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Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with. Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes! All songs included with permission from the artists. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bzlistening/support

Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with. Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes! All songs included with permission from the artists. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bzlistening/support
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Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with. Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes! All songs included with permission from the artists. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bzlistening/support

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Episodes

23. Molly Ruth - Full Moon Outlaw

5/20/2019
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This week I’ve got another guest that I met while I was living in New York City, Molly Ruth. We talk about how growing up in NYC shaped her and the state of the city, the meaning behind some of her song lyrics, and her time at Standing Rock. In a pinch I’ve described Molly as a cross between Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, and Joan Jett, but that isn’t nearly as accurate as the bio on her website: “Every song is a blood-sacrifice. Sometimes she howls to the animal kingdom, sometimes sermonizes in...

Duration:01:17:38

22. Robinson Treacher - Singer/Songwriter

5/13/2019
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Today’s guest is Robinson Treacher, a singer-songwriter with a heart and voice of gold that I met nearly 10 years ago at a family-owned cafe in Queens called Waltz Astoria. We talk about Robinson’s formative experiences with music, his creative process, the spiritual undertones of his lyrics, and his newfound love of house shows. This is one of the first guests I’ve had on the podcast that spent time in the open mic scene of NYC during my formative years, so we take a stroll down memory...

Duration:01:22:03

21. XE La Soul - Part 2

5/7/2019
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More songs and stories from Xe La. We don't have the budget for one of those fancy "Previously on BZ Listening" intros, unfortunately, so you'll have to go back and listen to part one to see what you missed!

Duration:01:23:28

Unexpected Bonus! The Dominic & Charlie Podcast

5/3/2019
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Over dinner I explained to my sons how I prepare for an interview on my podcast, that it's almost all figuring out good questions. While I recorded an interview with a remote guest in my office they did this. They're really excited about it, so maybe consider this a pilot episode...

Duration:00:06:37

20. XE La Soul - Jung Punk Musician

4/29/2019
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My guest today is Alexander Alvarez, aka XE La SOL. Alex is a man who has a very pure and complicated relationship with music and the world, and one of the most beautiful hearts and minds I’ve had the privileged to watch unfold on this show. You can listen to the episode and find links to Xela’s projects at http://bzdug.com/podcast/xela One of the questions I ask every guest is “What is your measure of success?” It was after talking with Xela, that I realized my own answer, which is that...

Duration:01:31:46

19. McFarland Manor - Cleveland House Show Venue

4/23/2019
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In part two of my interview with Michael McFarland, we chat about the history of McFarland Manor. McFarland Manor is a Cleveland house venue in the Gordon Square District, organized by Michael McFarland, Cassie Bishop & Mikey Silas. The Manor hosts monthly concerts, generally on the last Friday or Saturday of each month. McFarland Manor on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/McFarlandManor

Duration:00:30:36

18. Michael McFarland - Indie Rock Musician

4/22/2019
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This week my guest is indie-rocker and musical architect, Michael McFarland. We ended up covering a lot of ground, so I had to break this interview up into two parts. Today’s episode covers Michael’s childhood being homeschooled by his two exceptionally brilliant parents, what it was like gigging as a teenage musician (I even got him to recall his most cringe-inducing lyric from those days), his creative process, how he’s managing to achieve a middle class career in music, and his new...

Duration:01:26:08

17. Madeline Finn - Songwriter Singer

4/15/2019
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On today’s episode, Madeline Finn and I talk about her early start in music, the lessons she learned as an American Idol contestant, and how she plans to move forward as a musician using Patreon to sustain herself and leveraging that commitment to fans to fuel her creativity. This one runs pretty long, closing in on the 90 minute mark, but I promise you I cut everything that I could. In any case, I blame Madeline, she was such a fun guest. No joke, I could have interviewed her all...

Duration:01:22:02

16. Indré - Singer/Songwriter

4/8/2019
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Welcome to another Music Monday, today my guest is Indré, a local singer/songwriter that splits her time between Cleveland and Akron. I caught one set by her at the Winchester open mic in Lakewood and immediately booked her for an interview, and as the featured act for the my next house show, which is this Saturday, April 13th if you’re in town. In our chat today, I learned that Maddie was singing by the age of three (and she has the receipts), that she spent some time towards a Public...

Duration:01:01:51

15. Personal Day: Trans Issues with Valouria Douglas

4/4/2019
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Today’s episode is part two of a new segment on the show, “Personal Days”, where I talk with friends and family about issues we are currently dealing with or have in the past. The subject of for this personal day is transgender issues, because my brother Carl has decided to transition into my sister, Valouria or Val for short. If you haven’t heard part one yet, I highly recommend you go back and listen to that episode where I interview trans-advocate and mother of two trans children, Sara...

