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Northeast Ohio band C-Level celebrating 10 years with sold-out gigs at Grog Shop, Beachland Ballroom

Bonkers.

That’s how C-Level singer-guitarist Dave “Ziggy” Deitke describes the fact the Northeast Ohio band is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“It’s one of those things like, man, it’s been that long?” Deitke said. “It’s kind of surreal. Things feel like they’re just starting for us, which is cool. I don’t think it really hit me yet.

“Our bass player brought up our anniversary. He was like, ‘We’ve been doing this for 10 years, we have to do something special.’”

Something special indeed is what C-Level — Deitke, Coda Crose (bass) and Pat Boland (drums) — has planned for its anniversary with not one but two sold-out shows — Nov. 13 at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights and Nov. 14 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.

The trio will be playing a different set each night along with guests from other local groups for what should be two memorable sets.

The first gig includes Wanyama, Furious Geroge Hartwig, Mimi Arden and James Muschler; The second night includes The Quasi Kings, Lea Marra & the Dream Catchers, Old Souls, Crazy Marvin Braxton, Jay Sparrow.

“We have four artists each night,” Deitke said. “Throughout our set, we’re going to incorporate those artists into our music and then we’re going to play their songs as well.

“These are all people who throughout these 10 years have inspired us and have been a part of the scene. We kind of want to share them with our audience and vice-versa.”

Considering the various genres C-Level calls home, the funk-punk-reggae-rock trio is one of those acts that seemingly fits on any bill. Deitke said over the last decade the act went from being more edgy and lo-fi to a polished and instrumentally experimental outfit.

That latter can be heard on the threesome’s new album, “Burn Your Own Gasoline,” which came out earlier this year.

“Songs on the new album that define the record are the heavy rock ‘Easy For,’ the straight-up reggae 'For Some Account’ and straight-blues ‘Cleanest Hands,’” Deitke said.

“Then there’s ‘Hard Funk,’ which people have described as country-funk. With this record, I ran a lot of 12-string acoustic guitars through Marshall amps to get a weird guitar tone.”

Socially distanced audiences can expect to hear those C-Level tunes this weekend at the Grog Shop and Beachland Ballroom, which are part of a local “Save Our Stages” effort that finds local venues struggling to stay open during the pandemic.

While the novel coronavirus pandemic has devastated the concert industry, the other side of the coin includes musicians struggling to keep their crafts and sounds alive.

“Being a music teacher during the day, I feel like if you’re not doing it, it’s kind of a little bit inauthentic,” Deitke said. “As a musician, part of the goal was to have that place to open up for those people and to have a chance to prove yourself in some way. It’s like growing with some type of supportive attention.

“Without the venues, without having these places — Beachland, Grog Shop, Happy Dog, Mahall’s — it’s not pointless, but you really can’t support your talents and our friends’ talents.”

That’s why C-level is using its anniversary shows as fundraising benefits for the two iconic Cleveland venues.

“The Beachland and the Grog Shop have always been places we played,” Deitke said. “It’s been a goal to be able to share that stage that so many people we’ve been inspired by have played on.

“Hopefully one day we’ll open for them when stuff goes back to normal. Those venues are the pinnacle. They offer the most opportunity for local bands.”

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C-Level Celebrates 10 Years With Two-Night Benefit Concert

The local rockers will welcome eight guests over two nights at the concert, which will raise funds for the Grog Shop and the Beachland Ballroom.

All things considered, Dave “Ziggy” Dietke is having a pretty great year. C-Level, his band with Cody Crose on bass and Pat Boland on drums, celebrated the successful release of Burn Your Own Gasoline in January, and followed that up with its first appearance at Brite Winter in February. 

But 10 years into honing its sonic fusion of funk, blues, punk and reggae, it's no surprise the seasoned music scene vets have weathered the pandemic better than anyone. “When Cody came to me and said, ‘We’ve got to do something for our 10th anniversary,’ I was like, ‘We’ve been doing it for that long?’” says Dietke. “This last year, it’s really felt like things have started to turn around, and we’re just really excited we’re still going and that we’ve found the right group of homies to do it with.”

