Previous events

Lake Erie Folk Fest

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The Shore Cultural Arts Centre, 291 E. 222nd Street, Euclid, OH 44123

John McGrail will be taking part in a songwriting session at 2:15 with Mark Freeman and Rachel Brown.

Then at 4:00 The John McGrail Trio will be performing a concert in Room 125. Joining him will be Jay Bentoff on bass and Sheela Das on flute, whistles and guitar.

Daytime events are free while the evening concert is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.


The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale Kick Off Their World Tour

Odeon Hammersmith, 45 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith , London, England

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.


The Trio Returns to the BarNone

BarNone Beer-Wine-Spirits, 2179 South Green Rd., South Euclid, OH

Come join us at this fine venue.  We are loving it here!


Back At The BarNone

BarNone Wine-Beer-Spirits, 2179 South Green, Sout Euclid, OH

Once again the Trio convenes at this fine establishment to make music and merriment!!!


Debut at the BarNone

BarNone Wine-Beer-Spirits, 2179 S Green Rd, South Euclid

The Trio will be having their debut here.  We hope you can make it out and check out this fine establishment.  We are definitely looking forward to this!


Opening for AHI

The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio

The John McGrail Trio will be opening for Canadian songwriter AHI (pronounced 'eye').  Doors open at 7 show is at 8.  Don't miss it!



The John McGrail Trio debut at The Standard

The Standard, 779 E. 185th, CLEVELAND, OH

The John McGrail Trio will be gracing the fine patio stage of The Standard for the first time. Come check out their music and the fine cuisine available. The Standard is located at 779 East 185th Street in Cleveland. They will play from 7-10 PM.



Walk All Over Waterloo

Walk All Over Waterloo, Corner of E.156th and Waterloo, Cleveland, Ohio

The John McGrail Trio will be playing as part of the Walk All Over Waterloo event on Friday June 7th,  We will be playing from 6-7 and following us will be The Dave Smelz Trio playing 7-8, Dave, as many of you know, was the front man for the legendary Reggae group I-Tal!!!  Both performances are at the Tower Stage which is located outdoors at the corner of E. 156th and Waterloo in from of Cafe Callaloo!!!!


Friday Night Concert Series

Negative Space Art Gallery, 3820 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

The John McGrail Trio will be joining these other fine acts (actually I've not heard any of them but we can assume) for an evening of fun and music.  BYOB is encouraged.  Here is the lineup and times.

Dr. Oatmeal 8-8:30
Ben Gage 8:30-9
Steve Wright 9-9:30
John McGrail Trio 9:30-10
Rule of Young 10-10:30

Come on out enjoy the music and the Gallery.  There is some really cool stuff in this place.  



The John McGrail Trio and The Duo Decibel System

Visible Voice Bookstore, 2258 Professor Avenue, Cleveland, OH

The John McGrail Trio returns to Visible Voice and this time they are teaming up with The Duo Decibel System.  Who are they well this is they:

Miss Melvis: (Guitar, Words and Vocals) is a veteran guitarist/singer/songwriter best known for her stint in Cleveland’s infamous noise, improv ensemble Flat Can Co (Scene Magazine - “Best Indie Band” 2007, and “Best Instrumental Act” 2008). Soon after, Miss Melvis became romantically linked with Alejandro Escovedo. All signs now pointed to Austin, TX as her new home. During this period, when not touring with Escovedo, Miss Melvis released a full length CD (“Deep Inside”) and two MP3 singles. The singles featured Mike Watt on bass and Scott Krause (Pere Ubu, Home & Garden) on drums. 


John Scully: (Drum Kit, Percussion and Electronics) His early history began in the mid-80s Cleveland Hardcore scene. Bands such as Starvation Army, Numbskull, Oral Authority allowed Scully to unleash his myriad influences while playing as fast as he could. It was refreshing. Eventually, the jazz side overtook the punk side and led him into the world of 3 hour sets for folks sipping expensive cocktails. Upon meeting Miss Melvis, who encouraged him to bring out the electronics, Scully found out about his compositional abilities. The latest Duo Decibel recording, Slow Wave was composed and produced entirely by him. 


One additional note is that our John and their John played together years ago in a band called The Rest.  This will be the first time they share a stage in decades.




The John McGrail Trio

HOUSE CONCERT, 17913 Rosecliff, Cleveland, Ohio

This is a house concert.  It is also a Pot Luck and it is also a BYOB event.  So bring a dish and bring a libation.  The food starts at 4:00 while the music commences at 5 with Jay Bentoff doing a short opening set and then he will put his guitar down and pick up his bass and join John McGrail and Carl Holt for the remainder of evening.  If you would like to attend please RSVP John at  Space is limited.

Suggested $10 donation...NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY!!!


John McGrail and CO. Join Jean Brandt For an Evening of Original Music!

Visible Voice Book Store, 2258 Professor Avenue, CLEVELAND, OH

We are glad to be able to join our good friend Jean Brandt for an evening of original music (mainly).  We have never shared a stage previously so this is a first which we look forward to.  As an added tidbit John will be accompanying Jean on some of her tunes in addition to playing with his trio.  Must not miss this first!



CLE Songwriter Series

CLE Urban Winery, 2180 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

The CLE Songwriter Series is a monthly showcase of local songwriters. On the third Thursday of each month, a small group of local songwriters will have an opportunity to perform to the patrons at CLE Urban Winery. The event also serves as a live studio session, and after the event, each artist will be given recordings of their songs to use.

This month's lineup is:

John McGrail and friends
Craig Rich
Robert Whiddon (aka Bob Wood)
Red Brick Rhoades

Guest host Shawn Brewster (of Shawn and Shelby and Oldboy)




Summer Solidarity Coffeehouse

St. Paul's Community Church, 4427 Franklin, Cleveland, Ohio

We will open the evening at 6:50 and play through to 7:30.  Closing the night will be the Ezekiel String Band.  Between us and them will be updates on Honduras and Guatemala by the Inter Religious Task Force on Central America and a poetry reading.


Asking for a donation


Sanctuary Concert Series

St. Andrew Church, 7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor, Ohio

In addition to John McGrail and Co. the duo of Sands and Hearn will be performing as will Singer songwriter Mark Freeman.  This should be a wonderful evening of music for a very good cause.  This is from St. Andrews website and is the reason for the Sanctuary Concert Series.


On October 21, 2017 the St. Andrew community welcomed Laura and her two minor sons into sanctuary. We invited Laura and her family to make a temporary home with us because Laura was threatened with immediate deportation. Laura was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States for 15 years. Laura's youngest son was born in the United States. Her older son has lived in the United States since he was 2 years old. Throughout her time in the U.S. Laura has been employed, kept a home, and raised her two sons in the way of all parents who love their children. She has become a contributing member of the Lake County community during her time in the United States, has no criminal record, and has nothing to attract attention to herself or her kids prior to facing the threat of immediate deportation.


We here at Mind Fry think this is a noble cause and are happy to offer our music to help out!  We hope you can join us!

Suggested $10 donation...NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY!!!


Spring House Concert

House Concert, By Invitation Only, Cleveland, OH

This is a house concert.  It is by invitation only.  Sorry folks. Such is the post-Spider landscape. Besides chances are if you are interested you will probably be invited.

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021 AT 7 PM EDT – 8 PM EDT 

Outdoor Concert w John McGrail

This is by invitation only and the seating is limited to 20.  This is the first concert John has performed since

March 7th 2020.  If you are invited respond and you will be given all the information you need to enjoy this performance!!!!!!!!! 

Shaker Heights, OH