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Toys for Tots toy drive at Celtic Cavern Sat Dec 17th

 

Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to toys for tots! Thanks mcb

 

MCB 25th Anniversary Party Oct 8th at Main Pub

 

This promises to be the most epic gig in the history of everything! Every musician that has ever been a member of MCB will be performing at this show along with several special guests! Honest...not kidding...for reals....Just be there!

 

MC with That 70's Band and The Bus upcoming shows

 

MC will be playing with That 70's Band at The Main Pub in Manchester Ct Sat Jan 30th. Also Mc will be with Paul Bozzi and Eric Kuhn as The Bus at The Cypress in Middletown Ct Sat Feb 6th.

 

Uplift is here!

 

In their 6th release, MCB again runs thru a gamut of styles from rock to funk to country to pop. Their song writing continues to excel while the polish and execution on this latest disc results in a sonic wonderland that will delight and satisfy your ears

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelclearyband

 

The Bus at Portland Fair Friday Oct 9th with Vin Delaria

The Bus announces summer dates

 

Mike Cleary, Paul Bozzi and Eric Kuhn will be performing as The Bus for a limited number of dates below.

May 14th The Back Porch, Old Saybrook 7:00pm

June 11th The Back Porch, Old Saybrook 7:00pm

July 9th The Back Porch Old Saybrook 7:00pm

July 11th The Cypress, Middletown Ct 8:00pm

July 21st Middletown Green 6:00pm

Sept 3rd The Back Porch Old Saybrook 7:00pm

Sept 26th, Red House, Deep River

 

 

 

The Bus reunites at The Winchester Oct 31st

 

Paul Bozzi, Eric Kuhn and Michael Cleary reunite as The Bus for a special Halloween show at The Winchester Cafe October 31st.

 

MCB at Portland Riverfront Park postponed to next Tuesday Aug 19th

 

Due to the weather, MCB at Portland Riverfront Park is postponed to next Tuesday Aug 19th

 

MCB at Mattabesett Canoe Club cancelled tonight

 

Sorry folks, club is cancelling due to weather. sad face, mcb

 

MCB at The Winchester Friday April 26th

 

This Friday MCB is at the Winchester Cafe on Rt 66 in Portland. The show starts at 8:30 and special guest filling in for Vin will be Chip Fenney on sax. Rumour has it there may be a percussionist or two in the house as well because it takes more than one musician to fill Vins talented shoes. So come on out for what is guarandamnteed to be a rockin good time!

 

Ct Out and About

Welcome aboard Zach Vetter

 

We would like to welcome aboard Zach Vetter on guitar and vocals. Zach is a founding member of a couple of award winning Ct bands, "Jive Miguel" and "Carfax Abby" and now brings his energy and vibe to MCB! As we say hello to Zach we'd like to thank Lee Sylvestre for his time with us and we wish him well with his current project The Auburn Mode. Check them out here  http://www.auburnmode.com/

 

MCB at Black Eyed Sallys May 18th

 

Join us this Friday as we take our series of cd release parties to Black Eyed Sallys in Hartford. Our latest CD "MCB Five" will be available for just $5.00!

 This will also be the debut of Zach Vetter on guitar and vocals. Zach is a founding member of a couple of award winning Ct bands, "Jive Miguel" and "Carfax Abby" and now brings his energy and vibe to MCB! As we say hello to Zach we'd like to thank Lee Sylvestre for his time with us and we wish him well with his current project The Auburn Mode. Check them out here  http://www.auburnmode.com/

 

The reviews are coming in for "MCB Five"!

 

The reviews are coming in for "MCB Five"! 

"Blue-eyed soul, tropical breezes, great bass guitar and a touch of calypso. MCB's best yet. This CD should come with a voucher for a Cold Corona!!!"

 "Strong songs and monster players make this an enjoyable cd. "You Got My Love" is an infectious rocker and "See You in The Morning" takes one on quite a trip! Those are balanced out by some catchy acoustic/pop tunes and there's even some country to boot! From the smooth "Cool Down" to the latin "Away-O" this enjoyable disc has something for everyone."