This weekend, the band celebrates its milestone with a special two-night event, including a Friday night show at the Grog Shop and a Saturday night show at Beachland Ballroom. Proceeds from the socially distanced concerts, which will include temperature checks and other precautions, will go directly to support the venues, which have both been affected by pandemic-related shutdowns. The band will be joined by The Quasi Kings, Wanayama, Lea Marra and the Dream Catchers, Mimi Arden, Old Souls, Furious George Hartwig, James Muschler, Jay Sparrow and Crazy Marvin, all of which have played a significant role in the band’s development over the years. 

Each show will feature four guest artists who will sit in with C-Level to play one of the band’s songs and one of the guest artists’ songs. Negative Space Art Gallery will also be doing pop-up art galleries at each show. A livestream will also be available on the Facebook event page. “Everything is going to the venue, except we’re going to throw some gas money to the homies who are coming out to play,” says Dietke. “Each person on the bill has done something for us or with us or has meant something to us along the way, so we want to share them with everyone who is now into us and do this whole celebration of the people we’ve known throughout the years.” 

We talked to Dietke about what he’s learned over C-Level’s decade as a band, fostering a community in the music scene and more. Ticket Info: beachlandballroom.comgrogshop.com

Q: How did C-Level start as a band?
A: I’ve been playing with Cody since he was 12 and I was 15, and we met at an open mic night. I was playing up there, and Cody’s mom was working the bar, so she brought Cody up. I knew a drummer who wanted to start a project, but didn’t have any songs. I had all these songs, so we started playing my songs. Cody wasn’t even a bass player. He was using my bass. We went through, like, five drummers until we got to Pat, who’s been the guy for about four years now. But it just kind of clicked [between Cody and me].

Q: How has C-Level’s sound evolved over the years? 
A: It’s definitely changed. It started out as funk-punk, reggae-rock, and it still is. But now I’m able to incorporate a lot of things that I wasn’t able to when we were always switching drummers. We were always catching a new drummer up to what we had written previously and not what we were writing. Now, we’re doing a lot more slide guitar on the 12-string acoustic in open tunings through Marshall amps. So style-wise, it hasn’t changed much, but guitar tone-wise, it’s become a lot more polished and experimental. 

Q: As a music teacher for autistic children, a podcast host covering the local music scene and someone who runs the music program at Negative Space Art Gallery, you’ve given a lot back to the music scene. Why is it so important to you to give back to the scene?
A: Playing open mic nights and going on tour with the band State Radio really sold music for me. It completely changed what I wanted to do with my life. Our friend George Hartwick, who’s going to be playing with us this weekend at the Grog Shop, was hosting that open mic night where we met. He’s kind of like our sensei. He taught me how to play, and he’s responsible for bringing us together. Most musicians who extend those opportunities to others do that because it’s happened to them. So making sure that those opportunities exist for the next generation is a huge thing to me.Q: For someone who’s never been, what is it like to experience a live C-Level show?
A: I hope it’s energy. When I'm playing with Cody and Pat, there's just this madness energy that comes out in front of people that doesn't happen in the studio. That’s what we try to go for because that's what draws us to shows. If a band is really kicking in, you just pick up on that vibe and you're just like pumped up for no reason because you're thinking about rock ‘n’ roll. So hopefully that's the experience. And you’ll also get some guitar switchin’ and guitar chops that guitar players can appreciate and some handstands, maybe acrobatics that you can appreciate or make fun of. We’re just all about that positive rock ‘n’ roll energy.

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The local rock act C-Level isn’t letting a pandemic get in the way of its 10th anniversary. The group plans to have two safe, socially distanced concerts on Friday and Saturday at the Grog Shop and Beachland Ballroom respectively.

“Both venues have limited seating and will be following COVID protocol calls,” says C-Level’s Dave Deitke. “This will include temperature checks upon entering, socially distanced assigned seating, and mask requirements. The performances will consist of special guest musicians that have inspired throughout the years. Each special guest will put their unique twist on one of our songs, and we will do the same on one of their original songs. All the proceeds from both nights will go to keep the Beachland and Grog Shop alive.”



Each venue will also have a pop-up art gallery, and the stages will feature art from artists affiliated with the local gallery Negative Space. The shows will also be streamed online with a donation link for the venues. Live from Cleveland 91.1 and C-level are hosting the streams.

