"We're excited about bringing Todd back to the famous Cleveland Agora for these back to back concerts. He has a rich history with the Agora franchise touring as Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Back To The Bars, and TR-i The Individualist to name a few", Melinda Cain of RundgrenRadio.com said. "This will be Todd's first time performing his Unpredictable concerts in Cleveland and the best way we've found to describe what the shows are like is to tell fans to pretend Todd and three accompanying musicians are performing in their den for a house concert", she added.
One of the three musicians accompanying Todd for the Cleveland concerts is bassist Kasim Sulton, who has performed live as a solo artist at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom and Winchester's in the past. The other two musicians joining Todd will be guitarist Jesse Gress and a percussionist to be named at a later date.
Todd Rundgren has released over 30 albums either as a solo artist or with his bands Nazz, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Utopia, and The New Cars. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop-wunderkind, supported by the certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything?
During the 1970s and 1980s, Rundgren engineered and/or produced many notable albums for other acts, including Straight Up by Badfinger, Stage Fright by The Band, We're an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, and Skylarking by XTC. In the 1980s and 1990s his interest in video and computers led to Rundgren's "Time Heals" being the eighth video played on MTV, and "Change Myself" was animated by Rundgren on commercially available Amiga Computers.
His best-known songs include "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light" which have heavy rotation on classic rock radio stations, and "Bang the Drum All Day" featured in many sports arenas, commercials, and movie trailers.
The Agora Theatre and Ballroom (commonly known as the Cleveland Agora, or more simply, The Agora) is a concert club located in Cleveland, Ohio. The Agora name was previously used by two other Cleveland venues in succession, the latter of which was destroyed by fire in 1984. Following the fire which destroyed the Agora Ballroom on East 24th Street, club owner Henry LoConti, Sr. decided to move to the 5000 Euclid Avenue location.
Following extensive renovations, the new Agora Theatre and Ballroom, the third Cleveland venue to bear the Agora name, opened in October 1986. The current Agora was the site of a live recording on the 1996 reissue of Patti Smith's Horses album. The current Agora venue, known as such since 1986, first opened in 1913 as the Metropolitan Theatre. On December 29, 2011, the LoConti family donated the Agora to MidTown Cleveland Inc., a nonprofit organization.