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Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert in protest of HB2 law

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 8, 2016

Steph Curry may not have much to say about North Carlolina's new anti-LGBT law (and let's not pretend it's anything other than that) but Bruce Springsteen does...


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2018- Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will alternate between Cleveland and New York

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 8, 2016

So this is cool.

According to Rock Hall CEO Joel Peresman, starting in 2018 the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will alternate between Cleveland and New York.

Peresman told Den of Geek

"We’re just about to begin a major redesign of the museum to upgrade the visitor experience over the next two or three years. We’re funding that to the tune of millions of dollars that we’ve raised.

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See a reggae show and help Uncle Mo at the Kent Stage tonight

By Malcolm Abram Published: March 31, 2016

Tonight, The Kent Stage is the place where a bunch of people will help a local man pursue his dream.

Cleveland Reggae man Carlos Jones & The PLUS Band along solo troubadour Scott Walker will entertain folks at:

What: Uncle Mo's Pea Pie Café Food Truck Benefit

When: 6 p.m., tonight

Where: The Kent Stage

Tickets: $5-$15


"Uncle Mo" is Kent resident Maurice Drake who dreams of owning and operating a vegetarian food truck featuring his (ideally soon-to-be) world famous "all-natural, homemade pea pies, prepared with black-eyed peas, brown rice, fresh vegetables and a proprietary blend of spices wrapped in a grilled chapatti and served with a choice of hot sauce, BBQ sauce or Italian dressing."

Drake has a website at

and you can help further fund his funky Food Truck dream out at his indiegogo site.
Or you can just go to the show, rock, skank and do the funky reggay for a couple of hours

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R. Kelly comingf to Wolstein Center in April

By Malcolm Abram Published: March 21, 2016

R. Kelly is coming to the Wolstein Center. I saw him and Jay-Z on their ill-fated tour, litigious co-tour at CSU. At one point Kels was rocking a loosek-fitting purple leather suit with a giant "diamond" encrusted tongue/lips (a'la the Rolling Stones iconic logo)...A woman held up her toddler to him, seemingly as an was about 11 p.m. on a Sunday (maybe Monday) night.

That's about all I have to say about Kels.


What: R Kelly

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Keifer Sutherland coming to Cleveland, releasing debut album in the Summer

By Malcolm Abram Published: March 10, 2016

Jack Bauer will be rocking the Grog Shop on April 19 previewing his "rich, soulful vocals and guitar licks" and songs from his debut album Down In A Hole to be released in summer.

Sutherland joins a long line of middle aged actors who decide to live their rock n' roll dreams to various degress. Among those the in 50 & Up Rockin' Actor Club are Jeff Daniels, Kevin Bacon (The Bacon Brothers), Jeff Bridges (The Abiders), Kevin Costner & Modern West and Johnny Depp (Hollywood Vampires).

No onsale date has been set but Sutherland's keeping it tight playing cozy clubs such as The Grog. So if you've ever wanted to see his guitar licks up close don't dawdle whenever tickets go on sale. We'll let ya know.

Here's a taste.


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Joe Walsh and Bad Company coming to Blossom in June

By Malcolm Abram Published: March 4, 2016

Another pairing of classic rockers hits the road this summer with a stop at Blossom Music Center on Sunday, June 26...
Walsh has his old buddy and Cleveland guy Joe Vitale on drums, so at least his band will be hilarious. Vitale's got some great rock n' roll stories from his days with the Eagles and CSNY. His tour stories can make The Eagles actually seem like a fun bunch of rock dudes instead of a couple of talented, coked up, Type A, egotistical a-holes plus Joe Walsh.

Anyway, three days after Joe and BadCo. on Wednesday, June 29, another crew of sexegenarian rockers comes through in the form of Journey and The Doobie Bros.

Tickets for Walsh and BadCo. go onsale Friday, March 11

On to the official screed:

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Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins coming to the Civic in April

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 26, 2016

You remember Shawn Mullins.

The Georgia, rootsy troubadour with a geetar and a song.

You recall is 1998 hit song Lullabye and the accompanying video starring Dominque Swain.

Well, Mullins his bringing his geetar and songbook to the Akron Civic Theatre's Club@The Civic Series on Thursday, April 14.

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Cheap Trick to perform at Rock Hall Benefit in May

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 16, 2016

They're making a record, too.

Th Official Word:

CLEVELAND (February 16, 2016) – Fresh off their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2016 Inductees Cheap Trick will perform live in Cleveland for the 13th annual It's Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) at the historic Public Hall. This event is sponsored by PNC.

Reserved balcony seats are $17.50 and $27.50 and $55.00 will go on sale Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone (800) 745-3000. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members will have first access to purchase tickets prior to the general public beginning Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m.

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37th Annual Tri-C JazzFest announces headliners for June festival

By Malcolm Abram Published: February 4, 2016

Come June, jazz and smooth jazz fans will have to make some hard choices or spend a serious chunk of change and time at the many theatres at Playhouse Square during the Tri-C JazzFest.

The festival runs Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 and Friday you can go to Playhouse Square at 6 p.m. and see and hear the great pianist Chick Corea perform at the Ohio Theatre and then walk over to the Connor Palace to get funky with saxophonists David Sanborn and Maceo Parker together at the Connor Palace. Then if you still have any energy, you can expend it all at the Big Sam's Funky Nation  show at 10:15 p.m. in the Outcalt Theatre. The horn & guitar driven funk-rock band is led by ex Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist Sam Williams and dancing at the show is not only tolerated but heartily encouraged.

That's a busy evening.

Saturday, June 25 will include trumpeter Terence Blanchard's E-Collective, an electric band, smooth jazz fans get to experience Lalah Hathaway with BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown) and funkateer Brian Culbertson.

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The Black Keys among performers at 31st Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

By Malcolm Abram Published: January 28, 2016


Cleveland, OH (January 28, 2016) – Tickets for the 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, The 2016 Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which also hosted the event in 2014.  

For additional ticketing information, visit Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, February 5 at 9 a.m. EST.

The ceremony will honor this year’s recently announced Inductees: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A and Steve Miller as well as Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement Inductee Bert Berns.

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