Upcoming Dates

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Odeon Hammersmith
The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale Kick Off Their World Tour - 7:00
London
England
Price: Donation of Food

Sorry this has been postponed for 3 yearS.  Our apologies.  All pre-concertt purchases will indeed be refunded if that is one's desire.  

The Headwhiz Consort starts their World Tour at the illustrious Odeon Hammersmith.  It will be their first tour since 2005 in support of Baobob when they traveled from Ireland to Senegal and beyond.  Come join Babakar and company it promises to be something special.

Past Dates

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Space: Rock Gallery
Walk All Over Waterloo - 6:00 PM
15721 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH 44119
United States
2163839498
Price: Free, I think

We got rained out a few weekends ago but tonight We (Me, Jay and Carl( will play as part of the Walk All Over Waterloo festivities.  Someone is playing at 7 as well but as of now I am not sure.  Hope you can join us...

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Jammin at the Flea Market - 1:30-2:30
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216)383-1124
Price: FREE FREE FREE

The Beachland is having a Flea Market in their parking lot and me and the mates will be performing a set along with 2 other bands over the course of the afternoon.  .  I think one band will be before us and the other after us.  For now that is all I know but stay tuned and we will update this space as we get more info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Waterloo Arts Festival - 4:40-5:20
Sculpture Garden Stage
Cleveland, OH 44119
United States
2163839498
Price: FREE FREE FREE

I will be joined by my pals Jay Bentoff, Carl Holt and Chris Solt for a rousing performance on this fine day at this fine festival.  We play at 4:40 but come down early and stay late as this is one of the fastest rising festivals in the area.  You won't regret it!

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Homegrown Music Collective /Heights Music Shop Concert Series - 7:00
2174 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
United States
2163839498
Price: $10

This is the first time at this venue and the first time we get to share a stage with the talented Brazilian songwriter Luca Mundaca!!!  A big thanks to Jenna Jeredine for giving us this opportunity!

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

HOUSE CONCERT
JOHN MCGRAIL AND CO. - 6:30
WHEN YOU RSVP YOU WILL GET THE ADDRESS!
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH 44118
United States
Price: $15

THIS IS A HOUSE CONCERT WHICH MAY BE THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE IN THIS POST BARKING SPIDER ERA.  IT IS BY INVITATION ONLY SO IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN INVITED YOU CAN'T GO.  SORRY.  

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The Barking Spider
8:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: FREE FREE FREE

Halloween is coming.  Who better to wet your appetite for this than the Dark Prince Of Folk.  You will regeret missing this performance!!!  Do you really want to risk not attending???? Seriously????

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The Consious Nest
Last Night - 1:30
20150 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, OH 44119
United States
Price: $7

The Euclid City Limits Concert Series comes to an end at its present location in the Conscious Nest.  We are having one last musical gathering to send her off.  Please join us.

Here is the line up and times

1:30 Steve Mramor; 
2:00 Avin Loki Baird; 
2:30 Jerry Allen; 
3:00 Ben Lorentz; 
3:30 Mark Rownan; 
4:00 Chris Bihary; 
4:30 Jim Keserich; 
5:00 Marcus Whiteamire; 
5:30 John McGrail  
6:00 Beth Gatchel

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The Barking Spider
Not Independence Day, Not Bastille Day just a gig in July!!!! - 8:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: FREE FREE FREE

Who know what the trio/quartet will have evolved into at this point.  There is only one way to find out.  GO TO THE SPIDER ON THIS NIGHT!!!!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The Barking Spider
Nothing But Music - 7:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: FREE FREE FREE

An early start so don't complain about having to stay up late.  Come on down and support live music and the greatest bar and

Proprietor on the earth!!!  Jenna and the Spider rule!  

