Cleveland Scene Podcast: No Sleep In The Cle


Cleveland Scene Magazine Presents: No Sleep In The CLE with Justin Markert and Ramon Rivas. Cellar Door's Justin Markert, Chucklefck's Ramon Rivas and their weekly guest talk about comedy, music, Cleveland and anything else.


  • 021 - Angie Hetrick (Coventry Village)

    021 - Angie Hetrick (Coventry Village)

    24/07/2015 Duración: 48min

    Today Justin sits down with Angie Hetrick. Angie is the Executive Director of Coventry Village and she also has her hands in a lot of other projects in Cleveland including booking the songwriting series at Luxe. On Saturday July 25th, the park in Coventry will be dedicated to legendary Clevelander and comedy mastermind Harvey Pekar. We talk about that event, Cleveland music and the always present eastside vs. westside battle. 

  • 020 - The Modern Electric

    020 - The Modern Electric

    01/07/2015 Duración: 01h20s

    Justin sits down with Modern Electric Piano/Guitar/Vocalist Garrett Komyati. They talk about Cleveland, movies, movies from the 70s, Wes Anderson movies, oh yea and The Modern Electric

  • 019 - Comedian Mike Polk

    019 - Comedian Mike Polk

    27/05/2015 Duración: 48min

    Today Justin sits down with comedian Mike Polk. Mike's all over the place doing standup, sketch and videos. We talk about his influences, how he grew up, whether to or not to be political publically and the lack of an abundance of female comics in Cleveland. 

  • 018 - Ottawa

    018 - Ottawa

    26/05/2015 Duración: 01h16min

    Today on No Sleep in the CLE, Justin Markert sits down with Cleveland rock band Ottawa. In a year and a half Ottawa has accomplished quite a bit for a local band. We talk about the meaning behind their name, songwriting process, favorite local bands, and the philosophy that a good melody is a good melody even if it's a NKOTB song. 

  • 017 - Seafair

    017 - Seafair

    20/05/2015 Duración: 01h01min

    Today we talk to Chayla and Ryan from the band Seafair who will be releasing their debut album at the Grog Shop on May 23. We play cuts from the record and talk about their journey as a band. Other music featured: Ottawa

  • 016 - Comedian Jimmy Graham

    016 - Comedian Jimmy Graham

    14/05/2015 Duración: 01h50s

    In our second episode of the week (!) we sit down with Jimmy Graham. Jimmy is a fascinating comedian who is a part of the Accidental Comedy Club collective run by Ramon Rivas. While he'd probably make fun of me for saying this, his comedy is almost performance art, he pushes boundaries. He once won a comedy "contest" and burned with winnings in front of all the losers. He tells a great story about how he once incorporated a homeless man (?) into his routine. 

  • 015 - Megan Zurkey

    015 - Megan Zurkey

    12/05/2015 Duración: 56min

    Justin Markert sits down with Cleveland singer/songwriter Megan Zurkey who is releasing her latest ep, "Behind Your Eyes" at the Happy Dog on May 15 with the Ohio Weather Band and Top Hat Black. Megan talks about how she got into music, her favorite artists and the songwriting process.

  • 014 - Wehsly Arms

    014 - Wehsly Arms

    05/05/2015 Duración: 53min

    Justin interviews Sam and Jimmy from Welshly Arms, who are releasing their debut album this week and will be performing at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Saturday May 9. We talk about how the band got started, the agony of choosing an album/band name that isn't too goofy and isn't too serious, the power of no, tips for local bands, and through a series of strange coincidences realize what a small world it is. 

  • 13 - Todd Mesek, VP at the Rock Hall (Inductions in Cleveland)

    13 - Todd Mesek, VP at the Rock Hall (Inductions in Cleveland)

    16/04/2015 Duración: 40min

    On this week's episode, Justin sits down with Todd Mesek, the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. They talk about the upcoming inductions here in Cleveland this weekend, as well as the previous years, the way artists are chosen, how a changing music landscape will effect the nominating process in the future and Todd spills the beans that you might not be completely out of luck yet if you didn't get yourself a ticket to the inductions. 

  • 013 - Stephanie Sheldon (Cleveland Flea)

    013 - Stephanie Sheldon (Cleveland Flea)

    09/04/2015 Duración: 01h08min

    Today we talk to the founder of the Cleveland Flea, Stephanie Sheldon. The Flea has blossomed into a major event in Cleveland. Hundreds of makers, entrepreneurs and craftsmen get together in one place to sell their unique creations, and Cleveland shows up in the thousands. We talk to Stephanie about how the Flea got started and where it's going. Music featured this week: Ragers, Item.

  • 011 - Drew and Mike from Loud in Cleveland

    011 - Drew and Mike from Loud in Cleveland

    06/03/2015 Duración: 01h14min

    Today we talk to fellow Cleveland music podcasters Mike and Drew from the podcasy Loud in Cleveland. We talk about podcasting as a medium, Brite Winter, some of our favorite Cleveland bands that fly a little under the radar and about how Loud in Cleveland got its start. This week's episode features the music of All Dinosaurs, Ageless Males and Megan Zurkey. 

