Friday, December 2, 2016

Rubblebucket Brings Dance Party to Grog Shop, Right When We Needed it Most

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:37 AM

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Kalmia Traver began last night's show with a simple request: "I want to see your hearts!" The audience was all in, tossing hands in the air and bending index fingers and thumbs into the shape of a heart (although some of us had to, like, tuck our Sibling Revelry IPAs into the crook of our arm awkwardly when doing so).  And the first song of the night, "Pain From Love," dovetailed perfectly with the mania that this country is feeling right now. It was time to dance.

Rubblebucket is on the cusp of dropping a new album, and so last night's show was peppered with new songs. All of them came off really well, and the audience danced wildly through the whole show. (We wrote two years ago about Rubblebucket bringing new material to Cleveland.) Interspersed among the new stuff, like "IF U C My Enemies" and "Donna," were the latter-day Rubblebucket classics: "Carousel Ride," "On the Ground," "Came Out of a Lady," etc. (I'm still chasing "Down in the Yards." And I did hear quite a few people call out for "Triangular Daisies." The old school was vocal.)

One of my favorite parts of the night came during an unexpected cover of Fugazi's "Waiting Room." Funked up and dynamic (in a different way than the original), this tune just felt like such a good call at the midpoint of the show. So much fun.

For the encore, the band played "Silly Fathers" and "Save Charlie," the latter accompanied by a sea of balloons (including a balloon snake) that ebbed and bobbed across a giddy late-night crowd.

Mal Devisa
  • Mal Devisa
Anot her quick note: This was a strong bill. Punch Drunk Tagalongs opened the show, bringing the right sort of energy to a Rubblebucket show, and Mal Devisa held down the middle slot of the night. I was really blown away by her voice and bass phrasings. Like Brittany Howard on morphine (or in Morphine, for that matter).

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Veteran Jazz Bassist William Parker to Make Rare Appearance at the Bop Stop

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Musician, improvisor, educator, composer and author William Parker plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri.

Born in 1952 in the Bronx, he studied bass with jazz greats such as Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, Jimmy Garrison, and Paul West and has recorded over 150 albums. In 2013, he received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

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Jeremy Paris' Departure from Group Plan Commission Has Nothing to Do With RTA Public Square Controversy

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 10:50 AM

I see London, I see... Paris.
  • I see London, I see... Paris.
"It's just a coincidence," Jeremy Paris, Executive Director of the Group Plan Commission, told Scene by phone Thursday evening, in a conversation about his departure.

It was announced via press release Thursday afternoon that Paris would be ending his tenure on Friday, December 2 — today.

"This had been in the works since late summer. And I've been working with our partners and [Public Square CEO of Programming and Operations] Sanaa Julien trying to ensure continuity. Sanaa has a team in place and we'll be moving more toward programming and operations," Paris said.

The Group Plan Commission is the body formed by the city and county that works to "transform and connect the city’s signature public spaces." It was instrumental in the planning of the renovated Public Square and also works on the downtown Mall and the lakefront pedestrian bridge. Paris, a Shaker Heights native, arrived via Washington D.C. to serve as the GPC's first full-time Executive Director in 2014.

But the announcement that Paris would be ending his tenure arrived only one day after a heated city council hearing regarding buses on Public Square and a growing public debate on that issue. Paris said he should've made clearer that one had nothing to do with the other.

"I don't want it to be perceived that way at all," Paris stressed. The decision had been "mutual and amicable," in the wording of the press release, and Paris added that the timing was ideal for both parties, now that construction of the Square was complete and the Holidays were around the corner.

"This was actually supposed to happen before Thanksgiving," he said.

He told Scene he has no specific landing spot, but this was nonetheless an ideal time to move on. He's had conversations with several community leaders and is eager to reflect on ways to put his skills and experience to good use in the region.

On the current Public Square controversy, Paris would say only that "this was the Mayor's decision." The GPC was neutral, focused on creating a world-class public space. He said GPC wants to to work with the city to find next steps right away.

"We want to continue to be an active stakeholder," Paris said. "I would hate for [the bus controversy] to be an unnecessary coda to what has been a stunning success. We will chart a path forward together."

As for the Square's future, Sanaa Julien, who's technically on loan from the Cleveland Metroparks until March, will likely stay on in a long-term capacity. Paris confirmed that Julien had built and developed a team, and that "long-term or permanent options" were being explored for her employment.

Reflecting on his tenure, Paris said he couldn't have found a better job in Cleveland in his wildest dreams.

"Unbelievable leaders have been working with passion and energy to make Public Square a reality for years," he said. "I love that I could take part in this. I've got a young son, and being able to take him to Public Square, and to see him and other kids play on the Square for years to come is special.

"I think the goal now, with this crazy year behind us, is not to stop and pat ourselves on the back," he continued. "We've got to say what's next? And then we've got to figure out how to get there and keep the momentum going. I hope this is a platform for more growth and opportunity."
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Ohio Brewing Company to Host Album Release Party for Local Compliation

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:59 AM

An entrepreneur at E19 Creative, an innkeeper at Airbnb and a content provider at Apple Computer Inc. who once worked at Akron-based indie label DreamSTATE Records, singer-songwriter Jakob Ward continues to be a strong advocate for local music.

