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Rangell headlines ‘Night at the Savoy’ By Fletcher Word The Sojourner’s Truth Editor Special to Toledo Free Press Star

Nelson Rangell — flutist, saxophonist and a jazz “improviser nonpareil,” as JAZZIZ Magazine has described him — is bringing his considerable talents to Toledo as the headliner for the second annual Night at the Savoy. The Sept. 9 event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Health Association, CRSmith Productions and The Sojourner’s Truth. Rangell, who has released 15 CDs since his 1988 debut album, “To Begin Again,” is a multifaceted virtuoso, master of flute and piccolo along with the alto, tenor and soprano saxophones. He even incorporates a bit of first-rate whistling into his act. Rangell is frequently described as a “smooth jazz” artist, a label he disdains. During a telephone interview from his home in Colorado, he said he prefers the term “contemporary jazz artist,” a term that is a great deal more encompassing than the “smooth jazz” label. Rangell started playing music at the relatively advanced age of 15 when he picked up a piccolo flute. He quickly made up for his late start and within six months was studying classical and jazz music at The Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, a camp for gifted young musicians. After Interlochen, he attended The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, twice winning DownBeat magazine’s National Student Recording Awards competition in the jazz and pop-rock instrumental categories. After school in the mid-80s, Rangell headed for New York and started playing with some of the masters of contemporary jazz —Hiram Bullock, Jorge Dalto, Eric Gale, Richard Tee, Jaco Pastorious and David Sanborn, among others. He paid his dues as a sideman for about half a decade and then, at the end of the ’80s, Rangell emerged as a recording star and a headliner. He’s been collecting accolades for his artistry ever since — consistently recording and playing concert dates all over the world. This summer, he spent four days with his group — the Nelson Rangell Group featuring Don Grusin, Bijoux Barbossa and Wolfgang Haffner — at the Cotton Club jazz club in Tokyo. Several days later, he and guitarist Earl Klugh had a four-day gig at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.

In addition to the Sept. 9 appearance by the Nelson Rangell Group at Night at the Savoy at The Toledo Club (local singer Theresa Harris is also on the bill), Rangell will appear at ICE on Sept. 8 with guitarist Chuck Loeb. All this activity at a time when so many observers of the scene say the jazz audience is slipping, certainly graying, as other forms of music and entertainment pry away the potential young fans’ attention. That’s an observation Rangell disputed. “Jazz has never had a huge following,” he said, dismissing the notion that jazz has ever been the American public’s primary choice of musical entertainment. He mentioned the wanderings of such jazz luminaries as Charlie (Bird) Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to France and Germany in order to work on a consistent basis. That globe-trotting occurred during the 1940s and 1950s, a period often thought of as the golden era of jazz. However, Rangell does feel that jazz fans are going to have to be more proactive in the future. “Because of the evolution of all the media by which people can get jazz — computers, iPods, and so forth — [traditional] radio is not so much in the ballgame,” he said. “I do think that people have to seek jazz out — have to know what they’re looking for.” Rangell himself, following the example set by jazz icons Parker and Gillespie, as well as many who influenced his own playing — Cannonball Adderly, Sanborn, Michael Brecker, for example —also heads overseas to play for international jazz fans. Following his Toledo appearances, he will head to the British Isles for five engagements. And what are jazz fans like in other countries? “I’ve not noted any difference,” he said of his audiences. “People are the same. People react similarly to the same stuff. When people hear good music, they react to it.” Rangell hopes for that same reaction in Toledo. His group will be presenting many musical elements — “an amalgam of things,” he said. And if all goes well, if all goes as expected, he hopes that by the end of the concert, “you’ll say ‘I think that was good.’” The Nelson Rangell Group will be at the Toledo Club at 8 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. For ticket information, call (419) 720-7883 ext. 212. For advance credit card purchase, visit www.nhainc.org. O

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Former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker is bringing his solo country show to the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre on Sept. 8. Before he went solo, Rucker tried to convince his band to record a country album, but he said what they would have come up with wouldn’t be the same as the solo sound he has developed. “It would probably sound a little different,” he said. “When you have four guys who are equal parts of a band, it sounds different than just one guy doing it. There are a lot of times when you want to do something that doesn’t go your way and you get outvoted. Doing solo, it’s all you. It’s easier. You get to make all the decisions.” Even though Rucker is enjoying his solo career, Hootie & the Blowfish still gets together on a regular basis. The band has played six shows this year, and the band mates frequently play golf. Rucker tries to win as much as possible against them, because his other golfing partner is Tiger Woods. “We both happened to be in the same bar one night in East Lansing,” Rucker said. “We’ve played a lot of golf together over the years. He always gives you a tip around hole 17 after he’s beaten your brains out.” Aside from golf, one of Rucker’s favorite things to do in his free time is watch movies. He has seen his favorite, “Stir Crazy,” more than 100 times. “I saw it again last week like I was watching it for the first time,” Rucker said. “My favorite movies in the world are ‘Godfather’ 1 and 2 and ‘Stir Crazy.’ Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor together are genius.” Much like Woods in golf and Pryor in comedy, Rucker has become a pioneer in modern country music for African-Americans. In 2009, he became the first African-American to earn the Country Music Association (CMA) New Artist of the Year award. The only other African-American to win a CMA award is Charley Pride, who was named Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and Male Vocalist of the Year from 1971-72. Rucker hopes his success leads to more African-Americans emerging in country music. “You hope so, but we thought the same thing

