Downtown Bowling Green

Toledo rockers helping Corky Laing move the Mountain

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Corky Laing will celebrate his birthday at Howard’s Club H Saturday night. The rock drummer known for his decades with Mountain, is turning turn 70.  That’s not how he looks at it though. “I’m 22 with 50 years of experience,” Laing said a few days before the gig. The show starts Saturday at 9 p.m. at the club at 210 N. Main St. That youthful feeling has much to do with his current bandmates, guitarist and vocalist Chris Shutters and multi-instrumentalist and producer Mark Mikel, on bass. They’ve convened at the un-rock hour of 10 a.m. at Mikel’s Maumee studio to put some work in on the Mountain songs as well as a couple originals they’re writing together. This is more than a one-off pick up band. The trio plans to head out on the road in 2018. The Howard’s show will be recorded for a CD and DVD release. Though booked as Corky Laing Plays Mountain, the veteran drummer sees this as a new beginning, maybe even with a new band name. “This is the genesis,” he said. This new venture is rooted in Toledo, where Mikel and Shutters cut their teeth and are still based. Laing likened his time in Mikel’s studio with how he felt when he first joined Mountain back in 1969. “I’m getting a lot of flashbacks.” Shutters is his link to Toledo. Laing heard the guitarist playing in New York with fellow drummer Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience band. “I was blown away by Chris’ playing and his voice,” Laing said. He offered him a job on his tour of Canada and the United States early last year. It was 25 shows in 30 days. Shutters proved his mettle on the grueling run. The repertoire is very guitar-centered, Laing said, and Shutters excelled. “I thought maybe we should take it somewhere else,” Laing said. “Let’s move it along.” Shutters recommended Mikel to fill out the group. Later this year, Laing decided he wanted to visit the guitarist’s neighborhood. They ended up jamming at the Durty Bird in Toledo and then at Howard’s Club H. “I was fuckin’ blown away,” Laing said about his introduction to the local scene. “I didn’t expect it. I was semi shocked. This was a big fuckin’ wow. Who knew Toledo would be the rock mecca of the world?” With Cleveland to the east and Detroit to the north, “this is the rock belt,” he said. The ages in the group span a couple generations, Mikel is 56, and Shutters is 31. Mikel said Mountain was big when he was a kid, a jovial dig at the drummer’s age. Shutters knew the band from his father’s record collection. Both started playing at early ages. Shutters said his parents have a video of him at 2 singing “I Heard It through the Grapevine” using a hair brush as a microphone. Mikel said at 13 he played a drum solo at St. Pat’s in Toledo. “I got a standing ovation, and I was hooked for life.” Both have stayed in Toledo, but they’ve ventured out of the city to perform. Besides working with Baker, Shutters hit road eight years ago with Nathan Osmond, a country-singing younger member of the Osmond clan. Mikel played with the local band…

Classic Rock Christmas continues at Howard’s

From HOWARD’S CLUB H Howard’s Club H at 210 N. Main St. in Bowling Green is bringing some of classic rock’s greatest touring bands to NW Ohio in the coming year, and they are kicking off their renewed commitment to the “best in live music” with a new Classic Rock Christmas Series, December 8-23. December 8 and 9 saw Detroit native and international blues guitarist Michael Katon on stage for two shows, with Toledo’s own Shakin’ Shivers as the opening act. December 16, Local guitar virtuoso Chris Shutters headlines with the Chris Shutters Band. The group recorded their own special “Live at Howard’s” disc in the last month and will be playing a mix of original and popular rock and blues staples. And December 23, NW Ohio music fans can be part of music history when Corky Laing Plays Mountain, with Shutters and local music icon Mark Mikel, take the stage for a very special performance. Laing, the writer of the iconic 70’s hit Mississippi Queen, is the subject of a new documentary film, and the film crew will be at Howard’s to shoot footage. Plus, Gonzo Records will be recording a live album with Laing, Shutters, and Mikel at the December 23 performance, which is the “warm up” event for their 2018 World Tour. Corky Laing will also be celebrating his, “70 th year of having a pulse,” that night as well. “There is a great deal to promote, including a limited vinyl record release [on Rouge Records, a subsidiary of Jack White’s Third Man Records] in April, the LIVE CD and DVD, and my book release in March,” said Laing of his very busy upcoming year. Mikel and Shutters are included in the 2018 touring lineup. Steve Feehan and Tony Zmarzly bought Howard’s Club H, a landmark in the college town 30 minutes south of Toledo, two years ago, and have perfectly transitioned the Bowling Green staple into a live music mecca. Feehan and Zmarzly are both musicians and have updated everything from the sound production, with state of the art sound board and computerized stage lighting and scrim, to the stage itself. Where, to the relief of many long-time Howard’s fans, they removed the “pillars” that blocked the front of the stage. Previous big shows have included NRBQ, tributes to The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie, and local favorites like Tree No Leaves and Corduroy Road. WBGU-TV also began producing a new program, Live at Howard’s, in 2017, and plans to continue the series next year. For more information on the Classic Rock Christmas line-up visit

