Internet broadcaster YeboTV is filming two benefit concerts for John Carroll University Radio Station 88.7-FM WJCU and will later stream them free online. Soulless, Suede Brothers, Embalmer, and others will play the Jigsaw Saloon and Stage (5324 State Road, Parma) on Friday, February 22. YeboTV also taped a Beachland show February 16 that featured Ringworm, Cellbound, Lick the Blade, and others.
"There are so many amazing bands that don't have access to the promotion they need to get their music known," says YeboTV Music Development Project Manager Marilyn Gardner. "Every city has great bands that could benefit from global exposure, and Cleveland is no exception. The quality of the music is what makes Cleveland's original music scene so special."
YeboTV was founded in Finland, but its main office is located in Cleveland. The company regularly tapes shows from New Jersey to Detroit. In addition to Agora shows, it filmed the January Supersuckers/Uncle Scratch show at the Jigsaw and is talking to other Cleveland clubs about taping local and national concerts. Yebo's arena shows have included Slayer, Megadeth, and Nightwish.
The company has tapped the local talent pool. Hellbomb Clothing's Jim Lanza is heading up a site for unsigned bands called Underground Live. WJCU Metal on Metal host Bill Peters also works for the company and organized the concerts.
"The bills showcase some of the different styles of what our Cleveland metal scene has to offer," says Peters, who plays all the bands on his program, which streams to an international audience. "It shows the great depth of original, diverse heavy-metal talent we have in this city."
The professionally shot shows will run continuously on YeboTV.com from 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2. Fans must complete a free registration to watch the videos.
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• The Kent Stage has a new ticketing system, with lower fees. Fans can purchase tickets at www.kentstage.org or via 1-800-595-4849, 24 hours, seven days a week.
• The Coryells' Larry and Murali Coryell will appear Friday, February 22, at 2 p.m. on Randy Allar's The Fusion Show on 89.3-FM WCSB. The jazz group will host a free workshop at Lakeland Community College's 36th Annual Jazz Fest at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 23, followed by a concert that night.
• Cleveland alt-rock crew Quickening has posted a rough mix of "Bury Me," a track from their upcoming fourth album, at www.myspace.com/quickening. Singer-guitarist James Isom is producing, with assistance from Bill Korecky (Mushroomhead, Integrity). No release date is set.
• Jim Jones, best known as a Pere Ubu guitarist, died Monday, February 18. Read more on C-notes, at blogs.clevescene.com/cnotes.