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Red, White & You BRETT DENNISON of Firefly Studios records tracks for Red Cross benefit CD.


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Red, White & You


Local talent drives Stars of Red Cross benefit CD. the Week

Section compiled by Evan Brune Story by Evan Brune Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

A summer CD featuring local musicians is raising money for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. “Put-In-Bay,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “Holy Toledo” are just a few of the songs on Toledo Free Press’ CD “Red, White & You,” featuring artists with local roots such as Crystal Bowersox, Alyson Stoner, Pat Dailey, Kerry Patrick Clark and Chrys Peterson. The CD, which cost less than $2,000 to produce and was paid for by sponsors, took hundreds of hours of work, combining the efforts of Toledo musicians, producers and businesses. “It was very important for 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Red Cross,” said Michael S. Miller, editor in chief of Toledo Free Press, who produced the CD. “This is specifically for disaster relief efforts. There’s always a demand for Red Cross services and there’s always a demand for funding.” The Red Cross Disaster Relief fund assists victims of natural disasters. The sale of each album allows the Red Cross to provide comfort kits to five victims of a disaster. “Put it in these terms: 1,000 CDs means help for 5,000 fire victims,” Miller said. The CDs are available at regional KeyBank locations, Frisch’s Big Boy and Ralphie’s restaurants and the gift shop at Hollywood Casino Toledo. “The CD costs $10, but there’s a $4 coupon in every CD,” Miller said. “So you’re getting two dozen songs for $6.”

Following success

Miller said the idea for “Red, White & You” followed the success of Toledo Free Press’ holiday benefit CDs. “For the past two years, we’ve assembled holiday CDs for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Miller said. “I’m a big believer in the Red Cross, and I contacted them to see if they were interested in making one for the summer.” Tim Yenrick, regional CEO of the Red Cross, said the organization was excited when they got the offer. “We really appreciate all the hard work Michael [Miller] has gone to in order to support the Red Cross,” Yenrick said in an email. “He’s really gone above and beyond to make this fundraiser a success for us.”

From left: Brian Brown of KeyBank, a Red Cross board member; Beth Hammond, director of marketing for Bennett Enterprises; Rachel Hepner, Red Cross board president; and Scott Hayes of A.A. Boos Construction. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR

Yenrick also said the project was unique in its conception and that the organization doesn’t see many fundraising projects of this scale. “This is the first time any Red Cross chapter in the U.S. has created a benefit CD,” he said. “This is a fun project that allows us to spread the word about our services to the community while giving our supporters something in return.”

Time and money

Before production could begin, sponsors had to be found to cover the cost of the album. “We approached the sponsors, A.A. Boos [Construction] and Bennett [Enterprises], up front. Both companies stepped up and put cash on the table,” Miller said. “We’re very fortunate to find such great sponsors.” Bennett Enterprises, which operates 13 Frisch’s Big Boys, eight Ralphie’s and four hotels in the Toledo area, will also distribute the CD at its restaurants. “We’re very excited for the opportunity to be involved,” said Rob Armstrong, CEO of Bennett Enterprises. The company is known for its philanthropy. “We give well over 600 donations per year to schools, libraries, hospitals, school sports and

senior centers,” said Beth Hammond, director of marketing at Bennett Enterprises. In addition to its donations to local institutions, the company has also worked with the Red Cross. “We’ve done a few things with the Red Cross before. We’ve had their bloodmobiles at our restaurants. [We] offer some goodies to try to pull [donors] in. [We’ll] offer free Big Boys to donors,” Hammond said. Armstrong expressed confidence in the sale of the CDs. “It’s great knowing 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Greater Toledo area, and the Red Cross Disaster Relief [fund] is behind all of it,” he said. “We think this’ll be a huge success, and we look forward to the opportunity.” Scott Hayes, vice president of business development at A.A. Boos & Sons, said his company is proud to be involved with the benefit CD. “I think of our company as very philanthropic. We do a lot of community outreach,” he said. “We get a lot of requests to be involved in philanthropic projects, so we have to choose which projects to get involved in. We really liked this project, and we like to support Toledo Free Press.” Hayes said one of the reasons A.A. Boos Construction became involved was the proj-

ect’s musical focus. “Charlie Boos and I, we’re both musicians, and [we’re] very supportive of any charity that involves music. [Toledo Free Press] told me what they needed, and I made it happen,” Hayes said. Hayes, whose band Arctic Clam contributed a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” to the CD, said he’s glad the project helps out the Red Cross and gives exposure to local bands. KeyBank of Northwest Ohio is offering its regional locations as distribution points for individuals to purchase the benefit album. “We’re going to have the CDs available at our branches so our customers and members of the community can purchase them,” said Mark Knierim, regional marketing manager for KeyBank. “We support the Red Cross in a lot of different ways. We fundraise for disaster relief. We have employees who rotate on their board [of directors].” Like Hayes, Knierim said he appreciated the dual benefits of the fundraiser. “Of course, the main purpose is to help out the Red Cross,” Knierim said. “But we like to help see our community thrive.” The album is available at 40 Northwest KeyBank Ohio locations. n RED CROSS CONTINUES ON 4

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Behind the scenes at Firefly