Glostik Willy to headline triple bill at Clazel, Nov. 30

Submitted by GLOSTIK WILLY Glostik Willy, a three-piece power trio from Indiana, will perform Thursday, Nov. 30, for a party at Clazel Entertainment, Bowling Green. Listeners are told to: “Expect heavy-hitting drums that will make you move and groove, with progressive thundering bass lines and guitar that sizzles and crackles all the way through your brain and explodes out into the galaxy. This is ‘Hippy Metal’ for those who like their jambands with a dose of head-banging and horn-checks!” Also on the bill will be  PeanutButter Williams and Get Right Band. The band was formed in early 2008 by Jameson “Jay Moe” Bradford (guitar), his brother Ralf Mowf (drums) and childhood best friend Buddha Aguilar (bass). At the time, they were already five year veterans of the Midwest music scene, having started their first band together at age 12.  Since then, Glostik Willy has grown to be a driving force in the National Jamband scene, bridging the gap between rock and jam and forming their own genre of music that can only be described as “Hippy Metal.. To date, Glostik Willy has logged more than 600 performances in more than 25 states and two countries. The band has hosted eight Midwest music and arts festivals, including their signature Willy Fest (headlined this past year by Molly Hatchet), and performed sets at over 70 festivals around the country. In Spring of 2017, the band completed their first National Tour playing 23 shows from Florida to Califiornia. “This band is a good old, down and dirty rock and roll machine. These guys blew me away…!” exclaims Buckeye Music Magazine. “An insanely manic band!” writes MusicFestNews. Glostik Willy’s mission is to create an experience that will change the world by entertaining all walks of life, bringing fans, friends, and family together to enjoy and value art, love and music. To that end, they have pioneered a fan-centric method of touring in which they regularly ride along with van-loads of followers, have dedicated time and effort to supporting notable social causes in their hometown of Marion, Indiana, and seek to include a variety of creative expression at their shows (including visual arts, performance art, poetry, fire-spinning and flow arts). “These guys know how to lay it down! Bring some ear plugs and prepare to rock out!”, raves The Dayton Music Insider.

Downtown BG invites community to Shop the Block, Dec. 1

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Shopping is what everyone is doing these days as the holiday is sneaking up on us in less than one month.  Downtown Bowling Green is decorated for the holidays; beautiful lit poles and snowflakes, winter floral and beautifully decorated windows.  Shopping takes on a whole new dimension as you stroll down the blocks of Main Street.  As deemed by the Downtown Merchants “We are Lively, Diverse and Neighborly” and by Ohio Magazine “Best Hometown” This experience will be enhanced even more December 1st as beautiful luminaries line Main Street in the Downtown for evening shopping.  Participating merchants will extend their hours until 9 pm.  Special offers and a remarkable shopping experience should make it a reason for you to shop local and support those that keep our local economy strong. You can find a list of the participating merchants on our website at:  as well as some of the other activities we have going on like our Downtown Dollar Give Away, Merchant Window Decorating Contest and our next visit from Santa.