about golf a few years ago with Tiger,” Rucker said. “I don’t think record labels are out looking for their African-American country singer. But those African-American country singers who send CDs, somebody might give it a listen now instead of it going straight to the trash.” Before going country, Rucker started his solo career with an R&B album. He recorded “The Return of Mongo Slade” in 2001, but it wasn’t released by Atlantic Records because of contractual issues. Hidden Beach Recordings acquired the rights and released the album in 2002 as “Back to Then.” “When I was a kid, Al Green and Gladys Knight were it for me,” Rucker said. “Then I started discovering The Beatles and other rock bands. ‘Hee-Haw’ has always been there for me. I still sing all those songs. The thing I always loved was that if you were someone in country music, you were on that show. So you got to see everyone in country music every week. “When I got older, I discovered Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Foster & Lloyd, New Grass Revival, Doc Watson and Radney Foster, all these people that were blowing my mind. Ever since I heard Radney’s ‘Del Rio, TX,’ I said I was going to make a country record someday.” Rucker recorded with Griffith on her 1997 song “Gulf Coast Highway.” In 1999, he provided backing vocals on Foster’s album “See What You Want to See.” “Radney is my idol when it comes to country music,” Rucker said. “Every time I open my mouth to sing country, I’m trying to do Radney. He inspired me to make a record and to write songs for my record. Our friendship means the world to me.” Rucker has also developed a solid relationship with Brad Paisley while touring this year. “Brad’s awesome,” he said. “That was one of the best tours I’ve ever done. We had a blast. We’re going to Europe together in a few months. He’s my friend, he’s one of the best musicians I’ve ever played with and he’s an amazing dude.” Paisley was featured on Rucker’s latest album, “Charleston, SC 1966,” on the track, “I Don’t Care.” “The thing I like most about that song is it’s so Brad,” Rucker said. “It’s so funny and so out

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Darius Rucker won the 2009 Country Music Association New Artist award. PHOTO: Associated Press

there. It’s unexpected by the two of us.” Rucker brought one of his favorite legends into the country genre when Lionel Richie approached him this year to record “Stuck on You” for his album of country duets. “Lionel Richie is more than an idol, he’s part of our DNA,” Rucker said. “Nobody calls me to do duets, and Lionel Richie called me. I was blown away. It’s one of those things I truly can’t tell you how great it was for me. I had a blast doing it, and when I heard it I loved it. Now, being friends with Lionel Richie is pretty cool.” He met another legend Dec. 12, 1995, when he performed “The Lady is a Tramp” at Frank Sinatra’s 80th birthday party.

“It’s still one of the great musical moments of my life,” Rucker said. “When we finished, he asked me to come over so he could shake my hand.” Rucker grew up with many genres, but one idol helped show him it’s possible to cross over the lines. “The guy I don’t give enough credit to is Kenny Rogers,” he said. “I know all his songs. The great thing about Kenny is you heard him on the country stations but you also heard him on the pop stations.” Rucker’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Tickets are available for $27.50 and $42.50. The Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre is located at 2700 Broadway St. O


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A wider array of food than ever will be available when the 41st annual Greek-American Festival comes to Downtown Toledo starting Sept. 9. “Our goal is to share Greek culture and Greek food, and the customs and the Greek Orthodox faith with the greater Toledo community,” festival publicity chairman and Toledo City Councilman George Sarantou said. “When we started in 1970, I don’t think anybody thought it would be as big as it is. We have a lot of people that come year after year and enjoy the food, music and dancing. It’s been a great journey.” Sarantou said the festival has practically doubled in size since it started, with more activities and a wider variety of food now available. The Levendes will play Greek and American music at the festival on Sept. 9 and 10, and the Greek techno band Olympus will play Sept. 11. The Levendes is a five-piece band from Detroit with guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals and a Greek instrument called a bouzouki. The festival also features the Hellenic Dance Company, which will perform every day of the festival in imported Greek costumes. Food will be available at the Gourmet Food Tent, the Fast Food Tent and in the Kafenion. The Gourmet Food Tent features three dinner platters for $10 each, including a sampler platter with moussaka, spanakopita, tiropitas and dolmathes.