  • 010 - Comedian Brian Kenny

    010 - Comedian Brian Kenny

    27/02/2015 Duración: 01h06min

    Justin Markert sits down with Cleveland comedian Brian Kenny. They talk about his start as a comedian, the hot spots for Cleveland comedy, the SNL40 special and whether or not you can separate the art from the artist, even if the artist is a terrible person (Bill Cosby).

  • 009 - Emily Hornack (Brite Winter founder)

    009 - Emily Hornack (Brite Winter founder)

    19/02/2015 Duración: 01h02min

    On this week's episode, Justin Markert sits down with Emily Hornack, the co-founder of Brite Winter. Brite Winter is a free annual music and arts festival. In it's 6th year, Brite Winter will host 63 bands across 9 stages in Ohio City on Saturday, February 21 to an expected crowd of over 20,000.Justin (who was recently hired as Program Director for Brite Winter) and Emily talk about the the early years of the fest, what this year will be like, and if anybody actually does give a F&$% about an oxford comma. You'll also hear music from a variety of Brite Winter performers including By Light We Loom, Welshly Arms, Brian Straw and Archie Green. 

  • 008 - Brandon Lichtinger (Writer)

    008 - Brandon Lichtinger (Writer)

    10/02/2015 Duración: 01h11min

    This week in No Sleep in the CLE, Justin Markert sits down with Brandon Lichtinger to discuss the most romantic/sad bastard movies of all time in honor of this weekends Valentine's Day and last weeks Grammy awards. Topics include deconstructing the career of John Cusack, Wes Anderson, Cameron Crowe, Michel Gondry and Richard Linklater films, The Beatles, Beck, and what we're really talking about when we talk about Kanye West: race.    

  • 007 - Vince DiFranco from Ohio Sky

    007 - Vince DiFranco from Ohio Sky

    22/01/2015 Duración: 01h07min

    This week on No Sleep in the CLE, Justin Markert and Ramon Rivas sit down with Vince DiFranco, singer/guitarist from the band Ohio Sky. They talk about what it takes to be a professional musician, the long journey Ohio Sky has taken, Suma Recording studios (one of Cleveland's best kept secrets), Nancy Grace's incompetence, and racist news organizations. Good times!   Ohio Sky will celebrate the release of their new album on Saturday January 24th at the House of Blues Cambridge Room along with Nights and Columbus band EYE. 

  • 006 - Max Stern from Signals Midwest/Meridian

    006 - Max Stern from Signals Midwest/Meridian

    30/12/2014 Duración: 01h01min

    On this week's episode of Cleveland Scene Podcast No Sleep in the CLE, Chucklefck's Ramon Rivas and Cellar Door's Justin Markert talk to Max Stern, singer/guitarist from the band Signals Midwest. Max is a very busy guy, in 2014 alone he clocked over 140 shows on three continents in 13 countries. They talk about influence, how Cleveland's music scene holds up to other cities and our failed and/realized 2014 resolutions and plans for 2015.   Signals Midwest will perform on Saturday January 3 at the Grog Shop as part of their annual free weekend. Other bands performing that night are Light Years, So Long Albatross, Worship This!, and Runaway Brother. Show is at 9 and is, well, free.

  • 005 - Tony Madalone from CLE NYE and Fresh Brewed Tees

    005 - Tony Madalone from CLE NYE and Fresh Brewed Tees

    23/12/2014 Duración: 40min

    Today Justin and Ramon are joined by Tony Madalone, the co-chair of Ohio Homecoming who is with us to talk about the second annual CLE ROCKS NYE, the New Year's Eve event in Downtown Cleveland featuring E-V, Machine Gun Kelly and Carlos Jones. We also talk about Tony's business, Fresh Brewed Tees. When Tony finished grad school 5 years ago, he immediately turned his back on the corporate world and went into business for himself by launching his apparel company which now has 15 employees, two t-shirt trucks, anda physical store at the CLE Airport.

  • 004 - Comedian Tim Cornett

    004 - Comedian Tim Cornett

    11/12/2014 Duración: 49min

    In episode 4 of No Sleep in the CLE, Ramon and Justin talk to Cleveland standup comedian Tim Cornett about his come up in comedy, living and performing in Portland vs. Cleveland, the differences between being a comedian at 19 and 34, and why more women don't do standup comedy.On December 17 at the Beachland Ballroom, Tim will record, FOR THE LADIES,  with one caveat, you must be female to attend.  For his first album in his 19 years of stand-up, Cornett will fill the room (and the album's audio) with his jokes and the lovely sound of female laughter.    

  • 003 - Cities  Coasts

    003 - Cities & Coasts

    04/12/2014 Duración: 01h04min

    In the third episode of Cleveland Scene's No Sleep in The CLE, Justin and Ramon talk to Nathan Hedges and Mikey Gould from Cleveland band Cities and Coasts. They are playing at the Beachland Ballroom on Friday, December 5 in support of Ottawa for their EP release show alongside, Midnight Passenger and Johnny LaRock.

  • 002: John Wellington from the CLE Comedy Fest

    002: John Wellington from the CLE Comedy Fest

    17/11/2014 Duración: 01h01min

    Ramon Rivas and Justin Markert talk to John Wellington, one of the founders and curators of the Cleveland Comedy Festival happening all this week. We talk about the fest, the best atmosphere to experience a show, the value of art and then tailspin into talking about the best places to eat breakfast on the east side and west side.

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