"The Unsigned is going to showcase Cleveland talent in a couple ways," says producer Randy LePrevost. "We're going to have two live segments a show. The live acts will be Cleveland-based. And the videos will be welcome from anywhere. But the first couple shows, especially, will be Cleveland-flavored."
WMMS's Jesse will host the shows, with co-hosts culled from WBWC-FM 88.3, Baldwin-Wallace College's modern-rock radio station. In addition to videos and live footage, the show will feature interviews with touring bands that stop in Cleveland.
LePrevost says the show is open to unsigned talent of all genres, from heavy metal to Christian.
Bands can submit videos on DVD, mini-DV, and VHS to MDI, 265 West 106th Street, #1, Cleveland, OH 44102.
· Crooked River Groove will tape its eighth season in front of studio audiences Tuesday, February 8, through Friday, February 11, at Tri-C's Metro Campus Studio Theater (2900 Community College Ave. in downtown Cleveland, at the corner of East 30th and Woodland Ave., in Media Building E). Featured acts will include trucker country from Rambler 454, modern rockers Blush, the gospel group Lafayette Carthon and Friends, reggae from Dubflex, indie pop from the Birdhouse Gourds, and special songwriters-in-the-round sessions with Rosavelt's Chris Allen and Jaded Era's Kira Leyden. The tapings are free. Crooked River Groove is produced and broadcast by Smart TV, Tri-C's cable channel. It airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m.
· BET recently aired "Heal Me," the debut video from Clevelander Kelly Chapman, on its Video Gospel show. The song was also selected as one of 177 finalists in the International Songwriting Competition, where top industry executives and artists, including Sean Combs and Macy Gray, pick winners from more than 11,000 submissions. Fans can listen to songs and vote for their favorites at www.songwritingcompetition.com/PVWelcome.htm.
· Cleveland blue-collar Oi! band Brazen Rogues have completed their second album, PBR Street Gang, slated for a March release. Since 2002's Shamelessly Bold Scoundrels, the group has added drummer Rick Racine, formerly of the Dick Dastardlies.
· Have wax, will travel: Scene is sponsoring a contest to pick Cleveland's hottest DJ, then send him or her on an all-expense paid trip to spin at Miami's Winter Music Conference on March 26. Interested DJs can send a mix CD by February 14 to Scene music editor Jason Bracelin, at 1468 West Ninth Street, #805, Cleveland, OH 44113. Finalists will compete in a special event at a local night spot to determine the winner, who will then perform at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami's Bayfront Park. Described as "an electronic Woodstock," the WMC dance event will host over 40,000 fans and a multitude of DJs and producers on various stages.