 

"MCB Five is a unique blend of simplicity and intricacies. The groove is addictive, the harmonies are well done (without being over done) and the lyrics are meaningful and relatable. This cd from start to finish transports me to my 'Happy Place'".

 

 "When they play R&B, you think, man, this is a great R&B group. Then they suddenly go all Dr. John, or Jimmy Buffet, or Carlos Santana, or Steely Dan, with equal aplomb, and you think, THAT must be their core strength. Somehow, they embrace this incredible diversity, and still make it all one. They also manage to stay focused on well developed songs, with lyrics that are worth reading even without the music"

Get your copy online at Itunes or at CDBaby. If you already have a copy, please submit a review at the link below. Thanks! mcb

http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=mclearyband4

 

It's here! MCB Five

 
Michael Cleary Band: MCB Five

 

MCB's 5th cd is chock full of their trademark harmonies and world class musicianship. Add in their catchiest tunes ever and you have a masterful disc that gets better with every listen. Funk, Folk, Rock, Country, World Beat, Latin...MCB Five has it all.
 The Michael Cleary Band has been performing for 20 years and their newest cd MCB Five is their finest yet. This disc is their first that is completely self produced and recorded in their own studio. Their efforts have resulted in a collection of songs described as an organic melting pot of great lyrics, catchy tunes, and sonic ear candy.
  The listener gets taken on a rolling journey from the opening chimes of the infectious “Mind Made Up” to the pulsing funk of “When you get back” thru poignant reflection in “Barfly” followed by the uplifting charm of “Cool Down”. 
 Then, “You Got My Love” kicks in with an epic rock jam capped off with the Latin feel and tale of longing in “Away-O”. “Free James Brown” is the country flavored story of an unlikely fan of the Godfather of Soul, while “Highlight of My Day” is a toe-tapping celebration of the simpler things in life.
 The album concludes with the epic “See You in The Morning”. A bombastic rocker based on the Heavens Gate UFO cult.
 The music will draw you in but it’s the lyrics that will keep you coming back. Each repeat listening reveals a little more charm, subtle innuendos, witty turns of phrase, and glimpses of life, love, and adversity.
 The songwriting shines as the star of this disc and its a reflection of a band that is musically mature, diverse and skilled at their craft. The quality of the recording is superb and MCB Five will surprise your ears with something new each time you listen to it.
 
 The Michael Cleary Band is MIchael Cleary - Guitar/ Vocals, Vin Delaria - Keys/Vocals, Lee Sylvestre - Guitar/ Vocals, Jedd Chlebowski - Bass, Edmund Peart - Drums/Vocals, Frank Bauer - Percussion.MCB's 5th cd is chock full of their trademark harmonies and world class musicianship. Add in their catchiest tunes ever and you have a masterful disc that gets better with every listen. Funk, Folk, Rock, Country, World Beat, Latin...MCB Five has it all.

MCB's 5th cd is chock full of their trademark harmonies and world class musicianship. Add in their catchiest tunes ever and you have a masterful disc that gets better with every listen. Funk, Folk, Rock, Country, World Beat, Latin...MCB Five has it all.

 

 The Michael Cleary Band has been performing for 20 years and their newest cd MCB Five is their finest yet. This disc is their first that is completely self produced and recorded in their own studio. Their efforts have resulted in a collection of songs described as an organic melting pot of great lyrics, catchy tunes, and sonic ear candy.

  The listener gets taken on a rolling journey from the opening chimes of the infectious “Mind Made Up” to the pulsing funk of “When you get back” thru poignant reflection in “Barfly” followed by the uplifting charm of “Cool Down”. 

 Then, “You Got My Love” kicks in with an epic rock jam capped off with the Latin feel and tale of longing in “Away-O”. “Free James Brown” is the country flavored story of an unlikely fan of the Godfather of Soul, while “Highlight of My Day” is a toe-tapping celebration of the simpler things in life.

 The album concludes with the epic “See You in The Morning”. A bombastic rocker based on the Heavens Gate UFO cult.