Bowling Green celebrates national Shop Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

Submitted by DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN In recognition of the national event of Shop Small Business Saturday, Bowling Green’s, Mayor Richard Edwards has proclaimed November 25, 2017 Small Business Saturday in the city. The proclamation was presented by Mayor Edwards at the City Council Meeting on November 6, to Mary Hinkelman, Managing Director for Downtown Bowling Green. This proclamation reminds our community of their need to support our local small businesses. “The investment each of these small businesses makes to our city when they set up shop here is huge. On Saturday, invite your friends to Shop Small and show support for all your favorite places and visit one new business you’ve been meaning to check out. When small businesses succeed, the entire community is impacted.” said Hinkelman when asked about this national event. Of every dollar spent locally, 68 cents stays local through jobs that are created, tax revenue that is generated and reinvestment. When that same dollar spent online, the impact diminishes for our local economy. In the United States there are over 28.8 million small businesses that employ over 48 percent of the working population and create more than 66 percent of the new jobs. Downtown Bowling Green works with the merchants to promote shopping local year round, but especially on this dedicated day of support. Special offers and hours are great reason to make a stop downtown and this year’s Downtown Dollars Give Away makes even more exciting with $500 in prizes. Enter where you shop and when you vote on a decorated merchant’s window downtown. We also will have a drawing for kids 12 and under when they stop in to see Santa. The Four Corners Center at 130 S. Main St. will be open 11 – 1 pm Saturday for the Santa visits, Julie’s Dance Studio’s sneak peak at the Nutcracker Production and a few seasonal crafts for the children. Additional information about these events and participating merchants can be found on our website at

Art 4 Animals show on exhibit at Four Corners

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council and Four Corners Center is hosting Artists 4 Animals 5 at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main Street, from November 10 through November 28th. Thirty-two artists of all ages, kindergarten through adult, are exhibiting their animal-themed work in the show, which is free and open to the public during regular Four Corners hours of 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. The show features selected top winners in each age category as well as best domestic and wild animal. Several of the artworks depict dogs and cats currently at the Wood County Humane Society, as depicted by Eastwood High School students. First place award winners are: Best Domestic Animal, Anna Gerken, “Begging for Treats” Best Wild Animal, Jean Gidich-Holbrook, “Iguana” Adults, Isabel Zeng “Bunny Ears K-4th Grade, Aya Aldailami, “Two Animals” 5th-8th Grade, Robbie Witte, “Racing Steeds” 9th-12th Grade, Hope Harvey, “Baybee” The winning images are reproduced on note cards that are available for purchase at the Four Corners Center.  Sales of the cards will benefit the Wood County Humane Society and the Bowling Green Arts Council.  This event is sponsored in part by The Copy Shop and Kabob it BG.  

Bowling Green turns on the lights of a new tree

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green celebrated the lighting of a new Christmas tree Friday night and got help from some friends from afar to do it. Gone is the 50-foot Colorado blue spruce, and in its place is a less towering 12-foot specimen. Still Wood County Library Director Michael Penrod, who had to make the recommendation to cut down the old tree, said he was pleased with the new tree. “Our new baby is alive and well and is awesome,” he said. “It’s exciting to be here on the beginning of a new tradition.” He hopes the tree will last 30 years like the previous tree. This is the third community tree on the library lawn, though the first one only lasted a year. For such a momentous change, it’s taken a long time for some people to notice. A patron came in a couple weeks ago, Penrod said, and asked what happened to the tree. “Wasn’t it bigger?” In honor of International Week on the Bowling Green State University campus, foreign students were invited to participate in the tradition. Foreign students on campus made decorations representing their countries, and the tree was topped with flags representing some of the 80 countries from which students come to BGSU. Edwards invited three BGSU students to join him in flipping the switch to light the tree. Hannah Lechner, from Austria, Crystal Lau, Hong Kong, and Caroline Flaesgarten, an American student who studied in Strasbourg, France, last year. “It made me feel like a little girl,” Lau said, after the tree was lit. Flaesgarten agreed, especially having the chance to drive to the event in the fire engine with the mayor. “I’m so thankful for this opportunity because all the people who are here,” Lechner said. This made the students feel more connected to the community. Erin Klessner came with her children as they have for the last five or so years. “It’s just a fun family event to kick off the holidays.” She said it was “a bummer” that the old tree was gone. But she’s looking forward to seeing this tree grow over the years. “It’s exciting to be here on the beginning of a new tradition,” Penrod said.        

