LOCAL TUESDAYS – MUSIC: R.A. Washington and The Family Dollar / AUTHOR: Gail Bellamy
Tuesday | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Every Tuesday (6/10 – 8/12) Parking Lot #15! Weekly Pop-Up Market in the heart of Coventry Village. Live Music, Local Authors (c/o Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry), Outdoor Vendors selling unique local products.
Vendor Village 6-9, Music 7-9, Authors 6-8:30
Music — R.A. Washington and The Family Dollar
Inspired by a performance from soul singer Charles Bradley, writer/musician/entrepreneur R.A. Washington decided he was going to build the band of his dreams — a band in the tradition of such labels as Stax and Motown. R.A. (better known as Rafeeq) took time during Bradley’s performance and contacted a group of experienced musicians from various corners of Cleveland’s rock, jazz, and latin music scenes. “I was crying during the set, and thought, ‘I’m going to do this’. So I texted those guys right then and there.”
The Family Dollar currently features Rafeeq, rockers Lawrence Daniel Caswell (This Moment In Black History), Joe Wheelock (We The People), Edward Ángel Sotelo (Jack Fords, Cobra Verde), and session latin/hip-hop percussionist Neil Chastain. A rotating all-star horn section often features trumpeter Jake Wynne and sax man Dan Wenninger (both in Revolution Brass Band) and trombonist/percussionist Byron Lee.
The end result is a band built on traditional soul music, but transformed by influences as avant-garde jazz and Cleveland’s long, home-brewed tradition of irreverent underground rock. The band alternately moans and howls while Rafeeq becomes a gritty city griot, expounding on race, gender, memory, and longing while still keeping a sense of good-natured bawdy humor. But the hell with the influences. R.A. Washington and The Family Dollar isnt just jazz, soul, punk, or rock. It’s Cleveland.
Author – Gail Bellamy, author of Cleveland Summertime Memories, Cleveland Food Memories and Cleveland Christmas Memories
Gail Bellamy, editor of Cleveland Summertime Memories, Cleveland Food Memories and Cleveland Christmas Memories will sign copies of all three books at Mac’s book tent on Tuesday, July 8th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mac’s book tent is part of the vendor’s village every Tuesday night this summer in the parking lot next to Heights Cleaners, across the street and a half block south of Mac’s.
Gail Bellamy has interviewed hundreds of Clevelanders to compile the Memory books—collections of recollections and remembrances that have defined the local experience through the decades. The stories, from a wide range of people and experience, are entertaining, funny, illuminating, poignant and reflective.
Gail is the executive food editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine, has written about food and drink for numerous publications around the country, and has contributed to more than a half-dozen books about food, dining, and the arts. She is also an accomplished poet whose work has appeared in more than 80 publications and has been published in two books and featured in several anthologies