Michael Stanley: ‘Friends and Legends’


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Sold Out

The stories will flow along with a helping of live music in tribute to Cleveland's Favorite Son, Michael Stanley, on the anniversary of his passing.


Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • In addition to our regular menu, a Prix Fixe 3-course dinner special is available for just $25
  • This week’s special
    • Tomato Basil Soup
    • 3 Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
    • Chocolate Lava Cake


Story topic this week…

Michael Stanley: ‘Friends and Legends’
The Music Box presents an evening of stories and songs about Michael Stanley featuring:
David Spero longtime manager and friend
Jim Quinn his original booking agent and member of Damnation of Adam Blessing
Charlie Wiener Michael’s ‘official’ opening act throughout the ’70s
Billy Sullivan member of Herman’s Hermits and sometime collaborator of Michael’s
Austin ‘Walkin Cane’ a blues legend and sometime collaborator with Michael


David Spero Bio


David Spero was destined to be part of Rock and roll’s history!

Starting at age 13, he worked on his father Herman’s Upbeat TV show holding cue cards and later serving as ‘Talent Coordinator’ and then Associate Producer. Upbeat was seen in over 100 cities between 1964 and 1971. He has since produced four Upbeat Live shows on Cleveland television garnering 3 Emmy nominations. A radio career started in 1968 (at the age of 17) at WXEN-FM in Cleveland. Stints at WNCR, WMMS, M105 and WNCX helped establish him as a top disc jockey in, the then new and emerging, field of FM radio. He was inducted into the Ohio Radio and TV Hall of Fame in 2004.

Hanging around with recording stars evolved into a career in artist management. David Spero Management was formed in 1973 steering the career of local icon Michael Stanley and producer Bill Szymczyk (Eagles, Who, Bob Seger etc) as well as Father Guido Sarducci from Saturday Night Live.

David took a thirteen year break from Rock and Roll when he accepted a job as Managing Director/Midwest for Columbia/Tri Star Pictures. He coordinated the regional releases of such pictures as Ghostbusters, The Natural, Tootsie, and Gandhi during his tenure.

But Rock and Roll came calling again in 1990 when Eagle Joe Walsh asked Spero to manage his career. He added other artists such as Harry Nilsson, Vanilla Ice, Eric Carmen and Ian Hunter. Spero produced ‘The Joe Walsh/Glenn Frey Tour’ which was the precursor to ‘The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over Tour’.

The rigors of touring took their toll and in 2000, Spero ‘retired’ and accepted the position of Vice President of Programming and Education at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this position, Spero produced the successful MTV show Live At The Rock Hall which aired for two seasons and featured the first TV appearances of such artists as Linkin Park, John Meyer, Godsmack, Avril Lavigne and Alicia Keyes.

But again, antsy for that Rock and Roll lifestyle, David Spero Management was back in business in 2003 representing the careers of Billy Bob Thornton, Hall of Famers Dickey Betts and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Survivor, Nelson, Don Felder, JD Souther and The Funk Brothers. After adding Richie Furay as a client, Spero helped put together the Buffalo Springfield reunion tour. A young, up and coming band The Empty Pockets fill out the current roster along with Albert Hammond, G.E. Smith, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Jesse Colin Young, Petula Clark, Ted Neeley and Bad Company.

David, 68, is a former (and original) member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Board of Directors. David was inducted into the Ohio Radio Hall of Fame in 2010. He lives in South Euclid Ohio with his wife, Ellen, of 42 years. They have a son Adam who is a graduate of John Carroll University.

Jim Quinn Bio


Launching his career in 1969, Jim Quinn was the founder, guitarist and co-songwriter of the Damnation of Adam Blessing, a rock band that recorded four charting albums for United Artist Records.

In 1972, Quinn established QA Music and later co-founded Solar Management Inc. a full service management and consulting service for producers, bands, musicians, songwriters and touring artist including magician David Copperfield, Donnie Iris and Boxcar Willie. In 1989, Quinn began weaving information technology into his career and joined Saturn Records as Director of Operations. There he began to develop the music industry software and database StarTracker®. In 1994 as Vice President and co-founder of Dormont Technologies, Ltd., Quinn helped to launch the StarTracker® System. StarTracker® has become the music industry’s standard micro-marketing tool. In 2000 Quinn returned to his industry roots as Senior Vice President of Blue Storm Music Records in NYC, a blues rock label with a rich stable of artists including Peter Green, Scott Holt, Vince Converse and Pete Brown.

