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"Family to hold poker run"

Posted Sep 11, 2008 @ 09:10 PM

A poker run will be held Saturday to help raise funds for the medical expenses of 10-year-old Sydney McInnes.
McInnes, of Massillon, has Down Syndrome and must undergo a fourth open-heart surgery.
The surgery was planned for July but was postponed when doctors discovered she had the blood disorder Cold Agglutinis. Doctors also discovered she had a thyroid disease.
Her mother, Natalie LaPorte, said Sydney’s blood must be tested every six weeks. Once the blood test is negative and she reaches a proper thyroid level, the doctors will operate.
The poker run Saturday is for all licensed vehicles and LaPorte said it will go on rain or shine.
The first vehicle out is at 11 a.m. from Drifterz, 1008 Duncan St. S.W. Last vehicle in is at 6 p.m.
Cost is $15 per person or $20 per couple. The event will include live entertainment from local favorites Breakline as well as food, door prizes and raffles.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Drifterz.
A Sydney McInnes benefit fund has been established at First Merit Bank for donations. - Massillon Independent

"Jackson Celebration"

Jackson celebration has something for everyone

By Staff reports
The Independent
Posted Jun 18, 2008 @ 10:39 PM
Every year, the Jackson Community Celebration attracts about 50,000 people to North Park. Some come for the music, some come for the rides, and some come for the food.
The fact that they keep coming back is proof that the festival has something for everyone, said township Trustee John Pizzino.
“We had a good response last year, and we’re expecting a better response this year,” Pizzino said.
The Jackson Community Celebration opened Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Times are 6-11 p.m. today, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, and noon-midnight Saturday.
Last year, the township switched to Bates Amusement Co. for the rides and grouped all the children’s activities and rides together in one area.
This year, some of the highlights include the 5K Night Glow Run at 9:45 p.m. Friday, the “Cops & Rodders” car show at 5 p.m. Friday, and the fireworks show after the Saturday concert.
In addition, Massillon Cable TV is sponsoring visits by VeggieTales characters Bob and Larry on Friday and Saturday.
Breakline will perform in concert at 7 p.m. today, Jimmy and the Soul Blazers at 8 p.m. Friday, and Texas Toast at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The community celebration began in the 1950s as the Firemen’s Festival and later was known as the Star-Spangled Celebration.
The free festival is organized by the Jackson Community Celebration Citizens Advisory Committee. The Jackson Township Parks and Recreation Department provides the venue and logistical support. - Massillon Independent

"Resort to start Rockin' on Friday"

The Independent
Posted Jul 15, 2008 @ 09:53 PM
Last update Jul 15, 2008 @ 09:54 PM
If gas prices make taking a vacation feel like “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” try “Beatin’ the Odds” with Molly Hatchet this weekend at the fifth annual Rock ’N’ Resort festival.
The Southern rockers will be among 50 acts, both national and local, to play the music festival at Clay’s Park Resort in Lawrence Township. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Molly Hatchet kicks off what is becoming one of Stark County’s more popular weekend events of the summer.
“We have more national acts this year than we’ve ever had,” said Margie Centrone, Clay’s Park director of marketing and new business development. “We’re thrilled with that. We think people that attend a festival expect that kind of value in all the acts they’re going to see.”
Other headliners this year are Sweet (“Ballroom Blitz,” “Love is Like Oxygen”), Gin Blossoms (“Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down”), Blue Oyster Cult (“Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Godzilla”), Nazareth (“Hair of the Dog,” “Love Hurts”), former Santana lead singer Gregg Rolie, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, a CCR cover band led by original members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook.
Along with them will be the usual array of regional and local acts, singer-songwriters, and tribute bands – including Ball & Chain (Janis Joplin), Momo’s Dance Party (Rush), The U2 Incident (U2), Young Angus (AC/DC), and Time Traveller (Moody Blues).
Things get under way at noon Friday and continue through late Sunday night.
Centrone said ticket sales started out slow but have picked up now that the weather forecast looks good for the weekend. “We have more festival camping than we ever had, so that I don’t think we’ll have any difficulty exceeding last year’s numbers,” Centrone said.
Rock ’N’ Resort continues to appeal to people across several generations, which is why the venue booked ’90s rockers Gin Blossoms. Lovers of classic rock, now in their 40s and 50s, are bringing their teenage and twentysomething children, she said. “We’ve got a lot of families that attend together,” she said.
Other attractions at the 500-acre resort include the water park, RV and tent camping, and bike and nature trails. Tickets prices include $30 for the Friday concerts, $40 for a full day of concerts and activities (minus camping), and $100 for all three days (minus camping).


