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Playing the (hell, yeah!) Rick N Roll Fest at Frankie’s this weekend, Downtown Brown will unleash its difficult to define and impossible to ignore blend of rock, metal, jazz and jam style. Be forewarned: This band is something of an oddity in the sense that listening to its music is

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Bar and clubs in downtown Bowling Green offer much in entertainment, but Grumpy Dave’s Pub is the only place to find live standup comedy. Grumpy Dave’s pub, located above Easystreet Café on S. Main Street across from Jed’s, will continue to host stand up comedians throughout the summer and into the school year. Grumpy Dave’s was founded by Dave Harper who came to Bowling Green in 1987. He became interested in creating a bar-club atmosphere where students could have fun and enjoy different types of entertainment each night. In addition to comedy, Grumpy Dave’s hosts a variety of entertainment that includes euchre tournaments Mondays, acoustic performances on Wednesdays, live bands on Thursdays and Fridays and karaoke on Saturdays. “We have national-caliber comedians from all over the country come to Bowling Green to perform at Grumpy Dave’s,” Harper said. “Some have come from New York, Chicago, and even Los Angeles and Las Vegas,” he said. As a big fan of comedy, Harper gets especially excited when big-name comics come to BG. “In the past, we have had guys that were writers for Johnny Carson and Jay Leno at the Tonight Show,” he said. “Chili Challis, who was

the head writer for Jay Leno, is probably one of the best we’ve ever had.” Comedy night is every Tuesday with admission typically $5 and $3 for students. Harper said even students who do not go to BGSU can show their college IDs and get in for $3. Performances start at 9 p.m. and usually last about two hours. Harper said he is proud that he has been able to create a bar that hosts different types of entertainment each night, including the only one for live comedy. Amanda Pirooz, who works at Grumpy Dave’s, said she believes the atmosphere is what sets the pub apart from others in BG. “We usually have good crowds, we have a good beer selection and every night is something different,” Pirooz said. Another thing that Harper is particularly proud of is what Grumpy Dave’s refers to as the Hall of Foam. The pub offers 105 different types of domestic and imported beer. When a person has tried all 105, they get their name on the Hall of Foam. Harper said Monday nights at the pub are great because lots of people usually show up for euchre night. “But every night is good because it’s always different and always fun,” he said. For information on upcoming events or standup comedy schedule, visit GrumpyDavesPub.com or www. myspace.com/grumpydave. ✯

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Vendors will serve ribs throughout Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross presented by Columbia Gas of Ohio, but they are hoping to save some of the best for last. The three-day festival will wrap up with the Judge’s Choice contest, where local personalities will taste and rate each vendor’s ribs. The winners take home a trophy, bragging rights and exposure that might lead to increased business. The panel of judges comprises two politicians, six media members and four other area professionals. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, K100 personality Gary Shores and a Toledo Mud Hen will all be on hand to help determine this year’s ultimate grill master. One vendor who touts a number of trophies is two-time defending Judge’s Choice champion and self-coined “regional favorite” Big Moe’s BBQ & Catering from Kalamazoo, Mich. Moe Pritchett employs a generationsold family recipe for his barbecue sauce to court the judges. “We do taste testings every week,” Pritchett said. “It’s amazing when I look in people’s eyes every time they taste it.” People’s Choice voting also takes place throughout the weekend. AJ’s Doolittles won the honor last year, and owner Brad Jennings has noted a spike in business. His competitive edge is his dry rub technique, which he keeps top secret. “I’ve got a certain way I do them, but there’s two people that know how to do it,” he said. The field also includes four newcomers. John Coulston of Twist & Shout Family Restaurant in Carey would like to claim a trophy at Smoke on the Water, but publicity is his primary goal. Like Pritchett, Coulston puts his money where his sauce is. “This guy I bought out, we compared our sauce to his sauce. No comparison. I wouldn’t eat his sauce,” he said.

