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://bzlistening.com All songs included with permission from the artists. Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug


47. Justus - Trap Soul/Rap Artist
Dec 11 • 52 min
I first saw Justus performing a couple weeks ago at the McFarland Manor November show. On today’s episode, I chat with him about his creative process, how he became “big in Algeria”, his terms of success, and the lessons he’s learned navigating Spotify’s…
46. Shawn Wickens - Artist / Comedian
Nov 26 • 68 min
Today I’m bringing a new thing to the show with my guest Shawn Wickens, who will forever hold the distinction of being the first comedian on the podcast. I met Shawn about twelve years ago, back when I was going through my improv comedy phase. He happened…
45. Christopher Johnston - Author/Playwright
Nov 21 • 57 min
Today my guest is writer Christopher Johnston, and we’re discussing his book “Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice”. Chris also has a new play with Playwright’s Local, Live Bodies for…
44. Ben Paul Williams - Singer-Songwriter
Nov 19 • 63 min
My guest today is actor and musician, Ben Paul Williams. I first met Ben about 10 years ago at a little open mic in Astoria Queens. We chat a bit about his stage career, the recent pull he’s been feeling to getting back to performing original music, and…
43. Cal Folger Day - Singer-Songwriter / Composer
Nov 12 • 55 min
Today my guest is Cal Folger Day, a singer-songwriter that’s a bit hard to pin down genre-wise, but if I had to slap a label on her, it’d probably be “Avant Folk”, similar the band Cutleri, who I had on earlier this year. Cal is based out of Dublin,…
42. Brenton Lengel - Writer - “Snow White Zombie Apocalypse”
Oct 31 • 47 min
Today my guest is playwright and author, Brenton Lengel. Brent and I go back nearly ten years, when I first met him at an open mic in New York. In this episode we spend a bit of time catching up and tracking the arc of his writing career, but the main…
41. N6664 - Doom Chip Performance Artist
Oct 29 • 71 min
Today’s guest is “Doom-Chip” performance artist, N6664, aka James Barney. I had heard chip-tune music before (for those who haven’t, it’s a style of synthesized electronic music generated using the sound boards from vintage gaming consoles), but never…
40. Deb Zep - Singer/Songwriter/Soulmate (Wedding Anniversary Tribute)
Sep 1 • 60 min
Hello and welcome to an especially schmultzy episode of BZ Listening. Today is my seven year wedding anniversary with my amazing wife Deb Zep. Unfortunately, she’s not here to celebrate with me because she is off on a 10 day vacation in Italy with her…
The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 4-7
Aug 25 • 101 min
The podcast will be returning in September, but I wanted to share the new audiobook “The War on Everyone” by former guest, journalist Robert Evans. This is the second half, Chapters 1-3 are in the previous episode. Robert is the host of one of my favorite…
The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 1-3
Aug 23 • 72 min
The podcast will be returning in September, but I wanted to share the new audiobook “The War on Everyone” by former guest, journalist Robert Evans. Robert is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, “Behind The Bastards”, where he profiles some of the…
39. Save the Footlight - Laura Regan, Owner
Aug 16 • 64 min
Click Here to Donate! Welcome to a special episode of BZ Listening. The podcast is officially on vacation, but I wanted to help spread the word about a fundraiser for The Footlight, a venue in Ridgewood Queens that is very near and dear to my heart, as…
38. Jane Arnoff Logsdon - Stand Up to Trump CLE Organizer
Aug 9 • 61 min
On today’s episode, at the top I announce a brief break from the show, and some state of the podcast reflections as the show nears its first anniversary. There may be a surprise episode or two, but no regularly scheduled music until September. Today’s…
37. Justin Curry - Violinist
Aug 5 • 68 min
Justin Curry has been playing violin since he was 16, and has performed all over the US, and internationally. We talk about how he started playing following a severe injury (content warning, if you can’t handle graphic stories about kneecaps going where…
36. Henry Black - Singer/Songwriter
Jul 29 • 46 min
Henry Black was born in Medicine Lake, Montana before the turn of the last century. Upon moving to New York City in late-2015, he rose to prominence among the acclaimed singer-songwriter scene. In 2019, he formed a seven-piece group comprised of two…
35. Pat Hull - Singer/Songwriter
Jul 22 • 70 min