The job of creating the album first fell to the artists, many of whom had never recorded in a studio setting before. They worked with local studios, like Firefly Studios, that ensured the high quality of the music. Brett Dennison, owner of Firefly Studios, said a recording session can take eight to 12 hours. Dennison donated a total of 65 hours of studio time for the CD. “Sessions are long, man,” he said. “Most of the time, one person is tracking at a time. If their performance isn’t quality, then we’ll keep working on it. Our goal is to yield high-end audio.” Dennison said the process of creating a song in Firefly Studios involves recording each component of a song and then layering those tracks on top of one another. Dennison’s studio is filled with instruments available to musicians recording there and with analog mixing equipment, which Dennison said he prefers to digital mixing. “The gear contributes heavily to how the studio sounds the way it does,” he said. “It’s expensive and hard to maintain, but when you do all the mixing in the computer, it loses a lot. It’s like comparing a local TV commercial to a movie. It lacks that character that people really like.” Creating a song in Firefly Studios begins long before the actual recording starts. “First, there’s a meeting,” Dennison said. “We ask, ‘What’s the goal? What are we trying to do?” Once the song is mapped out, artists begin recording in the studio. “Most of the projects here are recorded to a metronome,” Dennison said. “The reason for that is to create tight, polished recordings. We’re always trying to do what’s best for the song, as opposed to doing it quickly.” “My job is to make it an entertaining experience,” he said. “I can help make the songs more exciting by changing the dynamics. I can use effects to make things more fun.” In addition to recording the music, Dennison layered each track and engineered them into their final state. “I spent about 40 hours recording and 25 mixing,” he said. “Some songs are different. In ‘Help Me, Rhonda,’ our track count was up to 35 or 40 layers. That takes more time to track and mix. ‘California Sun’ only had 14 [layers].” Dennison said he is enthusiastic about the CD.

Brett Dennison of Firefly Studios recorded four tracks for the Red Cross benefit CD, “Red, White & You.” TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO AND COVER PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR

“I like to help, for sure. This was the first opportunity I’ve had on a professional level to do this,” he said. “It was a positive experience. I got to meet a lot of talented and bright people. I think a lot of people overlook talent on the local level.” Dennison also said he’s happy all the work he’s done will benefit the local Red Cross. “That’s why we did this,” he said. “Everything else is all bonus.”

Enter Mighty

Firefly Studios recorded four of the 23 artists on the benefit CD. Once all 23 songs were completed, they went to Unfeher Advantage Publishing Co., where owner and audio engineer Mighty Wyte compiled the tracks.

“Michael [Miller] put in a lot of time to collect music from many, many sources,” Wyte said. “The characteristics [of each song] are different. People record differently.” Those differences meant the songs varied in volume and consistency. “I’m quality control. I make sure the volume’s right, that it’s not going to hurt your ears,” Wyte said. “I go through and make sure, from track to track, that the volume’s consistent.” Wyte said editing some tracks proved difficult. One that was particularly challenging was “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” recorded May 9 at Fifth Third Field. “When you turn it up, you turn up the noise too, so there’s only so much you can do,” he said.



He said most of the tracks were already quality recordings before he edited them. “Luckily, we have recording studios around town that do a really good job,” Wyte said. “It makes my job easy.” Wyte said he spent about 15 hours editing the 23 tracks on the CD. “It’s complicated, but I enjoy doing it,” he said. Yenrick said the Red Cross is pleased with the project. “We can’t thank all of the artists, producers, musicians and all the other members of the Red Cross family enough for making this happen,” he said. “There are so many outstanding local musicians on this CD. I hope everyone picks one up and plays it all summer long.” O


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Music producer Mighty Wyte has served as sound engineer for three Toledo Free Press charity CDs. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR



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Pet sounds

goLab brings back Beach Boys classic for charity CD. By Casey Harper Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

Local duo goLab contributed a cover of the Beach Boy classic “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to Toledo Free Press’ “Red, White & You” album with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. “It’s a very important cause to help out,” said goLab member Joel Roberts. “I recorded it a couple of years ago and giving it new life and an opportunity to help a great cause was a no-brainer.” The album combines summer-themed songs and covers by a range of bands and artists from the Toledo area. Roberts chose “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” but said it was a deviation from goLab’s normal electronic pop sound. “It has that bright summery sound and hopefulness that seems to come with a new summer especially in a town like Toledo that has such big changes between winter and summer,” he said. “It was a personal project to try to emulate one of my favorite albums of all time.” Roberts said he produces all of goLab’s

music himself on a synthesizer. “I grew up in a musical family and I fell in love with the synthesizer when I was 16 and I’ve been making electronic music ever since, about 20 years now,” he said. Roberts works with Jeff Loose, his only other band member who plays drums at the live shows. Loose is a member of four bands in all, playing guitar and drums as well as singing. He played with Roberts in a band called Stylex before the pair began working on goLab together. “When that band stopped, Joel and I kept going and it’s been love ever since,” Loose said. The band plays local shows once a month and plans to stay in Toledo for years to come. “Somehow I see Joel and I someday being elderly and trying to put on a good show with our walkers and our canes,” Loose said. Playing local shows gives Roberts an opportunity to give back to the Toledo area. “I love the great people and great community and the talented artists who are always looking to help each other out,” Roberts said. “I love seeing the enjoyment my music brings to people and the fulfillment that it gives me.” O


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Lost Lagoon By Paige Shermis Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

