BZ Listening

BZ Listening

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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! http://bzdug.com/podcast All songs included with permission from the artists. Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug
17. Madeline Finn - Songwriter Singer
Apr 15 • 82 min
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…
16. Indré - Singer/Songwriter
Apr 8 • 61 min
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…
15. Personal Day: Trans Issues with Valouria Douglas
Apr 4 • 45 min
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…
14. Personal Day: Trans Issues with Sara Kaplan
Apr 3 • 41 min
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…
13. Cutleri - Avant Folk Trio
Apr 1 • 71 min
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…
12. Larry Elefante - Musician
Mar 25 • 61 min
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…
11. Steve Holecko - Political Director CCPC
Mar 20 • 81 min
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…
10. Robert Evans - Journalist
Mar 18 • 52 min
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…
9. Kate Hart - Musician
Mar 18 • 65 min
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…
8. Mikey Silas - Musician
Mar 10 • 64 min
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…
7. Occupy Wall Street Reflections
Oct 23, 2018 • 47 min
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…
6. Hannah Stak - Musician
Oct 9, 2018 • 56 min
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…
5. Holly LeCraw - Author/Activist
Sep 26, 2018 • 64 min
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…
4. Curtis Eller (2014) - Musician
Sep 18, 2018 • 60 min
I discovered Curtis in the summer of 2009 when he opened for the Squirrel Nut Zippers in New York City. I don’t remember a thing about them, but I’ll never forget how Curtis captivated me. His performance involved a fair amount of high kicks, twirling,…
3. Charley Crockett (2018) - Musician
Sep 13, 2018 • 57 min
It has been an honor and a privilege to know Charley Crockett, and get to watch his star rise. I met Charley Crockett in 2009 at a small open mic in Astoria, back when I was giving standup comedy a shot. Shortly after we met, he put out word that he was…
2. Charley Crockett (2014) - Musician
Sep 10, 2018 • 51 min
Charley Crockett is the man who nicknamed me BZ, back in 2009 when we first met at an open mic in NYC. This episode is pulled from my very first attempt at podcasting back in 2014. We cover a lot of Charley’s background before he came to NYC, his life as…
1. Ray Flanagan - Musician
Sep 4, 2018 • 63 min
Ray Flanagan is one of the most prolific musicians in the Cleveland music scene, and can be found delivering his own songs intimately in his dynamic solo performances, rocking and rolling with his band The Authorities, or playing sideman to any number of…
A Brief Introduction
Sep 4, 2018 • 1 min
Hi there, I’m BZ Douglas, a musician, and event producer. I came to the craft of music late in life. I waded into the waters of the New York open mic scene back in 2009 as a stand up comic, and came out a musician. The open mics are also where I met my…