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I just want you to know that I haven’t quit on my blog. I’ve been mighty busy with numerous projects (grateful to God for that), but haven’t spent any of my free time right here. Feel free to post any comment you like. (Please keep it clean.) Thanks for reading! –JR

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Loveless Root at The Social

A little rock, a little blues, a little rootsy, a lot of fun. Loveless Root continues to refine their sound. They opened for Midwest Hype and Twin Cats Friday night at The Social in Kokomo.

Loveless Root

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Josh Mast, has been with the group full-time for a while now, according to bassist Jesse Bieber. His contributions, both on vocals and guitar, are complementary to Roderick Allen Minch’s more laid-back style.

Bieber also gave props to Eddie Roodvoets, listed on the Loveless Root Facebook page as the guy playing “Alternative Percussion.” If you don’t know how much a percussionist can add to the overall sound of a group, please check out Loveless Root. You can also see Brian Pavey in InsideOut, a local cover band that have previously written about.

Chris Kremer’s sax also helps to gives Loveless Root a full, rich sound not found in most bands you hear in a bar. All three bands at The Social that night have a sax player in the line-up, so the audience got an uncommon treat in my experience.

I have to mention drummer Joey Ray Wills as well. And not because I talked about everyone else. Because he’s the kind of purposeful drummer that puts a solid foundation under the whole performance, even with a couple of tricky timing changes. Thanks for sweating so we could all have a fun evening! Continue reading

Great chance to hear original, live music

My friend, Jesse Bieber, has a burning passion for original music. He loves to listen, he loves to perform, he loves to connect with other bands, and even help them find gigs together or alone. In other words, he lives music. I’ve written about hearing his band once before…

Loveless Root at the Mouse Trap

Loveless Root at the Mousetrap

But this article isn’t about Jesse. It’s about the fact that you can hear his band, Loveless Root, tonight at The Social in Kokomo, at 10 p.m.  AND, you will hear two more regional band that Jesse won’t stop raving about: Midwest Hype and Twin Cats.

I have not had the privilege of seeing Twin Cats or Midwest Hype live, yet, so I want you to realize that this is at your own risk. You can get a taste of some of their original tunes from these and other videos on YouTube and the Mousetrap website.

Loveless Root – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzgf5mo9bzo (Some great drumming in this clip!) (UPDATE: This link actually works now.)

Midwest Hype – Something Beautiful – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYneQTTu8Kg

Twin Cats – King Cobra – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY0oZ5RuOFE

The show will go on until 3 a.m., and it promises variety and creativity that will chase away any Winter “blues!”

The event invitation page on Facebook has all the details (via The Social). Click “I’m attending,” and have a blast tonight! The cover is only $5.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=143850198996676

(Credit for the photo above goes to HiddenRelic.net)

Sunrise Steakhouse in Kokomo CLOSED for now.

CLOSED

Sunrise Family Steakhouse Closed Today

This afternoon, I spoke with managers at Sunrise Family Steakhouse in Kokomo. They site a number of issues that have contributed to the closing of the newly opened restaurant today. I was asked not to publicize those reasons at this time, since there was still hope of getting them resolved. Please come back to “Exactly, J.R.” at a later time for more information as it becomes reliably available.

UPDATE 2 p.m., 12-9-2010: According to local media, the employees reported that Board of Health violations, as well as lack of payment to employees and contractors were the reasons for closing. At this point, in local media, only the employees have provided statements, not the Board of Health, contractors, or the owner. I heard the same statements from the employees and two contractors yesterday before they decided to close, but since I did not speak to the Board of Health or the owner, I did not report the reasons. An eye-witness reported to me at 12:15 p.m. today that the police were questioning the owner at the restaurant location. As further details are available from reliable sources such as authorized spokespersons, I will pass that information on to you.

Small Business Spotlight – Comics Cubed OPEN HOUSE

I remember how much fun I had as a kid, growing up in rural Indiana, as I read Fantastic Four, Batman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow comics, to name a few. Local business owner Shawn Hilton is helping us stay in touch with the kid in all of us – he’s opened Comics Cubed in downtown Kokomo a few weeks back, and today is their “Pre-Black Friday Open House!”

If you love comics, check it out. If someone you love loves comics, don’t miss this! The Facebook page will show specials throughout the day (click here): http://on.fb.me/9aht3m

But it’s not just for the “graphic novel” fan. According to the “Comics Cubed in Kokomo” Facebook page, there’s more:

Always interested in selling, buying, trading all things comics, toys, games, and pop culture related.

Owner Shawn Hilton formerly managed Kokomo Comics on 17th Street, and is excited for the chance to grab his share of the American Dream in private business ownership. Hilton has  extensive resources for finding and obtaining the popular or obscure.  This holiday season – TODAY – visit Comics Cubed to find the comics/toys/pop culture items for which you’ve been wishing! 121 East Sycamore in Kokomo is the address.

Note to Parents: I was concerned about the content of some of the comics, with racy images on the covers. The Comics Cubed website contains convenient links to  previews and synopses of many of the comics offered. If you’re unsure, take a look at http://www.comicscubed.com/, and click on the cover of interest.

Buzzworthy – Sunrise Steakhouse Update

It’s the kind of thing that really gets people talking.

Sunrise Family Steakhouse is now open, as of 12/3/2010! Hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week!

You may have seen this billboard above the new Sunrise Family Steakhouse, in the former Damon’s restaurant building just south of Lincoln Road on US31 in Kokomo. In case you haven’t, here’s what’s new…

 

Sunrise Family Steakhouse billboard

Sunrise Family Steakhouse billboard

Sorry for the grainy phone cam photo. The noteworthy points are these:

  • Greek, Italian, American, and Tex-Mex cuisine
  • Open Daily at 6 a.m.
  • Breakfast served all day (as noted in the original Spotlight)
  • Free WiFi

Please come back next week for more on this new dining option for Kokomo. See the original Spotlight article for a little more background info. Thanks to Melanie for alerting me to this development.

Small Business Spotlight (PREVIEW): Sunrise Steakhouse in Kokomo

UPDATE: Sunrise Family Steakhouse is now open, as of 12/3/2010! Hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week! Serving breakfast all day.

UPDATE 2 p.m., 12-9-2010: Sunrise Family Steakhouse was closed Wednesday, 12-8-2101. According to local media, the employees reported that Board of Health violations, as well as lack of payment to employees and contractors were the reasons for closing. At this point, in local media, only the employees have provided statements, not the Board of Health, contractors, or the owner. I heard the same statements from the employees and two contractors yesterday before they decided to close, but since I did not speak to the Board of Health or the owner, I did not report the reasons. An eye-witness reported to me at 12:15 p.m. today that the police were questioning the owner at the restaurant location. As further details are available from reliable sources such as authorized spokespersons, I will pass that information on to you.

After being vacant for 3-1/2 years, the former DAMON’S location on US31 in Kokomo will be housing a new restaurant soon, with something for everyone: Sunrise Family Steakhouse.

 

Sunrise Steakhouse Opening Soon

Sunrise Family Steakhouse Opening Soon in Former Damon's Location

Owner Salvador Lopez successfully operates the Sunrise Family Restaurant in North Vernon, Indiana. He’ll be bringing a similarly wide menu (click this link) to Kokomo, and his target for opening is just after Thanksgiving 2010. To complement the amazing variety of dishes for lunch and dinner, they will also serve breakfast any time.

Watch later this month for a more detailed report on the style, special features, and hours, for your dining pleasure at the soon-to-be-opening Sunrise Family Steakhouse!

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