Local singer-songwriter Kristine Jackson
In the attempt to emulate the WMMS Coffe Break Concerts that were so popular here in the 1970s and 1980s, the Music Box Supper Club
has teamed up with locally based oWOW Radio
for a new, summer-long Happy Hour Concert series every Wednesday starting on June 7.
The series will feature up-and-coming national and local acts that will perform at the Music Box. oWOW Radio will broadcast the concerts live.
“The original Coffee Break concerts saw the early performances of people like Peter Frampton, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, and many others,” says oWow’s John Gorman, who was heavily involved in helping to make the original Coffee Break series a huge success, in a press release. “Names that are now household rock names.”
Gorman has been in radio since 1962 when he operated a private radio station in his family’s attic. He worked at several radio stations in his native Boston before making the move to Cleveland and joining WMMS.
The Happy Hour will begin with a mingle starting at 5 p.m. followed by a performance starting promptly at 6.
“This timing was John [Gorman]’s idea," explains Music Box owner Mike Miller. "He thought it would make more sense to build this around a Happy Hour with special prices on craft cocktails rather than an early afternoon Coffee Break. [I hope the series will have] all the fun that comes with a live broadcast. [The Coffee Break series] had hit songs, artist interviews, and maybe not everything going exactly as planned. You never know, that’s the excitement.”
The Happy Hour Concerts begin on Wednesday, June 7. Kristine Jackson will be the first performer. Her eponymous Kristine Jackson Band will back her. The schedule includes Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band [June 14], local singer-songwriter Nate Jones [June 21] and local singer-songwriter Brent Kirby [June 28]. Admission to the concerts is free.