Here's the (condensed) band history:
Easy Street's beginnings come from our first band - The Rats. We formed the band in 1971 as freshman at the University of Akron. We played college events, frat parties, high school dances, festivals, churches, coffeehouses, private parties, some bars like; Fat Albert’s, the Welcome Inn, the Corral, the Basement and dozens of other watering holes & dives. We set our sites on becoming something bigger and in June of ‘76, we added a couple new members, decided we might be able to actually do this for a living and became Easy Street. The band regularly packed the house at Akron's Flying Machine and Filthy McNasty's in Kent as well as clubs from Columbus to Lorain. Nearly 2,000 kids crammed into the original Cleveland Agora every week for the band's regular Thursday spot - the attendance record remains unmatched. Easy Street held that coveted Thursday night slot for nearly 6 straight years. We honed our skills, started writing original material and soon we hit the road with mini-tours of Canada and US cities that included: Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Denver, Miami, Daytona Beach, Tampa, Little Rock and Atlanta. We became synonymous with the term ``pride of Cleveland'' at a time when the city was the center of the known radio world. Over the years, we were lucky enough to share the stage with Meatloaf, Tom Petty, Southside Johnny, .38 Special, Pat Travers, Eddie Money, April Wine, Pat Benatar and Carl Wilson.
Easy Street is still so closely identified with the glory days of local rock and roll that band's self-titled album, bumper sticker and hat were a part of the set on ABC TV's Drew Carey Show. The band's self-titled 1982 album ranked among WMMS' top 25 releases, sandwiched between Robert Plant and Bruce Springsteen. MSB’s Michael Stanley and Kevin Raleigh made guest appearances on this record as back-up vocalists.
In 2002, we released a CD that featured all the songs from our original 1982 vinyl EP and 10 songs that were never before recorded. Later that year the band band headlined the opening night of the Crooked River Festival at the Riverfront Mall in Cuyahoga Falls in front of 6,000 people. In June of ‘05 the band co-headlined a multi-band show in Cleveland and was featured in a KSU documentary about the original, legendary Cleveland Agora.
We will re-unite again this year at Tangier in Akron in October. This will be the band’s 14th appearance at Tangier. We have sold out all of our previous concerts in 1990, 1995, 2000 (two shows) and 2005 through 2013.
The date for our next Tangier show is set. It will be Saturday Oct 25, 2014. Tickets will be on sale early this year!
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