The Kafenion features coffee and thousands of Greek pastries. The Fast Food Tent has Gyros, Greek fries, Greek pizza, hot dogs and a new dish called saganaki. Festival-goers can learn to cook several of these dishes at one of four cooking demonstrations. Susan Sieben will cook loukoumades at 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Maria Kopan will cook kourambiethes at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. On Sept. 11, Karen George will cook spanakopita at 2:30 p.m. and George Kamilaris will make moussaka at 4 p.m. Anyone interested in learning more can also pick up “Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More,” a cookbook created by the parishioners of Holy Trinity Cathedral containing more than 500 Greek and American recipes. At 1:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Father Aristotle Damaskos is going to present “My Big Fat Greek Wedding: The Truth” in the cathedral. This will be a reenactment of a Greek Orthodox wedding service with a bride, a groom and a kombara. At 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 the festival will have a memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in front of the stage. They will have an American Legion Post attending to do a 21-gun salute and play taps. Admission to the festival is free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 9. Admission is $4 after 3 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 and $1 on Sept. 11. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a parent or guardian. The festival is located on Summit Street with entrances at Walnut and Superior streets. Visit ToledoGreekFest.com for more information. O

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Connolly and Clint Lowery, Sevendust has developed a loyal following through energetic live shows and the ability to relate to fans with albums that feature the real emotions and struggles of everyday lives. “There’s many times that we get mail from people, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, whatever, that people are just sending these letters in of ‘You’ve saved my life,’ and ‘I went through this tough time,’ and ‘Thank God I had you there with your words’ and stuff and it’s like, again, we never set out to be trying to do anything to help anybody consciously,” Rose said. “We just were out there talking about what we were going through, and it’s somewhat therapeutic for us as well. I mean, it’s therapeutic to write it, and then all of a sudden you realize, ‘Hey, I’m not really in the minority here on the way that I’m feeling a lot of times,’ so the kids help us out a lot as well.” And while Rose is thankful for the impact Sevendust has had, he also has experienced the downside of being a touring musician. Having endured through two divorces, financial issues with record labels and the deaths of Witherspoon’s brother Reginald and close band friend Lynn Strait, Rose is planning to write a book about his experiences at the encouragement of his close friends. “There’s a lot of stories that went on with me before the band that are pretty unique, and there’s still a lot of stuff that happened during the band that’s pretty unique, too, on the personal side,” Rose said. Rose said that though Sevendust plans on slowing things down, the band will definitely put out another album. Fourteen years after the group’s first record, he is still taken aback when he meets people with his “Alien Freak” tattoo and fans who have been inspired by his music. “That’s pretty special to think that just a little redneck coming out of Georgia knowing nothing about this business and very little about songwriting could start writing songs about his life, and then all of a sudden people are like, ‘You’ve changed mine because of it,’” Rose said. “It’s like, ‘Wow, man.’ It’s crazy.” O


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”Escape is not his plan. I must face him. Alone.” — Darth Vader, “Episode IV: A New Hope”

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elling half a million copies of an album may not seem impressive for an artist signed to a major record label. But to a Detroit native who took his music into his own hands and is reaching for success on his own terms, going gold is the equivalent of selling 2 million records, figuratively (and financially). Royce da 5’9” decided to celebrate the success of his chart-topping album with his hometown of Detroit. “Hell: The Sequel,” a collaborative effort with fellow Detroit native and rap phenom Eminem (known together as Bad Meets Evil), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in June. On Sept. 3, the Majestic Theatre in Detroit quickly filled with lovers of Hip-Hop who represented every race, culture, fashion sense and age group. Everyone there had one thing in common; they know good music when they hear it. The Majestic Theatre is a large building with grand light fixtures in the ceiling and a stage elevated unusually high. Yes, this arena is the perfect place for Hip-Hop royalty to place the crown upon his head and sit high on his throne. But Royce isn’t a selfish guy. Before there was a word uttered from the headliner’s mouth, the stage was used as a platform for artists who are only one big break away from Royce’s status. Several artists opened up for Royce, performing to a crowd of supportive

Royce da 5’9” concert shows dedication to audience.

onlookers, honing their skills so they’ll be ready by his rap group Slaughterhouse, Bun B of UGK, and other colleagues to keep the party going. when they headline their own show. Perhaps the most significant One thing that can be apprepart of the show was when ciated from that incredible fellow artists presented night was the dedication Royce with a gold plaque, of the listeners. Finally, celebrating the success of a Hip-Hop concert with a his album with Eminem blended racial crowd where and setting the bar high for race wasn’t an issue! Both his latest project. Royce’s black and white hands were new album, “Success is applauding, concerned only Certain,” features the with the music, and they smash single “Writer’s were rewarded with incredBlock” with Eminem, and ible surprises. the two of them together Once all the opening acts are definitely generwere fnished performing, local ating revenue. radio personality Bushman had LIL There were no fights. the honor of introducing Royce There were no guns da 5’9” to an excited crowd. After drawn. There was no the DJ played with the crowd’s drama. But what did exist emotions a little longer, the star was an artist who has exfinally came out. Royce da 5’9”, perienced success and denamed for his height, has a prescided to share it with the ence of a giant. He simply walked people who embraced him to the middle of the stage, and first. It is unsure who the everyone was ecstatic. Once next Hip-Hop superstar to he began rapping, the encome from Toledo will be, ergy was electrifying. During his hourlong set, Royce was joined but let’s just hope that person comes back. O

