What you missed in Columbus for July 22
Yes, Wu-Tang Clan rapper the GZA did perform free at the Jazz & Rib Festival on Friday, turning up alongside New Orleans brass band the Soul Rebels for a trio of songs, including “Liquid Swords,” arguably the best song he’s recorded as a solo artist. Wu-Tang’s for the grillin’!
It appears a fight is brewing between the village of Obetz, the Columbus Crew and the Cleveland Browns, with the Dispatch reporting that the Obetz village administrator is demanding the Browns bring a mini-training camp or similar exhibition to the village in order to earn an extension of the Crew’s training-facility lease. If the sides can’t come to an agreement, Rod Davisson, administrator and economic development director for Obetz, said it would ask the Crew (whose new ownership group includes Browns’ principal owner Jimmy Haslam) to leave the training facility in December. Considering the personalities involved, including unnamed behind-the-scenes players, this is a development worth following in the coming months.
Shadowbox Live’s new rock-and-comedy show, “Hot and Heavy,” opened on Thursday, and the Dispatch review described it as “brisk and energetic but also well-polished.” The debut coincided with a brutal global heat wave, which is almost assuredly just a coincidence.