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repeat offender Kid Rock leads our list of regional summer concerts.
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2013 Summer Concert Guide
Stars of Summer
Country superstar Blake Shelton among artists visiting region on summer tours.
The summer concert season is near, with seemingly every band that has achieved any level of success during the past three decades hitting the road. The calendar lists touring stalwarts like the Dave Matthews Band and Kenny Chesney alongside newcomers fun., Of Monsters and Men and Kendrick Lamar. Take a look at what shows are coming to your area (ticket prices and availability subject to change):
BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft
7 p.m. May 31, $26 to $65.75 Country superstar Tim McGraw has announced he’ll be back on the road in 2013 with his “Two Lanes of Freedom Tour.” Mr. Faith Hill, who has 32 No. 1 singles and more than 40 million records sold to his credit, is touring for his latest album “Two Lanes of Freedom.”
Dave Matthews with JD McPherson
7 p.m. June 1, $40.50 to $75 Dave Matthews’ jam band-esque act is touring its latest album “Away from the World,” which entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1. This means Dave Matthews Band is the first group in chart history to have six consecutive studio albums debut atop the chart.
Kenny Chesney with Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves
7 p.m. June 20, $39.50 to $79.50 No shoes, no shirt, no problem for Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation Tour,” which finds the country music superstar supporting his latest effort “Life on a Rock.” The album already boasts a Top 10 hit with “Pirate Flag.” Just to clarify, folks attending the show probably want to wear a shirt and shoes into the venue.
Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope
6 p.m. June 28, $36 to $76 Since the turn of the century, Rascal Flatts has sold more than 21 million albums, had 25 million digital downloads and recorded 14 No. 1 hits. Not surprisingly, the superstar
Blake Shelton will appear in concert Aug. 1 in Cuyahoga Falls. PHOTO COURTESY LiveNaTIon
act with ties to Columbus has been the most awarded country group of the past decade. Such success has made the trio one of the hottest-selling groups during that time, with more than 7 million concert tickets sold.
Kid Rock with Kool & The Gang and Uncle Kracker
7:30 p.m. July 2, $20 Seeing that Kid Rock comes from Detroit, one of the nation’s most economically depressed cities, the, well, rocker is helping out his fans by slashing ticket prices for his summer tour with promised reductions in parking and the beer line. It’ll be interesting to see if Rock’s benevolence to the concert-going public can pack a venue that can hold more than 18,000 people.
7 p.m. July 16, $33 to $102 Remember a few years ago when the frenzy surrounding the Jonas Brothers was similar to seeing The Beatles in 1964? Now the sibling act is testing the water to see if its formerly tween audience still cares with single “Pom Poms” and a new summer tour. A new CD, yawn, is supposedly coming soon.
Train with The Script and Gavin DeGraw
7 p.m. July 17, $35 to $75 Fresh from a live performance at a Super Bowl concert, Train is still touring its 2012 effort “California 37,” which includes hit singles “Mermaid” and “Bruises.”
The Warped Tour
11 a.m. July 18, $34.50 For years the best concert deal around was the Warped Tour. While this year Kid Rock shows may be the cheapest, the problem is you have to see Kid Rock instead of dozens of bands. This year’s lineup includes headliners Motion City Soundtrack, Allstar Weekend and The Early November.
Toby Keith with Kip Moore
7 p.m. July 19, $24.25 to $89 If you’re ever in Las Vegas, Toby Keith’s restaurant and bar has really good fries. In other news, the country rocker returned late last year with his latest album “Hope on the Rocks.” Now he’s touring. Seriously though, really good fries.
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Heart with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
The Doobie Brothers
7:30 p.m. July 22, $35 to $99.50 The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act is making the most of its publicity with a summer headlining tour. Who knew the Sisters Wilson released Heart’s 14th studio album “Fanatic” last year?
Big Time Rush with Victoria Justice
7 p.m. July 31, $16.50 to $69.50 It’s going to be a summertime screamfest when Nickelodeon’s multiplatinum selling superstars Big Time Rush join forces with actress-singer Victoria Justice for the Summer Break 2013 Tour.
Blake Shelton with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer
7 p.m. Aug. 1, $25 to $54.75 Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Blake Shelton is more than a coach on “The Voice.” The Grammy Award-winning country singer returns to the road in support of his brandnew effort “Based on a True Story,” which includes No. 1 single “Sure Be Cool If You Did.”
John Mayer with Phillip Phillips
7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, $36 to $69.50 After running his mouth off and becoming a persona non grata in the public eye, John Mayer is on the comeback trail with his new album “Born and Raised” and summer tour.
Lil Wayne with T.I. and 2 Chainz
6:30 p.m. July 9, $30.50 to $59.50 6:30 p.m. July 10, $31 to 60
6:30 p.m. July 18, $34.50 to $71.50
6:30 p.m. Aug. 2, $32.50 to $51.50
6 p.m. Aug. 4, $25 to $45.
CHENE PARK 2600 E. Atwater St., Detroit Kendrick Lamar
7 p.m. June 5, $35 to $100 Rapper de jour Kendrick Lamar has announced a massive summer tour in support of his sophomore album “Good kid, m.A.A.d. City,” which since its release last fall has sold nearly a million copies.
Blackstreet with Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Al B. Sure! and SWV
8 p.m. June 8, $27 to $75 It’s a night of ‘90s new jack swing when R&B act Blackstreet returns to Detroit.
8 p.m. Aug. 7, $29.75 to $89.75 Lil Wayne keeps up his prolific ways with his 10th studio album “I Am Not a Human Being 2,” billed as a loose sequel to his 2010 effort “Love Me.” The new album already boasts Top 10 hit “Love Me” (featuring Drake and Future). Dwayne Carter Jr. announced he’s hitting the road later this year with the “America’s Most Wanted Music Festival.”
Patti Austin with Althea Rene
Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley with Brett Eldredge, Gwen Sebastian
7:30 p.m. June 19, $17 to $35 R&B singer Tamia, who is married to NBA player Grant Hill, continues to tour her 2012 effort “Beautiful Surprise.”
7 p.m. Aug. 10, $25 to $49.75 Miranda Lambert is touring her latest effort “Four the Record,” which includes hit singles “Baggage Claim,” “Over You,” “Fastest Girl in Town” and “Mama’s Broken Heart,” while Dierks Bentley is supporting his 2012 effort “Home.”
Jason Aldean with Jake Owens and Thomas Rhett
7:30 p.m., Aug. 23, $25.50 to $55.25 Soon-to-be-divorced Jason Aldean is hoping to bring order to his life by hitting the road with his buddies Jake Owens and Thomas Rhett this summer.
Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane
7 p.m. Aug. 26, $29.50 to $99.50 Armed with new album “Overexposed,” which kept its platinum-selling streak intact, Grammy Award-winning Maroon 5 has announced a 2013 tour that includes former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson.
Keith Urban with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch
7 p.m. Sept. 12, $35 to $75 After spending the spring dealing with divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on “American Idol,” Keith Urban is getting back to what he does best with a summer tour. Mr. Nicole Kidman’s last album was 2010’s “Get Closer.”
7:30 p.m. June 12, $17 to $35 World-renowned R&B and jazz singer Patti Austin is supposedly releasing a duets album with James Ingram later this year. In the meantime, Austin, who received a 2008 Best Jazz Vocal Grammy, is touring her inimitable catalog.
