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Leslie Adams and artists Jeremy Link, Adam Goldberg and Douglas Kampfer lead a Huron Street revival.


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By Morgan Delp

Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Fred Okun has been around the block a time or two. In fact, he has been around the Huron block between Monroe and Washington streets for 56 years. His company, Sam Okun Produce, sits on the Warehouse District block in Downtown Toledo. Okun said he grew up on the block and has witnessed its ups and downs. “I would say in the ’50s, ’60s, even ’70s and so far as to say probably the ’80s, this was a busy block. A certain number of years ago, I can quickly count out seven warehouses that were in this block and some of them were really large,” Okun said. Because of a change in the system of farming goods distribution, those businesses started to go out of business, Okun said. “That’s when the block started to, I don’t want to say deteriorate, because I don’t feel that we ever deteriorated, but it just wasn’t the best block,” Okun said. “But then when the Mud Hens’ stadium was built, that just kind of changed everything.” Fifth Third Field, home to the Toledo Mud Hens, was built in 2002, but it wasn’t until a few years later that the area on the Huron Street side of the stadium began to fill with new restaurants and businesses. Fifth Third Field dominates the south side of the street, from Washington Street to PizzaPapalis on Monroe Street. The north side of the block is anchored by the offices of Toledo Free Press and The Blarney Irish Pub on Monroe Street and Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull Tavern at the corner of Washington and Huron streets. That eatery opened June 7. The block continues to grow with the creation of multiple artists’ studios and the construction of a new Italian restaurant.

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John and Madonna Fong have owned and lived in a building on Huron Street since 1983. The artistic couple were among the founders of the Warehouse District, John Fong said. John used to practice commercial advertising photography in the building until about six or seven years ago. The couple owns La Luna Salon & Spa in Sylvania. n HURON STREET CONTINUES ON 4

From left, Jeremy Link, Leslie Adams, Douglas Kampfer and Adam Goldberg. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO AND COVER PHOTO BY JOSPEH HERR

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n HURON STREET CONTINUED FROM 3 The tradition of art has continued in his building, as John still takes photographs, including pictures of his orchids. The Fongs also rent a space to Leslie Adams, a nationally-renowned artist who specializes in figurative art and portraiture. Adams has worked in Downtown Toledo for close to 20 years after growing up in the South End, she said. She worked out of another, smaller studio Downtown before moving to her current location on Huron Street four years ago. Adams keeps a low profile, not allowing walk-ins to visit her studio, because she is working on her solo exhibit to be displayed at the Toledo Museum of Art from Oct. 19 to Jan. 13. Also, Adams said she wants to respect the privacy of her clients, many of whom are state senators, governors and judges. Adams has created portraits of corporate, religious and civic leaders, including works of Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Bishop James R. Hoffman. Each portrait requires an average of 400 hours of work by Adams and her assistants, Lindsey Wiseman and Jose Rodriguez. Adams employs a traditional technique of portrait painting, which consists of a lengthy process of drawing and painting multiple layers of flesh tones and light. Much of this process is spent really getting to know the subject, physically and on a personal level, Adams said. “It’s a privilege to get to spend so much time with someone and give this gift to them,” Adams said. “I get to know who they are as a human being.” For her portrait of former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, Adams had him pose 15 different times for three to four hours at a time, in addition to the work she did with other models and photographs. Despite the work she does in Columbus for the government, Adams said she is committed to the Toledo area. When friends ask why she doesn’t move to Columbus, since she spends much of her time working there, Adams responds that she loves being Downtown, she loves the neighborhood, the owners, the studio space and the synergy. Her family has also been a factor in her staying in the area. Adams said the block of Huron is a fun place to work, especially with the emerging artists’ studios utilizing different types of art forms. Adams said the other artists on the block, Adam Goldberg, Douglas Kampfer and

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Jeremy Link, are hardworking and the four have a good sense of camaraderie. “Here we all are on this little block in Toledo, but we’re international and reaching all around,” Adams said.

Graphite Design + Build

Kampfer and Link are designer-builders who co-own Graphite Design + Build. The pair has been renovating their new shop on the Huron block since November, when they began renting the building from Okun through a connection with Goldberg, Okun’s grandson. Goldberg is in the process of creating Gathered Art Gallery and Studio, where he will practice glass blowing and rent his upstairs space to other artists. Gathered is located between Graphite and Okun Produce. “[Okun] said these buildings were completely empty and they’ve been empty for 40 years, so he said, ‘Let’s do something with them,’ so we’ve been all working together to make the project happen,” Goldberg said. Link, Kampfer and Goldberg expressed gratitude to Okun for his belief in and support of their work.

“The Okuns were really nice to us; they took it easy with rent and everything because they wanted us to be here,” Link said. “Fred Okun basically wants this block to be awesome,” Kampfer said. “A year ago this block was pretty much vacant. By the end of the summer, it will be at 100 percent capacity.” Goldberg found Kampfer and Link through the Arts Commission and the Artomatic 419! program that tours potential art studio sites. Goldberg showed the designer-builders one of the smaller, upstairs studios, but because of the large-scale nature of their work, the large warehouse next door to Goldberg was a better fit.