Eric Sitter of Sidelines Sports Eatery shows his 2009 Smoke on the Water trophies. PHOTO COURTESY NORTHWEST OHIO CHAPTER RED CROSS

Local contenders Six Toledo-area vendors will join four other out-of-town restaurants to sell their ribs at Smoke on the Water. ■ AJ’s Doolittles Sports Bar and Restaurant, Lambertville After last year’s “People’s Choice” competition, the owners of AJ’s Doolittles had to come back, said owner Brad Jennings. “All that hard work, it makes you feel like it pays off when people are happy with your product,” he said. The restaurant was founded in 2003 and

along with ribs serves steaks, seafood, sandwiches, burgers and more. Rib dinners range from $11 to $17. ■ Baldy-Q Rib Shack, Swanton Baldy-Q will enter the event for the first time this year to gain publicity. The restaurant opened in January, but before that its owner traveled around selling ribs for two years, said owner Tye “Baldy” Hightower. The restaurant’s specialty is southern-style ribs that use a Memphis-style dry rub, he said. Rib prices range from $11.50 to $19.50. “We are traditionally a noncorporation barbecue restaurant. We make everything in house

from scratch on a daily basis,” said Hightower, who has been a chef for 30 years. ■ Famous Dave’s, Toledo Famous Dave’s, which has 192 locations around the country, has been in the Toledo area for about four years, said Matthew Kinner, general manager. Kinner said he enjoys the atmosphere at Smoke on the Water and will continue to go back to the event. “It’s a great time. We do very good with sales,” he said, adding that he enjoys working with the Red Cross. ■ P & D’s Sports Page Bar & Grill, Toledo P & D’s has competed in events such as chili cook-offs, but this will be the first time it has participated in Smoke on the Water. “We’ve got good ribs, they’ve been telling us for years that we should do it,” said Pat Smith, one of the restaurant’s owners. “The sauce makes the ribs different,” Smith said. The restaurant, which has been open for 12 years, also serves crab legs and steak. Rib prices range from $8 to $13. “We’ve got a huge, huge menu,” Smith said. ■ Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub, Lambertville and Toledo Sidelines has participated in all three Smoke on the Water festivals, and co-owner Eric Sitter said his restaurant will continue to participate “as long as they do it.” “The people at the Red Cross work really hard on it. I’m in contact with them year-round,” he said. The restaurant uses baby back ribs from Chicago and a special braising technique to make their ribs tender and moist, Sitter said. Rib prices range from $10 to $19. Sidelines has a locations on Laskey Road and Mellwood Avenue, across from the Huntington Center Downtown, and on Secor Road in Lambertville. ■ Texas Roadhouse, Toledo Texas Roadhouse takes three days to make ribs, cooking them for nine hours to make them tender, said Scott Schraeger, managing partner for the restaurant. Schraeger said he enjoys the atmosphere with other ribbers and customers eating and enjoying themselves. Texas Roadhouse has been in Toledo for about eight and a half years and also specializes in steak. Rib dinner prices range from about $12 to $17, Schraeger said. ✯


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Gene Simmons, “The Demon” of Kiss who breathes fire and spits blood, is an imposing figure. Imagine being 4 feet 4 inches tall and impersonating the bass player — right next to the 6-foot-6 inch rock god. Joey Fatale of MiniKiss and his little people tribute bandmates took on the largerthan-life characters and performed with the legends for a Dr Pepper commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl. “Oh, man, it was so cool. We did that commercial from 6 in the morning until midnight, and Gene, he’s a great guy. He actually sat with us. We had a really great conversation,” Fatale, who plays “mini-Gene,” said. “I asked him, ‘Listen, I can’t help this, but about a half hour before I go on, I have to be alone, I have to be in my own world, and I can’t let anyone bother me.’ “And he said, ‘Joey, that’s exactly how I am; until this day, I’m the same way. I have to be in my own world, and I don’t want anyone to bother me because I get nervous.’ And he even said if you feel like that, that means you really care and you have a lot of love for what you’re doing. That was cool to hear that because what I’m doing means a lot —  and it means a lot to him — so it was really great to know that.” MiniKiss will perform at Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross presented by Columbia Gas of Ohio at 8:45 p.m. July 30 in Promenade Park. The Polka Floyd Show will open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available in advance for $4 at Meijer. “We do all Kiss things — the blood, the fire,” Fatale said. “And the past couple of years, we’ve also been doing a few ’80s songs — we do some Van Halen, Guns n’ Roses.” “Me being little all my life, kids always stared at me,” Fatale said. “When I’m in that MiniKiss gear, at first people have that look to them, but then they come up and they love it. They love what we’re doing.” O