Duration:00:45:19

14. Personal Day: Trans Issues with Sara Kaplan

4/3/2019
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Today kicks off a new series on the show that I call “Personal Days”, where I focus on a topic that hits close to home for me. This first one is on trans-rights and acceptance because this year, my brother Carl has come to the realization that he wishes to transition into becoming my sister, Valouria. My discussion with Valouria, which is essentially the first conversation she and I have about her transition, will be out tomorrow. But before I reached out to my sibling, I contacted an old...

Duration:00:41:41

13. Cutleri - Avant Folk Trio

4/1/2019
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I’ve known Cutleri for about a decade going back to when I first started playing music in 2009. It was at Penny’s Open Mic that I first discovered Cutleri when they were the featured guest. They immediately stood out, from the sheer number of instruments and musical toys amassed around them. Heidi Harris would play everything from piano or blower keyboard to thunder-makers and finger chimes, Christen Napier perfectly plucked away at her banjo while Jessie Shaffer shifted from barnyard...

Duration:01:11:46

12. Larry Elefante - Musician

3/25/2019
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Today my guest is Michael Rutushin, aka “Larry Elefante”. On the show we talk about Michael’s musical family, his first gigs, his worst gigs, and his new album, “I Get Sentimental” recently released on vinyl by way of a successful kickstarter campaign and now available on Spotify and Bandcamp. As always, if you like the show, please throw the episode a good rating, and like the page on Facebook. If you live in my neck of the woods, you can vote for BZ Listening as “Best Local Podcast” on...

Duration:01:01:16

11. Steve Holecko - Political Director CCPC

3/20/2019
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Today my guest is Steve Holecko, Political Director of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus or CCPC for short. This is by far the longest episode I have released, so I will keep the introduction short. As the seemingly endless marathon that is the 2020 democratic primary gets underway and starts to take up all the political oxygen in our brains, I thought it was important to make sure to keep my ear to the ground more with local issues. For the first half hour, Steve and I discuss his...

Duration:01:21:55

10. Robert Evans - Journalist

3/18/2019
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Today my guest is Robert Evans: journalist and host of the “Behind the Bastards” podcast. I first noticed Robert’s work in 2013 when he was writing for Cracked.com, a comedy site that did a surprising amount of important reporting and political commentary. The piece was entitled “6 Myths About Drone Warfare You Probably Believe”, and it kicked off a long running series that came to be known as Cracked's “Personal Experience” articles. They ran the gamut from Sex Workers (both voluntary and...

Duration:00:52:05

9. Kate Hart - Musician

3/18/2019
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Kate Hart is a Cleveland pioneer of “nerd folk”, a genre she may or may not have invented. Please do let me know on twitter or elsewhere if she’s wrong because Kate is also a scientist, and therefore very much would appreciate the criticism, so she can correct that claim. In today’s interview, we talk about her work as a chemical engineer for a green energy startup in Akron that specialized in waste heat recovery, which apocalypse she thinks would be most fun (if we survive catastrophic...

Duration:01:05:24

8. Mikey Silas - Musician

3/11/2019
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Today’s episode is with another rising star of the Cleveland music scene, Mikey Silas. Mikey’s stage presence is as big as his heart, and is a font of positivity and encouragement, both in person and online. I first heard him at an open mic in 2018 and was instantly captivated by his soulful vocals and passionate performance style. If you dig Mikey’s work, be sure to visit mikeysilas.com and follow Apostle Jones on Facebook and Instagram.

Duration:01:04:58

7. Occupy Wall Street Reflections

10/23/2018
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Today’s episode is another throwback, reflecting on Occupy Wall Street, which we are currently in the 7th anniversary of. The occupation began on September 17th, 2011, and was viciously evicted on November 15th. Living in New York during OWS is something I will always treasure. I first heard about something going on downtown from a few friends’ posts on Facebook. It wasn’t long before I realized that this was a historical moment, and so I tried to participate as much as I could. At the time,...

Duration:00:47:57

6. Hannah Stak - Musician

10/10/2018
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This week’s episode is with Cleveland singer-songwriter, Hannah Stak. I first heard her play at the McFarland Manor house show, and she lived up to the high praise I’d been hearing from my wife, Deb. She was one of the first artists I booked for the revival of my Carnivale last August. I also loved her banter and stories between songs and was really glad to have this opportunity to get her to elaborate a bit more on some of those stories. This summer Hannah released her first EP,...

Duration:00:56:45

5. Holly LeCraw - Author/Activist

9/26/2018
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Today’s interview is with my first non-musical guest, Holly LeCraw. She’s a Boston-based author of two books, The Swimming Pool and The Half Brother, and is currently working on a third. I met Holly in the spring of 2016 during my brief stint as an amateur journalist, covering the debacle that was the New York Presidential Primary election. You can review some of the work we did together at nyelectionjustice.org, putting together a timeline of the failures of the NYC Board of Elections...

Duration:01:04:03