Tamia with Eric Roberson and Bilal
Jeezy and Friends featuring Young Jeezy
The B-52s and the Go-Go’s
7:30 p.m. July 10, $12 to $35 Prince protégé Sheila E lived the glamorous life for about 15 minutes in the ‘80s.
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Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds with Rachelle Ferrell
7 p.m. May 19, $26 to $65.75
8 p.m. June 25, $27 to $75 It’s been more than 30 years since both The B-52s and The Go-Go’s emerged out of the post-punk era.
Bob James with David Sanborn
7:30 p.m. June 26, $17 to $35 Smooth jazz aficionados will find it hard to pass up an evening of Bob James and David Sanborn.
Three Dog Night
Sheila E with Jonathan Butler
8 p.m. July 13, $27 to $75 In addition to his own platinum-selling solo career, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds worked as a producer for Whitney Houston, TLC and Toni Braxton.
8 p.m. June 27, $22 to $100 From “One” and “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” to “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night has a boatful of songs to sing along with all evening.
S.O.S. Band with Rose Royce
Anthony Hamilton with Fantasia
Erykah Badu and D’Angelo
7:30 p.m. July 17, $12 to $35 Relive the disco era with a boogie-night evening filled with hits by S.O.S. Band with Rose Royce.
8 p.m. June 28, $37 to $75 R&B and soul singer Anthony Hamilton returned to the public eye with the Elayna Boynton duet “Freedom,” which is from the “Django Unchained” soundtrack.
8 p.m. Aug. 4, $37 to $125 It’s been more than 15 years since Erykah Badu first arrived on the neo soul scene with “Baduizm.”
Swing Out Sister with Spyro Gyra
8 p.m. Aug. 17, $32 to $100 Toni Braxton spent years performing in Las Vegas. Now the soul singer is back with new studio CD “Chapter VIII: The Encore of a Gemstone.”
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Freddie Jackson, Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson
6:30 p.m. June 15, $17.50 to $26
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6:30 p.m. June 14, $25 to $49.5
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6:30 p.m. June 22, $40 to $150 Young Jeezy, who is prepping his new album, rose to fame in the mid-‘00s with hit albums “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101,” “The Inspiration” and “The Recession.”
7:30 p.m. July 3, $12 to $35 For a moment in 1986 it appeared Swing Out Sister, armed with hit single “Breakout,” was on its way to big things. Decades later the smooth jazz act continues to maintain a healthy cult following.
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Lil Wayne will perform in Cuyahoga Falls with T.I. and 2 Chainz on Aug. 7.
8 p.m. July 6, $27 to $75
Michael McDonald with Toto
8 p.m. Aug. 25, $27 to $75 After touring last year as the Dukes of September with Boz Scaggs and Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald is going solo.
Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft Eddie Money
7:30 p.m. May 24, $7 to $31.50 Contrary to the popular television commercial, Eddie Money hasn’t opened a travel agency. Instead, the classic rocker is still touring his hits — “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight” — to fans nationwide.
7 p.m. June 6, $22 to $32 As part of the Mumford & Sons folk zeitgeist, the Denverbased, Grammy-nominated act The Lumineers has found a large audience for its 2012 self-titled debut effort, which includes the insidiously catchy “Ho Hey.”
Toby Keith with Kip Moore 7 p.m. June 16, $29.50 to $69.50
“Kings of the Mic,” featuring LL Cool J, Ice Cube, De La Soul and Public Enemy
7 p.m. June 26, $17 to $76.50 Twenty years ago, a hip-hop bill like this wasn’t even possible as rap acts rarely hit the road. Today the lucrative smell of cash finds these influential acts joining forces. While Public Enemy was recently inducted into the Rock Hall, odds are LL Cool J will take a similar path sooner than later.
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Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope 6 p.m. June 27, $26.75 to $122
7:30 June 30, $12 to $72 The ex-Blowfish leader continues to make great strides in the country music world. The South Carolina native is about to release his fourth Nashville-based album “True Believers,” which includes already No. 1 single “Wagon Wheel,” with a summer tour to follow.
Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls
7 p.m. July 6, $22 to $92 Just think of all of the sing-along hits celebrating the ‘90s you’ll hear in one evening from these two pop radio giants. In fact, whatever you feel after reading that sentence — excitement or nausea — determines whether you’ll be joining in on this walk down adult contemporary memory lane.
311 with Cypress Hill, G. Love & Special Sauce and Iamdynamite
6:30 p.m. July 7, $17 to $56.50 311 has toured with some kickass opening acts. That continues this summer when the band known for modern rock hits “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster” is joined by Cypress Hill and G. Love and Special Sauce.
Gigantour with Megadeath, Black Label Society and Device
4 p.m. July 8, $17 to $72 Dave Mustaine has been singing about conspiracy theories for decades. It turns out such material wasn’t so much a commentary than actually his own worldview.
Dave Matthews Band 7 p.m. July 9, $37.50 to $72
Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster and Boothby Graffoe
7 p.m. July 12, $22 to $82 Musically speaking, if you find yourself stuck in the late ‘90s, you’re going to love “The Last Summer on Earth Tour 2013.” Easily the highlight of the tour will be the Ben Folds Five reunion. Can’t wait for “Brick” to bring me down.
7 p.m. July 13, $20 to $79.50
Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson Electric Trio
5:30 p.m. July 14, $27 to $77 This is easily the most interesting bill of any tour in recent years. Really, the lineup says it all.
Train with The Script and Gavin DeGraw 7 p.m. July 18, $17 to $72
Heart with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience 7:30 p.m. July 19, $17 to $97.50
Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball
6 p.m. July 21, $12 to $62 “The Under the Sun Tour 2013” features a handful of marginally successful ‘90s acts reliving the past for Generation X.
Daughtry and 3 Doors Down
7 p.m. July 22, $17 to $52. It remains to be seen how 3 Doors Down bassist Robert Harrell’s charges of vehicular homicide and unlawful possession of a controlled substance will affect the rock band’s summer co-headlining tour with Daughtry. Daughtry is supporting the gold-certified album “Break The Spell,” while 3 Doors Down recently released its first Greatest Hits package.
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Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd
7 p.m. July 23, $22 to $96.50 The highlight of this tour is Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers. The classic rock staple is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
7:30 p.m. July 24, $12 to $72 Here David Coverdale goes again with Whitesnake touring in support of its recently released DVD “Made in Japan.”
7:30 p.m. July 25, $23 to $97.50 The baby boomers’ favorite brass-fueled rock act Chicago — the only American band to chart a top 40 album in six decades — is back again this summer. But don’t bring up the ‘80s Peter Cetera-led years to die-hard Chicago fans. Apparently he wasn’t a hard habit to break.
Mayhem Festival featuring Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and more
Keith Urban with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch
7 p.m. Aug. 4, $25 to $54.75 After a long and tiresome stretch as a judge on “American Idol,” country superstar Keith Urban happily gets back to his day job this summer with a new tour. There’s also talk of a new album coming out later this year or early 2014.
7:30 Aug. 6, $27 to $122 Lost among the hoopla and paparazzi frenzy regarding Ozzy Osbourne’s latest chemical dependency issues is the fact the heavy metal archetype act is about to release its 19th album “13” next month.