The Gin Blossoms want to be Toledo’s “soundtrack” to its Saturday night on July 31. “You can have a night full of fun and frivolity,” said Jesse Valenzuela, guitarist for the band. “The best part is it’s on the weekend so you can have a few drinks and not go to work the next day.” The early 1990s alternative rock band, composed of Robin Wilson, lead vocals, Valenzuela, guitar, Bill Leen, bass, and Scott Johnson, guitar, will perform at Columbia Gas of Ohio Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross on July 31. The group is scheduled to take the stage at 8:45 p.m. The Gin Blossoms are no strangers to playing at events that benefit a special cause, Valenzuela said during a telephone interview from the band’s tour bus. The group has played benefits for a variety of causes and tries to play a benefit for the children’s hospital in Phoenix every year. Additionally, the band is discussing playing an event protesting the new immigration law passed in their home state of Arizona, he said. “Even though I don’t live there anymore I find that the law is tragically misplaced,” he said. Fans of the Gin Blossoms’ popular hits, such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You,” “Till I Hear From You” and “Follow You Down,” won’t be disappointed when the band plays at Smoke on the Water, Valenzuela said. “I think [the audience is] there to hear the hits, and rightfully so. Sometimes they know and like the new music and I’m thankful for that, but we have to protect that legacy of

Gin Blossoms — the hits are what fans expect and deserve,” he said. In September the Gin Blossoms will release a new album, “ No Chocolate Cake.” The album’s name is a rebellion against the denial of parents or people telling you, that you can’t have everything, can’t have more of something, like “no more chocolate cake,” Valenzuela said. The majority of “No Chocolate Cake” was recorded without the band being in the studio together, Valenzuela said. Members of the band would record their part and send the work electronically to the next guy, he said. “The record was cut in different places ... After you graduate to a certain recording musicianship you don’t need to sit down and do it together,” Valenzuela said. The band expects some of their friends from throughout the state to be at the Toledo show. “For some reason we have a lot of good times in Ohio and meet a lot of people,” Valenzuela said. O

For Richard Young, guitarist and v for the Kentucky Headhunters, musi family are inseparable. The band began when he, his brothe Young and their cousins Anthony Kenn Greg Martin began playing music to in an old house on the family farm tha grandmother let them use. “I guess it was kind of foresight on h to keep us out of trouble,” Richard said. When each of the boys got their driv censes, their first drive was always to that house, which most people called a shack They covered it with posters and covers of their favorite rock groups, inc Led Zeppelin. “The posters on the wall are worth than the house is,” Richard said. His father, a teacher, always support son’s dream of being a musician. “He never said, ‘Cut your hair, get a Richard said. They called the group Itchy Brother. During the next few decades, the morphed into the Kentucky Headhunte and gained members, won a Grammy, more than 1,000 shows and sold more million albums. The members married women the

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Kentucky Headhunters cords. He described the group as a party band and said they have a huge following of bikers. “If you want to see a good Headhunters show, sit in a lawn chair and relax,” he said. “And if you want to see a great Headhunters show, get up and get involved.” The band — Greg Martin, Doug Phelps, Fred Young and Richard Young — will perform Aug. 1 at Smoke on the Water. O