Bob Milano is a man of many hats. He owns ORT Tool and Die, Corp. and M&F Machine & Tool in Michigan, making custom machine parts. Milano is also an alternative rocker who contributed the song “Lost Lagoon” to the Red Cross benefit CD “Red, White & You.” “I’ve been described as very eclectic, as being a lot of genres of music. I would say that I creep on the edge of rock ’n’ roll down to softer music like ‘Lost Lagoon’ and everything in between there,” he said. Milano has recorded two CDs in the past three years. “I write the songs and I play all of the keyboards inside of all my songs, piano or organic synthesizers. When I am in the studio to actually record the songs, I’ll bring in a studio drummer or a guitar player,” he said. Although he previously released music under the single name “Milano,” he is is currently trying to consolidate all of his work under the name “Bob Milano.” “Lost Lagoon” was recorded at Brett Dennison’s Firefly Studios, and was inspired by a mys-

Bob Milano dives in for charity CD.

terious pond from Milano’s youth. “I was sitting in my small studio in my home and I was thinking of something that reminded me of summer. When I was a little boy, 9 to 10 years old, there was a development called Enchanted Forest in Temperance, Mich. In the neighborhood, you have little kids and big kids, who we all looked up to and were kind of scared of. We saw the big kids come home each day around dinnertime … and there were towels around their necks, and they were sunburnt. They were at the lost lagoon,” he said After the older kids repeatedly withheld the location of the lost lagoon from Milano and other little kids, they decided to take action. “One day, the little kids — I was the leader — went to follow the big kids by hiding behind trees. They fell right into our trap. They were sneaking off early morning to the lost lagoon like they did every day. They headed west … and they saw us, and went tearing across the main road into the farmer’s field,” Milano said. Unfortunately, Milano said, the farmer (“Farmer Shaw” from the song) saw the younger children and chased them into the woods beyond his property. “We were really running fast through the woods and he chased us right into the lost lagoon.



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Bob Milano performing live. Milano contributed a track to the Red Cross CD. PHOTO COURTESY BOB MILANO

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Holy Toledo By Evan Brune Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

Talking on the phone from California, Crystal Bowersox doesn’t sound like a 27-year-old music star. She sounds like a mom. “Quick, go get your shoes on!” she says to Tony, her 4-year-old son.“He’s 4 and a quarter. Don’t forget the quarter,” she laughs. Bowersox contributed “Holy Toledo,” one of her signature songs, to Toledo Free Press’ benefit album, “Red, White & You.” “I thought it’d be the best song for the cause,” she said. “When I play it in my hometown, people sing along to it. It doesn’t matter where I play, people sing along. I love that.” Three years after “American Idol,” Bowersox said she has learned a lot. “I would have definitely appreciated Toledo more if I knew what I do now, but I don’t live with regrets. I try not to live that way. I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” she said. “You find a sense of normalcy. It’s nice to be working in the industry you want to work in.”

Bowersox’s first album, “Farmer’s Daughter,” was released in 2010. Her latest album, “All That For This,” was released March 26. “It was just a collection of songs,” she said. “I’m always writing.” “All That For This” was produced by Steve Berlin, a member of the band Los Lobos. The album was recorded at Klickitat Studios in Portland, Ore. “I gave Steve access to the songs I’ve written since I was 10. He picked songs from 2006, songs that I never thought would be on an album,” Bowersox said. “All his work really created this sound I’d never heard before. He’s taken songs of mine and crafted them into incredible pieces of work.” Bowersox has also been chosen to portray country music legend Patsy Cline in a Broadway production of “Always ... Patsy Cline.” “Well, we, my team and I, got a call from a Broadway stage, asking if I wanted to play Patsy Cline,” she said. “I could not turn down an opportunity like that. Right now, it’s set for the fall. I’m really, really excited about it.” In addition to her music career, Bowersox is known for her involvement in Type 1 diabetes

Crystal Bowersox contributes key track to Red Cross CD.

awareness campaigns. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. “I try to help the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in any way I can,” she said. “I want to help these kids and support the things they do. You know, you’re given a platform, and if you don’t use it, that’s not cool.” Bowersox said she plans to continue writing, as well as working on her projects. “I’m working with a lot of writers I really admire. [They have] just really amazing talent,” she said. “I’ve got a really exciting project going on. I’m working on a Christmas song.” Bowersox said she tries to visit Toledo as often as she can. “I come back on a pretty regular basis. I live my life pretty much the way anyone else would,” she said. “When I get back, I’m either getting tattoos at Infinite Art or hanging out around the bonfire, having some good family time. Being far away has its challenges. I’m sure my mom would like to see her grandson more often. With technology, though, like Skype, we make it work. If all my contacts were in Toledo, I’d

live in Toledo.” Bowersox said she’s been through some challenges. On May 6, she and her husband of two-and-a-half years, Brian Walker, announced their divorce. “Gracefully. I think that’s the only way you can deal with it,” Bowersox said. “You just try to take the high road and not say negative things. You just have to move on compassionately.” Her other challenge is balancing her career with her son. “[Tony] comes to shows and wants to be a little roadie. He gets to meet all kinds of different people and travel to all sorts of places,” she said. “I think his life will be all the richer for these experiences.” Her son isn’t able to attend every concert, though, which means time spent apart. “It’s hard to be away, but it’s all for him,” she said. Bowersox said she hopes to come back to Toledo. “Someday I’ll be back home.” Until that day, people can hear her sing about the Glass City on the “Red, White & You” track “Holy Toledo.” O

