"The entire focus is for Cleveland to recognize its hometown folk, who have complemented and enhanced the music industry," says awards producer Jack Craciun. "We're doing the show to shine a light on the past and to call attention to the unique bonding of minority-based media."
The awards are sponsored by TCI Cleveland (which runs Teen Club International, the North Ridgeville underage dance club) and TVT (Adelphia Cable Channel 20), which emphasizes black, Latino, and Asian entertainment.
WNCR-WMMS founder Bill Bass and longtime Plain Dealer music writer Jane Scott will receive lifetime achievement awards at a ceremony to take place at noon at Tower City Center (50 Public Square), followed at 8 p.m. by a family-friendly concert featuring Roberto Ocasio's Latin Jazz Project, Hampton, Dr. Phrock & the Children of Rhyme, and others at the Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Avenue). The recipients were selected by a board that includes Agora founder Henry Lo Conti and TVT Media Coordinator James Gay.
· Metal Sludge, an online rallying point for hair- and underground metal, will host Metal Sludge Extravaganza #10 at Lakewood's Hi-Fi Club (11729 Detroit Avenue), December 30 through January 1. The festival will feature sets from Enuff Z'Nuff and '80s-style tribute band Bombshell Crush, in addition to Columbus biker-metalers American Dog (formerly Salty Dog) and Cleveland's Amps II Eleven and Ground Zero.
"The Extravaganza is more than the entertainment," says Metal Sludge CEO Stevie Rachelle. The former singer for the early '90s metal band Tuff, Rachelle will perform a set of his old material with the Billy Morris Band. "Metal Sludge has brought together a community of people who had nowhere to go after '80s metal died and grunge took over. At our shows, people who met on the boards come together from all over the world. People support music everywhere, but the Midwest is the best."
Billy Morris, who owns the Hi-Fi Club and Lava Room Recording, plans to record the show for possible future release. Visit www.metalsludge.tv for additional details.
· Shenoah, the modern rock group featuring members of Erase the Grey and Ringworm, has signed with Corporate Punishment Records, the L.A. label that recently signed Cleveland's Rikets.
· Despite a canceled two-night stand at Peabody's (2083 East 21st Street), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's management insists that the on-again, off-again hip-hop troupe is not off again. The December 10 and 11 dates apparently conflicted with Krayzie Bone's West Coast solo dates. Krayzie will play the club Thanksgiving night, performing and hosting a premiere party for his "Get'chu Twisted" video. Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone will perform Friday, December 10, at Peabody's.
· Roots rockers Rosavelt will perform and sign their album The Story of Gasoline at the Cleveland Heights Borders (3466 Mayfield Road) Saturday, November 20, at 7 p.m.