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August 1, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Old Boy

Oldboy is a rock-folk band whose music runs the gamut from wistful to epic folk to downright heavy
rock and roll. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, a city known to be a part of the rust belt of America, Oldboy really shines – out loud.
At the band’s helm and on lead vocals is Shawn Brewster. The band has come a long way in the past four years and has definitely found as Shawn likes to say, “what works for them and their music”. In fact, Oldboy traces its roots back as a solo project with a desire to “fill out his sound” but now Shawn now comprises one fourth of the band Oldboy.
Backing Shawn in vocals and manning his “2 string bass” is Michael Kinsella. On guitar is Pete Simon. Pete’s vintage collection of guitars and amps could have its own museum exhibit. Also Rob Kovacs plays piano and keyboard and Shelby Sangdahl joins them on cello.
The band understands the blue collar mentality of musicians working hard to put together good music, and good shows. Making a night we can all remember is very important to them. Oldboy has played with national acts such as John Oates, Langhorne Slim, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel, Hot water music, Joe Pug, and The Low Anthem.
Oldboy released their debut full length album Covered in Sound at the end of 2012. The album according to Cleveland Scene Magazine has a ” cool, cinematic quality to it”. The band wanted to keep the album production in their hometown, so they recorded it at the Whiteout Audio Studios in Cleveland.

Listen to their music at: http://oldboycleveland.com/


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: The Rabid Dyslexic Prairie Dogs (Greg "GS" Harper & Dan Morris)

August 2, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

G.S. Harper, an independent singer-songwriter and guitarist, was born and raised in San Angelo, Texas. He has been living in the Cleveland area for 16 years now, and his new CD SIXTEEN WINTERS is named for that time. Greg plays a mean guitar, but it's his songwriting that's his main claim to fame. Dan Morris is a native Clevelander, who's been playing pedal steel guitar for over 40 yrs., with such bands as Ida Red, California Speedbag, the Not So Good Ol' Boys, Bobby C3, INTRA, and Thor Platter. C'mon out for some sweet Americana music.



August ArtWalk: Ft. Artist Dott Schneider + Music by Front Porch

August 8, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

August ArtWalk: Ft. Artist Dott Schneider + Music by Front Porch + Reading by Michael Garriga
Friday, August 8th | 7-10pm

Stop by the store during the Tremont ArtWalk for art by Dott Schneider and music by Front Porch, accompanied by readings from Michael Garriga author of "The Book of Duels." As always, Happy Hour is Fridays from 5-8, $1 off all beer and wine.

HEDGE Gallery presents Cleveland artist Dott Schneider, whose work will be on view at Visible Voice from August 15- September 6. Dott is a mixed media artist with a palette has amassed a variety of natural and man-made materials over the years. Schneider’s intent is for the viewer to imagine themselves within these new topographies, which have been steadily growing in scale.
Schneider’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Kölnisch Rundshau, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine, Jane Magazine, Las Vegas City Life, Cleveland Scene, and Northern Ohio Live. She studied at the applied arts atelier, AFEDAP in Paris and went on to receive her CEAP from the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Rouen in 1996.
"Stardust" 2014 Mixed media 24" x 24"

Front Porch (Beth Hisser, Kelly Coble, Stephen Hollender, and Mark Mattern) sings beautiful three- and four-part harmonies and plays lively accoustic versions of early Americana songs and mountain music--"The Ballad of John Henry," "Wildwood Flower," and "Old Joe Clark," murder ballads, love songs, and some originals, too. 

Between sets, Michael Garriga will read from "The Book of Duels" followed by an instrumental set from Front Porch with Michael improvising a brand new story. It can't be missed! Copies of "The Book of Duels" by Michael Garriga will be available for purchase and signing.



August 9, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Nick Zuber

Singer Songwriter

Listen to his music at: http://www.reverbnation.com/nickzuber


Cleveland Acoustic Instrument Jam Meet Up

August 13, 2014 | 5:30pm-8pm

The purpose of this meet up group is to bring musicians of various ages, skill levels, interests and backgrounds together to have fun, build community and relationships via the time-honored tradition of playing live, acoustic music together!

