raised from business owners and audience members.

Eddie took the stage without longtime band members Glenn Symmonds (drums), Chris Groves (keyboards), Tommy Girvin (guitar) or Lee Beverly (bass). Instead it was a Partridge-like family affair with his offspring. The ensemble included his daughter Jesse Money (vocals), Dez Money (guitar), 18 year old Julian Money (drums), and also Paul Jones on bass.

Eddie opened the show with his 1978 hit ‘Baby Hold On To Me‘, and gave Will Farrell a run for his money on the cowbell with ‘We Should Be Sleeping‘. 1988’s ‘Walk on Water‘ was followed by a soothing cover of Smokey Robinson’s ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me‘. At this point in the show, the casual audience member probably didn’t notice that the original band members were missing. The Money kids did a great job belting out their father’s 80’s chart toppers. Eddie seemed to have a bit of trouble carrying his vocals, often holding out his microphone for the audience to take over the verses with his daughter Jesse. He did get things back on track, breaking out his harmonica on ‘No Control‘. However, this is where the Money Family Variety Show began. Many corny jokes between songs fell flat with the audience.

Video: Michele Loparo.

Eddie left the stage for a bit, and Jesse, Julian, and Dez Money delighted the crowd with a few of their own songs ‘Tonight’, and ‘I’m No Good For You’ from their upcoming solo project. They are talented musicians beyond their years, and are releasing their first solo EP soon. Be sure to check these kids out.

Eddie returned, wooing the audience with ‘I Wanna Go Back‘, and played a mean saxophone on ‘Trinidad‘, but just when he seemed to find his groove, he left the stage again, and the Money kids did a few more of their originals. Eddie re-entered the stage for a crowd pleasing ‘Take Me Home Tonight‘, followed by a touching tribute to our soldiers, ‘One More Soldier Coming Home‘. The single was accompanied by an emotional video of our men and women serving in the armed forces. It was apparent that Eddie loves our country, and our troops. He encouraged the fans to purchase merchandise as twenty percent of the proceeds would be donated to another one of his favorite charities, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The show began to really heat up with ‘Give Me Some Water‘, and ‘Think I’m In Love‘. There was not a fan in the house that didn’t rise to their feet and sing along. Eddie seemed like he was winding things down as he wished the crowd and their families a Happy Thanksgiving, but he wasn’t done quite yet. He brought the house down with ‘Two Tickets to Paradise‘, and set the crowd on fire with an outstanding encore of ‘Shakin‘ where the Money Man and his band were joined on stage by The University of Akron Dance Team. It was a great way to round out the night, which did so much good for our local animals in need, and all those who serve this great country.

All photos: © 2015  Loparo Images.







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Michele Loparo About Michele Loparo

Michele Loparo is a Cleveland native raised with the classical influences of her father and the 70’s music of her mother. At 10 years old she found ACDC’s “Back in Black” vinyl in her Easter basket and her life long love affair with Rock N’ Roll began. “My first born son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4. He did not respond well to verbal commands, so one day I just sang them to him and BAM! Immediate results. I’ve always known that music was powerful… But in our family it was life changing. When my words failed, Music spoke.” Her son Tristan (the oldest of three boys) is a musician and plays in the local band Destination (Original Raw Music). He studies Recording Arts and is going on to achieve a degree in Music Therapy to help others. “I know for certain that music… in it’s raw form, changed my sons life. Music is not what he does, but who he is.” Michele enjoys attending local venues and experiencing the many talents of North East Ohio’s local musicians as well as taking in as many concerts as possible. “I look forward to working with the Rust Belt Chronicle’s team and sharing the love of all things music with our RBC readers!”

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