John Mayer with Phillip Phillips 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, $33 to $72
Kid Rock with ZZ Top
7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19, $20
Depeche Mode with Bat For Lashes
1 p.m. July 28, $28 to $94 Rob Zombie leads a heavy lineup of rockers for what may be this summer’s loudest concert bill.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, $26.50 to $96.50 Depeche Mode’s recently released 13th studio album finds the ‘80s act continuing its gloomy motif using electro-pop and industrial sounds.
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UPROAR Festival featuring Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and more
5:30 p.m. July 31, $22 to $76.50 After breaking out in 2010, Wiz Khalifa isn’t resting on his laurels. He’s already planning the follow-up to last year’s “O.N.I.F.C.” album, which debuted at No. 2.
7 p.m. Aug. 2, $17 to $96.50 The right-wing classic rocker returns home for a night of Motor City madness.
Big Time Rush with Victoria Justice 7 p.m. Aug 3, $17 to $86.50
2 p.m. Aug 24, $16 to $76.50 Jane’s Addiction’s latest effort “The Great Escape Artist” was last year’s most underrated album. Alice in Chains’ new album is called “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.”
Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane 7 p.m. Aug. 28, $32 to $96.50
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“Art is what you can get away with.” — Andy Warhol
is teaming up with Marilyn Manson for the “Masters of Madness Tour.” Just think of the eye-liner bill.
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Peter Frampton with Robert Cray
7 p.m. June 22, $27.50 to $75 Two years ago Peter Frampton went on tour to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his multiplatinum “Frampton Comes Alive!” album. The outing was such a success he’s kept the momentum going in the form of the Frampton Guitar Circus.
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“Kings of the Mic” featuring LL Cool J, Ice Cube, De La Soul and Public Enemy
8 p.m. May 24, $45
7 p.m. June 25, $27.50 to $85 Invariably 20 years ago a hip-hop bill like this wasn’t even possible as rap acts rarely hit the road. Today the lucrative smell of cash finds these influential performers joining forces. While Public Enemy was recently inducted into the Rock Hall, odds are LL Cool J will be taking a similar path sooner than later.
8 p.m. June 21, $30 Featuring original members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock.
LeAnn Rimes 8 p.m. July 5, $45.
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8 p.m. July 9, $35 to $45 The year of fun. continues with the platinum and Grammy Award-winning act hitting the road on one of the summer’s hottest bills. So far the outfit behind “We Are Young” and “Some Nights” have been selling out venues around the nation.
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May 24 to 27, $8 to $40 The musical lineup announced for the annual Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival taking place Memorial Day Weekend includes Rocktopia on May 24, Rick Springfield on May 25, Buddy Guy on May 26 and Poison’s Bret Michaels on May 27.
8 p.m. July 24, $26 to $36
8 p.m. June 4, $29.50 to $39.50 Rapper de jour Kendrick Lamar has announced a massive summer tour in support of his sophomore album “Good Kid, M.A.A.d. City,” which since its release last fall has sold nearly a million copies.
O.A.R. with Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone
6:30 p.m., July 7, $33.50 Similar to a Timex watch, O.A.R. is a group that just keeps ticking. Year in, year out the island-based jam band keeps touring and intermittently releasing new albums. Its latest is the concert recording “Live on Red Rocks.” 7 p.m. June 13, $45 to $60 It’s the shock jock tour people – well, some people – have been waiting the past 15 years for. Alice Cooper
O.A.R. will perform in Cleveland on July 7. PHOTO COURTESY LIVENATION
Vegas act is hoping to generate interest in the project with a summer tour.
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7:30 p.m. July 30, $34.50 to $39.50 Over the past year, new rock act Imagine Dragons landed in the mainstream with its debut effort “Night Visions.” The album’s lead single “It’s Time” was a major radio hit, while the second single “Radioactive” is a bonafide smash. 7 p.m. Aug. 3, $32.50 to $75.
8 p.m. Aug. 4, $30 to $75 Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just get along? The era of Beach Boys détente is apparently over. Last year the band’s two factions united for a reunion tour. This year, Brian Wilson is taking out his band, while Mike Love is bringing out his under The Beach Boys name.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, $47.50 Last summer, The Killers released the anthemic single “Runaways.” Not only did the song not do much at radio but the band’s “Battle Born” album fell flat. Now the Las
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Ke$ha with Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons
7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, $35 to $59.50 For a sign Cleveland’s concert market has diminished, look no further than Ke$sha, who is touring this summer with Pitbull. However, that high-profile outing is bypassing the Rock Hall City. Instead, Ke$ha, who has seven consecutive Top 10 hits including four No. 1 singles with “TiK ToK,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R” and “Die Young,” comes to Northeast Ohio for a solo show.
Kendrick Lamar with with special guests Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul
Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson
7 p.m. July 23, $38.50 to $99.50 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are restarting Steely Dan for the “Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles To Pancake Day Tour.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee jazz act will be playing tunes from its four-decade catalog.
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7:30 p.m. June 7, $29.50 to $99.50 Next to Rihanna, you won’t find bigger pop stars than Pitbull & Ke$ha, who combined have scored an amazing 40 US Hot 100 singles between them during the past five years.
New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men 7:30 p.m. June 8, $29.50 to $92.50
7 p.m. Sept. 13, $25 to $75 The high-powered blues combination of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi has made the Tedeschi Trucks Band one of the genre’s more compelling live acts. For proof just listen to the explosive concert recording “Everybody’s Talkin’.”
Bruno Mars with Ellie Goulding
7:30 p.m. July 11, $40 to $84 After exploding onto the pop scene in 2010, Bruno Mars has quickly established himself as the songwriter of this generation. A top-40 artist who writes his own material, Mars’ sophomore album “Unorthodox Jukebox” boasts two No. 1 singles in “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.”
The Moody Blues
7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, $29.50 to $79.50 The Moody Blues changed music forever when in 1967 it introduced a symphonic element into its rock sound. Now 45 years after the release of its groundbreaking album “Days of Future Passed,” the act is celebrating with a new tour.
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with a greatest-hits tour. Interest in the classic rock staple act has been piqued of late with the airing of its self-produced documentary on Showtime, which was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray.
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7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, $36.50 ADV/$40 DOS The folk music zeitgeist may be bringing acts like Mumford & Sons to the forefront, but established banjopicking acts are also getting attention. Old Crow Medicine Show, which formed 15 years ago, is touring its latest effort “Carry My Back.”
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Fall Out Boy
7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, $35 After taking a break for a few years, Fall Out Boy is back in action in 2013 with new album “Save Rock and Roll.” It
should be pointed out that if anyone is going to save rock ’n’ roll, odds are it’s not going to be Fall Out Boy.
8 p.m. Sept. 21, $49.50 to $189 The Eagles will fly high once again this summer
7 p.m. June 9, $29.50 to $92.50 If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s and are a female, odds are you’ll be interested in The Package Tour featuring NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. For the guy dating or married to that aforementioned female, this is the perfect time to schedule that boys weekend in Vegas.
8 p.m. June 15, $49.50 to $149.50 Even though it seems like Fleetwood Mac has broken up only to reunite time and time again, the classic rock act often just takes some time off. Having last toured in 2009, Fleetwood Mac is back in action in 2013.