Historic district

“I was involved in helping to get the area all the way from Monroe Street to the Farmers Market as part of the National Registered Historic District,” said Paul Sullivan Jr., an architect who has been invested in the Warehouse District since its beginnings. “It certainly encourages and opens up opportunities for renovation once you are listed on the register.” Renovating the 150-year old building posed

challenges for the duo, as they had to build floor supports and install their own heating and electricity to make the space usable. Link and Kampfer said their project is a work in progress and has been a learning experience. Graphite’s projects include work for the Metroparks of Toledo Area, the Indianapolis Zoo, a Columbus-based project for a zoo in Saudi Arabia and work for the Toledo Botanical Garden. “I can’t believe we’ve gotten so much work from [the Metroparks] locally. It’s been pretty crazy. Hopefully, our grasp continues to get bigger and wider,” Kampfer said. Graphite should be open by late summer, and while its main focus is not a gallery, the owners believe its location near the Fifth Third Field will benefit the business, Link said. “There’s a lot of foot traffic through here. People always stop and look under our garage door,” Link said. Kampfer said one of the biggest benefits of the Huron block location is the neighborhood it’s in. He said he and Link know everyone on the block, a huge advantage for their studio. n HURON STREET CONTINUES ON 5


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Bill Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of the Downtown Toledo Development Corp., said businesses didn’t spring up immediately after the construction of Fifth Third Field. “There wasn’t a good plan to assist people in developing around [the stadium] at first,” Thomas said. “Restaurants are a difficult business, and that was the first new major venue to come. Back then, people weren’t aware of Fifth Third Field, plus it’s only a five month venue; for seven months, there’s nothing.” Thomas said it was the creation of the Huntington Center that gave restaurant owners the confidence to open up on the Huron block and at other Downtown locations. “The arena is a 12-month venue and has a larger audience and draw in way of demographics,” Thomas said. “Not everyone may want to see a baseball game, but the arena has reintroduced a number of people to the Downtown area who now come down because of the arena. They realize how clean, safe, fun the area is.” Jim Mettler, owner of Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull, was formerly the general manager of Table Forty4, on Monroe Street close to Huron Street. He said he lives in and loves the Downtown area and when presented with


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Goldberg, who plans to offer classes, sell glass work and open his hot shop to other artists’ designs, said that despite the long, hard process of renovating an old fallout shelter into a gallery, he is happy with the location. Sullivan said there used to be a glass studio called Gallery B, which was owned by Ralph Behrendt, who now owns Flying Rhino Coffee & Chocolate at One Seagate in Downtown. Behrendt’s gallery was located at what is now third base at Fifth Third Field, Sullivan said. “They lost that as part of the construction for the ballpark so I’m delighted to see a glass studio space opening up on the street,” Sullivan said. “Having the Hens’ stadium obviously and being neighbors with Toledo Free Press is huge. We are real close to the other art studios, the Secor Building and The Art Supply Depo. Huron always has foot traffic, we can go to The Blarney every day or PizzaPapalis. It’s really cool and it’s only getting better. And the neighbors are cool, it’s great to work with Leslie, Doug and Jeremy,” Goldberg said.

the opportunity to be a part of it as an owner, took advantage of the growing Warehouse District. He acquired the restaurant’s space in September 2011 and began construction in January 2012. “It has taken longer than people expected (to build up around Fifth Third Field),” Mettler said. “People wanted to see others try before they risked their investment.” The pioneer was Ed Beczynski, owner of The Blarney Irish Pub, who moved into the Huron block in 2006 when he and Tom Pounds, owner of Toledo Free Press, jointly bought the building on the corner of Monroe and Huron streets. “People thought I was crazy when I bought the building six years ago, but not so much anymore,” Beczynski said. When the owner of PizzaPapalis was looking for a spot in Toledo, he drove by The Blarney and saw that it was busy week after week, and decided to build his restaurant across the street, Beczynski said. Aaron Polte, who has worked in management positions for PizzaPapalis since its opening in 2009, said more restaurants in the area will help his own. He said more competition helps his restaurant attain more visibility and that a growing arts scene contributes to a growing customer base for the Huron block restaurants. “There is such a great arts community here in Toledo that brings a nice crowd in. They’re dedicated to restaurants,” Polte said. “It’s awesome to see people using old buildings and converting them into different things. Awesome people are keeping the buildings and not tearing them down,” Beczynski said of Fred Okun. “Goldberg’s building has been in the family for hundreds of years. Now they’re taking those buildings, cleaning them up, allowing the character of the building to show through,” Thomas said. “It shows that they can enjoy the space for what it is. It doesn’t have to be torn down. This is a good example of what can be done with old buildings.” Fong said he wants people to realize that the area is a residential one, as well as commercial, and that the things happening in the area are great for the neighborhood. “At first there were just empty warehouses. You could roll a bowling ball down the street and it wouldn’t hit anything,” Fong said. “Attracting artists is great for the neighborhood and will draw a lot of attention and activities, which I like.” O