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ove, support and unity filled Downtown Toledo streets and Promenade Park Aug. 27 as the local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and allies came together for the second Toledo Pride festival and first gay pride parade. For the first time in a long time, I felt some unity within the gay community. As we’ve become a more blended society with more open acceptance toward gays and lesbians, some of our own unity has slipped away. Gone are our annual unity picnic and benefits like Decked Out, SRO, and Sex, Drag and Rock & Roll — events that united the Toledo gay community. The only survivor Rick of these, Holiday with Heart Charity Gayla, will mark its 34th annual event Dec. 3 at The Toledo Club. What was nice about the Pride festival and parade was the fact they were not fundraisers asking for our money and they were not events centered on one of our local gay bars. It was a celebration of our spirit, equal rights and pride within ourselves and community, just like any other festival. What our straight allies might not realize is that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have few to no social outlets other than bars and support groups. Toledo Pride was our day to shine outside, in the open and not behind closed doors. Gay couples could embrace, hold hands and just be themselves among supportive and accepting people. I was honored to take my mother and have her experience history within the Toledo gay community. It was so refreshing to see churches, schools, corporate support, families with children, people of all ethnicities and religious beliefs, political figures, artistic expression, sexuality and everything in between represented in support of the LGBT community. Equally impres-

sive was the fact the entire event, which ran from 2 p.m. until midnight, went without fights, hecklers or protesters. Mayor Mike Bell personally congratulated the committee on the event and we were presented a proclamation by Toledo City Council and the Lucas County Commissioners office. Councilman Steve Steel, served as grand marshal along with entertainer Hershae Chocolate. Supportive coverage was given by all the local TV stations sending out positive messages about the family-friendly event. Print coverage grew this year. A new gay publication, Outlines Toledo, debuted with a mini preview issue. Most supportive was Toledo Free Press Star, which published the first-ever pride guide for the festival with an extensive 16-page supplement. Last year, the first Toledo Pride took place at the Erie Street Market and drew about 2,000 people with little promotion, mainly via word of mouth and Facebook networking. This year, with increased visibility at Promenade Park, major media support, corporate sponsors, an official website and more volunteers — the event attracted almost 5,000 people. Lexi Staples deserves the lion’s share of credit for spearheading the Toledo Pride events and bringing it all to life. She and her official committee worked all year with a dedicated team of volunteers to pull this event off. Toledo Pride 2012 will happen next year on Aug. 25, so save the date! Toledo Pride was presented by the Pride of Toledo Foundation, Equality Toledo and OutSkirts bar. If you are interested in supporting the event next year as a vendor or corporate sponsor, entering the parade or volunteering your time, please contact the pride committee at the website www.ToledoPride.com. O

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New ‘Justice League’ lands in Toledo By Jim Beard Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer star@toledofreepress.com

“Justice League” No. 1, the first issue of the first title of DC Comics’ company-wide relaunch hit the Glass City on Aug. 31 and Toledo’s comic book cognoscenti are eager to weigh in with their opinions on the auspicious debut. Ed Katschke of Monarch Cards & Comics calls the book one of the “best debut comics” he’s read in a long time from DC. “[Writer] Geoff Johns does a great job at taking the magic and fun of a Silver Age comic and refracting it through the somewhat darker lens of a modern comic,” he said. “Johns does a great job of reintroducing the classic characters and their relationship to one another, and the art, courtesy of Jim Lee, is predictably marvelous. His storytelling skills have only gotten sharper and the epic chase between Batman, Green Lantern, and the issue’s surprise villain is exciting and, best of all, easy to follow. The moment when Superman bursts onto the scene is truly magnificent.” “I thought the new reboot of ‘Justice League’ was fairly good as comics go,” said Jim Collins of

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A blend of visual arts, music and family entertainment will once again take over Bowling Green with the 19th annual Black Swamp Arts Festival. The free Sept. 9-11 event features arts and crafts from national and area artists, an eclectic mix of blues, rock, folk, jazz and zydeco tunes and hands-on creative opportunities for children. Found in booths set up in the middle of Main Street, the festival’s juried art show features more than 100 artists in mediums ranging from watercolor, jewelry and sculpture to photography, multimedia and glass. More than 40 local artists will also display their work in the Wood County Invitational Art Show, which will include students from Bowling Green State University as well as Artists at Work, a demonstration/participation area. All art shows are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival features a mix of returning and new artists in an attempt to keep the event both fresh and familiar to the public, according to Linda Brown, chairperson of the festival’s visual arts committee. She said the festival is an appealing one to the artists, many of whom apply to return after their initial visit. “Part of it is sales, because if they don’t sell well, they’re not going to come back,” Brown said. “As much, if not more, is the way they’re treated by the volunteers at the festival and the public coming to the festival. Even if the sales are not as high at this show as they might be at some other big city show, it’s a show they enjoy because of the community.” In fact, the Black Swamp Arts Festival is ranked No. 61 on a top 100 list of arts shows in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist magazine, which uses show ratings from artists to compile the list. n SWAMP CONTINUES ON 13

