LoveMuffinPalooza Showcases Spirit of Cleveland's Music Community

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Melladramatics at LoveMuffinPalooza at the Euclid Tavern. - MARK HORNING
  • Melladramatics at LoveMuffinPalooza at the Euclid Tavern.
LoveMuffinPalooza took over the stages at the Barking Spider and Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern this past weekend, delivering terrific sets from a nice variety of local bands. 

Oct. 8 featured Luther Trammell, Mal San Marco, Michael McFarland, Dave Smeltz, Lonesome Ranger and Joe "Rollin" Porter at the Barking Spider. Oct. 9 featured Melladramatics, Xtra Cripsy, Listen Little Man and Ray Flanagan and the Authorities at the Euclid Tavern.

I stopped out to MC Friday's event, and all four bands threw down terrific sets. Organizer Adam Rich has a nice way of bringing together bands with different sounds that happen to complement one another very well. 

Rich says the events raised more than $700 for The Gathering Place — the highest philanthropic earnings from LoveMuffinPalooza ever.

LoveMuffinPalooza is organized in the same spirit of the old Undercurrents music festivals in Cleveland, Rich tells me. "The things I like best about LoveMuffinPalooza are finding great bands and seeing old friends, as well as helping out a very good cause," Rich says.

The charity angle is important at each year's event.

Rich's cousin passed away after a battle with cancer in late 2010. He was a drummer. "In my mind, when I got The Gathering Place involved, it's always to remember him by helping out others," Rich says.




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