Photo by Victoria Shea

During their three-hour performance, members of the East 21st Street and East 22nd Street Bands performed such rock classics as “Frankenstein” and “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Dec. 10, 2018

CSU Music Students Rock Cebar's Euclid Tavern

Playing such rock classics as Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” to Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” East 21st Street and 22nd Street Bands rocked the night away before a packed Cebar’s Euclid Tavern.

The bands, created from two sections of a Cleveland State University Department of Music class, brought their classroom to the stage Nov. 29 for a three-hour performance of classic rock.

Chris Vance, ensemble director and music professor, said that the purpose of the Cebar’s event was to prepare the bands for their final, graded performance at The Grog Shop in December.

For many, Vance said, this would be their first time performing before a live audience.

He said he usually gives the students the freedom to pick the songs they want to play. After they’ve picked their songs, students rehearse twice a week for an hour leading up to their performance.

The goal is to make sure that by the date of the performance, the bands know four sets of songs, which is normal when playing gigs.

“I really keep thinking that I’m kind of replicating the real-world gig experience for them,” Vance said.

Film school professor John Ban, vocalist and band member for Cebar’s Thursday night house band Dogwater, said that having the two bands perform at Cebar’s started around 2015.

The bands perform twice a year, once in the spring, and again in the fall on a Thursday night in place of Dogwater.

In addition to the bands, Ban’s multicamera production class records the event as its final project for the class.

The purpose is to give film students real world, out-of-studio experience where anything can happen.

The crew must be able to correct issues as they occur.

Bar patrons indicated they enjoyed the bands and looked forward to their return.

Dogwater band members said that they enjoy giving up the stage for the night to encourage the next generation.


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