Drag takes the stage as local LBGTQ claims a club night for their own

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News With the band’s sound check completed, Howard’s co-owner Tony Zmarzly was on the stage at the club making sure the gear was pushed to the edges of the stage. He taped down a section of the carpet and checked for errant microphone cords. The crowd cleared the dance floor in front of the stage, and waited. Then Rosie D. Riveter appeared, all glitter and bitchy attitude. Drag was on stage at Howard’s Club, and it found a willing audience. The Rosie and Viv Show last Sunday was the first of three Queer Night drag and variety performances scheduled for the club. Organizer Gary Strain, a.k.a. Rosie, hopes this will continue and maybe even expand in 2018. The other shows are set for Nov. 26 and Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. she and Vivian Vendetta Sinclaire also will be part of the line up Saturday, Nov. 19, for the Leelah Alcorn Memorial Scholarship Benefit Show to raise scholarship money for transgender students at Bowling Green State University. The benefit starts at 3 p.m. and runs until closing time. The show Sunday marked a promising launch as Rosie and her co-hostess Vivian Vendetta Sinclaire commanded the stage with raucous, off-color humor and word play. They pulled the audience in. They even had a couple women come up to guess their bras sizes, to no avail. Then Nikki Cordy, the club’s barkeep, left her station, to nail it. Strain said when he’d approached Cordy about staging the drag show at the club, her response was “hell yeah.” So Rosie and Ms. Sinclaire and their special guests Rikki Sins and Deja D. Dellataro walked the walk to the sounds of Beyonce, Spice Girls, Lizzo, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morisette, The Pointer Sisters, and Kelly Clarkson. The dance floor became a runway and as they strutted by on their way to the packed picnic tables in the rear, customers proffered dollar bills. One customer apologized to Rosie saying she’d forgotten to bring bills. “Oh, just give me your credit card.” Strain said that the idea for the queer night at Howard’s sprang from discussions among those in the LBGTQ+ community on campus. There’s already drag at Ziggy’s on Tuesday nights, but people were looking for something different. “Something edgy, something a little underground, something a little punk,” Strain said. That includes having a local band – American Spirits filled the bill for the inaugural night – and in the future comedians and other variety acts. “It’s about providing a community space,” Strain said. “A place they feel safe in, where they want to come out and enjoy themselves and feel part of it.” That’s how Bowling Green residents Dot Johnson and Danielle Summers felt. They’ve been to Ziggy’s, but that’s late night on a Tuesday, making it hard on those who have to get up to go to work the next day. The Howard’s show starts at 8. They’re already Howard’s regulars. “It’s a really comfortable place,” Johnson said. “I’m happy they were having a queer night on a night I could attend. I love the bar. I love drag. This is the best.” Summers said she liked the way Rosie spent time setting up the acts at the beginning, and injected the so much comedy in the proceedings. Queer nights…

Downtown BG decorates for the holidays

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN As the holiday season comes upon us, Downtown Bowling Green is beyond elated to unveil the new seasonal décor.   Through fundraising and generous donations of our community we have been able to replace all the arrangements for the commercial planters that line the downtown as well as purchase four new banners to tout the new Bowling Green distinction of “Best Home Town” 2017-2018 for our region from Ohio Magazine. Norm Tolles who works at McKenzie’s Flower Basket was so eager to help create a beautiful selection with white birch poles, evergreen, ornaments and pinecones.  Tolles headed up a group of volunteers that pre-assembled some of the decorations and again instructed a group that installed the new arrangements.  In all 360’ of white birch was cut and bound, 500 pinecones and 500 ornaments wired and an immeasurable amount of evergreen will make for a beautiful seasonal setting in our downtown.   Many thanks Rick and Carl’s Tree Farm, Lewallen Construction for their donations and for all the volunteers.  In all we accumulate almost 200 volunteer hours from start to finish, not just assembling but also removal of the summer foliage and installing the new arrangements. The BG Central Business Special Improvement District dba Downtown Bowling Green reminds everyone to shop local during this holiday season.  Of every dollar spent at a locally owned and operated business 68 cents stays local through wages, taxes and reinvestment.  It’s easy to do this with the purchase of Downtown Dollars at our office, For Keeps, Farm Girls, Calico Sage & Thyme or on our website at

