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Issue Date: April 2009

Eight Greats - Live Music

Austin “Walkin’ Cane”
Matt Beargie
Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat is married to his work. In fact, the bluesman and his wife tied the knot in Memphis, Tenn., at legendary Sun Studio — the launching pad for Elvis Presley — the same night he recorded his album706 Union Ave.there. Of course, for any marriage to work, you have to put in the effort. And Austin has done so for years. We asked him his favorite places to hear the music he loves unconditionally. 
~ Finney Chapel | “It’s my favorite place to see a concert. It’s an old church they converted into a music hall.” 90 N. Professor St., Oberlin,

~ Beachland Ballroom | “It’s great because I always imagined that this place was like a mini version of the old Fillmore, where people like Hendrix and Santana used to play.” 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, (216) 383-1124,

~ The Agora | “You walk in, and you feel like you’re part of history. I opened up for Buddy Guy there about seven years ago.” 5000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, (216) 881-6700,

~ The House of Blues | “I like it that you can get up close if you want to. But if you want to go back and sit down, that’s cool, too.” 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, (216) 523-2583,

~ Blossom Music Center | “You can’t go wrong with the pavilion seats.” 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, (330) 920-8040

~ Nautica Pavilion | “It sounds good and has a fun stage. I saw Bob Dylan do a great show there. That was when people were saying you don’t know if he’s going to be on or off. He was on fire.” 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland,

~ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Fourth Floor Theater | “It’s only like a 200-seater. I saw Charles Brown there, and it was amazing. He was telling stories about his life. It was really personal.” 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, (216) 781-7625,

~ The Brothers Lounge | “I have an old Down Beat magazine from 1964, and it talked about how Art Blakey was playing at the Brothers Lounge 40-some-odd years ago. They have a nice setup and made a nice music club, which isn’t happening so much these days.” 11609 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, (216) 226-2767,

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