Tommy Amato Rock Relief 2014: The Artists and Music Review!

The 11th Annual Tommy Amato Rock Relief was held on Sunday, October 5th at the Hooley House Sports Pub and Grill in Brooklyn, Ohio and judging from the turnout, the charity event was a huge success!

The recipient of the award  for 2014 was Melanie Naradi, who sadly lost her battle with Stage 4 Lung Cancer in June. In honor  and respect of Melanie, the theme for the show was Rock Relief: A Celebration of Life- Melanie Nared. The Dave Nared family was in-attendance as well as: friends, musicians and hundreds of other thoughtful, generous people paying homage throughout the night.

Here’s a brief recap of the entertainment during the evening:

Georgia and The Georgia Preachers

Sammy Free and Georgia Kostyack.  Photo credit: Sandy Kiss.

Sammy Free and Georgia Kostyack.
Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

16 year-old Georgia Kostyack and her band, The Georgia Preachers opened the show with her set of nearly all original material and the audience loved her performance. All eyes and ears were focused on the rising star from Seven Hills, Ohio.

While listening to this young lady progress through her songs, it was clear she has the voice for Country Music with songs like the tender, “Can’t Say Goodbye.” Georgia’s and the band’s performance on “Peek-A-Boo” was a lesson in rockabilly that would’ve made Carl Perkins or Buddy Holly proud. The crowd moved to the sway of the beat, clearly loving Georgia’s voice, stage presence and the music of The Georgia Preachers!

Snake Rock of The Georgia Preachers. Photo: Jim Carver

I was stunned by the amount of photographers present to photograph Georgia and The Georgia Preachers. I was nearly tripping over their bodies in front of the stage. It appears the word is out about this beautiful young lady!

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Billy Morris (guitar) and Tommy Amato (drums) with Georgia and The Georgia Preachers. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

 

Tommy Amato (drums) with Georgia and The Georgia Preachers. Photo: Jim Carver

Tommy Amato (drums) with Georgia and The Georgia Preachers. Photo: Jim Carver

Tommy Amato and Billy Morris (whom both men are featured on some of Georgia’s new CD: Six Shooter) The powerful voice of Georgia was clearly demonstrated within the bluesy-edged, all-out rocker, “Wannabee.” The crowd moved to the sway of her powerful voice and band driven sound as it reached its pinnacle, convincing those that had never heard of her, she is the real deal!

Georgia closed out the set with her beautiful ballad from her new video: Alone With You.” 

School of Rock

The School of Rock. Photo credit: Sandy Kiss.

The School of Rock. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Tommy Rich brought his students from The School of Rock to perform and display their talents. The young musicians performed a variety of genres and the packed house was loving every minute of their performances. Each song would feature a variety of talented groups jostling on and off stage to present their repertoire.  

The School of Rock. Photo: Jim Carver.

The School of Rock. Photo: Jim Carver.

I was amazed at the versatility of the musicians as they moved from instrument to vocals or instrument to instrument. It was clear they are a well-trained group of artists and enjoy performing! Some of the female vocalists impressed me immensely despite their young age. It’s safe to say the future of the Cleveland music scene is in great hands with Tommy Rich and his staff at The School of Rock

The School of Rock. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

The School of Rock. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Rich Spina

Rich Spina. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Rich Spina. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

 

Rich Spina. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Rich Spina. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Rich Spina performed solo with his keyboards and his amazing voice. I was impressed with his vocal range and tone, which clearly hasn’t weakened over the years. Those in attendance enjoyed his renditions of cover tunes and Rich even covered Led Zeppelin nicely with his touching vocals and keyboard arrangement.

DSC_0021Rich (ex-member of Cleveland’s Love Affair and keyboardist with Herman’s Hermits) just released a new CD entitled: Silly Melodies & Soliloquies. The Rust Belt Chronicles will be reviewing the CD in the coming weeks!

POP CULTure

A happy Tommy Amato of POP CULTure. Photo: Jim Carver

A happy Tommy Amato of POP CULTure. Photo: Jim Carver

 

Mike Mikulski (bass) and POP CULTure.  Photo credit: Sandy Kiss.

Mike Mikulski (bass) and POP CULTure.
Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Tommy Amato’s highly popular band, POP CULTure hit the stage to a resounding applause throughout the audience. It was fun to see Tommy’s smile as POP CULTure roared through their set. Watching Tommy’s drumming was as fun as it was in the late 70’s with his laid back style and precise groove. Tommy clearly loves to drum. Mike Mikulski is fun to watch on the bass and Mike Trivison rocks on guitar, while Chaz Amrose took command of the vocals. 