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High-flying canines hit Fifth Third Field By Vicki L. Kroll Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Leave it to Rockin’ Ray Masel to take a game of catch to new heights. After graduating college, he combined two of his loves — dogs and Frisbee discs. Bobbie Jane, a little blue-merle Australian shepherd, was the first Skyy Dog. “She was beyond incredible and just did really fun things,” Masel said. “I’d pull back and she’d run up my leg and my chest and grab [the disc]. Then one time I just kind of tossed [the disc] and she came up my chest and then jumped in the air and caught this thing right in the air. So we started developing tricks from it; it was a blast.” The two practiced at a park in Stockton, Calif., and quickly became popular. “I’d say within a month, every time we were out there, people would come over to see what we were doing,” Masel recalled. A photo of Masel and Bobbie Jane was published in the local paper and the phone started ringing. A college and the owner of the San Diego Chargers asked them to perform. “They called and asked if we could come out and do a halftime show. We really didn’t know what they were talking about, but basically, they just said come out and do what you do in the park,” Masel said during a call from Reno, Nev. Then came some contests. “It really was just a fluke, a chance and luck, and we entered some of these tournaments and we won them, and then we ended up going to the world finals, and we placed third,” he said. A yearlong gig in Las Vegas led to a chance to work with dog trainer Stacy Moore. “He really trained us how to be entertainers,” said Masel, who became Rockin’ Ray with Jumpin’ Bobbie Jane, “the Mary Lou Retton of the canine world.” “And from there, we started sending out posters. And 23 years later, here we are still doing it,” he said and laughed. Rockin’ Ray and the Amazing Skyy Dogs will land at Fifth Third Field on June 23 when the Toledo Mud Hens take on the Norfolk Tides. Game time is 7 p.m. “Every time I run onto the field with the dogs, whatever the event is, the roar from the crowd, I still always get chills,” Masel said.

Rockin’ Ray and Bolt Bolt, Charlie Girl and Ziggy will perform in Toledo. “All of our dogs are rescued from animal shelters. We’ve taken dogs as old as 5 years and we’ve trained them; it usually takes us at least a year to train them,” he said. “Some of the older dogs are great dogs and they need homes, and we’re here to prove it.” All Skyy Dogs go to obedience school. “When [the dogs] know their boundaries, it’s almost like a child where you want to be firm, fair and consistent. They know what to expect and have routines,” he said. “I just really bond with the dogs, play with the dogs, interact with the dogs,” Masel said. “Dogs are pack animals, and they see you as a leader in their pack. They want to interact; they want to be part of the family.” And Masel’s dogs are definitely family. “They’re my dogs first, and the show is second,” he said. “It’s all about the dogs. People will remember the dogs’ names, but not yours.” O


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Rep stages ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ Toledo meets Texas with the Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” The show will run until June 24. “Everything is going really well. We’re playing to packed houses and standing ovations,” said Director James Norman. The show tells the story of Miss Mona and her “Chicken Ranch.” Unfortunately, a reporter makes it his mission to shut down her business and chaos ensues. The musical, based on a book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, opened on Broadway in 1978. “It’s the fun-ness of the songs and just the novelty of the subject matter,” Norman said of the reason for the musical’s long-term success.

The director was originally a little worried that actresses wouldn’t try out for some of the more risqué parts, but found that wasn’t the case. “They’re all so strong,” he said. “They’re just fantastic in all their parts. They just bring nuance and perspective to all their characters.” The cast includes Helane Stiebler as Miss Mona, Larry Farley as Melvin P. Thorpe and David James as the Sheriff. Due to mature subject matter, parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $9.75-$23.75 and available at or (419) 2439277. Shows are 8 p.m. June 21, 22 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. June 24. The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is located at 16 10th St., Downtown. O — Brigitta Burks


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“It’s people like you that create bad attitudes” — Katie Armiger, “Nice Girl”

The good girl Katie Armiger to open for Josh Turner. By Vicki L. Kroll Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

After being voted No. 1 hottest bachelorette last year by Country Weekly readers, Katie Armiger has been fielding lots of questions from fans. The 20-year-old answers most of those with her new single, “Better in a Black Dress.” “As you release songs, as you travel, people ask, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ ‘When do you think you’ll settle down?’ ‘When do you think you’ll have kids?’ And I wrote that song because, oh my gosh, I’m not anywhere close to being ready to settle down or get married. I don’t need a wedding dress — it’s better in a black dress,” Armiger said. Known as the “good girl of country music,” Armiger is turning heads thanks to her powerful voice and third disc, “Confessions of a Nice Girl,” which came out in 2010. She wrote or co-wrote nine of the 13 tracks. Hits from that CD include the fun “Kiss Me Now,” the quintessential kiss-off “Best Song Ever” and the touching “Leaving Home.” “I wrote [‘Leaving Home’] with Sarah Buxton and Blair Daly, and at the time I was just moving from Houston to Nashville, and I was excited but also sad, and I went into that session and I tried

