Beachland Brings Santana Music to Benefit

March 12th, 2012  |  Published in Events

By Pete Roche

This Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day…which means Spring is just around the corner.

Not that this winter has been especially brutal, by Cleveland standards.

The rowing crew of St. Joseph Academy are ready to get their oars wet again down at Rivergate Park in the Flats—but they could use your help this season.

Beachland Ballroom hosts the First Annual Rock & Roll Review on Sunday, March 18 to benefit the St. Joseph Jaguars Crew.  Admission for the late afternoon event is only $10.00 and will feature music by Ohio’s premiere Santana tribute, the Evil Ways Band.  Who knows—you might even go home with a prize from the 50/50 raffle.

The Jaguars have been rowing the Cuyahoga out of the CRF Boathouse in the Flats for over a year now.  The Cleveland Rowing Foundation acquired the seven acres of land in 2010 with gifts from Metlife and the George Gund Foundation and is now home to several high school and college rowing clubs.  The Jaguars take on Shaker High School there on April 1st.

Veterans of the House of Blues stage, the Fox 8 Morning Show, and local festivals like Rockin’ on the River, the Evil Ways Band is Northeast Ohio’s go-to group for authentic interpretations of Carlos Santana music.  Fans of the Woodstock jamming guitarist will enjoy EWB’s faithful spins on the Latino legend’s music—stemming from early classics like Abraxas (1970) all the way to Supernatural (1999) and Shaman (2002).  In the mood for a little “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” or “Soul Sacrifice?”  How about the Rob Thomas-sung hit “Smooth?”  You’ll be treated to only the best from Santana’s prodigious catalog when Evil Ways hits the Beachland stage.

The group features Thompson Hine CFO Michael Goldberg on lead guitar and vocals, Jim Curtis on bass, Dennis Augusta on keyboards, Ken Baehr on guitar and keys, and Gregg Garlock on drums.  But no self-respecting Santana tribute act would be complete without brass and percussion.  Accordingly, Evil Ways is rounded out by Marko Demicheli (percussion), Lizz Wilson (trumpet), and Eric Dregne (trombone).

Evil Ways Band also plays the Beachland on the night of March 17th, so you might want to visit Waterloo Avenue after the Paddy’s Day festivities downtown to get your groove on (or keep your buzz going).  Admission is $10.00 and doors are at 8:00pm.  Transcendent space-rockers Exo4 will open the show with a set of original tunes that meld improvisational progressive music with guitar, drum, and violin-infused electronica.  Their 2001 release, Mutopia, is available at

So be sure to wear your green this weekend, but pace yourself for two nights of Santana-inspired jungle struttin’ at the Beachland with Evil Ways Band.  The tunes will uplift your spirit, and your donation at the door will keep the lady Jaguars rolling down the river this Spring.

Evil Ways Band at Beachland on March 17th at 8pm, $10.00.  Also featuring Exo4.

Evil Ways Band at Beachland on March 18th at 5pm for “Rock and Row Review” Benefit for St. Joseph Academy Crew.  $10.00.

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