BG Community Tree Lighting set for Nov. 17

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN Downtown Bowling Green is decorated and ready to kick off the holiday season Friday, November 17 th as Mayor Richard Edwards officiates the throwing of the switch that will light the Community Tree. The annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, organized by the Downtown Bowling Green has grown enormously in recent years and proves to be a well attended event yet again. This year’s program will include a prelude of music by the Madrigals and refreshments from Qdoba, Meijer, and the American Red Cross. The Downtown Bowling Green office is also honored to announce the partnership with the BGSU International Program to bring the town and gown together on this community event. The week of the tree lighting is International Education week and to bring light to this, there will be ornaments on the tree representing over 80 countries. The ornaments have been handmade by the students who will also be volunteering to assist the day of the event. The Wood County District Public Library has been a community partner in this event for so many years. Michael Penrod, Executive Director of the library gave us free rein on decorating and program choices. The library opens its doors to everyone for a free concert by the Madrigals in the library atrium at the conclusion of the tree lighting. So many thanks need to be extended; To the City of Bowling Green for all their assistance with logistics, BG Fire Department for transportation, Bowling Green Electric for the purchase of new lights for the tree this year, The Convention and Visitors Bureau for arranging for the afore mentioned refreshments, The annual Community Tree Lighting will take place Friday, November 17 th . The prelude will begin with a performance by the Madrigals with a selection of seasonal music at approximately 6:45 pm. The arrival of Mayor Edwards by fire truck will commence the lighting at 7 p.m. Those gathering are asked to be sure to stay off of Main Street in the spaces in front of the library as that is the designated area for the fire truck to park. Please contact the office of Downtown Bowling Green with any questions about this event at 419-354- 4332.

BG Council action to help Betco create 20 new jobs

 By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green City Council helped pave the way Monday evening for a local manufacturer to add approximately 20 jobs. Council agreed to vacate about 90 feet of right-of-way adjacent to Betco Corporation on Newton Road. The vacating of the right-of-way will allow the company to proceed with construction of an additional facility at its location. Betco is planning a 20,000 square foot warehouse for the relocation of operations from another state – which will create an estimated 20 new jobs. Also at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Dick Edwards declared Nov. 25 as “Small Business Saturday” in Bowling Green. “Small businesses employ over 48 percent of the working population of the U.S.,” he said. Mary Hinkelman, managing director of Downtown Bowling Green, asked those present to remember the “Holly Days” and “Downtown Dollars” promotions while they do their holiday shopping. “We are working hard to promote our downtown,” Hinkelman said. “It’s so important for our downtown merchants.” According to Hinkelman, when people spend their shopping dollars locally, 68 cents of every $1 stays in the local economy. She also noted that local businesses are frequently giving back to the community. “They make a huge investment in our downtown and it vibrates out to our whole community,” she said. The mayor also recognized Wendy Chambers, executive director of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, for her efforts in the city being named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns of the Year. This is the second time in 10 years for Ohio Magazine to name Bowling Green to the position. The November issue of the magazine features coverage on Bowling Green, “showcasing all our wonderful city has to offer,” Chambers said. The magazine mentions the historic downtown, vibrant campus, beautiful parks and community spirit. The November edition of Ohio Magazine is available at Ben Franklin and at the Four Corners office in downtown. The city will be recognized in another edition in January, plus the “Summer Fun” edition. A representative of Ohio Magazine will be at the city’s Holiday Parade to present an award to the community. “Way to go Bowling Green,” Chambers said. In other business at Monday’s meeting: Municipal Administrator Lori Tretter reported that city offices will be closed on Friday for Veterans Day. Tretter also mentioned the annual tree lighting will be held Nov. 17 at 6:45 p.m., in front of Wood County District Public Library. Planning Director Heather Sayler reported that Camiros, the firm working on the city’s Community Action Plan, was pleased with citizen feedback on the draft plan. A formal presentation of the plan is expected in January. Public Works Director Brian Craft said efforts are being made to complete roadwork on North Grove, West Evers and South Church before winter weather. Craft also reported the leaf collection started on Monday and will continue for weeks. He asked that residents keep the leaves away from curbs and gutters.

