Darude is not rich, and more

Given the fact that his progressive house dance track "Sandstorm" gets played ad nauseam at sporting events around the country, you'd think Finnish DJ/producer Darude would be filthy rich from royalties alone. According to him, that's not the case.

"To tell you the truth, I get some royalties, but I don't get any from someone playing the song at the baseball park," says Darude, adding that he was inspired by listening to Dutch trance music in the late '90s. "Hair salons and gyms play music but don't need to specify what they play. Most of the money is paid to whoever is most successful that year. The same applies for sports, and that is fuckin' unfair, not only to me but to other artists too. I get a warm and fuzzy feeling out of it, but that's it."

Not that Darude is overly concerned with making money. He says Enmass Music, the new record label that he started with friend and fellow DJ Randy Boyer, is more about promoting new talent than cashing in.

"We want to put out good music without any expectations of income," he says. "We didn't want to put pressure on us. We wanted to start something that's good for promotions and networking and finding talent to collaborate with us. We've gotten some good response and are slowly building our name."

Darude, who says he has fond memories of playing in Cleveland at the now-shuttered dance club Metropolis, performs at 8 p.m. on Friday at Liquid Sixx. DJ Mimo opens, and tickets are $10.

All Folked Up

The 46th annual Kent State Folk Festival kicks off on Thursday and continues through Saturday. Thursday's concerts include the world beat band Delhi 2 Dublin, which plays Kent State's Manchester Field at 8 p.m., and singer-songwriters John Gorka and Tracy Grammer, who play the Kent Stage at 8. On Friday, regional folk bands play bars and clubs around Kent as part of "Folk Alley 'Round Town," while Over the Rhine plays the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. On Saturday, critically acclaimed folk acts Tom Paxton, the Red Clay Ramblers, and John McCutcheon play the Kent Stage at 8 p.m. Ticket prices for the events vary; a complete schedule is available at

Blues Explosion

Revived earlier this summer, the traveling Deep Blues Festival features "the gritty, artful sound of music rooted in the Mississippi Delta and hill country," as it's put in a press release. This year's lineup includes Bob Log III, Robert Belfour, Misery Jackals, Molly Gene, Scissormen, Ten Foot Polecats, the Blue Treads, Husky Burnette, and Shane Speal. The show comes to the Beachland Ballroom at 5 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are $20.

The Other Tracy Morgan

At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Grog Shop, local pop-punk act Tracy Morgan Freeman plays its first shows since the release of its EP Casual Encounters, five sharp songs that feature parched vocals and snarling guitars. The band opens for L.A.-based Henry Clay People, and the Wooly Bullies share the bill. Tickets are $8.

Hot Dogs and Hardcore

The Akron hardcore outfit This is a Lifetime celebrates the release of its new EP Transcendence with a show at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Outpost in Kent. The group has called the event "Hot Dogs and Two-Steps," and the club will run a $1 hot dog special the night of the concert. Ruled by Reason, Call It Fiction, Worth the Wait, Ruin, Still Searching, Lakota De Kai, Motives, the Gateway Complex, and Muffinslap open, and tickets are $6. Everyone in attendance will receive a free copy of the CD.

Roots Rock

Come Wind, an Akron indie rock band with a slightly progressive sound that recalls Incubus, celebrates the release of its new CD, Grow My Roots, at 7 p.m.Saturday at Musica in Akron. Wolves at the Gate and the Orphan, the Poet open. Tickets are $4.99.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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