Deadbeat Poets are cool once again

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

It’s official. The Deadbeat Poets are three times cooler than any other band in the area.

The band – Frank Secich, bass and vocals; Terry Hartman, guitar and vocals; Pete Drivere, guitar and backing vocals; and John Koury, drums and backing vocals – received word this week that its song “Johnny Sincere” will be the “Coolest Song in the World” for the week of Dec. 1-7 on the nationally syndicated radio show “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” and on its Sirius XM channel.

This is the third time the band has been recognized by the radio show. “Staircase Stomp” was picked in 2010 and “The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” was chosen in 2011.

The show often showcases indie garage rock and power pop bands with the “Coolest Song” slot. Harrisburg, Pa., band The Jellybricks – who, like the Deadbeat Poets, play Cedars Lounge regularly – won the voting among the weekly winners for coolest song of the year for 2012 with “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide.”

The radio show is syndicated to hundreds of stations in the United States and Europe and can be heard locally from 10 p.m. to midnight Sundays on WNCD-FM (93.3)

The video for “Johnny Sincere,” shot by Youngstown filmmaker Chris Rutushin to look like a vintage television appearance, can be found on YouTube.

A Middlefield music shop will be doing its part Saturday to help feed the hungry with the holiday season approaching.

Guitar players who bring in at lease three non-perishable food items will receive a set of SIT strings installed along with a tune and polish on the instrument.

All the food collected will be donated to the First United Methodist Church of Middlefield’s food bank, which disturbs food through the Geauga Hunger Task Force. And donations are welcome from those who don’t have an instrument they want restringed.

This is the fifth year the Independent Music Store Owners Group and SIT strings have teamed up for “Food for Strings.” Last year 11,772 pounds of food was collected at member stores.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and Roadhouse Music, 15912 W. High St., will have six guitar techs on hand to restring instruments.

Warren native Sean Jones has toured with Miles Davis sidemen Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller to join them for a European tour celebrating Davis’ legacy. So he is uniquely suited to lead the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra for “A Unique Tribute to an Uncommon Mind.”

The concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, 2014 14th St., Cleveland, will focus on Davis’ career from the 1940s-’60s, including his work with Gil Evans. Selections from the “Round About Midnight” and “Milestones” albums will be included.

Tickets range from $25 to $45.

In conjunction with the CJO, The Galleries at Cleveland State University, 1307 Euclid Ave., will be showing “Two Minds … One Canvas,” which features original works by New York artist Jo Gelbard along with collaborative works created with Davis from 1984 until Davis’ death in 1991.

The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 7.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at