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Shelby Lynne is constantly looking for a melody or a line. “I’m sitting around always ready for a song to come, no matter where I am,” she said. “But when I’m home, I’m ready. I’m sitting around in my ready place and if that guitar calls me and my pen and paper call me, I’m ready. “That’s definitely what I’ve learned to do in my older years — hell, we’re all getting old — but I guess you learn how to appreciate it and be ready for the song angels when they come.” The 43-year-old talked about her new disc, “Revelation Road,” during a call from her California home. “Basically, the inspiration came from the world we live in,” she said of the title track. “I wanted to write something that kind of means we’re all the same as humans and we’re on the same path; we might take different paths to get there, but it’s the same revelation road because we’re going to wind up in the same place, so we might as well be nice to each other on the way.” Lynne wrote, recorded and produced the disc on her label, Everso Records. “This particular album, it was just in my own head and heart, and much easier to do the communication within myself,” the singer, who was raised in
Alabama said in her Southern drawl. Recording the new disc meant playing mandolin, banjo, drums and congas. “It was fun,” she said of learning new instruments. “I just made sure that I kept myself safe and complemented the songs in a very simple way.” Critics love Lynne, who released a tribute to Dusty Springfield, “Just a Little Lovin’ ” in 2008. Her landmark release, “I Am Shelby Lynne,” brought her a Grammy Award for best new artist in 2000 after she’d been in the business more than a decade. “[‘I Am Shelby Lynne’] was a turning point for my career, so it’ll always be special,” she said. “I found my voice on that record as far as singing goes and songwriting.” She realizes she’s fortunate to be a successful independent artist. “Music is my job, my work, and I’m very lucky,” she said. “I’m lucky I have music as my friend, and she’s in my heart and soul.” Her passion is evident when she talks about lyrics: “I love words and how powerful they can be, and I take that seriously when I put words on paper; communication of the universe through music is the greatest gift of all.” Lynne will play a solo show at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. “I feel like as long as people want to hear me sing, I’ll be there,” she said. O
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The seeds of several of Abby Ray’s songs were planted long ago. After an approximately seven-year hiatus from performing, the Bowling Green native realized how much she missed music when she turned years of journal entries into lyrics for live tunes.
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“When I was able to do it for that first time, I was like, ‘Ah, this feels good,’” Ray said of that first time back onstage. “It was more relaxing than just writing in a journal. It’s like how some people like to smoke cigarettes or have a beer; when I express my music to someone, that’s how I vent. “It takes a lot of weight off my shoulders to do that.” That re-entry to live performing was nearly four years ago. Now Ray is getting ready to release her second CD in less than
two-years with “Blue Ray.” Together with Jason Parrit (drums), Doug Summers (bass) and Cory Blue (lead guitar), Ray will host a CD release show for “Blue Ray” on Jan. 19 at Clazel Theater in Bowling Green. Like many Ray concerts, the CD release show for “Blue Ray” will have a charity tie-in; 15 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the record will be donated to the local Red Cross. n ABBY RAY CONTINUES ON 5
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n ABBY RAY CONTINUED FROM 4 “When you do a charity [show] you don’t get anything for it, but you get the pleasure out of it,” Ray said. “That’s all I want out of this.” Having been exposed to The Beatles and The Judds by her mother and church music by her babysitter as a child, music was something Ray was attracted to early on. She performed in musicals for the Black Swamp Players and wrote her first song at the age of 12, one she later put on her album “The Naked Truth,” which came out in 2010. That song — “Darling I Need You” — was the last track on the record and was written in memory of her brother’s daughter, who passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. “When I look at the words now and I read the words, I’m like, ‘Wow, this could be taken in so many different ways,’” Ray said. “It sounds like someone is crying about their lover and they want them back, but really in that song I was crying that I wanted this baby back.” Heartfelt tracks like “Darling I Need You” drew a positive response from crowds when Ray started performing again at open mic shows, which in turn influenced her to start recording her music. After first meeting Firefly Studios’ owner Brett Dennison in 2004, Ray recorded “The Naked Truth” at Firefly Studios in 2010 in what she credits as her first completed recording project. “When I go into the studio, I go in with my guitar and my vocals, and I strum poorly and I sing my lyrics,” Ray said. “To have Brett turn my music into the way it should sound, it’s a great