 The music will draw you in but it’s the lyrics that will keep you coming back. Each repeat listening reveals a little more charm, subtle innuendos, witty turns of phrase, and glimpses of life, love, and adversity.

 The songwriting shines as the star of this disc and its a reflection of a band that is musically mature, diverse and skilled at their craft. The quality of the recording is superb and MCB Five will surprise your ears with something new each time you listen to it.

 

 The Michael Cleary Band is MIchael Cleary - Guitar/ Vocals, Vin Delaria - Keys/Vocals, Lee Sylvestre - Guitar/ Vocals, Jedd Chlebowski - Bass, Edmund Peart - Drums/Vocals, Frank Bauer - Percussion.

 

 

MCB CD Release party New Years Eve at The Main Pub

 

You heard right. MCB will celebrate their new release MCB Five at The Main Pub on New Years Eve. See details below. Cds will be available at the special price of 5.00.

New Years Eve with MCB! 9:30pm

306 Main Street
Manchester Ct 06040
860-647-1551
Price: $10.00
Champagne and buffet at midnight!
 

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MCB show at Rooftop120 Cancelled

 

This show has been cancelled. Come on out and see us at our next performance at Jakes October 22nd. Luv, mcb

 

July 3rd Stafford Springs show moved inside

 

Due to the weather, the MCB show tonight will be held at the Senior Center in Stafford Springs at 3 Buckley Highway (Rt 190). We start at 6:00pm

 

Strange Creek set

New Pics/New Blog Post

 

New pics from the last couple gigs are up as well as a new blog post talking about the last few shows in October/November.

 

MCB on WFSB Better Ct Show

MCB at Haddam Neck Fair September 4th

 

Fun for the whole family... Here's another opportunity for the whole family to see MCB on Saturday, Sept. 4th, 7:00 PM at the Haddam Neck Fair in Haddam Neck, Ct. Special guest will be founding member Ed Corvo filling in on Bass. Details here http://www.haddamneckfair.com/

 

MCB at Damons This Friday with special guest Ed Corvo

 

This Friday we will have original mcb member Ed Corvo filling in on bass. Be prepared for lots of fun as we take a few trips down memory lane. You can contact us at mcb@michaelclearyband.com to request any mcb tunes that we may not have played in a while.

The gig starts at 9.30 and is at 

Damons tavern

310 Prospect Ave

Hartford Ct 06106 860-233-9900

http://damonstavern.com/

 

MC and Jen Lowe at Lucky Lou's Tonight

 

MC will be playing with Jen Lowe tonight at Lucky Lou's in Wethersfield 6:30-9:30

Lucky Lou's Bar & Grill

222 Main Street
Wethersfield, CT
 

Two chances to catch mcb this week

 

 You will have two chances to catch the Michael Cleary Band this week. Friday night, June 25th, we'll be at The Main Pub in Manchester. This is a great live music venue with yummy food and a groovy vibe.

 For those on the shoreline, MCB will be at Donahues in Madison on Saturday night, June 26th. We had a great gig our first time thru and will be making several stops here during the Summer.

 

New Website is up

 

Our new mcb website is up! This will make it easier for us to keep you up to date with news, vids and music! If there is something you'd like to see, let us know. Enjoy, mcb

 

MCB at Fishbones is cancelled

 

MCB at Fishbones this week is cancelled due to the club closing. Our next show will be June 4th at Jakes in Wallingford.

 

MCB at Donahues in Madison Tonight

 
Michael Cleary Band at Donahue's Madison Beach Grille
April 17th
9:30p-1:00a
Venue Phone: 203-318-8362
Venue Address: 1320 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT
$5.00 cover
Sorry for the short notice but we just picked up a last minute gig at this great new club in Madison called Donahue's Madison Beach Grille for this Saturday. C'mon out and hang with us on the shoreline before we take a few weeks off to spend some time in the studio to work on our next release. Luv, mcb
 

MCB enters foxwoods Wonder of it All theme song contest!