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n SWAMP CONTINUED FROM 12 The festival is known for bringing a wide range of music to the 60,000 people who flock to the event, from Chilean folk music to zydeco to sweaty garage-rock. This year is no exception, as the lineup features a number of up-and-coming bands from the national and international music scenes. Saturday’s headliner is Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, a James Brown-inspired blues band that has graced stages at Bonnaroo, Coachella and Wakarusa, as well as appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The band was actually scheduled to appear at Black Swamp last year, but an opportunity to play some large shows interfered with the Bowling Green appearance. Since then, the band’s status has steadily grown, playing last fall at Austin City Limits and this summer at Bonnaroo. “We felt very fortunate that after that didn’t work out, we were able to get him back this year, because he has been on the rise, for sure,” said Kelly Wicks, chair of the festival’s performance committee, said. Preceding Black Joe Lewis is Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves, who Wicks labels “another young, super-cool soul singer. … Whereas Black Joe Lewis is more on the James Brown

side of R&B and soul, Eli Reed is more on the Rat Pack side of it. Both are young, hot, up-andcoming artists with full bands and horn sections. It should be a really cool, double punch of soul, R&B and rock.” As usual, musical diversity reigns supreme at the Black Swamp Arts Festival. “One of the hallmarks of the festival really is that no matter when you come to watch the music, you’re going to like it,” Wicks said. “We always try very hard to represent a lot of different genres of music. There’s rock, blues, jazz, zydeco, Saharan African blues. There’s just a great diversity of musical styles, but all the players are topquality representations of those genres.” The quality extends to the performers playing earlier in the day as well — not just the headliners. “Take Howard Fishman, playing at lunchtime (12:20 p.m.) on the main stage,” Wicks said. “Go to his website and look at the reviews of him in the New York Times and the Washington Post and the awards he’s won and the people he’s played with. We’ve been able to, over the past couple decades, build good relationships with artists and agencies that allow us to really bring in some nice people.” One of the other cornerstones of the festival is the youth art area, where children get the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to their

creativity. The area is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. “What makes that area so unique for festivals is that it’s about kids creating art, about being artists,” Wicks said. “It’s not one of those things you go to where they hand you a balloon and paint your face. You leave with something you’ve created, something’s that’s a piece of art.” The family entertainment stage is located nearby, with performers gearing sets toward kids. “The majority of the main stage artists are doing additional sets on either or both of the family or acoustic stages,” Wicks said. “It’s a really great opportunity to see a band on a big stage with full production and lights and the whole nine yards, and then later in the afternoon or the next day, you get to see this person in an acoustic setting or on the family stage in a completely different environment.” An acoustic stage is also set up along Main Street at the Huntington Bank courtyard, with performances scheduled throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. The food at the festival is nearly as varied as the music. Edibles this year include fried crawfish, jambalaya, pad thai, sirloin tips, veggie lo mein, elephant ears, ribs, perch, fried Oreos, worm buckets and pie on a stick. An assortment of beers and wines will be available at the beer

garden, set up near the main stage. Through its nearly two-decade existence, the Black Swamp Arts Festival has built a reputation among art fans, music listeners and families in general as a destination, Wicks said. “The mantra for the entire event is quality, from the selection process for the visual artists to whittling bands down from literally hundreds of applicants,” Wicks said. “It’s very rigorous, but at the same time, you’ll see that we work very hard to have the local talent that exists in our backyard featured — the BGSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, BGSU Jazz Combo and BGSU Faculty Jazz Quartet — are performing at the event.” Another reason to head to the Black Swamp? The cost — or lack of one. The musical performances are free, as are many of the children’s activities. “It’s free and accessible to all,” Wicks said. “The festival committee is very proud of that.” Brown said the festival is a chance to bring the arts-loving community of Northwest Ohio together. “The festival itself is a party for Bowling Green and all of our guests from out of town,” she said. “It’s a wonderful time to celebrate music and the arts.” For more information, visit the website www. blackswamparts.org. O


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This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O Chris Thile, Michael Daves: 8 p.m. Sept. 8, $25. O The David Wax Museum: 8 p.m. Sept. 9, $10. O John McCutcheon: 8 p.m. Sept. 10, $20. O Carbon Leaf, Chamberlin: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, $17.50. O Bernard Allison: 8 p.m. Sept. 13, $20. O Ben Sollee, John Whitaker: 8 p.m. Sept. 14, $15.