Today’s guest is one of the first musicians I befriended in New York City, Pat Hull. Pat is a singer-songwriter from Connecticut currently based out of Chico, CA. He has a unique finger picking style, but what really sets him apart is his counter-tenor…
34. Zen Soundscapes at IngenuityFest
Jul 19 • 54 min
Today, my guests are Amanda Nyx, a painter, teacher, and installation artist, along with former guest of the show, musician Michael McFarland. I’m such a huge fan of the work Amanda and Michael do in the Cleveland area, especially their work on the…
33. Killy Dwyer - Mockstar, MC, Performance Artist
Jul 15 • 107 min
Today, my guest is Killy Dwyer, who bears a lot more labels than simply musician. Killy is an actor, comedian, performance artist, MC, and ultimately deserving of her invented label of “mockstar”. I met Killy about ten years ago at Penny’s Open Mic (now…
32. Roger Hill - Writer/Director of Huckleberry
Jul 10 • 75 min
Today’s episode is the first with a prerequisite. Usually I have musicians on this show, and if you haven’t heard them before, no big deal. Today, however, I’m talking with Roger Hill, director of the film “Huckleberry”, and if you haven’t seen it, then…
31. ManorFest 2019 Featured Act Highlights
Jul 8 • 65 min
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend and privilege to produce a portion of the first ever ManorFest at the McFarland Manor. The manor is a house venue in Gordon Square that puts on shows the last Friday or Saturday of every month, usually. The fest…
30. Lulu Friesdat - Election Security Journalist
Jul 3 • 47 min
Happy Almost-Birthday America! Now I know you’re excited to light off your fireworks, to bbq in the backyard, and to see all the people waving your flag and wearing it as a swimsuit, BUT first we gotta talk about some serious problems with your election…
Sick Day
Jul 1 • 2 min
Sorry folks, no music Monday this week!
29. Corry Michaels - Pop / Dance / EDM / Songwriter
Jun 24 • 81 min
Corry and I discuss his musical and performance roots, how he has used YouTube and remote collaboration to learn, his growth from a solo artist to leading a full and vibrant band, and how he is working toward his dream of being a professional musician.…
28. Matt Pless - Punk-Folk Musician
Jun 17 • 84 min
Today my guest is Matt Pless, a punk/folk/protest musician that I first encountered at Occupy Wall St, which we reflect on a bit, in addition to the standard questions I get into with every musician. Like many other artists I’ve interviewed, it’s a…
27. Brent Kirby - Rock Musician
Jun 10 • 101 min
Brent Kirby’s been called by many of his peers one of Cleveland’s hardest working musicians and his actions prove that. In 2013, Brent Kirby was voted “Best Singer” and also “Best Male Vocal” by the Cleveland Scene, and 2012, he was voted “Best Musician”.…
26. Michael Dylan Brennan - Mayor of University Heights - Part 2
Jun 6 • 76 min
If you haven’t listened to part one yet, I would definitely recommend it, because that’s weird, but it’s your life. Next Monday my musical guest will be Brent Kirby, and the following Thursday I’ll be releasing my interview with a local director, Roger…
25. Michael Dylan Brennan - Mayor of University Heights - Part 1
May 30 • 69 min
This may have been the most difficult interview I’ve ever had to edit, which is a direct result of the fact that it was one of the easiest interviews I’ve ever conducted with a total stranger. I did my best to whittle down our five hour conversation, but…
24. Memorial Day Mixtape
May 28 • 58 min
I took the weekend off, and so no new musical guest this week. Instead, I’ve put together this mix tape of all the musicians featured so far on the show. Check back tomorrow for part one of my interview with Michael Brennan, mayor of University Heights.…
23. Molly Ruth - Full Moon Outlaw
May 20 • 77 min
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…
22. Robinson Treacher - Singer/Songwriter
May 13 • 82 min
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,…
21. XE La Soul - Part 2
May 7 • 83 min
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!
Unexpected Bonus! The Dominic & Charlie Podcast
May 2 • 6 min
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…
20. XE La Soul - Jung Punk Musician
Apr 29 • 91 min
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…
19. McFarland Manor - Cleveland House Show Venue
Apr 23 • 30 min
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…
18. Michael McFarland - Indie Rock Musician
Apr 22 • 86 min
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…
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…