Trenda's Bio

Trenda Ann Jones

Born July 9, 1966 in Northeast Ohio, near the shores of

Lake Erie, Trenda has always had a passionate love for

music. Two of her stand-out childhood memories are the

thrill of listenening to her dad play guitar and her mom

producing music shows for all the neighbor kids to

perform for the grown-ups.

Trenda was just five years old when she became a huge                      

Elvis Presley fan. Her mother recalls her young daughter

energetically playing, as 5 year olds do, when she froze and                                                                  

stared at the television as a commercial selling Presley records aired.

From that moment on, whenever Trenda was asked what she wanted

for her Birthday or Christmas, she answered "Anything Elvis." She

clearly remembers that moment, as well as listening to her parents' 45's.  

Two in particular, "Witch Doctor"  by David Seville  (what kid wouldn't love that?!)                                         

and "Lover Please" by Clyde McPhatter. 


After seeing The Cleveland Orchestra as a young girl, her love for the art grew even deeper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

She couldn't wait until the 4th grade when she could begin flute lessons                                                                

at school. Her first solo was that same year at the school's Christmas program.

She played "Silver Bells"  and "Frosty the Snowman". She loved when her dad                         

grabbed his guitar and told her to get her flute. They would play together

and "Frosty" was always on the playlist, along with favorites from the 50's & 60's.                                                            

During High School, she switched from band to choir, but never completely

leaving her flute behind. She would perform solo's or play

with the pianist as the choir sang.

In her twenties, she worked for Cleveland area night spot, The Sahara Club,

contributing to their advertising and selling t-shirts & memorabilia.

At thirty-something, she started in sales at a local oldies radio station. That                                           

quickly led her to learn all aspects of radio as she began PR, producing, engineering                                                        

and co-hosting the stations "all Elvis" show, Elvis-His Life and Music. She also

managed her co-host's band who was a popular Elvis impersonator in the area.

Working in the studio and doing remote broadcasts led to hosting private events                                                                          

and dj-ing at public venues. The station changed its format to talk radio, but

Trenda still enjoys playing music for a crowd. What satisfies her most is watching

people have fun:  "When I play a song and it brings a smile, sparks a memory or

makes someone get up and dance, that's what it's all about for me, and I love it!"                                                                  

"Someone once told me, you have to love what you do. If you love what you do, you

can't help but succeed."

Trenda is the proud mother of three beautiful children. She loves to write, and in 2010,                                                                

she became a member of the Board of Trustees for WomenSafe-The Green House,

her local domestic violence shelter.                                                                                                                               









                                                                                                        FUN FACT:

                                                                                   Singer, Clyde McPhatter served in the Army

                                                                               with Elvis in Germany, and Elvis loved his voice.

                                                                                       Elvis told Sam Phillips of Sun Studio:

                                                                             "If I had a voice like that man, I'd never want

                                                                                                     for anything."







Trenda Remembers

I was a young girl the first time I saw the movie Gypsy, starring Natalie Wood. I told my mother,

"When I grow up, I want to be a Let-Me-Entertain-You-Lady!"

No worries Mom! I will provide entertainment, but have no plans of emulating Gypsy Rose Lee.




Trenda And The Palm Tree

A poem by Fred Grupe

She reminds me of a youthful palm tree

I befriended from my hotel room window.

In the midst of a hurricane in the spring of 2003,

man you could hear the wind blow.


So tall and slender, she was tested by the storm,

I observed her day and night, while I was safe and warm,

She felt a little lonely and cold, I was protected by my room,

I was so happy for shelter, she was surrounded by gloom.


The winds, they pounded her delicate body

from first light 'til darkness settled in,

The rains, they drenched her hair, they bent her over,                                             

Oh when will these trials ever end?


The storm raged on for three long days,                                                                                             

She weathered the hurricane's punch,                                                                                                              

I fell in love with that poor young tree,                                                                                                    

I was rooting for her, so very much.


But then the dawn of day number three,                                                                                                                  

The storm let up, and my new best friend tree                                                                                                       

stood tall, upright and very straight,                                                                                                                 

So glad she made it, I was feeling great.


