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Minkin Music: A Summer of Authentic C...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 01:46 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin
 
Being regarded as the reigning voice of Americana, bluegrass, and traditional country twang in these parts, it’s the entire experience of seeing music performed live that is truly good for your soul. A bushel full of performers will be making their way to Northeastern Ohio during the very hectic summer touring schedule and many of these singer/songwriters should be on your concert bucket list.
 
Cain Park will be hosting The Counting Crows and their “Outlaw Road Show” on Monday, June 18. The group is touring behind Underwater Sunshine, a new CD release of favorite covers. The Carolina Chocolate Drops roll in on Thursday, July 19, fresh off this ...

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Minkin Music: Berry Honored at Rock Hall

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 04:44 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin
 
If you play a guitar, have a bucket list of concerts attended, or can quote Marty McFly, then you need to read this. The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will be honoring 85-year-old Chuck Berry as this year’s American Music Master with a week of events starting Monday, October 22. It will all culminate with a tribute concert held at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre on Saturday, October 27, that the guest of honor will perform at.
 
If you haven’t heard of Chuck Berry, then “School Days” are in session. I recommend you begin with an album called The Great Twenty-Eight that was released in 1982. It has all the classic songs ...

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Minkin Music: Bevan Strikes a New Chord

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 11:14 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin
 
Last month, I was persuaded to visit the jazz club Nighttown and attend local legendary troubadour Alex Bevan’s CD release. His new record, I Have No Wings, was produced by former Clevelander Holly Gleason, now a Nashville-based writer and publicist. She explained that the new album was magical and that Alex had written songs that hearken back to the days of his Grand River Lullaby record.
 
For some, you may have thought Bevan’s work has eroded over time. But I’m here to tell you that the new album is the real deal. Once again, Bevan is writing brilliant songs with personal experiences of life, loss, and tears. Songs that offer hope during tou ...

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Minkin Music: From the Ground Up Debuts

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 02:15 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

 
By Jay Minkin
 
For the music lover on your holiday list, start with a copy of From The Ground Up, the debut album by singer/songwriter John Fullbright. Add a pair of tickets to see his performance at The Beachland on Saturday, January 12, and you’ll have the ultimate stocking stuffer. The all-ages intimate full band show in the Beachland Tavern is only $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.
 
Only 24 years young, this phenom from Okemah, Oklahoma, with a guitar and harmonica, plays a set of original tunes with a delivery that offers shades of Ryan Adams and Tom Waits. From the same hometown as the iconic Woody Guthrie, Fullbright grew up listening to reco ...

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Minkin Music: Humbert is Now National

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 03:14 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Smart Living

By Jay Minkin
 
The years have passed gracefully since that winter night in 2005 when a young singer/songwriter named Ryan Humbert opened for John Eddie on a twin bill that just happened to coincide with my birthday. I have been following the Green, Ohio native ever since, watching him persevere, grow as a writer, and build an audience. His new Sometimes The Game Plays You was released nationally on the Rock Ridge Music label in June.
 
The new album’s 15 tracks were recorded analog on a Studer 24-track tape machine in Nashville with members of the Ryan Humbert Band, including longtime vocalist Emily Bates, Ben Evans on keyboards, Erin Vaughn on guitar, Jared Lees on bass ...

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Minkin Music: The Birds are in the Va...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 12:40 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Jay Minkin´╗┐
 
Take me down to that old-time music in the Cuyahoga Valley. On Friday, November 30, The Stray Birds will be performing as part of the heritage series of concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and one lucky reader and a friend will be able to enjoy seeing this show on the house.
 
Pairing some fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, a stand-up bass, and some sweet harmony vocals is a beautiful thing. Hailing from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds are touring behind their debut self-titled release that came out in July. Recording all original music, the trio consists of Maya de Virty on guitar, fiddle, banjo and vocals, Oliver Craven, also on guitar, ...

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Minkin Music: The Ghost of Browder Ho...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 03:38 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

It’s been 12 long years since Nashville’s Chelle Rose has released a record. What it took for her to make Ghost of Browder Holler was not just perseverance but a painstaking path fueled by an inner spirit that bleeds her story throughout the album. Browder Holler is deep within the soul of Chelle Rose’s Appalachia, located in the mountains where Rufus Morgan, a distant cousin on her Grannymom’s side of the family tree, hiked well into his nineties and called home.
 
Produced by the great Texas singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, the twelve tracks begin like there is a storm on the horizon. It’s as if the sky is getting dark and the winds are kicking up a ...

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Minkin Music: The Guy With the Saxophone

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/07/2013 - 09:52 am
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin
 
I can’t count how many times I’ve been to downtown Cleveland, be it for a concert, a play, a sporting event, a Rock Hall event, or just some big city dining.
 
Many nights there are more than just the sounds of bustling footsteps, honking cars, exuberant sports fans, or obnoxious bar patrons. Sometimes you might hear the sweet sounds of a saxophone playing a few bars of “The Pink Panther Theme” or the classic television theme song from “Sanford and Son.” Chances are the beautiful music you hear sweeping through the nighttime air is being played by Maurice Reedus Jr., otherwise seen as “the guy with the saxophone.”
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The Power of Proper Planning

by mimivanderhaven.com on 12/11/2012 - 05:07 pm
Category: Home

 
By Brent Moore
 
Q: We are considering an addition instead of buying a new home. How long does your design phase take?—Tiffany M., Bay Village
 
A: Great question. Many people are choosing to stay in their current homes because they like their neighbors, location, schools, and more. Today, it often makes more sense to make your current home your dream home.
 
The design time frame varies from one home to another because each is so different. Remodeling—including additions—is completely custom work. At Moore Home Remodeling, we aim to create a concept three to four weeks after an initial meeting.
 
We will come up with a few ideas that som ...

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Choosing a Realtor

by mimivanderhaven.com on 12/11/2012 - 05:01 pm
Category: Home

 
By Matt Lasher
 
Choosing a Realtor is a big decision.  This person will help you sell what is likely your single largest asset.  Realtors offer many different types of services, so be sure to interview at least two potential Realtors.  Here are a few questions you may want to consider asking:
 
What is the rationale behind your fee structure?
 
There is no standard fee structure in the industry, so ask an agent why they charge what they do. If you’re paying a percentage of your home’s value (the most common method in our market), ask what services you’ll receive in return.
 
My program includes a full range of effective, t ...

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