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Beachland Ballroom

Mike Doughty
: Whole show of songs from El Oso, Ruby Vroom, & Irresistible Bliss plus Sons of Hippies

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 8:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

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We have created a FREE shuttle. Concert patrons will be able to park at the FoodBank parking lot at 15500 South Waterloo, where their car will be watched all night, and patrons will be shuttled in a 12 passenger van to the Beachland only a minute away. The shuttle will do the loop between the FoodBank and Beachland continuously between 6:45 and 12:45. Anyone who rides gets a $2 Waterloo Bucks voucher for local vendors (Music Saves, Star Pop, Native Cleveland, Blue Arrow).

As it reads right here, singer-songwriter Mike Doughty used to be in a NYC band by the name of Soul Coughing. Over the course of several albums starting with Ruby Vroom in 1994, Doughty and his comrades put their hands on the till pulled by the likes of guys like Beck, plowing rich musical fields full of dystopian post-hip-hop compost. There was acoustic jazz, the musique concrete mish-mosh of real-time sampling, and late-night funk all topped off with Doughty’s rhyming, riddling, and storytelling. Not so deep within the funk and fun of Soul Coughing, one often sensed short stories or film yearning to breathe free within the band’s deep grooves. So it’s no surprise that years after Soul Coughing’s acrimonious break-up, Doughty’s become a novelist, telling tales of his own drug-fueled rise and fall; he’s taken those tales to the stage and managed something between stand-up comedy and performance poetry. Tonight, Doughty tells tales but also performs Soul Coughing tunes in a new setting. As Mike writes, “These songs are as I meant them to be, when I wrote them, in the ’90s: some are club bangers, some are pop songs; in general, they’re bigger, heavier, cleaner, funkier, more streamlined than the originals.” Three-piece Tampa psych band Sons of Hippies open.


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