Event Category: Event
Venue: Upstairs Concert Hall
Showtime: 7:30 pm
Doors open: 5:30 pm
Why you should see this show…
Avon Ohio native, Paul Pope has been performing in front of fans for nearly 50 years. Loyal, die-hard fans that have introduced their kids and even grandkids to his music and brought them to the shows.
“The Cleveland Music Scene has been amazing through the years! Even when I left for the big lights of LA, coming back to fans with open arms to Cleveland has made the past 30 years incredible!” Pope reminisced as he sets out on his Farewell retirement tours with The Paul Pope Band.
Pope resides in the Cleveland area with his wife Carrie and their cat Memo. Pope will end his Farewell Tour with The Paul Pope Band on April 25 at the Music Box Supper Club. “I can’t wait to see what the
next phase of my life has in store!”
Pope gained fame in the Cleveland area as lead guitar/vocalist with the 1970’s show band, Molkie Cole. As Molkie Cole, the band enjoyed success in the Cleveland and Buffalo NY areas. Pope penned many of the songs on the Janus Records 1977 self-titled album “MOLKIE COLE”. From the album, “Sugar Boogie” and “Winter” received airplay in the Cleveland to Buffalo corridor. The Molkie Cole self-titled is only available through local collector’s clubs and online resale sites.
When the group disbanded in 1979, Paul set out to form his own group, and The Paul Pope Band was born! PPB’s original lineup included Pope on guitar and vocals, drummer Joe Todaro, the late James Gang bassist Tom Kriss, and a young guitarist named Billy Sullivan from the Cleveland area, who still plays alongside Pope. Sullivan was a key player in the recording and release of Pope’s first solo effort, Paul Pope 1. The Paul Pope Band toured from the East Coast to Chicago as the opening act for classic rock bands Triumph, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Steppenwolf and Guess Who, to name a few.
In 1981, Pope released the album “Paul Pope the 1st” on vinyl and is also only available through collector’s clubs and online resale sites. “I Can’t Stand It” was made for an MTV Video, featuring John
Sferra of Youngtown’s “Glass Harp”. “Fans have been anxiously awaiting a re-release of “Paul Pope the 1st”. We did better, we re-mastered the entire album and it will available for the first time at the shows. Weare confident it will be released on Spotify and Apple iTunes soon, for the fans that can’t make it to the
shows,” commented Pope.
Pope’s 1988 “Here” CD was recorded with Robbie Rist and the Tower Of Light Beer Rhythm Section at their Burbank Records studios in LA, including favorites “Keep On Callin’” “Last Laugh” and “Jealousy” which he co-wrote with Rist. Rist was the child actor who played cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch TV show. “Here” is available on Spotify and Apple iTunes.
2001 brought the release of Pope’s CD “LONE SHOE” which included a compilation of fan favorites from various projects, and some previously unrecorded songs, including the ever-popular “Untitled”, a song Pope wrote as a young 15-year-old musician in honor of his father, who passed away a few years earlier.
Various renditions of The Paul Pope Band have been drawing sold-out audiences in Cleveland, Erie PA, and Buffalo NY clubs and concert halls regularly since the 2001 release of the “LONE SHOE” CD. Joining Pope on stage throughout the past 20 years include several local favorite musicians, including the drummer Donnie Kruger (Eric Carmen Band), bassist Bill March (Beau Coup, Jonah Koslin) and long-time friend and writing partner Billy Sullivan, who Pope hired as a guitarist for the original Paul Pope Band when Sullivan was just 15 years old. Sullivan performed the “IX Indoor Amusement Park” jingle that is still being used after nearly 30 years to promote the popular indoor amusement park. Kruger, March and
Sullivan will accompany Pope on the current “Farewell Tour”.