Holiday Toy drive at Black Eyed Sally's 12/11

 

 This week the Michael Cleary Band will be playing at Black Eyed Sally's on Friday December 11th. We will be collecting new unwrapped toys for our friends at Cubed Squared for their annual Toy Drive to be delivered to the pediatric ward at Central Hospital of CT (New Britain General). If you can't make it to the gig you can still contribute a toy by going here http://www.cubedsquared.com/specialevents.php

 

 Also of note, Orginal MCB drummer John Corvo will be filling in on drums at this show. John and bassist Jedd Chlebowski will also be performing with our opening act Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes. Check them out here http://jenlowe.com/

 

Tis the season of giving so c'mon out, give a little and have yourself a great night of food, fun, and music! Happy Holidays from mcb!

 

Pics from MCB 18th Anniversary Party are up

MCB featured in Hartford Magazine as one of Ct's Best Original Bands!

The UK loves MCB!

 

"The Michael Cleary Band - Refreshingly honest, no nonsense music. No cliches either. Best band we have heard in a long time. We play them in the U.K. on our show, and you know how fussy we are."
Stu and Kendall Radio show 102.3fm
http://www.harboroughfm.co.uk/index.html

 

MCB Announces Jedd Chlebowski as new Bass Player

 

 

We would like to introduce Jedd Chlebowski as the new Bass player for MCB. Lots of thanks go out to Tim Wilken for his performance above and beyond the call of duty for the last year and we wish him much success in the future. Jedds first "official" gig will be at Public in Middletown on September 18th but he will be with us for a private party at OLS this Friday August 28th for the lucky folks in Old Lyme. Welcome aboard Jedd!

 

 

MCB wins 2009 Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam Best Jam Band

 

Thanks to all of you for your support in helping us take the title of Best Jam Band in the 2009 Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam! Congrats to all the winners. Check them out here

http://www.hartfordadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=14263

 

Thank you!

 

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Thank you!

 

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Thank you!

 

mcb

 

2009 Grand Band Slam is here!

 

Thanks to everyone for getting us nominated, now it's time to vote! The Michael Cleary Band is nominated for best Jam band and our very own Vince Delaria is nominated for best Keyboardist. Please write us in for the Best Band category as well. Also vote for our friends Fatgrip, Funk Brokers, Article 19, The Shinolas and Sue Menhart in their categories. Congrats to all the nominees!

 

click here to vote

 

http://www.hartfordadvocate.com/bandslam/index.cfm?pid=65

 

 

Eamon Cronin

 

Our Friend Eamon Cronin from Ryders on The Storm and Midnight Sun suffered a head injury from a fall from the stage while performing in Spain recently and is in need of our support. Here is the latest update from Barry Seelen, Keyboardist for the Midnight Sun.

 

He's awake now, but he's still in intensive care. He's improving a little each day. He's going to have a long, hard recovery.

A lot of people have been asking what they could do to help out with any expenses. I'm sure that he's not going to be able to earn any money for quite some time.

I've been planning as trip back home @ the end of July and we booked a Midnight Sun gig @ Sully's on Fri. July 31. I doubt that he'll be able to play by then or even attend. I'm still going to play w/ somebody.We're going to get as many musicians as possible and give the gate to Eamon's family.

Also, I put the 2 songs that I wrote from the Midnight Sun c.d. on a online music retailer. You can go to my Myspace and the Midnight Sun myspace to purchase a download of both songs.
ALL proceeds will go to a certain head injured individual.
I believe that EAMON would really appreciate it if as many people as possible went to either

http://www.myspace.com/4themidnightsun

 or

http://www.myspace.com/4barryseelen

to download the tracks.

I hope that you and your family are doing well. And I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best,
Barry

 

June 23rd update:

Awesome news, Eamon is off the respirator and is expected to leave ICU today. He spoke to his Father today and wished him a Happy Fathers Day.

 

Westville Artwalk details

 
May 9th, 2009 - 7:30 PM   -   MCB plays New Haven
12th Annual Westville Artwalk   Central Avenue between Fountain and Whalley   New Haven, Ct
http://www.westvillect.org/artwalk2009 - Price: $Free
WRAP UP THE 2009 ARTWALK WITH DANCING IN THE STREETS!!!
We'll be playing on Central Avenue between Fountain and Whalley 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ARTWALK is a rain or shine event
 

MCB is now on Facebook

MCB on WFSB channel 3 Better Ct show!