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Chaz Amrose of POP CULTure. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

POP CULTure ‘s show is a diverse set of material spanned throughout several decades of musical styles and genres. I absolutely loved the Rod Stewart rendition of “Maggie May“, performed by POP CULTure with Chaz Amrose on acoustic guitar. Entertainment is POP CULTure’s specialty onstage and they do it well!

Bassist, Kevin Rian, Tommy Amato (drums) and Frank Amato on vocals. Photo: Jim Carver.

Bassist, Kevin Rian, Tommy Amato (drums) and Frank Amato on vocals. Photo: Jim Carver.

Veteran bassist, Kevin Rian (Molly Hatchet, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers Band) joined POP CULTure for several songs onstage.

 

David Alex Kiss with POP CULTure. Photo credit Sandy Kiss.

David Alex Kiss with POP CULTure. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Tommy Amato also invited a host of Cleveland’s greatest vocalists to sing with his band.

First-up was David Alex Kiss, who took over the dance floor with his presence and vocal magic  to wow the packed house!

 

George S. Yunis with POP CULTure. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

George S. Yunis with POP CULTure. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

 

 

 

George S. Yunis (That 8os Band) performed a spirited version of “Any Way You Want It” with Chaz Amrose on vocals too. Georges has been a former host of Rock Relief and it’s always a joy to see his personality and hear his voice. 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Stone. Photo: Jim Carver.

Robin Stone. Photo: Jim Carver.

 

Los Angeles singer, songwriter and former Clevelander, Robin Stone performed one of her amazing songs. Robin has also been featured in recent Tommy Amato Rock Relief benefits.

 

Lisa Caito rockin' with POP CULTure. Photo: Jim Carver

Lisa Caito rockin’ with POP CULTure. Photo: Jim Carver

 

 

Lisa Caito (left photo) of Victory Highway performed a blistering rendition of “Black Velvet” with POP CULTure.

Guitarist, Cliff Norton. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Guitarist, Cliff Norton. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Amato. Photo: Jim Carver

Frank Amato. Photo: Jim Carver

Frank Amato (formerly of Beau Coup) topped out the evening of guest vocalists with his incredible vocals. Guitarist, Cliff Norton also sat in with POP CULTure and Frank Amato.

 

 

ACE MOLAR

Todd Meany of Ace Molar. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Todd Meany of Ace Molar. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

 

Ace Molar. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Ace Molar. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

I’ve never heard Ace Molar perform prior to this evening. The only thing I knew was FOX8 TV personality Todd Meany was a member of Ace Molar. What I can tell you after witnessing the band perform is these guys know how to work a crowd. After a few numbers into their set, Ace Molar had the crowd on the dance floor, dancing their hearts out!   

The rock and blues tunes, combined with a bit of funkiness makes Ace Molar a fun and entertaining band to watch. Todd Meany’s versatility as a musician definitely stood-out during their show between his vocals, keyboards, harp and trumpet skills; often doing it all in one song. The band sounded great with Greg Lapsevich on drums and vocals Sammy Free laying down the bottom-end and Ken Cali on guitar and vocals. Ray Varga added saxophone to create an-ever sassy sound to the bands set list. 

Todd Meany dueling on the Trumpet. Photo Credit : Sandy Kiss.

Todd Meany dueling on the Trumpet. Photo Credit : Sandy Kiss.

 

Ray Varga dueling with Todd Meany. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

Ray Varga dueling with Todd Meany. Photo Credit: Sandy Kiss.

The highlight of Ace Molar’s set took place with Meany and Varga standing on chairs, facing-off in a solo exchange between sax and trumpet. Ace Molar definitely knows how to entertain and it is evident in their sound and show. 

Sadly, due to time constraints, we were unable to catch the performances of the Jukebox Heroes and  P.J. Phillips.  

The Rust Belt Chronicles would like to (once again) thank Tommy and Judi Amato, for inviting us and hosting this fine event, Dave Nared and family for their kindness, all of the bands and musicians who committed themselves and efforts throughout the evening, all those who donated and contributed to this fine cause, our friends and the new friends we met, The Hooley House for providing the venue and their delicious food.

Photographer: Sandy Kiss.

Photographer: Sandy Kiss.

 

 

I want to also thank- Sandy Kiss for the use of her professional photos!   

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Jim Carver About Jim Carver

Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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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