We have several upcoming gigs that I want to let you all know about.
Friday Nov 8th - Full Band show at Stampers grill, Lorain Rd, Fairview Park . 9pm
Wednesday Nov 27th - "The Bluegrass Platter" featuring: Matthew Charboneau (Upright Bass) Bill Lestock (Fiddle & Mandolin) Eric Radcliffe (Banjo) Chris Hanna (Piano) will be playing at Stone Mad Pub's night before Thanksgiving blowout. 8pm
Friday December 6th - "The Bluegrass Platter" plays Fat Head's Brewery's new Tap House and Tasting room, Sheldon Road, Middleburg Heights, OH. 6-9p
Saturday December 7th - Thor Platter Band @ "Light Up Lakewood" Festival Detroit Road in Downtown Lakewood, OH. 6pm **This is a great event for the city of Lakewood and the surrounding communities. Check out Downtown Lakewood on Facebook for more info, or check their website: http://downtownlakewood.org/light-up-lakewood-2013-3/
Saturday December 28th - Thor Platter Band @ Brothers Lounge. w/ Rob Duskey & The Rounders. 9p
In the month of December we'll also be heading back to the studio to start recording our next Album.
We’ve got a very busy fall ahead for music. My new bluegrass side project “THE BLUEGRASS PLATTER” has been getting a lot of buzz lately. We’ve got a couple great shows lined up for that group, including a blow-out on the night before Thanksgiving at STONE MAD PUB (W65th, Cleveland) That night in addition to Matthew Charboneau on Upright bass, we’re going to have the great Bill Lestock sitting in with us on fiddle, mandolin and octave mandolin. Thor Platter Band is rolling along as well. Next Saturday night, October 5th, we’ll be playing a show at Stampers Grill Pub in Fairview Park. This will be a very special show, as we’re bringing in Mike Stinson & his Band to play on the bill with us. Mike is based out of Houston, TX and currently on tour through the US. The band and I are really looking forward to sharing the stage with them, and welcoming them to our hometown. Plus Stampers is helping us out, and this show will be NO COVER CHARGE! See you there. I have another musical project that I’ll be announcing very soon. It’s a new themed side project that is going to feature some great Cleveland musicians that I’m very honored to be working with. I’ll let you know what it is soon enough, but we’ll be walking in the tall trees, going where the wind goes in no time! *wink *wink Also, my full band has a couple of big beer festivals that we’re headlining this fall. First up is Saturday September 28th for the Lakewood Wine and Craft Beer Festival right in downtown Lakewood, OH. Then in late October, we play Cleveland Beer Week’s flagship event BREWZILLA on Saturday October 26th. We’ll be getting back to Brothers Lounge in December as well. We’ll be sharing the Brothers Music Hall stage with Rob Duskey & The Rounders, and Brent Kirby will be opening the night with a special acoustic performance. (Dec 28th) So, we’ve got all of that and more planned.. plus trying to get new songs ready for the studio over the winter. Hoping for a Fall 2014 release of the new record. Thanks for your support, see you at a show! Thor
Great summer of music so far, hope you're getting the chance to get out and see live local music in your neck of the woods.
In addition to a busy schedule of solo and duo shows, I've got a few full band shows coming up that I want to highlight.
Friday August 16th, we have a full band show at Mahalls 20 Lanes in Lakewood, OH. We'll be playing with Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys. Taylor Lamborn will be opening the show at 9pm. **Dan Morris will be sitting in with my band on Pedal Steel Guitar for the night.**
Sunday September 15th, we'll be coming back to Buffalo and playing at the Sportsmen's tavern.
Friday September 20th, we're playing the Kent State Folk Fest "Folkin' 'Round Town" event. go to kentstatefolkfest.org for more info.
Hope to see you at a show soon!
The New Album "Looking For Sunshine" comes out today in local record stores and online. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, and others. You can also purchase a physical copy at http://thorplatter.com/ and have it shipped to you. Thanks to everyone that played on, contributed to, and helped create this album.
It has been a great month for the band.. We played two amazing pre-release shows in Cleveland and Buffalo, respectively. There has been a great response from everyone that has a copy of the record so far. I feel very proud of this recording, and I'm honored to have had the help of Billy Crompton, Chris Hanna, Matt Knott, Brent Kirby, and Michael Bay on it.
We have a few full band shows set up in the next few months.. including several out of town dates.. stay tuned to the schedule.
Looking For Sunshine's official release is April 20th! It will be available online at places like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon mp3, xbox music. It will also be available in most local record stores in the Cleveland area. Among others, My Mind's eye in Lakewood has been very supportive.
Please let you friends know about the record if you think they would be interested! Share it on facebook, twitter, or even send them a letter!
Thank you for your support, see you on the road!
Thanks to all of the great people that supported my kickstarter campaign, the project will be fully funded. The band and I are really looking forward to playing the CD release shows.
