(Originally Posted 7/2/2014)
The story behind the formation of Somekindawonderful, a Cleveland pop/rock band that currently has a huge hit on its hands with the infectious synth-pop/soul single “Reverse,” sounds so incredible, it’s hard to believe it’s true. The band came together last year after Los Angeles-based singer Jordy Towers randomly met guitarist Matt Gibson and drummer Ben Schigel at the North Olmsted bar Aces Depot. Towers was a solo artist who had been signed to Interscope, which he says “wasn’t a pleasant experience.” He had left the label and wanted to get away from L.A. for a minute so he went to visit family in Strongsville. And that’s when he met Gibson and Schigel.
(Originally Posted 7/10/2014)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that the Everly Brothers will be the subject of this year's Annual Music Master Series. The duo was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986 as part of the Rock Hall's very first class. Country icon Rodney Crowell will serve as musical director for the tribute concert slated to take place on Oct. 25 at the State Theatre. "I'm honored and proud as I know Phil would be for the recognition being given to the Everly Brothers," says Don Everly in a press release issued by the Rock Hall. "I wish Phil were here to share this honor with me. It has cost many tears and taken many miles and several decades to arrive at this point." Phil Everly passed away in January, just before his 75th birthday and this concert will mark the first public tribute since Phil's death in which Don Everly participated. Crowell acknowledges the band's influence on popular music and says they "gave modern teen angst its first beautiful voice." As is the case with all Music Masters Series, the program will include a week of festivities including interviews, panels and film screenings. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks, though $300 VIP packages are currently available through the Rock Hall's development office.
Update: The Rock Hall has just announced it has added Alison Krauss, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy, Keb’ Mo’, Allison Moorer, JD Souther and Waddy Wachtel to the tribute concert line-up. In addition, several new programs have been announced. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of the Cuyahoga Community College, Michael Kosser, the author of How Nashville Became Music City U.S.A., will talk about the Nashville music scene and the Everly Brothers' connection to it. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22 in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater, Rodney Crowell, Albert Lee and Peter Asher will participate in a Songwriters to Soundmen program. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 at Case Western Reserve University’s Wolstein Auditorium, critic Ann Powers will give the keynote speech “Brand New Heartache: The Everly Brothers and the Exquisite Reveal of the American Teen Heart.” And from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, the Annual Music Masters Conference will take place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Foster Theater.
Since opening last summer in Ohio City, Porco Lounge and Tiki Room http://porcolounge.com (2527 W. 25th St., 216-802-9222) has been attracting Tikiphiles from near and far thanks to its dreamy Polynesian-themed cocktails and décor. The bar has single-handedly cultivated a respectable Tiki scene in Cleveland thanks to a skilled team of craft bartenders turning out well balanced, boozy and delicious renditions of Mai Tais, Zombies and Painkillers.
Now that they’ve mastered the classics, management thought it was time to push things a little further with signature cocktails, says owner Stefan Was. The result of those efforts have yielded Tiki Bob’s Concussion, a 25-dollar cocktail that packs a punch.
“Trader Vic had the two-Zombie limit — and I think that was brilliant,” says Was. “But your bartender would always slip you another if he liked you. But we wanted this to be legit. You drink one of these cocktails and I’ll shake your hand, but you’ll get only one.”
Served in a fishbowl-sized glass, possessing nine ounces of booze (three of which are 151 proof), garnished with the entire produce section of the grocery store and set ablaze in typical Tiki fashion, the drink is an instant classic. “People come in specifically for the drink,” adds Was.
Bar manager and drink creator Shannon Smith admits that, yes, his motivation was to make a ridiculously boozy cocktail that people would talk about, yet never at the expense of flavor. “I wondered if I could make something twice as strong as the Zombie but still balanced and drinkable,” he says. “And we’re not done yet. We’re just curious about where that line might be.”
The drink does come with some guidelines: they are one per customer (no exceptions), and served only before the clock strikes 10 p.m. And where better to enjoy the bevvie than on Porco’s delightful new patio, professionally landscaped and outfitted with — what else? — burning Tiki torches.
