The Ark Band, The Dave Smeltz Project

The Ark Band

The Dave Smeltz Project

Steelyard Soundsystem

Sat · March 16, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Grog Shop

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

The Ark Band
The Ark Band
Combining heavenly harmonies with tight crisp performances, this powerhouse of talent captures their audiences with their very first note. THE ARK BAND's repertoire combines original and cover compositions with classic and current reggae hits designed to entertain, educate and enlighten all types of people. THE ARK BAND continues to be a dynamic force on the American scene after two decades, their songs expressing the love, peace, togetherness and spirituality needed in our world today!
The Dave Smeltz Project
Anyone who has ever had a brush with the Cleveland reggae scene knows the name
“Dave Smeltz.”
It was Smeltz’s band I-Tal, formed in 1978, that brought live reggae music to
Cleveland’s rock ’n’ rollers as the first area reggae band to play outside the Jamaican
community. They parlayed a love of Bob Marley and Tuesday night jam sessions at
University Circle’s Coach House into a packed clubs at home and an extensive
regional touring circuit.
After a majority of the band left to form First Light (1984-1997), Smeltz regrouped
and kept I-Tal busy on the road, primarily working the beach towns of the Atlantic
coast. But by the 1990s he had developed a serious substance abuse addiction which
slowed him down and sidelined his music career until he went into recovery in
Since then, he’s looked for ways to pay it forward and help others in recovery. In
2012, he formed Clean House Inc, an organization that’s creating a halfway house
for men in recovery. And he’s written a book, Clean: From Reggae to Recovery to
share his story and encourage others struggling with similar issues.
Now he’s put out an album called Recovery to tell that same story in the way he
knows best — through music. To accompany him, he’s assembled the Dave Smeltz
Project, collecting many of the musicians he’s worked with over the years, including
I-Tal veterans Russ Richards (keyboards), Chris Dunmore (drums), Chris DeSantis
(percussion) and Chopper (guitar), along with the Generators’ Eva Dilcue on vocals
and Adam Rich of Love Muffin Records on bass.
Together, through their reggae-infused, upbeat grooves, they offer hope and a path
forward to those grappling with challenges.
Venue Information:
The Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd
Cleveland, OH, 44106