Rock ’N’ Resort Festival

Tiki Bar Stage
1 p.m. – Silksone
2 p.m. – George Hartwig
3 p.m. – Unkle Oktober
4 p.m. – Kevin Specht
Stage 2/Melody Barn
Noon – BOTB Finalists
2:30 p.m. – Breakline
3:45 p.m. – Momo’s Dance Party
5:45 p.m. – Joe Vitale Jr.
11 p.m. – Robin Stone
Main Stage
7:30 p.m. – Molly Hatchet
9:30 p.m. – Gin Blossoms

Tiki Bar Stage
1 p.m. – Jenny Baird
2 p.m. – Big Pat Masalko
Stage 2/Melody Barn
Noon – Rosella
1:15 p.m. – Jon Justice
11:30 p.m. – Ball & Chain
Main Stage
3:10 p.m. – Tribute to the Troops
3:30 p.m. – Savoy Brown
5:30 p.m. – Nazareth with Manny Charlton
7:30 p.m. – Santana lead singer Gregg Rolie
9:30 p.m. – Sweet

Tiki Bar Stage
1 p.m. – DMT Trio
2 p.m. – Jimmy Chesterfield
3 p.m. – Jason and the Jet Fretz Band
4 p.m. – Brian Lisik
Stage 2/Melody Barn
Noon – Jones for Revival
1 p.m. – Young Angus
2:30 p.m. – Oblivion
3:45 p.m. – The U2 Incident
9:30 p.m. – Time Traveller
10:45 p.m. – Alexis Antes
Main Stage
6 p.m. – Blue Oyster Cult
8 p.m. – Creedence Clearwater Revisited - Massillon Independent

"P.M. Dawn to sign autographs at Lincoln Theatre on Saturday"

The Independent
Posted Jun 11, 2008 @ 10:11 PM

Fans of the ’90s act P.M. Dawn can meet the hip-hop trendsetters during an autograph session Saturday.
The singing duo will be in town promoting their upcoming July 12 show at the Lions Lincoln Theater.
From 2-4 p.m. Saturday, P.M. Dawn will be in front of the Lincoln Theatre, signing autographs and meeting with fans.
“They are going to draw a lot of interest,” said Tim DeBos, the show’s promoter. “They are going to be signing autographs and posing for pictures with their fans.”
From noon to 4 p.m., tickets will be on sale in front of the Lincoln. For one day, tickets will be buy one, get one free. Tickets are $20 for the show that will feature local cover band Breakline. Also set to take the stage is up-and-comer GmonE.
“Breakline is really big around here,” DeBos said. The cover band, he said, plays a number of venues throughout Stark County and is one of the most booked bands around.
DeBos pointed out that GmonE was just signed and his single “Gettin’ Love” is getting a lot of play on local radio stations.
Tickets can be purchased for $20 each at the Lions Lincoln Theatre box office, Massillon Cable TV, Emmerts Market, Canton Music Center, Hampton Inn of Massillon, and John Georges. - Massillon Independent

"Nobody Parties Like Breakline"

Breakline is known by many as Massillon’s hardest working band. The band has a huge following in the Massillon area and many of their fans were out and about when I had the privilege of interviewing the guys at their gig at the Village Tavern in Massillon. Didn’t make it to the gig? You missed a night full of great music, drinks and fun! No worries though- they play out almost every week.

Breakline has been around since New Year’s Eve 2005 when the guys made their playing debut at the Tremont Pub. With babies, marriages and life in general going on, the band has made quite a few changes in their lineup. The current band has been together for about two years and consists of: Foss on lead vocals (original member), Jerry on guitar (original member), Jerry Lee on drums, Mikey D on lead guitar and Chris on bass. The current group has a great chemistry and an Aerosmith-like stage presence.

One of their favorite gigs, other than locally playing at Panini’s and Pete’s Grill, was opening for Brooke Hogan at the Civic Center; Breakline stole the show. They also loved playing at Fawcett Stadium for the high school football championship games.

The summer of 2010 has been deemed the “summer of fan recruitment”. Foss and Chris are all about playing at festivals because “it’s a great way to influence and recruit potential fans”. Breakline is using the internet as a means to promote their music. A great example of their social networking is the goal to open for KISS; a goal that will be determined in a vote by their fans. The link can easily be accessed through Breakline’s Facebook page.

To escape the Ohio climate last month, Breakline went to soak up the fun and sun in Key West. They rocked the island! Their music was a sigh of relief for many locals. We know Key West residents love their Jimmy Buffett music, but even the biggest Parrothead can only take so much. The guys plan on returning to the island August of 2010!

The band considers their sound to be influenced by musicians along the lines of Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, Night Ranger, Collective Soul, Motley Crue and Black Sabbath. They do a lot of covers but, depending on the venue, they also perform their own music. Lead singer, Foss, writes the lyrics and they work out the music as a band. Influences for their songs come from life in general.

Since the band has so many loyal fans, they try to always mix up their set lists. They play anything from the 1950s to present day. With such a large number of song options, it’s easy to consider them to be a great band for any type of event: weddings, graduation parties, backyard barbeques and house parties. If you provide them with a space to play and a fun crowd, they’ll be there. Due to their drive and talent, the area’s best known secret won’t be a secret much longer.

Upcoming Breakline dates include: Pete’s Grill on July 9th, Clay Park’s Rockin’ Resort on July 16th, the Diamond Royale on July 17th and the Jackson Belden Food Fest on July 31st. They also play every Wednesday night at LaMoore’s in Massillon. **Note to all their female fans, they said that they might also strip at the Royale gig.** Their show list is constantly updated due to the amount of gigs that they play.

If you are interested in booking them for an event or gig, contact them directly. You can find more information online at or . - Buzzbin Magazine


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Breakline is an eclectic selection of rock and alternative music from bands like Seether and 3 Doors Down to Motley Crue and KISS. They exploded on to the local music scene in 2006 and has led a rock n roll revolution throughout Ohio. Breakline has played with these musicians : The Gin Blossoms, Brooke Hogan, The Godz, Firehouse, Tesla, Hinder, Hoobastank, Theory of a Deadman, PM Dawn and many more. Their original music brings a whole new sound to today's listeners.