Before they join Sadies and Whiskey Daredevils at Beachland, Trashmen do free Q&A at Rock Hall

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The Trashmen – best known for the 1963 hit “Surfin’ Bird” -- are playing the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124) Saturday, March 1. Before they take the stage, they’ll appear at the Rock Hall for an informal question-and-answer session led by Jason Hanley, of the museum’s education department. ... Suggested topics for discussion: Ask how a bunch of cats from Minneapolis wrote a surf song, and if the waves on all those lakes are really that gnarly. “Surfin’ Bird” was covered by a jillion bands including the Ramones, the Cramps, and Cleveland’s own Mersey Beat (see this video for their live performance of the tune at the Triple Crown in 1989). The event is open to Rock Hall members and concert ticketholders. An RSVP is required. Rock Hall members can call 216-515-1939 or e-mail [email protected]. If you have a ticket, make a reservation via the Beachland by calling 216-383-1124. The concert also marks the Beachland’s eighth anniversary. The Sadies and the Whiskey Daredevils also play that evening. The Daredevils will debut new material from their upcoming LP, which they recorded in Detroit with John Smerek, who’s worked with Bob Seger, Kid Rock, and the Breeders. “We figured John makes them sound good, maybe he can make us sound good,” offers frontman Greg Miller. Cleveland horror-TV icon the Ghoul will host. Show kicks off at 8 p.m. prompt. Tix are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. – D.X. Ferris

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