Music & Events

Saturday, June 18 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Calamari's RestaurantTHE VENUES:

Home field this year for the Walk’s kickoff and Reception will be Calamari's Restaurant, 1317 State St., with jazz and blues bands at various downtown locations as always, and a $10 suggested donation for the festivities.

Confirmed venues at this time include Calamari's Restaurant at 1317 State St., the 814 Pub & Grille, at1325 State St.(former site of papermoon); the BrewErie at Union Station, 123 W. 14th St.; the Plymouth Tavern, 1109 State St.; the Docksider at 1015 State St.; and Scotty’s Jazz & Cigars, 301 German St. 


Calamari's Restaurant,     RECEPTION            6;00 -- 8;00 p.m.       Tony Grey

   1317 State St.              EVENING                9:00 -- Midnight         Blues Beaters

Docksider Tavern, 1015 State St.                     7:30 -- 10:00 p.m.      Ron Yarosz & the Vehicle

814 Pub & Grill, 1325 State St.                        8:00 -- 11:00 p.m.      JD Jam Session and Cats A Bear

BrewErie at Union Station, 123 W. 14th St.       8:30 -- 11:30 p.m.      Jim Madden with Marilyn Livosky

Plymouth Tavern, 1109 State St.                      10:00 p.m. -- 1:00 a.m.   Duke Sherman Blues Band

Scotty's Jazz & Cigars, 301 German                10:00 p.m. -- 1:00 a.m.   Steve Trohoske Trio


Six-string bassist and international star Tony Grey will headline the flagship show at Calamari’s.

Grey comes with a backstory.  Born in Newcastle, England, Tony came from a musical family which included the legendary guitarist, uncle John McLaughlin.  Tony picked up his first bass guitar only after suffering a near-fatal accident at age 18.  Learning the bass helped Tony survive his rehab from a fractured spine and turn it into something positive.  Active oversight from Uncle John helped.

Tony’s interest led to admission to Berklee College of Music in Boston.  While there, he helped form the pop band “Bliss” which caught on, toured throughout Asia,  filmed MTV videos, made a CD.  After experiencing this success, Tony returned to Berklee to complete his degree, receiving an “Outstanding Performer” award on graduation.

Since graduating, Tony has maintained a close relationship with the school ,and has initiated his own online educational  program while continuing to perform.  He has authored two method books for 6-string bass.

Hiromi:Performing Career.

Perhaps best known for his four + years of touring and recording with pianist  Hirome,  Grey has played with a stunning list of other great jazz artists, including, of course, John McLaughlin, plus Herbie Hancock. Wayne Shorter, Gregoire Marat, Branford Marsalis, David Fiuclynski, Lionel Loueke, and many, many others.

Solo albums in 2004, 2006, 2008 and most recently 2014 “Elevation,” with a band including McLaughlin, Mike Stern, David Fuclynski and others.

Awards include Berklee’s “Outstanding Performer,”  an “Outstanding Contribution to Jazz Education” award by the International Association of Jazz Education, and,  for his album “Unknown Angels,” a Jazz Album of the Year” award from Independent Music Awards.

Blues BeatersFollowing Tony Grey, from 9:00 p.m. - 12 midnight, the Calamari Stage will be held by The Blues Beaters

The Blues Beaters are "A swingin', rockin, bluesy pop and classics American dance band," according to their website, which adds "You name it and these guys will try to play it."  Loose and ready, the Blues Beaters have been entertaining NW Pa audiences and dancers for 25 years, with roots in pop, blues and jazz classics.


The Duke Sherman Blues Band will be appearing at the Plymouth.  10:00 p.m. -- 1:00 a.m.

A perennial Erie Favorite. the band features Sherman on guitar and vocals, Otis James on harmonica, Rick Cass on drums and Mark Murphy on bass and backing vocals.

The Duke Sherman Band won RockErie's "Favorite Blues Band" awards in 2009 and 2010, and "Favorite Essential Player" awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Ron YaroszRon Yarosz & the Vehicle will present their blues-oriented music at the Docksider, 1015 State St. from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m.

Yarosz on soulful vocals Hammond B-3 and harmonica, with guitarist Eric Brewer, drummer Ron Sutton and Ralph Reitinger on bass.



Joe DorrisJoe Dorris will appear at 814 Pub & Grille, 1325 State St. (the former papermoon), first with JD Jam Session, then, later in the evening with Cats A Bear, featuring Frank Singer, Phil Popotnik, Nick "Tito" Ronzitti and Joe Frisina.

Marilyn Livosky & Jim MaddenJim Madden and Marilyn Livosky will be at the BrewErie from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Jazz pianist Jim Madden has been a professional musician and piano instructor in the Erie area for over 25 years.  He performs as a soloist, with small groups and large bands and chamber groups in both commercial and private settings.  He has taught at the D'Angelo school of music and now teaches privately at his own studio.

Marilyn Livosky, a Ph.D. and psychology professor at Mercyhurst University and Jim's wife, has been singing with bands since her college days, and has performed frequently with Jim in a variety of ensembles, most recently the group "Pink Flamingo."

Steve TrohoskeThe Steve Trohoske Trio will appear at Scotty’s Jazz & Cigars, 301 German St., from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

One of the hubs around which Erie jazz activity circulates, Steve Trohoske has brought a wealth of talent into the Erie area for performances here over the years.  He has teamed up on occasion with Tony Grey, tonight's headliner, with Pittsburgh bassist Dwayne Dolphin, and many other great musicians with regional and international visibility.

.The video below is from a recent performance at the Anchor In with guitarist Frank Singer, drummer Stix Thompson and singer/harmonica player Ron Yarosz (not visible in video).


JazzErie wishes to thank the following aponsors for this event: Thomas Talarico, Wegman's, Brew Ha Ha, Team Turf, Romolo Chocolates, BrewErie, the Plymouth Pub, Little Caesar's, Mary Weckesser, RBC Capital, McDonald, Illig Attorneys, Silk Screen Unlimited, Chido's, Another Round Sailing, A. Anthony & Sons, Inc., M Cafe, Erie Arts & Culture, PA Council on the Arts and the Erie Art Museum


May 14, 2016