to make sense about it.” What did she do after the big move to Music City, USA? “Oh, I bundled up in my house because it was winter with snow, a really cold winter and a ton of snow,” she said during a call from a New Orleans restaurant. “I didn’t really leave my house for a bit; I just stayed there because I’m a girl from Texas.” Growing up in Sugar Land, Texas, Armiger said she listened to Patsy Cline, Martina McBride and Linda Ronstadt. “I started singing when I was 9 years old, and I would travel around Texas with my mom, and she would naturally bring me in her minivan, and I would just sing at little festivals and fairs,” Armiger said. She released her self-titled debut at age 15 in 2007 and the follow-up “Believe” in 2008. Last year she performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Armiger will open for Josh Turner at 8 p.m. June 29 at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania. Tickets are $35 and $55 on “When you’re singing and you see somebody singing along or coming up to the front of the stage and dancing and getting into it, that’s the most fun part — just having fun,” she said. O

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“It’s a tragedy and a mystery why you made that choice” — Katie Armiger, “That’s Why”

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A man who made a career out of touring with some of the world’s most famous musicians will bring his own brand of swing-inspired jazz to Bowling Green. Guitarist, vocalist and composer John Jorgenson will perform a one-night-only, free show at Grounds for Thought on June 22. The 8 p.m. concert will feature a musical trio in an intimate acoustic set as part of the group’s nationwide tour. The show marks Jorgenson’s third appearance at Grounds for Thought. The presence of books combined with intellectual energy establishes an intimate setting for his performances, Jorgenson said. “You’re playing amongst a bunch of books and a bunch of creativity. It’s a nice, laid-back, creative environment,” Jorgenson said. “We always have a great time there.” Jorgenson is best known as co-founder of the Desert Rose Band, an American country group he formed with former bassist for The Byrds, Chris Hillman. “I first met Chris in 1985 and we started playing together in an acoustic quartet format,” he said. “I was a fan of The Byrds, so it was a big deal for me to be playing with him. As we progressed, the songs he was writing sounded like they needed to be a full, electric country band. He was hesitant at first and it evolved over a year and a half or so, but we eventually got it going.” Established in 1985, the group recorded five albums and topped U.S. charts with five No. 1 singles including “He’s Back and I’m Blue” and “I Still Believe in You.” Along with the band’s honors, Jorgenson was named “Guitarist of the Year” for three consecutive years by the Academy of Country Music (ACM), according to Jorgenson’s website. “I think the radio liked the band because it was a fresh sound,” he said. “We had a lot of tradition in our sound. We had bluegrass elements, British rock elements, California harmony elements. We had our own particular type of harmony.” While he earned many accolades with the Desert Rose Band, his work with the group also gave Jorgenson new opportunities as a recording


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The Ark

This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or O Great Lake Swimmers: 8 p.m. June 20, $15. O The Farewell Drifters: 8 p.m. June 21, $15. O Paul Thorn: 8 p.m. June 22, $25. O Orpheum Bell, Eastern Blok: 8 p.m. June 23, $15. O Billy Bragg: 7:30 p.m. June 24, $35. O Annie Gallup, Hat Check Girl: 8 p.m. June 25, $15. O The Fauxgrass Quartet: 8 p.m. June 26, free.

Bar 145

This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or O Arctic Clam: June 20 O Splendid Chaos: June 21. O 4th Day Echo: June 22. O Downstroke: June 23.

Bitter End Restaurant & Bar

If you like your entertainment with a lake view, this may be your spot. 900 Anchor Pointe Road, Curtice. (419) 836-7044 or O Haywire: June 22. O Big Ticket: June 23. O Slow Burn: June 29.

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. O Dave Carpenter: June 21. O Nine Lives: June 22-23. O Chris Knopp: June 28. O The Eight Fifteens: June 29.

Blind Pig

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 O STS, AP, Raw: 9:30 p.m. June 20. O Nada Surf, Waters: 9 p.m. June 22. O One Divide, Boherald, Fuller: 9:30 p.m. June 23. O Orgone: 9 p.m. June 24. O The Heritage Days; My Killer, My Master; Matt Krause


Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or O Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. O Sean Mullady: June 20. O Joe Wood Trio: June 22. O See Alice: June 23.

Cheers Sports Eatery

This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Drive, Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Chris Shutters Band: June 22.

Culture Clash Records

This home to all things vinyl and cool has a couple of free shows coming up. 4020 Secor Road. (419) 536-5683 or O Harry Hazard: 3:30 p.m. June 23. O Corey Branan, Audra Mae: 3:15 p.m. June 24.

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 O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. June 20 and 26-27. O Michael Peslikis: June 21. O Lori Lefevre-Johnson: 7:30 p.m. June 22-23. O Leo Darrington: June 28.

The Distillery

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O Meaghan Roberts: June 20. O MAS FiNA: June 22-23. O Chris Knopp: June 27.

