December 31st 2016
Hey, Thanks for checking in!!!!
Wow! We will bid farewell to 2016 tonight at CK’s Lounge.
This will be my 7th New Year’s Eve celebration at CK’s
and the 4th there with “Face Value”. The group
has enjoyed growing popularity at our favorite wineries this
past year and have also had opportunities to venture into
new markets such as “Bike Nights” at Quaker Steak
& Lube. Due to the success and busy schedule of the group,
my solo appearances were very few in 2016, a circumstance
for which I apologize.
The performance schedule for the 4 piece slows down considerably
from October to April, but it does provide us the opportunity
to learn new material, a task we all really enjoy. It keeps
the show fresh for us, and our listeners. During this “off
season”, Rich Branham & I can be found much more
often, performing as the “Face Value Duo”. This
arrangement is much more laid back and works in the more intimate
settings such as near the fire at Ferrante Winery or in smaller
tasting rooms like Hundley Cellars & Kosicek Vineyards.
I’ve also had the pleasure once again this past year,
to join forces with the Cleveland area group Miles Beyond,
for an occasional special event. This is a larger group that
specializes in Motown, R&B and Blues and when they wish
to add a sax to their line-up, I get the opportunity to change
it up a bit. Fun stuff!
Something brand new…Due to a last minute cancellation
at Grand River Cellars yesterday afternoon, I joined forces
with “Tommy & the Gunz” and put together a
killer show to fill the evening. Tommy Varga is a powerhouse
player & performer and simply a pleasure to join on stage.
As a result, we have been invited to return to GRC on January
28th. This is also an opportunity for me to reunite with former
“Doc Genre” guitarist Matt Schenk, whom I thoroughly
respect and enjoy.
What’s up Doc????? “Doc Genre”, the four-piece
group I formed in early 2014, was somewhat of a “flash
in the pan”. The project got off to a very strong start,
exploring funk and R&B rhythms, a style I hope to employ
in my own creations, but ended rather abruptly. My intentions
were to form a group that
could provide the opportunity to create groove-oriented original
music, an idea I continue to pursue.
Recently “The Doc” has experienced a little re-creative
surgery, as I’ve begun studio sessions exploring ideas
that have been on the back burner for these past few years.
I will keep you posted on the progress of his possible reanimation!
Thank you so much for your support and friendship in the
past years and for joining us at our favorite area wineries,
such as Ferrante, Laurello, Grand River Cellars, the Old Mill
and Old Firehouse…And to the many new friends we’ve
made this past year at Debonne Vineyards, Up a Creek Tavern
in Warren, Quaker Steak & Lube in Mentor and Western Reserve
Harley Davidson… welcome to the family!!
Please check the schedule page for my upcoming solo appearances,
as well as these many projects in which I have the good fortune
to be involved.
I am blessed to have made so many friends thru my involvement
with music, and if Charleen and I do have a night free, we
almost always can be found listening to live music. It has
come to be known that I am seldom without my horn and I often
have the pleasure of sitting-in on a few songs with many good
musicians, so I hope to see you soon. Be sure to watch the
schedule page on this site to see where I will be, and with
My first and foremost interest has always been creating my
own music. As I continue to do so, I am constantly working
to build and expand upon my abilities. The more I play, the
more I realize how much more there is to learn.
I am constantly working on the upcoming schedule and often
find new venues based on the recommendations of our listeners.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions about when
and where you might like to see us, feel free to send me an
email or give me a call.
As always, Thanks for Listening!
to View - Newspaper Article in the Ashtabula Star
Beacon on May 3, 2008
to View - Magazine Article in the North Coast Voice
on November 4, 2009
Clip of Don Perry Duo
Clips of Face Value