Cameron’s Comics turns the page with shop in downtown BG

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Jonathan Smith said he was something of a nerd when he was a kid. He loved Calvin and Hobbes and Mad Magazine. When Smith’s wife died three years ago this coming February, he needed something that he and his son, Cameron, could do together. Before then Smith traveled a lot selling and racing quarter-scale race cars. Reading comic books was just the thing. Together they’d travel to different shops in southern Michigan and Toledo, checking out what was available. That bonding experience blossomed into a store selling comic books and named after Cameron, 16, which opened in Adrian, Michigan, last year. The success of the Cameron’s Comics & Stuff took Smith, 42, by surprise. At first, he worked days at a factory and ran the store at night. But he found he could quit his factory job and devote himself to the store. Now Smith has opened a second Cameron’s Comics at 175 N. Main St. in Bowling Green. The shop officially opened Friday with a ribbon cutting. Over the weekend, Smith said, customers flocked to the store. Many were pleased to have a store devoted to comics and related literature, toys, and games back on Main Street. Though the store is open, it’s still a work in progress. More merchandise is coming in to fill the shelves that Smith built himself. He also plans to put a game room in the back. The main wall has the comics on white shelving. “They’re presented on white because they’re art,” he said. While he carries Marvel and DC, his stock goes deeper than that, extending to publishers including Fantagraphics, Drawn and Quarterly, Image Comics, Silver Sprocket, and Alterna. The shop also has games including the Magic: The Gathering and Catan as well as action figures and other toys. “We have our own flavor,” he said. Smith said he’s taking a slower approach to stocking the BG store. In Adrian he dove right in with games, but found there wasn’t much interest. He’s finding games have more traction in Bowling Green. He also has a studio for recording podcasts set up so he can record his own podcast “Two Beers and a Pull List.” The studio’s available for rent. Smith said he decided to expand to Bowling Green because the area lacks a comic book shop, and with a college age population, he felt that left a hole in the market he could fill. “With all the nerd culture coming to the forefront, it’s kind of cool to be a nerd.” Opening weekend seems to have met his expectations. With a lot of college age shoppers in as well as older buyers. “In Adrian, college students don’t spend money,” he said. “Down here it looks like they do.” On Monday morning, Anna Watson came in with Andrew Haver to pick up “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 2” He had seen it when he was in over the weekend, and told her it was here because she’d been looking for it. Haver was in high school when R & B Newsstand and Games was the local hub for comics fans and gamers. During that period Ground Zero Comics was in business across the street. Both he and Watson were pleased to see Cameron’s open up….

