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Casting Crowns brings gospel to Huntington Center By Vicki L. Kroll TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER

Mark Hall’s divine direction is clear. And it’s not as frontman of Casting Crowns, the Christian group that has sold 8.2 million albums according to Nielsen SoundScan and won multiple Grammy and Dove awards. “Student ministry is definitely what I’m called to,” the singersongwriter said. “All the members of the band work in student ministry, not just me. That’s why student ministry and our church take priority, and we have to work our tours around that.” Casting Crowns mainly travels Thursday through Saturday so members can be at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Ga., Sunday through Wednesday. “I don’t think we’d have the songs that we have if we weren’t in the church,” Hall said during a call from his Atlanta home. “The songs that we sing come out of our ministry. … I’ve been a youth pastor for half of my life, so themes usually start off as things that we’re teaching in Bible studies and devotions and things like that

and then evolve into songs.” “Come to the Well,” the title track from the band’s 2011 album, is an example. Hall said while talking about the story of the woman at the well in the Gospel of John, he was struck by something Jesus said. “[Jesus] says to her, ‘You know, if you keep drinking from this well, you’re just going to be thirsty again.’ And that little truth right there just got a hold of me. There are a lot of things in this world that we have turned into the well in our lives instead of going to the true well. So like this lady thought she was standing by a well and talking to a man, then she slowly started realizing she was standing by a hole in the ground and she was talking to the well. And that realization that Jesus is the well is where all these songs come from.” “Courageous,” the first single from “Come to the Well,” sprang from Bible study. “One of the ideas behind the song ‘Courageous’ is that men in our culture — we all struggle with it — tend to be passionate about things that don’t really matter and then passive about the things that matter most,” he said. Hall mentioned the two Adams — the one who watched Eve talk to a snake and eat the apple and the one who steps

on the serpent’s head. “[The second Adam] stands there and fights for his bride, and that’s the man that we want to be,” he said. “Man Up is a Bible study my pastor leads every Wednesday night at our church; 250, 300 men meet every Wednesday just getting the word and talking about being a passionate man, being passionate for their walk with God and being passionate for their families.” Hall, guitarist Juan DeVevo, lead guitarist Hector Cervantes, violinist Melodee DeVevo, pianist Megan Garrett, bassist Chris Huffman and drummer Brian Scoggin are passionate about sharing ministry through music. “Any moment that you’re exposed to Crowns, I’m hoping that you’re going to hear the Gospel very clearly, that God’s pursuing you not to a religion but into a relationship with him through Jesus. Not through being good, not through once-a-week visits to buildings on Sunday, but a relationship, an everyday walking around kind of thing with the father through the son,” Hall said. Casting Crowns will play a 7 p.m. show March 3 at Huntington Center. Tickets range from $15 to $45. Matthew West, Royal Tailor and Lindsay McCaul will open. ✯

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Kenzi Young singer-songwriter aims for stardom. By Jeff McGinnis TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR POP CULTURE EDITOR

The song is named “Down To An Art.” A country/pop tune, it has a light and bouncy beat with a little sting of brass. The singer — Kenzi is her name — has a solid voice which carries both youth and a feel of worldly experience. Her voice is the backbone of the track. The tune would not feel out of place on any modern country station, and indeed, that’s where it is — “Down To An Art” is currently getting play on Fox stations nationwide. And its singer would fit right in with current songsters like Carrie Underwood. That is also appropriate, since Kenzi has considered Underwood one of her heroes since she started branching into pop music when she was 12. Three years ago. That’s right, the voice behind “Art” is only 15 years old — 16 in a few more days — but already, Kenzi O’Connor’s ability as a performer shines through as she aims for stardom. Kenzi — calling from her home in South Florida — said that she’s understood for years that music was going to be a big part of her life. “I’ve known forever, but I grew up in a relatively musical family, and we were introduced to music at a young age,” Kenzi said. “We were forced to play piano when we were little,” she said with a laugh. “We were immersed in all musical aspects since we were really young, and I just grew to love voice in particular.” Kenzi’s mother, Toledo native Jennifer O’Connor, said her passion for performance was clear even from some of her earliest days. “I think even as early as 2 years of age, my grandmother, who was very dear to me and to Kenzi, said from the get-go — I mean, she used to put her up on a stool in this diner in Golconda, Ill ... and she would make Kenzi sing ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ and songs from ‘Annie,’” Jennifer said.

