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Darla's Medical Fundraiser

We recently had the living hell scared out of us when Darla passed out at practice. She was rushed to the emergency room and later to the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic in downtown Cleveland. She was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm but at that time they could not fix it. She is facing surgery where they will insert two stents and fill the aneurysm with platinum coils. She is not able to work her day job and the medical bills are piling up. This is a link for her gofundme page. Help if you can and please share: https://www.gofundme.com/Darlasfund

What's going on with Second Hand Dogs?

Second Hand Dogs took a break from performing for the past few months. We took time off to work on some new originals for the new album coming out before the end of the year. We also started working on some new covers. Darla has been busy booking gigs for the upcoming year where we look forward to sharing our new music. The new album will be called "Alternative Realities" reflecting the craziness that has been happening in the news on a daily basis. Phil has the first song already in the can and has started working on the next tracks for their Sophomore effort. Look for a teaser of "Stonehenge" coming soon. Second Hand Dogs will open the year at Deer's Leap Winery on April 1 in Geneva, Ohio. Check out www.secondhanddogs.net for all the current news. As always we would like to thank all of our fans for their continued support.

Fun around town

Copy and paste this link into your browser to see what fun we had in Downtown Cleveland: http://www.secondhanddogs.net/fun-around-our-hometown/

Second Hand Dogs are getting blogged down!

We are getting ready to rock the spring and summer as our schedule starts to fill up. We are working on moving outward from Cleveland to Akron and Sandusky way. Look for some new dates being added to our calendar. We are transitioning Nate our percussionist to a full drum kit for some of our bigger shows. Nate is also getting used to playing an electronic cahon for some of our smaller shows. We have been hard at work writing some new originals and working on some more covers. We have also been submitting our music to every contest, blog, and reviewers we possibly can. We are out to make this the best year ever for our friends, fans, and family! I have been amazed at the support we have been receiving from all of you. Keep on listening and don't forget to share! Thanks!


First off we would like to thank everyone for their support, you are awesome. 2015 is going to be a fun year for us our first cd will be released by may woot woot! we have been invited back to the Ohio music show case @ The Ohio State fair, we will be playing some of our favorite places along with some new ones. We are nominee's for the first time for the Cleveland Hot list, so if you have a moment please go up and vote for us. http://cleveland.cityvoter.com/second-hand-dogs/biz/695549 thank you all hope you have a great day

Second Hand Dogs 2014 welcome Nate

Well in a new light, we are off to a great start this year. As open mic hosts at Visible Voice Books and Wine Bar which will continue in 2014, we are seeing many new faces and many talented friends old and new showing up and supporting Live Music. Kudos to you all! Before I continue, one of the biggest changes we have made to the Second Hand Dogs trio is the addition of a talented percussionist, Nathan Seidel and that makes 4. We are looking forward to introducing Nate to you all. Nate will be joining us at most of our up coming shows. Good news we have part of our music off being mastered for our up coming CD. We are looking forward to starting our kick starter, and a C.D. release party sometime this year. Once again we have been ask back to the Ohio State fair as part of the Ohio Musicans Showcase, we are honored. You will also find us at the Cuyahoga County Fair, Earth Fest and The Hard Rocksino to name a few. Check in on our website or Reverbnation where all of our up coming shows will be listed. But above all these things we would like to thank you, our family and friends new and old for all your support. Be well until we meet again, SHD

ruthycoldy  (over 4 years ago)

GREAT i have been waitin patiently for that CD-- ROCK ON
and congrats on new member

charity event

negative space charity event comes to the rescue for abused dogs Douglas J. GuthThursday, February 07, 2013 The philosophy of the Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all. If that's true, then Negative Space Gallery hopes to set the foundation for a happier planet with an upcoming PAWS charity event.

Negative Space and area band Second Hand Dogs will host the benefit for the nonprofit animal rescue group on February 16 at the gallery. PAWS' emphasis is placed on reform of current animal cruelty laws and adoption of dogs in need.

The event is particularly timely in light of two recent cases of animal cruelty that made headlines in Cleveland, notes Negative Space director Michael Kurtz. In November, a bull mastiff was shot and left for dead in a Cleveland Heights park. Late last month, a Labrador mix was killed with a bow and arrow in Old Brooklyn.

The Negative Space program offers a raffle to benefit PAWS, resource tables, adoption opportunities, and a guest appearance by "Forrest," the survivor of the Cleveland Heights attack.

"There are people whose animals mean more to them than anything in the world," says Kurtz, whose Collie-German Shepherd mix was rescued from a home with poor conditions. "Who can [shoot a dog] and sleep at night?"

Ohio is one of the states with the most lax animal cruelty laws, PAWS officials note. Seven bills dealing with animal cruelty were recently rejected in the 129th General Assembly. Raising funding and awareness for such an important issue is a pleasure for Kurtz.

"There should be public pressure to not allow this kind of behavior," he says.

SOURCE: Michael Kurtz WRITER: Douglas J. Guth


Well Hello Spring it is on it's way, and we are starting Booking for 2012 upgrading sites working on new music, recording ect. which in turn keeps us from some of our favorite open mics we like to attend. Our Open mic will be continueing March through April as of now and we couldn't be having more fun with that. It has been packed evenings since we have started with a line up of talent musicans I wouldn't know where to start but this town has it, a Big Thank you to you all and Kudos and thank you to The Southwest Xpress for allowing us this oppurtunity. Music is alive and well in the Cleveland area the more support for Local Live Music the better it gets. here are 2 links as they are great at being up to date with the local music around here and there are more. http://www.afterthegig.com/ and http://www.acousticohio.com/ so thats what were up to Darla, Phil and Tory we are the Second Hand Dogs

Southwest Xpress Cafe hosted by Second Hand Dogs

So as we are heading into the end of this year we will be hosting two open acoustic mics at the Southwest Xpress Cafe 6030 Broadview Rd., Parma, Ohio Monday Dec, 5th and Dec 19th Acoustic open mic, 7:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m sign up will begin @ 7:00pm we will have a Bass Amp available for any of those guitar and bass duo's all Hand percussion instrument welcome. This will be alot of fun and come the 19th lets pull out some of those christmas tunes. I would also like to thank all those that have popped in on facebook and reverbnation today we have moved up on the folk charts to number 10 in the cleveland area, peeps you rock! well I am looking forward to old friends and new friends coming out to the Southwest Express Open Mic Blessings Darla

What Have We been Up to

We have been pretty busy writing new songs and working on a entire new set list. I have to say we have been having alot of fun with the new music. We have been checking out a few of the open mics around town and meeting alot of great talent along with a few new faces. One of the open mics local here is Lovellee's Pizzeria and Chiller 4462 Denison Ave, Wed, nights at 7 the acoustic open mic ( also with a bass amp) is hosted by Acoustic Artform, good people and great music We recently played The Crazy River Ranch in Lodi Ohio where we had a great welcome and nice reviews like " HEY DARLA and band-- ty so much for playing -- i really enjoyed the beautiful mellow peace and love music-- dont think we ever had a band at crazy river play that great type of sound REALLY REALLY ENJOYED IT-- TY guys for comin out ..Ruth C." Thank you Ruth. Now after our 6 month hiatus and alittle hard work we will be back to booking shows again Hope everyone has a great day