experience to be in there.” During the past two years Ray has performed a number of shows, including charitable projects like the Gloria McElroy Memorial Benefit, the Women’s Caucus fundraiser for the Cocoon Women’s Shelter and the 2010 Toledo Toy-A-Thon. “It’s awesome [doing a charity show] because we would do it whether the crowd was there or not because we’re doing it to help these organizations,” Ray said. “But you gain a following and you know they’re good people. The following that you’re gaining, you know they’re good people because they’re there for a good cause, too.” Ray had an eventful 2011. After playing two main stages at the Ninth Annual Nashville SongWriters Festival, she recorded “Blue Ray.” A mother of two who comes from an artistic family, Ray said she is happy to have both her fans and her kids embrace her music. “Everybody’s really busy with life [in my band],” Ray said. “So this is more so something that we do as a hobby, something that we enjoy. But we put our full heart into it.” On Jan. 19, Abby Ray, Bruce Lillie and WorHead will perform for the “Blue Ray” CD release show to benefit the Red Cross Greater Toledo Area Chapter at Clazel Theater, 127 N. Main St. in Bowling Green. The event will be hosted by Tim Concannon from Grumpy Dave’s Pub’s “Hump Day Revue.” Doors are at 9 p.m. and cover is $4. For more information, call (419) 353-5000. O
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Cold, dark, dreary days and long frigid nights can make winter seem like it never ends. Fortunately, there are some fun things to do indoors during the “unfriendly” season. HobbyTown USA, located just off Airport Highway in Holland, plays host to wargamers. War-gaming is turn-based strategic combat gaming that employs the use of miniature figures, artillery, detailed scale environments, cards, dice and some very dedicated participants. Store manager Ben Bostedor heads Black Swamp Wargaming, a group of miniature gamers who meet regularly to engage in battle. “We play just about everything here,” Bostedor said. From the hugely popular “Warhammer 40k” and “Warhammer Fantasy,” “HeroClix,” “Flames of War” and “Magic: The Gathering,” Black Swamp Wargaming has something for everyone. “Everyone needs a hobby,” Bostedor said. “A lot of gamers play video games, I play video games. However, video games end up being more of a stressor. These types of games are more relaxing. On top of that, you get faceto-face social interaction with these types of games. You get to meet some very good people and you also get to the opportunity to shake their hand and say ‘good game’ after your match. The social interaction is a positive. “One of the more popular sets of miniature games is ‘Warhammer 40k’ and ‘Warhammer
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Fantasy.’ They’re turn-based tactical games set in the future. ‘HeroClix,’ on the other hand, takes comic book or video game heroes and pits them against each other. The games are all turn-based, meaning I’ll take a turn, make my attack or moves, and then you get a turn to respond. In these games you’re given a point limit, with each weapon or asset assigned a specific value. Players build their armies to meet these point values and commence battles with their purpose-built battalions,” Bostedor said. Another highly popular and quite impressive-looking miniature game is called “Flames of War.” Set in World War II, “Flames of War” is historically accurate in terms of the tools and troops used in the game. “In this game, each turn has a command and motivation stage, a movement and shooting stage and an assault stage,” Bostedor said. “One of the more exciting things about ‘Flames’ is the assaults. One player will initiate an assault and the other player gets to assault back, and it goes on until one side is destroyed or runs away. “Many of these games are mission or objective based, so the games are over either when a time limit or particular game-specific objective is reached. Either that, or when one of the battling teams has been destroyed.” More information about war-gaming and the Black Swamp Wargaming association can be found on Facebook. Visit facebook.com/groups/ BlackSwampWargaming for information about tournaments, games and to meet some people who can help you get started. O
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The Vincent Douglas Nickerson Collection, which contains more than 300 original sketches of vessels from between 1880 and 1910, was donated to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL) at Bowling Green State University. HCGL Archivist Bob Graham said the size and scope of these drawings are highly unusual. “There is no other collection of Great Lakes maritime artwork of this magnitude in any other public institution,” Graham said. The drawings, he said, represent the best scale work of vessels from this time period. This is because Nickerson’s clients were connected to various maritime businesses and wanted accurate artwork of their vessels. Graham said for some of the particular vessels sketched, Nickerson’s drawings provide the only details available. He added there are fewer than 30 completed Nickerson works in public institutions. The Great Lakes Historical Society in Vermilion, Ohio, has between eight and 12 completed works. Graham said the time period of the sketches is significant because the turn of the century marked the transition from sail and wooden ships to steam and iron and steel vessels. Graham said the collection depicts wooden and steel ships. “It was an evolution of the U.S. into a modern industrial power. The work represents that and is symbolic to it,” Graham said. The works were donated to the HCGL by Ellen Drouillard Boruff of Bloomington, Ind. Boruff inherited the collection from her grand-
