Walkin' Cane Around Town This Weekend




Singer/songwriter/guitarist Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat has been a fixture on the local blues scene for years, but 2009 has been an exceptionally good year for him. Chosen to represent Cleveland at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February in the solo/duo category, he placed in the Top 5 among the 64 artists competing in the category.

He also performed at the FIMU festival in Belfort, France in May, did a two-week tour of France and Germany, and now he’s packing his bags to head to Kathmandu, Nepal, for the 3rd Himalayan Blues Festival (himalayanblues.com) from October 7-11, joining artists from Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., India and Norway.

From 9-11 p.m. tomorrow at the Parkview, Charanghat will showcase the stuff he’ll be playing in the Nepalese capital. It’s free, but he’ll gladly accept your donation to help cover expenses (in addition to your good wishes for a safe trip).

Then on Saturday, Charanghat will join five other blues acts for the 2nd annual Ohio City Blues and Brews Fest at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island. The fest, which runs from 2-11 p.m., also features Jeff Powers, Memphis Cradle, the Colin Dussault Blues Project, the Armstrong-Bearcat Band and Milwaukee’s Blues Disciples.

It’s a benefit for the Ohio City Near West Development Corporation and the Wendy Park Foundation. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the gate. Kids under 10 are free. You can get tickets here. —Anastasia Pantsios

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.