A partial list of acts slated to perform on the Southwest General Stage at the 2022 Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest is posted below. Be sure to check back to for all the latest updates. We’d also like to extend special thanks to Southwest General for their generous support of our event. To find out when a particular act is set to perform, click here to check out our Southwest General Stage Performance Schedule.
When: Fri, May 27 at 4:30pm
The Band Cruisin’ was founded by lead singer and sax player Ron Howard in 1986. It’s rare in this business to find a group that has been together for over 30 years. It’s even more unusual for a group to be as successful as Cruisin’.
That success can be attributed to five dedicated guys who have lived and breathed the music of Motown and classic rock, and who consistently perform the high-energy R&B, Motown, and dance hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s with a style, flair and sound second only to that of the original artists.
If you ever have a chance to talk to Ron about the group and the success they’ve had over the years, he’ll tell you it all revolves around a passion for the music. And it’s this passion that provides the background for Cruisin’s powerhouse performances. Ask anyone who has heard them at Put-In-Bay, Kelley’s Island or anywhere in the 5-state area where they perform, and you’ll be told that Ron Howard and the band Cruisin’ are synonymous with “great entertainment.”
When: Fri, May 27 at 7:30pm
Bronx Country is a hard rockin’ country band that plays everything from Brantley to Aldean, and Skynard to ZZ Top. They’re a HARD ROCKIN COUNTRY BAND whose slogan is, “Kickin the Pop Outta Country.” They perform at bike nites across the state—from Sandusky’s Ohio Bike Week (where they opened for Phil Vassar & The Kentucky Headhunters and John Michael Montgomery), to all the Bike Nites and special events sponsored by NE Ohio’s Quaker Steak & Lube franchises (like the WGAR/QS&L/iHeart Radio’s “Afternoon Saloon.”
BRONX COUNTRY has been selected to perform at the Cleveland Metro Parks event, EDGEWATER LIVE, as well as Twilight at the Zoo, and FOX8’s Morning show.
Bronx Country is…
JEFF BODEEN (VOCALS)
Elmer Harden “Tiny”(BASS,VOCALS)
TROY MCILVEEN (DRUMS)
JOHN CAPOTA (GUITAR)
DOUGIE MANROSS (GUITAR/VOCAL)
CHRIS BLOOMHUFF (KEYBOARDS/VOCAL)
When: Sat, May 28 at 1:30pm
Upbeat, entertaining; performing a full range of material from classic rock, pop, R&B and dance favorites.
The Jam Machine is…
- Priscilla – Vocals
- Tom McBride – Keyboards, Vocals
- Vince Cirigliano – Drums, Vocals
- Scott Emerson – Bass, Vocals
- Mike Binder – Guitar, Vocals
Follow the Sun
When: Sat, May 28 at 4:30pm
Established in 2018, Follow the Sun has taken the Cleveland music scene by storm with their distinct sound, diverse taste in music and broad range of vocals. Their members consist of Bob Wick on drums, Richie Jackson on lead guitar, Gene Guercia on rhythm, Ryan Bellinger on bass, and Laura Fedor and Sophie Jackson on lead vocals. With their collective years of experience in the music industry, these six have come together to create a sound that is truly unique and special. Covering a wide variety of musical genres and eras, they strive to have something for everyone; from the 50’s through today, no genre is left behind and they are constantly working on expanding their set list.
The perfect addition to any event or just simply a fun night out at the bar, Follow the Sun is excited to keep bringing the party to Northeast Ohio!
Revolution Pie – A Tribute to the Beatles
When: Sat, May 28 at 7:30pm
Revolution Pie is one of Northeast Ohio’s premier Beatles Tribute Bands. They have played for many thousands of Beatle fans at various events over the last 18 years. Revolution Pie specializes in not just one but every aspect of The Beatles musical history including the early mop top, psychedelic, hippie and rooftop era’s. Their repertoire includes over 100 songs taken from all 13 Beatles albums and covers the entire spectrum of The Beatles stellar recording careers. They use Vox amps, Rickenbacker guitars, the Hofner bass, DW drums and Roland keyboards to achieve the proper sound of The Beatles recordings.
As song recreators, Revolution Pie strives to attain a note for note recreation of the greatest songs ever written both musically and vocally. Their stage show is a high energy, fun filled, family friendly event that everyone enjoys. The band musicians include Ralph Criswell on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Chris Spisak on bass guitar and vocals, Peter Telari on drums, Paul Fresty on lead guitar, keyboards and vocals, Mike Carlozzi on keyboards, percussion and vocals and Jim Bossler on rhythm guitar and vocals.