Guest musicians for the Grog Shop gig include Wanyama, Furious Geroge Hartwig, Mimi Arden and James Muschler (formally of Moon Hooch). Guest musicians for Beachland Ballroom show include the Quasi Kings, Lea Marra and the Dream Catchers, Old Souls, Crazy Marvin and Jay Sparrow

Tickets for the Grog Shop cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are sold in groups of two, four and six. Tickets for the Beachland performance cost $35 for tables of four.

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C-LEVEL’S BURN YOUR OWN GASOLINE: SCORCHING SKANKY BLUES

I’ll never forget the first time I met Ziggy. This dude with crazy hair and a funny hat showed up to play at the very first Llamapalooza, a Halloween party slash concert we hosted in my bassist’s barn. He was super duper nice, and before either of us heard the other play, we had already swapped CDs. A little while later, he got up to play his solo set. That night, I heard “Stomp” for the first time, and my whole life changed. I practiced guitar a little harder after seeing what this guy was doing. That CD ended up spinning a billion times in my car, and I get “Buzzkill” and “Nota” stuck in my head all the time.

Dave “Ziggy” Deitke, the singer and guitarist for C-Level (“That’s letter C dash!”), has proven over and over again that he’s one of the best guitarists in town. On Burn Your Own Gasoline, he does so in the highest quality yet, and with the best ear for composition.

This is due in large part to the fact that C-Level has finally solidified their lineup. For years, if you went to a show with C-Level on the bill, chances were about 80% you were gonna see Ziggy play solo. Now, they’re going forward confidently with Coda Crose on bass (he also plays in the fantastic Wanyama) and Pat Boland on drums, and gigging like crazy. As much as I love Ziggy solo, the dynamic that the trio create is so thrilling. And it’s the only show where you’re guaranteed to witness a handstand-battle at the end of the show.

What’s most invigorating about C-Level’s new material is that you can tell that Ziggy is in an especially good mood. He’s always been a happy-go-lucky fella, but here on Burn Your Own Gasoline, he glows. I think I know the reason, too: I think our little Ziggy is in love!

Case in point: track 3, “Wherever I Go,” stands among the best love songs in the scene. Droning guitar chords in the background feel like subtle stomach butterflies, with leading melodies overlaid, like eyes flickering back and forth in conscious recognition of what is causing the butterflies. The hook is simple and serene: “Wherever I go, I hope you are there.” It breaks out into a brief but anthemic solo, like if J Mascis was psyched to be alive. The vocal delivery is breathy and honest. I love this song.

They follow that with a sharp cover of Devandra Banhart’s “Lover,” with Michelle Gaw singing pretty harmonies (she’s also featured prominently in this issue of Postman Press). The next song, “For Some Account,” keeps up the optimistic feel, brings Gaw back for more, and adds Lea Marra to the vocal section; it’s got a second wave ska sort of feel, which suits this funky reggae crew to a T. “For Some Account” is the longest song on the record proper, and it should be well-documented by now that I always expect the longest song on any album to be the weakest. That’s true here; it repeats a lot for four and a half minutes before it finally breaks out and finds a ball of energy. I reckon the first section could have been a bit shorter, and maybe the song could have ended after about 4:30. That said, it’s totally fine for what it is. I want it to play in the background at a party in a purple smoky room, where it will fit in perfectly, and time won’t exist anyway.

The album incorporates elements from funk, reggae, pop, and punk- but most prominently, Burn Your Own Gasoline is a swampy blues album. Opener “Bac Bac Train” and “Cleanest Hands” are both train-style songs, each with Ziggy playing lap steel and harmonica, the first in draggy minor key, and the latter major and unabashedly forward-moving. Hot lyric: “The cleanest hands make the dirtiest money!”

I have felt in the past that Ziggy had room to grow as a lyricist and composer, as sometimes he would get sucked into his loop pedal like a black hole. With his band finally fully-assembled behind him, he opens up and washes away both of these criticisms. It’s exciting to see these guys realize the talents they’ve displayed in a live setting for so long, and collect them for an album that feels really complete.

he obvious single is “Easy For,” from which I was whistling the chorus melody for three days after I left their album release party. Ziggy’s solo rips. This has been a centerpiece of their live show for a long time, and finally it gets the studio justice it deserves.

The title track features Coda’s best bass work, while Ziggy screams. It seems to be about somebody who is always hitching rides. Ziggy’s tired of driving them around, and he wants them to get a car.