father in the 1990s, Graham said. Boruff began conducting research of her own on the works and contacted the HCGL for help in identifying ships portrayed in the collection. Graham and Boruff began exchanging emails and he visited her in Bloomington in 2003. Eventually, Boruff decided to donate the collection to the HCGL. “It’s been a long-term process and we’ve been talking about it for over 10 years,” Graham said. Graham said little is known about Nickerson, who was born and passed away in the Cleveland area and did most of his work there. He added Nickerson did some traveling across the Great Lakes region. The HCGL is part of the Center for Archival Collections at the BGSU Libraries. According to its website, other collections possessed by the HCGL include works related to shipping, shipbuilding, navigation, maritime law, commercial fishing, shipwrecks, yachting, labor history, popular literature, freshwater ecology, recreation and the history of Great Lakes ports. Graham said the addition of the Nickerson collection complements the existing collections at the HCGL. “It gives us a depth that wasn’t there before,” he said in a press release. “To find a body of work from a late 19th century marine artist of this magnitude is really special.” He said there is still work to be done such as compiling an inventory, reaching out to other maritime museums in the region and performing maintenance work on the drawings. “We still have some work to do,” Graham said. “We hope to find out more as we progress with our investigation.” O
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Americans love racing. NASCAR, lawnmowers, whatever — if it moves, we’ll race it. The same goes for R/C cars, trucks and anything else with a motor. During the fall and winter, HobbyTown USA in Holland and Aaron Mermin host indoor soft track racing and R/C rock crawling. “The racing and rock crawling events are staggered,” said race coordinator Mermin. “One weekend we’ll race the 36 and 24th scale cars and trucks, and the next weekend we’ll compete in rock crawling.” The Losi brand-specific indoor soft track racing requires participants to pay a $5 entry fee but “Everyone wins something,” Mermin said. “There are cash prizes for the winners of each class of racers, and everyone will get store credit just for entering the race.” Racing takes place every other Saturday at noon, with driver meetings at 11 a.m. The races are five minutes long; the racers
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who complete the highest number of laps in that given time are the winners. “We have transponders that we let people borrow for each race. There is a computerized system that keeps track of each car, lap time and number of laps completed,” Mermin said. On the weekends opposite soft track racing, HobbyTown USA hosts R/C rock crawling. Rock crawling is intense for the driver of the crawler and the spectators. “The rules for rock crawling are national,” Mermin said. “The crawling is based on a points system — he who has the lowest points after a crawl wins.” Mermin said drivers acquire points for things like touching certain objects, needing to reverse, or actually rolling their vehicles down the rock crawling course. “You have points deducted every time you make it through a gate; the objective is to have the lowest points at the end of a crawl or even have negative points.” Rock crawling costs competing participants $10 per event. Indoor rock crawling and soft track racing only take place during the colder months and will come to an end in February. O
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It was a wet and snowy day in Toledo as bass guitarist and songwriter Derrick Anderson sat down for an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. Just a couple of days after an unseasonably warm Christmas, Anderson, who now resides in Los Angeles, looked out at the wintery streets of his hometown and smiled. “It was great until today,” he said of the weather, with a laugh. Of course, Ohio’s climate is nothing new for the musician. Years before a career that has seen him perform with a number of great names in pop music — the Kinks’ Dave Davies, the Smithereens, Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills and his current gig with ’80s pop sensations The Bangles — Anderson cut his musical teeth in Toledo. Anderson said he always makes it back for the holidays. “I don’t think I’ve missed any since I’ve been gone. I left in July of ’90,” he said.
