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Jay-Z announces pre-election concert for Hillary in Cleveland

By Malcolm X Abram Published: October 24, 2016

He's at it again.

Emcee/hip hop mogul/Mr. Beyonce Jay-Z is planning to stage another election year concert as he did back in 2008 at The Q featuring Lebron James dancing and cheering on stage for the rapper's entire set and again in Columbus in 2012 for Barack Obama with assistance from Bruce Springsteen.

According to Buzzfeed Jay-Z's staging the concert in the hope of mobilizing the black vote and stumping for Hillary Clinton (a.k.a Not Donald Trump).

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Rolling Stones announce Blues Album in December

By Malcolm Abram Published: October 6, 2016

Seems like all the old blues-loving Boomer bands get around to recording this kind of tribute record. Aerosmith, a sizable portion of Clapton's recent catalog, Tom Jones and many more. Bet those three days were the most fun Mick, Keef and Bill have had in a studio in years.

the official screed:


Five decades in the making and just three days to record

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Video: Black Keys' Patrick Carney, author David Giffels party with Akron Roundtable crowd

By Darrin Werbeck Published: October 3, 2016

Did you miss out on the Akron Roundtable's 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Monday night? Lucky for you we captured some of the discussion with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and author David Giffels.

Check it out here and come back to later to read Malcolm X Abram's report on the festivities:

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Cliff Williams Quits AC/DC....again..

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 28, 2016

Sooooo, that leaves Angus and Axl...

Hey guys (mostly you Angus), I know this is your life's work, but It's totally OK if you guys just stop. Your a true Rocker, dude and your lovely wife Ellen, clearly She Likes Rock N Roll. And, I'd guess when it comes to the band your head is Hard As A Rock but, dude.

You've done far more than your part to let the world know that Rock 'N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution and millions and millions of fans hopped on the Rock N Roll Train and vicariously lived The Rock N Roll Dream learning that It's A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock N Roll through your 4 decade long journey to Rock N Roll Damnation.

From the beginning you declared Let There Be Rock and then quickly informed us that There's Gonna Be Some Rockin and damnit, if you weren't right!

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The Pretenders coming back to Akron in November with show at E.J. Thomas, tickets on sale Friday

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 27, 2016





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Erick Church coming to Quicken Loans Arena in February

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 22, 2016

ERIC CHURCH brings HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR to QUICKEN LOANS ARENA on Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

 EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring the “Holdin’ My Own Tour” to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on February 24, 2017.   Tickets go on-sale Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at

For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between.

“The way this album came together mandated we release it as a surprise, straight to our fans, as it was important for me to deliver the music the same way the creativity hit me—directly and swiftly. What I didn’t anticipate is that it left me scratching my head a little as this year was supposed to be spent writing.”  Church continues, “What this year’s open schedule did afford us was time to think through the way the fans experience our music live, and it was important to us that we find a way to stick to these same principles when it came to approaching our shows, down to the way they go on sale.”


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Barking Spider Tavern ending it's 30 year reign on Sunday with farewell event

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 15, 2016

I didn't spend much time there, but it's a beloved place for singers, songwriters and musicians and the folks who love them for 30 years and two generations of Juredines.

"Dearest Musicians & Friends,

Please read this important message. Please share to spread the word. Hope to see you this weekend. Love to all!

The Barking Spider Tavern Offers A Final Farewell

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Maroon 5 reschedules concert at Q

By Lynne Sherwin Published: September 6, 2016

Maroon 5 has postponed its Sept. 28 concert at Quicken Loans Arena due to the impending birth of frontman Adam Levine’s baby. The new date is Feb. 22 and all tickets for the Sept. 28 concert will be honored. For more information, see

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The Rock Hall Archives will scan your rock stuff on Saturday

By Malcolm Abram Published: August 26, 2016

Are you a collector/hoarder of rock memorabilia? Do you have a bunch of posters, handbills and other junk from a lifetime of Rockin' Out with Your (favoritebodyparthere) Out? Well, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archives want to rumple, fetishize and scan your rock memorabilia for posterity!

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rock Hall archivist will scan regular folks memorabilia for free!

Oh yeah, and maybe use it in future Rock Hall exhibits

So, bring your "photos, handbills, programs, and other flat rock and roll memorabilia – 8.5” x 11” in size or smaller – to be digitized and potentially included in the Rock Hall’s permanent collection. Items related to the history of Northeast Ohio popular music are of particular interest. Ticket stubs and press passes are not being collected at this time but can be digitized and preserved for personal use during the event."

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Jazz bassist/chanteuse Esperanza Spalding coming to Kent Stage

By Malcolm Abram Published: August 11, 2016

I'll admit it.

I have a crush on Ms. Spalding and her prodigious talent. The bassist/singer/composer who is coming to the Kent Stage on Sunday Oct. 23 is also also one of most favorite interview subjects ever; smart, funny, warm friendly and expansive and let us not forget the atom bomb afro.

Spalding's traded in the 'fro for some big ass braids to help illustrate her sort of concept album/alter-ego Emily's D+Evolution (Emily is her middle name) featuring six tracks co-produced by Bowie co-hort Tony Visconti. The full stage show is also quite the theatrical audio/visual experience with Spalding acting out parts and playing and dancin and such.

Spalding was in Cleveland earlier this year but now she'll be at the Kent Stage, a much more intimiate venue.

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