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Huntertones, contemporary jazz group with local ties, to perform Thursday at Blu Jazz+

By staff Published: April 28, 2015

They couldn't stay away for too long. 

The Huntertones, featuring Ohio State University graduates  — trombonist Chris Ott, saxophonist Dan White and trumpet, sousaphone player and Akronite Jon Lampley, will return to Northeast Ohio on Thursday for a performance at Blu Jazz+. 

MORE: Take a look at the feature about the band by Malcolm X Abram. 

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"The Ville" Memorial Day Festival announces 2015 lineup

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 22, 2015

‘The Ville’ Announces Initial Lineup for Memorial Day Festival, Held at Clay’s Park in NE Ohio

Continuing a tradition of Memorial Day weekend events since its original inception over 20 years ago, CLP proudly announces today the initial lineup for The Ville Music Festival. Held May 21-24, 2015 at Clay’s Park - approximately 45 minutes south of Cleveland, Ohio - the spacious, family-friendly venue located in North Lawrence, Ohio is complete with wooded and field camping, a grass covered dance area and a beautiful water park suitable for adults and children of all ages.   

With more acts still to be announced, the initial lineup for The Ville Music Festival includes:
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac and Nick Gorvrik)
ekoostik hookah
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Blue Moon Soup
Broccoli Samurai
Plus more to be announced

The Ville is a truly grassroots event featuring music throughout the weekend on two different stages, as well as offering a long-standing tradition of high end audio production, sound and lights for an extremely reasonable and affordable ticket price. A limited amount of Early-Bird tickets are available now at  where a 3-day pass is $80, 4-day pass including Pre-Party Thursday with Papadosio is $100. Children 12 and under are free with parents holding festival tickets.

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Rock Hall induction: Follow Malcolm X Abram for updates from the Hall of Fame festivities

By staff Published: April 18, 2015

Follow along with Malcolm X Abram as he tweets live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction festivities. 

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Two guys talkin': Dear White People

By staff Published: April 9, 2015

Beacon Journal pop music writer Malcolm X Abram and pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels take on an recent article claiming that white actors are at a disadvantage at the recent diversity in Hollywood.  



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Green Day to play House of Blues Cleveland during Rock Hall Induction week

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 1, 2015

This show will sell out in seconds, so don't wait!

What: Green Day with Jesse Malin
When: Thursday, April 16
Where: House of Blues, Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Tickets: $75 -$125 Reserved (two ticket limit per order)
Onsale Date: 10 a.m., Friday, April 3

                                              CREDIT CARD ENTRY ONLY
Buy your tickets using a credit card online, at the House of Blues Box Office or by phone.
Bring the credit card used to purchase your tickets and a valid government issued photo ID to the venue. Go directly to the door with your guest, present your ID and swipe your credit card for entry night of show.

Tickets available at, House of Blues Box Office, and Charge by Phone: 800.745.3000.

Only a handful of bands get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year they're eligible these days. When Billie Joe Armstrong learned that Green Day were one of them, he could barely process the news. "I had to go for a walk," he says.

"I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, 'Oh my God. No way.' It just took some time to sink in. We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. It's just incredible."

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