Anderson’s first musical memories are tied to Toledo area radio, back before FM was a serious force on the dial. “I’d say the whole AM radio of the late ’60s, early ’70s. That was kinda the main, ‘Oh, what’s this?’ I can remember as a little kid getting in the car and dad turning on the radio. Back then, AM radio was everything. And that was when I like to think my musical sensibilities came into play, in 1966 when I was 3,” Anderson remembered. There were certainly worse eras for a budding musician to grow up in, with influences as varied as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Stones scattered across the dial — but it wasn’t any of those who inspired a young Derrick to take his first stab at playing himself. “It was The Partridge Family. They came
along and I was like, ‘That looks like a good job,’” Anderson said with a smile. “So I think that’s around the time I started playing guitar. Had lessons for two years, then kinda put it down. Then, in junior high, The Beatles animated series, they were rebroadcasting that. And I was kinda like, ‘Oh, what’s this?’ “I went to the Toledo library and checked out The Beatles,” he remembered. “Got that, brought that home, then it was all over.” After his aborted early lessons, his true training came at the feet of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr. “The way that I learned how to play in the first place, when I tapped into the whole Beatles thing — buy one album, learn all the bass, buy another one, learn all the bass on that one, until I had them all and knew them all,” Anderson said. “I never had a bass lesson in my life, I just taught myself how to play.”
Walk like a Bangle
Anderson committed to the idea of being a full-time musician in 1984, and hasn’t looked back since, contributing the beautiful melodies of his self-taught bass skills to a wide variety of pop bands — a musical style rooted in the music that inspired him. “Everyone that I’ve played with, we all kinda have the same sensibilities, which go back to the ’60s. The melodic rock and the harmonies and all that stuff,” he said. “Pete Townshend coined the term ‘power-pop.’ It’s all kinda that thing.” His roots in that music scene make him a perfect addition to the resurgent Bangles, who after a split in the late 1980s have been touring and recording together consistently since 2000. Anderson joined the group through Bangle Vicki Peterson’s husband, John Cowsill. “I had played with The Cowsills, which was one of my all-time favorite gigs ever,” Anderson said.
“Oh, I’d give anything/Just to see you smile” — The Bangles, “Happy Man Today”
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Derrick Anderson on tour with The Bangles, left, and The Smithereens. PHOTOS Courtesy DERRICK ANDERSON
“This was in early ’08, it was just at a little local club … I got to play with all of them, and Vicki actually came with John to that show. It was maybe six months after that when [The Bangles] knew that instead of the girl that was playing with them, they wanted to find someone else.” As the group searched for a new bass player, Anderson was recommended to them. “When I got the call from Vicki to come in and audition, I had to remind her, ‘You know you’ve seen me play with your husband, right?’ And she was like, ‘Oh, that was you?’” He’s performed with the group ever since, heavily contributing to their new album, “Sweetheart of the Sun,” which released in September. “In their case, the thing that tends to irk me a bit is that people tend to think of them as a kind of ’80s or kind of nostalgia act,” he said, pointing out that even though the group has been putting out new music for quite a while, they recently played on “Dancing with the Stars” — on ’80s week.
Derrick’s muse is not limited to backing up others, though. He consistently works on his own material as well, most famously with his own band, The Andersons, which formed back in the mid-1990s. After moving to LA, Anderson had put together a demo tape of material, which somehow got into the hands of fellow musician Robbie Rist — who, for trivia buffs, also played Cousin Oliver on the last season of “The Brady Bunch.” “He got a tape, and I kinda knew him a little bit. But I remember he called me and he said, ‘If you ever put something together ... ’ And I said, ‘Oh! All right,’” Anderson said. The third member of the trio, Wil O’Brien, came in shortly afterward, and the as-yet unnamed group began to develop. “We’d been playing together for a while, had a set worked out, started to do some
shows,” Anderson said. “We had a gig, and what we actually did was we handed out a pad of paper to everybody, like, ‘We’re looking for a new name.’ And among those names was ‘The Andersons.’ And it turns out it was Robbie who had actually written that.” The group released several acclaimed albums in the following few years, but sadly time and distance have put a halt to The Andersons — for now. “When Wil moved, he moved back to the Detroit area. He had a kid, and he didn’t necessarily want to raise the kid in LA,” Anderson said. “So once he moved, the core of what we are and what we did was so defined by ... those three people, you couldn’t take one out.”
