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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Garth Brooks to Play the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown on Oct. 28

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 6:41 PM

  • Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Earlier today, country star Garth Brooks announced that his fifth Dive Bar concert will take place at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, on Monday, Oct. 28.

The first three Dive Bar stops were Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield and Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX. The fourth stop takes place tomorrow at the Barn in Sanford, FL.

Brooks announced that Ohio would be the location of the next Dive Bar stop last night on Inside Studio G, his weekly Facebook live series. He says, "Ohio is where it all began" in his Facebook video. Check out the video here.

Fans can only win tickets through country radio.

All ticket holders must be 21 and over.

Brooks’ new single “Dive Bar” featuring Blake Shelton inspired the seven-date stint of dive bar shows.

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Long Lost Single From Cleveland Rockers the Society Finally Sees the Light of Day

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 4:58 PM

  • Courtesy of Jim Quinn
Back in the late '60s, the local garage rock act the Society, a band that would morph into psychedelic rock heroes the Damnation of Adam Blessing, played the usual Hullabaloos and armories.

With hopes of landing a record deal, the group went to Cleveland Recording in June of 1967 and cut the fuzzed-out track "You Girl" along with the brooding, organ-driven dirge "Lonely" with producer Ken Hamann. At the time, the songs would have made for a killer single, but there were no takers, and the tracks remained in the can.

Until now.

The Society guitarist Jim Quinn recently discovered the master tape from the recording session, and "You Girl"/"Lonely" has just come out as a single on Cuyahoga Falls-based B-W Records.

The analog pressing comes with a full color insert with a band biography and photos.

Locally based producer/engineer Michael Siefert remixed the tracks, and the release includes liner notes penned by local garage rock aficionado Tom Fallon.

The reissue is available at MyMindsEyesRecords.com and Time Travelers Records in Akron. It’s also available on iTunes and Amazon.

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Cleveland’s Waterband to Reunite Next Month to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM

  • Courtesy of Waterband
Original Waterband members "Dreadlock Dave" McDougald and John Welton have just announced that they’ll reunite with long-time members Ryan Mitiska, Taylor Netzler and Ryan Bair to play a special reunion concert on Nov. 2 at the Beachland Ballroom to mark the local jam band’s 20th anniversary.

The show's special guests include the balloon artist Dizzy Doc and painter Trey Berry as well as “some great musical surprises.”

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Taking Back Sunday Brings Its 20th Anniversary Tour to House of Blues Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 10:22 AM

Taking Back Sunday formed at a time when indie acts had to book their own tours and couldn’t rely on the internet to disseminate their music. Mind Over Matter guitarist Eddie Reyes founded the group nearly 20 years ago, and though it’s been through numerous lineup changes, the current lineup has been stable for about the past decade.

The current tour celebrates the group’s 20th anniversary and finds the band playing its debut album Tell All Your Friends in its entirety. When the band plays on Monday and Tuesday of next week at House of Blues, each set will include two albums, and the group will use a specially designed coin to determine whether it plays either Where You Want To Be or Louder Now in addition to Tell All Your Friends.

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Rock Hall Announces Nominees for the Class of 2020

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 8:43 AM

Dave Matthews Band at Blossom in 2018. - JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
  • Dave Matthews Band at Blossom in 2018.
Earlier today, the Rock Hall announced the list of acts eligible for induction at next year’s ceremony that takes place here in Cleveland. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

Nominees such as Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, the Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T.Rex, Thin Lizzy and Whitney Houston are on the ballot for the first time. The other 2020 nominees — Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren — have been nominated in the past.

Inductees will be announced in January. The induction ceremony will take place on May 2 at Public Auditorium.

Fans have the opportunity to participate in the induction selection process. Beginning today and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 10, they can go to Google and search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee name plus “vote” to cast a ballot with Google, vote at rockhall.com or at the museum in Cleveland. The top five artists as selected by the public will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2020 inductees. 

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Cleveland Pops Orchestra to Play Music Inspired by 'The Wizard of Oz'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 4:19 PM

Earlier today, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra announced that it’ll bring “music from The Wizard of Oz to the stage on Nov. 1 during a concert dubbed the Wonderful Music of Oz.

Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, inspired storytellers and composers around the world and led to the music you'll hear at the show.

Guest artists include award-winning Broadway stars such as Blaine Krauss, John Boswell, Scott Coulter and Kelli Rabke.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Severance Hall. Tickets start at $31.

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Rock Hall Hosts Donna Summer Artifact Presentation

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM

  • Jeff Niesel
Earlier today, as a way of celebrating the legacy of Inductee Donna Summer, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Playhouse Square invited local media to a special artifact presentation with Donna Summer’s daughter Mimi Sommer, who gave the Rock Hall two of Summer’s dresses, including the one she wore in the photo that appears on the cover of her Four Seasons of Love album.

The event took place in the Rock Hall’s newest exhibit, the Garage, where fans can learn to play Summer’s song “Last Dance” on drums and view Summer’s signature in the Hall of Fame gallery.

“We’re honored it’s Donna Summer day today at the Rock Hall,” said Harris. “We talk about how music gives us a sense of belonging and gives us our tribe and our family. Donna Summer’s daughter Mimi is a huge part of that family. She has generously provided with us with these stunning dresses we can exhibit to tell Donna’s story.”

The presentation also served to help promote the national tour launch of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical at Playhouse Square, which began this week. Performers from the musical were on hand for the event.

“We’re glad to donate these items, and it gives us the ability to allow her legacy to keep going, and hopefully new generations who might not know her at well will have a new appreciation for her,” said Mimi Sommer. “We hope everyone will enjoy the artifacts and go see the musical, which is going to 24 different cities. We hope people come and dance if they wanna dance and sing if they wanna sing.”

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