Doc Watson’s

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 O People Being Human: 10 p.m. June 22. O Tom Turner: 10 p.m. June 23.


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 O Sonny Moorman Group: 8 p.m. June 24, $12.

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Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or O Tantric Soul: 9:30 p.m. June 22 and 8:30 p.m. June 23, $5.

The Flying Joe

A coffee house with wings? Maybe you’ll feel like soaring after a signature mocha. And sometimes … they add a shot of music. 2130 Preston Parkway, Perrysburg. (419) 9310273 or O Cindy Slee: 8-10 p.m. June 22.

Frankie’s Inner City

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or O Legion, Substructure, Emulator, Crowns Aside, I Envision Apollo, Beneath the Sands: 6 p.m. June 21. O Illumira, the Black Order, Remember the Dead: 9 p.m. June 22. O Set Your Goals, Summerfield, Undesirable People, Vistas: 7 p.m. June 23.

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 O Luke James & the Thieves: June 22-23.

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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. O Karaoke: 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Shotz. O DJ Zig Zag: 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, Shotz. O DJ Lee J: 9 p.m. Sundays, Shotz. O Howard Glazer Band, Emannuel Young: 8 p.m. June 22, Asteria. O Mandalay: 9:30 p.m. June 22, Eclipz. O In2theBlu: 9:30 p.m. June 22, Shotz. O LaiLani & the Triple Impact Band: 8 p.m. June 23, Asteria. O Motor City Mix: 9:30 p.m. June 23, Eclipz.

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) 3543266 or O John Jorgensen Quintet: 8 p.m. June 22.

H Lounge

The newly opened Hollywood Casino Toledo offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or

O Chad Soucie Acoustic Soul Session: 7-11 p.m. June 20. O Aaron Stark Band: 8 p.m.-midnight June 21. O DJ Rob Sample: 7 p.m. June 21-22. O Brena: 8 p.m.-midnight June 22. O Chris Shutters Band: 8 p.m.-midnight June 23. O DJ Robert Perkins: 7 p.m. June 23. O The Randy Brock Group: 7-11 p.m. June 24. O Kyle White: 7 p.m. June 25. O Piano Wars: 7 p.m. June 26. O David Carpenter and the Jaeglers: 7 p.m. June 27. O Mikel-Shutters Band, DJ Matt Lewis: 8 p.m. June 28. O Moon Dog, DJ Rob Sample: 8 p.m. June 28.


All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or O Bobaflex: June 29.

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 O Mike Fisher: 7 p.m. June 22 and 29. O Dan and Don: 7 p.m. June 23.

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 O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. June 26.

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 O Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Minifest: 8 p.m. June 22 and 2 p.m. June 24. O Delfeayo Marsalis: 7 p.m. June 24, $15-$35.

Killian’s Grill & Bar

Lots of sports on lots of TVs, plus music. 3424 Glendale Ave. (419) 389-8000 or O Chris Shutters: 8-11 p.m. Wednesdays. O Karaoke: 8 p.m. Thursdays.

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This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. Closed Memorial Day. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or O Open mic: 9 p.m. Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9 p.m. Tuesdays. O Cliff Millimen: 6:30 p.m. June 20. O Dick Lange Trio: 6:30 p.m. June 21. O The B Charmers: 9 p.m. June 22. O Buddy Boy Slim & the Blues Rockers: 9 p.m. June 23. O Andrew & Mark: 6:30 p.m. June 27.

Mickey Finn’s

A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www. O Open mic: 9 p.m. Wednesdays. O The English Beat: 8 p.m. June 21, $25-$30. O Dan Sartain, Teenage Boredom: 9 p.m. June 22, $8-$10. O Cory Branan, Audra Mae, Michael Corwin, Tim Richissen: 9 p.m. June 24, $8-$10. O Crocodiles, Devin: 9 p.m. June 25, $10-$12. O Lucero, Robert Ellis: 9 p.m. June 26, $20-$22.

Motor City Casino/Hotel

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. The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. O Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers: 8 p.m. June 28, $45-$65. O George Brothers: 7 p.m. June 20. O Simone Vitale: 7 p.m. June 21. O Dal Bouey: 5:15 p.m. June 22. O Big Will & 360 Band: 10 p.m. June 22. O Diversity: 5:15 p.m. June 23. O The Rhythm Kings: 10 p.m. June 23. O Sun Messengers: 3:30 p.m. June 24. O British Beat 66: 7 p.m. June 25.


This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Mutz at the Oliver House, 27 Broadway St. (419) 243-1302 or O DJ Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Saturdays. O The Eight-Fifteens: June 22.

One2 Lounge at Treo

Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or O The Staving Chain: June 22. O Andrew Ellis Duo: June 23.



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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. O Bobby May: June 20. O The Smugglers: June 22. O Shawn Sanders: June 27.