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“And this kid would just stand up there, and Kenzi’s a relatively shy person by nature, and sort of quiet and very introspective. But when she gets up to sing, I mean, even as young as like 2 or 3, she would just beam. And my grandmother used to say, ‘There’s just something special about her voice’.” Kenzi’s first real passion was musical theater, following somewhat in her mother’s footsteps — Jennifer trained in classical singing in college. “It wasn’t until she was about 11 years old that she really started begging, ‘Please, Mom, can I have voice lessons?’ And I said, ‘Kenz, it’s a little early, keep playing the piano,’” Jennifer said with a laugh. Both mother and daughter insist that this isn’t some old show business cliché — Jennifer hasn’t been pressuring Kenzi to follow dreams that aren’t her own. “If anything, she tried to shelter me away from the business, because she didn’t want to see me get hurt or anything,” Kenzi said. Kenzi’s efforts to make a name for herself led her to audition for numerous talent shows and so forth — and it was at one of those where she was discovered by music manager Jason Davis. “Davis has really been the one who launched her, who took an interest and said, ‘Let’s develop this kid.’ And we have a sort-of strategy — the strategy changes as things change — but basically it’s building a bubble, attracting people to it and seeing what sticks,” Jennifer said. Davis provided connections to many in the music business, including Keith Follese, a songwriter with numerous chart-toppers to his credit. Follese soon began co-writing songs with Kenzi and record tracks with her in Nashville, including “Down to an Art.” Kenzi said that while her lyrics are not strictly autobiographical, she does take advantage of her ability to emotionally connect with an audience through her music. And as Kenzi stands before a bright but uncertain future, she is sure of one thing above all —that no matter what happens, music will always be a part of her. “Even if this doesn’t work out, I think I will continue to pursue music until I can no longer pursue it,” she said, adding that she’s still pursuing higher education, as well. “I’m interested in the sciences and medicine, that I’d also like to work with. But on the side, I think I’d still continue singing no matter what.” “Down To An Art” and other songs by Kenzi are available on iTunes. For more information, visit ✯


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Glass City Beer Fest to slake thirsts March 2. By Joel Sensenig TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER

Craft beer devotees will soon pour into the Erie Street Market for the sixth annual Glass City Beer Fest. The annual fundraiser for two local charities has grown into the largest collection of highquality beer fans in Northwest Ohio. Slated for 7-11 p.m. March 2, the Glass City Beer Fest assembles 27 breweries under one roof to show off 89 beers to the masses. The event enters its sixth year as a popular event, with attendance rising from 700 in 2007 to 1,225 in 2011, and proceeds up in that time frame from $8,500 to $21,300. “We continue to grow,� said Carla Wells, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, which splits Beer Fest proceeds with The Arc of Lucas County. “We grow about 15-20 percent in attendance each year.� In addition to featuring popular national brewers like Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing, Rogue and Goose Island, the event will also have plenty of local flavor, courtesy of Toledo’s own Great Black Swamp Brewing Company and Maumee Bay Brewing Co. Great Black Swamp will feature its Sand Piper Golden Ale, Mosquito Red, Bull Frog Stout, Bay Front Pale Ale and Wild Duck IPA, while Maumee Bay will be pouring samples of its appropriately named Glass City Beerfest Blood Orange Imperial Wit, Buckeye Beer, IPA, Dark Heart Cherry Chocolate Porter, Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout and Rye Level DIPA. Advance tickets are $25 (available at The Andersons stores). Tickets are $30 at the door ($20 for military members, police and firefighters). Admission includes 12 3-ounce pours, with additional pours costing $5 for six. Tasting cards are available to help beer fans keep track of their favorites, as well as ones to avoid. To help soak up the drinks, City Barbeque will provide pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and fries. Pizza will be available, as will pop and water. The soundtrack for the evening will be provided by 56 Daze. Bobby DeSeyn, Northwest Ohio sales representative for Cavalier Distributing, is looking forward to his first trip to the Glass City Beer Fest. Cavalier, which distributes only craft and imported beers, is bringing