8 p.m. July 9, $39 to $195
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7 p.m. June 27, $37.50 to $75 The ex-Blowfish leader continues to make great strides in the country music world. The South Carolina native is about to release his fourth Nashville-based album “True Believers,” which includes already No. 1 single “Wagon Wheel,” with a summer tour to follow.
7:30 p.m. July 26, $27.50 to $59.50 The legendary Chicago blues guitarist, known for his riveting, virtuoso playing and fervent vocals, is a fivetime Grammy Award-winner who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
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7 p.m. July 30, $16.50 to $69.50 It’s going to be a summertime screamfest when Nickelodeon’s multi-platinum selling superstars Big Time Rush come to the Glass City.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, $38.50 to $76
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“Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.” — Stella Adler
Downtown gallery to close one day after birthday bash By Matt Liasse Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer email@example.com
Downtown’s 20 North Gallery is throwing a bash for its 20th birthday — which will be its last. The gallery announced May 10 the exhibit “All Good Things ...,” a retrospective exploring the gallery’s two decades of life, will serve as a capstone of the 20th season. There will be video installations of past exhibits, a chronology of the gallery’s shows and visuals. In addition, work will be included by regularly represented artists David Eichenberg, Tom McGlauchlin, Edith Franklin and Adam Grant, among others. “We began our 20th season with plans for a very dynamic and strong season of exhibits,” said Art Director Condessa Croninger. “As we were doing that, it became even more apparent to us that the mission that prompted the inception of 20 North Gallery in 1993 is something that we have fulfilled and that this 20th season that we are now concluding was really a testament to how strong the arts are to Toledo’s Downtown.” Croninger said that as the “oldest independent gallery in Toledo,” 20 North believes it has fulfilled its mission statement. That mission includes providing “a commercial venue for emerging and established fine artist to exhibit their work” while at the same time bring “arts experiences and the benefit of art collecting to the Toledo community.” “I was not aware of another commercial gallery in Downtown Toledo when we started in 1993,” said owner Eric Hillenbrand in a news release. “Now galleries and artists dot the landscape of Downtown — this is, unquestionably, 20 North Gallery’s more important legacy.” During the past 20 years the gallery has showcased work from
more than 200 artists, the news release said. One of those artists, Kimberly Arden, is sad to see the closing. “It was a great gallery; they had great artists,” Arden said. “As I look back on the years, and all the beautiful art that they showcased, there are still pieces … that I still think about, that I wish I would’ve purchased.” Arden has been featured at the gallery since 2008 and had a solo exhibit in 2010. She has work featured in galleries in eight states but always had a piece for 20 North Gallery to represent her hometown. Steven Conine has also had work featured in the gallery. “[Hillenbrand]’s contributed a lot to this community over the last 20 years and I suppose it’s time for a change for him,” Conine said. “I think [the gallery]’s been very significant. I think it was a leader in a way as far as getting the art scene going Downtown.” Croninger said the decision to close the gallery was not made lightly. “We realized early in our 20th season that this was the culmination of everything we set out to do,” she said. Another goal the gallery achieved was to motivate artists to open their own studios in the area. Croninger said there are now more than 30, each with its own character, style and artists. She said 20 North Gallery may have paved the way for these studios. “That’s a sign that there’s an art scene Downtown,” Croninger said. The gallery was opened to bring a “big city experience to Toledo,” Croninger said. She recalled going to the gallery’s first exhibit in 1993, before the gallery employed her. “I [remember] exactly what went through my head, which was ‘I feel like I am in New York but I’m also completely at home.’ I know these people, I know this art and it was a validation that Toledo has the ability to be, and in fact is, a
Eric Hillenbrand, Peggy Grant and Condessa Croninge cosmopolitan community,” she said. Croninger said each of the gallery’s staff members have opportunities to pursue after the closing. Croninger will spend the summer organizing the gallery’s archives. The 20 North Gallery birthday celebration and closing exhibit is May 24 from 6-9 p.m. The gallery on North St. Clair Street will be closed as of May 25. Reservations to attend are appreciated, but not required. “We will still be representing some artists on a private basis, but we will no longer mount exhibitions,” Croninger said. O
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very time I move to a new city, the first thing I look for is for is the nearest bookstore. A few weeks ago I’m walking around my new neighborhood en route to Wixey Bakery and came across the rarest of all gems, a Toledo bookstore I’ve never heard of. Right there in Colonial Village Plaza sits Encore Books. Of course, as I found out a little later, Encore has been an important part of the community for more than JOHN eight years. Once I got past my excitement, what I really felt was shame. How could I have lived in Toledo this long and not known that this store was even here? But better late than never, right? What makes me feel a little better is that I’m apparently not alone. After rummaging through its overflowing stacks of reasonably priced used paperbacks, I struck up a conversation with store owner Susan Wyper, who told me that The Blade did a piece involving independent bookstores last year and forgot to mention her store. The February 2012 article about the 2011 closing of Borders mentioned Ukazoo Books — which, while not as big as Borders was or Barnes & Noble is, is a chain; Frogtown Books, which no longer has a brick-and-mortar location; and Thackeray’s Books, which has been closed since 2005. There was no mention of Encore Books. While I guess that was appropriate considering the piece dealt with economic trends and the future of the independent retailer in our current fiscal climate, shouldn’t we also tip our hat to a few more living, breathing, independent retailers that help make up the fabric of our community? I’m not pointing any fingers — after all, I just discovered Encore Books myself, and I devour the written word. And there are only so many words we can squeeze onto a page. And this isn’t just about Encore Books — there’s also
the Munchkin Book Shop in Swanton and others I can’t even think of right now. I just want to point out what our community is doing right. That’s why I talked with Wyper about what made her start Encore and her thoughts on the independent bookstore, which pay tribute to those, like me, who simply love books. Here’s what she had to say: “There were a couple of reasons that I decided to open the store, but since I was at retirement age, money really wasn’t a factor — fun was. Growing up, I always saw my mother with a book in her hand, and I’ve always been a reader, so I just thought, let’s try it. “I don’t know about the future of new independent bookstores, but as a used store we have the advantage of being able to take in older books that might not sell right away and business is fine. I have a steady customer base because we really are a neighborhood store. We get to know our customers. We even have other booksellers come looking for things in the store. We all share, we have a relationship, we’re all in it together,” she said. Our local booksellers are so much in it together that when The Blade neglected to mention Encore, the owner of the now-defunct A Novel Idea bookstore wrote them and let them know. So all I’m asking is that you check out Encore Books; I think you’ll be glad you did. And if I missed your bookstore, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can’t change that. Because we’re all in this together, Toledo. Encore Books is located at 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd. For more information, call (419) 389-1155. Until next time … keep your pencil sharp. O
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pring has sprung and summer is around the corner, which means it is time to clean out our closets. The first and best place to start is with our handbags. It’s time to rid of the black, brown, or basic colored handbags and exchange them for something fun. This season there is a little bit of everything to fit everyone’s style and personality. The options are fresh, bold, and transitional. Try one or purchase a few — the prices are affordable enough to do so! Completely clear is hot LaUREN this season. Although most of us haven’t worn this style since childhood, it’s being seen all over the runways. Being showing in soft colors like pink or blue, or even in neon colors like hot orange or hot pink, this see-through style is perfect for a night out on the town to carry simple items like a phone, lipstick, credit card, and an ID. The look is fun and sleek. Find clear styles at BCBG for around $44.. Feel the fringe. Western style is hot for spring and summer and is translating into handbags. Picture cross body bags with fringe, and studs. This bag is perfect for running errands paired with maxi skirts, dresses, or jeans. This look is so relaxed and care free, a definite must buy for this summer. Find adorable Western-inspired bags at Target for around $24.99. High contrast bags are hot for summer. Picture thick stripes or big checkers. This look is a perfect addition to any simple black dress, or traditional look at the office. These bags are bold and are being seen in basic black-and-white or fun neon prints. This is one bag that will look different from anything else that you already have.
