Gray Areas: Stanley tribute reunites three original MSB members

Entertainment Editor Andy Gray

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• Another Michael Stanley tribute event will reunite three original members of the Michael Stanley Band.

Tickets go on sale Friday for a show Oct. 22 at the Kent Stage featuring Jonah Koslen, guitar and vocals; Daniel Pecchio, bass and vocals; and Tommy Dobeck, drums, sharing songs and stories from the first three MSB albums.

The three were there at the beginning, when Stanley, who died in 2021, went from solo artist to bandleader.

Koslen and Pecchio were part of the sold-out Stanley tribute shows at MGM Northfield Park last December, and Koslen and Dobeck were part of the packed shows in May at Warren’s Robins Theatre and Akron’s Goodyear Theater. But this one will be the first featuring all three and focusing on the first three albums — “You Break It … You Bought It!” (1975), “Ladies Choice” (1976) and the double live album “Stagepass” (1977).

Koslen left the band after “Stagepass” to form Breathless. Pecchio played with MSB until 1979, and Dobeck remained with the band throughout its tenure and also played drums in Michael Stanley and the Resonators.

Pecchio posted on social media this week, “It is such fun to be working together again as we revisit the songs that were so exciting to write, record and play, that were the nexus of MSB. At the time, we didn’t know our music would become the soundtrack of so many lives of the people in the Cleveland area. So many stories of the adventure of a new group of musicians that would become lifelong friends.”

Koslen posted that it will be the first they’ve performed together as a trio and, “We will be exploring ‘deep tracks’ from these albums. Tracks like ‘Gypsy Eyes,’ ‘Let it Slide’ and many more. Some of these songs have never been performed live.”

Tickets are $60 gold circle (which includes premium seating, a “You Break It … You Bought It” CD and an event poster) and $35 for reserved seats and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at kentstage.org.

• The PBS Western Reserve documentary “Lines Broken: The Story of Marion Motley,” which had several Valley residents involved in its creation, is a regional Emmy Award winner.

The half-hour documentary, which aired in 2021, won in the documentary historical category at the Central Great Lakes Emmy Awards over the weekend.

It focuses on the career of Canton native Marion Motley, one of four black athletes who broke professional football’s color barrier a year before Jackie Robinson did the same in Major League Baseball.

David Lee Morgan Jr., a 1984 Warren G. Harding High School graduate, is one of the documentary’s producers. James Wells, a 1982 Harding graduate and football announcer for his alma mater, narrates the film.

Warren native Paul Warfield, a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee for his career as a wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, is interviewed in the half-hour documentary, and Canton native and one-time Warren resident James Waters II is co-director and a producer on the project.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

• The cast has been announced for the MasterChef Junior Live tour, which comes to Packard Music Hall on Oct. 1.

The kids contestants from the FOX reality series will include season eight winner Liya, 13; season 8 finalist Grayson, 14; and fan favorites A’Dan, 13, and Molly, 13. They will be featured in head-to-head cooking demonstrations and, according to the press release, “fun (sometimes messy!) challenges.”

Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.


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