about 25 of its brews to the event. “We’ll be there as support staff, educating pourers about the beers and getting the word out about good beer in Toledo,â€? DeSeyn said. “It’s not just about our beer, it’s about craft beer, it’s about being able to get these awesome beers into Toledo and people to know about them. ‌ People may say, ‘I don’t know anything about beer.’ Well, let’s start you with something easy, something that you’re somewhat familiar with.â€? DeSeyn almost sheepishly admits to working for one of the Big Three beers (Budweiser, Miller and Coors) in Wyoming prior to arriving in Toledo last year to work for Cavalier. “My heart was always in craft beer,â€? he said. “(The Big Three beer) wasn’t the most exciting thing to sell.â€? DeSeyn said he sees signs of a growing craft beer scene in Toledo venues, which the Beer Fest helps highlight. “There’s some really great and positive growth, especially with The Attic on Adams, Swig in Perrysburg, Rocky’s Bar on Secor,â€? he said. “They’re really picking up and running with this craft beer thing, and a lot of times it’s a lot more profitable than selling $2.50 pitchers of Natty Light.â€? The Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation addresses the needs of individuals and families impacted by bleeding disorders within a 22-county area. The organization provides family networking activities, trips to camp for both youths and adults, a family crisis fund and educational programs and workshops. The Arc of Lucas County is a nonprofit association made up of people wit developmental disabilities, as well as their families, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field. The agency provides support and education for families affected by developmental disabilities and advocates for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with such disabilities. DeSeyn said the camaraderie among the craft beer population makes events like this special. “I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of the craft beer community,â€? he said. “That’s kind of what it’s all about, meeting people that enjoy the same beers that you do.â€? The Erie Street Market is located at 237 S. Erie St. For more details, call (419) 724-BREW (2739) or visit âœŻ


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A number of University of Toledo students are part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of genocide by displaying 1 million ceramic bones on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The One Million Bones project is being undertaken by the students in UT’s Arts Living Learning Community, which provides an intense academic and residential experience for firstyear students interested in the arts, with help from the UT College of Innovative Learning. “The point is that each bone is representing a life,” said Kate Abu-Absi, director of the Arts Living Learning Community. The bones made by the students are scheduled to be displayed April 5-6 at the UT Student Union before being taken to Chicago, where they will be added to a display at Columbia College Chicago. The eventual plan is for bones from smaller-scale projects around the country to be displayed in Washington, D.C., during the spring of 2013. “Next spring, when this art installation happens, they’re going to be able to say ‘I’m a part of that,’” Abu-Absi said. Jeanne Kusina, a professor in the College of Innovative Learning, said the One Million Bones project got under way locally after Ames Hawkins, a professor from Columbia College Chicago, gave a presentation at UT about it. She said the project gives students a chance to integrate hands-on art lessons with other subjects. “We’re combining academic studies with hands-on art making,” Kusina said. Kusina said there can be a sharp contrast between the work itself, which is mentally challenging and sometimes fun, and the seriousness of the underlying subject. “They do have a real reverence and respect for what they’re doing,” she said of the students. Students are both honing their artistic skills and learning how to organize a large-scale installation, Kusina added. “So they’re also picking up some professional skills at the same time,” she said.

A student works on a bone for the One Million Bones project at the University of Toledo. PHOTO BY JEANNE KUSINA

Megan Valley, a freshman from Cleveland who’s part of the Arts Living Learning Community, said she enjoys working on a project that has significance beyond the UT campus. “It’s a really fun experience to get together and be a part of something bigger than just ourselves,” she said. “It’s really nice to be a part of something this large, just as a freshman in college.” Abu-Absi said the public is invited to come to a bone-making night from 7:30-10 p.m. March

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Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.

MUSIC Bar 145 This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or ✯ Karaoke competition: 9:30 p.m. Sundays through April 15. ✯ Piano Wars: Feb. 29. ✯ The Bridges: March 1. ✯ Ladies Night: March 2. ✯ Neon Black, Killer Flamingos, the Ray Fogg Show, John Salamon: 2 p.m. March 3, $10. ✯ Noisy Neighbors: March 8. ✯ The Websters: March 9.