The last new song here is “Hard Funk,” the fastest tempo on the record. Ziggy’s wah riff, combined with uncomfortably quick harmonies, make this a stressful song. If the other tracks were train songs, this is the engine about to run off the track and into the river. It suddenly breaks into a slower section in the outro, where Boland plays some sick syncopated beats while Ziggy rips yet another solo. They never get old.And finally, the last track on the album is a new version of “Stomp,” recorded live at Negative Space. “Stomp” has been Ziggy and C-Level’s closer for years, even appearing on that first demo he handed me in the barn all those years ago. So what justifies yet another release of “Stomp”? Two words are enough: James Muschler, then still drumming for Moon Hooch. He’s playing hand drums, and Lee Kolarik from Mimi Arden (where he jams with Michelle Gaw) adds further drums and percussion. Swimming in rhythms, this may be the all-time definitive version of the song. But I still joked to my friend today that Ziggy could put “Stomp” on every album he releases for the rest of his life, and I won’t complain once.C-Level’s 2018 release Rights was great in its own right, but with Burn Your Own Gasoline, the band has outdone all their previous benchmarks on an album loaded with hooks and heart. Knowing these guys, I think they may still have some room to grow, too, so for now enjoy Burn Your Own Gasoline for the excellence it is, and expect even greater things from perhaps the band in town with the most raw talent. Brandon Postman -2020 Postman press

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Listen local: 12 recent releases by Cleveland musicians

Posted Mar 31, 2020

C-Level, a reggae-rock band based in Cleveland, released its newest album in January. C-Level singer-guitarist Dave Deitke, currently 29, started jamming with his bandmate, bassist Coda Crose, more than a decade ago. The two performed at open-mic nights in North Olmsted, and eventually created a band in high school. That group evolved, changing out a handful of drummers until the two guitarists meshed with drummer Pat Boland about two years ago. C-Level has put out two full-length albums, 2017’s “Seasonal Is Not Enough” and 2018’s “Rights.”

Release date: Jan. 18, 2020

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For their latest album, C-Level kindles a fiery blend of funk, punk, blues and reggae.

On “Burn Your Own Gasoline,” the Cleveland genre-bending trio of Dave Deitke (vocals, guitar), Cody Crose (bass) and Pat Boland (drums) ignites a blazing sonic wildfire that’s quickly spreading along Ohio’s north coast and the Midwest. It’s the band’s first release since 2018’s “Rights” concept EP.

 

“It’s about burning your own gasoline, running off your own fuel and inspiration, and the driving force behind it. We’ve been hustling real hard to get better spots and other sounds and stuff together, and we’ve been running off our own ambitions,” said Deitke about the band’s fourth album, which dropped Friday.

 

C-Level’s sizzling nine-track album opens with a timeless blues cover, “Bac Bac Train,” originally recorded by Mississippi Fred McDowell and later reinterpreted by Aerosmith. It features a rousing combination of bluesy, vibrant guitars and pounding drums chugging back toward the station – “Way way down/Way way down/Way way down that lonesome road/Bac bac train/Bac bac train will take you home again.”

 

“That’s a traditional blues thing that Cody and I used to cover in a lot of renditions of the band. A lot of this record is getting stuff we’ve done down the way we wanted to have it,” said Deitke, who formed the band with Crose in 2010 and added Boland to the lineup three years ago.

Deitke, Crose and Boland also shine on the album’s melodic third track, “Wherever I Go,” which weaves tremolo guitars with delicate cymbal taps and pulsating drums into a heartfelt ode reminiscent of the John Butler Trio – “Leave a mark they can’t remove/Streets wear through souls and wear through shoes/Breathe in cold air/Exhale, find a trace of her there/Wherever I go, I hope you are there/And wherever I go, I hope you are there.”

Another sultry track includes the funky reggae-inspired “For Some Account” with island-like guitars and deep, relaxing bass to transport listeners to a tropical getaway. A chorus of “oohs” beautifully backs this six-minute mental escape – “Know these words you speak are true/Cuz everything I see I like in you/Don’t turn it inside out/And leave me with no room to doubt/I know/For some account I know.”

