. May 29, 2015.

Street Musician
Violin Monster
Runner Up: Mr. Bill

New Artist/Band

Local Album
Changing The Sound of Your Room
by Muruga & The Cosmic Hoedown Band
Runner up: The Deep Enders
by Matt Jones

Jared Van Eck

Runner Up: N/A

Matt Jones
Runner Up: Frontier Ruckus

Duke Newcomb
Runner Up: A-Plu$

Jazz /Blues
Laith al Saadi
Runner Up: Dave Sharp

Blue Snaggletooth
Runner Up: Muruga & the Cosmic Hoedown

Open mic
The Ark
316 S. Main St.
Runner Up: Crossroads

Live music
The Ark
316 S. Main St.
Runner Up: The Blind Pig

Dance Club
516 E. Liberty St.
Runner Up: Live

Pick-up Bar
516 E. Liberty St.


Heavy Color’s River Passage

Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,

Green Book is Worth the Trip

An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

The most recent book of Kalamazoo-native Bonnie Jo Campbell is as visceral as it is honest. A compilation of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters explores the lives and relationships of women in rural settings. With varied character perspectives, the book runs the gambit of trials and tribulations: sexual assault, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, neglect,

Sweat and the Exonerated

Two shows ground today’s polarized political climate in the lives of people who struggle. In these tense political times, politically charged theatre is perhaps the opposite of the escape people are looking for in their entertainment. But The Exonerated, to be performed in February at the University of Michigan and Sweat, to be performed in