Saturday, October 22, 2016

Whoop It Up, Tribe: Pre-World Series Edition — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 9:40 AM


Let's just get right to the point: The Indians will host Game 1 of the World Series right here in downtown Cleveland. It's a fantastic time to be a fan! Which team will we face in the series? We'll find out soon. Until then... 

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Diverse Musical Ensemble Pays Tribute to the Late, Great Johnny Cash at the State Theatre

Concert Review

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 9:39 AM

“There will never be a world without him,” a videotaped Roseanne Cash said of her father — that sentiments was echoed again and again throughout the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters Series concert honoring the late Johnny Cash. Last night's event drew a capacity crowd to the State Theatre. You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here

“I find myself talking about him in the present tense,” noted Eilen Jewell after singing “Home of the Blues.” “He’s still so much a part of what we [musicians] do.”

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Singer-Guitarist Devon Allman Looks Back Fondly on the Time He Spent in Northeast Ohio

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 3:44 PM

  • Roman Sobus
Singer-guitarist Devon Allman, who shares the bill with jam rockers Rusted Root at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at House of Blues, has fond memories of Northeast Ohio. He lived in the area for a few years and became a regular at the old Richfield Coliseum.

“Back then in my collection, I had Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix and Iron Maiden and Hall and Oates and Slayer — everything,” he says via phone. “I’ve always been that way. I always had very vast musical taste buds. I saw every show I could [at the Richfield Coliseum]. I saw Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and tons of shows. I always ended up going alone. Everyone’s parents were freaked out by heavy metal. My mom would drop me off and then tell me where to meet at 11. I would go and rock the show. I was grateful that my mom had some vision and understanding that it’s no different than if your mom dropped your kid at the art museum. It’s an enriching experience.”

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Welp. Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are *NOT* Engaged.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 2:33 PM

This is Tristan Thompson, who was not cast in Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent 7.
  • This is Tristan Thompson, who was not cast in Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent 7.
UPDATE: Reporter Dave McMenamin Tweeted that sources close to Tristan Thompson have denied both the engagement to Khloe Kardashian and the associated reality TV series. 

Ain't celebrity news the greatest? 

There are now multiple reports that Cavs' big man Tristan Thompson has proposed to short-term girlfriend Khloe Kardashian, with whom he seems to have had no trouble whatsoever keeping up. Unsurprisingly, Khloe agreed. 

That's right Cavs' fans: After only two months of dating, Thompson has been enticed by the same reality TV star who wooed and wed Lamar Odom, whom she married only one month after meeting him at a party. (From this vantage, Thompson and Kardashian have been together forever.) Kardashian has also dated several other NBA players, James Harden among them. 

The ever-credible InTouch Weekly broke news after the initial scoop that the lovebirds would host an extravagant wedding (an affair to rival Kim and Kanye's!) which would be incorporated into their own reality TV show

With so much love and perfume in the air, Thompson's stats are destined to take a nosedive this year. The reassuring news is the pair should certainly be long-divorced by the time the playoffs roll around. 
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Teenage Fanclub Puts on Magical Show at the Beachland Ballroom

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 1:08 PM

  • Donald Milne
Many Teenage Fanclub fans probably never thought they’d actually see the band, which rarely tours, perform live, let alone in Cleveland.

It could be the superb, almost otherworldly quality of the Scottish power pop quartet’s discography or something else about the outfit altogether, but there was something especially magical about seeing the band perform at the Beachland Ballroom last night. The band’s sonic presence always seemingly overshadowing any possible physical manifestation of the group until one had the chance to truly observe the group in action.

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MLB Announces Official Game Times for the World Series

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 1:03 PM

We still don't know who we're playing, but we now know the time.

The MLB has released the official game times for the World Series, with Game 1 being played here at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 8:08 p.m. for the first four games, 8:15 p.m. for Game 5 if needed (pffft...IF? Right.) and 8:08 p.m. for Games 6 and 7, again, if needed.

Right now the LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are finishing up their matchup in Chicago.

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'World’s Longest Cleveland Sports Parade' Departed from Utah This Morning, Will Arrive in Cleveland Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

  • CLE is Calling / Facebook
Weston Wride. Remember him? He’s the Cleveland sports fanatic (arguably the only kind of Cleveland sports fan) who celebrated the Cavaliers’ historic championship with a parade in Provo, Utah. His parade, a few blocks total and comprising 19 close friends and family, quickly went viral and was covered by GQ and a number of other media outlets. When Scene last spoke with Wride in August, he was in the planning stages of another, more ambitious parade in honor of the Cavs: a cross-country parade from his current home in Provo to his hometown, Cleveland.

He’s calling it “Cleveland is Calling - World’s Longest Cleveland Sports Parade.”

The itinerary, which you can find on the group’s Facebook page, and spirit remain the same as they were when Wride spoke with Scene in August — visit Clevelanders living elsewhere on a sportsman’s pilgrimage — but there have been some important developments behind the scene.

Unfortunately, Wride’s Kickstarter campaign fell far short of the $16,500 goal, some sponsorship opportunities have fallen through, and he has had to come out of pocket for a lot of expenses—insurance, travel, etc. However, Wride has found local donations in Provo, and sponsorship in Destination Cleveland and help from the Cleveland Indians.

“In addition to providing Cleveland giveaways, we’re reaching out to media in the rally cities to help Weston attract a crowd of both Cleveland and Cavs fans. We see the rallies as a great way to boost Cleveland pride and ultimately help change perceptions about the area,” Jennifer Kramer of Destination Cleveland told Scene.

Destination Cleveland has included “Cleveland is Calling…” in their fall marketing campaign, a “Coming Home”-themed venture into markets across the Great Lakes, Midwest and Toronto. And for a lucky attendee that signs up for their newsletter at one of the rallies can win airfare, lodging and tickets for two to the Cavs’ opener.

“When you wait 52 years for a championship, the victory party lasts all year long,” Kramer said.

Wride contacted the Indians organization, who recently partnered with Destination Cleveland and TBS for pre- and post-game segments during the ACLS, and received official merch to distribute to those Clevelanders Wride expects to meet at the scheduled rallies.

“We’re very supportive of what he’s doing, for his pride of the city and the Cavs,” said Joel Hammond, Assistant Director of Communications for the Cleveland Indians.

For the organization’s contribution, Wride painted a panel of the Believemobile, a donated wine and gold-painted ‘93 Ford F-150 he will be driving across the country, to the World Series-bound Indians.

The final rally of the cross country parade will be held in Tremont’s Lincoln Park on Oct. 25, the day the world champions receive their rings and the World Series begins.

For those looking to follow Wride on the journey, he has hired a crew of four to do social media, photography and videography for the duration of the cross country parade.

Though Wride has not applied for consideration, Scene also reached out to Guinness World Records to see if Wride’s parade was a record setter. A representative of the company told Scene, “[a] parade must be a continuous procession of people and floats (with no gaps), with the people in the parade performing a specific function rather than simply walking the parade route, e.g. performing in a marching band, twirling a baton, or carrying a banner.” Simple enough. Unfortunately, there are no standing records for the shortest, longest or fastest parade. If there were, Wride would certainly be competitive for all three records. Winning seems to be the theme of 2016 in Cleveland.

Regardless, Wride, with his esoteric optimism all Cleveland sports fans have, hopes the Cavaliers will be accepting rings again this time next year.

“If it goes well and we have people on board and love the feel of it, we’ll do it again next year with completely different route.”

Wride and his crew departed this morning, Oct. 21, and will be arriving in Cleveland’s Lincoln park in the afternoon Oct. 25, the day that the stars align in Cleveland and a day that will be remembered for quite some time.

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