“We’re just going with the flow and hopefully we’ll get something out in the beginning of next year,” said Parma Heights resident Butler, a 1995 Holy Name High School graduate who does traffic reporting for WTAM AM/1100.
“I’d say that overall our sound hasn’t changed that much. In general it’s just a heavy rock sound and each song kind of incorporates elements of the subgenres that are around like a little bit of stoner, doom and hardcore. Basically it’s just good old heavy rock. We’ve pretty much been true to form in what we’ve been doing the last 10 years or so.” Among the band’s new favorite songs are the midtempo “Right Through Me” and the energetic “I Blame Myself.”
Considering Butler’s day job, is his band’s music best to listen to on the open road or stuck in traffic? “It depends on how you deal with stress,” Butler said. Signal 30 has booked a show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Symposium Nite Club, 11794 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Foose and Shock Frenzy are also on the bill. Cover is $6 ($9 under 21). Call 216-521-9696. — John Benson, Special to The Plain Dealer
Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2011, 1:56 PM Updated: Wednesday, November 02, 2011, 3:30 PM
Brian Kortovich, who was born and raised in Brunswick and attended Holy Name and Brunswick High School, is on a quest to make the NBA as a guard. He played two years at Cuyahoga Community College before being recruited to play at Manhattan College in New York.
It was in New York City where he honed his game, eventually turning pro and playing in leagues in Kuwait, Italy, France, Israel and the Dominican Republic.
Kortovich’s nickname is “Smokin Aces,” a moniker given to him while he was playing at the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem.
Kortovich is writing a blog for cleveland.com as he tries to gain the attention of NBA teams. He hopes to be selected during the 2011 NBA D-League Draft on Thursday night:
You know, for all of the reasons that the NBA lockout is a drag, there is one benefit – pick-up run in New York City has never been better.
Just the other day I played ball with Carmelo Anthony
out here in NYC at Chelsea Piers. I thought I’d give you a bit of play-by-play on how the newest Knick is staying in shape, and how I managed to hold my own in his company.
We ran about 8-10 games with Melo and crew, the competition was pretty solid, with some European pros, some recent NBA types and some NYC guys to round it out.
My squad lost the first game against Melo and Co., but we didn’t sleep for long, winning the next six. It’s a team game, but I have to say that I had my A-game that day. Getting to the basket, setting guys up for easy buckets, running that pick and roll with my man Terrance Woodyard, who will play in the National Basketball League of Canada. And you better believe my jumper was on point!
The highlight of my day came when Carmelo switched on me a few times off the pick and roll. My eyes lit up when he guarded me off the switch. I knew I had to be aggressive, so I did just that, nailing a couple of stepback jumpers on him to win consecutive games. He’d never seen me play before, so he kind of gave me a little bit of room, so I just let the ball fly — game over!
Our team went on winning a few more games, and it was a total team effort. Then the sleeping giant woke up. At one point Melo shouted out my way “I’m guarding you, now you are not going to score,” and it was clear his competitive side was coming out.
What came next? Well, like I said, we woke up a sleeping giant! At one point, he nailed a seemingly no-look 40-foot game-winner in my face. There was nothing I could do but give the man his due. Dude’s got game.
Anyway, just another day at Chelsea Piers. Good day of run, great day to get my game tuned up.
Special shout out to Big Dame Thornton, Adam Harrington, Carl Lentz, Terrance Woodyard, Brian Graham, PJ Davis, Ira Miller, Adris Deleon, Mikey, and my man DJ Clue who were all in the building.
So, for now it looks like I’m going to go the NBA D-League route. I like my chances with the workouts I’ve had recently. I’m in the best shape of my life, both on and off the court. I’ve been putting in the work daily, and it’s a great feeling to see the results.
Although the lockout is a so-called obstacle to get into the NBA for someone in my position, I’m going to remain positive about the whole scenario, because hard work plus talent and perseverance will get me that call soon enough, knock on wood.