Welshly Arms. They are the band that put up the show of the summer at Crocker Park’s ‘Liberty Rocks’ Fest last Sunday.
Fronted by Avon Laker Sam Getz and backed by other west-siders like North Olmsted native Brett Lindemann (keys) Jimmy Weaver (bass), Mikey Gould (drums), and Bri & Jon Bryant (background vocals). Welshly Arms presented both a tribute to hometown allegiance and a wave to the local crowd as they make their way to international acclaim.
Just how good was this startling performance of rock, blues-infused energy and as great a rock show as you will see anywhere?
“I can’t believe we are seeing this group for free, and at a mall!” exclaimed one fan standing along the rail in front of the stage. “In three years, people will be paying $5000 to get a spot like this!”
As Welshly Arms ignited the night with both original tunes like ‘Legendary’ and and their own high energy takes on standards like their blusey “Hold On, I’m Coming,” the significance of the evening became apparent.
“This feels a little strange, playing at a place where we used to come and buy shoes and coffee,” said Getz. “But it is so great to be here where my grandpa is in the audience with my three-year old son!”
Getz also thanked the many familiar faces in the crowd he has seen as the band has built a growing reputation through venues like Beachland Ballroom, Edgewater Live and Wade Oval Wednesday. But wait! There is also so much more….Their single, “Legendary,” has been featured in TV commercials for HULU, the Cleveland Indians, Miller Lite and even a Quentin Tarantino trailer, “The Hateful Eight.”
Those who recall Getz, Lindemann and Gould from their high school days will remember them as part of the worship team at Westlake’s Church on the Rise. Getz also toured with Bay Village star Kate Vogele for several years. And now, Welshly Arms (so named in a off-the-cuff send up of a Saturday Night Live sketch), will be off to Germany for a September European Tour.
If you want to catch this group while they are still local, plan to see them at Progressive Field’s Block Party July 4, Edgewater Live July 13, or Wade Oval Wednesday Aug. 9.
10 years from now, you’ll be able to say you’re one of those people who saw them when….