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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jazzfest Changes

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM


If you were looking forward to tomorrow night’s Tri-C JazzFest concert at PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and jazz singer Kurt Elling — hold onto that excitement and your ticket.

Legendary pianist Brubeck, whose landmark album Time Out was the first jazz record to sell a million copies, is a bit under the weather, and since he’s 88 — and you know, there’s all that swine flu going around! — he was advised not to travel.

The entire show, with both Brubeck’s ensemble and Elling, has been rescheduled for June 6 at the same location.

There’s also been a change to Saturday night’s Allen Theatre show headlined by smooth-jazz sax player Dave Koz. Vocalist Randy Crawford, slated to perform with opening act, keyboardist Joe Sample, has canceled due to illness. Go to for updates and ticket info. —Anastasia Pantsios

New Chip Tha Ripper

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM


Cleveland rapper Chip Tha Ripper just unveiled "No, I Said I LIKED You."

The cut is part of producer 88-Keys' debut album, The Death of Adam.

Take a listen:

In other Chip news, his new mixtape, The Cleveland Show, will be hosted by local faves Mick Boogie and Terry Urban.

Cleveland represent! —Michael Gallucci

Calling All Wannabe Rockers With $10,000 Laying Around

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 2:39 PM


Do you have close to $10,000 floating around in your pocket and a lifelong dream to be a rock star — never mind that you have no musical talent and it’s your day job as a doctor/lawyer/accountant/overpaid head of a bailed-out bank that left you with money to burn?

You’ll be happy to know that there are some folks willing to help you fulfill your dream for a fleeting five days and relieve you of that extra cash. I’m talking about the people putting on the Rock and Roll Experience in Honolulu October 7-11.

Most of these adult boot-camp rock ’n’ roll events I’ve seen feature an assortment of ’70s arena rockers and has-been metal dudes. But you’d better bring your safety pins, hair gel and best sneer to this one. Its rock-star participant list is heavier on punk rockers and new wavers than members of REO Speedwagon.

The roster includes Akron’s own Gerald Casale of Devo, the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, David Bowie sidekick Earl Slick, Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Glenn Marlock (who launched his career as an original Sex Pistol before playing with Johnny Thunders, Iggy Pop and the Damned), session drummer Steve Ferrone and, for those of you who must have your dose of real classic-rock, Beach Boy Al Jardine.

Participants will be assigned to bands and spend their five days in Hawaii rehearsing, jamming with the rock stars, taking private lessons, going to workshops, attending a luau and playing a final concert opening for “a legendary headlining band.” You’ll get luxury accommodations, meals, roadies and a “professionally edited DVD” of your gala performance, all for $7,999 plus airfare. You don’t need any prior musical experience. What are you waiting for? —Anastasia Pantsios

NYC Band Explains Lost

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM


I love Lost. I'd probably love it even more if I knew what the hell was going on.

New York rockers Previously on Lost apparently have figured it out. They just released "Lost in 2 Minutes," which sums up all five seasons of the mind-fucking show in, yep, two minutes. Take a listen below.

Now if they can only tell us how the show's writers are gonna pull it all together by the time the series wraps next year. —Michael Gallucci

Pre-Concert Interview: Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM


Even if you tried, you couldn’t script something as colorful as the story of folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Born in Brooklyn, his father was a doctor who had hoped Elliott would follow in his footsteps. “I never wanted to be a doctor,” says Elliott, who plays the Kent Stage on Saturday. “That’s the one thing I was totally positive and certain about.”

So Elliott ran away from home when he was 15. The year was 1947 and he hooked up with a rodeo that needed a guy to groom the horses. Elliott got the gig. “The next day we took the steam train up to Pittsburgh and unloaded the horses and cattle and went to an indoor building Duquesne Gardens,” recalls Elliott. “We were there 10 days, and I was paid $2 a day to groom these horses, and I was thrilled. I was sleeping right on the ground behind the horses.”

It was around this time that Elliott met folk guitarist Tom Paley, who in turn introduced Elliott to his good friend, a guy by the name of Woody Guthrie. Paley told Elliott, who’d been busking on the streets and taught himself a couple of Guthrie songs, to give the man a call and see if he’d be interested in writing some songs together. Guthrie was open to the idea.

“He said, ‘Why don’t you come on over one of these days and bring your guitar, and we’ll knock out some tunes. But don’t come today because I got a bellyache,’” says Elliott, doing his best Guthrie imitation. “That was my first conversation with Woody. I waited a few days and called him again. His wife said he was in the hospital with appendicitis. It was serious, and he almost died. I visited him, and he was in pain and doped up on pain pills. I brought along the guitar and thought he might want a serenade. He said not to make much noise because the fella in the next bed over had just got off the operating table.”

Elliott would eventually become a protégé of sorts with Guthrie, performing with him in New York’s East Village before beginning a cross-country trip that would take him out to California for several months. Elliott has toured and recorded regularly since that fateful meeting. His new album, A Stranger Here, is a collection of Depression-era blues covers. It finds Elliott in rare form, thanks in part to producer Joe Henry (Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke), who presented Elliott with 15 songs and asked him to pick 10 to record.

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Kiss Get Animated

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM


First, Andrew W.K. gets his own show on Cartoon Network. Now, Kiss is getting animated for a cameo in this weekend's Nickelodeon special, The Fairly Oddparents: Wishology.

We don't want to give too much away, but Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appear in the three-part show, which airs at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Fairly Oddparents is a cartoon about a little boy whose wishes are granted by a pair of fairy godparents. It's a smart show, loaded with pop-culture references to everything from The Matrix to Star Wars to '80s new-wave bands.

The three-part special (each episode runs an hour, so expect some epic storytelling here) finds Timmy being named The Chosen One who must stop the Darkness from taking over the world.

And we're really not all that surprised by Kiss being turned into cartoon characters. That's pretty much been their gig for the past 30 years, hasn't it? —Michael Gallucci

Quickie Contest: Tim "Ripper" Owens Listening Party

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 9:30 AM


We've got one pair of passes to an exclusive listening party for Play My Game, the solo debut by Tim "Ripper" Owens, the Beyond Fear frontman who replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest. Owens, a local, will host the party in Akron on Sunday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. (Because it's an invite-only thing, we can't tell you exactly where it's happening. We can tell you it's within five minutes from downtown Akron.) The first 10 people to send their name, phone number and e-mail address to will be thrown into the hopper. We'll pick a random winner from those 10 names at 1 p.m. Friday.


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