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. ✯ Don Binkley: Feb. 29. ✯ Clifford Murphy, Mike Whitty: March 1. ✯ Chris Shutters, Steve Kennedy: March 2. ✯ B Charmers: March 3. ✯ Jeff Stewart: March 7.

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 ✯ Rick Whited: March 1. ✯ Suburban Soul: March 2. ✯ Tru Brew: March 3. ✯ Jeff Stewart: March 8. ✯ Toast & Jam: March 9.

$3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or ✯ Karaoke: 9 p.m. Mondays, no cover. ✯ Phryme Rhyme Boss, 3 Worlds Apart, S.A. the Abolitionist, Teddy MC, Omega Tha Majestik: 9:30 p.m. Feb. 29. ✯ Dia Frampton, Andrew Allen: 8 p.m. March 1. ✯ Ann Arbor Soul Club, Robert Wells, Brad Hales: 9:30 p.m. March 2. ✯ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Jam featuring Match by Match, Wolfie Complex, Alejandra O’Leary Rock N Roll Band, the Ferdy Mayne, the Greatest Hits, the Finer Things, Spencer Michaud, Back Forty, George Bedard & the Kingpins, Gameboi, David Nefesh and Doug Mains & the City Folk: 7:30 p.m. March 3. ✯ Black Milk, J. Pinder, A.Dd+: 9 p.m. March 6. ✯ Hadag Nachash: 8 p.m. March 7. ✯ Electric Six, Aficionado, Phantasmagoria: 9 p.m. March 8. ✯ Dirty Deville, Tree Hut Kings, North Shore: 9:30 p.m. March 9.

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 ✯ Open mic: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays. ✯ Luke James: Tuesdays. ✯ Beg to Differ: March 2. ✯ Swamp Kings: March 3. ✯ Stonehouse: March 9.

Cheers Sports Eatery This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Drive, Holland. (419) 491-0990. ✯ Mark Mikel: March 2. ✯ Skoobie Snaks: March 3.

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419-865-9767 plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or ✯ Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 7. ✯ Leo Darrington: 7 p.m. March 1 and 6. ✯ Dick Lange Trio: 7:30 p.m. March 2-3. ✯ Michael Peslikis: 7 p.m. March 8. ✯ Lori Lefevre-Johnson: 7:30 p.m. March 9-10.

The Distillery Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www. ✯ DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. ✯ Kyle White: Feb. 29. ✯ Loco Sounds: March 2. ✯ The Menus: March 3. ✯ The Eight-Fifteens: March 7. ✯ 56 Daze: March 9-10.


A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor.

Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis,

938 W. Laskey Road. (419) 720-4320. ✯ Open stage with Buzz Anderson and Frostbite:


✯ Scotty Rock: Sundays. ✯ Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach: March 2. ✯ Devious: March 3.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayou-style grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or ✯ Shutters, Mikel & Albright: 8:30 p.m. March 3.

French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www. ✯ The Late Show: March 2-3. ✯ Noisy Neighbors: March 9-10.

Grounds for Thought This BG coffeehouse serves a mean brew of blues, jazz, rock and more by the world famous and locally renowned in an intimate setting. 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 354-3266 or



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“And thoughts invade, choices are made, price will be paid” — Casting Crowns, “Slow Fade” ✯ Joy Kills Sorrow: 8-11 p.m. March 1.

The Happy Badger This shop features fair trade foods and natural products, including talent, which will be featured in a series of musical brunches and dinnertime entertainment. 331 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-0706 or ✯ Tony Papava: 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 3.

ICE Restaurant & Bar This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. $5 cover, unless noted otherwise. (419) 246-3339 or ✯ Jesse Coleman: 6 p.m. March 1. ✯ Dan and Don: 8 p.m. March 2. ✯ Mike Fisher: 6 p.m. March 3. ✯ Berlin Brothers: 8 p.m. March 9.

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 ✯ John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. March 6.

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. ✯ Sandra Bomar, Tony Camilletti: 8 p.m. March 9.

Manhattan’s This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or ✯ Open mic: 9 p.m. Monday nights. ✯ Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Mike Corwin: 7 p.m. Feb. 29. ✯ Quick Trio: 7 p.m. March 1. ✯ Raq the Casbah: 9 p.m. March 2. ✯ The Good, the Bad & the Blues: 9 p.m. March 3.