Do as much as you can
Anderson hasn’t given up hope that the group could work together again, though, especially with technological advances that make
distance less of a factor for modern musicians. “I still have it in my mind, since it’s so easy now to send files back and forth, we can still record, still have an album together or something,” Anderson said. When asked what advice he might have for young musicians in Toledo, Anderson thought for a few seconds. “Do as much as you can on your own. Utilize all the modern technology — but kids do that now, on their own,” he said. “Learn as much as you can from the players you admire. Try to develop your own style at whatever it is that you’re playing. And play with people better than you. That always helps to up your game.” He looked out at the snowy streets of Toledo once more — a city that held so many personal memories, but a city that he had to leave behind to follow his dream. He added, “And if you need to move someplace where there’s more like-minded people to do what you wanna do, by all means, go.” O
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Lights Before Christmas The Toledo Zoo’s offering one last chance to see the bright light sights before next Christmas, which is about 355 days away, if you’re keeping track. 5-9 p.m. Jan. 6-7, 2700 Broadway. $8-$11. (419) 385-4040 or toledozoo.org.
”Could it be that we’re lost at sea/And we’re drowning under the stars?” — The Bangles, “Lost at Sea”
This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O Black Jake & the Carnies, Andru Bemis: 8 p.m. Jan. 6, $15. O Jill Jack: 8 p.m. Jan. 7, $20. O Deep Fried Pickle Project: 1 p.m. Jan. 8, $10. O Bitch, Ferron: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, $17.50. O Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound: 8 p.m. Jan. 11, $15.
Bar 145 This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or bar145toledo.com. O 88 Keys dueling pianos: Jan. 4. O The Bridges: Jan. 5. O The Naked Karate Girls: Jan. 6. O The Junk: Jan. 7. O Piano Wars: Jan. 11.
Basin St. Grille This Toledo standby has been revived with more than 20 different flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. O Don Binkley: Jan. 4. O Claude Black, Mike Whitty: Jan. 5. O Jeremy Wheeler: Jan. 6.
The Blarney Irish Pub Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www.
Bronze Boar Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. O DJ Jerod: Wednesdays. O Open mic with Steve Kennedy: Thursdays. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O Joe Wood Band: Jan. 6. O Bush League: Jan. 7.
Cheers Sports Eatery This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Drive, Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Mark Mikel: Jan. 6.
Cheetah’s Den A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903. O DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. O Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)-Saturdays.
Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local
jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 4 and 11. O Skip Turner Band: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-7.
The Distillery Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O Rance Crain: Jan. 4. O Velvet Jones: Jan. 6-7. O Kyle White: Jan. 11.
Duncan’s 938 W. Laskey Road (419) 720-4320. O Open stage with Buzz Anderson and Frostbite: Wednesdays. O Scotty Rock: Sundays. O The Unwanted: Jan. 6. O Caught in the Act: Jan. 7.
Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com.
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What started as house parties in a farmhouse basement evolved into Northwest Ohio’s legendary blues mecca. Voodoo Libido, Buddy Boy Slim & the Blues Rockers, Mudfoot, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 3750 S. Berkey Southern Road, Swanton. $12. www.hinesfarm.com.
ICE Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. $5 cover. (419) 246-3339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Dan and Don: 8 p.m. Fridays. O Jesse Coleman: 6 p.m. Jan. 5 and 8. O Mike Fisher: 8 p.m. Jan. 7. O Penny Wells: Jan. 12.
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JJ’s Pub Live music is on Saturday’s menu; the genre varies, along with the cover charge. Karaoke is on tap 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and a DJ starts spinning at 9 p.m. Fridays. 26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. (419) 874-9058 or jjsperrysburg.com. O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. Jan. 10.
Kerrytown Concert House This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. O Ellen Rowe Quartet, Paul Finkbeiner: 8 p.m. Jan. 4. O An Evening of Music from Magical Beaver Island: 4 p.m. Jan. 8.
Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Open mic: 9 p.m. Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9 p.m. Tuesdays. O Rachel Richardson: 7 p.m. Jan. 4. O Quick Trio: 6 p.m. Jan. 5. O Meaghan Roberts: 9 p.m. Jan. 6. O Sarah Cohen & Friends: 9 p.m. Jan. 7. O The ’Leles: 7 p.m. Jan. 11.
Mickey Finn’s A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic
nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub.com. O Open mic: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. O Rock the Stage, featuring local bands: 9 p.m. Thursdays, free.
Mutz @ The Oliver House Fifty-inch flat screens compete with live entertainment for your attention. 27 Broadway St. (419) 243-1302 or www. oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com. O Open mic hosted by Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Thursdays. O DJ Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Saturdays.
Omni This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or omnimidwest.com. O I See Stars, Stick to Your Guns, Memphis May Fire, Our Last Night, Make Me Famous: 5 p.m. Jan. 6, $13-$15.
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O Don and Rachel Coats: Jan. 5. O Mitch Kahl: Jan. 6.
a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. O Andrew Ellis & the Setting Sons: Jan. 7.
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Upscale dining plus live entertainment is a welcome combination. Bands start at 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. Saturdays. 610 Monroe St. (419) 725-0044 or www.tableforty4.com. O John Barile and Bobby May: 6 p.m. Jan. 6 and 13.
With its focus on swing music, Jeff McDonald’s group of musicians provides a peek into another era, with music from bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and more. With combos from trio to full orchestra, the performers provide music for all occasions. (419) 7080265, (419) 874-0290 or www.swingmania.org. O Swing Revival Party: 8 p.m.Thursdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265. O Big Band All Stars: Dancing is encouraged. 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotters Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265. O
Tequila Sheila’s A corner bar-type hangout with DJ-provided tunes on Saturday nights. 702 Monroe St. (419) 241-1118. O DJ Ghost or DJ MZ Ghost: Saturdays. O Tracy Youngsta Smith: Jan. 6.
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151 on the Water The former home of Murphy’s has reinvented itself as “Toledo’s only Chicago-style restaurant and music cafe.” 151 Water St. (419) 725-2151 or www.151onthewater.com. O Jam night/open mic with Tom Turner: Wednesdays. O The Smazz Katz: Fridays and Saturdays. O CJ & Company: Tuesdays. O Drew Z Band: Thursdays.
Ottawa Tavern Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O The Forest: 10 p.m. Jan. 6. O The Dead Records: 10 p.m. Jan. 7.
Our Brothers Place Take in a movie with margaritas on Mondays, or laugh at Thursday comedy nights … but music takes center stage most nights. 233 N. Huron St. www.ourbrothersplace.com. O Wayne: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. O Disc jockey: Fridays. O Smooth jazz and R&B: Saturdays and Tuesdays. O Karaoke with Walt McNeal: 4 p.m. Sundays.
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“ Am I only dreaming or is this burning an eternal flame?” — The Bangles, “Eternal Flame”
“What a shock it is to see/I can walk away so easily” — The Bangles, “Tell Me”
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‘Avengers’ speed toward new film $3.00 WATCH BATTERY W/ THIS AD! By Jim Beard Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer email@example.com
The term “franchise” has, in the past few years, come into prominent play in the comics industry. It is meant to identify a family of titles built around a central concept. Marvel Comics’ “Avengers” franchise currently stands, for example, at four books with a fifth title on the way to expressly showcase the lineup of characters in May’s hotly anticipated “Avengers” feature film. Let’s face it: despite a rising Dark Knight and a shorts-less Man of Steel, it’s this May’s “Avengers” movie that everyone is really looking forward to. And with good reason — Marvel has been building its movie universe much like its comic counterpart and insuring brand loyalty along the way. That’s why the company is adding an “Avengers Assemble” title to its comic franchise, joining “Avengers,” “New Avengers,” “Secret Avengers” and “Avengers Academy.” And, yep,
you guessed it; the new book’s team mirrors the film’s, namely Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk. One of the more interesting wrinkles of this “Avengers” mania can be found in Marvel’s recent announcement that its star scribe and “Avengers” guru, Brian Michael Bendis, will step down from writing three of the five titles after this summer. Sure, Bendis has been writing the main “Avengers” books for the past few years now, but it’s a bit surprising to have him walk away from the franchise just when the greatest number of potential new readers will be searching for their “Avengers” fix after viewing the film. Still, going out on a high note isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the “Avengers” in 1963 as a fun way to put all their top heroes into one bag, and they made it work with bold ideas and lots of colorful action. Things are a bit more complicated today, but the visceral thrill of having a bunch of cool characters all on the same team and in the same title is still present. The “Avengers” film is poised to crank that thrill up to 11 and Marvel will be there to feed the need. O
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”I don’t want to waste my time/Waiting for some guy to change his mind” — The Bangles, “I’m in Line”
Writing resolutions for the new year
Resolutions and the work of Kell Robertson.
