Tuesday, January 08, 2013

What To Get For Junior's Birthday?

So, I was doing my long-range planning for Ethan's birthday, and was thinking how much he loves anything automated: model cars, trains, all that. But what to get for him that would really be unique?

I love Amazon, because the product reviews are so useful. No kidding! I mean, check out this one, for a to-scale model drone.

Monday, January 07, 2013

New Kole Hard Facts Show

Listen to Indiana Talks for the newest installment of the Kole Hard Facts Show. It will air today at 2pm and again at 5pm.

Topics include New Years resolutions, the NHL deal to resolve the lockout, benefit shows for Clevelander Tony Urso (see yesterday's post) and for Norton Records (a large post coming soon!) and suspected union violence against Quakers.

Indiana Talks Widget Added

As a proud contributor to Indiana's first statewide online radio station, Indiana Talks, I've added a widget to the upper right corner of this blog so readers can check in at any moment to listen. Click the button, and you're getting the live stream!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Benefit For Tony Urso

My friend Tony Urso has been a guitarist in several Cleveland punk rock bands, including Starvation Army and Sissy, but now it has come to pass that he is suffering some health issues. I love this about music and arts scenes. He's in a tough spot, and his friends are rallying around him with support- in the form of a benefit show, with raffles and other fundraising for Tony.

Date: Friday,. January 11, 2013
Location: Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave, Cleveland OH
Door: $10
Raffle Tickets: $1

Link to Facebook event page

A benefit show for Tony Urso - bands playing will be a very rare appearance by THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS, 45 SPIDER, DUTCH BABIES (members of Numbskull), a reunion show from THE AGGRAVATORS, and THE DREXELS. Plus Jim Lanza DJing and a raffle!

8:00 Drexels
9:00 Aggravators
10:00 Dutch Babies
11:00 Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments
12:00 45 Spider

Tony is fighting cancer, and is undergoing chemo treatments, without benefit of medical insurance. He has a one-year-old son. That's one hell of a spot to be in. I am going and will chip in to support. If you know Tony, have enjoyed his fun company or his music over the years, please find a way to go and to contribute. They money is needed, and the uplift of support is so beneficial.

HUGE thanks to Jim Lanza who has put this event together. A ton of work by Jim. He also put the Cleveland's Screaming reunions together over the past several years.

Here are a couple of clips of Tony in action with a reunited Starvation Army a couple of years ago at a Cleveland's Screaming showcase, also at Now That's Class. I picked tracks that when originally recorded featured Tony as the only guitarist. For this lineup there are three guitars, Tony in the white shirt at the right of the stage.