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Find a variety of fun checkered and striped bags at ALDOshoes.com starting at $50. Bright cross body bags are functional and adorable in one. This style of bag is perfect draped over a dress for a date, great for the office, or for casual errands. The long strap is so convenient to drape over your shoulder and the bag is large enough to fit all of your essentials — cute, chic, and laid back in one. Find a variety of adorable cross body bags at Forever 21 starting at around $19.80. Totally totes. Totes are hot this season and are being show in clean sleek lines, and bold colors. Totes are perfect for the working woman and for mamas on the run who still want to look cute and have function. Find totes in black and white with straps in colors like yellow or hot pink. The look is sophistication with a pop. Find a variety of totes at ALDOshoes.com for around $50 Color=block bags were hot last season and are hot again this season. Color=block is a fun twist to any outfit from formal to casual. Best part, color=block bags come in styles from totes, to clutches, to cross body bags- so whatever style you prefer, color=block is available. Find a variety of color=block bags at kistson.com for $38. There is no time like the present for $ kicking off your spring and summer wardrobe with a new handbag. The options are fun, and feminine. Treat yourself to one or a couple to go with some of your favorite looks for the spring and summer months! O
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t is the only person who is never serious.” — Oscar Wilde
the patio is now open
All summer long!
Stella’s 104 Louisiana Ave.
full-service patio with
(419) 873-8360 www.stellasrestaurantandbar.com
22 people, said owner
Open: Kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, bar and patio open later. Closed Sunday but available for private parties
steak, seafood, pasta,
r Ho Olive use
Stella’s offers a
27 Broadway St.
umbrellas that can seat
casual restaurant features
Open: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday (Rockwell’s Steakhouse); 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday (Petit-Fours Patisserie and Cafe); 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday (Mutz); 3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday (Maumee Bay Brew Pub); all closed Sunday
wine, martinis and live entertainment Thursday
through Saturday. O
219 Louisiana Ave. Perrysburg
swigrestaurantandbar.com Open: 11 a.m. to late MondayWednesday, 11-2 a.m. Thursday-Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. (Kitchen open until 11 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday)
Bronze Boar 20 S. Huron St. Toledo
(419) 244-BOAR (2627)
www.bronzeboar.com Open: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday, opens 5 p.m. Sunday (or two hours before the Mud Hens play)
Swig is all about homemade everything from hot dogs to bacon and features
to Toledo with menu items like Manhattan Scallops. The restaurant features live jazz
The venue features a
and blues music Monday through Saturday
casual atmosphere and an affordable selection of more
with an open-air patio and free Wi-Fi. Warm-weather Wednesday evenings on
mihactoledo.com Open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
nights on Wednesday, karaoke on Thursday, live bands on Friday and DJs on Saturday. O
Perrysburg’s Thursday Farmers Market and First Friday events. O
Clam Chowder and Brooklyn Baked
3302 Glanzman Road
Oliver House Operations. The space also features open mic
Swig also hosts “tap takeovers,” trivia night to on Mondays and offers front-row seats
Manhattan’s brings the taste of New York
Mutz in the evening, said Neal Kovacik, general manager of
y daily food specials and live music Tuesda through Saturday, weather permitting.
pool, Keno and live music Monday through Saturday.
are available. O
House is used by The Café at Petit-Fours at lunchtime and by
ub’s said owner Tony Bilancini. The gastrop s feature patio r outdoo large, full-service
The Bronze Boar has
imported beers. Bar snacks
in the center of the historic Oliver
an extensive selection of American and t, import craft beers in bottles and draugh
one of the biggest patios in Toledo and offers cornhole,
than 100 domestic and
A casual open-air courtyard
Jim Hodulik. The upscale
the patio are dedicated to Yappy Hour with chef-made doggie treats. Reservations are Mi Hacienda’s
Manhattan’s 1516 Adams St. Toledo
www.manhattanstoledo.com Open: Lunch starts at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday; Dinner, 5–10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
recommended on weekends. O
uncovered patio seats 40 to 60 at tables with umbrellas, said manager Sergio Angel. The familyowned and operated restaurant offers fresh Mexican dishes from traditional recipes. O
The Bronze Boar
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What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio
Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.
MUSIC The Ark
This intimate venue showcases acts from the A-list to the lesser known. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. ✯ Big Sandy & His Fly-Right Boys: 8 p.m. May 22, $20. ✯ Stewart Francke: 8 p.m. May 23, $15. ✯ Livingston Taylor, Chelsea Berry: 8 p.m. May 24, $20. ✯ Ganstagrass, Cabinet: 8 p.m. May 25, $15. ✯ Mike Vial, the Great Lake effect: 8 p.m. May 28, free. ✯ Abigail Stauffer, Kate Peterson: 8 p.m. May 30, $15. ✯ Edwin McCain Acoustic Trio, Seth Glier: 8 p.m. May 31, $25.
This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or bar145toledo.com. ✯ Splendid Chaos: May 23. ✯ The Junk: May 24. ✯ Dick Lange Trio: May 28. ✯ LDNL: May 31.
Barr’s Public House
“Our House, Your Pub” focuses on craft beer, hand-crafted specialty drinks and martinis, a well-rounded wine selection and an eclectic food menu. 3355 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. (419) 866-8466. ✯ Nick Neenan: 8 p.m. May 23. ✯ A.W. Trio: 9 p.m. May 24. ✯ Jamie Mills: 9 p.m. May 25.
B-Bop Records/Third Space
Offering “organic music for the cyber age,” this music store offers vinyl, CDs, memorabilia and the occasional concert. Third Space, 137 N. Michigan St. (419) 535-1234, www.bboprecords. com or www.thirdspacetoledo.com. ✯ Gilad Atzmon: 8-11 p.m. May 23, $10 donation. ✯ Adam and the Ancients Gods: 7 p.m. May 31, donations.
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.theblarneyirishpub.com. ✯ Johnny Rodriguez: 8 p.m. May 23. ✯ Freak Enders: 8 p.m. May 24. ✯ Rob Storm: 8 p.m. May 25. ✯ Michael Fisher: 8 p.m. May 30. ✯ Toast & Jam: 8 p.m. May 31.
A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. ✯ Boldy James, PL, Prhyme Rhyme Boss: 9:30 p.m. May 23. ✯ My Pal Cal, Wizard Union, the Secret Weapons, Grind Scheme, F****** Swords and Fire, Black Jack on Pluto, Hit Society, Nameless, Hobo Train Wreck Suicide: 9:30 p.m. May 24. ✯ Jared Saltiel, the Salt & the Sea, Mark Fain, Hawk and Dove: 9:30 p.m. May 29. ✯ The Alcoholic Oranges, Mistaken for Satellites, Sandhill String Band, Healthytail: 9:30 p.m. May 30. ✯ The Smiths United, Playground Twist: 9:30 p.m. May 31.
