GRETCHEN PLEUSS @ Bop Stop - Music Cleveland! presents


Wed Feb 08 2023 at 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm


BOP STOP at The Music Settlement | Cleveland, OH

MUSIC CLEVELAND! presents Gretchen Pleuss!
Music Cleveland! is pleased to welcome back home singer/songwriter/poet GRETCHEN PLEUSS with a special concert on the intimate Bop Stop stage on Wednesday, February 8th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Gretchen will appear as part of the Lift Their Voices concert series presented by the Roots of American Music and the Bop Stop.
She will be performing many of her originals and speaking about Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Maria.
Gretchen Pleuss is a midwestern songwriter whose "vocal delivery and skillful finger picking call to mind the folk singers who graced the stage of the Gaslight Café during the 60's Greenwich Village folk renaissance.
Fans of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and other folk luminaries will appreciate Gretchen's gorgeous arrangements and thought-provoking songwriting" - Dan Jarvis, Midwest Action.
Hailing from a lower middle-class upbringing along the Ohio River and Rustbelt, Gretchen’s lyrics weave her personal experiences into larger reflections of society and self. Though her messages are equal parts emotional and heady, Gretchen’s soft vocals and infectious melodies allow listeners to resonate even when they may not personally relate.
To date, Gretchen has played at an array of prominent venues throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, and Ireland and opened for acts such as Lisa Loeb, Loudon Wainwright III, Chely Wright, Damien Jurado, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), and Bill Payne (Little Feat, the Doobie Brothers). Her discography consists of three L.P.'s, including the much anticipated Daughter of the Broader Skies, which was produced by Jim Wirt and released on Sun Pedal Recordings in 2019.
Gretchen is currently a Master of Public Administration honors student at the University of Michigan-Flint.
“Everybody’s Pretty” video:

“Lift Their Voices” is a community program to expand awareness of the artistic and societal innovations made by historical figures from marginalized communities whose contributions are too often under-appreciated. This monthly Roots of American Music concert series gives a voice to those marginalized people who did not have a voice.
GROUP RSVP: We have just eight (8) Prime Reserved Seats available for this show so best act now - you need to do two things: Purchase your tickets in advance with the link below and then RSVP according to the email instructions so we can confirm group members. We expect this show to sellout so act now!
RSVPs are restricted to members of the Music Cleveland! group on FaceBook.
RSVP REQUIRED Prime Seats: Please send your full name and name of guest if any, along with your direct email address and CELL phone number to: [email protected] with GRETCHEN in the subject line. You will then receive a confirmation email.
Tickets to attend this show in person are just $10 each. and the show will be LiveStreamed at Free of charge - Donations suggested -
Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and directly support the band. To donate, select "Donation: Livestream Attendee" as your Ticket Option above and follow the steps below:
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TICKETS: Just $10 at:
This concert will be live-streamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page.
WHAT: Coffee House Folk and Ohio Originals
WHO: Gretchen Pleuss
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8th from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 44113, about 3 minutes from Public Square across from the Veterans Memorial Bridge aka Detroit-Superior Bridge. 216.771.6551
MEMBER RSVP REQUIRED: To attend with our group (limited to eight (8) seats at our reserved table) Send your full name and guest - (one guest allowed) email and cell number to [email protected] with GRETCHEN in the subject line. You will then receive a confirmation email along with contact information for the host.
IMPORTANT: You must join our Facebook group and RSVP according to instructions above in order to be included in our prime reserved seating. Of course, anyone can purchase tickets on their own but they will not sit with the group. Members may bring one guest.
DINNER: Order dinner from an expanded menu:
TICKETS: $10 (Music Cleveland! prime seating) Purchase tickets direct and the RSVP per instructions below. Mention Music Cleveland! at the door for our reserved table. We have a limited number (8) of seats available for this show.
RSVP REQUIRED Prime Seats: Please send your full name and name of guest (1) if any, along with your direct email address and CELL phone number to: [email protected] with GRETCHEN in the subject line. You will then receive a confirmation email.
COVID POLICY: Masks or proof of vaccination not required. Masks are worn by staff and are encouraged for guests. Masks are available at the door for no cost. BOP STOP installed a UV air purifier on its HVAC system and the facility is electrostatically cleaned multiple times per week.
VIDEO - “If You Saw Me Now” -

“As with some of her proudly state musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves underneath layered vocal harmonies. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics.” - Malcolm X Abram — The Akron Beacon Journal
UNFETTERED - November 14, 2022

My dog doesn’t like jazz

He paints his disapproval
with exasperated sighs of
oil black and egg white

I love these quiet nights
spent with brass ballads

In my mind,
my feet are swinging
through the cosmos
as time goes by

I am a hopeless romantic,
hopelessly falling back into
my own arms
I always catch me
I light the right candles
and choose the right songs

I prefer my company
and the shadow
of a dream where
my dualistic dog
takes off running toward the pines
whenever he hears the sound of trumpets
I will shuffle around a hardwood floor
that I sanded myself
and remember all of the times
I denied myself a dance
because a man wouldn’t join me
I’m going to smoke
every cigarette I once craved
and light my own house on fire
with the feelings I smothered
for someone else’s comfort

Billie’s voice leaking
through wooded windows
and the silhouette of
my naked, elderly body

Finally as unfettered
and unusual
as my naked spirit

This Facebook group is essentially a promotional page for our artist friends and music lovers around the globe. The pandemic forced us to close our home group since live events and gatherings were suspended in 2020. For the duration, we were all about live streaming and personal posts and music from our artist friends!
Now, thanks to the vaccine, the country is opening up. We are especially excited to present live music in outdoor and curated indoor venues. We will always pay close attention to the current health advisories and vaccine protocols.
We also use this group for sharing videos and announcements for upcoming concerts that we will schedule and attend as a group. Now that a vaccine is readily available for the virus, we are pleased to resume our group activities.
Posts and videos from our friends around the world in the music industry are welcome.
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Where is it happening?

BOP STOP at The Music Settlement, 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

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Host or Publisher Bill Johnson

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