Mickey Finn’s Pub 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

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St. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub. com. ✯ Open mic: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Decent Folk: 9:30 p.m. March 1 and 8, free. ✯ Funk & Wagnalls: 9:30 p.m. March 2. ✯ Boogie Matrix: 9:30 p.m. March 3. ✯ Falling With Style, Mimi and Nino: 9:30 p.m. March 9.

Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or ✯ The High Strung, Wee: 10 p.m. March 3. ✯ Boogaloosa Prayer, Zimmerman Twins: 10 p.m. March 4. ✯ Murdock, Mike Corwin, Hemline Theory: 8 p.m. March 8, free. ✯ Audioplay, DJ What the Bleep, Black Book Theory, DJ Abyss: 8 p.m. March 9, free.

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This Irish pub serves the requisite Guinness with entertainment. 4945 Dorr St., Suite A. (419) 5349830 or www.mulvaney’s bunker. ✯ Jeff Stewart: March 1.

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. ✯ Wayne: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Disc jockey: Fridays. ✯ Smooth jazz and R&B: Saturdays, Tuesdays. ✯ Karaoke with Walt McNeal: 4 p.m. Sundays.

Spicy Tuna This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 720-9333 or ✯ Karaoke: 10 p.m. Saturdays. ✯ Monte & Lisa: 6-10 p.m. March 1. ✯ Kyle White: 6-10 p.m. March 8.


Mutz This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Mutz at the Oliver House, 27 Broadway St. (419) 243-1302 or www. ✯ DJ Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Saturdays. ✯ Luke James: March 2. ✯ Chris Shutters Trio: March 9.

Omni This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or ✯ The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Volumes, Last Chance to Reason, Buried but Breathing: 6 p.m. March 7, $15-$18. ✯ Tyga: 8 p.m. March 9, $25-$28.

One2 Lounge at Treo Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or ✯ MightHaveBen: March 2. ✯ The Staving Chain: March 3.

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 ✯ Open mic: 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ The Drew Z Band: March 1. ✯ Smazz Katz: March 2. ✯ Ophelia J. Thompson, Cassie Amos, Katrina Barnhill, Carmen Miller, Shawanda Johnson, Yvonne Ramos, Kyle White: March 5. ✯ CJ & Company: March 6.

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Pizza Papalis Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis. com. ✯ Arctic Clam: March 2. ✯ Magic Acoustic: March 3. ✯ Don Coats: March 9.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or ✯ Don Coats: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Alex Kenzie: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays. ✯ Tom Drummonds: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays.

Robinwood Concert House A home for the avant garde and untraditional, this Old West End venue hosts artists on the experimental end of the musical rainbow. 9 p.m., 2564 Robinwood Ave. $5 donation, unless noted. ✯ Ben Bennett, Joel Roberts: March 1.

Rocky’s The “hippest little lounge in Toledo” features monthly beer tastings, “Professor Whiteman’s Trivia Challenge” and open mic nights. Live music (Wednesdays and/or Fridays) is typically a mix of southern rock, pop, blues and jazz. 4020 Secor Road. (419) 472-1996. ✯ Bobby May and guest: Feb. 29. ✯ Kyle White: March 7.

Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of classic rock, R&B and jazz Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or ✯ CJ and Company: Thursdays and Fridays. ✯ CJ Manning and Cookie Baylis: March 1. ✯ Eddie Molina and Karen Harris: March 2. ✯ Steve Taylor and Lesli Lane: March 3. ✯ CJ Manning and Charlene Ransom: March 8. ✯ Eddie Molina and Marcia Jones: March 9.

Table Forty 4 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) 7250044 or ✯ John Barile and Bobby May: 6 p.m. March 2 and 9.

Uptown Night Club Rewired presents Goth Night at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. 160 N. Main St., Bowling Green. No cover. (419) 352-9310 or

The Village Idiot Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or ✯ Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Bob Rex Trio; the Eight-Fifteens: 6 and 10 p.m. Sundays. ✯ Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. ✯ Mark Mikel Band with Chris Shutters: 9 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Boogaloosa Prayer: March 2. ✯ Acoutics for Autism: March 4.