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Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281 or O Old West End Records: 8 p.m. Wednesdays. O Bob Rex Trio; the Eight-Fifteens: 6 and 10 p.m. Sundays. O Frankie May and friends: 10 p.m. Mondays. O Mike Merrit Band: June 21. O Bobby May: June 22. O Bourbon Street Band: June 23.

Webber’s Waterfront Restaurant

This Point Place eatery hosts weekly entertainment on its patio with a river view. 3 p.m., 6339 Edgewater Dr. (734) 723-7411 or O Bobby May & John Barile: June 24.


The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. $3. (419) 241-3045. O The Bill Bondsmen, Rawdogs: June 23.


Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or O Neon Black: June 23. O 56 Daze: June 25.

Ye Olde Durty Bird

It’s back! And more entertaining than ever, with musicians most Wednesdays through Saturdays. 2 S. St. Clair. (419) 243-2473 or O Michael Whitty & Cliff Murphy: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. O Jeff Stewart: 9 p.m. June 20. O Ben Barefoot: 8 p.m. June 21. O Ben Barefoot & the Handshakes: 9 p.m. June 22-23.


With its focus on swing music, Jeff McDonald’s group of musicians provides a peek into another era, with music from bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys and more. With combos from trio to full orchestra, the performers provide music for all occasions. (419) 7080265, (419) 874-0290 or O Swing Revival Party: 8 p.m. Thursdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265. O Big Band All Stars: Dancing is encouraged. 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotters Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265. O June 22, Maumee Elks Lodge, 139 W. Wayne St., Maumee.

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Silly Song Sing-Alongs

Singer-songwriter Kevin S. Devine will lead the audience in participatory concerts that include an array of instruments. O 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 20, McMaster Center, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207. O 4-5 p.m. June 20, Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave. (419) 259-5210.

Verandah Concert

Bob Ford will perform along the stately porch of the presidential center. 6:45-8 p.m. June 20, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or

Brown Bag Summer Concert Series

Grab your ham (or veggie) sammies and listen to some tunes while you nosh. Vendors will be on hand for those who forget to pack. 12:15-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, north lawn of Toledo-Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or O Glinda’s Bubble: June 20. O Just Kiddin’ Around: June 27.

Top of the Park

Part of Ann Arbor’s Summer Festival, these events feature lots of music and the occasional movie. Additional activities for kids (and their adults) are held at nearby locations. 5 p.m. (unless noted), University of Michigan’s Ingalls Mall, East Washington Street near Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor. $3-$5 donation. (734) 994-5999 or O The Barons of Tang, October Babies, “The Help”: June 20. O The Lucas Paul Band, the Ragbirds, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”: June 21. O Magdalen Fossum, Dark-Eyed Molly, the Martindales, Measured Chaos, DJ Paw Paw: June 22. O Molly Bancroft, Peter Mulvey, 1592, the Sun Messengers, DJ Chuck Sipperley: June 23. O Jeanie B! & the Jellybeans, Ratboy Jr., Drivin’ Sideways, “Hugo”: June 24. O The Flutter & Wow, Bearfoot, “Ghostbusters”: June 26. O Sumkali, Noori, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”: June 27.

Lunch at Levis Square concert series

Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 Thursdays through Aug. 30. Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. O Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach: June 21.

Walbridge Park Summer Concert Series

Music will ring out across the river. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through July 26, park bandstand, 2761 Broadway St. O Trubrew: June 21.

Music at the Market

Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-Aug. 23, Commodore Park, Louisiana and Indiana avenues, Perrysburg. (419) 873-2787 or O Groovemaster: June 21.

Music at St. Mary’s Park

This concert series offers tunes at a low price (free, that is, but donations are welcomed) on the bank of the River Raisin. 111 W. Elm Ave., Monroe. (734) 384-9156 or www. O Linda Lee: 7-8:30 p.m. June 21.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival main stage events

Where other events at this seasonal soiree are free or donation-based, these shows require ducats. University of Michigan, Power Center for the Performing Arts (unless noted otherwise), 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538, (734) 994-5999 or O Esperanza Spalding: 8 p.m. June 21, $30-$50. O Nellie McKay, Sneakin’ Out: 8 p.m. June 27, $25.

Mayfly Music Festival

Crystal Bowersox is a headliner of this 13th annual event. (Thunderfunk is Friday’s entertainment.) Vendors, inflatables, crafts, a 5K, Friday fireworks and more round out the fun. 6 p.m. June 22 and noon June 23, Wolverine Park, Toledo Street, Dundee, Mich. $5 after 5 p.m. (734) 625-5124 or O

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Jazz Jam Session

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. 151 on the Water, 151 Water St., Toledo Pianist, composer, singer and educator Claude Black is a gentle soul, a gentleman and a jazz legend throughout the Midwest and beyond. Claude is dealing with several serious illnesses but still smiles and thinks of others. He has played with many of the greats, but still has time to teach, whether in a club setting or a university rehearsal room. Please join us for a Jazz Jam Session Fundraiser for him on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 151 On The Water, formerly Murphy’s Place. Requested donation is $10. This event will assist with his medical expenses and give those who have worked with him on a local and regional level the opportunity to play and sing for him. Special thanks to Sean Dobbins, Josh Silver & Joel Hazard, who have committed to getting the music started and to Mike Scott, owner of 151 On The Water for hosting us. Also playing will be pianists Glenn Tucker, Kelvin Hughes and Jim Gottron. Organizers are singers Ramona Collins, Kim Buehler, Glenda Biddlestone, Star Cohen, Lori LeFevre Johnson and Ellenie Ash, and Mike Whitty. For more info 419 297-9856.