 

 On March 6th MCB will be on the Better Connecticut show on WFSB channel 3 at 10:00 am. Join us as we rock out with Scott Haney, Kara Sundlun and the rest of their Better CT Buddies.

 Luv, mcb

 

Here is a link with a clip form the show. Enjoy!

http://www.wfsb.com/video/18871495/index.html

 

 

Vids from Black Eyed Sally's are up!

 
New videos up on Youtube We have posted some videos courtesy of BenjEvent Video/Ted Cappelan Audio from our last show at Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford on Youtube and on the video page of the mcb website. Just go to http://www.youtube.com/brendez12 and search for Michael Cleary Band, you may even see yourself in some of the crowd shots! Have Fun, mcb
 

Drew Glackin 1963-2008

 
Many of us knew Drew from his days in Hartford with the Monster Band and Mr. Right. Over the past 15 or so years he has been traveling the world making music with many great bands including The Silos,Tandy,Crash Test Dummies,Susan Tedeschi,Graham Parker,Chris Mills,Jack Grace Band,The Hold Steady,Down to Earth Approach,Grainne Ryan,A Don Piper Situation,David Roland,Mary McBride,Willard Grant Conspiracy,Tom Freund,John P. Strohm and many more. Here is some info from The Silos website: It is with the greatest sadness that we inform you of the passing of Drew Glackin. He was unaware of an overactive thyroid condition that led to severe heart damage. He was surrounded by family and friends during his final days and hours and we are all still in a state of shock and disbelief. Drew was adored around the world and his larger than life spirit and contagious jovial energy touched everyone he met, everywhere he went. He was a musician of the highest talent and made his mark in countless bands, record albums, and many thousands of live performances. He will be sorely missed and the memories of his music, his great humor, and his magnanimous generosity of spirit and love will be with us forever. A fund has been set up in Drew's name to help with funeral costs. Send a Paypal donation to: theandrewglackinmemorialfund@yahoo.com To send a check, make payable to: The Andrew Drew Glackin Memorial Fund Skylands Community Bank Lopatcong Township 201 Strykers Road, Suite 20 att: Sherri Abel Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865 If anyone is interested in sending anything else, a sympathy card, etc, or in addition to, you can send that to Drew's mom: Margaret Glackin 819 Wilbur Avenue Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
 

The reviews are in!

