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Thor Platter / Blog

Redesigned Website..

Our new website is up at http://thorplatter.com

New Year, recording and upcoming tour

First off, I want to express my thanks to Dieter and all of the great folks over at K&K Sound. I use K&K pickups in my acoustic guitars. They've hooked me up with a new XLR pre-amp for my acoustics. I got to test it out last week at Brother's Lounge and it sounds great. This month the full band has quite a few shows around Ohio. Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and one in Louisville, KY. Check the "tour" calendar for dates. If you have any friends in those cities, the band and I would love to see some friendly faces at the shows. I'll also be heading down to Nashville for a few days later in the month. We've got a pretty big show coming up on Valentine's day at the Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo, NY. Stay tuned for info on that show. Also starting in February, I'll begin recording songs for a new record. The new material is coming along great.. and I'm excited to get into the studio and start to put it all together. We'll be recording most of the songs at Jim Wall's Blue Buddha studios in Cleveland.

Lastly, thanks to all of the friends and fans who supported us in 2013. We had a great year for music, and are looking forward to more shows and meeting more people at them.

Upcoming highlights..

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.

Down the Stairs and out of the house!

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

Announcing a few late summer/Fall full band shows..

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!


Looking For Sunshine - In Stores Today!

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.

Looking for Sunshine - In stores and online 4.20.13

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!

Kickstarter Success / WKYC Apperance

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!

Kickstarter is now launched.

Head over to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/754510669/thor-platter-looking-for-sunshine for more info.

New EP in March, Album in April, Live on Lakeside appearance and more...

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