Thursday, May 10, 2007

Free Concerts Will Honor Daniel Thompson

Come see Drumplay play this weekend and help support The Homeless Grapevine! Hope to see you there! -Kevin, Managing Editor

8 p.m. Friday, May 11 -ConsciousNest (
20150 Lakeshore Blvd in Euclid)

8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 -Sandy Chanty (5457 Lake Rd. in Geneva-on-the-Lake)

Press Release:

Free Concerts Will Honor Daniel Thompson

Poet Daniel Thompson received posthumous honors in 2005 from the City of Cleveland when West 2nd Street was renamed “Daniel’s Way” to commemorate the poet. Today, Thompson’s friends continue to remember and strive to honor his legacy.

Drumplay, a band with whom Thompson frequently performed, is releasing a new album that features performances by Cleveland’s own “Bread Poet.” The band will be kicking off the release of their album, “Who’s Listening?” with two live benefit concerts, both starting at 8 p.m. on May 11th and 12th.

The May 11th concert will be held at ConsciousNest in Euclid (20150 Lakeshore Blvd), and the following night’s show will take place at the Sandy Chanty in Geneva-on-the-Lake (5457 Lake Rd.)

Both events are free and open to the public. Donations are requested to benefit The Homeless Grapevine newspaper, an empowerment project of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. Thompson regularly published his poems in the paper, and even paid to print a special issue in 2004, shortly before his death, to help the Grapevine avoid a brush with bankruptcy.

According to James Onysko, front man for Drumplay, the release of “Who’s Listening?” marks the Crystal anniversary for two important milestones: the founding of Drumplay, and one of Daniel Thompson’s titular honors.

“With this CD release party, we celebrate our 15 years; and it is also 15 years for Daniel Thompson as Poet Laureate of Cuyahoga County – having been so named on April 1, 1992, by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners. We dedicate our new ‘Who’s Listening?’ to our poet warrior,” said Onysko.

For more information, contact:
James Onysko


Kevin E. Cleary


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