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. ✯ Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays.
✯ Joe Woods Trio: May 24. ✯ Crucial 420: May 25. ✯ Bush League: May 31.
If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Starting ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. ✯ Wayne Brady: 9 p.m. May 25, $20.
Cheers Sports Eatery
This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Dr., Holland. (419) 491-0990. ✯ Chris Shutters: May 24.
Cock n’ Bull Tavern
Another drinking-and-dining option has opened up near Fifth Third Field and will feature occasional musical performances. 9 N. Huron St. (419) 244-2855. ✯ Open mic with Breaking Ground: 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Captain Sweet Shoes: 9 p.m. Thursdays. ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: 6 p.m. Fridays. ✯ Danny Mettler: 8:30 p.m. Sundays.
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. ✯ Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. May 22 and 28-29. ✯ Michael Peslikis: May 23. ✯ Alexander Zonjic: 7:30 and 10 p.m. May 24-25. ✯ Lori LeFevre-Johnson: 7:30 p.m. May 31.
The mic is open on Sundays, but paid entertainers
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rock out Fridays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. ✯ MAS FiNA: May 24-25. ✯ Arctic Clam: May 31.
Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. ✯ John Barile and Bobby May: 10 p.m. May 24. ✯ DFR: 10 p.m. May 25. ✯ Tye & Jaime: 10 p.m. May 31.
Dorr St. Café
Grab a reuben or some fish while bobbing your head to some tunes. Southwest corner of Dorr Street at Reynolds Road. (419) 531-4446 or www.dorrstreetcafe.com. ✯ Rance Allen: May 24. ✯ Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont: May 31.
A club “for the mature crowd,” Evolution offers $5 martinis on Thursdays and the occasional live musical performance. 519 S. Reynolds Road. (419) 725-6277 or clubevolutiontol.com. ✯ Chris Shutters: 7 p.m. May 23.
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 fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. ✯ Cont-Nuite Band: 9 p.m. May 25.
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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” — Thomas Merton
STAR @ the movies ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:
”An entertaining ride awaits audiences for the follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ successful franchise reboot of 2009. Fans who liked the first movie will enjoy this sequel, BUT the better movie is ‘Star Trek II’ from 1982. There are quite a few moments where the new film pays tribute to this classic story. If Spock were reviewing ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ he would find it very logical. Abrams is appealing to mass audiences with this franchise. It’s a bombastic blockbuster with great action and visual effects. The relationship between Captain Kirk and Spock continues with a great chemistry and some very enjoyable interactions.” Watch James discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m. For more: toledofreepress.com/movies
Frankie’s Inner City
Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www. FrankiesInnerCity.com. ✯ 5th Ace, the Dave Page Band, Greenbelt Parkway, Flush: 8 p.m. May 24. ✯ Organism, Morkast, Buried but Breathing: 8 p.m. May 25. ✯ A Place to Bury Strangers, 33 1/3: 8 p.m. May 26. ✯ Matt Kerekes, Sam DeArmond, At Anchor, the Cold Season: 8 p.m. May 31.
French Quarter J. Patrick’s Pub
Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. ✯ Nine Lives: May 24-25. ✯ Double Dare: May 31-June 1, June 7-8.
Three stages — at Shotz Sports Bar, Eclipz Ultra Lounge and Asteria — offer competition for gamblers’ attention. 555 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. No cover charge, unless noted; guests must be 21 or older. (888) 771-4386 or www.greektowncasino.com. ✯ Painted White: 7:30 p.m. May 22, Shotz. ✯ My Friends Band: 9:30 p.m. May 23, Shotz. ✯ Sound Proof: 8 p.m. May 24, Asteria. ✯ Crazy Diamonds: 8 p.m. May 25, Asteria. ✯ Thigh High Roots: 7:30 p.m. May 29, Shotz. ✯ Laura Rain and the Caesers: 8 p.m. May 30, Asteria. ✯ Laura Rain: 9:30 p.m. May 30, Shotz. ✯ Athena and Friends: 8 p.m. May 31, Asteria.
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 www.groundsforthought.com. ✯ African Showboyz: May 25.
The newly opened Hollywood Casino Toledo offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 6615200 or www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com. ✯ Phase 5: 10 p.m. May 24. ✯ The Homewreckers: 9 p.m. May 25. ✯ East River Drive: 9 p.m. May 31. Spotlight Summer Nights Hollywood casino will offer outdoor concerts along the Maumee from May through August. ✯ The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, the Spinners: 8 p.m. May 24, $45.
Hamway’s on the Main
Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights gets a side order of steak, seafood and prime rib at this 30-year area institution. 5577 Monroe St., Sylvania. (419) 885-0290 or hamwaysonthemain.com. ✯ Candice Colemand and Chris Brown: Thursdays. ✯ Clifford Murphy & Mike Whitty: Saturdays. ✯ J-Bone & Friends: May 24. ✯ Don Coats: May 31.
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 www.happybadger.com. ✯ Estar Cohen Project: 7 p.m. May 25.
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All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or www. headlinerstoledo.com. ✯ 10/31, Ristriktid, Mid-Wess, JO2, Sadistic Clique, Royal Jesterz, Shotty, High Hopez, AutomatiK: May 24. ✯ Arsis: May 25. ✯ Paper Route, Satellite, Nathan Roberts & the New Birds: May 30.
Kerrytown Concert House
This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. ✯ Beaumont String Quartet: 8 p.m. May 22. ✯ PhoenixPhest faculty concert: 7:30 p.m. May 25.
This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. ✯ Open mic: 9 p.m. Mondays. ✯ Stephen Wooley: 7 p.m. May 22. ✯ Quick Trio: 6-9 p.m. May 23. ✯ Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont: 9 p.m. May 24. ✯ Alan Smith & the Blues All Stars: 9 p.m. May 25. ✯ Quickness: 9 p.m. May 25. ✯ Mike Corwin: 7 p.m. May 29. ✯ Jason Quick & Dick Lang: 6 p.m. May 30. ✯ Jar Head Jones: 9 p.m. May 31.
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Live music rings out over the slots and croupiers on the weekends in the Int Ice lounge. 1777 Third St., Detroit. (877) 888-2121 or www.mgmgranddetroit.com. ✯ Solo piano: 6-8:30 p.m. Fridays. ✯ Phase 5: 9 p.m. May 24. ✯ Danny D: 9 p.m. May 25. ✯ Hidden Agenda: 9 p.m. May 31.
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✯ John Barile & Bobby May: May 29. ✯ Stonehouse: May 31.
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 www.potbelly.com. ✯ Jamie Mills: Noon-2 Fridays.
This casino’s Sound Board offers big names, big sounds and a big experience. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Guests must be 21 or older. (866) 782-9622 or www.motorcitycasino.com. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. ✯ Killer Flamingos: 7 p.m. May 22. ✯ Dal Bouey: 7 p.m. May 23. ✯ George Brothers: 5:15 p.m. May 24. ✯ Serieux: 10 p.m. May 24. ✯ Atomics: 5:15 p.m. May 25. ✯ Big Will & 360 Band: 10 p.m. May 25. ✯ Diversity: 3:30 p.m. May 26. ✯ Remedy: 7 p.m. May 27. ✯ Reefer Men: 7 p.m. May 28. ✯ 80’s Inc. 7 p.m. May 29. ✯ Love Sick: 7 p.m. May 30. ✯ In the Pocket: 5:15 p.m. May 31. ✯ Parallel Fifth: 10 p.m. May 31.