Meet MiniKiss, win free night at Smoke on the Water! Win a free night at Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross and meet MiniKiss! One Toledo Free Press reader will win four tickets to the July 30 Smoke on the Water event, four VIP tent passes, four T-shirts, a meet-and-greet session with MiniKiss and a ribs dinner with a drink and two side dishes courtesy of Swanton’s Baldy-Q. To enter, visit the Toledo Free Press FaceBook page (www. facebook.com/ToledoFreePress) and post on our wall the name of your favorite Kiss song or a great rib sauce recipe by July 28. A winner will be chosen and notified by July 29. on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross. More Than Me has been together for nine years. Ryan and Todd Doyle are brothers, who deliver the rhythm guitar, vocals and drums. Joey Nicastro is lead guitarist and vocalist and Justin Rizzo plays bass and sings. Their unique sound allows them to play in diverse settings, no matter how small or large the venue. With more than 500 live performances, they are reaching millions of fans across the country. “We’re actually super pumped about performing in Toledo to do the show with the Gin Blossoms. They’re good buddies of ours. We’re looking forward to sharing the stage with those guys again …

it’ll be fun to perform in Toledo,” Ryan said. More Than Me won the Ambassadors of Rock Battle Of The Bands 2010, where they performed at Hyde Park in London at Hard Rock Calling, opening on the main stage for Paul McCartney, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Elvis Costello. “We were super stoked about winning the contest, competing against over 250 bands. We just got back from London, doing this event with Paul McCartney and it was pretty unbelievable, it was pretty surreal. We just kind of rallied together to get people to vote for us, and with hard work it finally paid off. To play on stage with the Beatles’ Paul McCartney with 40,000 people watching was

Polka Floyd amazing,” Ryan said. “We met a ton of incredible musicians, it was so unreal, we were just so blown away. It is really cool. Paul starting singing ‘Hey Jude’ and I got to sing the ‘na,na’s.’ It was just amazing, taking in the whole experience,” he said. The band has since performed in Milwaukee at the largest summer festival in the nation and other venues nationally. More Than Me has been touring the country for several years. They will be releasing their self-titled debut record in the fall. The bands is scheduled to perform 5:15-6:30 p.m. on July 31. For more information, visit www. ribs4redcross.com. O

The Polka Floyd Show gives British band Pink Floyd’s classic hits a Polish twist. The group, which has performed for four years, “just sort of happened,” said guitarist and vocalist Ken Haas. “I was playing ‘Comfortably Numb’ during a session one day and the guys joined right in. It was sort of funny. After that I started writing Pink Floyd songs to polka music,” he said. Polka Floyd is excited to for MiniKiss July 30 at Columbia Gas Smoke on the Water Ribs for the Red Cross, Haas said. Polka Floyd is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. The group plays Pink Floyd songs that span the group’s career, but at Smoke on the Water it will perform “Dark Side of the Moon,” Haas said. Polka Floyd is comprised of Ken Haas, vocals and guitar, Eric Hite, accordion and vocals, Chris Zielinski, bass guitar and vocals, Penny Haas, electric piano, and Frankie Dramczyk, drums. Guest saxophone player Sammy Krall, of the New Machines, will join Polka Floyd onstage at Smoke on the Water, Haas said. For more information about the band, visit www.polkafloyd.com. Smoke on the Water is presented July 30-Aug. 1 at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo. Admission is $5, children 12 and younger are free. O


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teach the kids “stop, drop and roll,” while giving them several safety tips. Parents will also have the option to get their children fingerprinted and create a child’s ID. The YMCA Fun Bus will be there as well. Children from kindergarten to middle school should be supervised by their parents, Elnoory said. “The older children can get involved with the activities while their parents are enjoying the actual events,” Elnoory said. Nana Pokuah Appiah, a student at UT, is one of the youth counsel volunteers for the Red Cross, and this will be her second year working in the Kids Play Area. “It was nice to see so many families come together in Toledo and enjoy themselves,” she said. The Red Cross will have 15 to 20 youth counsel volunteers circulating around the Kids’ Play Area, assisting with games and activities. The volunteers are high school and college students from the Toledo area. All are first aid and CPR certified. For more information visit the web site www.ribs4redcross.com/kids.html. ✯


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MUSIC Basin St. Grille: This Toledo standby has been revived with more than 20 different flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. ✯ Jeff Stewart: July 28. ✯ Open jam with Jason Hudson: July 29. ✯ Distant Cousinz, Scott Fish: July 30. ✯ Earregulars: July 31. ✯ Scott Fish: Aug. 4. ✯ Open jam with Andrew Ellis: Aug. 5. ✯ John Barile: Aug. 6. ✯ The Turners: Aug. 7.

