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Poppa"D" and The Aggravators’ / Blog

SUCCESS!

I want to thank our Family, Friends, and Fans for making our CD Release Party a Huge Success. Our final attendance was 409 people giving us a near SRO Event. Thanks go out to TrainWreck 283 for starting us off with a great set of alt country. A very special thanks to Scott Taylor who was our guide through a very awesome show!

ANOTHER CUT FROM LONG HARD ROAD

Greetings Blues Fan! With just ONE WEEK before our CD Release Party I thought I would share another Track with you. Remember July 26th! It doesn’t matter if you live on the moon. Make the trip to Wilbert’s 812 Huron Rd E Cleveland, OH 44115. The Show kicks off at 8PM with Train Wreck283. The Aggravators’ take the stage at 9PM. Around 10PM we will shoot our very first full length DVD! Please be a part of our history and our crowd. It’s a FREE SHOW! I hope to see you there! Scott Taylor of CBS Action 19 News will MC our show and we have many local celebs that RSVP’d so come out and have a night with the stars!

NEW SINGLE RELEASED!

I CAN BOOGIE TOO the first single from LONG HARD ROAD has just been released! Hear the whole album LIVE and secure your first run copy at WILBERT'S July 26th. FREE SHOW! Just come on in and enjoy!

JULY 26th CD RELEASE PARTY!

On July 26th 2014 at Wilbert’s Food and Music located at 812 Huron Rd E Cleveland, OH 44115. Poppa “D” And The Aggravators’ will be releasing our third CD entitled “LONG HARD ROAD”. The event will be hosted by famed reporter Scott Taylor of Cleveland’s 19 Action News. Kicking off the Festivities at 8PM will be TRAIN WRECK 283. They will be playing their version of Outlaw Country that will be a nice contrast with The Aggravator’s Raucous Blues. Tickets are available to this FREE SHOW! All will be admitted, Ticket or not. There will be give a ways and Poppa “D” And The Aggravator’s merchandise for sale along with the First Run Copies of ‘LONG HARD ROAD”. Please make plans to attend this grand evernt.

WE RETURNED TO EDISON'S

Saturday January 12th found us back at Edison’s Pub. Due to a booking snafu and manager changes we haven’t been here in over a year. I was pleased to see by 11PM we were SRO with lines forming out-side the club. It was a good home coming and it was nice to know Tremont OH had not forgotten the Aggravators’. I played my first gig in OH right here in Edison’s Pub. Most of the band has been broken in right here. To have Edison’s show us that much love after such a long time away was mind blowing. We will return to Edison’s February 16th, March 16th.April 20th, May 18th, June 15th with hopes to continue through the year.

RECORD BREAKING ATTENDANCE!

WOW! Thanks to you we had record setting attendance at the November 10th show. The club is only rated for 75 and we stopped counting at 150! I am surprised that the fire marshal didn’t show up. We also went through all of the Crown Royal Whiskey. I will take the blame for that. Gulp Gulp!. Thanks for making my Birthday one for the record books. I want to send a very special thanks out to Kim, Wendy, and Harry for making the event seamless and fun.

BIP IS OUR NEW AGGRAVATOR

November 10th is the day our new bassist will perform his first full show. Bip has been waiting patiently for the past six years to step into the bass slot. Bip has played in every band that EZ ED (our drummer) has been in since they were just mere lads. Bip brings a solid knowledge of the groove to the band. He is heavily influenced by Victor Wooten, Bootsey Collins, and in his words” if you are a modern bass player you know Flea”. Bips free sprit approach fits the Aggravators’ like a glove. His passion for the music and the instrument rings out with every note. He has a solid knowledge of improvisation, and can solo on his bass as well as lay a foundation for the band. Bip joins the band at a good time. We are preparing to enter our basement studio to record our third Aggravator CD entitled “long Hard Road” This album will depart from the heavy guitar driven sound. We will be featuring Too Tall Eddie B on Harmonica on most tunes and I will be playing mostly rhythm guitar. This will give us a lush full sound and, when we threw Bip in the mix it exploded into something special. Bip’s first gig will be at the Legendary House Of Swing. This is a fitting place for him to strut his stuff. I hope we are in for a long and groove filled ride. See you on the 10th

HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE WONDER BAR

Poppa “D” and The Aggravators’ will host the Wonder Bar’s Halloween Party from 9 to 11pm Fri-D October 26th. For the first time in my 30 year career, I will dress in a full Halloween costume along with EZ, Too Tall and Hawk. This is a full-on concert event with a Beer tasting, costume contest, full dinner menu combined with fun and games. If you have never been to a beer tasting think of an all you can eat buffet that only serves beer. It’s SWEET! Not to mention the secret vendor always has some tricks up his sleeves. I’ll let you know who the vendor is as soon as I know. If you have been waiting for a good time to see us well this would be it. If you have seen us, well you haven’t seen this so, dress up, or not and come get your Halloween on. This will also be our farewell to Hawk. I will ask all of our supporters to gather and give him a nice send off. I am expecting a Standing Room Only crowd so, reserve your seat or come early and PARTY!

MIKE HAWKINS IS RETIRING from the Aggravators'

Mike “The HAWK” Hawkins is retiring from Poppa “D” and the Aggravators”. Mike Hawkins is a founding member, beloved friend, and has been my playing partner for nearly a decade. Even though Mike will be stepping away from the band on a full time basis, due to our friendship, he will be our fill-in bassist and remains a full time family member. When I first arrived in Cleveland I found it a very closed and competitive market place. Cleveland is a tough nut to crack. I have played all over the world and I have not experienced the loyalty this city has for its home grown players. It was in that climate I met Mike Hawkins at an Allen Green Jam session at Cebars in Euclid. We hit it off with immediate respect for one another’s talent. Since that night Mike has played by my side, playing through the good and bad. He has been a solid bassist and friend. Together we have turned heads and changed minds on what Cleveland Blues should sound like. Mike simply feels the need to spend more time with his family and to enjoy a slower pace. Mike’s farewell performance with the band will be on Friday, October 26th at The Wonder Bar in downtown Cleveland. The Wonder Bar will be hosting a Halloween party that night and of course the band, Mike included, will be dressed in full costume. I invite everyone to gather (with or without a costume) and show “The HAWK” some love. I know I will be there and I hope you are too!! Poppa “D”

WHISKEY BREATH has been RELEASED!!!

On April 25th at The Wonder Bar in Cleveland OH. Aggravators' fans were treated to an impromptu CD release party. The disks were just hours out of the pressings and the reception was very warm. This CD sounds fantastic! I must admit the production blows our fist effort away. EZ ED Zalar was our Executive Producer on this one and he did a super job! The ten track CD has four covers from our esteemed list of influences. “Breakdown” is by Tom Petty, “While my guitar Gently Weeps” is by George Harrison, “Good morning Little School girl “is by Hubert Sumlin, “Day of the Eagle” is by Robin Trower. The stand out tracks for me are: While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Buzztronic 2000,and Breakdown! But, all of the tracks rock! I hope you enjoy this effort as much as we enjoyed making it for you, and yes! The rumors are true we are already preparing to knock out another disk for ZMD Records! Stay tuned, and in the meantime enjoy your "Whiskey Breath"!

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