 

“Burn Your Own Gasoline” album artwork by Gadi Zamir

Along with his bandmates, Deitke spent several months recording the nine tracks for “Burn Your Own Gasoline” at RCR Recording Studios in Solon, Ohio. Boland and Crose tracked drums and bass while Deitke recorded and tweaked the guitars and vocals separately during weekly studio sessions. These studio sessions allowed C-Level to transform longtime stage favorites into polished recorded versions.

“I’ve had a lot of these songs, and I heard them a certain way, and I wanted to get them recorded and put down in a certain way. Songs like, ‘Easy For’ and ‘Wherever I Go,’ Cody and I have played for a long time, but just because of the configuration of who was playing with us, they never felt right. We finally get those done in a way I’ve always heard them,” said Deitke, who’s inspired by B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

 

C-Level also teamed up with Mimi Arden’s vocalist and guitarist Michelle Gaw for a groovy folk-rock cover of Devendra Banhardt’s track, “Lover,” from the 2008 rom com-drama “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” The cover blends fuzzy guitars and steady drums and bongos with lush harmonies from Deitke and Gaw – “Well, I-I, I wanna be your man/I wanna make you understand/Because it works for you/Well I-I, I wanna be your cup/So I can fill you up/Because it works for you.”

 

“I ended up learning it for an ex-girlfriend, but I learned it all wrong, so it just became its own thing we would play a lot when Michelle Gall and I went on a tour to New York,” Deitke said. “We did four days and played seven shows, and she would sing that with me every night that we played, so it made sense to record it.”

In addition to the album’s striking nine tracks, “Burn Your Own Gasoline’s” cover art tells a captivating story. Created by Cleveland-based artist and owner of the Negative Space nonprofit art gallery, Gadi Zamir, “Shooting Words” reflects an Israeli man’s desire to pursue music instead of military duty.

“His whole motive was that he wanted to fight with his own means, which was making music. That’s why the album cover has a guy playing guitar and at the end of the guitar is a gun. The painting also has are all these words – ‘hope,’ ‘love’ and ‘inspiration’ – written on it,” Deitke said.

Zamir also will join a host of musical guests and visual artists during C-Level’s “Burn Your Own Gasoline” album release show tonight at Negative Space. The show will feature Lea Marra of Lea Marra and the Dream CatchersGreen Soul City MachineBraxton Taylor of Sam FoxRubix GrooveMike Miller of Vibe and Direct, and Charlie Wilson of Wanyama and Uncle Gnarly. Visual artists also will include Tessa Lebron and Nichole Whitney as well as live painting by Justin Roberts.

“We’re going to do everything off it, and we’ve been playing a lot of those songs, and that’s become our sound for this record for the last few years we’ve been playing with Pat,” Deitke said. “We’re going to do some songs off the last one, and we’re going to have a couple of new songs we haven’t put out yet. We’re also including a lot of people who really inspired us along the way, and we wanted to share a night with them.”

After tonight’s release show, C-Level will tour the Midwest and East Coast, including a March 8 show at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City. The band also will record new material for their next project and collaborate with other Cleveland-based artists.

We already have eight songs ready to go for a concept record of 12 songs. I’m all gung-ho, I’m a little manic, and I need something to do. I need to go in and track these songs and be done with them. We also have a lot of people sitting in with us, and we want to do some split singles with other bands,” Deitke said.

Lori Stratton 

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Cleveland Magazine Feb-2020

Solid Addition

A last-minute cancelation was a blessing in disguise as it opened up a last-second slot for veteran Cleveland band C-Level in a 7:55 p.m. slot on the McCarthy's Stage. But the blues- and reggae-inspired rockers, whose third album Burn Your Own Gasoline released earlier this year, didn't look like a bubble band. It delivered a spirited and dynamic set featuring ripping instrumentals led by singer-guitarist Dave Ziggy on 12-string acoustic guitar and lap slide guitar and harmonious hooks sang by a chorus of backup singers.  

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By Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- C-Level, a reggae-rock band based in Cleveland, will bring some of its favorite fellow artists together to celebrate its album release on Jan. 18.

The release concert, which takes place at the Winchester Music Tavern in Lakewood, will feature a headlining performance by C-Level, with support from Rubix Groove and Green City Soul Machine. Additionally, Mike Miller (of Vibe & Direct), Charlie Wilson (of Wanyama and Uncle Gnarly), Lea Marra (of Lea Marra & The Dreamcatchers) and Braxton Taylor (of SamFox) will perform solo acoustic performances.