Quinn then moved on to become Director of Publicity for Eagle Rock Entertainment in NYC, a CD & DVD company that developed, acquired and produced music programming for a wide range of notable and high profile artists, distributed on a worldwide basis. Quinn worked promoting upcoming releases, securing interviews, articles, news features and television appearances for the likes of Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach, Cat Stevens, Alicia Keys, Zakk Wylde, Foreigner and a list of others.

Currently Jim Quinn is President of Sunburst Entertainment an artist management and entertainment consulting firm.

Specialties: Music Marketing, Internet Marketing, Music and Video Licensing, Artist Management & Direction, Label Procurement.

Charlie Wiener Bio


For the last 50 years or so, Charlie Wiener has been traveling the country, mixing music and comedy. He’s put out seven music albums, two comedy albums, and a comedy DVD. Charlie was also the opening act for the historic Michael Stanley Band concert that set the attendance record at the Richfield Coliseum.

Billy Sullivan Bio


Billy Sullivan became a professional musician at the young age of 13 years old. He’s been a veteran of the Cleveland and Buffalo night club scene since 1975. Over the years, you might remember seeing Billy playing in bands like Duce, The Paul Pope Band, Club Wow, Moonlight Drive, Beau Coup, or the duo Spina & Sullivan. In 1986 Billy not only had his own band, but started a long and sucessful working relationship with Gary Lewis & the Playboys. He’s toured all over the world and shared the concert stage with the likes of Gary Lewis, Mark Lindsay, Mitch Ryder, Dickey Betts, Peter Frampton, Mark Farner, Ian Hunter, Eric Carmen, Sam Moore, Lou Christie, Lesley Gore, Billy J Kramer,Peter Noone, Joey Molland, Tommy Roe, Bryan Hyland, Jimmy Zero and the list goes on. He’s appeared on national television shows such as TNN’s Nashville Now to 11 appearances on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Through out all those years, Billy has been on countless recordings and jingles (IX Indoor Amusement Park), being the most recorded guitarist in Cleveland’s history! Billy being the “multi-instrumentalist” not only plays guitar and sings but also is an accomplished drummer and percussionist, bassist and plays a little keyboards as well! His own releases included the 1986 single release “Never Again (Without You)” reaching #13 on the local charts and has received national airplay. His most recent CD release All-American Popster has sold copies as far away as Japan to Spain and France as well as the US. Billy had the distinct honor to be hand picked personally by Eric Carmen to participate in “An Evening with Eric Carmen” his first solo show in many years at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in March 2000 and the “Raspberries” Reunion Show in November 2004! After completing the 2005, 2007 Raspberries Reunion tours and also 23 years of touring with Gary Lewis & the Playboys as their drummer & guitarist, Billy continues to play dates with his single act and various duos and bands in his hometown of Cleveland OH, and also Chicago IL, Buffalo NY, Milwaukee WIS as well as performing and touring as a full time member of the Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone.

Austin ‘Walkin Cane’ Bio


Austin Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist that performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets. Austin Walkin’ Cane has toured Australia, Nepal, Colombia, France, Germany, England, Wales, and the US, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar & suitcase in hand.

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?!” Austin 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.

AWC’s 2008 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 captured the perfect “live in the studio” feeling that Austin & co-writer Chris Allen had envisioned for these songs. The band is a well oiled machine. Special guests on Murder of a Blues Singer include Colin Dussault, Eroc Sosinski and one of Cleveland’s finest gospel groups, the Prayer Warriors.

In 2011, an acoustic CD, A World Of Blues, was released. The Allen/Charanghat original songs were recorded live at the Brothers Lounge as a testament to Walkin’ Cane living on the road. The album uses excerpts of Austin’s world travels in addition to the show recorded in the heart of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame city.

During the summer of 2014, One Heart Walkin’ was recorded in two days at the historic G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula, OH. Built in 1850, the former schoolhouse & Civil War Veteran’s hangout, set the perfect mood for this album. Listening to Cane’s most recent album is like being a passenger on the old Illinois Central Railroad. These “Damn Fine Blues,” take the listener from the south side of Chicago, through the deep south of the Mississippi Delta. You’ll stop in Memphis, Clarksdale & Bentonia, and ride to the end of the line of New Orleans, Louisiana.

All of the songs on One Heart Walkin’ were co-written with songwriter and grade school friend, Chris Allen. The album of Allen/Charanghat originals came to life with the help of legendary producer & bassist Don Dixon, harmonica extraordinaire Dave Morrison, Allen on acoustic guitar, Freddie Perez-Stable on drums & members of the Revolution Brass Band, bringing in the sound of New Orleans.

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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