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Gus Dapperton to perform at the Grog Shop on Oct. 21

Gus Dapperton to perform at the Grog Shop on Oct. 21

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

October 19, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

History tells us that everything must come to an end. Everything good and pure eventually disappears; singer-songwriter Gus Dapperton has shaved his bowl cut. For fans of Dapperton, whose latest tour brings him to the Grog Shop on Oct. 21, the bowl cut was a big deal. A 21-year-old with a hairstyle...

Comedy with a cause

Anastazia Vanisko, Copy Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy

While the Democratic Party was busy deciding who won the Iowa Caucus with a literal coin toss, Bernie Sanders’ Cleveland supporters came out to Make Em Laugh Mondays at Grog Shop to promote their candidate with a night of comedy. The audience reflected Sanders’ support base—mostly white—and...

Albert Hammond Jr. performs good music, but weird on stage

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

September 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Buried in the fuzzy guitar strumming, the simple lyrics and the layered instrumentals hid a little sliver of indie rock band The Strokes. But then, Albert Hammond, Jr. opened his mouth to sing. He wasn’t Julian Casablancas, The Strokes’ singer, that’s for sure. And this wasn’t The Strokes. ...

Playlist of the Week: June 5, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

June 8, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Don’t Misunderstand”—Melody Gardot Embracing the smoky sounds of West Coast soul on her latest release, Melody Gardot channels the organic cool and earthy funkiness of artists like recent Rock Hall inductee Bill Withers on “Don’t Understand.” Slithering in and out of spectral strings an...

FIDLAR put the sex and drugs in rock & roll at Cleveland show

FIDLAR put the sex and drugs in rock & roll at Cleveland show

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

May 14, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

This skate mantra forms the acronym and core philosophy of FIDLAR, the California garage punk band that treated a frenzied Grog Shop crowd to an equally rowdy show on May 6. The hot and muggy venue was packed from floor to ceiling with rabid fans that devoured every alcohol-soaked word from lead singer...

Bearded band’s mayhem at Grog Shop

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The impressively bearded band Four Year Strong took the Grog Shop’s stage to a roaring crowd after three other punk rock bands opened for them. Thursday, Nov. 20 was another stop for the band on its “Go Down in History Tour,” and as soon as the band began to play, mayhem ensued. Within minutes...

Shaggtasic evening at the Grog Shop

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

This past wintery Sunday night had the Grog Shop toasty with summer Reggae by early 2000’s favorite, Shaggy. Case Western Reserve University students and fellow Clevelanders waved their hands in the air, like they didn’t care, as they sang with Shaggy to popular tunes, such as “It Wasn’t Me”...

Grog Shop goes back to the ’90s

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On Oct. 21, Minus the Bear played a sold-out concert to a crowd of dedicated fans. However, some of the openers didn’t quite fit the bill. Opener Young Widows recently released their new full-length album, Easy Pain, which was recorded with Kevin Ratterman of My Morning Jacket. Their last album...

Saintseneca warms up Grog Shop with personal folk

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter

July 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

While many were celebrating Lebron James’ triumphant return to Cleveland last Friday, July 11, some music aficionados enjoyed folk rock at the Grog Shop. Opening musician, Max Sollisch, who performs as Dolfish, is a Cleveland Heights native who recently moved back to Cleveland after a stay in Columbus. ...

The Lawrence Arms see packed Grog Shop

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

June 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

When the first crowd surfer popped up at the Grog Shop on Monday, June 2, it was not a success. Opening band Worship This! strummed away onstage. Meanwhile, the girl with two pink hair bows was lifted up by three guys. The men stood there, awkwardly bobbing her up and down, trying to pass her off...

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