Michael Stanley & Friends

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Michael Stanley & Friends

Sat, April 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$50.00 - $70.00

Tickets at the Door

Michael Stanley & Friends
Michael Stanley & Friends
The Kent Stage is proud to welcome Michael Stanley & Friends on Saturday, April 21.

The pride of Rocky River High School started playing music in the mid 1960s, performing in bands such as Scepter, the Tree Stumps and Silk. Stanley secured a gig with Cleveland’s Disc Records, and worked his way up to Regional Manager. While there, Stanley released his first solo album, Michael Stanley, in 1973. That record and its follow-up, Friends & Legends, were produced by Bill Szymczyk and featured contributions from Joe Walsh, David Sanborn and Todd Rundgren.

But later that year, a dispute with his boss led to his dismissal. With a new family, Stanley was at a crossroads. His friend Walsh suggested he either go “all in” on music, or let it go.

In 1974 he formed the Michael Stanley Band with singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck. From the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s, the Michael Stanley Band enjoyed a strong and fiercely loyal following, touring with superstar bands of that period (including Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner and the Doobie Brothers). They enjoyed several Top 20 and Top 30 hits, among them “He Can’t Love You” and “My Town.” Despite their immense popularity in Ohio and the Midwest, the outfit struggled nationally, and disbanded in the late 1980s. Stanley embarked on a successful TV career, eventually landing a gig as the popular afternoon drive time DJ at Cleveland’s WNCX.

He resumed his musical pursuits in the 2000s, and since then has maintained an amazing schedule, juggling live performances, brilliant solo records and his radio job. All of this has happened while the veteran musician has dealt with several major health challenges.

His latest offering is 2017’s Stolen Time, which contains thirteen new Stanley tunes and features everything from rockers such as the opener “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” to “Hanging By A Thread / When I’m Gone”, a lilting remembrance of the late protest singer Phil Ochs. The album features the talents of his road band, The Resonators, and once again was mixed by the now legendary producer/engineer Bill Szymczyk.

“This will be the first time that Michael Stanley, Northeast Ohio’s favorite son, has played the Kent Stage,” said owner Tom Simpson. “We’re beyond thrilled to have them in Kent as we celebrate our 16th year.”

Gold Circle tickets are $70, reserved floor seats are $60 and reserved balcony seats are $50. The show begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at www.thekentstage.com where you can also view the full calendar of concerts. Tickets also available by phone at 877-987-6487.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240