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Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or treosylvania.com. ✯ Straight Up! May 24. ✯ Wilbur & Friends: May 25.
Founded in 1968, this Celtic-style bar and eatery offers entertainment at its three locations. 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., (419) 381-1281; 105 S. Third St., Waterville, (419) 441-1081; and 7436 W. Bancroft St., Sylvania, (419) 724-7981. www. shawnsirishtavern.com. ✯ Johnny Rodriguez: 9:30 p.m. May 22 and 24; May 29 and 31, Toledo. May 23, Waterville.
Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellasrestaurantandbar.com. ✯ Eddie Molina: 6:30 p.m. May 23 and 30. ✯ Stephen Woolley: 8 p.m. May 24. ✯ Meaghan Roberts: 8 p.m. May 25. ✯ Pete Fetters: 8 p.m. May 31. Anyone curious about this charcuterie can check out the menu while also sampling some music Tuesdays through Saturdays. 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-6224 or www.sw-
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Singers from Cairn University in Philadelphia will perform. 6:30 p.m. May 22, South Toledo Community Center, 1411 Broadway St. (419) 242-5141.
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Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. ✯ Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. ✯ Bob Rex Trio: 6 p.m. Sundays. ✯ Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: 8 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ This Severe Lifestyle, Miracle Vitamins, Nathan Roberts: 10 p.m. May 24, $5. ✯ The Nu-Tones: 8 p.m. May 25, $5. ✯ Bobby May: 8 p.m. May 31, $5.
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A full bar featuring frozen drinks and multiple happy hours (4-7) on weekdays, plus salads, soups and sandwiches, accompany live entertainment four nights a week. 2 S. St. Clair. (419) 243-2473 or www.yeoldedurtybird.com. ✯ Open mic: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ The Eight-Fifteens: 8 p.m. May 22. ✯ Jamie Mills: 7 p.m. May 23. ✯ Steve Kennedy: 8:30 p.m. May 24. ✯ Ben Barefoot: 8:30 p.m. May 25. ✯ Mike Whitty & Clifford Murphy: Noon-3 May 26. ✯ Dave Carpenter: 8 p.m. May 26. ✯ Chris Knopp: 7 p.m. May 29. ✯ Steve Jabwisiak: 7 p.m. May 30. ✯ Jeff Stewart: 5-7 p.m. May 31 and June 1 ✯ Jeff Stewart & the 25s: 9 p.m. May 31 and June 1.
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included. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Best Western Premier Grand Plaza Hotel’s Aqua Lounge, 444 N. Summit St. $5-$15. (419) 241141 or www.arttatumsociety.com. ✯ Lori Lefevre Trio: May 22.
This two-man band (consisting of Dave Rybaczewski and Walter Guy) performs Beatles songs acoustically. www.beatlesebooks.com/elixir. ✯ 7:30-10:30 p.m. May 24 and 31, River Cafe & Marina, 6215 Edgewater Dr., Erie, Mich. (734) 723-7405.
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) 708-0265, (419) 874-0290 or www.swingmania.org. ✯ 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265. ✯ Dance party: 7-10 p.m. May 31, Sylvania Senior Center, 7140 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. (419) 885-3913 or www.sylvaniaceniorcenter.org.
Jazz on the Maumee
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The Anthony/Brown Piano Duo has so much fun saying goodbye that it’s become an annual event. 7 p.m. May 24, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Trinity Plaza. $12-$15. (419) 243-1231 or www.trinitytoledo.org.
Toledo Museum of Art
Perhaps museum of arts would be a better name: This cultural institution offers talks, movies, performances and more in addition to the visual pieces expected — and unexpected. Members receive discounts for most admission-charged events. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-6 Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. Exhibitions ✯ “Symbols, Stories & Social Justice,” through June 13, Community Gallery. ✯ “Native Lands and Other Stories,” through June 13, Community Gallery. ✯ “Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art,” through July 14, Canaday Gallery. ✯ “Prints by Twenty-Five Australian Artists: The Bicentennial Folio,” through July 21, Gallery 18 and Director’s Conference Room. ✯ “Patterns on Paper,” through July 21, Works on Paper Gallery. Events/presentations ✯ “In the Eye of the Storm: Aboriginal Australian Art Today,” 7:30 p.m. May 31, Little Theater. Film ✯ “Rabbit Proof Fence,” 7:30 p.m. May 24, Little Theater. Glassblowing demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion ✯ 2 p.m. May 22-23 and 28-30. ✯ 2, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. May 24 and 31. ✯ 1, 2 and 3 p.m. May 25-26. Wine tastings: 7-9:30 p.m. May 24, Glass Pavilion, $25. Art Hours Participants 14 and older can create glass objects at the Glass Pavilion. Tickets ($30) can be purchased in person or by phone (419) 254-5771, ext. 7448) the Tuesday before each session. ✯ Flower: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. May 24 and 31; 4 and 5 p.m. May 25-26. Tours ✯ “Crossing Cultures,” 8 p.m. May 24 and 31; 2 p.m. May 26; from Libbey Court. Family Center activities: For children 10 and younger accompanied by an adult. ✯ Paint With Paste: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23, and 3:30-8 p.m. May 24. ✯ Natural Dyes and Pigments: Noon-5:30 p.m. May 26; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 28 and 30; 3:30-8 p.m. May 31. ✯
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Nevik Ogre and cEvin Key have been Skinny Puppy for 30 years. PHOTO COURTESY SKINNY PUPPY
Never compromise Nevik Ogre looks back on 30 years of Skinny Puppy. By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor PopGoesJeff@gmail.com
How would you react to the information that art you created was being used to torture people? For Nevik Ogre — one of the founding members of pioneering electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy — the news of his music being used as a weapon came to him from a direct source. “I had an interview request from an ex-MP officer from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was a young kid when he went there in 2003. Changed from military police to a correctional officer at Guantanamo, given two weeks in training,” Ogre said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “And while he was there, he heard no less than four Skinny Puppy songs — being used to torture people. The method of torture was: shackled, ankles to wrists, being put in a cold room and being bombarded with loud music
for hours and hours, with people coming in and throwing cold water on you or insulting you. “He interviewed me, asking what I felt about my music being used to torture. So that was the inception of the idea of ‘Weapon.’ And the idea was, to make an album to actually torture people.” “Weapon” is Skinny Puppy’s 15th studio album, due to be released May 28. And as the piece evolved, it became more than simply “music to torture by.” Like much of Skinny Puppy’s work, it focuses on ideas and issues — namely, the gun control debate and how weapons come in many different forms, both static and living. “I wanted to approach the argument of — which I agree [with], in a way — ‘Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.’ But who’s to say that Ted Nugent, with all of his ****ing guns, isn’t going to one day get a few too many Freon holes in his brain and go ****ing bats*** crazy? n SKINNY PUPPY CONTINUES ON 19
“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” — Anton Checkhov n SKINNY PUPPY CONTINUED FROM 18 “I come from Canada, so maybe I’m not the right person to talk about this in America, per se, but it’s madness,” Ogre said. The new album is just the latest in a long line of social issues and musical experimentation that the Canadian group has tackled in its three decades of existence. Continuing to work with fellow founding member cEvin Key, Ogre said that what still drives him as an artist is both a respect for what their work has become, as well as a curiosity of what is to follow. “I wondered when I was 20 how I would make this work when I was 40. And now, I’m 50. Go figure, there. And the rest of it is a reverence to what we created in Skinny Puppy. Which was — at this point in my life, I can see a very uncompromising path that was taken by a band within a system that operates mostly on sponsorships. On making music to get the money. By doing things that are necessary to get the sponsorships and things like that.” Skinny Puppy never got those kinds of opportunities, though — not being afraid to make your opinions known on controversial issues can come with a price. But, Ogre said, he’s incredibly proud of what he and Key have been able to accomplish in their work. “It’s been challenging to make art with less production money. But the upside is, I was able to do it. And looking back on it now, I think that’s kinda the impetus that moves this all forward, along with a great deal of