Great about my palm and I surviving the storm,

Glad that God kept us safe and warm,

So glad that he led me to be this girl's friend,

We made it together to the very end.  


Favorite Quotes

Well behaved women rarely make history. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Music is love in search of a word. Sidonie Gabrielle

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. John Lennon

If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done! Unknown

Surrender is not weakness or loss. It is a powerful nonresistance. Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love-Reflections on the principles of A Course in Miracles

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. Sidonie Gabrielle

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows. Napolean Bonaparte

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Vincent Van Gogh

If you want a happy ending, that depends on where you stop the story. Orson Welles

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstien



Benefit to revisit hot nights of the Sahara


Benefit to revisit hot nights of the Sahara

Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 The News Herald


By Larece Galer

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 At the intersection of Route 91 and Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills, perched atop a slight hill on the southwest corner, the Sahara Club stood as an oasis of fun for the rock 'n' rollers of the 1980s. Before that, it was a home of polka and even farther back rumored to have been a place at which to dance and gamble the night away.

Giant green palm trees tilted toward each other, holding the Sahara Lounge sign in their leafy fronds and beckoned customers to stop in for a fun and relaxing time. The building was decorated with a 10-foot-high camel and palm tree that made the Sahara Club a landmark until it was razed in the mid-1990s.

Jim Cvelbar bought the Sahara in August 1983 and operated it for 10 years.

Seven nights a week, the club vibrated with the music of bands that included local favorites Wild Horses and Fayreweather and even once hosted Gregg Allman.

"The camel was stolen twice," Cvelbar recalled.

The camel was bolted to the front of the Sahara Club, and one time it was stolen it turned up not far from the Sahara, leaning against a stop sign at the corner of Rockefeller and White roads.

The live palm trees that decorated the Sahara now stand in front the Euclid Tavern at Euclid Avenue at East 117th Street in Cleveland.

Trenda Jones of Chardon Township was a T-shirt girl at the club, selling souvenirs to patrons. She has organized a reunion of those who used to fill the Sahara for a night of dancing that will benefit Woman Safe Inc. Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence. The reunion will be 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills. Expect memorabilia and musicians who played the Sahara in the rock 'n' roll days.

"The Sahara was a big part of my life 20 years ago and it was always fun, I just had an idea," Jones said.

Cvelbar will be at the reunion wearing his turban and emceeing the event.

Rumored to be one of the most upscale gambling houses in the country during the 1940s and '50s, the building was rich with musical history. Entertainers such as Benny Goodman in the '40s and Elvis Presley in the '50s played the Sahara. By the 1970s, the Sahara became a haven for those who wanted to hear the polka music of Eastern Europe.

Tony Petkovsek is a name known in polka circles. He remembers the Sahara as a nice place where big-name polka bands played on a regular basis, including those led by Johnny Vadnal and Johnny Pecon.

"It was mainly a dance hall on two or three levels, and you would walk down to the dance floor," Petkovsek said. "Ray Shibley and his wife owned it. It was a great gathering spot on the East Side."

Petkovsek said that long before the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid came into being, Shibley would give out his own awards at the Sahara.

It was a place where generations were entertained together.

"A lot of people would come in with their grandparents," Cvelbar said.

The reunion will take attendees back to the days of big hair, Spandex and leg warmers, and will even include photos with a live camel by Heritage Photography.

Food and beverages will be available.

Entertainment by Ryzr, Buff and the Hooters, Blue Jell-O, The Secret, and the Fashion Police will transport those into attendance back to the crazy '80s with music and fun. Proceeds from the event will benefit WomenSafe, a nonprofit organization that offers information, counseling, education and referrals in support of victims of domestic violence.

"It was exhilarating to hear the bands. Since childhood I've loved music, loved listening to live bands," Jones said. "I just wanted to give back because they (WomenSafe) have helped me."

Tickets in advance are $10 and available at VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills; and Euclid Tavern at Euclid Avenue and East 117th Street, Cleveland. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of show for $12.


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