appy New Year, Toledo! This time last year I had a whole list of resolutions for the new year. This year, I have only one. Everywhere I go, I tend to read aloud at least one poem by someone who has inspired me. More often than not, someone comes up to me later in the evening and thanks me for introducing them to the work of a poet they’ve never JOHN read before. Really I’m just doing what so many friends have done for me, I’m paying it forward. So my New Year’s resolution is simply to carry on that tradition. It’s with that in mind, that I mention the work of Kell Robertson. A prolific poet, Robertson passed away in November in Santa Fe, N.M., at the age of 81 and I would guess you’ve never heard of him. Born in Codell, Kan., in 1930, Robertson was the son of a saxophone player who walked out on the family when his boy was a toddler. His mother later remarried. Well on his way to becoming a “hood,” Robertson was kicked out of the house at the age of 13, but not before his mother took him to hear Hank Williams. It was Williams’ music that led him to a life filled with poetry and music. Robertson was the author of a number of collections of poetry including “Oh, I’d Sing Alright,” “Outlaw Fires,” “Bear Crossing,” “All the Bar Room Poetry in this World Can’t Mend this Heart of Mine Dear,” “The Levelling Wind,” ROBERTSON “Mailbox Boogie” with Ann Menebroker and most famously, “A Horse Called Desperation.” This collection of selected works was published by Aspermont Press in 1995. He also edited the mimeograph publication “Desperado” and was a noted singer/songwriter of country music recording for sev-
eral independent record labels. More than anything, he was a mentor. I first came into contact with his work nearly 10 years ago, and was floored by his honesty. How he could take a simple narrative, a single memory, and turn it into something beautiful. This first reading led to a correspondence and later a friendship that I will cherish for the rest of my life. When I met Kell in person in 2006, he told me about music, poets he’d known, and even recited Samuel Taylor Coleridge while sipping malt liquor out of a teacup. After that visit the letters continued, always filled with some wisdom or advice in Kell’s slow easy style. Kell was certainly in a position to talk from experience; he had more stories to tell than most. He told me about the time he was kicked out of the offices of a major record label drunk as a skunk, right before he was supposed to have signed a contract that would’ve changed his life, about his time as a bit player in Sam Peckinpah’s classic western “The Wild Bunch” and so much more. He was inspiration to so many young artists like country recording star Jason Eklund, the Ohio band Blonde Boy Grunt and the Groans, and countless poets across the globe. City Lights Bookstore founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti once called Kell “a damn fine cowboy poet” but in my opinion that was selling him short. Kell was a lot of things: a singer, a poet, a father, a central member of both the Beat and Outlaw poetry movements and a friend. The best advice he ever gave me was to read the word and share its meaning. It’s with that sentiment that I hope you’ll seek out his work on the Internet in 2012 and if you ever need a reading suggestion feel free to ask. Ride easy, Kell. Until next time ... keep your pencil sharp. O
John Dorsey resides in Toledo’s Old West End. His work is widely published and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
eyes prioritizing beer no sense like the dead grey carp lying horizontal on Erie’s shore staring but not seeing up the baking sun on lifeless lens eyes that have turned black from water blue looking like a fit of coral wasted by speed boat propellers crude oil leaks hardly distinguishable from the chair oh! the human being with feeling is such a hard way to go but each one does you are not special and I was mistaken to hope place much value in the color orange taste of kiwi smell of fresh water air when eyes always end up black staring up until sewn closed or thrown back into the lake
I don’t want to recognize a flying buttress in architecture or take things apart The radio is cool enough when a good tune comes out of it Astronomy began ruining the stars for me I had to drop that class A sneaking pink sunset is beautiful, moving without a dissertation on the nature of beauty My grandson’s hands cupping my face when he is six is all I need to know.