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Elliston native Crystal Bowersox said she tries to visit the Toledo area as often as she can. PHOTO COURTESY GINA ORR



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The Bradberries start a musical revolution. By Paige Shermis Toledo Free Press STAR Staff Writer

The way The Bradberries came together sounds like the beginning of a romance — but it’s a partnership that’s musical, rather than one of true love. “I always tell people we saw each other from across the room and started a music revolution,” said Brad Bury, the band’s drummer and vocalist. Founded in 2012, The Bradberries contributed the song “Tiki Hut” to the American Red Cross benefit CD “Red, White & You.” Bury, guitarist and vocalist Scott Ballard, and bassist and vocalist Tom Kemper make up the band. The Bradberries are a cover band, playing pop, ’90s R&B and some dance music. A typical request is Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” Bury said. This year, they performed at Opening Day for The Toledo Mud Hens. Although new on the scene,

their band was years in the making, Bury said. “We have known each other forever. We have been in other bands together, and been on the music scene together. It’s a matter of finding the right time to hook up and do something different and play. For the most part, things are going really well,” he said. “Tiki Hut” is an original song, penned by Bury years ago. “It mostly relates to being on the ocean, on the beach. It talks about being in the sun, having some drinks, enjoying yourself. There was a tiki hut there at one of the hotels,” Bury said. After a friend helped Bury record the tune, it became a Bradberries staple. “When [Michael S. Miller, editor in chief of Toledo Free Press] told me that he was putting together a CD for the Red Cross, and it was more of a beachy-type thing, that song immediately came to me,” Bury said. O

Brad Bury, center, with Scott Ballard and Tom Kemper. PHOTO COURTESY BRAD BURY


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What’s what, where and when in NW Ohio

Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.


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 ✯ John Fullbright, Sam Doores, Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds: 8 p.m. June 26, $15. ✯ Jason Isbell, Widowspeak: 8 p.m. June 27, $25. ✯ Makem & Spain Brothers: 8 p.m. June 28, $15. ✯ The Vespers: 8 p.m. June 29, $15. ✯ Marcia Ball: 7:30 p.m. June 30, $30. ✯ Jill Sobule, Julia Sweeney: 8 p.m. July 5, $20.

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 ✯ Captain Sweet Shoes: June 26 and 30. ✯ Dave Carpenter: June 27, patio. ✯ Longreef: June 27. ✯ The Bridges: June 28-29. ✯ Jason Quick Trio: July 1. ✯ The Hot Sauce Committee: July 5.

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. ✯ Jeff Stewart: 8 p.m. June 27. ✯ Park Drive: 9 p.m. June 29. ✯ Pikasso: 8 p.m. July 4.

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 ✯ Clif Millimen: 8 p.m. June 27. ✯ Kentucky Chrome: 9:30 p.m. June 28. ✯ Tru Brew: 8 p.m. June 29. ✯ Arctic Clam: 9 p.m. July 4. ✯ The Last Born Sons: 9 p.m. July 5.

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 ✯ Sigidy & Eaddy, Retro Famous & Microphone Mikey, King Milo, Stut, Tree City: 9:30 p.m. June 26. ✯ Hung Up, Signals, the Threads: 9:30 p.m. June 27. ✯ Dragon Wagon: 9:30 p.m. June 28. ✯ Mac DeMarco, Radiant Marks: 9 p.m. June 29. ✯ Stick Shift, Algernon, Seraphim, the Dying Wake: 9:30 p.m. July 3. ✯ Ann Arbor Soul Club: 9:30 p.m. July 5.

Bronze Boar

Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or ✯ Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. ✯ Joe Woods Trio: June 28. ✯ Crucial 420: June 29. ✯ Beg to Differ: July 5.

Caesars Windsor

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 ✯ Alice Cooper: 9 p.m. July 5, $35.

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: June 28.

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 ✯ Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. June 26 and July 2-3. ✯ Cynthia Kaay Bennett: 7:30 p.m. June 28. ✯ Kelly Broadway: 7:30 p.m. June 29. ✯ Skip Turner: 7:30 p.m. July 5.

The Distillery

The mic is open on Sundays, but paid entertainers rock out Fridays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or ✯ Nathan Cogan: Wednesdays. ✯ MAS FiNA: June 28-29. ✯ Breaking Ground: July 5-6.

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 ✯ Jaime and Tye: 10 p.m. June 28. ✯ Ben Barefoot and Frankie May: June 29.

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 ✯ Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont: June 28.


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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 ✯ Greg Thompson: June 27.

Frankie’s Inner City

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www. ✯ Snakes, Dead Church, NRR, Dismantle, Serpent Speech: 7 p.m. June 26. ✯ Michael Corwin, the Bummers, Ben Stalets: 9 p.m. June 27. ✯ Tropic Bombs, Onceover, Gold, Last Day on Earth: 8 p.m. June 29. ✯ Black Mask, Professor, Lame-o, Bad Luck, Scatter: 8 p.m. June 30. ✯ Carousel Kings, Altars, Half Hearted Hero: 6 p.m. July 2. ✯ Radius Clause: 10 p.m. July 4.

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 ✯ Quixotic: June 28-29. ✯ The Eight Fifteens: July 5-6.

Greektown Casino-Hotel

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.


