This weekend Progressive Field will feature what are unquestionably the best fireworks of the season and what could quite possibly be the best band in town as well.
In between the ballgames and the annual Rock n’ Blast firework spectaculars on both Friday and Saturday, four local Clevelanders will be on hand to pump up the crowd as the ballpark is readied to light up the downtown sky. The band is called Welshly Arms and they are comprised of lifelong Tribe fans that are ready for the opportunity to rock “The Jake”.
“It’s the ultimate sports venue to play at, for me,” guitar player and lead vocalist Sam Getz said. “There really isn’t a better place to have your music played. Baseball is my favorite sport and the Indians are my favorite team. There’s nowhere else that I’d rather have a song I wrote go.”
The featured song that will be played is the band’s newest hit, Dirty Work. Besides being a rocking stadium anthem, Dirty Work can also be heard on the new ‘Tribe Town’ commercials that the Indians have put out for the second half of the 2014 season. The song will also be a feature track on the band’s forthcoming full-length LP.
Along with Getz, who is a resident of Avon, the band is made up of three other homegrown talents. Jimmy Weaver of Avon Lake plays the bass guitar, Brett Lindemann of North Olmsted plays the keyboard and Mike Gould of Fairview Park is the band’s drummer. Both Weaver and Lindemann are vocalists for the band as well.
All lifelong Indians fans, Gould will be the only one somewhat out of his element this weekend. Gould claims that he only goes to Indians games where they play the Oakland Athletics—something that was just a coincidence at first but has since become somewhat of a personal tradition. The Indians will host the Baltimore Orioles this weekend, however.
Getz, who attended the final game at Municipal Stadium and the first game at Jacobs Field, is especially excited for the opportunity to play at the ballpark and in front of his childhood idol—Indians coach Sandy Alomar, Jr.
“I played catcher in Little League and I idolized Sandy Alomar,” Getz said. “Sandy wasn’t a Hall of Fame talent but he was an outstanding team leader. He just had that something. I wore #15 in honor of him.”
Last year, the band was invited to attend an on-field batting practice session—of course against Oakland—where Getz had an opportunity to meet his boyhood idol, Alomar. “I was too chicken to say hi to Sandy,” Getz recalls.
Welshly Arms blends a soulful mix of blues with rhythm and rock and roll creating what their website calls “a fresh, throwback sound that represents their Midwestern roots.” In addition to their recent success with the Indians, the band also helped launch Positively Cleveland’s “This is Cleveland.” brand campaign in March. The “Tribe Town” commercial spots will also not be a first for the band, as their songs The Touch and That Voodoo were placed in promotional spots on television’s CW network as well.
Dirty Work and the rest of Welshly Arms’ material can be purchased on both Amazon and iTunes. If you miss them at Progressive Field this weekend or would like to hear more, the band will be rocking Cleveland’s House of Blues on August 23 at 8:00 PM.
Check out the track below.