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Sparrows Drinking Raindrops By Star Bowers, Toledo makes me swoon sudden taste of olives smell of spring fresh rain memories salt water air my children when they were children makes me swoon feast of wild mushrooms bluegill makes me swoon crows with their shiny things
Star Bowers is the author of the full length collection “Some Women Howl,” published by the University of Toledo Press.
This edition was an easy call. Having been a fan of Star Bowers’ poetry since I first moved to Toledo, I was delighted to discover that she read Star Poetry, and was deeply honored when she asked if she could send us some poems and so I dedicate this page to her. As always, send questions, comments and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org We are currently seeking submissions. — John Dorsey
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“Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us, only sky.”
t isn’t an unforgivable crime to alter someone else’s work. Adaptations and alterations occur all the time in pop culture — it’s part of the creative process. When someone decides to tweak an earlier JEFF piece in an interesting way, that often freshens up the existing work and makes it something new again. “Imagine all the people living for today.” But you have to be careful. When you’re adapting a work that is universally beloved — one that speaks to people beyond being a simple piece of art — the liberty to make changes comes fraught with perils. Above all, it’s important that the idea of the original work, the themes that make it what it is, are left intact. “Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion, too.” That’s what has made some people so angry about Cee Lo Green’s performance of John Lennon’s immortal “Imagine” on New Year’s Eve. It’s not just that he changed a few words. It’s that he altered the message of the work, seemingly without really comprehending what his changes meant. And, in an apparent effort to not cause offense, he ended up causing the most offense of all. “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” Green is a gifted performer. I have enjoyed his bawdy yet charming pop stylings for a while now, and not just because he gives fat guys like me hope that we could one day be as cool as he is. What I have especially enjoyed is his willingness to not take himself too seriously. Anyone who could record something as rollicking and fun as “F*** You” definitely has a good sense of humor. “You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us, And the world will be as one.” Green’s rendition of the song in Times Square came only a few minutes before midnight. He performed almost all of the lyrics faithfully and beautifully. Then he got to the line about “and no religion, too.” But that’s not what he sang. His version went, “and all religion’s true.” Lennon fans — a group that makes up about half of the world’s population, I’d guess —were outraged. They took to Twitter and lashed out at Green for the alteration, a response that seemed to genuinely surprise him. “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted
Why Cee Lo Green’s performance of ‘Imagine’ stirred outrage on Twitter.
that’s all,” he tweeted. “Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man.” This is not the first time that a performance of “Imagine” has seen alteration. I’ve heard of versions where the line has been changed to “and one religion, too,” which is a far more perverse mutation of the song’s meaning. Green’s effort to make it more inclusive is certainly a far lesser offense than that. But still, it cannot be denied that Green’s change completely reverses the meaning of the lyric, if not the whole song. The piece is designed to inspire unity by suggesting a world where all the things that divide us — countries, affiliations, possessions and more — simply don’t exist. By injecting religion back into the song, Green’s interpretation sidestepped its intention. “Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” It also made it somewhat nonsensical. Why did Green change the “no religion” line when, just a few
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seconds before, he felt comfortable singing “Imagine”’s opening lines, where there’s no heaven or hell? This falls in line with the song’s nonreligious themes, but those stayed intact. I believe I understand GREEN Green’s reasons for changing the piece. He was trying to avoid causing controversy by changing the lyric, giving it what he felt was a more “universal” theme. But there was the flaw — “Imagine” is already universal. I know many people, religious and otherwise, who adore the song for what it is: an appeal for understanding and brotherhood. To them, it’s not anti-religion. It’s pro-humanity. And so many believe in that message that when Green made his alteration, they felt he was insulting not only the song, but what it stood for. “You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us, And the world will live as one.” O Email Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.
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Published on Jan 4, 2012
Published on Jan 4, 2012
The cover for this edition features Toledoan Derrick Anderson, who has toured with The Bangles and The Smithereens (see page 10). The Star o...