We just appeared on WKYC NBC Cleveland's Live On Lakeside program this past Friday. It's available to view in the video section on this page, by going to thorplatter.com, or by searching for it on google/youtube.
Tickets are still available for both CD release nights.. they are going to be great shows!
Head over to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/754510669/thor-platter-looking-for-sunshine for more info.
In addition to the full length album LOOKING FOR SUNSHINE , I’ve decided to release a 5 song EP that includes stripped down acoustic versions of a couple of the tracks on the album. The EP will be released Tuesday, February 26th. That same night I will be opening for Deadstring Brothers at the Beachland Tavern. I will be joined by Chris Hanna on keyboard. The EP will be available that night at the show. Go to beachlandtavern.com for tickets.
I’ve been asked to play the new Fatheads Production Brewery Tap Room for their “Headstrong” beer tasting event. There are three sessions. Friday March 22nd at 5pm, Saturday the 23rd at Noon, and Saturday at 5pm. The Thor Platter Band lineup for that night will include G.S. Harper on Bass guitar, Chris Hanna on Keyboards and Matthew Knott on Drums. For more info visit fatheadsbeer.com
On Friday March 22nd, the band and I will be appearing on WKYC’s Live on Lakeside at 11am. In addition to Chris and Matt, Billy Crompton will be playing bass with us for the show. Billy will also be playing the CD release shows with us.
The Cleveland CD release show is set for Friday, April 5th at Brothers Lounge. This will be a full band show with some special guests. Helping us out that night will be Rob Duskey & The Rounders, and Erica Blinn and The Handsome Machine. Advanced copies of LOOKING FOR SUNSHINE will be available for purchase at this show.
The Buffalo CD release show is booked for Sunday, April 7th at (TBD) The band and I are really looking forward to playing this venue and seeing friends and family in the Buffalo area. Tickets will be on-sale soon, more info to come that night. We’ve put together a couple great bands to open up for us. First, the sweet flamenco sounds of Varuna. And the soulful voice and amazing guitar talent in Carina and The Six String Preacher.
Be sure to like TPB on facebook to stay up to date. facebook.com/thorplatterband
Happy New Year! 2013 is looking to be a great year for music in Ohio and all over the US.
We're almost finished recording the new album.. just putting some final touches on it and then it will be sent out to The Magic Shop in NYC for mixing and mastering. Chris Hanna and I have several duo shows coming up over the next month, including an opening slot for The Deadstring Brothers (Detroit, MI) at the Beachland Tavern.
The Thor Platter Band CD release shows are set for Buffalo and Cleveland. Cleveland is Friday April 5th at Brother's Lounge. We'll be supported by Rob Duskey & The Rounders, and Erica Blinn & The Handsome Machine. Check out sweettruthrecords.com for more info on that show. For the Buffalo show, we'll have a full announcement in the next few weeks, but I can tell you it is going to be Sunday April 7th, at a very cool venue. Stay tuned for that announcement.
Chris and I will be making our way back down to Columbus soon as well.
And another quick note... I've been asked quite a few times now "So, what's up with the Whiskey Lock" Just wanted to respond and let you know The Whiskey Lock is still together.. our talented bass player, Trish, is expecting her first baby at the end of this month.. so we'll be on a break for several more months. We do have plans to record a full length CD follow up to last year's "Flight" EP.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy 2013!
September was a great month musically. I was able to play a bunch of great shows with The Whiskey Lock, and some great duo gigs with my friend Chris Hanna. Chris and I will be playing a few shows over the next month including Friday the 26th at World Of Beer in Columbus, OH. I can't wait to try some of the 500 beers they have. The next day, The Whiskey Lock is playing Brewzilla , a finale celebration to Cleveland Beer Week. It's going to be great exposure for The Whiskey Lock. There will be over 80 breweries serving beer to the 3000 people that attend every year... So the weekend is going to be pretty full of beer. In November, I'm going to start recording my first full length solo album. My good friend Matt from Buffalo was nice enough to offer to come help me set up my studio for a band recording, and will also be playing drums on most of the tracks. I 'll have a few friends playing on this album including Brent Kirby, G.S. Harper, Chris Hanna and Billy Crompton will be playing bass on most of the tracks. G.S. Harper and Rob Duskey got me hip to Billy C. I can't wait to have him in the studio since he's recently moved back to CLE from Chicago. I'll be updating the blog as we get into the recording process. The scheduled release will be in April, and we'll be having a CD release show at Brother's Lounge with Rob Duskey & The Rounders (Thanks Rob!)
After November, The Whiskey Lock is taking a "winter break" as Trish has a new baby on the way.. so it's the perfect time to focus on other projects. We hope to get into the studio sometime next spring and record a full length album for release in the fall of 2013.
Stay tuned for more updates.