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 www.bitterendbar.com. ✯ Razz: July 30. ✯ Razz & Sonzz: July 31. ✯ John Barile and Bobby May: Aug. 1. ✯ Haywire: Aug. 6. ✯ MaxxBand: Aug. 7. ✯ Kyle White: Aug. 8.

The Blarney Irish Pub: Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www.theblarneyirishpub.com. ✯ Ad Astra: July 29. ✯ Dave Pfenning: July 30. ✯ The Bloody Tinth: July 31. ✯ Rick Whited: Aug. 5. ✯ Jeff Stewart & the 25s: Aug. 6. ✯ Kentucky Chrome: Aug. 7.

Bronze Boar: Be sure to check out this Warehouse District

tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. ✯ Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. ✯ Joe Woods Band: Tuesdays and July 29. ✯ Brandon Duke: Wednesdays through Sept. 1. ✯ Noisy Neighbors: July 30. ✯ See Alice: July 31. ✯ Dread Lions: Aug. 5. ✯ Stone House: Aug. 6. ✯ Swamp Kings: Aug. 7.

Brooklyn’s Daily Grind: Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www. brooklynscafe.com. ✯ Tom Galvin: 8-11 p.m. July 30. ✯ Tom Harms: 8-11 p.m. July 31. ✯ Argentinean tango: 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 5. ✯ Bianca Naves art exhibition: 8-11 p.m. Aug. 6. ✯ Tom Harms: 8-11 p.m. Aug. 7.

Caesars Windsor: If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com. ✯ Al Green: 9 p.m. July 30, $35. ✯ Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard: 8 p.m. Aug. 5, $29. ✯ Divas Las Vegas: 9 p.m. Aug. 7, $15. ✯ Tony Bennett: 8 p.m. Aug. 8, $49.

Here We Go ✯ Up for Grabs: 8 p.m. Aug. 6, $7. ✯ Eddie & the Edsels’ ’50s and ’60s dance party:

✯ Passion Nouveau, Shaft: 9 p.m. July 30. ✯ Downtown Brown, Dr. Manhattan, Sinker, Larry

7 p.m.-midnight Aug. 7, $10.

Love, the Red Scare, the Faux Paus, the Infernal Names, Lame-o, the Fight Within, Kids in the Making, Doc Ellis, Mike Breland: 7 p.m. July 31. ✯ Mark Rose, Gold Motel, Cameras Can’t Lie, a Lull, My Fighting Chance: 6 p.m. Aug. 3. ✯ Vanna, Kid Liberty, the Greenery, the Unwritten: 6 p.m. Aug. 4. ✯ The Creepshow, Al & the Black Cats, Larry Love & the Revolvers: 9 p.m. Aug. 6. ✯ Sorcen, Frank & Jesse, Dooley Wilson & Todd, the Infernal Names: 9 p.m. Aug. 7.

✯ Rick Springfield: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, $23-$37.50.

Dégagé Jazz Cafe: Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 Tuesdays-Thursdays. (419) 7948205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com. ✯ Kelly Broadway: July 30-31.

The Distillery: Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www. thedistilleryonline.com. ✯ Nathan Cogan: July 28. ✯ Ben Barefoot & Frankie May: July 29. ✯ Velvet Jones: July 30-31. ✯ Kyle White: Aug. 3. ✯ Tony & Lyle: Aug. 4. ✯ The Bridges: Aug. 5-7.

Mix your beans with some music for an eclectic brew. Open mic on Monday nights. 2636 W. Central Ave. (419) 671-6272 or www. groundleveltoledo.com. ✯ Risa, Story time drama class: 2-3 p.m. July 28. ✯ The E-Zone with Azucar Morena: 7-9 p.m. July 29, $3. ✯ Melvin: July 31.