“We wanted to put our own stamp on the Tiki legacy,” explains Was. “We want 50 years down the road for this to be our contribution to the culture.”
A couple weeks ago, we had John Oliver reading Warren Harding's recently released hot and heavy love letters to his mistress. Today, we have Warren G reading them, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel.
Some good things have been happening in Cleveland, not that they haven't been happening for awhile, but the current string of good news means it's high time for Cleveland think pieces on the Forest City's renaissance. If you haven't written yours yet, that's okay, we've laid out a template with some multiple choices to get the job done easier. You're welcome.
CLEVELAND, OH — Cleveland might be known around the country for __________ (a: its river catching on fire; b: its long, miserable championship draught in professional sports; c: birthing that loud bald guy who cackles at you every morning on The Chew), but things are changing around the Rust Belt city and for the better, proving its no longer __________ (a: the Mistake on the Lake; b: the most miserable city in America, as Forbes once declared; c: just the place where ESPN's Gary Miller allegedly peed on an off-duty cop during the 1997 ALCS).
The home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the shores of Lake Erie is enjoying an upswing, as shown by its recent attraction of big names like __________ (a: LeBron James; b: the Republican National Convention; c: 22-year-old Matthew Geraldi, who is moving back in with his parents in Stow after graduating from Kent State with a marketing degree and $40,000 in student loans.)
And the city is awash in new construction, signaling an influx of both money and confidence in downtown, as evidenced by __________ (a: the recent multimillion dollar plans to make over Public Square; b: plans for several new hotels and apartment buildings; c: wherever Drake is going to build his magical mystical Cleveland chateau).
With deep European roots, Cleveland is also about as good as a food town as you can find, with locals and residents saying their favorite destinations include __________ (a: an overpriced hot dog hipster bar; b: a farm-to-table restaurant that specializes in pea shoots; c: the 37th Barrio location, which is in the old Parmatown mall).
A lot of Cleveland's energy comes from its neighborhoods, which are growing at astounding rates despite the city's overall population decline. Where day trips used to include staidly named districts like Tremont or Ohio City, new stops entail __________ (a: Hingetown; b: SoLo; c: Hingiertown, which is just one storefront in Hingetown).
And Cleveland, naturally, is a sports town, boasting some of the best fans in America despite the city's recent sports disappoints. Johnny Manziel was drafted by the Browns, and 25-year-old Tyler Lewicki, who was watching training camp one recent afternoon and who described himself as a fervent and lifelong Cleveland fan, said Manziel is looking great. Tyler then said his other favorite current Cleveland athlete is __________ (a: Phil Dawson; b: Victor Martinez; c: Mo Williams).
It's hard not to notice what's happening and local officials feel that it's only a matter of time before the rest of America notices too. __________ (a: "It is what it is," said mayor Frank Jackson. "I'm in legacy mode, bitches."; b: "This is really exciting and lots of things are happening like the Gay Games," said Positively Cleveland president David Gilbert. "Plus, this all really helps to justify my $500,000 a year salary."; c: "My school is falling apart and my teacher got laid off and a couple of people have been shot on my street," said 12-year-old James Harris. "Why are we all excited again?")
A 51-year-old Cleveland woman who was attempting to abscond with $140.47 of merchandise from the South Euclid Walgreens was spotted by a store manager and the suspect did what any reasonable person would do when faced with the fact that the gig was up: she pooped in the store.
In the parking lot he asked Thomas for her receipt, which she could not find.
The manager brought Thomas back into the store and told her that he was calling police.
“Thomas told him that she had to use the bathroom badly when she suddenly pulled down her pants and defecated in the front of the store,” according to the report.
That wasn't the end, sadly. The suspect then left the store, heading toward Warrensville Center and Colony Rd., when the manager caught up with her. She then threatened to pepper spray him, told him she had AIDS and "would spit on him," and later, when the police arrived, said she had colon cancer and bed bugs, before again pulling down her pants.
She's been charged with theft and disorderly conduct.
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