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Friday, April 28, 2006 

Tower City Mall Security ejects TriC JazzFest Band for Anti-Bush tshirts

From TimRoff
The Tri-C JazzFest is one of Cleveland Ohio's most venerable traditions, drawing world-class musicians for 9 days of Jazz, Bebop, Swing, and Gospel. It has taught thousands of high school and college students in the greater Cleveland area about improvisation, harmony, irregular time signatures and much more, while entertaining hundreds of thousands of festival goers during its 27 year history. This year's festival features Manhattan Transfer, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Diane Schuur among others.

So at noon today, Mifune, a ten-piece modern jazz group went to take the stage at the Tower City Center Jazz Fest stage for a free, lunchtime concert. They set up their instruments, chatted with fans and the security guys, then stepped on stage in matching t-shirts featuring a picture of the President behind a "No" circle/slash, and started performing their jam-style jazz improvisations. 20 minutes into their set, an irate man identifying himself as a member of the mall's corporate office stopped the show, and demanded that the band remove their t-shirts.
Read the rest of the story here.

Wow - who knew that TowerCity was doing so well that it could afford to piss off the majority of it's customers. (snark) I enjoy shopping there mostly because I want to support the city center but "the heck with'em". If this is the stand they choose to take - I guess I'll take one too = Boycott TowerCity.

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