Doc Watson’s:

Ice Restaurant & Bar:

Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. ✯ John Barile and Bobby May: 10 p.m. July 30. ✯ Joe Woods: 10 p.m. July 31.

This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 246-3339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. ✯ Postmodern Blues Band: 8 p.m. July 30. ✯ Zac Shaffer: July 31. ✯ The Nutones: 8 p.m. Aug. 6. ✯ DeZire: 8 p.m. Aug. 7.

Centennial Terrace:

Frankie’s:

This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500, www.playsylvania.com or www.ticketmaster.com. ✯ The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7-10:30 p.m. July 28, $8.

Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. Tickets vary between $5 and $15, unless noted. (419) 6935300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. ✯ After the Burial, Measure the Redshift, Mortuary, In the Hands of a Nihilist: 6 p.m. July 28. ✯ Hamell on Trial, WEe: 9 p.m. July 29.

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This â&#x20AC;&#x153;slice of the Big Appleâ&#x20AC;? in the Glass City puts on a show for the weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. â&#x153;Ż Quickness: July 30. â&#x153;Ż Vytas & His Electric Outfit: July 31. â&#x153;Ż Toledo School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble: 6 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x153;Ż Kelly Broadway: Aug. 6. â&#x153;Ż Stonehouse: Aug. 7.

Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. â&#x153;Ż Boogaloosa Prayer, Matt Truman Ego Trip: July 30. â&#x153;Ż Lollipop Factory: Aug. 5. â&#x153;Ż Marco Polio and the New Vaccine, Creatures: Aug. 6.

Mickey Finnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub.com. â&#x153;Ż Glass artist showcases, 9 p.m.midnight Wednesdays: Gideon Rockwood, July 28; Drew Cupps or Jessie Knots, Aug. 4. â&#x153;Ż Echo Hill: 9 p.m. July 29. â&#x153;Ż All Dinosaurs: 9 p.m. July 30. â&#x153;Ż Miracle Vitamins: 9 p.m. July 31.

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In addition to praise-worthy songs, free food, clothing and bicycle giveaways, games and activities for children are planned. Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church, 918 Coburn St. (419) 472-8747.

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Pizza Papalis: Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com. â&#x153;Ż DJ Terry: 7 p.m. July 29. â&#x153;Ż Gin Bunny: 8 p.m. July 30-31. â&#x153;Ż Just Jerry: 7 p.m. Aug. 5. â&#x153;Ż Jeremy Wheeler: 8 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x153;Ż Chris Shutters: 8 p.m. Aug. 7.

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Music at the Market: Weekly concerts will pierce the summer heat. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Commodore Park, Louisiana and Indiana. (419) 873-2787 or www.perrysburgarts.org. â&#x153;Ż Common Creed: July 29. â&#x153;Ż Quartet Bernadette: Aug. 5.

Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill: A huge variety of beers helps wash down the entertainment. Boccie ball is a bonus! 1201 Adams St. (419) 255-3333. â&#x153;Ż DJs Folks, Mattimoe and Perrine: Fridays. â&#x153;Ż Kentucky Chrome: July 31.

Woodchucks: The place to go for an eclectic mix of people and music. 224 S. Erie St. (419) 241-3045. â&#x153;Ż Karaoke with The Georgia Peach: Wednesdays.

Lunch at Levis Square concert series: Downtown Toledo Improvement District conspires to set lunch to music. Noon-1:30 Thursdays through Aug. 26, Levis Square, North St. Clair Street and Madison Avenue. (419) 249-5494. â&#x153;Ż Jeff Stewart: July 29. â&#x153;Ż Kyle White: Aug. 5.

Brown Bag Summer Concert Series: The Village Idiot:

p.m. Wednesdays, north lawn of Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org. â&#x153;Ż Glindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bubble: July 28.

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Jazz in the Garden: Take in some swing and smooth tunes among the swaying flowers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 9, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. $6-$7. (419) 536-5566 or toledogarden.org. â&#x153;Ż Ramona Collins: July 29. â&#x153;Ż Damon Cook: Aug. 5.