“Let’s talk about it” — The Beach Boys (as covered by goLab), “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

✯ Dal Bouey: 9 p.m. June 28. ✯ The Rock Show: 9 p.m. June 29. ✯ The Aaron Stark Band: 10 p.m. July 5. Spotlight Summer Nights Hollywood Casino will offer outdoor concerts along the Maumee from May through August. ✯ Leann Rimes, Joel Crouse: 8 p.m. July 5, $30.

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‘Monsters University’

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 ✯ Candice Coleman and Chris Brown: Thursdays. ✯ Clifford Murphy & Mike Whitty: Saturdays. ✯ Don Coats: June 28.

James A. Molnar, TFP film editor:

”Audiences are treated to the return of monsters Mike Wazowski and James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan in a DisneyPixar prequel to the 2001 classic ‘Monsters, Inc.’ Pixar does well to include a collegiate feel to the movie and the animation is stunning with the introduction of its new Global Illumination system, which allows for some incredible lighting throughout the monsters universe. While the story is not quite up to the high bar set by the first film, this prequel delivers a decent plot and a good message.”

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 ✯ Trees No Leaves, Balloon Messenger: 7 p.m. July 3.

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.


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Guests must be 21 or older. (888) 771-4386 or ✯ Christina & Joey: 7:30 p.m. June 26, Shotz. ✯ Sound Prof: 9:30 p.m. June 27, Shotz. ✯ David Gerald Band: 8 p.m. June 28, Asteria. ✯ Motor City Mix: 8 p.m. June 29, 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 ✯ Womack Family Band: June 29.

H Lounge

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

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. ✯ Siklid, Monstrasadus, One in the Chamber, Lost in Chicago, Decades Past: June 28. ✯ Ekoostik Hookah, Under the Sun, Kyra Jones: June 29.

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 ✯ Shahida Nurullah: 8 p.m. June 29.


City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www. ✯ Open mic: 9 p.m. Mondays. ✯ Steven Woolley: 7 p.m. June 26 and July 1. ✯ Zac Kreuz: 6-9 p.m. June 27. ✯ Alan Smith and the Blues All Stars: 9 p.m. June 28. ✯ Mo Joe Boes and His Noble Jones: 9 p.m. June 29.

MGM Grand Detroit

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. ✯ Solo piano: 6-8:30 p.m. Fridays. ✯ Modern Tribe: 9 p.m. June 28. ✯ Teen Angels: 9 p.m. June 29.

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 The casino’s Chromatics Lounge also features live performances. ✯ Hidden Agenda: 7 p.m. June 26. ✯ Fabulous Soul Shakers: 7 p.m. June 27. ✯ Vinyle Underground: 5:15 p.m. June 28. ✯ Showdown: 10 p.m. June 28. ✯ Ani: 5:15 p.m. June 29. ✯ Serieux: 10 p.m. June 29. ✯ Sun Messengers: 3:30 p.m. June 30. ✯ Randy Brock Group: 7 p.m. July 1. ✯ Fusion: 7 p.m. July 2. ✯ Dave Hamilton: 7 p.m. July 3. ✯ Real Deal: 7 p.m. July 4. ✯ Killer Flamingos: 5:15 p.m. July 5. ✯ Joyride: 10 p.m. July 5.

Oarhouse Bar & Grill

Ronn Daniels performs weekly at this pub. 8-11 p.m. Thursdays, 141 Main St. (419) 697-6297 or ✯ Slug, Mujaw Creek, In Theory, Society’s Ugly Son, the Mechanical Vampires: 9 p.m. June 28. ✯ Five Horse Johnson: June 29.

If one gets tired of spiking the volleyball, throwing some ringers or tossing the cornbags, perhaps some entertainment will fit the bill? Plenty of dock space for boaters, too. 5044 Suder Ave. (419) 671-6256 or ✯ Johnny Rodriguez: 5 p.m. June 28. ✯ Liquorbox: 9 p.m. June 29. ✯ Don Coats: 5 p.m. July 5. ✯ The Earregulars: 9 p.m. July 5.


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Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St.,

Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or ✯ John Barile & Bobby May: June 26. ✯ Stonehouse: June 28. ✯ Straight Up! Trio: June 29. ✯ Quick Trio: July 5.

Ottawa Tavern

Casual meals and bingo and trivia nights with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or ✯ Jeremy Porter & the Tucos, People Being Human, Nathan K: 10 p.m. June 28. ✯ Joey & the Traitors, Mod Orange, Hobo Stew: 10 p.m. June 29. ✯ Lemuria, S***** Neighbors, Professor: 10 p.m. July 4.

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 ✯ Jamie Mills: Noon-2 a.m. Fridays.

Robinwood Concert House

A home for the avant garde and untraditional, this Old West End venue hosts artists on the experimental end of the musical rainbow. 9 p.m., 2564 Robinwood Ave. $5 donation, unless noted. ✯ Tim Daisy, Jason Zeh: June 30.

Shawn’s Irish Tavern

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. ✯ Johnny Rodriguez: June 26 and 9:30 p.m. June 28, Toledo.


Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or ✯ Meaghan Roberts: July 5.

Trotters Tavern

5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079. ✯ Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars: 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

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The Village Idiot

Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or www. ✯ 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. ✯ Womack Family Band: 8 p.m. June 28, $5. ✯ Jamie Adams, Trent Thrun: 8 p.m. June 29. ✯ Bobby May & the Dry Bones Revival: 8 p.m. July 5, $5.