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Euclid City Limits
The Return of John McGrails Fo!K - 8:00
20150 Lakeshore Blvd
Euclid, Ohio 33123
United States
216 692-0325
Price: $7 or bring someone and it's $5

John finds himself once again at this fine establishment.  Joining him will be Jay Bentoff and Carl Holt on bass and percussion with other possible appearances yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

The Barking Spider
Person Of The Year show.aka as POTY! - 8:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
USA
(216) 421-2863
Price: FREE FREE FREE

As is our custom, the first Spider show of the year means the presentation of the Mind Fry Person Of The Year award.  Will Beth Ann Woyshville be able to  defend her string of titles or will someone else rise up and claim this esteemed award, God the suspense is just too much.  Don't miss this show!!!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The Barking Spider
Some Truly Haunting Folk Music - 8:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

With Halloween just around the corner come celebrate with the Dark Prince of Folk!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The John McGrail Trio Returns - 8:00
20150 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, Ohio 44123
United States
216-692-0325
Price: Not sure yet usually its $7

We are honored to be invited back to perform at this wonderful venue.  Stay tuned for more information.

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Beachland Park
Neighborhood Music Fest - 6:00 PM
End of Canterbury Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44119
Price: FREE FREE FREE

The first ever Neighborhood Music Fest will present music from a whole bunch of folks that live around my neighborhood.  So far the lineup includes the following

Cricket Annenberg
The Clear Callers
Codger
Grace & Jim Grove
The Gustovics
Liz Mazzae
Marty Milo
Steve Mramor
Joe & Jeff Ross
Kelly Quinn Sands
Jane Underhill
McKenzie Watcher
Pat Winfield

And of course our own John McGrail.  Right now we don't have any info on who plays when but we will update this as that info comes through.  Hope you can join us for a sunset concert!

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The John McGrail Folk Duo Opens for Michael Fracasso - *:00/Door 7:00
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
United States
(216)383-1124
Price: $12 ADV / $15 DOS

I am very excited to be able to join my good friend Jay Bentoff opening up for songwriter (and Chef!) Michael Fracasso.  Check him out!

http://www.michaelfracasso.com/

http://www.beachlandballroom.com/events/michael-fracasso-cleveland-2015-07-27

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The Barking Spider
Exert Your Recently Celebrated Independance by Supporting Live Local Music! - 8:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

Summer may be sizzling and John will be for sure!

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

The Barking Spider
Music For Mutts - 3:00 to 7:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Suggested $10 donation...NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY!!!

A fine array of musicians including our own John McGrail will be gracing the stage for this benefit to help Second Hand Mutts. Here is the lineup for the event (not necessarily in the order of performances)

Avin Loki Baird

John McGrail

Dan Bankhurst

Beth Woyshville

Randy Daniels

Matt Harmon

Kate Kooser

Sommerfugl

 

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The Barking Spider
April Showers bring John McGrail at The Spider - 7:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

With any luck the doors will be open and a warm breeze will accompany Johns music!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Neighborhood Night - 8:00
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216)383-1124
Price: FREE FREE FREE

I'll be doing the opening set on this fine evening. Following me will be Moko Bovo with the irrepressible Dan Bode and then Joseph Allen Beltram with his band.  All 3 acts are must see!!!!  Now if that isn't enough reason to go it is also proprietor Cindy Barber's Birthday!!!!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The Barking Spider
Person Of The Year Show!!! - 8:00
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

Come one come all especially if you think you may be the recipient of the Mind Fry Person Of The Year Award.  You must be present to win

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

The Barking Spider
The John McGrail Mono Live - 8:00M
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

Perhaps his first gig in retirement.  Come humor the old boy.....

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

House Concert
House Concert- Private Event - 7:00
NA
Shaker Heights, OH
United States
Price: $35

I'll be doing the first set.  Sorry folks you got to be invited to this and I'm not the one doing the inviting. 

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The Barking Spider
The John McGrail Mono ...LIVE - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free of course.............

2 days after his 55th birthday. 

Come humor the old guy. 

Act like you dig his music. 

