The Rust Belt Chronicles Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary!

Rust Belt Chronicles Image: Adam Gongwer/d3 Graphics. The Rust Belt Chronicles is celebrating it’s 3rd Anniversary! With no income and limited financial resources on March 15th, 2013, I launched the online publication with Bethany Brewer.  We attempted to primarily cover music and added news, events, sports and more within the Mansfield, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio region. We phased […]

Ohio Bands Excel at The Cleveland Agora!

A Punch’s Pilot Photo: © 2016 Jim Carver / The Rust Belt Chronicles. Over the years, I had the pleasure of hearing some of the best up-and-coming bands in Ohio. The North Coast always amazes with it’s abundance of talented musicians throughout various musical genres. Last Saturday, the Cleveland Agora hosted four bands climbing their way to the top with: […]

Our 2015 Artist of The Year is ?

  Photo credit: Joe Kleon/G4orce Studios We’ve had the pleasure of covering some of the finest up-and-coming performing artists in the rust belt area throughout 2015. If we missed your band perform in 2015, our hope is to review you in 2016! Our staff was asked to vote for the “Artist of The Year” based on their performances, original music, musicianship and recordings. It’s certainly a difficult […]

CD Review of DESTINATION (Original Raw Music)

  Photos: Joe Kleon/G4orce Studios. DESTINATION is a band from Northeastern OH, comprised of Mikey Smolen (drums, vocals), Tim Greene (guitar, vocals), Tristan Loparo (guitar) and Dave Loparo on bass guitar. To be honest, this album brought me back to the days when Metallica first came on the scene, around mid to late 80’s.  Although […]


All photos: © 2015  Loparo Images. Eddie Money came to the rescue Sunday night at the Hard Rock Rocksino. Eddie headlined a benefit for the homeless animals of Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village.  The village rescues dogs, cats, horses, and basically any abused animal in need. The no-kill shelter’s 30 staff members, 427 volunteers, 18 […]

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