Webber’s Waterfront Restaurant

This Point Place eatery hosts weekly entertainment on its patio with a river view. 3 p.m. Sundays, 6339 Edgewater Dr. (734) 723-7411 or ✯ Jeff Stewart: June 30.

Ye Olde Durty Bird

A full bar featuring frozen drinks and multiple happy hours (4-7 p.m.) on weekdays, plus salads, soups and sandwiches, accompany live entertainment four nights a week. 2 S. St. Clair. (419) 243-2473 or ✯ Open mic: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. ✯ Ronn Daniels: 7 p.m. June 26. ✯ Jamie Mills: 7 p.m. June 27. ✯ The Eight-Fifteens: 8:30 p.m. June 28. ✯ Meaghan Roberts: 8:30 p.m. June 29. ✯ John Barile: 5-7 p.m. July 3; with Bobby May, 9 p.m. ✯ Bobby May: 5-7 p.m. July 4. ✯ John Barile: 9 p.m. July 4.


This two-man band (consisting of Dave Rybaczewski and Walter Guy) performs Beatles songs acoustically. ✯ 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 27, Quimby’s Food and Spirits, 3536 Sterns Road, Lambertville, Mich. (734) 854-4444 or www. ✯ 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 28, 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) 7080265, (419) 874-0290 or ✯ 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotters Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265.

Brown Bag Summer Concert Series

Grab your ham (or veggie) sammiches 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 ✯ Just Kiddin’ Around with Elisa and Chuck Hage: June 26. ✯ Jeff Tucker and On the Beach: July 3.

Jazz on the Maumee

The Art Tatum Jazz Society will provide smooth,

“Looks like nothing’s going to come my way” — Otis Redding (as covered by Chrys Peterson), “Sittin’ On (The Dock Of The Bay)”

cool “Twilight Jazz” along the river, appetizers 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 ✯ Josh Silver Trio: June 26.

Lunch at Levis Square concert series

Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29. Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. ✯ Grape Smugglers Lite: June 27.

Music at the Market

Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29, Commodore Square Park, 140 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg; Judy Beck Auditorium (same address), if raining. (419) 324-4758 or ✯ Hepcat Revival: June 27.

Music at St. Mary’s Park

This concert series offers tunes at a low price (free, that is, but donations are welcome) on the bank of the River Raisin. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 111 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, Mich. (734) 384-9156 or ✯ Allen as Tim McGraw: June 27.

Lunch in the Park

A local restaurant will be on-site offering nibbles while performers do their thing. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, Martin and Kiwanis shelters, Bowling Green City Park, 417 City Park Dr., Bowling Green. (419) 354-6223 or www.bgohio. org/departments/parks-and-recreation. ✯ TAPESTRY: June 28.

Fallen Timbers Summer Concert Series

Music will fill the air from the Lake District amphitheater. 6-8 p.m. Saturdays, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or ✯ Arctic Clam: June 29.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival main stage events

Part of this annual celebration of sun and fun includes drawing intriguing and eclectic acts from around the world to perform. University of Michigan, Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor. (734) 7642538 or ✯ Amadou & Mariam: 8 p.m. July 2, $20-$35.

Sunset Serenades: Polish-American Concert Band

A summer series that capitalizes on Olander Park’s lake views and natural accompaniment (geese and ducks are known to sing backup). 7 p.m.-dusk June 26, Nederhouser Community Hall, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. $3 parking for non-Sylvania School District residents (or park at nearby Tam-o-Shanter and walk in). (419) 882-8313 or

Verandah Concert

The Honey Creek Band will perform along the stately porch of the presidential center. 6:45-8

p.m. June 26, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 9987737 or

Darius Rucker

The one-time Blowfish has gone country and is bringing his new sound to the Toledo Zoo. Jana Kramer and Rodney Atkins will open. 7 p.m. June 27, 2700 Broadway. $37.50-$75. (419) 385-5721 or

Noon Tunes

Nature and the Toledo Metroparks’ stately manor house provide the backdrops for this series of outdoor concerts. Picnickers are welcome. Noon-1 June 28, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, gazebo on the manor house lawn, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or

She & Him

Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward recall sunnier days with plinky tunes and sweet, wispy lyrics with a raw edge. Camera Obscura will open. 8:30 p.m. July 1, University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. $35-$45. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or

Ramblin’ Rick’s Old-Time Music Show

Playing everything but the kitchen sink, Rick’s show is full of fun and surprises. ✯ 2:30-3:30 p.m. July 1, Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon. (419) 259-5250 or ✯ 6-7 p.m. July 1, Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania. Register: (419) 882-2089 or ✯ 2-3 p.m. July 2, Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St. Register: (419) 259-5303 or ✯ 7-8 p.m. July 2, Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. Register: (419) 8783055 or ✯ 1:30-2:30 p.m. July 3, McMaster Center, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or

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. TuesdaysThursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-6 Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. HOURS CHANGE starting July 1: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-5 Sundays; closed July 4. (419) 255-8000 or Exhibitions ✯ “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. ✯ “Witness to Hunger,” June 28-Aug. 9, Community Gallery. Events/presentations ✯ Visiting artist April Surgent presentation: 6 p.m. June 28, GlasSalon. Glassblowing demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion ✯ 2 p.m. June 26-27 and July 2-3. ✯ 2, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. June 28. ✯ 1 p.m. June 29-30. ✯ 2, 7 and 8 p.m. July 5. 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. June 28 and July 5; 4 and 5 p.m. June 29-30. Tours ✯ “Crossing Cultures,” 8 p.m. June 28 and July 5; 2 p.m. June 29, all from Libbey Court. ✯ Collection Connections to “Crossing Cultures”: 2 p.m. June 30; 7 p.m. June 28 and July 5; from Libbey Court. Family Center activities: For children 10 and younger accompanied by an adult. ✯ Animal Patterns: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27; 3:30-8 p.m. June 28. ✯ Visiting artist Justin Overholt: 6-7 p.m. June 28. ✯ Color Explosion: Noon-5:30 p.m. June 30; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 2; 3:30-8 p.m. July 5. ✯