The book store is great, come in early and browse their eclectic collection then mosey on upstairs for our jam session. The room is private, comfortable and has great acoustics!

Join the Meet Up group here to recieve updates:


Judah Leblang Spoken Word Reading

August 14, 2014 | 6:30-8:00p

In conjunction with Gay Games 9, we welcome Boston-based/Cleveland-raised writer/storyteller Judah Leblang for an interactive reading and a look at life in middle age. Leblang will be performing pieces from his show, “One Man’s Journey through the Middle Ages”, which is based on his recent memoir, "Finding My Place", which chronicles both his youth growing up in Cleveland during the 1960s and ‘70s, his ongoing attachment to this gritty city and its unfortunate sports teams, and his life today as a gay, single, hard of hearing man in Boston.
The book explores a series of events in which ‘Man planned and God laughed,’ including a missed connection/affair at President Obama’s first inauguration, a clothing malfunction in the gay mecca of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and a sudden onset of hearing loss at age 49.
Leblang is currently on a mini-tour, with engagements in Boston, Cleveland Heights, and in Cleveland itself. His readings and events have been featured in the Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and in various gay publications around the US.
He is the author of the ‘Life in the Slow Lane’ column for Bay Windows, Boston’s gay newspaper, and a frequent contributor to The Health Show, produced by WAMC-radio in Albany, NY, which is carried on more than 150 NPR and ABC-radio network stations around the US. His radio commentaries and true-life stories have been featured on WKSU radio in Northeast Ohio, on New Hampshire Public Radio, WGBH radio in Boston, and on many other stations.

For video clips of the show and more information, go to http://www.judahleblang.com/


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: Rollergirl / Sammy Slims / P. Stoops

August 15, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Adam Rich is the man.
Listen to their music at: http://rollergirl.bandcamp.com/album/rollergirl

Sammy Slims
Located in Cleveland, OH, featuring former members of JJ Magazine and Dead Sweaters.
Listen to their music at: http://sammyslims.bandcamp.com/album/black-songs

P. Stoops
Listen to their music at: https://soundcloud.com/pstoop


Cleveland Jumping Flea Open Ukulele Jam

August 16, 2014 | 1pm

A monthly ukulele meet-up group. Open to beginners AND experts who enjoy playing the ukulele.



August 16, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Blue Steve Martin
Legendary Cleveland blues guitarist!


Laughter CAN Cure: American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network Comedy Event

August 20, 2014 | 5pm-8pm

Local comedians come together for an evening of fun and laughs at Visible Voice Books. Three of the Cleveland area's funniest stand-ups; Mike Ivy, Bill Squire and Tim Cornett, are donating their time and talents to help raise money for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network. Along with the comedy there will be a silent auction, books and refreshments for sale.

Tickets are $15 and available at:


Cleveland Vegan Book Club

August 22, 2014 | 7pm-9pm

August's Discussion:

The Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance's book club meetings take place every other month at Visible Voice Books in Tremont (in their upstairs meeting room). We feature books on various aspects of veganism including health, ethics, environmental issues, social justice, etc.

Join us for some consciousness-raising discussion and a great opportunity to network and build community with others who care about animals, the earth and healthy eating!

Check out our website: https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandVeganBookClub


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: Emma Shepard / Mark Poro / Michelle Morgan

August 22, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Emma Shepard
Singer Songwriter
Emma Shepard started writing songs in high school while skipping class in the band practice rooms (don't try this at homekids- go to class). She wrote over 200 songs her junior year and just gathered 11 of them to release her debut full-length album. Author Chuck Klosterman has said, "it's obvious that Emma is a girl with real talent."
Listen to their music at: http://emmashepard.bandcamp.com/

Mark Poro
Singer Songwriter

Michelle Morgan
Singer Songwriter


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: Let 'em Run / The Luckey Ones

August 23, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Let'em Run
5 mostly competent musicians from cleveland that like bluegrass and punk stuff.
Listen to their music at: http://letemrun.bandcamp.com/

The Luckey Ones

"Tremont-based acoustic string quartet the Luckey Ones is new to Cleveland's music scene at about a year old. But their music — powered by banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and acoustic guitar — sounds as old as the hills with its folk/blues/bluegrass flavors."
— Anastasia Pantsios, Cleveland Scene Magazine
Listen to their music at: http://www.reverbnation.com/theluckeyones


Monthly Poetry Workshop, lead by Claire McMahon

August 28, 2014 | 6:15pm-8pm

The Public Poetry Workshop comes to the West side once a month. Poets of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to bring a work-in-progress and receive recommendations for improving it. Our goal is friendly, yet serious critiques by emerging and experienced writers. Improvement of craft through reading, writing, and workshopping with Instructors Claire McMahon and a guest host.