Be nice to him even if it kills you!!!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Conscious Nest
Euclid City Limits Presents Songwriters In The Round. - 8:00
20150 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, Ohio 44123
United States
(216) 692-0325
Price: $5

Join John, Beth Ann Woyshville and Tom Sayers as perform, explain and discuss their songs and songwriters mentality... or its the 3 of them hanging out playing music you pick.  it's an intimate venue and a place to go and listen.  BYOB while coffee and tea and a few nibblie things are for the consuming,.  Don't miss this gathering of these 3 wonderful musicians.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The Barking Spider
The John McGrail Mono Live - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: FREE

Summer is here.  The doors are open.  Beer is flowin' what more could you want?????

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Songwriter Circle - 9:00 P.M.
12112 Madison ave.
Cleveland, OH 44101
(216) 226-5681
Price: $7

This will be a songwriters in the round type of event featuring Avin Loki Baird, Tom Sayers, Beth Woyshville, Chris Bishop, and our own John McGrail.

Five Cleveland based singer-songwriters perform in an "in the round" format.

Listen as each performer plays his or her original songs and outlines the writing process and inspiration behind each one.

These events always make for a wonderful and intimate evening of great music, stories, and friendship.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Neighborhood Night - 7:00
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216)383-1124
Price: FREE

This is the monthly Neighborhood Night series.  This month we will be rolling out John McGrail's latest CD Merchant of Sorrow.  Opening the night is Quinn Sands followed by Ryann Anderson and Albert Dennis and then our own John who will be performing with Jay Bentoff and Chris Solt on bass and percussion respectively. Come on down and join the fun.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Conscious Nest
Euclid City Limits - 8:00 P.M.
20150 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, Ohio 44123
United States
216-692-0325 or 216-970-4198
Price: $5.00

This is John's debut at this wonderful new venue for acoustic music.  Please join him to make it a success!

The Conscious Nest House Concert Series is presented as a symbiotic community event that benefits musicians and neighborhood by providing a supportive, music centered, event that can offer respectful pay to the artists; a local inexpensive, all ages venue for the neighborhood, and creating and fostering yet another community group who both uses and supports The Conscious Nest.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Barking Spider
The John McGrail Mono Live - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

Following John's performance will be the wonderful Vicki Chew.  John will probably hang for the 10 show... she is worth hearing.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

St.Johns Episcopal Church-Historic
Peter Rollins In Exile Tour with Music by John McGrail - 7:00 PM (door at 6:30)
2600 Church St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
United States

Join Peter, author, philosopher, theologian, and traveler for an evening of storytelling and music as he explores themes of journey, exile, and embracing the unknown. John McGrail opens with original music at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. St. John, Ohio City is the place to be!

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Neighborhood Night - 8:00
15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
Cleveland, OH 44110
USA
(216) 383-1124
Price: Free

Neighborhood Night        Beachland Ballroom        Sunday February 16   
The Beachland is holding a free neighborhood night once a month, with musicians who live in the North Collinwood neighborhood.  In February Joey Beltram, Jeff Powers, and our very own John McGrail, all strong singer/songwriters, will be the featured artists. The community event invites music lovers of North Collinwood to come and meet each other, enjoy their common interest and learn about local performers.

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Barking Spider
The John McGrail Mono - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

As this is the first show of the year as always the Person Of The Year award will be handed out to some deserving soul.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Brent Kirby's 10x3 - 8:00
11609 Detroit
Cleveland, Ohio 44107
Uni
216.226.2767
Price: Free!!!!!!

I will be playing during the 8:40 slot but come on out for the whole night.  This will be my first time at this.  Hope you can make it.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The Barking Spider
Autumn Is Here - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The Barking Spider
The John McGrail Mono Live - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

2 days after he turns 55.  Will he still be able to play??? Come see for yourself.