Bar 145 This new venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. 5304 Monroe St. bar145toledo.com. O DJ J Wayne: Sundays. O Jeff Stewart: Tuesdays. O Killer Flamingos: Sept. 8 O The Websters: Sept. 9. O Shutterwood: Sept. 11.

Basin St. Grille Named for the birthplace of American Jazz, this standby has more than 20 flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. O Jeff Stewart: Sept. 7. O Suburban Soul: Sept. 8. O Distant Cousinz, Scott Fish: Sept. 9. O Sugar Daddies: Sept. 10. O Don Binkly: Sept. 14.

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. O Jeff Stewart: Sept. 8. O Toast & Jam: Sept. 9. O Kentucky Chrome: Sept. 10.

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A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. O Final Cue, Space Cadet, New Arbor: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 7. O Boombox, Eliot Lipp, Superdre: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 8. O The Macpodz, Lubriphonic, Sophistafunk: 9 p.m. Sept. 9. O The Bang! 9:30 p.m. Sept. 10. O MC Chris, MC Larz, Mega Ran, Adam Warrock: 8 p.m. Sept. 11. O Wolfie Complex, Stepdaddy, a Sic End: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14.

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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. O Open mic night with Chris Knopp: Mondays. O Luke James: Tuesdays. O DJ Jerod: Wednesdays and Thursdays. O Crucial 420: Sept. 9. O Mojopin: Sept. 10.

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. O Blondie: 9 p.m. Sept. 9, $25.

Centennial Terrace This venue next to a quarry hosts dance parties, swing bands and rockers. 5773 Centennial Road, Sylvania. (419) 882-1500, www.centennialterrace.org or www. ticketmaster.com. O Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s “Movie Memories”: 7 p.m. Sept. 8, $15-$25. Box office: (419) 246-8000. O The Johnny Knorr Orchestra: 7:30-11 p.m. Sept. 10, $10.

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Jake Stoneburner, the Buckeye junior starting tight end, helped lead Ohio State to a 42-0 victory over the Akron Zips in front of a season-opening crowd of 105,001 at Buckeye Stadium. He caught three passes for 50 yards and three touchdowns. He is also the first Buckeye tight end to catch three touchdowns in one game. Ohio State will host the Toledo Rockets this weekend. We congratulate Jake Stoneburner and the Ohio State Buckeyes for their outstanding performance.

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Cheetah’s Den A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903. O DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. O Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)-Saturdays.

Club Soda This university hot spot from back in the day hosts entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. 3922 Secor Road. (419) 473-0062 or www.toledoclubsoda.com. O MAS FiNA: Sept. 9-10.

Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com. O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Sept. 7 and 14. O Michael Peslikis: Sept. 8. O Dan Seemann Quartet: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9-10. O David Lux: Sept. 13.

This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. (419) 2463339 or icerestaurantandbar.com. O Chuck Loeb, Nelson Rangell: 6 and 9 p.m. Sept. 8, $20. O 730 Club Band: 7 p.m. Sept. 9. O Jeff Williams, Isis: 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

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 jjsperrysburg.com. O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

Kerrytown Concert House This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. O Howard Fishman Quartet: 8 p.m. Sept. 9. O Peter Collins: 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

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Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O Gregg Aranda: Tuesdays. O Nicole & Mic: Sept. 7. O The Bridges: Sept. 8-10. O Kyle White: Sept. 14.

This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Open mic hosted by Meaghan Roberts and Jason Quick: Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: Tuesday nights. O Meaghan Roberts: Sept. 7. O Blue Flamingos: Sept. 9. O Al Smith & the Blues All Stars: Sept. 10.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O My ’80s Vice: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 9 p.m. Sept. 10.

French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com.

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Michigan LB Brandon Herron helped lead the Wolverines to a rain shortened 34-10 victory over Mid American rival Western Michigan. He scored on a 94-yard interception and on a 29-yard fumble recovery to help give new coach Brady Hoke his first Michigan victory. The Wolverine’s will host Notre Dame this weekend at the Big House. We congratulate Brandon Herron and the Michigan Wolverines for their outstanding performance.


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This pub offers handcrafted brews … and live entertainment. 27 Broadway. (419) 243-1302 or www.oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com. O Open mic hosted by Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Wednesdays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Thursdays. O DJs Aaron Brown and Nate Mattimoe: Saturdays. O Breaking Ground: 10 p.m. Sept. 9.

A corner bar-type hangout with DJ-provided tunes on Saturday nights. 702 Monroe St. (419) 241-1118. O Open mic with Jason Kelley: 9 p.m. Thursdays. O Hip-hop night: 9 p.m. Fridays.

One2 Lounge at Treo Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5703 Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-2266 or treosylvania.com. O DJ Amjad Doumani: Sept. 8 O What’s Next, Raq the Casbah: Sept. 9. O Hero String Trio: Sept. 10.

