Happy Tenth Anniversary, Happy Dog!



If you’ve never been to one of our shows at The Happy Dog, you might wonder why we’re a bit obsessed with this place… You see, The Happy Dog isn’t JUST a bar… (I mean, it IS a great one)… It’s become integral to Cleveland’s arts and culture landscape over the last decade. It regularly plays host to amazing local bands, science talks, debates, public forums, storytelling shows… and… us!





Without this place – a no-frills spot to unwind, or fill your brain with ideas and facts and music, Cleveland wouldn’t be what it is. We certainly wouldn’t be who we are without our home base, either… To that end, we loved celebrating their tenth birthday month on Tuesday night! Quick pics below from Tuesday’s celebration + a few favorites from our July show! See you soon…


For quick clips, check us out on Instagram (@classicalrevolutioncleveland) or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClassicalrevolutionCLE/

Cheers to the next ten!!




3 thoughts on “Happy Tenth Anniversary, Happy Dog!

  1. Hello Ariel, you wonderful thing, you!

    I’m Amy, the “old” person you said could play for 5 minutes maybe next month, or whenever, and I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity. I’m starting my musical “career” a bit late at age 61, but with no less enthusiasm than all the Classical Rev devotees, and maybe even a bit more, now that I’ve been told I can make money doing the thing I love most–playing or singing for people, and talking to the isolated elderly who have SO very much to offer.

    I learn from all of my clients, and that’s why I’m not yet ready to surrender, even though my (male) boss thinks that keeping people vibrant, safe, and alive is worth exactly $9.50 an hour. But I use music in my job all the time, once I realized that all the books about dementia left out the most important thing–attending to humans as people with histories, and each story is more interesting than the last, though the heartbreak I suffered from the last few clients almost made me apply for retail. Again. Never!

    So, I will work on 5 minutes of music as you suggested, and promise not to make too much noise at the Elvis piano. You can stick me anywhere you want, and hardly anyone will notice how old I am, because I’m short and most people think I’m a lot younger, and treat me with the commensurate level of respect, which is very little😂🙄.

    Let me know when you would like me to play. This is a whole new adventure for me, and I’m booked in several places already, and may find that I have to turn down gigs, and need to already prepare for holiday music, but playing the Happy Dog wasn’t even on my bucket list–and my young nephew may even be impressed, as he loved to come to the Dog before he moved out to Colorado.

    I have watched you nearly from the beginning of Classical Rev with the utmost respect and wishing I could be younger, so I could have as much fun as you all seem to do. And thank you for playing in places where people have been forgotten–if they aren’t able to thank you, trust me, you have made their lives better.

    The photos of the birthday are wonderful, and today I just celebrated purchasing a safe big-ass SUV to protect me from the maniacs where I live and work, which before you were even born was peaceful farmland and vineyards, not miles and miles of low quality over-priced goods that no one in their right mind would pay money for, but I’ve decided Westlake’s motto should be: “More money than sense”. I have to live here, but I don’t have to be of that mindset.

    Thank you for making every third Tuesday of every month an evening I can look forward to, sometimes quietly by myself, occasionally with friends, but always with anticipation of what I might here from the newly minted musicians in Cleveland. It never disappoints–well, okay, the Oreo Opera was something I could have lived without! But all music is worth hearing, and thank you for all that you do. Your children are lucky to be exposed to music in such a friendly way.

    I look forward to seeing you next month. I’ve attached my contact information, so feel free to get in touch with me in whatever way is most convenient.

    Be well, Amy Cox


    On Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 11:47 PM Classical Revolution Cleveland wrote:

    > Ariel Clayton Karas posted: ” If you’ve never been to one of our shows at > The Happy Dog, you might wonder why we’re a bit obsessed with this place… > You see, The Happy Dog isn’t JUST a bar… (I mean, it IS a great one)… > It’s become integral to Cleveland’s arts and culture ” >


      1. You’re a gem! I’m just putting together a program for tomorrow, having spent all day yesterday purchasing a car–almost as much fun as playing, but I’m way behind schedule. Thanks–I’ll be in touch by next week. My grandfather’s name was Clayton, which makes it easy to remember yours. Happy Bernstein’s birthday!


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