Club Friday: Some of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org. â&#x153;Ż Beatles acoustic night with Elixer: July 30, Peristyle Terrace. â&#x153;Ż Groovy Band: Aug. 6, Peristyle Terrace.

Rally in the Alley: Adults can celebrate the end of the workweek with live music, food and drinks. 5-8 p.m., Latham Courtyard, Findlay. www.findlayhancockchamber.com. â&#x153;Ż Fossils: July 30.

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Open air shows on Saturday nights — sounds like summer to me. 6 p.m. Saturdays, Glyn Smith Amphitheater, Ottawa Park, Kenwood Boulevard. ✯ Night Sessions Big Band: July 31. ✯ DeZire: Aug. 7.

Hard rockers can find out what happens “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide” at this concert. 6 p.m. July 30, Toledo Harley-Davidson, 7960 W. Central Ave. $10. (419) 843-7892, www. signaturehd.com or ticketmaster.com.

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Mount Ararat Gospel Festival:

Toledo Symphony members play for the people and the polar bears at this Toledo tradition. Toledo Zoo amphitheater, 2700 Broadway. ✯ “Lovely and Involved: Andrew Lloyd Webber.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

In addition to praise-worthy songs, free food, clothing and bicycle giveaways, games and activities for children are planned. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 31, Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church, 918 Coburn St. (419) 472-8747.

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Courtyard Concerts:

Acoustic Rock:

Rock while you eat rolls at this series of lunchtime concerts. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Latham Courtyard, downtown Findlay. (419) 422-4624 or www.artspartnership.com. ✯ Pantasia: Aug. 3.

Mr. Seley will present a concert of kooky lyrics and lively music for summer reading club participants. 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Road, Maumee. Registration: (419) 259-5360 or www.toledolibrary.org.

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Jeff McDonald’s Big Band Revival Party:

Wilson Lake and the Rock Bass:

8 p.m. Thursdays, South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 517-1111 or (419) 708-0265.

Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All Stars: 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Trotter’s Tavern, 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079 or (419) 708-0265.

MAS FiNA: July 30, Yeeha’s Buckin’ Bar & Grill, 3150 Navarre Ave., (419) 691-8880; July 31, South End Bar & Grille, 5105 Glendale Ave., (419) 382-7776.

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Fish and turtles splash and groove in the water while squirrels, raccoons and toads begin to boogie! Listen as the music rumbles across the waves and into the woods that surround the lake. 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4, McMaster Center, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.

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This Weekend at MANHATTANS:

Comments & tweets from TFP readers on Twitter, Facebook & the website. Compiled by Mike Driehorst, Toledo Free Press Star Social Networking Manager

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johnrankins The heat index in #Toledo is 105 degrees! I’d even drink a Fresca. Jul 23rd via Seesmic

cbrennansports Such sad news about the death of Bill Cowher’s wife, Kaye, an athlete, coach and mentor in her own right. Jul 24th via TweetDeck Christine Brennan, on the death of the wife of former Steelers’ Coach Bill Cowher

havenoheart @ToledoFreePress As long as there’s political parties there is going to extreme partisanship in preventing good ideas going forward. Jul 22nd via web Ray Maye, comment on Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich’s stop in Toledo.

Facebook:

Russ Hummel, response to July 21 story, “Downtown restaurant owners bemoan lack of arena events” “Sad that these people based their business decisions on the word of the people making those promises … Of course the city of toledo believed those same people when they said ‘Vote for issue 5 and we'll get rid of the garbage tax’ … I guess we've all been sold a pig in a poke. Can we all remember that next election?”

