Third Wish Reunion Show at the HOB

  • August 12, 2017 - August 12, 2017
  • 308 Euclid Avenue
  • Cleveland OH 44114
  • Phone: 216-905-4169
  • Times: 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
  • Admission: $20.00
Event - Third Wish

From $200 and free beer to selling out The Odeon, Third Wish returns to Cleveland for House of Blues reunion show (Cleveland, Ohio) June 6, 2017 -- One of Cleveland’s most popular 90s bands, Third Wish, will play a reunion show at the House of Blues Cleveland in the Cambridge Room on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 9 p.m. All of the band’s original members -- plus a few special guests -- will take the stage for the first time together in more than 10 years. Spanning six years, three CDs and more than 200 shows in 22 states, Third Wish built its reputation on solid musicianship, introspective songwriting and a captivating live show driven by the infectious energy of charismatic vocalists Dan Heberlein and Tara O’Malley Wegling. The band’s sound has been called “rootsy, bluesy rock”, but it’s probably best defined by a mixture of the bands they played with, including Guster, They Might Be Giants, Cowboy Mouth, Sister Hazel, Jackopierce, OAR and the Jayhawks. The origin of Third Wish can be traced to 1993, when childhood friends Heberlein and Ryan Dawson (guitar) each took a semester off from college and started writing songs and playing open mic nights around Cleveland’s west side. “We never even talked about starting a band,” Dawson said. “We just did it for fun.” But when the duo was joined by co-worker Blane Warrene (lead guitar) and Heberlein’s Westlake High School classmate, Wegling, the songs took on a new energy that local club owners quickly began hearing about, and soon the offers started coming. “We kept saying no, we were happy doing open mic nights. But come on, $200 and free beer … we couldn’t pass that up,” Dawson said, laughing. From there, the buzz spread. Thanks to grassroots support from an expanding loyal fanbase, Third Wish began turning Cleveland-area bars into mini concert events. What started out as packed shows at Lakewood pubs became sold-out shows at the Phantasy Nite Club, Peabody’s Down Under and The Odeon Concert Club. That impact wasn’t lost on the band, either. “Once we felt the impact that our songs had on people, it’s all we wanted to do,” Heberlein said. The quartet released its debut album, “Strings of Culture,” in 1995. The 10-song acoustic record quickly sold out of its first 2,000 copies as the band started playing shows around the Midwest. Eventually they added a bass player (Paul Lewis) and drummer (Jerry Buescher) to their sound, which only added to the powerful live shows. The band’s second album, “Miles From Somewhere,” (1996) helped solidify Third Wish as one of the most sought-after college bands east of the Mississippi. In addition to a growing list of campus performances, Third Wish developed relationships with regional bands like First Light and World in a Room (Cleveland), Brownie Mary and The Gathering Field (Pittsburgh), Nineteen Wheels and Domestic Problems (Lansing, Mich.), and Jamestown and Hello Dave (Chicago). The cult-like following garnered the attention of radio stations and booking agents, as well as Cleveland Scene Magazine, which named Third Wish “Rock Band of the Year” in 1996. In 1997, shortly after earning another honor, “Independent College Rock Band of the Year”, Third Wish released a self-titled live recording of one of its sold-out shows at The Odeon Concert Club. Like the first two CDs, this one quickly sold out of its first pressing. “Our fans are incredible. They always have been,” Heberlein said. Along the way, Third Wish has played CBGB in New York City, the H.O.R.D.E. Tour at Blossom, Spring Fest at the University of Florida, a haunted house in Vermont, Hippie Fest with Ekoostik Hookah, and an endless collection of clubs, festivals and venues that have left thousands upon thousands of fans dancing and singing long after the band left the stage. In addition to the group’s original lineup, the House of Blues show will feature good friends Curtis Leonard (guitar), Tim Hruby (guitar) and Greg Henderson (fiddle/mandolin). “It will be a special night for us and for the fans who made Third Wish a part of their lives,” Heberlein said. Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at For more information on the band and the show, please visit:

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