Woodchucks The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. (419) 241-3045. ✯ Ricky Rat, Intentional Object, the Highgears: March 2.






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Since officially forming in 2001, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based quintet Pop Evil has made it a mission to rock the masses. So when Universal Music Group stood in the way of releasing the band’s latest effort, “War of Angels,” the guys decided to make a statement at one of rock ’n’ roll’s biggest festivals. Lead singer Leigh Kakaty tore up Pop Evil’s contract with the label at Rock On The Range in Columbus last year. “Unfortunately with music, you can’t just wave a wand and people like you,” Kakaty said. “Respect is earned, and I think at Rock On The Range last year we earned some respect. It doesn’t just happen with one show; you’ve got to just keep doing it.” Rounded out by Tony Greve (guitar), Davey Grahs (guitar), Matt DiRito (bass) and Chachi Riot (drums), Pop Evil will perform at Frankie’s Inner City on March 7 as part of its tour in support of “War of Angels.” The group’s collective desire to make its mark on music is something that stems from years of grinding back home in Michigan. With a Canadian mother and an Indian father, Kakaty never felt like he fit in or embodied the stereotypical frontman of a rock band. But with a competitive nature instilled in him from playing sports, Kakaty and Pop Evil’s determination helped the group gain steam in its early years. “I had a different strategy,” Kakaty said. “We were going to play covers to make the money. We were getting paid really good money at the time, and we wouldn’t force our originals on people.” That strategy eventually paid off for Pop Evil; the bandmates saved up enough to afford the services of Kid Rock producer Al Sutton for their 2005 EP “Ready or Not.” It wasn’t long before songs like “Somebody Like You” were getting frequent radio play in Grand Rapids. “That outcast feeling quickly changed to ‘Holy cow, we’re in the game; we’ve got to learn how to make a living doing this now,’” Kakaty said. And thus the grind continued. Pop Evil released the full-length “Lipstick on the Mirror” on Aug. 12, 2008, via Pazzo Music. The album was re-released through Universal Music Group’s Universal Republic Records on April 28, 2009. Featuring hit singles “Hero” and “100 In A 55,” the record reached No. 12 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart as Pop Evil played approximately 400 shows over a two-year period. For “War of Angels” in 2010, the band turned to acclaimed producer Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Sevendust, Staind). Though Pop Evil emerged from Johnny K’s Chicago studio with material it was proud of, differences with Universal Music Group led to the band’s split with the company and “War of Angels” was finally released June 28, 2011, through the group’s new label, eOne Entertainment. “We called them our big brother to the rescue,” Kakaty said of eOne. “They came in and believed in the band and the music.”

LEIGH KAKATY Since the split with Universal, Pop Evil has been vindicated. The record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart while singles “Last Man Standing,” “Monster You Made” and “Boss’s Daughter” all appeared in the top 50 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and made it to Active Rock radio. “I mean, I don’t think we would’ve had the success with this record if it wasn’t for Johnny [K],” said Kakaty, who added that Pop Evil wants to work with him again for its next album. “He totally has helped reinvent the band, and helped shape our image and kind of give us an identity going into our upcoming future, whether it’s an album or whether it’s a live performance.” In the meantime it’s business as usual for Pop Evil, who continues to grind it out on the road. That includes a trip back to Toledo, where it opened for 3 Doors Down in November at Huntington Center. “We wanted to be rock stars our whole life, and now that we’re whatever this is, we don’t want nothing to do with that,” Kakaty said. “We’re musicians. We’re writers. We’ve always been that since 2001 — since before 2001. We don’t care about that, man. “We want to write great music that can stand the test of time, that when we’re done and we’ve spent our time on this planet that hopefully that music can live on, and help save lives and help bring happiness to people and their families. I mean, that’s what it’s about.” On March 7, Pop Evil will headline a show that features Otherwise, Landsdown and Lifeline Revolution at Frankie’s Inner City, 308 Main St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door the day of the show. Advance tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, as well as locally at Culture Clash Records (419-536-LOVE) and Ramalama Records (419-531-ROCK). Doors are at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more information, visit ✯

