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Pink Floyd tribute band headlines Blossom.

Roger Hoover & the Whiskeyhounds, May 12 at McCarthy's in the Flats. - WALTER  NOVAK
  • Walter Novak
  • Roger Hoover & the Whiskeyhounds, May 12 at McCarthy's in the Flats.
A year after local Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here drew more than 3,000 fans to Scene Pavilion (now Plain Dealer Pavilion), the group will headline Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls Friday, May 26, marking the first time in years that a local band (Nine Inch Nails notwithstanding) has headlined an arena-sized venue.

"The Pavilion show was awesome," says House of Blues Talent Buyer Anthony Nicolaidis, who proposed the concert to the band. "Everything about the night was great -- the sound, the lights, the special effects, the musicians, and the fans. I have no doubt those people will come back and bring two friends."

The show will provide longtime area Floyd fans with a flashback, or at least some serious déjà vu. In addition to early and late-era favorites, the show will recreate Pink Floyd's June 24, 1973 Blossom show, from the Dark Side of the Moon tour, performing that psychedelic rock masterpiece in its entirety.

"This will be our biggest production to date," says singer-bassist Eroc Sosinksi, who last played the Blossom main stage in '95 as part of a Michael Stanley and Friends concert. "Our largest light show. A large circular video screen, showing footage used by Floyd at their concerts. Ziffel, our inflatable pig, will return. There may be some elements of our past productions of The Wall. And we have a few surprises up our sleeves."

The show, part of Blossom's BBQ and Music Festival, will be followed by a full fireworks display. (A DVD of the band's 2005 Pavilion show is available at

· Think School of Rock and Rock School looked fun? Regina High School will host Camp Jam the week of June 26. Clevelander and .38 Special member Jeff Carlisi runs the program. More information is available at

· Converge frontman Jake Bannon is working with Integrity frontman Dwid on the second installment of the creepy Roses Never Fade acoustic project, which will also feature Pale Creation singer Nick "Matt" Brewer and guitarist Matt Shack.

· On a related note, Pale Creation's new Discography is set for an early summer release on UK label Hemlock 13. The two-disc set will feature an audio CD and a DVD of the post-crossover group's October 2005 reunion show.

· Dance-rock phenom Whitechapel will play two final shows Saturday, May 20. "We all want to work on different things, and life seems to be piling up," says singer-guitarist Ben Childs. "The second we're done officially, new wave/electropop will become the biggest thing in Cleveland, trust me." The band will play a set at the 1300 Gallery (1300 West 78th Street), then close the night at the Phantasy (11802 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood).

· Australian guitar prodigy Geoff Achison will present a hands-on seminar Monday, May 22, at GitterPicking String Factory (9075 Darrow Road, Twinsburg). Admission is $15.

· Cleveland stoner-rock breakout Red Giant will contribute a version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Saturday Night Special" to Small Stone Records' upcoming Sucking in the '70s, Vol. II, a sequel to 2003's excellent compilation of classic-rock covers. The band is now recording its second album for Small Stone. Its set at Youngstown's Emissions From the Monolith festival Saturday, May 27, will mark the return of original drummer Chris Gorman.

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