Ottawa Tavern Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O Jack Klatt: 10 p.m. Sept. 14.

Our Brothers Place Take in a movie with margaritas on Mondays, or laugh at Thursday comedy nights … but music takes center stage most nights. 233 N. Huron St. www.ourbrothersplace.com. O Wayne: Wednesdays. O DJ Keith Success: Fridays. O C.J. Manning & Friends: Saturdays. O Karaoke with Walt McNeal: 4 p.m. Sundays. O Andre Wright, Soul Creation: Tuesdays.

Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 8937281, (419) 740-2395 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com. O Old West End Productions: Wednesdays. O Bob Rex: Sunday afternoons. O The Eight-Fifteens: Sunday evenings and Sept. 10. O Mark Mikel Band: Tuesdays. O Polka Floyd: Sept. 9.

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Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com. O Ryan Dunlop: Sept. 9-10.

Country and rock with a little “Coyote Ugly” style. 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or www.yeehas.com. O Haywire: Sept. 9. O Monkey Grinder: Sept. 10.

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. www.toledobellows.wordpress.com. O Jack Wright: Sept. 10.

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This sushi bar offers occasional entertainment to accompany the fishy dishes. 7130 Airport Hwy. (419) 720-9333 or spicytunasushi.com. O DJ Jimmy James: 10 p.m. Fridays. O Karaoke: 10 p.m. Saturdays. O Monte: 7-11 p.m. Sept. 8.

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 www.swingmania.org.

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The university’s music students and friends will perform the pieces they’ve been perfecting. (419) 530-2452 or www. utoledo.edu/as/music. O Jazz Night: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Crystal’s Lounge, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 3536 Secor Road. $3-$5. (419) 535-7070.

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BGSU concerts The university’s ensembles, choirs, quartets and more — and their friends — will present the music they’ve been perfecting. Halls are located in Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music. O Faculty artist series: Charles Saenz, trumpet. 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Bryan Recital Hall. O Faculty artist series: John Sampen, saxophone. 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Bryan Recital Hall.

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BGSU football The Falcons will use their talons on their gridiron opponents. Doyt Perry Stadium, Wooster St., Bowling Green. $13-$18; season tickets, $80-$150. (877) 247-8842 or www.bgsufalcons.com. O Morgan State University: 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

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Glass City and I was able to do that in November 2009, as the co-host of the Collingwood Arts Center’s Poetry Series, when he was featured with David Smith and Nick Muska. Let me backtrack. I was first formally introduced to Scott by a mutual friend, Iris Berry, in 2004. Emails led to phone calls and phone calls led to our book and a raging tour of words with S.A. Griffin through northern California in the spring of 2005 that I will never forget. We read in a bookstore, we read in a laundromat, we even read in the ballroom of a friend’s hotel in San Francisco, and the next year we did it all over again, and the year after that, until Scott was forced to leave his home in Los Angeles due to health concerns in 2008. He relocated to Florence, Ore., to be closer to family and our visits became rare. He did come out to Kansas City’s Unregulated Word Festival in 2009 and later that same year to Toledo, both times with the help of his longtime friend, David Smith. n DORSEY CONTINUES ON 19

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n DORSEY CONTINUED FROM 18 Scott’s appearance in Toledo brought one of the biggest crowds for a poetry reading I’ve ever seen here, before or since. He started things off by singing a John Prine tune, one of his favorite things to do, and then launched into a full-on assault of words. I won’t say that the reading was perfect. The program ran long and by the time Scott got up there the audience seemed a bit drained, but even on a cane and oxygen, Scott was in rare form. After the reading we hung out at my place and went out for a burger and then he was gone. I didn’t know that it would be the last time I’d ever see him alive. It was though, and it seems only fitting that it was here in Toledo. All of his friends knew how bad his health was, but when his death came at the age of 58, it was a shock to all of us. In addition to his recent work, Scott was a member of the traveling poetry troupe the Carma Bums, with S.A. Griffin, M. Lane Bruner, Mike Mollett, Bobo Sarton and Doug Knott. He also spent many years behind the counter at the now-defunct Dutton’s Brentwood Bookstore, where he befriended celebrities like Ed Harris and Dustin Hoffman, who co-starred with him in the 2004 film, “i heart huckabees.” His work appeared in a number of literary anthologies such as “The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry” (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999). Scott is survived by his Uncle Ken, brothers Paul and Bob, his nieces and nephews, and countless friends and fans. His upcoming book, “Tomorrow is Another Song” will be released by

