The Downtown Location continues to host Acousitc Night in our PUB every Thursday night, starting around 8 or 9pm.  The venue is free of charge and there is no purchase necessary to see a performance.

The following is an excerpt taken from the website of  Acoustic Night performer, “Austin Walkin’ Cane.   For more information, please see his site:

“Damn Fine Blues!” Original & classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and baritone vocals. A blues gumbo repertoire that blends in jazz, folk, soul & rock ‘n’ roll. Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist that performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets. Walkin’ Cane has travelled all over the country from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska and has acquired various blues/instrumentalist awards over the years. Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation at birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out “Hey Walkin’ Cane got some spare change for a brother?!” Charanghat took the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger & without need of a cane. In 2002, Austin & Karen Starks were married at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and began recording his 706 Union Ave. cd at the legendary studio immediately after the ceremony. “The thought of recording & getting married in the same room where many of my heroes took their first steps was incredible.” Austin “Walkin’ Cane” is proud to be sponsored by National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Dr. Z Amplifiers & Ernie Ball Strings.

“Walkin’ Cane’s” latest cd, “Murder of a Blues Singer”, was inspired by an after hour diner conversation with blues legend Robert Jr. Lockwood. “The stories were flowing like the grease off our plates”, subsequently the album is saturated in classic delta blues, as were the tales of Lockwood’s stepfather, Robert Johnson. Mr. Lockwood had agreed to perform on the record, but fate had changed that path. The Walkin’ Cane Band featuring Mike Barrick on bass, Michael Bay on guitar & Jim Wall on drums captured the perfect “live in the studio” feeling that Charanghat & co-writer Chris Allen had envisioned for these songs. The band is a “well oiled machine” & has been writing, recording & performing together since 1998. Special guests on “Murder of a Blues Singer” include Colin Dussault (Colin Dussault’s Blues Project), Eric “Eroc” Sosinski (Michael Stanley, Wish You Were Here) and one of Cleveland’s finest gospel groups, the Prayer Warriors.

Walkin’ Cane Accolades:

2009 – International Blues Challenge – Memphis, TN

2008 – NACA Northern Plains Showcase

2007 – NACA Mid-American Showcase

2007 – International Blues Challenge (IBC’s) in Memphis – acoustic, solo, delta, slide blues – sponsored by Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society

2007 – best guitarist – cleveland free times magazine

2006 – National Reso-phonic Guitar CD Compilation “Love Grown Strong” – Walkin’ Cane original included.

2006 – River City Blues Competition Winner – acoustic solo delta blues – Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society

2005 – sponsorship with National Reso-Phonic Guitars

2004 – sponsorship with Dr. Z. Amplifiers

2003 – live performance on PBS television show “Applause”

2002 – sponsorship with Ernie Ball Strings

2001 – best unsigned blues band – buddy guy’s legends/guitar player magazine – chicago

2000 – best local instrumentalist winner – the best of cleveland -

Columbus Traditional Blues Festival w/ John Hammond Jr., Henry Gray, John Primer – ‘07

International Blues Challenge – in Memphis – ‘07

Two Jr.’s Show w/ John Hammond Jr. & Robert Jr. Lockwood – ‘06

River City Blues Fest w/ Watermelon Slim, Fruteland Jackson, Slick Ballinger & Blind Mississippi Morris – ‘06

Opened for or performed with:
Bobby “Blue” Bland, Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, John Mooney, Robert Jr. Lockwood, John Hammond Jr., Billy Branch, Jaimoe (Allman Bros.), Watermelon Slim, Rare Earth, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, BR549, Arc Angels, Nappy Brown…

best blues band / best vocalist / best guitarist – cleveland free times – 1999-2001, 2004-2008

2006, 2000 – best blues band finalists – scene magazine

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