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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Country Singer-Guitarist Eric Church Delivers an Epic Set at the Q

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 11:25 AM

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Cut from the same musical cloth as classic rockers such as Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, country singer-guitarist Eric Church writes narrative-based songs about the American experience.

And like those aforementioned rock icons, he tours and records with a killer band that can bring those narratives to life. His Eric Church Band capably alternates between hard rocking anthems and tender ballads, incorporating banjo, organ and mandolin along the way.

Church and Co. were in terrific form last night at the Q as their Holdin’ My Own tour stopped in town.

Playing an epic three-hour set (with a 20-minute intermission) that featured nearly 40 songs, Church had members of the capacity crowd, which he said was the tour’s largest audience so far, on their feet for the entire gig.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Cedar Lee Theatre Partners with Local Cat Shelters for 'KEDI' Screenings

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:57 PM

Set to open on March 10 at the Cedar Lee Theatre, the documentary film KEDI centers on a handful of the hundreds of thousands of cats that roam the streets of Istanbul, Turkey. For thousands of years, Istanbul street cats have wandered in and out of people's lives, and the film documents those wanderings.

To help Cleveland’s street cats, the Cedar Lee Theatre has just announced that it will partner with area shelters who will bring cats in need of homes to the Cedar Lee during select screenings.

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First Look: Barrio Tacos in Cedar-Fairmount, Opening Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:50 PM

The transformation from Mad Greek to Barrio Tacos (2466 Fairmount Blvd., 216-862-3498) is just about complete at the top of Cedar Hill in Cleveland Heights. The local restaurant group purchased the property last summer and has been hard at work transforming the space into a restaurant that better fits with the company’s spirited ethos.

Barrio will open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28.

“We’ve been looking to go to the East Side for a long time and just haven’t found the right spot,” says owner Sean Fairbairn. “We’ve looked in Coventry and Lee Road and we just feel like the Cedar-Fairmount area is a great area.”

The 4,200-square-foot space was completely gutted, walls were removed and floors have been raised to create an open and lively barroom space that is a complete 180 degrees from its predecessor. Gone are the small nooks, chopped up spaces, and limited sight lines.

A large central bar will seat 25 guests. The total occupancy is 160, with another 60 coming online when they launch patio service later this spring. The ground-level area just inside the two garage doors will be utilized strictly for casual lounge service at high-tops. Every square inch of the interior is hand-painted with Barrio’s now-signature motif.

In the back of the house, the kitchen received all new equipment, including walk-in coolers.

When it comes to the food and drink, diners can expect the same roster of craft drafts (32 taps), margaritas, signature cocktails, chips, salsa, queso, guacamole and build-your-own tacos.

For those keeping track, this brings Barrio Tacos up to four locations, 800 seats, and 300 employees in a span of five years.

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Ohio is Rolling Out More Rules on Medical Marijuana Law

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:34 PM

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is providing more details in its proposed rules that will govern the medical marijuana policies in the state. This week, the board announced a fairly restrictive cap on the amount of medicinal "plant material" that patients can purchase: six ounces of bud with THC content under 23 percent or four ounces with THC content above 23 percent — in a 90-day period.

Those amounts rank among the most conservative medical marijuana rules, compared to other states who've undertaken this sort of law. The board's own documentation shows how they arrived at the number, mostly citing safety. There was a pretty interesting little discussion, too, about marijuana tolerance and how patients will self-identify their own levels of experience or naivete with respect to the plant.

Recall also that smoking medical marijuana will be illegal in Ohio. The whole idea is to vape it, eat it or use a transdermal patch.

The board is open to public comment through March 10.

Read up on everything the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program has been working on so far.


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Singer-Guitarist John Mayer to Play Blossom in August

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 11:18 AM

When singer-guitarist John Mayer played Blossom back in 2013, he started the show with “Queen Of California” and moved directly into the single “Paper Dolls” during a concert that showed off the range of his music.

Nearly every song was extended by several minutes to allow for solos and dancing on the lawn.

Earlier today, Mayer announced he’ll return to Blossom on Aug. 30. The concert will be part of his Search for Everything World Tour.

Mayer just released a second wave of tunes from the forthcoming studio album The Search for Everything. The album, which Mayer began recording three years ago at Capitol Studios in the Capitol Records building in Hollywood, arrives on April 14.

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Video: Watch the FirstEnergy Lakeshore Plant Get Demolished

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 11:03 AM

The FirstEnergy Lakeshore plant went boom last night at 1:00 a.m. as crews used 200 pounds of explosives to demolish the 106-year-old structure. Here's what that looked like.

The Lakeshore plant is no more.

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Bakersfield Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey Back on Track for Spring Opening in Ohio City

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Attention all aspiring tortilla makers: your time to shine might be just around the bend.

It’s been two and a half years since we broke the news that Bakersfield Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey, a small but growing Cincinnati-based restaurant group, was preparing to take over the old Grind spot (2058 W. 25th St.) at the corner of W. 25th and Keene Court, just a block south of Lorain. We can now report that the festive Latin-themed eatery is just weeks away from opening.

The Bakersfield concept launched in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in 2012. Locations quickly followed in Indianapolis, Columbus, Charlotte, Nashville and Pittsburgh. Ohio City will make number seven.

The name is a tribute to the Bakersfield Sound, a country music genre that originated in Bakersfield, California, in the ‘50s and ‘60s. That music — as well as rock ‘n’ roll — is served up alongside Mexican street foods like tacos, tortas and tostadas. The menu is intentionally concise, says Lanni, because of the company’s dedication to quality.

“It’s not a big menu so we can really focus on doing things the right way,” says owner Joe Lanni. That includes hand-pressing limes and lemons for margaritas, and even crafting the corn tortillas at each location. “It's a little unusual and it's definitely an extra step that a lot of places don't take because tortillas are so widely available. But when you taste our product, you see why we take the extra time.”

Of course, that food will be washed down by plenty of cold beer, tangy margaritas and craft cocktails built from barrel-aged spirits, including whiskey and tequila. The atmosphere at all Bakersfield restaurants is lively, casual and high-spirited, Lanni adds.

In preparation for a late-March or early-April opening, the restaurant will be hosting open interviews for all positions the weeks of March 6th and March 13th, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Check out out the food and drink menus here:


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