Calendar » Get Out

Transplanted Troubadour

Minneapolis musician digs Cleveland.


Jay Krasnow says he'd rather perform in Cleveland than in his native Minneapolis. "The band scene has been hijacked with blues-less rehashes there," he says. "The baby-boomer punks want to hoard 1979 music all to themselves. And, the last I checked, supposedly über-cool downtown venues are hosting lip-sync contests on Saturday nights. There are 10 times as many opportunities to jam here."

Even libraries are getting in on the act; Krasnow performs at the Lakewood Public Library this afternoon as part of the Sunday With the Friends music series. Today's program consists of works by 19th-century Hungarian composers Franz Liszt, Mihaly Mosonyi, Emil Abrányi, and Eduard Reményi. But Krasnow is best known for playing "progressive gypsy music" around town with dreadlocked drummer Marceau James, who may sit in on a song or two at today's show.

The pair met last September at Edgewater State Park, where James was banging on a drum. Krasnow happened to have a banjo-like cümbüs in his car and joined him. As they played together, passersby took snapshots. "I had long sought a pulsating foil to perform some semi-improvisational compositions," says the 37-year-old Krasnow. "Marceau is holistic, has a positive attitude, and rhythmically knows how to stay in the lane he's driving. Most importantly, the music itself is and ought to be the common denominator."
Sun., July 16, 2 p.m.

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

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.