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Five finalists chosen for Toledo SOUP grant more. The three-wheeled bikes are nonmotorized and completely “green,” with drivers working for TOLEDO FREE PRESS SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR tips. For more information, visit GlassCityPedicabs. ✯ Glass City Goat Gals (submitted by ElizaMore than 30 proposals were submitted for the inaugural Toledo SOUP event, a microgrant beth Harris and Unique Jones): The vision of dinner series organizers plan to offer quarterly in Glass City Goat Gals is to start a vegetation management and weed-control business, providing and around Toledo. “We definitely received a lot of submissions professional, quality and eco-friendly services — 32 in all, with a few more that trickled in after to public and private landowners for both small properties. deadline that we weren’tt able able to to consider, consider,” and large propert ✯ Tole Toledo’s PET Bull Project said Anneliese Gryta, one ne of Toledo (submitted by Cindy Reinsel): SOUP’s organizers. “We were We were (submitt Founded by a group of dog hoping for as much diversity ersity Foun owners, lovers and trainers, as possible and we did reown the project’s three main ceive that. It was great.” th Organizers narggoals are to prevent animal cruelty and rowed the submissions dog-fi ghting in our to five fi nalists, who community; to educate will present their proyouth on how to treat posals at a community animals humanely, soup dinner March 4. avoid dog-fighting, Admission is $5. The gangs and drugs, and winner, which will rethe advantages of spaying ceive all the admission n th and neutering; and to help money, will be the proposal sal people become responsible that gets the most votes. peop pet owners “It was tough work,” k,” said own and good advocates breed. For more informaGryta, an attorney and Equal JusJusfor their br tion, visit tice Works fellow with local nonprofit ✯ Force Within Community Garden (subAdvocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). “I would definitely say there were many more pro- mitted by Beth Lewandowski): Force Within is posals that were fantastic than we could possibly a youth group that meets in ONE Village and select for presentation at the dinner. We had works to make a better community for themsome people that we’re really, really hoping will selves and the Old North End neighborhood. The group plans to build a community flower resubmit in the future.” Th e event will take place at the Davis garden in a vacant lot at the corner of Lagrange Building, 116 10th St., between Monroe Street and Bancroft streets and interest other youth and Jeff erson Avenue in Downtown Toledo. in completing and maintaining the garden and Doors open at 5:30 p.m., proposals will be taking pride in their neighborhood. The Toledo SOUP initiative is part of an inpresented at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served around 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be soup made by ternational microfi nancing movement that has Pam Weirauch of Pam’s Corner and chef Tim- been building for years and gaining momentum othy Wright along with bread and salad. Voting in recent months, organizers said. “When you look out in the Toledo community, will take place after dinner. “We just hope to see a large number of people what I see is so much potential,” Gryta said. “It’s come out and support the dinner because the a community where I think the time is right for more people that come, the more money will go people to take control of their own economic desto the winner selected by the group,” Gryta said. tiny. So all we can do to support our artists, our entrepreneurs, our community groups in order to The five finalists are: ✯ tart::projects (submitted by Kimberly be successful, I think we need to take advantage of.” Even the proposals that don’t win will gain exAdams): “tart::projects is a newly formed organization geared toward promoting excellence in posure and make connections in the community, said Paula Ross, another Toledo SOUP organizer. the arts,” according to SOUP’s website. Th e long“There are many purposes, including enterm goal is to form a multidisciplinary artistin-residency program that would house about couraging people who have good ideas and just 20 emerging artists at a time from around the need a small boost to make it real,” said Ross, a world. With lengths of stay ranging from two to research associate at the University of Toledo’s six weeks, the project has the potential to house Urban Affairs Center and board member of local nonprofi t Toledo Choose Local. “We’re also inmore than 250 artists in a year. ✯ Glass City Pedicabs (submitted by Max- terested in community-building. Perhaps other well Austin): Glass City Pedicabs is a bicycle taxi connections can come out of that gathering.” For more information, visit www.toledosoup. company that provides transportation to the Downtown, Uptown and Warehouse District com. To check out what other cities are doing, neighborhoods for games, bars, lunch hours and visit ✯ By Sarah Ottney