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS SEALED PROPOSALS for bidding on Side Cut Metropark Trail Stabilization, Maumee, Ohio will be received; opened; and read aloud at the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area, Fallen Timbers Field Office, 6101 Fallen Timbers Lane, Maumee, Ohio 43537 Friday, July 12, at 3:00 p.m. local time. THE SCOPE OF WORK consists of trail improvements along a half-mile of river-trail. General construction includes excavation, aggregate base, geotextile, riprap, storm drainage, pavement, restoration seeding & mulch. Bidders may obtain copies of plans, specifications, contract documents and plan-holder’s list through Newfax Corporation, 333 West Woodruff, Toledo, Ohio 43604 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (check made payable to Newfax Corporation) or via the Newfax Digital Plan Room at www.newfaxcorp. com. Newfax can be contacted at 419-241-5157 or 800-877-5157. A non-refundable fee of $20 is required for each set of documents obtained. For additional information, please contact Jon Zvanovec @ 419-360-9184, jon. EACH BIDDER MUST FURNISH either (1) a bond for the full amount of the bid or (2) a certified check, cashier’s check or irrevocable letter of credit in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the bid with its bid. The successful bidder must furnish a 100 percent (100%) Performance Bond and a 100 percent (100%) Labor and Materials Bond. No bidder may withdraw its bid within thirty (30) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF THE METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT OF THE TOLEDO AREA reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive any informality in bidding. By order of the Board of Park Commissioners METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT OF THE TOLEDO AREA Stephen W. Madewell, Director

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agree. The name comes from my wife and I, who used to consider ourselves the ‘simpatico twins.’ It always had special meaning for us in the old days,” Dailey said. Reese’s father Pat, a 54-year-veteran of the music business, collaborates with his son on “Live it Up.” “It’s really exciting to [work with him]. In all the years I’ve been singing, I’ve never done that before. I am also proud of the song that he wrote,” Pat said. The song represents a departure from Pat’s typically folksy, Put-in-Bay-friendly vibe. “It’s a little more of my son’s style. He’s a little more of a rock ’n’ roller,” Pat said. O


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Local band Highbinder donated its track “Frogtown Stomp” to Toledo Free Press’ “Red, White & You” album with profits going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. “Whenever anything happens, the Red Cross is there and the opportunity to be there for an organization that is always there for anybody else is great,” said vocalist and guitarist Jon Kuhlman. The four guys and one woman in Highbinder have been playing together since 2002. Andrew Clark sings and plays guitar, Ben Bomlitz is on drums, Adam Keeler plays bass and Megan Fitzpatrick Urich plays violin and keyboards. “We have opened for some nationals over the years,” Kuhlman said. “We opened up for Jackal to a packed house. In high school we went to see the bands, so to be on the other side of the barricade in front of a packed house was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.” Kuhlman said bands like Pearl Jam, The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles influence them. “They didn’t stick to one sound,” he said. “If they felt like doing a country song they did it. If

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As an advocate for the advancement of arts and culture in our community I would be interested in hearing the “new ideas and new formats” alluded to Crystal Phelps’ June 19 column “Reflections on One Year as a Creative in Toledo.” Since moving to Toledo a little over 10 years ago, I have had the opportunity to witness the significant growth of the local arts community. Yesterday’s aspirations have come to life through the tireless work of local artists, art enthusiasts, civic and business leaders and countless volunteers. Being new to Toledo, I can understand how Phelps might conclude the many arts-related events and businesses have been commonplace amongst our landscape for many years, yet, only recently have we added to our local vernacular terms like Art Walks, The Gallery Loop, Toledo School for the Arts, Artomatic 419!, Live Work Create Toledo, It’s Friday, Artist Bike Racks, ART in TARTA, Downtown Toledo artist galleries, The Art Supply Depō, Soundtrek and Toledo Area Cultural Leaders and many others. Artomatic 419! was also spotlighted in your article as an event that seeks quantity as opposed to quality of artwork. The objectives of this event are to promote, connect and bring into focus Toledo’s creative community by providing artists a space to interact and exhibit their work regardless of one’s artistic competence. The program began in 2006 based on a creative community survey from the previous year calling for an opportunity for greater inclusion and cohesion amongst artists. Witnessing the community openly embrace and support local artists during this event, I would argue the creative community’s voice was not hindered but advanced and amplified through this event. Like Phelps, I seek regional and national prominence for Toledo’s arts and culture. I also understand what it has taken to get us to this critical point and how much work lies ahead to reach such a level of prominence. I strongly believe we have put in place the underpinnings for a strong arts and cultural voice and I hope to retain the creative energy that individuals like Phelps bring to solidifying that voice for Toledo. I look forward to a constructive conversation as we move forward. O Dennis Norman, President, Board of Trustees The Arts Commission