Visual artists will be included, too -- Negative Space gallery artists Gadi Zamir, Justin Roberts and Tessa LeBaron will share their works onstage and around the venue.

The release show will be fueled by the same inspirations behind C-Level’s new album, titled “Burn Your Own Gasoline."

“The reason it’s resonated with us is that individually each person we’ve brought into the CD release has inspired us in some way along the line,” said C-Level singer-guitarist Dave Deitke. “As a band, we feel really proud of this record, and there have been a lot of people that have inspired us up until this point, so we wanted to celebrate with them, in a way we could find that’s beneficial to them as well.”

Copies of “Burn Your Own Gasoline” will be available on CD at the show. It’s an album that Deitke has been working toward for years, picking up new skills like harmonica, slide guitar and 12-string guitar work.

“I hadn’t been able to make music with more than just a guitar until this record,” he said.

Deitke, currently 29, started jamming with his bandmate, bassist Coda Crose, more than a decade ago. The two performed at open mic nights in North Olmsted, and eventually created a band in high school.

That band evolved, changing out a handful of drummers until the two guitarists meshed with drummer Pat Boland about two years ago. C-Level has put out two full-length albums, 2017’s “Seasonal Is Not Enough” and 2018’s “Rights.”

To preview “Burn Your Own Gasoline,” C-Level filmed a live concert video of a new song, “Cleanest Hands,” at Bock’s Juke Joint in Amherst. The video includes a featured performance from Frankie Starr, an acclaimed blues guitarist in Cleveland.

“We’ve got a blues song, so we thought, let’s do it in a bluesy space like a juke joint with this super amazing blues jazz guitarist,” Deitke said.

Watch the video below.

The release of “Burn Your Own Gasoline” culminates years of musicianship for C-Level -- and the band hopes to get back into the studio soon to record more music.

“Our new record, for me, it’s the record I’ve always wanted to make,” Deitke said. “It’s always the record I heard in my head but hadn’t had the means to get it out until now.”

You can find more information about C-Level’s upcoming album release concert at the Winchester Music Tavern at the venue’s website.

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Meet the Band: Dave Deitke (guitar, vocals), Coda Crose (bass), Pat Boland (drums)

AN OPEN MIC NIGHT THING: Deitke started playing open mic nights when he was still in high school. "My dad would take me to open mic nights all over town," he says. "I would learn from the local guys like George Hartwig and Frankie Starr. I was going to a mic night a week." At one of the open mic nights in the mid-'00s in North Olmsted, he met bassist Coda Crose. Shortly after meeting, the two would launch the funk/soul/rock act C-Level. Initially, the band put out an album that Deitke refers to as "basement tapes." Late last year, it issued Rights, and at this week's show at the Winchester Music Tavern, it celebrates the release of Burn Your Own Gasoline.

A BRAND NEW SOUND: "This is a coming-into-our-own record," says Deitke, who also works as a music teacher during the day, teaching adapted music lessons to kids with autism in grades pre-K to 12. "It's not just us hashing out old songs we haven't recorded yet. It's a sound we've only recently developed. We've had several different drummers, but Pat [Boland] has redefined everything we do as a band."

 

A NOVEL RELEASE PARTY: Deitke refers to the upcoming release party as "a weird way to pay homage to all our influences. We have set up an acoustic stage for artists who rarely or have never played solo," he explains. "We have also arranged a visual art angle, in which multiple artists from [the local gallery] Negative Space will display their work on and off the stage. We want to make it this big immersive thing."

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WHERE YOU CAN HEAR THEM:

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WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM: The song "For Some Account" has a Sublime-like vibe to it; "Easy For" benefits from grunge-y guitars and cooing backing vocals; and "Rights" features an extended opening that consists of a bluesy guitar solo and plodding drums. 

WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM: C-Level performs with Rubix Groove, Green City Soul Machine, Mike Miller of Vibe and Direct, Charlie Wilson of Wanyama, Uncle Gnarley, Lea Marra of Lea Marra and the Dream Catchers, and Braxton Taylor of Sam Fox at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Winchester Music Tavern in Lakewood.

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