A new showcase takes over downtown.

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A new showcase takes over downtown.

Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter. - WALTER NOVAK
The downtown Peabody's complex will host the Cleveland 100 from Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 15. Over 150 Northeast Ohio rock and hip-hop acts will play the showcase. The event is essentially a streamlined version of the controversial Cleveland Music Festival. Organizers have made major strides to improve the event, from centralizing its location to organizing it early.

"We're specializing every night," says promoter Dan Cull, whose Gorilla Productions is coordinating the fest. (Cull is also a minority partner in Peabody's.) "We're having a hard rock/alternative rock night, a metal night, an indie rock/ alternative night, and a hip-hop night. This year, bands don't have to sell tickets. And bands will have time slots set in advance."

In previous years, showcases took place at venues all over the city and included afternoon showtimes. This year, all shows start at 6 p.m. Bands will play in the Peabody's clubs -- the cozy Pirate's Cove, the snug Rockstar Cleveland -- and, weather permitting, an outside patio.

Headliners include eclectic hard rock mélange Garmonbozia, metalions Thirteen Faces and Law of Destruction, adventurous rockers Asleep, and rap group Psych Ward. See concert listings for complete band listings and set times.

As in previous years, major and indie record labels, including Warner Brothers, Prosthetic, and Rotten Records, will send representatives to the shows.

"We're going to see how it works," says Cull. "And see if we can get a band signed."

· Canton pop-punks Relient K debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with the new Five Score and Seven Years Ago. Released on Capitol, their fifth album was also iTunes' No. 3 album the week ending March 12. The band will play The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Thursday, April 12.

· Manager-booker Jon Epstein has parted ways with Cuyahoga Falls' Crossroads club and is now booking Chuck's Steakhouse, the legendary Rubber City bar with a small-but-thriving underground scene. "My booking policies will essentially be the same as they were at the Crossroads," says Epstein. "There will be a three-band limit per night. I will not ask or expect bands to sell tickets. Bands will be paid the door."

· Manimals bassist-singer "Larry the Wolf" Cahill took home a silver medal in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Submission Grappling Tournament, held in Columbus last month. The group has resumed work on its delayed double-CD anthology, which will include 1999's Horrorcore LP and 1986's Blood Is the Harvest EP. Slated for October release on Auburn Records, the set will include previously unreleased demos, live tracks, and new material. It'll make you tap out too.

· Plasma for Guns utility infielder Andrew Penmer will perform a solo set as Tightrope Kaleidoscope Friday, April 13, at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Road).

· Visit Scene's C-Notes blog -- updated multiple times daily and available free at clevescene.com/blogs for music news you can use, from videos to free tickets. This week's online exclusives include interviews with Hatecore Inc. and Kate Voegele, and reports from recent shows such as Chimaira/ Killswitch Engage.

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