Fall Songwriters Series

fall songwriters series


kidney j blues

SEPTEMBER 5 Alma Theater | 7:00pm

Kidney Brothers: If any act on the local scene is an institution, it’s the Numbers Band. The group has been together for more than 40 years, and regularly plays venues in both Cleveland and Akron/Kent. Now, Numbers Band singer-guitarist Robert Kidney and his brother, multi-instrumentalist Jack Kidney, have recorded solo albums. Robert Kidney’s album Jackleg features somber tunes that showcase his gravelly voice; the songs have a Tom Waits-like quality to them. Jack Kidney’s album Sealin’ up the Past is a more eclectic affair that includes bluesy numbers such as “Foot Prints on the Moon” and horn driven jazz tunes like “First Take.” 

J Blues: Joe has both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz Guitar Performance from Cleveland State University (CSU). Joe has been teaching guitar for 34 years and is Professor of Music at Cuyahoga Community College, a post he has held for 12 years. Recently, he was awarded the college’s most prestigious award for excellence in teaching, The Ralph M. Besse Award. His playing and teaching repertoire includes numerous styles. In addition to jazz, he teaches blues, rock, and country. Joe also teaches ukulele and 5-string banjo.

Currently, he works with a regionally touring band on the black-tie circuit. He has opened shows in the Cleveland area for such legendary greats as Robert Lockwood Jr., John Hammond, David Lindley, Leon Russell, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Dickey Betts (from the Allman Brothers), Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, and Devon Allman from Honey Tribe. He appeared on the FOX 8 Morning Show and performed multiple times at Cain Park’s amphitheater and main stage.

shannon march

SEPTEMBER 19 Alma Theater | 7:00pm

Marc Lee Shannon has been described as a Rustbelt/North Coast singer-songwriter with years of Midwest “fall down, get up, dust off, and do it again” determination. A champion of everyday heroes, his soulful, melodic music chronicles the struggles and redemption of the lost, the found, the deserted, and the delivered.  

In 1996 Shannon was introduced to Cleveland's Favorite Son, Michael Stanley, sparking a musical partnership, decades-long mentorship, and friendship.  He was a member of Michael Stanley & The Resonators for 25 years, appearing on 23 albums. 

Shannon has released three solo albums and several singles. His 2008 blues-centered debut album Any Ordinary Man was produced by Michael Stanley for Line Level Music. In 2018, Shannon released Walk This Road, produced by Ryan Humbert of the Akron-based honky tonk band the Shootouts. The album featured contributions from other Northeast Ohio artists, including Welshly Arms, the Vindys, and Ray Flanagan. In 2021, Shannon released his third album Lucky 7, again produced by Humbert, to commemorate his seven years of sobriety with seven “fun, funky pandemic-born songs.

Bill March is a singer/songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio whose original songs have received airplay on radio stations/streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. He has performed solo and with a countless number of bands, in a career spanning over three decades. Bill has played with Jonah Koslen and the Heroes, Wally Bryson of the Raspberries and is a founding member of Amherst Records recording artists, Beau Coup.