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Parts of Main and Maumee streets in downtown Adrian will turn into an art gallery starting 5 p.m. March 2. The fi rst installment of the Adrian First Fridays art walk features artwork displayed in local businesses, musical performances and an openmic session. Erik Gable, special projects editor for The Daily Telegram in Adrian (and a Toledo Free Press Star contributor), and Jackie Koch, a freelance writer at The Daily Telegram who also works at Lourdes University, came up with the idea while bowling together one December evening. Gable had experienced art walks in Fairfield, Iowa, where he once lived. “It really grew into a major monthly event and a major point of pride for the community, so I was interested in doing something like that in Adrian,” he said. “We didn’t want it to be a retail promotion, we wanted it to be an offering. The benefi t to businesses is that the businesses will be more visible,” said Koch, who began organizing open-mic sessions in Adrian last March. The two approached Chris Miller, the Adrian Downtown Development Authority and Economic Development director, and Elizabeth Arnold, communications and marketing coordinator for the City of Adrian, for help. Together, they got the Lenawee Council for Visual Arts, the City of Adrian, the

Croswell Opera House, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Adrian College and Siena Heights University to form a planning committee. The fi rst event will occur alongside the city’s annual “Wine About Winter” event, featuring wine tastings at area businesses. Art walk highlights include Toledo native Charles T. Gabriel Jr.’s display of landscape photography at the Adrian Public Library, oil paintings by Michigan artist Margaret Davis at the Lenawee Council for Visual Arts Gallery inside the Croswell Opera House and Toledo jazz singer Cynthia Kaay Bennett performing at 8 p.m. at Sauce Italian Grill & Pub. An open-mic session is also set for 6:30 p.m. at the Adrian Public Library. Middle-school students will kick off the open-mic session with poetry readings. Upcoming months will have a theme to tie the walks together. April is “Forever Young” with family-friendly activities and May is “Swing into Spring” with a focus on music and dance. Each event is slated for the first Friday night of each month. “It’s a really exciting time for downtown Adrian. It’s a lot of good things coming together at once,” Gable said. To learn more, call (517) 264-4804 or visit or ✯ — Brigitta Burks


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’ve had the pleasure of interviewing the two members of the folk/ comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates (G&O) — Riki Lindhome and Katee Micucci — on a few occasions. And one thing always seems to stand out in my conversations with them — joy. Both women share a love of what they do, not just because they get the chance to make people JEFF laugh, but because they get the chance to say things few others get the chance to say. “In some ways, it’s great to be a woman, because then you can tackle certain topics that the guys can’t,” Lindhome said in an interview last year. True enough, but it’s not all about the songwriters’ gender. Both members of Garfunkel and Oates have a way of seeing right through the BS of modern life and crafting hilariously funny yet frequently searing portraits of the world. This comes through loud and clear in their new album, “Slippery When Moist,” currently available on iTunes. Take “Save the Rich,” written as a comedic anthem for the Occupy movement. As with their classic pro-gay marriage treatise “Sex with Ducks,” Lindhome and Micucci stand up for what they believe by amplifying and making ridiculous the arguments of the other side. (“Let’s give our job creators more than their fair share/So they can go to Asia and create jobs over there.”) But let’s not try and make it sound like Garfunkel and Oates are all about serious issues. Consider “Go Kart Racing,” about how a rider learns to her surprise that the fast mini-racer she’s driving serves another, surprising purpose. (“I never guessed this trembling machine/Would turn the motor on under my hood.”) That’s what is most striking — and most brave, in a lot of ways — about G&O’s music. They have an unerring ability to speak bluntly about issues that a lot of people wouldn’t touch in such a straightforward manner. In a weird way, the duo can inspire their listeners by making them ask why we aren’t more forthcoming with each other. The pair’s bread and butter is their ability to find a ludicrous truth at the core of people’s behavior and exaggerate it just enough so it’s absurd, but still true. “I Don’t Know Who You Are,” for example, examines that moment when you run into a person who remembers you, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Instead of taking that as a sign of personal failure, the song turns it instead into a hilarious accusation — if you were worth remembering, maybe I would (“You don’t even look a little familiar to me/And I blame you”). Many of the tracks focus on relationships, and those awkward moments that arise when dealing with members of the opposite sex. “Hey Girl in the Moonlight” asks where you’re sup-

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