I was in contact with one of the guys that was working with Rob trying to get a comp in the Cleveland area organized and it looks like it's not going to happen. I don't think this comp was the same as the Ohio City Blues Festival that he mentioned, but I haven't talked to him recently to know for sure. Here is what my contact had to say:
I talked at length with our local councilman a while back. We really couldn't come up with a venue large enough, that could afford to be "trashed" if it rains, and that wouldn't disrupt the neighbors. It's just too dense here to make it work.
I'd love to do it, but in my position it's too risky, and without the political support, just not doable.
So it's a no go. But hopefully Rob might be able to work some magic and find somewhere nearby, when he gets a chance to that is.
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