Revolution Pie has performed at Abbey Road on the River, Cleveland Indians Rock N Blast, The Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Clinic Velosano, Cleveland MetroParks, FOX 8 Morning Show, Cleveland Public Square Paul McCartney pre-concert rally, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Komen Race for the Cure, Cleveland Zoo, House of Blues, Beachland Ballroom, Music Box Supper Club, Akron Civic Theater, Kenyon College, Akron Leadership, Legacy Village, Parma Rib N Rock, Northcoast Beatle Fest and Rubber City Beatle Fest. They also opened for music legends Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon and Denny Laine of Moody Blues and Wings. They have performed at many city events and numerous festivals for many thousands of Beatle fans over the last 18 years.
Revolution Pie is…
Ralph Criswell – Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals
Chris Spisak – Bass Guitar and Vocals
Peter Telari – Drums and Percussion
Paul Fresty – Lead Guitar, keyboards and Vocals
Michael Carlozzi – Keyboards, Percussion and Vocals
Jim Bossler – Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Tiny Hands Band
When: Sun, May 29 at 1:30pm Website: facebook.com/pg/tinyhandsband/
Tiny Hands Band has been entertaining Cleveland with high energy classic rock for about a decade. In fact, two of THB’s members — Jeff (guitar) and Vince (bass) — have played in bands together since the 90’s.
THB prides themselves on playing not just the same crowd favorite covers every cover band plays, but also the classic rock songs you’ve never heard played live… much less played by a band made up of three instruments and vocals. THB plays tried and true classics by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and ZZ Top, but also plays tunes by The Alan Parsons Project, ELO, Bill Withers, Jay Ferguson, and maybe most famously… Sweet. (Have you heard Ballroom Blitz lately?)
A fearsome foursome of tightly-played rock, THB has played all over the Cleveland area over the years: Tony K’s Bar and Grill, Sly Fox Lounge, Fairview Tavern, Bullfrog’s Sports Cafe, Paradise Island Saloon, Bubba’s Q, and even the main stage at the House of Blues Cleveland.
Tiny Hands Band is comprised of four regular guys who also happen to be talented and experienced musicians. Jason, the lead singer, has been singing and performing since he could walk, and has been a part of other bands like popular late night bar pop/rock cover band Drunk Betty, and grunge and heavy alternative rock band Mr. Furley. Jeff, on lead guitar, produces enough rockin’ sound to equal two guitars instead of just one, and has been the lead guitarist in bands like doctor rockers Skin n Bones (with Vince), power pop and soccer mom rap mashup band My Manic Episode (sometimes with Vince and Jason), and deep cut classic rock band Eightball (also with Vince and Jason). Vince, master of the low notes and THB’s resident Count of Cool, not only plays bass, but sings ZZ Top and AC/DC with a gravelly intensity that makes women swoon, and Jason jealous. He’s played for some of the aforementioned bands, as well as a classic soul band… that’s how cool Vince is. And Axl on drums… he’s the rock behind the whole of THB’s operation. Appearing in other successful Northeast Ohio cover bands like Glitter Pig and Jugular Jack, his drumming is nothing short of life-changing. Oh and he sings too.
Tiny Hands Band is a melting pot of classic rock music that aims to amaze. You’re guaranteed to have a rockin’ good time with THB!
The Tiny Hands Band are…
Jason Florack – Lead Vocals
Jeff Karp – Guitar
Vince Marce – Bass & Vocals
AxlF – Drums & Vocals
When: Sun, May 29 at 4:30pm
The Foogazies are a local three piece rock band in Ohio. On guitar and vocals, we have Eric “The Mossman” Moss. Big man slapping the bass is Sean Stone. And Will Brewer brings the thunder on the drums. Together, they bring an unreal energy to the stage that will leave a lasting impression on you.
The band was established by Eric and Will in 2018 as two Midpark alumni but have been jamming together since meeting each other in 7th grade at Ford Middle School. Throughout their musical journey, the two friends have played many shows in the Cleveland area. They even played at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after entering a song in a song writing contest in 2009. Sean Stone became a Foogazie in 2020, and the band made their initial debut at the Berea National Rib Cook Off in 2021. Most of the time each member will stick to playing their own instrument, but each is a multi-instrumentalist and sometimes will switch instruments just to mix things up a bit.
The Foogazies specialize in classic rock and hard rock, but they also enjoy playing a wide range of music which includes country, reggae, funk, soul, alternative rock, pop and even some hip hop. They have a well mixed list of covers, old and new, as well as a few original songs of their own. You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Original music soon to come out wherever you stream your music from!
When: Sun, May 29 at 7:30pm
Stadium 11 delivers an energetic, true concert-like performance at every show. Come and experience all of the chemistry, magic, passion, energy and accuracy of the legendary bands that made rock history – Up close and personal.
Fans will fall in love with, and will unknowingly sing along to Stadium 11’s faithful and distinctive performance of the greatest hits that helped shape rock music. Each song instantly ignites audience’s memories and brings them to their feet and a cheer! Experience the amazing Stadium 11 classic rock show for yourself: you won’t believe your eyes and ears. If you want to turn your event into a full-blown stadium concert, choose Stadium 11!