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From fan to band mate

Throughout his career, Jorgenson made many good impressions among some of the music industry’s biggest players. During a Desert Rose concert in 1988, his guitar skill led to what would be a six-year gig with one of pop music’s biggest names: Elton John. “He was a fan of the Desert Rose Band and he came to see us at the Roxy in 1988. He liked the show and he even gave us a couple quotes to use. Then, six years later he called me to play with him,” he said. “It was pretty strange but you just never know. I knew he liked my guitar playing but I thought I’d just be doing a recording session. But as it turned out, he needed somebody to play. It was a great experience.” Through that experience, Jorgenson was able to record and play with music legends like Mary J. Blige, Sting and Billy Joel.


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Throughout his career, Jorgenson has opened his mind to many different styles of music. Though, no matter what Jorgenson plays onstage, American gypsy jazz remains his true passion. Pioneered by European jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, the high-energy, melodic, emotional style blends elements of American swing and European jazz. In 2003, Jorgenson was asked to portray Reinhardt in the 2004 feature film, “Head in the Clouds” starring Charlize Theron and Penélope Cruz. “[Reinhardt] was inspired by American jazz coming out in the late 1920s. He decided to try to play that on the guitar as opposed to trumpet,” he said. “It was fantastic. I got to pretend I was my favorite musician for a day.”

The John Jorgenson Quintet

To further express his love for American gypsy jazz, Jorgenson formed The John Jorgenson Quintet. Comprised of five musicians, The John Jorgenson Quintet tours the globe playing gypsy jazz. While Jorgenson composes most of the music himself, he said he has the freedom to choose what music the group plays if he does not. “It’s very personal,” he said. “My musicians are really great and they support me all the way and they have the ability to take it away if they need to. I also really enjoy the touring aspect and getting to go around the world and introducing the world to this type of music.” O

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NDA students to perform in Scotland Ten Notre Dame Academy students will perform their teacher’s play “Deadly Medley” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this August. The play’s writer Trish Sanders is also an international baccalaureate (IB) teacher and the director of theater at Notre Dame Academy (NDA). NDA started its IB program to foster the “idea we are part of a big world,” Sanders said. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs from Aug. 3-27 and features about 2,000 performances. The students will perform a sneak peek of Sanders’ play in Toledo on June 22 and 24. “[The play] is short and fun and if you can’t get to Scotland, you can at least get to Notre Dame this weekend,” Sanders said. Sanders’ play is a parody of “Julius Caesar,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth” and “Hamlet.” “It’s a great introduction to Shakespearean acting in a very silly way,” she said. Sanders received word her play was accepted into the festival in May 2011 after being nominated by James S. Hill, department chair of theater and film at the University of Toledo College of Visual and Performing Arts. NDA was chosen from 160 schools and is the only Ohio school performing. Schools are evaluated by the American High School Theatre Festival Board of Advisors. Sanders traveled to the festival last year to get an idea of how to make her play work in 120 minutes, including setup and takedown. She said she hopes performing the play in Toledo first and in Columbus in July gives the students a heads-up. “Obviously, it’s good for us to perform for an audience before we go,” she said. “The more we can do this before, the better for everyone.”

The trip was open to any student who was interested and could afford it, Sanders said. Many of the students haven’t been overseas before. “They’re pumped,” Sanders said. “We just had a rehearsal and we talked after and it’s starting to become very real.” During two weeks in August, the girls will have the opportunity to see several productions and do some sightseeing, Sanders added. They will do five performances total while in Scotland. Some of the students are new to theater while others are NDA theater veterans. Each girl also plays more than one part. The students performing are: Sarah Orchard, Molly Martindale, April Varner, Alexandra Davis, Natasha Foley, Marisa Napoli, Indra Andreshak, Juliet Hudson, Megan O’Toole and Tori Zajac. Alum Brittanie Kuhr and IB teacher Jean Walker will also accompany the group. Sanders said she isn’t sure when she would next apply for the Fringe Festival. “It’s a big undertaking and it’s not something you do every year, but it’s something I could see doing again,” she said. The preview shows are 7 p.m. June 22 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 24 at Notre Dame Academy, 3535 W. Sylvania Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at or at the door. O — Brigitta Burk NDA students who will perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Arts Festival include, left to right: top row Megan O’Toole, Molly Martindale; second row Indra Andreshak, Tori Zajac, Alexandra Davis, Natasha Foley; third row Juliet Hudson; fourth row Sarah Orchard and Marisa Napoli; seated on floor, April Varner. Photo courtesy Notre Dame Academy.