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It’s that time of year when we tend to get back into our regular routines. For those of you who enjoy armchair travel or international cultures, I would like to present some special opportunities. Monthly through April, the Way Public Library in Perrysburg is presenting its Reel Art foreign film series. This is especially valuable since none of the commercial theaters in our area show foreign films on a regular basis. They certainly aren’t travelogues, but they often show scenes of the country of origin and give insight into the people and their customs. The movies are all free and even include free refreshments. A short discussion usually follows the movie. All showings are at 7 p.m. The first film, “Made in Dagenham,” will be screened Sept. 23 in the main floor activity room. This is a British film, which means no subtitles. It is based on the true story of organizing women workers in the textile industry. On Sept. 27, I will present the travelogue “Roundabout Britain” at the Way Public Library. From London, we head south to Canterbury and then toward the West Country past

Stonehenge, staying along the Devon coast and stopping at St. Michael’s Mount on the way to Land’s End. Then we wend our way through Cheddar Gorge and on to feast in a Welsh Castle on our way to the Lake District. A futile attempt to spot Nessie comes before spending the night in a haunted Scottish castle. On the way back to London we visit Brontë country, Oxford and Windsor. On Oct. 14 the German comedy “Good Bye Lenin!” will be shown. It takes place about the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. “Today’s Special” from India (in English) will be offered Nov. 18. Finland’s “Letters to Father Jacob” will round out the year with a showing Dec. 9. The Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh, Mich. will again offer its professional travelogue series at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Programs begin at 7:30 PM and tickets at $5. On Oct. 11 the presentation will be on Holland, and San Francisco will be the subject Nov. 8. Since we in Toledo hear quite a bit about China these days, I will present my Many Faces of China travelogue Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Maumee Branch Library on River Road. It includes visits to the major cities and a Yangtze River cruise. Happy travels this fall — armchair or otherwise! O

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eah, George Lucas is messing around with “Star Wars.” Again. And fans are going ballistic. Again. It had been widely speculated that the famous filmmaker would once more be tinkering with his most famous work in advance of the Sept. 16 release of all six films on Blu-ray. This was confirmed with the release of JEFF details on changes to several of the films, beyond the “Special Edition” alterations made when last the films saw release. Yoda, portrayed by a puppet in “Phantom Menace,” will now be replaced by a CGIgenerated character in the film. (He remains as-is in the original trilogy.) Little tweaks have been made to effects here and there in several of the movies. The cry Obi-Wan Kenobi makes to scare off Sand People in “Episode IV: A New Hope” has been altered, for reasons no one can guess at. And, most galling to many “Star Wars” fans, Darth Vader will now scream “Nooooo!” as he hoists the Emperor to his demise in “Return of the Jedi.” This seems to be a callback to the single most maligned moment in perhaps the whole of the prequel trilogy, when a freshly resurrected Vader cries a pathetic “Nooooo!” upon learning of his wife Padme’s demise. Fans are up in arms as never before at these changes. Once more, people are calling for Lucas’ head, decrying him and everything he stands for. Any positives he may have contributed to the world up to now (like, say, creating the whole “Star Wars” enterprise for everyone to obsess over) are rendered null and void, because “Vader can’t scream ‘Nooooo!’ darn it!” Is it Lucas’ right to change the movies? Yes and no. Yes, as a director, he has every right to alter a film in any way he sees fit. So he can have at the original “Star Wars” and the whole prequel trilogy, as far as I’m concerned. But, no matter how involved in the production he was, I’d argue that he has no right to mess with either “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Return of the Jedi,” because they were not his films. Especially now that neither of those films’ makers, Irvin Kershner or Richard Marquand, are still with us. But even if you want to consider Lucas the auteur of the entire enterprise, whether it is fair of him to alter the movies is still open for debate. It’s not as if directors haven’t been changing their classics for years. “Special Editions” are released with alarming regularity these days. The great Ridley Scott has messed around with “Blade Runner” almost as much as Lucas has with his scifi epic. Steven Spielberg re-edited and changed “E.T.,” adding new effects and subtracting guns. Neither of these directors, however, has been the

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brunt of anywhere near the flack Lucas takes. Why? For one thing, Lucas is the only one who insists upon his latest cuts being the only version of the films available. Pretty much anyone else who releases a new edition of a classic includes the original film, so fans can choose. Lucas has made it clear his new versions are to be considered the true version. For years, the original cuts were never released on DVD at all. A 2006 edition of the films finally corrected this, apparently without Lucas’ blessing — though the versions released were barebones transfers that didn’t look nearly as good as they could have. That’s what galls fans most — the idea that Lucas is dictating to them what their favorite movies should look like. Of course, he dictated what they would look like before they were ever released, too. But once they have been sent to the public for consumption,

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Later, Vader they stop really being the artist’s work alone. I acknowledge all the amazing work Lucas has done. I don’t hate him, as many claim to. Lucas has contributed far, far more artistic good to the world than bad. And if he wants to tinker with his work, that is his right. But it is also my right, as a consumer, to choose not to buy it. If fans are genuinely that upset, maybe it’ll show in lackluster sales of the new release. O Email Jeff at PopGoesJeff@gmail.com.

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