Arts beat: NRBQ right at home at Howard’s Club H

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Anyone who doubts that Howard’s Club H is having a revival as a music venue wasn’t at Saturday night’s NRBQ show. The venerable rock quartet was right at home in the stylish grit of the venerable club. And the sound system did justice to the band’s mix. NRBQ responded with 100 minutes of effervescent groove-based music delivered with a sly smile. The band opened with founder Terry Adams’ ”Rhythm Spell” and wrapped things up with Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm” as an encore. That was fitting because there was plenty of rhythm on display between the two. Whether they were sunny rock, the blues, or mambo, the beat was the thing throughout the night. The set bounced with little time between numbers from one highlight to another – the NRBG standard “Me and the Boys” or a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” among them. The show had its odd turns, as when the Adams summoned drummer John Perrin from behind his set to sing a number, supposedly for a woman in the audience. He ambled to the front of the stage and consulted with bassist Casey McDonough and guitarist Scott Ligon about what to sing. Then they eased into Roger Miller’s hit “King of the Road.” Adams took his place behind the drum set, He treated those drums far gentler than he did his two keyboards, which he treated like percussion throughout the night, slapping, punching, and then executing flowing runs. That’s the secret of NRBQ. Why after 50 years and shifts in personnel – Adams is the only founder and long-time member – the band is something more than the best bar band in the country. The repertoire is true to the sounds you’d expect from a band planted in the 1960s – before it seems anyone on stage except Adams was born. The celebrates the pop music of that time and the various Americana sounds that inspired it. They’re not afraid to play a novelty tune like Adams’ “Yes I Have a Banana” from the new EP “Happy Talk” that responds to a novelty tune from the 1920s. Adams is a musical subversive. He brings the joyous anarchy of an overgrown teenager to the mix, and a sophistication of someone whose influences include jazz mystery men Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk. He demonstrates how those seeming musical poles are all part of the same musical culture. Given this year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Monk, another musical subversive, Adams had promised to play one of the jazz icon’s compositions. He fulfilled that promise early in the show with a tender reading of Monk’s walking ballad “Ruby My Dear.” That was proof enough that Adams may play in a rock band but he is one of the best interpreters of Monk out there. His ease with the casual dissonances and the jagged turns of phrase and his respect for the song’s melody and roots in American song and dance are unmatched. Then late in the show he declared they had five minutes left, and then four and three, as the banter with the audience continued. He asked for requests and was greeted with a cacophony of song titles, which he let continue in a bit…

The music plays on at the Clazel

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The new operators of the 91-year-old Clazel in downtown in Bowling Green are not looking to teach the old venue new tricks. This summer Darrin and Cierra Karcher, of Findlay, purchased the Clazel business from Ammar Mufleh, who retains ownership of the building and property. The vision for the venue spelled out by John Carroll, the general manager, follows along the lines of what Mufleh did from the time he purchased the old theater in mid-2008. He ran the club nights on Fridays and Saturdays until last December when he stopped them out of concern for the wear-and-tear on the theater and his staff. Now the late night lights and DJs are back. Carroll worked security and on other projects for the Clazel since 2011. “I have a lot of respect for the building and definitely want to make sure it’s taken care of.” The Karchers, Carroll said, who own several bars in Findlay and Upper Sandusky, were interested in branching out. This will be the first night club the couple will operate. The Clazel continues to be available for weddings, corporate meetings and parties, and fundraisers.  “The big one being Fire and Ice,” a February benefit for the American Red Cross, Carroll said. Working with A.L. Entertainment, the owners are also bringing back regular live music to the Clazel. Carroll said that the Columbus-based jam band ekoostik hookah was interested in hosting a holiday show at the venue. That show will be Friday, Dec. 8 and also feature Tropidelic, Rustik Waters, and Tree No Leaves. Leading up to the December show, the club is hosting a series of concerts featuring bands who play “in a similar vein” to ekoostik hookah. Some of these bands, Carroll said, have opened for ekoostik hookah or worked with them in other places. The next show will be Thursday, Nov. 2, featuring Vibe and Direct, followed by a Nov. 16 concert by Funk Factory. The idea is to give a platform for local and regional band, and put a spark back into Bowling Green’s local music scene, Carroll said. “The ultimate goal is to make the Clazel a destination for regional music,” Carroll said. He sees the venue’s efforts as complementary to what’s happening at Howard’s a block away. Together they can offer a full weekend of music. So far the reception has been good with performers expressing interest in working there. The old theater will continue its relationship with Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, which occasionally presents concerts in the venue. The most recent was last Thursday as part of the New Music and Arts Festival. Carroll, a 2009 BGSU graduate in criminal justice, will be the local face of the business. He ran the Phone and GameSource store across the street. That business has now shifted its inventory to its Fremont location. He and the Karchers want to maintain the Clazel as a vital part of Bowling Green. “I love the town. It feels like home,” Carroll said. “I hope people realize we’re not just the night club on Friday and Saturday nights,” Carroll said. “We want to reach out to the community and be something that can have a positive impact on all the downtown business not just ours.  … We want…