THE NEW SOFT SHOE
On the second Thursday of the month in 2023 in Forest City's Waldorf Room or Atlantic Beer Garden
All Gram All Night!
Cover charge of $5
Extraordinary Northeast Ohio musicians perform the music of Gram Parsons!
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New Soft Shoe shows
Current shows for 2023:
Thursday, February 9 7pm Forest City Brewery
Thursday, March 9 7pm Forest City Brewery
Saturday, March 25 8pm Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo
Thursday, April 13 7pm Forest City Brewery
Thursday, May 11 7pm Forest City Brewery
Saturday, June 3 8pm Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo
Thursday, June 8 7pm Forest City Brewery
Thursday, July 13 7pm Forest City Brewery
Saturday, July 15 1:15pm Painesville Party In the Park
Wednesday, July 26 5:30pm Superior Hill Park
Saturday, July 29 8pm Happy Dog
Thursday, August 10 7pm Forest City Brewery
Saturday, August 26 8pm Otis's Cruise Inn
Sunday, Sept. 3 1pm Cain Park, Cleveland Heights
Thursday, September 14 7pm Forest City Brewery
Friday, September 29 7pm GAR Hall in Peninsula
Saturday, Sept. 30 3pm Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo
Thursday, October 12 7pm Forest City Brewery
Thursday, November 9 7pm Forest City Brewery
Saturday, November 4 8pm Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo
Thursday, December 14 7pm Forest City Brewery
The New Soft Shoe To Perform At Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo
New Soft Shoe to Kick Off a New Residency at Forest City Brewery in January
Posted By Jeff Niesel from Cleveland Secne on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Nine years ago on what local singer-songwriter Brent Kirby calls a drunken dare, a group of Cleveland friends and musicians showed up at the Happy Dog to play a couple sets of tunes by the late, great Gram Parsons. Dubbed the New Soft Shoe, the group has been at it ever since, spreading the gospel of what it refers to “Gram's Cosmic American Music.”
Anything that Parsons played, the New Soft Shoe covers. As a result, the group plays tunes from the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. It also plays songs from Parsons solo records GP and Grievous Angel. The band has performed at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull in Waycross, GA, and at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland.
For the last couple years, the group has performed monthly gigs at different venues around town.
At 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, it celebrates its nine-year anniversary with a special show in the Waldorf Hall at Forest City Brewery. That show will also kick off a residency at the Tremont brewery, and the band will perform at the venue on the second Thursday of every month.
"Everyone in the band and our audience is excited about the monthly residency at Forest City Brewery,” Kirby says in a press release. “The Waldorf Hall is an amazing old wood hall with a really crisp big sound. The first time I played there, I felt it would be a great place for us to perform these songs.”
The current lineup includes some of Cleveland's best musicians and features Al Moss (pedal steel, vocals), Andy Leach (guitar, vocals), Kirby (acoustic guitar, vocals), Chris Hanna (keys), Jon Niefeld (drums) and Tom Prebish (bass, vocals).