Chardon Polka Band
When: Mon, May 30 at 1:00pm
TIn 2003, 16-year old Jake Kouwe was told there was no place for an accordion in his local high school’s marching band. In response, Jake recruited a group of five mismatched teenagers to form a genuine oom-pah style polka band. This group, known as “The Chardon High School Polka Band”, was a rather motley group of teenage musicians that included in the line-up an accordion, tuba, clarinet, saxophone, electric guitar, and trumpet.
The group quickly found a following in the most unlikely of places- local nursing homes. Despite their ripped jeans, high school lingo, long (and even pink) hair, piercings and tattoos, senior citizens and nursing home residents turned a blind eye to their looks and fell in love with the polka-playing teens. However, the phenomena weren’t lost on their own generation. Soon, “Support Your Local Polka Band” t-shirts were being worn in the halls of Chardon High by fellow classmates and fans.
Now, fifteen years later, the band continues and its fan base grows. In the small town of Chardon, Ohio, long haired Jake Kouwe and his oom-pah gang are celebrities. The band no longer calls itself “The Chardon High School Polka Band”, since the original group has all graduated from high school (barely), and is now simply “The Chardon Polka Band”. Though the band’s membership of sometimes eccentric and always unique individuals has changed over the years, their eclectic style and uniqueness has never wavered.
Despite the band’s sometimes gruff appearance, this delightfully eccentric gang is both friendly and outgoing. They are among the greater Cleveland area’s most recognizable performers at local parks, festivals, parades, parties and fund-raisers, and still perform regularly at local nursing homes. The polka band has a faithful fan base, ranging from senior citizens to small children, teens, and twenty-somethings.
Ohio isn’t the only place that these polka-punks are a hit. The Chardon Polka Band has become a well-known act in the fall “Oktoberfest circuit”, headlining at some of the nation’s largest seasonal events. This includes festivities in Indianapolis (IN), Helen (GA), Chicago (IL), Myrtle Beach (SC), Vernon (NJ), Tampa (FL), Alamogordo (NM), Tulsa (OK), St. Louis (MO), New Braunfels (TX), Mount Angel (OR), and many more. The band travels throughout the nation playing various other festivals and events. Their showmanship and humor has won them many fans outside the polka genre.
In the “Member Bios” section of this website, you can view details and trivia regarding the different members of the ensemble. The members of the band, though not all related by blood, are truly an eclectic family. They have a common goal of creating music that others can enjoy and participate in. Each member of the group has something of their own to add to the mix.
The band’s range of style is as equally eccentric as its members. The Chardon Polka Band plays traditional polkas reminiscent of “The Lawrence Welk Show”, a style that has endeared them to traditional polka fans, but sometimes morphs into punk-rock renditions of the same songs, modified to bring in a younger audience. They throw in comedic renditions of oddball favorites, bizarre audience participation songs, and even polka-rock covers of anything from Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” to Lady Ga Ga’s “Bad Romance”! The Chardon Polka Band also has an ever-growing library of original tunes, many of which are featured on their popular studio albums.
When: Mon, May 30 at 4:00pm
Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.
“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod.
“We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.”
Seven Nations has been touring full-time since 1994 with successful stops in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the US. The band has recorded a number of albums with over a quarter million units in sales. The band’s latest album, Time as the Enemy has been praised for “having the appeal of the original albums, yet a mature songwriting style. The lyrics are relatable, surprising, and the pipe/fiddle hooks stir a desire to listen to the album over and over.”
Its versatile and dynamic style has stamped Seven Nations as a highly book-able band, with an ever increasing and loyal fan base. The group has performed at a variety of venues, from nightclubs and pubs to festivals and street fairs. They’ve done it all. Recently, garnering the attention of the Orchestra world by including dates with several American orchestras, most notably the multi-Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. They also became the first Celtic rock band to bring this exhilarating collaboration to the stage at an outdoor Irish festival, when they performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival.
In addition, Seven Nations has played the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Year’s Eve performance at Scotland’s Royal Mile for some 40,000 people, and at the New York City Marathon.
Seven Nations has been the subject of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign and appeared in over 20 major publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Playboy, Maxim, GQ, Stuff, and FHM.
It’s been over a decade and close to a million miles logged on the road for Seven Nations since their inception and they’re just getting started. With a highly anticipated return to their roots of festivals, touring and recording, this indie band is poised for another amazing decade.
Seven Nations are:
Kirk McLeod – Vocals, Guitar
Jim “Struby” Struble – Bass
Christian “Crisco” Miceli – Drums
Victor Gagnon – Fiddle
Will MacMorran – Bagpipes, Guitar