A different perspective As a proud member of Toledo’s creative community, I feel a responsibility to correct what I felt were critical misperceptions of Toledo’s creative class by Crystal Phelps in her June 19 column, “Reflections on one year as a Creative in Toledo.” I don’t think that spending one year in a new community entitles one to make statements that are so broad, general, harshly critical and divisive. The art community I know does not suffer from lack of support within itself, and is not comprised of “old cliques” that have an aversion to change. Toledo’s creative community is dynamic, ever-changing and inclusive. Those of us who have been leaders in advocating for the art scene for the past few years know and understand that generating broad public sup-

port of the arts in Northwest Ohio (referring specifically to participation and attendance of art events by nonartists) is the real challenge — not getting artists to support one another. The artists I know are kind, open and welcoming: we know that our numbers are small, and that we are each other’s greatest asset in our personal, professional and creative lives. Instead of “cliques,” I see groups of folks who have been friends for years exhibiting and promoting their friends’ artwork. I would challenge any artist who feels “left out” or unsupported to approach leaders and others within the community face-to-face and ask to be involved or included in the events they host. Ask them to help promote your events. We are all happy to support and promote one another. We are a community that gives everyone a gold star for showing up. Phelps also infers that by using resources to host large community-wide exhibitions like Artomatic 419!, The Arts Commission isn’t supportive of “small grass roots things taking place.” Her inferences couldn’t be farther off base, and demonstrate a clear lack of understanding as to The Arts Commission’s programming mission, goals and the tangible change made in the creative marketplace and economy due to their efforts. Artomatic is just one small part of The Arts Commission’s contribution to Toledo. I’m sure someone from the staff, board, or a volunteer of The Arts Commission would be happy to explain in detail the depth and breadth of programming/ services they offer to individual artists and small grass-roots art endeavors. I am happy to share my story, as well. I owe a great deal of my personal and professional success as a potter, and now owner of an art-related retail business to the support of The Arts Commission’s programs. Their Well-Fed Artist Workshop Series helped develop and refine my professional skills. I was able to sell over $10,000 of artwork in 2011 by setting up a booth at Artomatic 419! and at every Art Walk hosted by The Arts Commission that year. I used that money to fund the opening of The Art Supply Depō, a successful niche-retail art supply store, with partner Dana Syrek. I’m still reaping the benefits of The Arts Commission’s work, as I now sell supplies to artists in town who are continuously inspired and engaged in the creation of artwork due to opportunities provided by The Arts Commission. The Arts Commission did everything they could to support my art — except make and glaze my pottery for me. I provided the drive and passion for making art, The Arts Commission provided the opportunity to promote my work, a community audience and fellowship through the unwavering support by their staff and board members — many of whom have become friends I will cherish for a lifetime. I don’t think the criticisms of Toledo’s creative class by Phelps are a problem of the city’s, but a matter of personal perspective. O Jules Webster, owner, The Art Supply Depō, 29 S. St. Clair St. in Downtown Toledo.

Proud of local arts scene I just finished reading Crystal Phelps’ June 19 column in Toledo Free Press Star and found it extremely disappointing and counterproductive to the growth and progress of our community.

She makes it clear that she is new to the area but in many ways discounts the developments in the creative community that have been anchoring and taking root over the past several years — something a person new to Toledo would not have the ability to recognize or appreciate. One of these projects that has developed and seen recent success is in fact a project she herself is intimately involved in. As someone who developed a niche retail business with my business partner, Jules Webster, in Downtown Toledo two years ago I have personally experienced the challenges of launching a new idea — as a Toledo native, no less. The truth is, it was not a matter of those in the community not wanting our venture to happen or be successful, but rather due diligence and examination of a new idea that was not tested. Ultimately, this process not only helped our business to be a success, but allowed my business partner and I to learn many things that we had not taken the time or did not have the experience to know to consider. This delay allowed us to design something that was community specific and which would greatly improve the chances of it becoming a sustainable and contributing business. In addition to being a former business owner, I have been employed by our area’s cultural institutions and other nonprofit organizations. Every organization, cultural or otherwise, works to prove its relevancy and value to the community. We live in a society that is skeptical and questions the need for organizations that depend on public and private funding. Our community, with its financial resources being more limited than other areas of the country, has even more reason to understand the contributions these organizations make to our city. If the organizations aren’t willing to champion their own causes — why would anyone else? It is disconcerting to me that someone who has chosen to relocate to this area and is a self-professed “advocate” for the creative community is so openly willing to utilize our respected print resources to disrespect the efforts that members of our community are working on (many of which have in fact come from other areas). To have the audacity to say that the quality is not “up to snuff ” and that we are mistaking quantity for success is truly shortsighted. I say the quantity is more of an indicator of engagement than quality ever will be — what good is a small handful of “highquality” artists if no one can afford to support them or even cares enough to know who they are? Our creative community is just that — a community, it takes a little bit of everything to give it character and its own identity. While there is always room for improvement and better collaboration, I am proud of what we have accomplished in Toledo and love to share these beautiful developments with friends and visitors from out of town. Many of these friends and visitors now pay attention to the arts calendar in Toledo to plan their visits to our city. The Toledo creative community has made art accessible so we all have the opportunity to experience it in our everyday lives — and for this, I thank everyone who has participated and dedicated their energies to making this possible. O Dana Syrek, Toledo

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