It’s no secret that Tuesdays bite as a party night in downtown Cleveland. But at the down-home and nautically themed Map Room, an eclectic mix of Warehouse District urbanites mingles with off-duty strippers and even the panhandlers who occasionally stumble in from the streets just to warm their feet. And until someone clues you in, you wouldn’t know that DJs Charlie and Regi are just as busy in the club’s third-floor offices. That’s where they host their online radio show, JibNation, on www.scrubradio.com
, which is streamed through the speakers into the Irish-themed pub. It’s also podcast on www.jibmachinerecords.podomatic.com
The three-hour broadcast helps pimp Charlie’s record label, JibMachine Records, and its roster of local punk-rock bands, like Hostile Omish, Hot Ham & Cheese, and Johnny Mohawk & the Assassins. The jocks then riff on the peaks and pitfalls of running an indie record company while slipping in a periodic call for bands who’d like to be signed to the label.
They cap off the ‘cast by interviewing some of the pole-dancers and homeless dudes who straggle in. “They are the best interviews,” says Regi, who also manages the bar. “If you give them a beer and a sandwich, they’ll talk about anything.” Listen for yourself between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. every Tuesday at the Map Room, 1281 West 9th Street. Call the bar at 216-621-7707. -- Cris Glaser