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Dead & Company to Play Blossom in 2017

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 7:07 AM

While the Dead, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, played farewell shows last summer to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary, they’re not "dead" just yet.

They've just announced a new set of dates for 2017. Dead & Company will kick off a summer tour on Saturday, May 27, in Las Vegas, and the group’s cross-country run will include a return to venues such as Fenway Park, Folsom Field and Citi Field. It'll also include gigs at Los Angeles’ historic Hollywood Bowl and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The tour even includes a June 28 show at Blossom.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Missouri Man Who Abducted and Raped 15-Year-Old Cleveland Teen Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Christopher David Schroeder
  • Christopher David Schroeder
Update: Christopher Schroeder, the Missouri man who lured, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Brooklyn girl last year, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Schroeder met the girl on Kik, drove to Northeast Ohio, picked her up, removed the SIM card from her cellphone, took her back to Missouri and sexually assaulted her and filmed it. Also, via "At his home, he forced her to clean his home and have sex. He forced her to change her appearance and told her she needed to lose weight. He smashed her phone and threw it into a river."

He entered a guilty plea back in July to transporting a minor for sexual activity.


(Original story: 12/3/15): A Missouri man kept a fifteen-year-old Ohio girl trapped for weeks in his home 40 miles west of St. Louis where he repeatedly had sex with her, filming at least one of the twisted encounters, authorities say.

Christopher David Schroeder, 41, of Marthasville lured the girl online, offering to pick her up outside of Cleveland after she complained about her parents, according to federal court documents. He held her against her will until Tuesday when Warren County Sheriff's investigators, working off tips from an Ohio task force, raided his home and rescued the teen, police said.

The nightmare began on November 8. The girl told investigators Schroeder disabled her cell phone once she was in his car, smashing the SIM card and removing the battery. They stopped only for gas during the 600-mile drive. Along the way, Schroeder told the girl they were going to have sex when he got her home, authorities said. She protested that she was just fifteen years old.

That didn’t stop Schroeder, authorities say. He’s accused of having sex with the girl multiple times. He also laid down harsh rules, ordering the girl to cut her hair, clean his house and lose weight, according to an affidavit. She wasn’t allowed to tell anyone her real name or use a phone or computer without his permission, authorities said. She told investigators he wouldn’t let her leave, and she was afraid to escape because he kept several guns in the house.

The girl’s worried relatives in Ohio pleaded for help during the weeks she was missing. Her stepfather even snuck onto the set of a new Nicolas Cage movie being filmed in Cleveland, cajoling the action star into posing with a missing poster to bring attention to her disappearance.

The search ended when the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children tracked the disappearance to Schroeder and contacted Warren County deputies. He had used the chat site Kik to chat with the girl online, authorities say.

Schroeder describes himself as an IT professional in a LinkedIn profile, working at companies including Enterprise Holdings, Energizer and Anheuser-Busch during the past 20 years. He also included a list of causes he cares about. “Children” was second on the list.

When investigators searched his home on Tuesday, they confiscated video cameras and a DVR. Two of the cameras were trained on his bed. One of the videos showed Schroeder having sex with the girl, according to the affidavit.

He allegedly told investigators he thought the girl was 18 and claimed that someone else drove her to Missouri, but authorities found a receipt from a McDonald’s in Ohio along with traffic ticket while searching his house and car.

Schroeder appeared on Wednesday in federal court in St. Louis. He was charged with driving the teen across state lines to commit a sex crime and production of child pornography. He faces fifteen years to life in prison if convicted.

Along with the federal charges, Warren County authorities booked him on statutory rape charges.
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Price of Opiate Overdose Reversing Drug Naloxone Frozen in Ohio for Next Year

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:11 PM

The number of overdoses and deaths from drug abuse continue to rise in Cuyahoga County, in Ohio, and beyond. As the public health crisis continues to worsen, access to Narcan will remain one of the most important tools to prevent overdoses from becoming overdose deaths. The drug, which acts to quickly reverse the effects of opiate overdoses, is available at many pharmacies now and is stocked by police, EMS and first responders.

Which is why a recent announcement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is important.

Next year, the cost of naloxone nasal spray will be frozen in the state of Ohio for that latter group (Naloxone is the generic name for Narcan).

“The cost to purchase naloxone has prevented some agencies from carrying this lifesaving drug, but I hope that Adapt Pharma’s new price freeze for Ohio will allow more agencies to consider keeping naloxone on hand,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in a statement.

The Public Interest Price will apply for one year from Nov. 25 for qualified purchasers who buy two 4-milligram doses of the nasal spray for $75, when obtained directly from Adapt Pharma in quantities greater than 48 units. That cost is a 40 percent discount from Adapt Pharma’s Wholesale Acquisition Cost of $125, according to the release.
“I continue to urge law enforcement agencies to carry this drug, because it can mean the difference between life and death for those suffering from addiction," DeWine said.
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