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Music On The Porches - 3-5 PM
1671 Main Street
Peninsula, OH 44264
USA
330.657.2670
Price: FREE

This year’s Music on the Porches in Peninsula will be held on Saturday, September 28th. It is the fifth year of this village wide happening which celebrates music in the Valley! 

Merchants and residents alike welcome musicians to their porches to “make a joyful noise” and fill the valley with music of all genres throughout the day.  For details visit:


http://www.explorepeninsula.com/music-on-the-porches

I will be playing from 3-5 although the music starts at 11:00!

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

8:00 PM
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216)383-1124
Price: Not Sure at this point...

A night of folks from the hood.  I will be starting the evening followed by some other as of yet unnamed folks and the night will be brought to a proper close by none other than Moko Bovo featuring the irrepressible Dan Bode on vocals and harmonica.  Can't be missed...

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The Barking Spider
Mid Summer Nightmare - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

By this time the weather should be fine and the doors wide open.  Come down and quaff a brew!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The Barking Spider
Earth Day Extravaganza - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free

It was on this day in 2010 that the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe started.  I was in Alabama at the time of this human and environmental tragedy.  Ironic the date.

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

All You Need Is Love (and Food) - 7:00 (I think)
15300 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
USA
(216) 521-1242
Price: $10.00 (I think)

Once again a myraid of musicians unite to help raise money for the Lakewood Trinity Communnity Outreach program with a night of Beatles music. I will be playing Let It Be and Working Class Hero.  A fine night for a fine cause. 

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The Barking Spider
Person Of The Year Award Show - 8:00 PM
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free as always

Come on down and find out who the 2012 Mind Fry Person of the Year will be.  As always the winner must attend to accept the award. 

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Barking Spider
John plays as the Autumn colors approach their peak! - 8:00 pm
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: FREE

This was the date that the Cuban Missile crisis began.  Come out and celebrate how that turned out with John as he plays his songs of love, hate, despondance, gloom and despair(amongst other emotions!).

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The Barking Spider
Solo - 8:00 pm
11310 Juniper Road Cleveland, OH 44106
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
The
(216) 421-2863
Price: Free!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Summer will be winding down.  Come and join me for night of song, beer and comaraderie!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

May The Temperatures Be Rising - 8
11310 Juniper Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.421.2863
Price: free

Hopefully by now the temps will be rising and the patio will be accessible. 

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A Little Pre-St. Patricks Day fun - 8
11310 Juniper Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.421.2863
Price: Free

Just a night of pre St. Patricks day fun with Clevelands Dark Prince of Folk!

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

All You Need Is Love (and Food) - 7
15300 Detroit Road
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
United States
216.521.1242
Price: TBA

This is abenefit for the Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach and involves a bunch of us musicians perfroming a variety of Beatles songs.  It should be a blast and I hope you will consider joining us for the festivitites and the cause.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Person Of The Year Show - 8
11310 Juniper Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.421.2863
Price: free

This is the show where we present the Mind Fry Person Of the Year Trophy (aka POTY Award) to the person who attended shows, purchased music or helped out Mind Fry the most during the year 2011.  It's a grand trophy and a great honor to us here at Mind Fry to present it to this individual. 

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Fairview Park Public Library
Songwriters In The Round - TBA
Fairview Park, Ohio
United States of America
Price: FREE

This is going to be a Songwriters In The Round type of show with John McGrail, Xela and Brian Stryzinski (to be honest I gotta get  back with you on the last guy... but John and Xela for sure.  It should be fun.  Xela is an interesting musician.  Very unique which is not easy to find these days.  As I get more information on this I will be updating this page. 

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

3rd Saturday Meal at Trinity Lutheran Church
Live at the 3rd Saturday Meal - Noon
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
United States
don't bother
Price: Free or you could volunteer!

This isn't a show per se.  It is a free meal for whoever needs one or wants one.  I just set up and play my songs for around an hour and then I pack up and head home.  It's fun and its for a good cause so why not? 

Monday, September 5th, 2011

11310 Juniper Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
United States
216.421.2863