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t was a rainy night on the streets of the lonely city. Not a car drove on the road. No one was there to see the lone figure sprinting down the sidewalk, a package clutched greedily in his paws. The rabbit ran as fast as he could, his eyes seemingly scanning every way at once. He held his prize tightly, his grip turning his already-white JEFF knuckles even whiter. “I can’t go home,” he thought. “They’ll be expecting me there.” The rabbit finally darted down a seemingly empty alleyway. He crouched by a Dumpster and slowly unwrapped the package, revealing the bounty within. Oh, the glorious, crunchy, fruity bounty. And it was all his, finally. All. His. Suddenly, from the darkness, a figure appeared. “Hey,” it said. In a flash, the rabbit turned, producing a knife from no discernible hiding place. He snapped it open like they did in the movies, holding it in the direction of his perceived attacker. It was a bird. He had a long beak and wore a red and white striped sweater. The bird had a crazed look in his eyes, nothing the rabbit hadn’t seen before — in the mirror every morning. The bird immediately held up his wings. “Whoa! Whoa. It’s okay. Be cool. I don’t want trouble.” The rabbit didn’t move. One hand brandishing the knife, the other clutching his precious cargo. He couldn’t let his guard down. He saw how the bird was eyeing the package. Not now. Not when he was so close. “I don’t want trouble,” the bird repeated. His eyes were still fixed on the box the rabbit clutched. “That’s not ... chocolate, is it?” The rabbit stayed still for a moment, then answered, “No.” It was the longest sentence he’d said in days. “Good,” the bird said. “I really can’t be ... around ... chocolate.” The bird slumped down on the wall opposite the rabbit. The rabbit relaxed slightly but did not lower his blade. The bird reached under his shirt and produced a flask. He offered it to the rabbit, a gesture of friendship. Or maybe it was understanding. “What kind is it?” the rabbit asked. “Skim,” the bird replied. “I’m trying to cut down.” The rabbit lowered his blade, slowly. Something felt trustworthy about this feathered fowl. Like they shared a kinship. He took the flask and drank. The milk tasted good. So good.

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He handed it back to the bird, then his attention returned to his package. He began to open the box, slowly at first, then faster, as if terrified he’d be interrupted any second. He was almost in when the bird spoke. “Can I ask a question?” The rabbit’s gaze didn’t move from the box, but he answered. “Sure.” “Why are you so scared? That’s not illegal, after all. I bet you didn’t even steal it, did you? You just bought it. So why are you so paranoid about it?” The rabbit stopped. He looked up at the bird. He felt the first tear of many roll down his fur-covered cheek as he began to speak. “The children,” he said. “The children?” the bird asked. “They’re everywhere. They come to me at every hour. ‘Silly rabbit,’ they say. ‘Silly rabbit. Silly rabbit!’ Why won’t they leave me alone? I just want some cereal! A little cereal, that’s all! But they tell me it’s not mine. It’s not for me. I can’t have it. Why? Why not? I just want ... ” The rabbit broke down, head in his hand. He didn’t expect the bird to understand. But when he paused, he could hear a sob from his companion. He looked up to see the bird weeping, as well. “They’re after me, too,” the bird explained. “Everywhere I go. I’m a cocoa addict. I can’t get away from it. They chase me down and all but force it down my throat. It’s killing me! I can’t take it! I just want to live, be cuckoo on life. But the kids ... the kids are everywhere! And they say, ‘Just a little more! Just a little




more!’ They’re pushers, man! Pushers!” The bird stopped and wiped his eyes on his sleeve. He looked at the rabbit. It was like looking at a reflection. “Why do they do it?” The rabbit thought for a second. Two. Then he looked up. “Because of the advertisers.” “The advertisers?” “Yeah. We’re creations, you know. You and I. We were made, not born. Made to sell a product. And what better way to tell kids how great their cereal is than to make it an obsession?” The rabbit held up the package in his paw. “I love this stuff, but I can’t have it. You’re the same way, but for different reasons. We are two of a kind, created to obsess. We show kids how awesome this is and make it our whole world. A world we can’t have. But they can. Every morning.” The bird thought, and then gasped. “Oh, my God,” he said. “No wonder the obesity rate is so high.” “Exactly,” the rabbit said. “So maybe we shouldn’t fear the kids who do this to us. Maybe ... maybe we should pity them.” Suddenly, a loud sound echoed through the alleyway. A gunshot. The two looked up, startled. They struggled to their feet and ran around a corner toward the sound. They saw a figure on the ground. He wore a rudimentary black mask over his face, and a black and white striped shirt, now stained red. Over him stood a small man. He had red hair and wore nothing but green, a pistol clutched in his hand. “I told the bastard to stay away from me charms,” he said. O This column was inspired by a Facebook conversation with Toledo Free Press Star staff writer and friend Jim Beard. Thanks, Jim! Email Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor Jeff McGinnis at

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