Jonah Koslen Strikes Up Cleveland Twice at The Music Box Supper Club on January, 27th

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Jonah Koslen returns to Cleveland at the Music Box Supper Club” on Saturday, January 27th. After promptly selling-out the evening show (standing-room tickets only remain for the late show), a late afternoon show has been added to hear the songs of this jewel of a singer/songwriter/musician.  Jonah’s tunes are a trip down memory lane between his iconic past musical heritage with The Michael Stanley Band, Jonah Koslen and the Heroes, and Breathless. Also we expect some deep cuts and new gems from his latest solo releases, ‘Nusic‘ and ‘Partially Light‘.

The former Clevelander is a legendary singer/songwriter musician that has captivated fans with his own style of music and lyrics over the decades. Whether it’s a ballad with his subtle overtones or a rocking tune with slight humor injected into the fray the originality and musicality performed has always been profound. From first meeting Michael Stanley to becoming a member of The Michael Stanley Band in 1974, Jonah’s tunes have stood the test of time. Over the years, Kerrang Magazine has compared his and Michael Stanley’s  song-writing to John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Jonah departed The Michael Stanley Band to form Breathless. The band recorded two superb studio albums. ‘Breathless’ and ‘Nobody Leaves This Song Alive’, featured Koslen on guitar and lead vocals,Marc Avsec (Wild Cherry, Donnie Iris and the Cruisers) on keyboards, drummer Kevin Valentine, guitarist Alan Greene, percussionist Rodney Psyka and bassist, Ben Benjamin (RIP). The success of the band with Jonah’s catchy tunes and unique sound resulted in being signed by EMI America Records and opening for tours with Rush, Cheap Trick, Journey and KISS.

I was fortunate to witness the performance for the first time at The Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio. While Journey’s clean crisp sound was fantastic; Breathless live performance completely blew me away! Unfortunately, with the record industry beginning its collapse, the lack of national push of the follow-up record failed to sell as well and EMI dropped the band. Subsequently, Breathless disbanded in 1981.

Next, he formed his own project, Jonah Koslen and the Heroes hitting the club circuit throughout the rust belt area with drummer, Don Krueger, keyboardist, Dennis Lewin, guitarist Danny Powers and Eddie Pechio on bass, later replaced with Bill March on bass. Jonah Koslen and the Heroes released two studio albums, ‘Aces’ and ‘Orange’. The band was exciting to witness in live performances, but for some reason never received the attention from the majority of the music press.

After Jonah Koslen and the Heroes disbanded, Koslen moved to California to work on various projects with Bonnie Bramlett (formerly of Delaney and Bonnie). Jonah performed in her band, Bandaloo Doctors with former Clevelanders, Danny Sheridan and drummer, Kevin Valentine along with one-time Aerosmith, guitarist, Jimmy Crispo.  He also wrote and produced an album for Skin Diver. His profound computer tech skills, (assisted by Joe Walsh) were utilized for the morphing video during the encore of The Eagles, “Hell Freezes Over Tour”. In 1993, Jonah once again teamed-up with Michael Stanley in the recording of a new album. ‘Ghost Poets‘ with old friends, Michael Stanley, Bob Pelander and Jennifer Lee, while contributing some of his own songs into the mix.

Jonah moved back to Cleveland and often performed as his “One Man Island Band” throughout the North Coast and Lake Erie Islands, while travelling to Florida to play during the winter months. He created his own band, Jonah Koslen’s Stage Pass Now, and performed the entire Michael Stanley legendary album, ‘Stagepass’ with shows throughout Ohio venues. Koslen has also made sporadic guest appearances with Michael Stanley and Michael Stanley and The Resonators onstage.

Several years ago, Jonah moved back to California to retire and published several books. Luckily for us, his musical roots have never left him while he has produced several fantastic solo  and live recordings including: ‘Nusic‘ and ‘Partially Light‘. With the original recordings of Breathless and Jonah Koslen and the Heroes out of print, Mr.Koslen has re-issued those recordings along with a live rare masterpiece recorded during a WMMS Coffeebreak Concert from The Cleveland Agora entitled, Jonah Koslen and the Heroes Agora Live!

Strike up the band for a wild weekend with one of Cleveland’s favorite artists of all time on Saturday, January 27th!

Order VIP Tickets HERE!

Last call to dine in your seats in the Concert Hall will be 15 minutes before show time. Please arrive early if you plan to eat dinner in your seats. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.

What: Jonah Koslen with special guests, Alan Greene and Tom Odegard.

When: Saturday, January 27th. Early show – 3:00 pm. Late show Standing Room Only- 8:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall

Address: 1148 Main Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-242-1250

Tickets: $25.00 in advance. $30.00 Day of Show, All Ages. Reserved.

Purchase Tickets Here!

 

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In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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