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Friday, April 30, 2010

Ocasio Jazz Camp Returns

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

The late, great Ocasio
  • The late, great Ocasio

The legacy of Cleveland Latin jazz bandleader Roberto Ocasio keeps giving back to the community.

The Roberto Ocasio Foundation has just announced details of the sixth annual Latin Jazz Camp on July 11-16, again taking place at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.

And once again, Ocasio’s old friend from his days at Berklee College of Music, percussionist Bobby Sanabria, will be artists-in-residence.

As usual, enrollment is open to music students from grades 8-12 of all levels of musical expertise and experience, who take part in master classes, individual instruction, jam sessions, rehearsals, and performances, covering all aspects of Latin jazz.

But there’s something new this year: a class devoted to Latin dance, with noted salsa performer/educator Eileen Torres. It includes actual movement work, music study, and the history and evolution of Latin dance.

Application deadline is June 10.

Tuition, which covers all activities and room and board, is $550. You can find an application form on the website. —Anastasia Pantsios

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Hammer Time!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Nailing it
  • Nailing it

Hammer Damage brought up the tail end of Akron’s storied ’70s punk/underground rock scene, forming in 1978 when drummer Mike Hammer and guitarist Donnie Damage left the Rubber City Rebels to start their own band.

Though they never released a full-length album, Hammer Damage put out a handful of singles and garnered a strong following among lovers of sneering, aggressive punk-rock.

Recently, the band has reunited for occasional shows with all four members of the original lineup — Hammer, Damage, bassist Scott Winkler and guitarist George Cabinass — joined by guitarist Kal Mullens from ’70s Akron legend, Teacher’s Pet.

The group plays at the Beachland Tavern at 9 tonight with Exploding Lies and Bluto’s Revenge opening. Tickets: $10.

Then at 8:30 tomorrow night, the group plays at the Tangier in Akron. They’ll be joined on the bill by the Satisfiers, featuring Mike Purkhiser who has played with popular Akron-area bands like power-pop trio the Action and surf/rockabilly ensemble the Walking Clampetts. Tickets: $12.50 advance, $15 at the door. —Anastasia Pantsios

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Video of the Day

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Yeah, we heard the jokes about Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight." And yeah, the new video isn't gonna kill those Lady Gaga comparisons.

But we don't care.

We love this.


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What to Do Tonight: Jonatha Brooke

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

In yo face!
  • "In yo face!"

Jonatha Brooke's career began with the Story, a folk-pop duo she assembled with a college friend in the ’80s. She went out on her own in 1994 with her debut album Plumb and a follow-up, 10 Cent Wings. But after getting dropped by her label, Brooke chose the DIY route, self-releasing records. In the new millennium, she's released three studio albums and a live CD/DVD, recorded two songs for Disney’s Return to Neverland, covered songs by James Taylor, the Alan Parsons Project and the Beach Boys, wrote songs for boy-band vets Nick Lachey and J.C. Chasez, and set music to some of Woody Guthrie’s unreleased words for her latest album, 2008‘s The Works. She performs at 8 p.m. at the Kent Stage. Tickets: $10. —Brian Baker

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

No Alice in Chains-Mastodon-Deftones Tour for You, Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Yes, after weeks of not-so-subtle hints, the Alice in Chains-Mastodon-Deftones tour has been officially announced.

No, it’s not playing Cleveland.

The closest it’s coming — for now at least — is Detroit’s DTE Energy Music Theatre on September 17.

The tour’s press material says it will add more dates soon, likely after all these gigs sell out in 16 minutes. As of today, the announced shows are ...

Sep 16 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island

Sep 17 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sep 18 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sep 20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

Sep 22 Boston, MA Agannis Arena

Sep 24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Sep 28 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Oct 1 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

Oct 4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Oct 7 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place

Oct 8 Seattle, WA Key Arena

Oct 9 Portland, OR Rose Quarter - Memorial Coliseum

Oct 16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint

You can find more info here. —-D.X. Ferris

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Bill Peters Wins Most Kick-Ass DJ of the Year Award

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Bill Peters, we salute you
  • Bill Peters, we salute you

Bill Peters, who has hosted his metal show on John Carroll University’s radio station WJCU FM 88.7 for 28 years (Metal on Metal, 6:30-9 Friday evenings), was named the station’s 2010 Best DJ at its annual banquet Tuesday night.

The famously modest Peters, who is probably the individual most responsible for the strength of Cleveland’s fabled metal scene, issued this statement: “Bill Peters would like to thank the WJCU staff for presenting to me the 2010 Best DJ Award at last night's station banquet. It truly is an honor. We have many DJs just as deserving of this recognition. I am not into the award kind of stuff but it is very nice to be recognized by my peers, who I all have a lot of respect for. I am very proud to have been a volunteer member of WJCU (formerly WUJC) for the past 28 years. Metal forever!”

One of the efforts Peters has spearheaded is raising money for the family of Jared Koston, drummer for local metal band Venomin James, who has stage IV melanoma and no health insurance.

Koston, his wife Michelle, and his son Nathan were special guests at the banquet, where they were presented with a check from a staff fundraiser, which the station matched.

It’s appropriate payback: Venomin James was one of the bands to contribute their services to a benefit concert for the radio station’s fundraising drive in February. —Anastasia Pantsios

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