reverence from both of us — even though cEvin and I have had, certainly, our share of acrimony over the years. There’s a reverence to the band, and to what we’re doing, from both sides.” That mutual respect is part of what helped bring the group back together in the early 2000s — following a particularly ugly split between Ogre and Key in the mid-90s, as well as the tragic passing of fellow member Dwayne Goettel in 1995. Ogre said he and Key each bring different sensibilities to comprise the whole of Skinny Puppy’s aesthetic — he represents the passion for issues, while Key is focused on the sound experimentation which has become Puppy’s trademark. “We grew up during the hair metal period, so there was an obvious revolt to that. Keyboards were just coming out, or had been out for a few years, but were basically used ... to create pure tonal effects, to recreate organic instruments. And so we took that as a cue to push the button that you shouldn’t push on a synthesizer, and make it do what it shouldn’t do.” And above all, Ogre cited the passion of the group’s rabid fan base for continuing to make Skinny Puppy what it is. “Our fans are a very cultish body, not in the worst of ways, but they appreciate the path, and the timeline and the history of the band. And they see that we were never in denial of our troubles. So I think that those people followed us in the background, and appreciated it.” O
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The Featured Lines reading series will give guest speaker Andrew Field an opportunity to showcase his work. Launch Pad Cooperative, 911 Jefferson Ave., hosts a writer or poet each month to present their work, followed by a question-and-answer session. The creator of Featured Lines and founder of Launch Pad Cooperative, Timothy Gaewsky, aimed to FIELD shine a spotlight on single writersfor longer than any open mic would. “I wanted to give the writers more time,” Gaewsky said. “I wanted to give them the amount of time needed to really engage with the audience on a whole ’nother level.” Gaewsky said Featured Lines gives the writer more time to tell anecdotes and to talk about the creative process with the audience. The series began in October. “There are few opportunities to hear a poet
really read their work, especially like a body of work,” he said. “I like reading poetry but there’s nothing better for me than hearing the poet read their work.” Field said he was excited to join the series. “Just the opportunity to showcase your work for a long period of time; that’s kind of priceless,” Field said. He said he will probably read some works about his family at the event. The University of Toledo graduate student is working to get his master’s degree in English. He’s also working to have a number of his essays published in a chapbook. GAEWSKY He said he hasn’t figured out how to categorize the format of his poetry. “I think some of my favorite poets are hard to pin down and categorize,” Field said. Field said he balances his writing between poems and book reviews, which he writes for therumpus.net, an online magazine. He hopes to get his nonfiction works published in addition to a possible book of poetry. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. May 22 for the free event; the reading begins at 8 p.m. . O
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f you enjoyed the blockbuster “Star Trek Into Darkness” and don’t want to wait another three to four years for more adventures of the regrooved Enterprise’s crew, the world of comic books has the strange new worlds you’re looking for. Not only is IDW Publishing producing an ongoing Star Trek series based on the alternate timeline introduced in the 2009 film, it also comJim pleted a prequel story to the current movie titled Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness. The four-issue story, which bridges the gap between the two films, has been collected in a trade paper edition and boasts input by “Trek” writer/producer Roberto Orci. Star Trek No. 21, the latest of the ongoing series, offers new adventures past the end of “Star Trek Into Darkness.” IDW has also recently scored much fan cred with its Star Trek/Doctor Who miniseries, a mind-meld of universes that’s proven too off-the-wall for Trekkers and Whovians to ignore. Movie tie-in comics books have remained a
fixture of the industry since the 1940s, and “Star Trek” comics have been with us almost constantly since 1967. The original “Trek” TV series was supported by a comic, published by Gold Key, that far outlived its source material. It ended in 1979 with the advent of “Star Trek The Motion Picture.” At that time, Marvel Comics — well known for its “Star Wars” tie-in series — picked up the adventures of Kirk & Co. for two years and then relinquished the license to DC Comics, which remained at warp speed for 12 years. After that, a few smaller houses picked up the license. Beginning in 2007, IDW published numerous “Star Trek” series and one-shots, everything from the classic crew to stories spotlighting “Trek” spinoffs “Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager.” “Star Trek Enterprise” remains the only “Trek” franchise without a tie-in comic. With the advent of J.J. Abrams’ movie reboot, “Enterprise” fans shouldn’t hold their breath. O
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o you think Fox ever gets tired of being wrong? Every network has examples of canceling a show before its time (see: “Trek, Star”), but few have the track record of Fox in the past deJEFF cade or so. From “Family Guy” and “Futurama” to “Firefly” and more, the network has mismanaged and put out to pasture a slew of cult favorites — all of which have engendered more passion in fans, and stayed relevant in pop culture, for way longer than most of the current Fox lineup will. But of all of Fox’s misdeeds, none may be more egregious than its treatment of “Arrested Development.” Created by writer Mitchell Hurwitz, the single-camera sitcom debuted on the network in 2003 to rave reviews and an intensely loyal — but small — fanbase. Despite the fact that the show won the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy in its first year, Fox proceeded to bounce it around the schedule like a ping-pong ball and give it little to no promotion. (The show’s heavily episodic structure made it difficult for latecomers to join in, as well.) Fox began cutting the number of episodes ordered per season and ultimately canceled the show altogether in 2006, after a total of 53 episodes. But then a funny thing happened — in a pattern the network should understand far too well by now. The series’ cult following did not die with its cancellation, but instead grew more rabid over time. As multicamera sitcoms began to go out of style and single-cameras became more the norm — “The Office,” “Modern Family” and many more — it became apparent that “Arrested” was a show ahead of its time. The series grew in stature, with new fans made constantly via DVD and its availability for instant streaming via Netflix. It is the latter which has given the show a new lease on life — seven years after its disappearance from the airwaves, “Arrested Development” returns May 26 with a new, 15-episode season released all at once on Netflix. While this is the latest in a line of original programming made for the streaming service — “House of Cards” and “Hemlock Grove” both debuted earlier this year — nothing Netflix (or maybe any entertainment company) has made in 2013 has drawn as much anticipation as the new season of this cult classic. For those who have yet to hop on board, here’s a quick primer. “Development” is about a rich real estate family which finds itself broke when the patriarch (played by Jeffrey Tambor) is arrested for embezzlement and, as he describes it, “light treason.” Michael (Jason Bateman), the
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