 
Check out these reviews/ comments raving about MCB Live! These guys have been dishing out their R&B/blues (with a bit of funk tossed in to get the rumps shaking) for nearly 20 years. Their latest album, recorded live at Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford, is a fine recording. It has lots of solos that actually work, some extend-o-jams that keep the crowd up. It's all that you'd expect from a established, polished band. 3/14 Craig Gilbert/New Haven Advocate MCB Live Live records are typically best saved for bands that have either a tremendous live show like Kiss or for bands that have a legacy that warrants as much ala The Rolling Stones. So reviewing a live record from Hartford act The Michael Cleary Band is a bit of a pre-loaded gun. The Michael Cleary Band has been carving out their niche as the areas preeminent blues-based rock band for almost 16 years now and they are great at what they do: check the solo at the tail end of Never Gonna Let, the harmonies on Stand, or pitch perfect classic rock stand-in Zydeco. The live setting suits them and it’s the relative coziness of the venue that yields a hominess as you have fans squabbling, the band’s inner dialogues and if you listen hard enough you can hear the clinking of pint glasses between sets. 3/21 David Lewis/Play New Haven magazine Michael Cleary Band ~ MCB Live For the uninitiated, MCB Live is a great introduction to the Michael Cleary Band, the closest you’ll come to experiencing them live. For area fans who’ve followed MCB’s near 16-year road of music-making in our region, it’s a cool souvenir to be savored, a colorful snapshot of these musicians completely in their element. Recorded at Hartford’s own Black-Eyed Sally’s, MCB Live delivers an evening’s worth of funkified songs capable of moving both hearts and feet. Brothers Ed and John Corvo lay down and power the grooves here with soul and precision, abetted by Paul Bozzi’s engaging percussion; keysman Vince Delaria at times conjures up the late great Kenny Kirkland with his wondrously colorful lines; and Cleary presides over his ensemble with soulfully agile vocals and guitar. Groovier than the Allman Brothers and more riffalicious than Tower of Power, MCB’s sound is an audibly tempting brew seasoned with skill and feeling. High points “Zydeco Girl,” TOP-esque groove-fest “Funky 16” and closer “Child Inside” joyfully illustrate their musical bond is as energetic and entertaining as ever. Catch them live in Middletown on April 6th at La Boca. Guy-Michael Grande/Ear Candy/Rare Reminder This disc RIPS!!! The solo on All To You is ridiculous. Alan Veniscofsky / Rane 5 Stars - Incredible live performance... This disc is a great example of a soulful, incredibly talented band at their absolute best. Mike and the boys sound so tight, you can feel the energy on this disc...it's a great representation of how powerful they are live! Lee Sylvestre / Bill Carlton Band I enjoyed the heck out of your live performance ...and certain parts really brought a smile to face. Elliott Randall / Steely Dan / www.elliott-randall.com/ The Michael Cleary Band MCB Live (self-released) I am dating myself when I say that the Michael Cleary Band is more my parents’ music than my own. Influences like Little Feat, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and the Allman Brothers guide their tunes. However, where their previous discs left me cold, MCB Live has finally convinced me that these guys are worth noting. And you know what did it for me? The lyrics. They’re a great working-class band with a great live show. Dan Berry, Hartford Advocate
 

mcb live is here!

 
Available now! Click here to listen to and read about MCB Live. album cover
 

Call it what you like available on cdbaby.com

 
due to popular demand our first cd, Call it what you like, is available for sale on cdbaby.com. click on the link below to check it out! album cover
 

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The live recording at BES was a great success! Thanks to everyone who came out and had a blast with us and special thanks to Satronen Sound for making it happen. http://www.satronensound.com We've put a live version of "Child Inside" on our myspace site. You can check it out at http://www.myspace.com/michaelclearyband Much more to come! enjoy, mcb
 

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Thanks to everyone for coming to Black Eyed Sally's for our 14th birthday party! It was a great night and we had a ton of fun. Since we received such an overwhelming response from the the show we decided to include some of these emails in the news section. If you have any comments or reviews of any shows, email them to us at michaelclearyband@earthlink.net and we'll include them in the news section. Thanks, MCB Dear Mike,   What a thrill it was to see you and the band perform last night at Black Eyed Sally's.. You made me feel young and alive... The energy , drive and enthusiasm...the love of the music really came through....there is no other "sound" like the Michael Cleary Band.   Greg Holster Fellas, I just had to say how much I enjoyed the Black Eyed Sally's show. In my humble opinion it was the best I've ever heard you guys sound. Not only did everyone play their asses off, but Rowdie had the mix totally smokin'! Seriously, you guys sounded phenomenal and it was the most fun I've had at a live show in quite some time. Like I said that night, you guys proved, once again, to be the most bad- ass band in the state; great tunes, great players, great people. Keep it up. You've restored my confidence (for the mean time) in live music in Connecticut. Although on any stage, anywhere, MCB could hang with the best of them and have most of them running for cover! Thanks for a great show. Geoffrey Brown
 

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Catch MC jamming with Jeff Pitchell on "Portland on the Move" on comcast channel 3 hosted by Dave Kuzminski. It should be replayed thruout October. MC ruins the punch line to jeff's joke, confesses that he learned to play guitar when he was grounded as a youth, and plays 3 songs with Jeff. A fun time was had by all....
 

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you can listen to and write a review of "tales from the cup" by going to this site http://cdbaby.com/mclearyband . Click on any of the tracks to hear your favorite song or click "play all songs" to listen to the whole album. Scroll down to the bottom and click on "write a review" to post a review online!
 

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