Pick up the beat. Downbeat downtown. Beat down. Beat you to the punch.

Stick around, it won’t be long now. Our shoulder seasons can be the most fun. Not too cold, but far off from summer’s heat. The perfect time of year for tasting at the Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival. Or check out this week’s PODCAST and hear from Vicki Kotris, one half of the CLE Cookie Dough food truck, pairing with Sibling Revelry Brewing just in time for St. Pat’s. Speaking of all things culinary, we talk with chef Zack Bruell about Cleveland Restaurant Week, running from the 18th-30th with the largest independent group of chefs and restaurants in the country offering tasty discounts.

We reprise our 2006 video interview with super beat maker Hal Blaine, the first sideman to be inducted in the Rock Hall, in honor of his passing this week. You can catch rising artist Antonio DeJesus at Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios. As he says in our exclusive interview, “It’s not wrong to be really really passionate about something.” –Thomas Mulready

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