The workshop meets at Visible Voice Books on every 4th Thursday of the month. Contact Claire McMahon with questions and to join the group's mailing list.

Claire McMahon has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) and a Ph.D. in 20th Cent. American & British Poetry from Kent State University. She is co-editor of MoonLit poetry journal (Drag City Press, Chicago) and the author of a book of poems entitled, Emergency Contact (Van Zeno Press, Cleveland). She has taught English writing courses locally at Lake Erie College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Chancellor University. Currently, Claire is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Bowling Green University’s Firelands campus.

Tatiana Ryckman Reading "Twenty-Something" (Stories)

August 28, 2014 | 6pm-8pm

Tatiana Ryckman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work has appeared on Tin House’s The Open Bar, Keyhole Press, The Boiler Journal, theNewerYork, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, matchbook, and Marco Polo. Tatiana was a Yaddo artist in residence, is the managing editor of The Austin Review, and leads Creative Writing workshops through The University of Texas at Austin and Badgerdog.

Advance praise for Twenty-Something:

"The short fictions of Twenty-Something flirt and sparkle through moments--both small and large--of a young life. Tatiana Ryckman's steady hand and clear vision give these stories a sense of beautiful independence, with a pleasing touch of melancholy."
-Kevin Sampsell

"I read these stories eagerly and then felt sorry for myself that there weren’t more of them."
-Chelsea Martin



September 5, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

Moustache Yourself
Gypsy Jazz

As much as a style of music can be created by one person; Gypsy Jazz was created by one man: Django Reinhardt (thats him in the picture above). Of course other people played roles in the formation of this style and it continues to evolve today, but Django's influence is the most celebrated. Django was a Gypsy (Romany), and a guitar player of unusual talents despite a serious handicap on his left hand. As such, Gypsy Jazz centers around the guitar;both ryhthm and lead, although the violin plays an important role in many Gypsy Jazz groups. The violin player that played with Django in the first Gypsy Jazz group,The Hot Club de France, was Stephane Grappelli and he is arguably just as important in the creation of Gypsy Jazz. Most often there is a double bass player and occasionaly Gypsy Jazz groups will include an accordian, and/or a clarinet, and/or a mandolin. If you are interested there are many resources on Django and Gypsy Jazz so I am not going to repeat the same thing here. Ultimately it is impossible to accurately describe Gypsy Jazz in words, in needs to be seen, heard and felt.

Having said that, here are a few attributes of Gypsy Jazz:
- Groups composed entirely or at least dominated by stringed instruments.
- A special form of rhythmic guitar accompanyment called La Pompe. (The Pump)
- Improvisation on all instruments.
- Waltzes, fast tempos, minor keys, exotic melodies.
- Men with moustaches.

Listen to their music at https://soundcloud.com/moustache-yourself


MUSIC SPEAKS CONCERT SERIES: J Scott Franklin & Dan Morris

September 6, 2014 | 7pm-10pm

J. Scott Franklin, "man behind the curtain" of Lost State of Franklin, is an accomplished musician originally from Emporia, Virginia. Winner of the 2013 Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival in Florida, he has toured extensively, and written over 400 original songs in numerous styles. He typically plays guitar and sings, but holds a degree from BGSU (jazz studies/music ed.) and is a gifted trumpeter. Dan Morris is a native Clevelander, who's been playing pedal steel guitar for over 40 yrs., with such bands as Ida Red, California Speedbag, the Not So Good Ol' Boys, Bobby C3, INTRA, and Thor Platter. Scott and Dan will be perfoming Scott's original Americana music, plus cover songs.