Alan Barnhizer, reaction to question about how Facebook community’s media consumption differs on the weekend

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Seeking Toledo’s flow By Jeff McGinnis TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR STAFF WRITER star@toledofreepress.com

Sinbad admits he hasn’t quite gotten the hang of playing Toledo. The world-famous comedian, who has numerous TV series, movies, stand-up specials and more than 25 years on the road under his belt, said in an interview that every city has a feel and flavor all its own — but Toledo’s is one he hasn’t successfully tuned into just yet. “Since 1982, when I started, I’ve been through the city many times,” Sinbad said. “You know, Cleveland has its own funk, and Dayton has its own funk, and Cincinnati — but Toledo, I never could figure out. It’s one of the hardest cities in Ohio, and one of the hardest cities on the road to figure out ... there’s a strange flow there, and it’s very hard to figure out. “The problem is never the material, the problem is trying to get people to come to the show, and then trying to figure out the flow of the city. Every city has a flow. Toledo has its own — I think because it’s sandwiched in between Detroit and other places, it’s got a mix of all this other stuff.” But after a quarter century on the road as a comic, Sinbad’s not giving up on the Glass City. He returns to Toledo on August 6, 7 and 8, for appearances at Connxtions Comedy Club. Though he grew into one of the most recognizable comedians of the late 20th century, the young man born David Atkins didn’t plan on being a comic — he just knew he wanted to be the center of attention. “First, I just knew I wasn’t gonna work 9 to 5. I knew I wanted to be an entertainer, and it wasn’t so much as a comedian — I wanted to act, I wanted to play basketball, I’d be in a band, I’d play drums. It was many things. Comedy was not the highest on the list, either,” Sinbad said. He said he was always pretty funny as a kid, but around eighth grade he realized how to control the way a laugh worked. Then, in college,

“my assistant basketball coach actually wrote a routine for me, when some new recruits came in town. And I got up on stage. It wasn’t great, but it didn’t suck.” His major epiphany came while serving in the US Air Force. “The Air Force talent show really was it. I watched a guy come through named T.A. Burrows, and he was a ventriloquist. And I said, that’s it. That spoke to me, I’m supposed to be a comedian. It just hit me, I can do this.” His first real breakout moments as a comic came through “Star Search,” a 1980s talent competition that spotlighted up-and-comers. Sinbad finds a world of difference between the show which first launched his career, and the reality competitions which air today. “The biggest difference to ‘America’s Got Talent’ is you’ll find some raw people there, and you never know who’s gonna show up. ‘Star Search’ was set up to find people who already were on the path, and needed that last little kick in the butt. But you never saw a bad contestant. There was never a bad singer, there was never a bad comic. Everybody was accomplished, they just needed that last little push. So that’s what I think made ‘Star Search’ a little different.” Over his career, Sinbad has always seemed to portray a very specific, positive worldview -- one that he insists is not intentional, it’s just the way he looks at life. “For me, it’s not so much not being cynical, or even positive. I say it as I see it. I try to be as positive as I can. At times I’m cynical, there are times I look at it as being crazy. I think I’m honest, that’s the most important thing. I think people got so caught up on me being a ‘clean’ comic, I hate the word. Just call me a comic.” Among the topics to be justifiably cynical about is modern television. In the late 1980s, when Sinbad began appearing on “Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World,” the number of quality roles for African-Americans seemed to be on the rise. But now, over twenty years later,

as he attempts to pitch a new show to networks himself, Sinbad noted how w that trend seems to be going in reverse. “Every time we make ke progress, then they take all the shows off the air. We make progress, then it stops. In fact, you u never get a chance to get parity. When’s the last st young black actor or actress who was a breakout kout star, able to keep growing and growing? There’s always one — there’s Will Smith, there’ss Denzel, there’s Wesley Snipes, there’s Don Cheadle. dle. But you always got one, there’s always one,” Sinbad inbad said. “The audience is ready dy for it. The people who run TV, they can’t even pick out a hit show, think aboutt it. They can’t figure out how to make a hit show right now. So what they’re pushing is, ‘we can’t an’t make it too black, or too oo Hispanic, or too Asian,’ beecause they think America ca — they ask, ‘Will Americaa buy it?’ Well, I am Amer-ican. This is America.” And to Toledo, Sinbad makes a promise. “You come out to my show, you’re going to have fun. And you’re gonna hear my point of view, and — those who have not seen me live, you know, you thought I was funny on tape? You need to come and see me live.” ✯

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