Demos Papadimas is a singer-songwriter based in Northeast Ohio and isplaying Club Cafe on June 1st with another Cleveland-based band, The Womack Family Band.
Demos had a successful CD Release show at Club Cafe in February and is a former Pittsburgh resident and Pitt graduate. Since December Papadimas’ band has garnered significant regional attention (see the article below from Scene Magazine’s “13 Bands to Watch in 2013”). They have also performed in many of Cleveland’s best venues including both the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, The Grog Shop, Brother’s Lounge and The Kent Stage located in Kent, Ohio.
Please visit www.demospapadimas.com for more information.
Scene Magazine’s “13 Bands to Watch in 2013”:
(Late Show) Demos Papadimas and His Band / The Womack Family Band
Saturday, June 1, 2013 – 10:00pm doors / 10:30pm show
Often compared to Bob Dylan, Papadimas himself cites string bands such as Old Crow Medicine Show and The Hackensaw Boys as major inspirations for their rock and roll approach to traditional music. He also has been inspired by Leonard Cohen’s marriage of American folk and Mediterranean-based World music evident in Cohen’s most recent touring ensembles.
Papadimas considers American roots music to be aesthetically in line with Greek Rembetiko music–the “Greek Blues.” Challenging prevailing attitudes that label such music as archaic or irrelevant, Papadimas argues that both are rebellious expressions of our search for meaning, relevant and vital today. He’s found a kinship with modern twisters of American sounds like Old Crow Medicine Show, who blend foot-stompin’ bluegrass with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude. “They’re expressing what I’m feeling, the whole idea of being young and jumping back into the roots and making something new out of that.”
Discussing his new album, Papadimas states that “[a]lthough the album explores varied musical territory, including back porch Americana, Bob Dylan-esque ballads, Gypsy Tango, and Greek Rembetiko, it is still very much a songwriter’s album. The lyrics certainly take the spotlight, even though there are rich musical arrangements and diverse stylistic twists from track to track. I think this is the best I can summarize my style and the approach.”
Lyrically, this self-described “cynical optimist” infuses glimmers of hope in his often world-weary lyrics. When Papadimas sings, “Somehow I’ve dodged so many evil eyes, that I ain’t got religion is really just a surprise” he shares his sense of bemused wonder. His meditative travelogues are often Guthrie-esque ramblings translated from the Dust Bowl to the Euro-Zone, from freight trains to bullet trains, and are perceptive companions to his rootsy musical approach.
The Womack Family Band:
Since their debut in 2010 The Womack Family Band has captivated audiences all over the eastern U.S. with their spot on three part vocal harmony, tight musicianship, and old soul songwriting. Calling on the spirit of The Beatles, The Band, Paul Simon, and James Taylor, the Womack Family Band combines the vibe of the 60’s – 70’s songwriter with the roots of American folk, blues, jazz, country, and rock music.
The group consists of brother and sister, Noah and Haley Heyman, and long-time friends Cory Webb and Tony Schaffer. All four “Womacks” grew up within 10 miles of one another and all shared the same passion for music. The group began performing in bars together in 2009, playing everything from Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles to Tom Waits and The Talking Heads. These all night pub sessions would prepare the group for touring 150 dates or more a year and cultivate their eclectic approach to song building.
After releasing their self-titled debut record the WFB was named Folk Alley’s “Featured Artist of the Month”. After a performance on NBC Cleveland the group hit the road with fellow Ohioan, singer/songwriter Chris Castle. In September 2012 the Womack Family Band released their 3rd record and hit the road again for a 40 day, 14 state tour.
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